# Is “cleverness” valid as the sole criteria for a puzzle?

This question was migrated in this morning. It was asked about a year ago on Stack Overflow, as a sort of alternative to the then-established Code Golf niche.

If you've never had a chance to read the answers, you should - some of 'em are pretty clever. Which... Was the purpose. The only purpose. There are no criteria other than raw cleverness. You can even cheat...

It was a fun diversion on SO, exactly the sort of question that's fun to see crop up every once in a while. And it accomplished that goal...

But is there any reason for it to live on? More importantly, is there any reason for it to live on here?

I understand there's a fair bit of "show off how clever you can be" to most programming puzzles, but shouldn't there also be... A puzzle? Solve in minimum length / run-time / memory... Something?

But I can't really tell, from the FAQ or discussions here, whether or not such a challenge is acceptable. Thoughts?

• As a diamond, you should update the /faq to contain the phrase "We need questions with at least some degree of objectivity when it comes to deciding which answer should "win"." – Jeff Atwood Mar 29 '11 at 0:25