This is not Purim Torah.

Mi Yodeya policy on Purim Torah is described in this Meta post: Purim Torah policy - Allowed, but regulated

One of the points is that Purim Torah may only be posted from Rosh Chodesh Adar, or, if there are two, R"C Adar Bet.

This seems to contradict the quote from the Mishnah, Megillah 1:4:

אין בין אדר הראשון לאדר השני אלא קריאת המגילה ומתנות לאביונים

There is no difference between Adar Alef and Adar Bet, except for the Reading of the Megillah and Gifts to the Poor.

In all seriousness, shouldn't Mi Yodeya follow this guideline?

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    Why would you expect this rule in the Mishna to apply to this contemporarily- and locally-invented policy?
    – Isaac Moses Mod
    Commented Jan 14, 2016 at 2:21
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    I figured that halachic idea is applied in different, contemporary situations.
    – user9907
    Commented Jan 14, 2016 at 2:23
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    I love that a question about site policy in the 21st century is asked and answered based on the talmud. It just goes to show that אֵין כָּל-חָדָשׁ תַּחַת הַשָּׁמֶשׁ.‎ Commented Jan 14, 2016 at 2:50

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The interpretation of the Gemara there (6b) is that according to Rabban Gamliel, whom the Halakha is in accordance with, that Mishna is written shorthand (חיסורא מחסרא) and should more fully be read:

אין בין ארבעה עשר שבאדר הראשון לי"ד שבאדר השני אלא מקרא מגילה ומתנות
There is no difference between the 14th of Adar Alef and the 14th of Adar Bet, except for the Reading of the Megillah and Gifts [to the Poor].

Thus according to the accepted Halakha this wouldn't apply to Mi Yodeya's Purim Torah Policy.

Plus, Mi Yodyea isn't obligated to follow Halakha and designs its Purim Torah Policy based on purely pragmatic considerations (not too long and centered in the time leading up to Purim itself).

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    So maybe (ignoring your final point) PTIJ should be allowed on 14 Adar I
    – Daniel
    Commented Jan 14, 2016 at 2:49
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    @Daniel Maybe too you should recite the Shir Shel Yom for [day of the week of 14 Adar II] on 14 Adar I? It's only discussing laws unique to that day.
    – Double AA Mod
    Commented Jan 14, 2016 at 3:38
  • And we will not read special parshas this month (we read Sheqalim at the end of the month, the Shabbat before Adar II) and they are mentioned elsewhere in Megillah (and follows Rav except in one aspect where it follows Shmuel - the actual parsha we read for Sheqalim)
    – CashCow
    Commented Feb 9, 2016 at 16:00

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