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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. – Y     e     z Nov 7 '14 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? – Shokhet Nov 9 '14 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.) – Monica Cellio Nov 10 '14 at 5:03
  • @MonicaCellio Ah. Thanks for clarifying that! – Shokhet Nov 10 '14 at 5:05
  • Similar: meta.judaism.stackexchange.com/a/3462/5323 – Shokhet Feb 20 '15 at 5:41
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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??? – Shokhet Nov 2 '14 at 18:59
  • @Shokhet I used some <s>magic</s> practical kabbalah. – Scimonster Nov 2 '14 at 19:03
  • @Scimonster :P No, really....how do you make the links show up normally, without weird line breaks? – Shokhet Nov 2 '14 at 19:05
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    @Shokhet I used HTML entities that create [ and (, so that they don't parse as markdown. – Scimonster Nov 2 '14 at 19:06
  • @Scimonster I should've just figured that out by looking at the revisions history :P ....thanks for explaining! :) – Shokhet Nov 2 '14 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 Nov 3 '14 at 14:46

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