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How did you find out about Judaism.SE (friends/google/ads)?

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  • I don't think we have ads yet, but it could be useful for the future. – Shmuel Jan 3 '12 at 17:55
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    If you upvote, it'd be nice if you also leave a comment on that answer describing any particulars. – Isaac Moses Jan 3 '12 at 18:10
  • If anyone first came via HNQ please post an answer saying so! – Double AA Oct 26 '18 at 16:24

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I found Judaism.SE through Google.

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    Follow-up question to all who upvote this: What were you searching for? (Please answer in comments.) – Isaac Moses Jan 3 '12 at 18:05
  • I don't remember. I originally found it in its M.Y days, though I never had the time to answer/comment. – Shmuel Jan 3 '12 at 18:13
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    I don't remember. I found the site while searching for something, but I didn't register for a while. Then, according to my activity, I registered to answer this question: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/7746/… . I would not have guessed this. I was probably doing some kind of search that lead me to this question, and decided to offer an answer. – Menachem Jan 4 '12 at 1:51
  • @Menachem no one welcomed you :( – Shmuel Jan 4 '12 at 2:39
  • @ShmuelBrill only two days late: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/7724/… – Isaac Moses Jan 4 '12 at 3:57
  • I searched the name "Rabbi Yaakov Hilel" and then the words came up "rabbi yaakov hilel tzitis out" and it linked me to here. – Hacham Gabriel Jan 4 '12 at 18:54
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    I was searching for info about the custom not to eat in a shivah house and found this site. Very glad I did! – user4523 Nov 20 '13 at 17:28
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    I was searching for details regarding Heicha Kedusha. Pretty obscure custom, this was one of the only websites that even came up with useful details. Since then (November) I have learned quite a lot from this site!! – Mike Mar 19 '14 at 2:49
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    It came up in Google results just about every time I googled something about Judaism. – Alex Oct 26 '18 at 17:13

I was a member of another Stack Exchange network site, and came upon this site through the network.

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    Now that this is generalized, comments from upvoters saying which SE site they came through and by which network mechanism they found Judaism.SE would be appreciated. – Isaac Moses Jan 3 '12 at 19:35
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    @IsaacMoses. That would be interesting, but less useful than say, the Google search terms. – Hod - Monica's Army Jan 3 '12 at 19:47
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    Regarding which site, I guess I agree. Regarding which mechanism (e.g. browsing the list on StackExchange.com, sidebar ads, or the long list of links at the bottom of each page), I think there could be some real use for people who design such mechanisms. – Isaac Moses Jan 3 '12 at 19:50
  • I don't exactly remember, but probably through the network list. – Scimonster Nov 2 '14 at 13:56

Isaac had posted a notice (back in m.y days) on an online forum.

  • Specifically, LinkedIn. – Alex Jan 4 '12 at 18:43
  • +1, I found a proposal about Judaism topic in Area51, and there Isaac Moses commented that there is already m.y site. I joined m.y and later migrated to J.SE2 with others. – jutky Jan 29 '12 at 11:28
  • I had seen the notice on a blog, but don't remember which one -- Hirhurim, maybe? – Dave Feb 6 '12 at 20:32
  • @Dave, most likely, or it could have been The Rebbetzin's Husband. – Isaac Moses Feb 29 '12 at 13:02
  • @IsaacMoses I think I actually saw it in both places. – Dave Mar 1 '12 at 0:25

I joined mi.yodeya before it became judaism.stackexchange.com. I was told about m.y by Isaac Moses, its founder, personally (that is, by offline communication or by personal e-mail (not on a listserv or the like)).

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    Why'd you switch from generic "personal communication" to specifically from me? – Isaac Moses Jan 3 '12 at 18:18
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    @IsaacMoses, I thought it'd be interesting to count separately those lured in by you and those lured in by other users; also, to count separately those lured in to m.y and those lured in to J.SE (to forestall the other question, why I changed from generic to specifying m.y). – msh210 Jan 3 '12 at 20:09
  • @IsaacMoses but by all means feel free to re-generalize. – msh210 Jan 3 '12 at 20:10
  • I miss my former opportunities to exchange information with M.Y. founder @IsaacMoses by word of mouth. – Seth J Nov 20 '13 at 16:55
  • Big fan of @IsaacMoses projects in general and was very excited to hear about this one. – WAF Dec 1 '13 at 3:52

I was told about Mi Yodeya by a friend.

He quoted research that he did in a chabura in yeshiva.

  • When I found this question, I couldn't believe that no one else was told about it by a friend. Either I'm the first, or no one's ever seen this question. – MTL Oct 28 '14 at 2:51
  • B"H many more people have used MY than have looked at Meta and certainly than have seen this question. What about this answer, though? – Isaac Moses Oct 28 '14 at 3:18
  • @IsaacMoses My friend could very well believe that I had never heard of MY. – MTL Oct 28 '14 at 3:26
  • @IsaacMoses BTW, I found this question looking for your Shabbaton question -- scanned all site-promotion questions. – MTL Oct 28 '14 at 3:27

I found out about the proposal (then in commitment phase) via Joel Spolsky's blog.

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    I was not previously a StackExchange user, though I had heard of the site and occasionally used it (via Google) for debugging code. I had not previously realized that the network covered non-technical topics too. – Monica Cellio Jan 3 '12 at 21:28
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    LOL, Judaism is non-technical? ;-) – Seth J Nov 20 '13 at 16:54
  • It's a different kind of technical. :-) – Monica Cellio Nov 20 '13 at 16:57

Founded mi.yodeya, the site's SE 1.0 predecessor, and wrote the proposal to create a SE 2.0 home for Judaism in general and mi.yodeya's community and content in particular.

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    No one better upvote this one. :) – Isaac Moses Jan 3 '12 at 18:09

I was told about the judaism.SE proposal on area51 by a friend.

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    Extra Details: Led by @IsaacMoses' comment on area51 promoting mi.yodeya, I registered there under the name "yaavetz", which you still might find in some of the comments to old questions/answers. My account on mi.yodeya was then merged with my existing SE account when we started beta here. – jake Jan 3 '12 at 23:08

found this site through a link in either a blogpost or comment on a blog post on Mekubal's site


I was told about mi.yodeya (version 1) by a friend who couldn't believe that I had never heard of it.

Source: here


I don't remember how I encountered the site.

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    Whoa. If an upvote means "me too," does a downvote mean "I did the opposite"? I think this is a legitimate (though not very useful) response, and the voting scheme requested in the question should be honored. – Isaac Moses Dec 5 '13 at 18:35
  • If so, then I could down-vote all the other answers. – Adam Mosheh Dec 11 '13 at 18:55
  • I'm upvoting to cancel out the downvote. – Isaac Moses Mar 19 '14 at 1:39

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