Purim Torah posts, I’ve noticed, have been getting a lot of downvotes lately. While earlier I had expressed this thought, echoed by ezra there, I’m starting to think it’s because not everyone is getting into the holiday spirit.

Going through the review queue, I’m seeing posts like this one getting flagged for deletion. A short post isn’t always bad - it’s quality, not quantity. That answer delivers IMO a great punchline to the original joke, and I see no reason to have it deleted. As of writing, nobody else has voted to trash it, either.

This post serves two purposes: to remind people to have fun and not to take anything labeled PTIJ so seriously (ahem, ezra), and to receive other people’s input on what else may be causing this negative reaction to PTIJ and what we, as a community, can do to help reverse it.

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    see judaism.meta.stackexchange.com/q/834/759 and judaism.meta.stackexchange.com/q/3490/759 Not all comedy is good comedy. Writing good comedy is an art form. Purim Torah season is not a free for all to post anything, and voting is still supposed to be used to push good content up and bad content down. – Double AA Feb 16 '18 at 15:43
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    I, ezra, sincerely apologize for ruining your Purim spirit. :) :) :) – ezra Feb 16 '18 at 16:20
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    Note that the system may automatically flag short answers to the LQP review queue without human interference. – Scimonster Feb 18 '18 at 10:54


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    Yes, exactly. Voting on PTIJ is, very rightly, also about if it is funny. – Y     e     z Feb 18 '18 at 20:45

The PTIJ questions are supposed to be in jest, yes, but that doesn't mean they're exempt from all the other requirements of a Mi Yodeya question. Thus, they should include enough background info for people to understand the question; should be real, answerable questions; and should exemplify d'racheha darche noam. In addition, they should follow the PTIJ rules:

It's gotta be distinctly "Purim" (not serious), distinctly Torah, and distinctly Q&A. Purim Torah questions that don't have all three of these qualities may be closed.

So, post sincere-looking questions (you know, the kind that invite answers) that:

  • misinterpret a real Torah concept or Jewish text


  • apply a distinctly Torah style (e.g. Talmudic analysis) to an irrelevant topic

The requirements imposed on a PTIJ question are thus stricter than those on a normal question, so it's no wonder that it's easier to fail to meet those requirements (in the view of the voter) and to garner down-, close-, and delete-votes.

(Plus, people might downvote if they think the joke is weak.)

Oh, and the same applies, mutatis mutandis, to answers.

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