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Best answer contest: First quarter of 5780

Have you seen (or written) a recent answer on Mi Yodeya that you thought was really great? Let's have a contest to help you tell everyone about it! This contest has two phases: Nomination and Voting. ...
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Stack Overflow Inc., sinat chinam, and the goat for Azazel

On Friday, half an hour before Shabbat and two days before Rosh Hashana, Stack Overflow Inc. suddenly revoked my moderator status on all sites where I had it. I found this out while handling flags, ...
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If I delete my answer, what happens to points?

If I delete my answer, what happens to the points that have been added/subtracted from my reputation? I do not see an answer to this when I do a search in the help section.
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Using Rav Ovadia picture from MY

What Minhag Is This Tefillin Wrapping? Can I use this picture from your website for my purposes? thanks!
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Changing tags without affecting homepage

I've been trying to organize a lot of retagging on Mi Yodeya and I feel bad that it messes up the home page due to every retag appearing on the home page. Does the stack exchange system afford a ...
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Pinging without a dot

I am usually pinged with my full username [Dr. Shmuel]. However, sometimes people will remove the dot. I have it on record that rov (1, 2, 3) of the moderators have pinged me as [DrShmuel] without ...
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The culture of erasing

It's seems that erasing answers/comments (maybe even questions?) is a common practice here on MY. Personally I don't like this culture. I KNOW that some of my viewpoints will cause a few Rabbis to ...
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Should biographies of rabbis be in scope?

Following a discussion in chat, I want to propose that biographies of rabbis should be in scope for Mi Yodeya. This proposal is triggered by recent closures of questions asking for biographies of R ...
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What to do when a user persistently posts unsourced opinions as answers

Mi Yodeya works very well as a motley crew of advanced Shas learners, regular run-of-the-mill Torah students, and even complete beginners such as myself. What do we do, though, when a user with ...
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Reduction of overlapping tags by use of tag-hierarchy

I have had difficulty with using tags correctly and effectively. Allow me to give an example: When asking a question about tefilla betzibbur, which tags should be employed? The tag tefillah-...
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Flagging as Not an Answer

I'm still having trouble understanding when the "Not an Answer" flag should be used. I recently flagged a couple of answers to Is there a short Daf Yomi shiur online in English? as not being an ...
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Best Answer Contest winner! Third quarter of 5779

Congratulations and Yeyasher Kochacha to הנער הזה, the winner of the Best Answer Contest for the third quarter of 5779! Here is the original citation, submitted by Isaac Moses: הנער הזה's answer ...
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Disagreeing with premise of question - answer or comment? [duplicate]

Sometimes, the correct response to a question is strongly disagreeing with the premise of the question. If the premise is noted as an assumption or unsubstantiated, then an answer can obviously just ...
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Splitting a question that was answered in two opposite meanings

My question was understood by two answers in two different ways - riki answered about implications, and Yaakov answered about reasons. Seemingly it wasn't phrased clearly enough. I would like [you] ...
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Halachic Views on Newsworthy Legal Questions

A recent Supreme Court (SCOTUS) case, Yovino v. Rizo (18–272, decided February 25, 2019 Per Curiam), took up the matter of a judge that had authored the majority opinion but died before the opinion ...
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Best answer contest: Fourth quarter of 5779

Have you seen (or written) a recent answer on Mi Yodeya that you thought was really great? Let's have a contest to help you tell everyone about it! This contest has two phases: Nomination and Voting. ...
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Does the policy for closing as a duplicate of a broader post apply if that broader post is too broad?

The policy regarding closing something as a duplicate of a broader post has already been discussed. Recently Jewish conversion? got a close vote as a duplicate of Is it possible for a Gentile to ...
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tag synonyms checking

I've noticed that there are a lot of pending tag synonyms and at best they are barely checked by those able to vote their validity. This might be because they are more difficult to access directly ...
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List of PTIJ edits for next season

Based on a recent discussion in the Bam, I’m posting this thread to keep track of any needed edits to PTIJ posts. If you see a suggested edit or want to make one yourself, add to an answer here with a ...
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How do I access “My Favorites” in Android App?

For some reason I can't find my starred posts in Mi Yodea (mobile Android App). If someone can please give me some insight on how to find it, that would be greatly appreciated :)
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Is it unacceptable to vote elsewhere when feeling the need to vote twice? Why?

At time users may show strong opinion of a post, and comment that they feel they would like to vote twice. Would it be appropriate to locate at random another post of this same user and give an ...
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If a question has multiple closeworthy problems with it, what should the close vote be for?

Consider Very big contradiction between 4 elements in Judaism - Olam Haba. As I noted in the comments there, the OP asks three different questions (too broad), two of which are duplicates and one is ...
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Is there a way to track the number of votes?

I have been wondering what the trend has been in voting -- not in upvotes or down votes, but total votes cast. I wonder if more recent questions have been getting as many votes (over a fixed period of ...
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Upvoting closed questions

I noticed a closed question received upvotes (after its being closed) and I'm wondering if there is any policy regarding that. A question is closed for a reason - in this case, that there is an ...
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Rabbinical guidance of MiYodea

After seeing a couple of discussion on different ways of treating different aspects of this site - users, questions, answers, comments by its moderators, I was wondering if actual Rabbinical figures ...
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Can information on MiYodea be deleted without informing the author?

Many people complain that their posts are suddenly deleted without warning and without a note. While some content can be eliminated to improve the site's overall quality, it seems rude not to inform ...
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Claiming “in Judaism…” in an answer

What are the criteria for using the phrase "in Judaism..." in an answer? I used it myself when answering to newcomers, but when it is legitimate and when it is not? Do we follow the majority, the ...
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Matching answer level to the OP's

This bothers me a lot on this site - the vast differences between the OPs and their questions correspondingly. While answering questions I'm trying to match my answer level to the OPs and if a ...
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Best Answer Contest winners! Second quarter of 5779

Congratulations and Yeyasher Kochachem to Alex and sam, the co-winners of the Best Answer Contest for the second quarter of 5779! Here are the original citations, submitted by mbloch and DoubleAA, ...
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Should the “Is X Kitniyos” questions be flagged as duplicates?

Consider the following list of questions of the form "Is X kitniyos" or "Why is/n't X kitniyos": Why do we have Kosher L'Pesach quinoa but not buckwheat (kasha)? Why isn't chocolate ...
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Should PTIJ and/or other closed questions go into the group siyum?

From comments on the main group siyum post: Should PTIJ be excluded? Should other closed questions be excluded? Within the "exclude" side, there are two options: They don't count towards the goal ...
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Siyum Project - Progress and How to Help

Progess on the Siyum Project I'll try to update this every Sunday, reflecting updates through the most recent Sunday morning Stack Exchange data dump. The goal is to complete all 523 chapters before ...
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Should we correct שליט“א (and the like) to זצ”ל (and the like) when a post is bumped?

I am making the starting assumption that we would not bump a post in order to change the reference of a now-deceased Torah authority to reflect the current reality. However, if it is already on the ...
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10th Birthday Publication

As I mentioned earlier, I think it would be a nice idea to have more of a polished publication in honor of MY's 10th birthday. If all goes as planned, we could have an edited PDF booklet that could be ...
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More duplicates as we have more asked questions - statistics?

After reviewing a large number of questions suggested for closure because of being duplicates, I wondered whether there is (as I would expect) a correlation between the number of questions closed as ...
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To celebrate Mi Yodeya's 10th birthday, let's divide and conquer the entire Mishna, Mi-Yodeya-style!

Ten years of Mi Yodeya -- let's learn some Mishna! Mi Yodeya will be celebrating our tenth birthday in Kislev 5780 / December 2019! As ten is traditionally the Mishna birthday1, let's mark this ...
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Purim Torah Policy: Misinterpretation of Jewish *ideas* as well, or only Jewish texts?

I know PTIJ season is basically over, but what can I do, this is when the question was raised. PTIJ: Why do Jews eat filtered fish? The joke, obviously, is misinterpreting "gefilte" as "filtered." ...
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Changed Questions - answer etiquette

If, contrary to the position written up here, an asker changes a question after an (upvoted) answer is given because the asker wished to refine the question in order to get a different answer, should ...
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Tenth Birthday Project: Topics

Is it a bit early for this? Maybe. We'll see. Previously on MY.Meta: How about a commemorative publication? "Mi Yodeya - the first ten years" or something like that. Our other publications are ...
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PSA: PTIJ is just that - in jest: THE REDUX

While previously we discussed downvoting in response to PTIJ, I see a new take on this this year: close voting as “not distinctly Purim.” As a public service announcement: If a joke falls flat, it’s ...
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Updating older looking sources with newer looking sources

I was looking on Mi Yodeya for questions related wearing costumes on Purim and came across "Are Sephardic Jews allowed to dress up in costumes on Purim?". I was excited to find a Rama (OC 696:8) ...
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Uncapitalizing a quoted text

If you are a regular reader of Mi Yodeya you may have noticed that I often cite the Soncino translation of the Talmud in my answers (and questions for that matter). One distinctive feature of the ...
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PTIJ: CAN EVERYONE PLEASE STOP SCREAMING? [closed]

I've recently been perusing some old questions, and it's come to my attention that users just have a habit of screaming an awful lot. It's an incessant amount of shouting on here, from birthday ...
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PTIJ: Should Alex give up his Best Answer Contest and Answerathon prizes? [closed]

As we all know, Alex is a script, designed to post HNQ on the Bam and good content on the site. (Though apparently he's been replaced with a newer model.) StackExchange’s terms of usage, under the ...
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PTIJ: How do I sign up with the Department of Mi Yodeya Security or other Mi Yodeya organizations? [closed]

Apparently, Mi Yodeya has a special Department of Security. Where can I sign up? I see we also have a Brotherhood of Hebrew HNQ Monitors, which apparently is lacking members at the moment. Where do I ...
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Is there a way to have tag suggestions?

Knowing the advances in AI and the like, is there any way to have the system suggest proper tags based on keywords and content? I find that, often, I don't know what to tag something or I just try ...
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PTIJ: how do I differentiate the Alexes in the Gemara? [closed]

רבי אלכסנדרי is mentioned, per a sefaria search, about 30 or so times between the two gemaras. I was wondering, however, which of the two Alexes this is referring to. There are two Alexes on this ...
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Threshold for removing questions from the HNQ

As per Updating the Hot Network Questions List - now with a bit more network and a little less "hotness"!, one of the changes to the HNQ system is that moderators can now remove questions ...
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PTIJ: Whose heart is רבות in? [closed]

I have a serious concern about one of our members. As Shlomo HaMelech once said (Mishlei 19:21): רבות מחשבות בלב איש רבות מחשבות is in the heart of man. I can’t imagine that’s a healthy ...
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PTIJ: How can we publicize falsehoods on our error and tour pages? [closed]

On the error 404 page, we see the following text: If someone says I toiled but did not find, do not believe him. If he says I found but did not toil, do not believe him. If he says I toiled and I ...

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