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[What] should we do next, following the pattern of our successful "Hagada - Mi Yodeya" project this past Passover?

About half a year ago, Mi Yodeya put out its first publication for printing, "Hagada - Mi Yodeya". In the three weeks preceding Passover, we managed to pull together a 46-page PDF of edited Mi Yodeya content that was downloaded thousands of times and used to enhance many seders, spreading some of our best Passover content in a new medium and new markets.

Now that we've done this once, we have experience, a publication template, and a production process that we can build on to make more publications in a similar way. If we do so with more than three weeks from proposal to release, we can make them even higher-quality and better-promoted than our first effort.

So, shall we have another go or two at it? If so, what project[s] should we pursue next?

  1. Hagada - Mi Yodeya version 2

    This would be a revised and expanded version of our first hagada companion. I don't think we've generated enough new Passover content in the past year to make something with all new content, but we can add new stuff that deserves to be added, possibly subtract stuff that isn't as fitting or high-quality, increase the quality control, possibly add helpful features like a bibliography, a glossary, or a question index, and promote the publication more deliberately and extensively.

  2. Chanuka - Mi Yodeya

    It's actually already getting a little too late to have a Chanuka publication not be another rushed effort, but I'm including this as an explicit option in case someone feels strongly about it. It is, after all, a very popular holiday. Topics could include various Chanuka practices (Halacha or Minhag), Chanuka lore, and Chanuka Torah readings about the Nesiyim and the Menora.

  3. Purim - Mi Yodeya

    Topics could include various Purim practices (Halacha or Minhag), Megilat Esther, Purim's Torah reading about Amalek, and Purim Torah.

  4. Shavuot - Mi Yodeya

    Topics could include various Shavuot practices (Halacha or Minhag), general Yom Tov practices, Torah study (how to and philosophy of), the Sinai Assembly and Decalogue, other topics in the Torah/Haftara readings. A special emphasis could be placed on Q&A that leads to or facilitates deeper study.

  5. (a - c) Hagada v. 2 and also one of the other projects listed above

    There's enough time between now and Spring that we might be able to pull off both a revision project and a new project, and whichever comes out first could help promote the other.

  6. Other

Please post at most one answer per distinct project or project combination that you'd like to support. (In other words, this question shouldn't end up with more than seven answers plus one for each distinct "Other" idea someone posts.) If the option you'd like to support already has an answer, please vote it up and edit in any additional supporting arguments you'd like to add.

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    Additionally, besides for Chanukah, we have enough time to call for additional questions on Pesach, Purim, and Shavuos. We should ask people to bring all questions, including those that they may already know the answers to. – HodofHod Sep 30 '13 at 18:29
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    @HodofHod, for Pesach, in particular, we could especially solicit questions related to the Seder stages that we don't yet have represented in H-MY, so that we can attempt to have a section for each stage this time around. – Isaac Moses Sep 30 '13 at 18:34
  • Great idea! We could do something similar for Purim: solicit questions for each part of Purim, each mitzva and minhag, and perhaps even every chapter of the megillah. (Mitzvos and minhagim might be a little but harder for Pesach: there's so many) – HodofHod Sep 30 '13 at 18:38
  • Followup question. – msh210 Nov 1 '13 at 6:08
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Purim - Mi Yodeya

Topics could include various Purim practices (Halacha or Minhag), Megilat Esther, Purim's Torah reading about Amalek, and Purim Torah.

We should aim to get this out a week or two in advance at least, so that people can benefit from the serious parts before the celebratory day. A chapter of Purim Torah can then enhance that celebration -- or if not, people will still enjoy it.

Because Purim and Pesach are a month apart, we can use this to also promote our haggadah -- either a revised one if done, or the existing one otherwise.

We have a great deal of content that could potentially go into a Purim reader, including the following tags, whose total current question count, eliminating overlaps, is 167 184:1

In addition, we have 57 questions.

With this material, we could make a Purim reader that's edifying, fun, and uniquely yodeyan.

1 The link reflects the original number/query.

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5b - Hagada v. 2 and Purim

Given what we accomplished in three weeks and that we now have something like 23 weeks until Purim, I believe that we have enough time to do high-quality jobs on both a revised hagada companion and a Purim reader.

Regarding the merits of these projects individually, I endorse Monica's answers supporting each of them.

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Hagada - Mi Yodeya version 2

At minimum, revise based on the feedback we got: more-thorough editing, index, bibliography, and perhaps glossary.

Ideally, review both (a) questions that didn't make it in (to see if they should) and (b) ones that did (to see if they should stay, be edited, or be removed). I agree with Isaac that we don't have enough material to make all-new content1, but even if we did I wouldn't want to go that way -- let's aim for one haggadah supplement that represents the best of what we have, not the 5773 edition and the 5774 edition and ... that you have to use together to get everything. Then, once we have it, let's promote it far and wide.

1. Of the 278 questions to date tagged , , or both, a little more than 50 were posted anew since we published the first Hagada - Mi Yodeya. That percentage sounds like enough to consider expansion, but not enough to make a new volume of similar scale.

  • How many questions went into the original? – HodofHod Sep 30 '13 at 18:16
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    @HodofHod, It looks like we drew on a bank of ~200+ questions (including closed, low-quality, unanswered, etc.). This TOC lists 27 that made it into our publication, if I counted correctly. – Isaac Moses Sep 30 '13 at 18:25

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