I’m very surprised that Puzzlemaster shared a spoiler video for a Popp lock.
We can’t stop people from making spoiler videos, and we can’t stop people from searching them out. Heck, I have used spoiler videos on occasion to solve some difficult Hanayama puzzles.
It’s not really up to us to decide how other players should enjoy their puzzle. I agree with one of my puzzle hero’s philosophies. Will Shortz is the longtime editor of the New York Times crossword puzzle. Here’s what he says about ‘cheating:’
“Will Shortz has answered the cheating question many times, and his answer as to whether Googling or asking your family for help is cheating always boils down to the same thing. I’m paraphrasing here, but essentially, Mr. Shortz’s philosophy is, it’s your puzzle; do whatever you want with it.”
For years, I belonged to our local magician’s club and I’m also a member of the international brotherhood of magicians. We have an agreed-upon set of rules that govern the behaviour and expectations of magicians. Obviously, one of these expectations is that a magician never reveals his secret, ever.
Often, a puzzle designer is like a magician who asks the audience to believe something seemingly impossible can be accomplished. But unlike a magician’s audience, a puzzle solver is allowed to - and challenged to - discover the secret.
I think it’s an obligation for all of us puzzle solvers to respect and protect the secrets of the inventors. That’s not to say we should prevent others from learning the secrets, but we shouldn’t go out of our way to make the secrets common knowledge.
To summarize, I don’t like seeing spoiler videos popping up in my Facebook feed.
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