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Yes, I expect this to be deleted, but still

I now have exactly the same number of points as there are questions on the main site. Do I win something?
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Are Scholarly Answers About Judaism On-Topic?

I am trying to ascertain whether, or to what extent, scholarly (1) answers about Judaism (as opposed to faith-based answers written from a believer's perspective) are on-topic on this particular site. ...
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Formatting Footnotes

Please excuse my ignorance, but I was wondering if anyone can tell me how to format a footnote when writing an answer or question (Please find an example here). I am aware how to do a dividing line at ...
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Commenting: Constructive vs Hypercritical

I just wanted to ask whilst there exists a code of conduct which points to the requirement to approach people with politeness and the like, I do feel that sometimes there are certain users who in ...
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Is there any recourse for a closed question?

Can I request to get a second opinion from another moderator or a vote from trusted members if my question deserved to be put on hold? I believe I asked a valid question.
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Why is this old, historically locked question without the featured tag showing up in the community bulletin?

This question was featured one year ago, and was unfeatured and historically locked in October 2019. However, it is showing up in the community bulletin sidebar today: Why is this non-featured ...
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Shulchan Arukh (Orach Chayim, …) — status of online English translations status — let's consolidate at Wikisource and aim to complete it?

I posted Who can help us complete an English translation of Yoreh Deah? but it's been pointed out SAOC has the same status, so let this be a planning board for the other sections of SA. Whoever can, ...
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Are certain terms such as Goyim, Goy, and Goyish racist? [duplicate]

I just edited an answer that had the word "goyish" and replaced it with the word non Jew. I did it because I feel with deep conviction that goy and goyish are actual racist terms. I also ...
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Users that give shiurim

Wow do some of you guys know torah! I'd like to learn more from y'all. Do any of the more active users on Mi Yodeya give shuirim somewhere online that I can listen to?
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Who can help us complete an English translation of Yoreh Deah?

Did you know there is still no English translation of Yoreh Deah, in particular available online, even today (June 2020)? Are you willing to volunteer a little of your learning time to help complete ...
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Should we try out another platform?

Since the controversies of last year I've been participating less and less, and it looks like other people are doing the same. Part of it is inertia -- less activity and fewer familiar faces means ...
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in search of: DanF

As I mentioned (here and here), the user DanF has not been online for a while. While I do not know this user at all personally, I feel there is some room for concern. For as long as I have been on ...
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Are questions about calculating the Metonic Calendar on-topic

This question - How many days are there in each year of the 304th Metonic cycle? - and similar Metonic ones are being asked by the same user. Can one simply point him to the relevant literature (e.g. ...
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RTL support on MY

The Stack Exchange network is gradually planning on moving to CommonMark. AFAICT CommonMark doesn't support any form of explicit RTL direction. What is the current state of RTL on MY? How will SE's ...
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Undelete answer deleted by moderator

My answer here deleted by mod. I edited it so I think it valid now, but I can't undelete. what to do now?
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Suggestion to encourage people on positive criticism upon downvoting [duplicate]

Similar to this suggestion, I often see questions or answers that are downvoted without any or hardly any explanation. Often, I believe the questioner or answerer may simply not be as well-versed both ...
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CYLOR sticky contains a broken link

When the meta sites were changed over from meta.site.stackexchange.com to site.meta.stackexchange.com, some links were broken – and, for some reason, this has yet to be fixed nearly three years later. ...
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Petition: On closing or editing COVID-19-related questions as psak-seeking

For the purposes of this thread, A "COVID-19-specific halachic question" (henceforth "C19 question") is one which, due to the limiting nature of the question, cannot be generalized to other diseases,...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2020

2020 has come! But… oops, where did the time go? It’s already March! Belated as it is, it’s time for a refresh of Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Can temple questions be posed as practical advice?

When asking about a law in the Torah which is not in active use do to our current pre-temple status, may one ask it as if it is happening. Example Q. My Bechor got mixed in with my Pesach, and I don’t ...
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Turning regular questions into PTIJs?

I was about to ask a PTIJ when I discovered that the subject had already been covered as a serious topic with serious answers. However, I personally would like to hear the more humorous possibilities ...
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Don't tell users that they can edit old PTIJ questions to be on-topic

According to site policy, Purim Torah In Jest (PTIJ) questions are closed after Purim. I was browsing some older, closed PTIJ questions (for example, this one), and found that the close message now ...
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Best answer contest: Second 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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Questions about seforim recommendations?

Figured I'd ask here before posting to main. I'm looking for an english translation of the mishna berura. Is that a question ("What's a good english translation...?") that's allowed on here? I know ...
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In sadness, it is time for me to go

Chaveirim, I write this post with tears literally in my eyes. Though it pains me deeply to leave my communities, especially Mi Yodeya which I cherish and have helped build for close to nine years, I ...
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Recent spate of duplicate tags

I noticed today that a bunch of recently created tags already existed under slightly different spellings/pronunciations/variations. The new tags page displays 13 recently created tags, five of which ...
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On-topic-ness of “how many X are in Y” questions

Forgive me if this was discussed before; I don't frequent meta. I've been seeing a lot of questions of the form "how many X are in Y?". I personally find them to be pretty pointless questions that ...
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Can something be on topic merely because similar things are discussed in Rabbinic Literature?

https://judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/110699/jewish-eyes-anthropology (screenshot for those who can't see deleted posts) was recently closed as off-topic because it is not about Judaism per se. (...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Are questions purely for curiosity's sake in scope?

I have seen questions posed and the comments include "why do you want to know" which leads me to believe that asking simply because of curiosity, when there is no practical use or generalizably useful ...
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How am I supposed to interpret the “Post Feedback” tool?

On the Anonymous and Low-Rep Post Feedback Tool: How am I supposed to interpret these data? I see a bunch of labels and numbers, but I don't understand what any of the labels refer to. What is "...
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Is lurking to learn going to present a problem?

I am a Gentile Christian believer, a member of a non-denominational church. Over the past 54 years (I am 66 years old), I have been a member of three different mainline Protestant Christian ...
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What's our policy on discussing public individuals?

Do we have a policy about talking about public individuals in question or answer posts? I recently posted an answer in which I cited a rabbi who mentioned the reactions of other rabbis to a question ...
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What to do if I upvoted by mistake?

I upvoted an answer by mistake. I wanted to downvoted it. I get "You can't change your upvote without edit the answer" or something like this. How do I deal with it?
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Suspended accounts

We've been discussing on chat that recently two accounts were suspended. Honestly, I don't remember anything such on this site. The general policy of this measure known, but what warrants such a ...
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Are the changes to “unclear,” “too broad,” and “primarily opinion-based” close votes MY-specific or SE-wide?

I just noticed that some of the close vote reasons have been slightly tweaked: Specifically: "Unclear what you're asking" has been changed to "Needs details or clarity" "Too broad" has been changed ...
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Is mediocrity encouraged?

Especially in light of the recent changes to reputation points for questions, it seems like this site encourages (via positive reputation) quantity over quality. Especially when one could receive a ...
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What to do if you answered a question which was then edited further to another topic [duplicate]

If you answered a question, and a posteriori, your answer is not relevant to the question because the question was edited to a different question? Is there a possibility for someone who asks a ...
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one file Shas and more data

Is there one file Shas or more, to search topics and words. I want to make searches, and I am wondering if it's possible without websites that are already organized. Is there a possibility to reach ...
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change in reputation value in stack overflow relevant in mi yodeya?

In stack overflow they changed the reputation for upvoted question to 10. This applies in mi yodeya?
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Second Answerathon wrap-up

Unlike our first Answerathon, the second one did not fare quite as well. For comparison, let me quote what I said at our last wrap-up: I am truly awed by the response this competition has gotten. ...
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How to avoid answering in comments

Mi Yodeya has a very high standard for answers, and I highly respect them (us) for that. This is both in strongly asking for sources, always necessary in Judaism, all the more so with the inherent and ...
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Second Mi Yodeya Answerathon!

For those who missed it: This program was first proposed here; the first round took place here; and the changes to the competition for this round were discussed here. Welcome to the second Mi Yodeya ...
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How to deal with religious trolls

I use "trolls" here for lack of a better term. In the few instances where I've seen this type of behavior, it seems to come from an honestly sincere place, not the typical trolly motivation, though ...
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Weird bug in answer text displayed

I noticed the following weird discrepancy between the answer text shown in my inbox and the actual post. The answer, as it appears in my inbox, begins "I read once that it stems...". However, when I ...
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Best Answer Contest winner! Fourth quarter of 5779

Congratulations and Yeyasher Kochacha to Oliver, the winner of the Best Answer Contest for the fourth quarter of 5779! Here is the original citation, submitted by Alex: I would like to nominate ...
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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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