There has been some debate about live contest questions and how to handle them - and likewise about homework, which is a side issue to the question I want to ask, which is about the use of the "contest math" tag - which is perhaps underused anyway.
Would it work to have a policy by which "contest math" questions should generally be answered by hints rather than full answers - at least initially?
There would seem to me to be two possible advantages:
One purpose of contest questions is to challenge participants to stretch themselves, and to dig around in their mathematical knowledge for clues how to proceed. Giving answers short-circuits that process and cuts out the imaginative aspect of problem-solving. Since it will be rare for the actual solution to a contest problem to be significant scaffolding for future learning - it is the process of solving which is most in question - help with the process seems indicated, rather than "help" by giving the "answer".
Holding off providing a complete answer would help to preserve the integrity of "live" contests, and enable appropriate action to be taken in cases where action was felt to be necessary. I know issues should be flagged, but answers can come up very quickly.
Unlike "homework" the "contest math" tag can fairly be added by anyone who recognises a contest problem. It might be helpful if brief contest details were provided in a comment (if not in the original question) - since this also would indicate the level of mathematical sophistication appropriate to the question.