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Is it just me that thinks Purim Torah detracts from the whole idea of Mi Yodeya? I understand the idea that it's Adar and why not, but I feel it detracts from the whole website (especially for newcomers looking for real Q&A). Why can't the Purim Torah be in a chat or some area separate from regular questions?

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    95.5% of the time it's not even around. – Double AA Mar 7 '17 at 23:31
  • yea butbwhen it's around,its rampant – sam Mar 7 '17 at 23:37
  • It'd be worthwhile to look at this kind of data, but more, and more recently. – Isaac Moses Mar 8 '17 at 0:04
  • I see the data,I am just noting it does get in the way of regular questions,and for first time useres will prob wonder what on earth is going on here and if this is a serious place to get answers,I am not saying to gwt rid of it,I am just noting it woukd be better if it was in a seprate location from reg questions – sam Mar 8 '17 at 0:40
  • Also of possible interest: page views since Jan 1 2016: i.stack.imgur.com/Beh25.png – Monica Cellio Mar 8 '17 at 2:09
  • Highly related: meta.judaism.stackexchange.com/q/3490/5323. More on quantity, specifically: meta.judaism.stackexchange.com/q/3846/5323 – MTL Mar 8 '17 at 2:58
  • @moni that could be solely due to the tendency of ptij to become hnq – Double AA Mar 8 '17 at 3:16
  • It basically says THIS IS PURIM TORAH in massive letters. I can't fathom what could possibly be confusing to anyone even if they are a newcomer. – Eliyahu Mar 8 '17 at 3:23
  • I mainly see the new questions through an RSS reader, and I wish the title started off with "PURIM TORAH", so I could know just by reading the title – Menachem Mar 8 '17 at 7:43
  • @Menachem Please vote/comment/edit meta.judaism.stackexchange.com/a/3838/759 to detail it's value to you – Double AA Mar 8 '17 at 22:21
  • judaism.stackexchange.com/q/14538/732 is also quite relevant. – Shmuel Brin Mar 9 '17 at 2:26
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On the other hand, Purim Torah brings readers to Mi Yodeya who wouldn't otherwise visit, potentially exposing them to valuable (seriously, from the point of view of MY's general mission of spreading knowledge about Judaism) content. Every Purim Torah page has links to the front page, to seasonal tags highlighted in Community Events, and to serious questions that the algorithm lists as "Related." In addition, the better Purim Torah posts allude to and ideally link to real information about Judaism, thus teaching through humor. So, there are ways in which Purim Torah season helps with what MY is generally for.

In addition, of course, it's fun.

So, we have qualitative values one way, and qualitative values the other way. In my opinion, doing Purim Torah in the time-limited and strictly labeled way we do is, on balance, worthwhile.

Beyond qualitative arguments and personal opinions, it would be valuable to try to bring some data to bear. How many newcomers get confused? How many readers look at Purim Torah, and nothing else? How many look at Purim Torah and then at other content? What is the effect of Purim Torah season on non-Purim Torah content productivity? Answering questions like these with numbers could make it much easier to engage in informed deliberations about policy.

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    Also questions like: how does the average score of PTIJ posts change as the days go on? Perhaps our ~17 days is too long. – Double AA Mar 8 '17 at 5:51
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    Aderabah, I find that the regular posts distract from the PTIJ during the season ;-) – MTL Mar 8 '17 at 20:09
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Personally, I just have a few tags which I block. One of them is the [purim-torah-in-jest] tag.

So unless the question makes it onto HNQ, I won't even see that there is such a thing as Purim Torah (unless I specifically look for it).

To block a tag, see https://judaism.stackexchange.com/users/preferences

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