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Old questions refresh to meet new standards

This question is influenced by my question about נשים פטורות ממצוות עשה, which was suggested as a dupe of Why are women exempt from (many) time-bound mitzvot? When I saw the later question and the ...
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The difference between a bad answer and a non-answer

It seems to me (I may be wrong) that there is some sort of confusion or disagreement (recently) about what makes something "not an answer" as opposed to a bad answer. I think it is important that ...
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Should an answer preempt comments

Often times an answer to a question may raise further questions. Sometimes the follow-up questions might be directly related to the original question, while at times they may be tangential. This ...
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Partially redundant answers

Mi Yodeya may have an issue that is somewhat unique among StackExchange sites. Because of the nature of questions and answers about Judaism, there can be many completely different answers to one ...
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Addressing only a second premise of a question

If someone asks a question that is based on multiple premises, can a valid answer simply refute any of the premises? Specifically in a case where one premise appears to precede a second one, can a ...
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Should we have a policy similar to Skeptics.SE for answers?

As mentioned in their New User FAQ: The biggest surprise to new users is our insistence on references in the answers. Many forums will appear to simply accept at face-value the word of a random ...
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Which search terms do we top?

I noticed today that if you search Google for Purim Torah or for "Purim Torah", our purim-torah-in-jest tag landing page is now the first result, above the Wikipedia entry. This fact indicates that ...
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Could one post questions/answers in Hebrew/Lashon Hakodesh without translating?

Some questions on the conduct of asking/answering questions on Mi Yodeya. (1)When answering a question and putting up a source, is it expected of the answerer to translates the sources used? (2)If ...
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Prefer you your good questions or your bad answers?

Rabbi Nachman Mibreslav wrote in Likutey moharan chapter 56: וּכְשֶׁהַשֵּם יִתְבָּרַך נִסְתָּר בְּהַסְתָּרָה אַחַת גַּם כֵּן קָשֶׁה מְאד לְמָצְאוֹ אַך אַף עַל פִּי כֵן, כְּשֶׁהוּא נִסְתָּר ...
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Good length for answer, fidelity to question

Shalom leChachmey Mi Yodeya. I will spend a few minutes to ask about aesthetics and proportions of Q&A I want to know if there is a standard concerning the length of answer or question. A ...
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What should we do with edits to questions that invalidate answers that found a way around the original question?

Our current policy is that if there is a question with an upvoted answer, the asker should not edit that question to clarify his intention if it invalidates the answer. In my experience, when that ...
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Poor quality answers from the “good old days”

Many have observed that during the early days of the site, standards were still somewhat in formation, and many older posts lack the quality that would constitute a valid answer, sometimes asking ...
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Is it a virtue to keep questions/answers succinct?

Without citing specific examples, I've encountered questions and answers (comments, personally, are less bothersome) that are convoluted or incredibly lengthy (where the length does not provide ...
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How can we encourage M.Y. contributors to translate sources and technical terms

When I post a question, comment or answer, I try to use "simplified" English terminology as often as I can. There are times when I am lazy or forget, admittedly, but, I believe that's a minority, in ...
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What to do with an answer that's part-right, part-wrong?

Consider this recent answer about dealing with smoke detectors making annoying noise on Shabbat. In it, the answerer, coming from a point-of-view outside traditional Judaism but knowledgeable and ...
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How should we handle Hebrew-only answers?

The language of Stack Exchange is English. On this site, many answers (and questions) will also involve Hebrew, and we don't want to discourage that. This answer contains a citation in English and ...
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Writing a clearer answer than an existing one

If an answer is written in such a way that it is comprehensible, but could be written more clearly, what is the correct course of action for another user? Edit the answer to make it more clear Leave ...
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Is a link-only answer to within MY acceptable?

@Scimonster I thought we decided that a mi.y link was OK. This is not to say, of course, that the other link shouldn't be expanded on :) – Shokhet 6 hours ago @Shokhet, 1) 2 upvotes doesn't ...
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Is it OK to post extensive comments as answers?

Here and there, I see answers prefaced by "this is really just a comment that got too long" or the like (and after seeing this a few times I felt comfortable doing it myself, twice in fact). Is that ...
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Flagged for length and content - incorrectly?

I often see in the VLQ review queue posts that are flagged for their length and content. Often they are, indeed, very low quality, but they are valid answers. Since my options from the review queue ...
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I know A, and based on A, I'm asking B

One example of this is here, but I have seen several. If the questioner is asking B, presuming A, could a valid answer be that A is incorrect?
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Answers that say “I asked my Rabbi and he said…”

Given that this website is not intended for issuing halachic decisions, are answers that offer no source other than "I asked my Rabbi and he said..." valid answers? What your personal rabbi tells you,...
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Link only answers

There are several examples of link only answers which are as we know deprecated and not very useful for this site. Usually someone comments on the answer requesting a summary of the link, or similar ...
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What advice do you have on writing better questions and answers for Mi Yodeya?

I still haven't earned a badge for Nice Question or Nice Answer, both of which require I get scores of 10 or more. I hit 9 once, but that was a while ago. Can someone suggest ways one can improve my ...
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Crediting an answer previously posted by another

How should we relate to an answer where that answer has already been given by a previous poster with the same or greater detail? I assume this happens because the poster failed to read previously ...
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Getting good answers

I'm wondering if anyone has strategies for getting good answers to questions. I have a low (33%) acceptance rate, because I'm unsatisfied with the answers to many of my questions. I'm not saying the ...