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There are a few overlapping questions on the topic of screen technology and G-d's name, vis a vis "virtually" erasing the Holy name of G-d.

Deleting files containing G-d's Name / taking the host device into the bathroom
What are the practical limits of shaimos in the common era?
Is it permissible to erase the name of G-d from an E-reader?

and even
When blogging/emailing/etc., do I use "God" or "G-d"?

I'm not sure which to mark as a dupe of which (some have been marked, but some haven't). There are also similar, semi-related questions about using this technology to "write/erase" on Shabbath. In addition, incorporate elements of others without being perfect dupes.

Can anyone come up with a way to dupe/merge them so that the overlaps are effectively dealt with, but the stand-alone elements are able to be their own questions?

  • @IsaacMoses, better? – Seth J Oct 17 '13 at 17:35
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Let's see….

I think When blogging/emailing/etc., do I use "God" or "G-d"? is very broad — more "let's cover all aspects of this practical question" than "let's analyze this halachic concept". (The other questions are farther along the spectrum toward the latter.) That's how the answers took it, also. I don't think we should close any of the others as a duplicate of When blogging/emailing/etc., do I use "God" or "G-d"?, since they are more pointed; on the other hand, When blogging/emailing/etc., do I use "God" or "G-d"? itself asks about something the others don't address (English names), and the answers address that point, so it cannot be closed as a duplicate, either. (Why do people say "God" in English and not "Gosh"? addresses English names, but only with respect to speaking.)

So none of the open questions should be closed in my opinion. I wish there were something we could do about When blogging/emailing/etc., do I use "God" or "G-d"? — re-ask the parts of it that are not duplicates of existing open questions (or of Does closing a browser with His name count as a sin?) and then close it perhaps — but I can't think of a way to do that that doesn't lose the existing answers, alas.

Does closing a browser with His name count as a sin?, closed, asks about removing a name from a screen, which none of the open questions ask about, so should be reopened.

I do think that linking each question to every other related question in the text of the question itself would be valuable.

  • This answer doesn't (or, at least, doesn't yet) deal with the "similar, semi-related questions about using this technology to 'write/erase' on Shabbath" mentioned in the question above. – msh210 Oct 17 '13 at 17:49
  • I think that subject is distinct enough to stand on its own, and I haven't really looked at them carefully enough to opine as to whether they overlap too much with each other. I just mentioned it as a tangentially related topic. Maybe if these are good enough to stand on their own, we should create a new tag for virtual writing? – Seth J Oct 17 '13 at 18:03

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