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The Purim Torah policy addresses question that are, themselves, in the Purim spirit. But there is also Purim Torah which takes for its starting point a “real” question; only the answer is ridiculous.

For a concrete example, take this pseudo-analysis of a serious topic: Women and Tefillin: a Response to Everyone. Can something like this be posted to Mi Yodeya? I see two possibilities:

  1. The rules do not change; find a way to make the question silly on its own. For the example, the question would be something like, “May women wear tefillin just as Queen Esther did?”.
  2. The question can be asked “straight” (“May women wear tefillin?”), but tagged , and with a variant of the usual disclaimer specifically asking only for Purim Torah-type answers.

The first is the obvious answer, but has a drawback: I may need to have a particular answer in mind, and the wording of the question may only allow for joke answers along that one narrow path.

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    That article is hilarious. – Double AA Mar 5 '14 at 15:14
  • @DoubleAA, whatever the decision on my question, someone’s going to have to ask her for permission. Here’s the original post, BTW. – J. C. Salomon Mar 5 '14 at 15:20

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