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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 ...
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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?

Jewish Eyes - Anthropology was recently closed as off-topic because it is not about Judaism per se. (Full disclosure: I was one of the close-voters.) The question as asked is certainly about things ...
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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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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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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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