I wanted to suggest that we put forth a standard comment to put on psak questions asked by new users. The goal of the psak-close reason is, as I understand from various chat conversations, to instill in new users that they should not take what they receive from this site as psak, and to drive this message home we have them edit their question. I think it could be helpful to have a standard comment to post on these new-users posts. This occurred to me after posting a very similar comment on two consecutive new questions.

My suggestion is below, and feel free to suggest another or explain if you think this isn't necessary/helpful.


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I've adapted YeZ's answer, as per Isaac Moses' suggestion, so that I could have this here to copy easily. You can copy it also, if you want ;-)

Welcome to Mi Yodeya! Can you [edit] your question to make it less personal? We [try to avoid practical halachic questions](//meta.judaism.stackexchange.com/q/1734). You might also want to see "[Why is it necessary to ask a rabbi?](//judaism.stackexchange.com/q/9146)" for more info. We hope to see you around!

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    I like this better. Commented Nov 7, 2014 at 4:55
  • @msh210 If you can cut numbers out of a link and they still work, what are they there for in the first place?
    – MTL
    Commented Nov 9, 2014 at 17:57
  • @Shokhet they're there to give you unique referrer links, which feeds the Announcer family of badges. The last number is a user number and can be dropped. (Referrals from within the network don't help with those badges anyway.) Commented Nov 10, 2014 at 5:03
  • @MonicaCellio Ah. Thanks for clarifying that!
    – MTL
    Commented Nov 10, 2014 at 5:05
  • Similar: meta.judaism.stackexchange.com/a/3462/5323
    – MTL
    Commented Feb 20, 2015 at 5:41

Welcome to Mi Yodeya. Can you [edit] your question to make it less personal? We [try to avoid practical halachic questions](http://judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/9146/why-is-it-necessary-to-ask-a-rabbi). We hope to see you around!

Writing the word [edit] in brackets automatically makes it into a link to edit the post.

  • @Scimonster What'd you do???
    – MTL
    Commented Nov 2, 2014 at 18:59
  • @Shokhet I used some <s>magic</s> practical kabbalah.
    – Scimonster
    Commented Nov 2, 2014 at 19:03
  • @Scimonster :P No, really....how do you make the links show up normally, without weird line breaks?
    – MTL
    Commented Nov 2, 2014 at 19:05
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    @Shokhet I used HTML entities that create [ and (, so that they don't parse as markdown.
    – Scimonster
    Commented Nov 2, 2014 at 19:06
  • @Scimonster I should've just figured that out by looking at the revisions history :P ....thanks for explaining! :)
    – MTL
    Commented Nov 2, 2014 at 19:11
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    I think there ought to be a link to meta.judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/1734/… either instead of or in addition to the one to "Why is it necessary ..."
    – Isaac Moses Mod
    Commented Nov 3, 2014 at 14:46

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