In what ways is judaism.stackexchange.com different from the old mi.yodeya.com?
"What's different" depends on how deep you want to go.
There have been a few fundamental additions to the ecosystem of a Stack Exchange site.
- This meta forum — You own, dedicated meta sites give you an opportunity to talk about the development, promotion, and governance of the Judaism Stack Exchange site.
- The Judaism chat room — the chat rooms are designed to be a third place for real time socialization and coordination of work.
Beyond that, there have been a bazillion other little behaviors and features added since the time of mi.yodeya — but, truthfully, the best way to find these features is to just use and enjoy the site. If you either need or want a particular feature, the system is designed to be discoverable.
If you have any questions about how to use a feature, this is the place to ask!
If you want to be a bit more proactive and follow the development of the Stack Exchange Network, the Stack Exchange Blog is the best place to read about the big-picture announcements.
If that doesn't provide enough detail, there is a "Recent Feature Changes" post that chronicles any notable changes to the Q&A engine.
Beyond that lies meta.stackoverflow, which gets into the really nitty-gritty, insider-baseball stuff.
Some stuff I noticed:
- Obviously, the design of the entire site has changed. I personally like the old one better
- Users are now showing accept rates (and see here)
- As a StackExchange 2.0 site we now have all the new technology like having @ replies in comments, alert users (a long-awaited feature)
- Reputation works a lot differently, but in a good way
- We now have a meta site!
And more to be updated as I continue to get used to the new site....
Tag synonyms are a boon we didn't have at the old site. We made do with adding synonyms into the tags themselves, as in
writing-printing. To-be-created tags need no longer do that: choose whichever of the words you like, and if someone creates a synonymous tag then the community can easily merge them so that future uses of either will work.
This site has a moderation hierarchy (reminiscent of Slashdot's meta-moderation) in which regular users can "Review" new users' posts for potential flagging for more attention from moderators.
At least in this browser, it's impossible to select text in the preview version of an answer as you type it. (It was possible to do so in the old site.) This means that I can't type an escape sequence like — in the editing box, select the resulting character (in this case, an em dash) in the preview, copy it, and paste it back into the editing box in lieu of the escape sequence. I like the old version better in this regard.