Reading this blog post:

Tell us what your community is about in one brief sentence!

So what's our one-liner?

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  • Where can we see other SEs'? – msh210 May 16 '11 at 15:23
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    @msh210 You can find the equivalent of this question, asked and answered on the universe of beta-SEs back in October, here – Isaac Moses May 16 '11 at 15:27
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    @IsaacMoses, I didn't look at all of those, but for the ones I looked at, I see discussions, but no decisions, and no implementations (i.e., I don't see any of the elevator pitches actually used anywhere. For example, if I choose to add a link to http://english.stackexchange.com as my Facebook status, then Facebook gets "This is a collaboratively edited question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required." from somewhere as a summary (no idea where it gets that from: [continued] – msh210 May 16 '11 at 15:47
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    [continued] there's no HTML meta tag in the page. But that's another question). That long thing is not the elevator pitch anyone picked). Where are these elevator pitches used? – msh210 May 16 '11 at 15:47
  • @msh210 Good question. – Isaac Moses May 16 '11 at 15:55
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    @msh210, If we have a nice tagline, we could certainly stick it in the FAQ. It could also go in promotional materials (e.g. press releases). Also, when it comes time to hire a graphic designer to make a site design, it may be possible to incorporate a tagline into the design. Finally, this discussion could be useful in helping the community determine precisely what this site is about. (Although that should also happen in other meta-questions.) – Isaac Moses May 16 '11 at 16:10
  • The give-a-question-take-a-question of Jewish learning
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Inspired by zaq's work on an ad idea, and some of the ideas here:

  • Ask Jewish. Answer Jewish. Learn with the crowd.

  • Jewish questions. Jewish answers. Learning with the crowd.

  • Jewish questions. Jewish answers. Learn with the crowd.

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Here are some ideas to get the juices flowing. I wouldn't choose any of these as a final choice.

  • Judaism.SE gives you the chance to share your curiosity and knowledge about all things Jewish with a crowd of other sharers. At the same time, you get to help enrich the Internet with a repository of Jewish information expressed in the language of people who want to know it.

    This is from early promotional writing I did for mi.yodeya. Pretty dry and long-winded.

  • An "Ask the Rabbi" site without the rabbi.

    I realize there are unfortunate potential implications in this one.

  • Who knows Judaism? The crowd at Judaism.SE knows Judaism.

    Of course, this one works much better with "mi.yodeya.com."

  • Ask two Jews, get three opinions, whenever you're ready.

  • The ultimate back-of-the-shul kibitz-fest.

  • "Ibaya Lehu" for large values of "hu"

    Only works for people familiar with Talmudic Aramaic. Actually, if this site was just targeted to such people, IbaeiLehu.com would be a cute name, albeit even harder on the spelling intuition.

  • Your giant, online beit midrash.

    More respectful but more jargony than "back-of-the-shul."

  • Learn in public. Make a kiddush Hashem.

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  • Oy, the latter two of your suggestions are kind of depressing. – WAF May 16 '11 at 13:43
  • @WAF, I've suggested five so far. Which do you mean? – Isaac Moses May 16 '11 at 13:59
  • @WAF If you mean the "Ask the Rabbi" one, it doesn't exactly capture what's going on here. I just threw it out there in the spirit of brainstorming. – Isaac Moses May 16 '11 at 14:21
  • @IsaacMoses - Actually the back-of-the-shul one and the 3 opinions one. – WAF May 16 '11 at 15:54
  • @WAF Interesting. Why do you find those depressing? – Isaac Moses May 16 '11 at 15:55
  • @IsaacMoses - They are sad indices of the ideal of hagdalas and ha'adaras Torah . – WAF May 16 '11 at 15:58
  • Yeah, I don't like those two, either. The two-three one reinforces a stereotype, and the shul one a behavior, I'm not fond of. – msh210 May 16 '11 at 15:58
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    @WAF and @msh210, If you think they're truly offensive, I'm willing to remove/edit/disclaimer them. The two-three one, in my view, is an irreverent reference to the ability of a Halachic thinker to internalize "Eilu Ve'eilu." Anyway, now that you're thinking about this (which was my goal), please consider adding your own ideas, even if they're off the wall. – Isaac Moses May 16 '11 at 16:08
  • I like the "giant online Bet Midrash", was starting to think along those lines... (I also like the two-three, but I realize it's not very practical). – AviD May 21 '11 at 23:20

What the Talmud might have been like if they'd had the Internet.

(Okay, a little flip, and of course אם הראשונים כמלאכים...)

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  • One big happy chavrusa-schaft.

Too jargony by far as is, but I like how it distinguishes the ask-the-rabbi sites from this one.

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    Is there an un-jargony and yet distinctly Jewish way to get at the "Chavrusa" or "Beit Midrash" idea? – Isaac Moses May 17 '11 at 22:04
  • ומחבירי יותר מרבותי.‏

A little dangerous, this one; plus, it's in Hebrew.

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  • A little dangerous? – yydl May 20 '11 at 2:23
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    @yydl: One needs a rav, of course, and that line can be misread as implying otherwise. – msh210 May 20 '11 at 2:29
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    whoops. Meant to say "a little dangerous?" – yydl May 20 '11 at 2:57
  • Well, Rav Chanina meant that a peer will challenge what someone said in a way a teacher won't, causing him to come to a clearer understanding. (See Maharsha.) If the line is used for this site, it'd be interpreted as meaning that a peer can provide information a teacher won't, so... you're right: it's more than a little dangerous. :-) Feel free to downvote. :-) – msh210 May 20 '11 at 3:10
  • Ask and answer questions on Jewish life and learning.
  • Ask and answer questions on traditional Judaism.
  • Ask and answer questions on orthodox Judaism.

(and any of those with "Answer and ask" instead) sound good to me, but, well, I'm boring.

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  • thou shall answer a question about Judaism, or at least ask two.

  • thou shall learn about Judaism.

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