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Replacing non-Jewish sources with Jewish ones

I came across this question just now. It seems to be in good faith, but the embedded links are references to non-Jewish sources. Is it appropriate to replace these with corresponding links from ...
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How to avoid answering in comments

Mi Yodeya has a very high standard for answers, and I highly respect them (us) for that. This is both in strongly asking for sources, always necessary in Judaism, all the more so with the inherent and ...
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What to do when a user persistently posts unsourced opinions as answers

Mi Yodeya works very well as a motley crew of advanced Shas learners, regular run-of-the-mill Torah students, and even complete beginners such as myself. What do we do, though, when a user with ...
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Updating older looking sources with newer looking sources

I was looking on Mi Yodeya for questions related wearing costumes on Purim and came across "Are Sephardic Jews allowed to dress up in costumes on Purim?". I was excited to find a Rama (OC 696:8) ...
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How does one have the resources to answer Mi Yodeya questions?

I've been through hundreds of Mi Yodeya questions and answers. I must say I'm impressed. There's just every topic under/over the globe here and I'd like to know how do y'all do it? I'd like to know ...
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Old posts that cite a since-disgraced rabbi

We have about a dozen posts that cite, as a contemporary authority1, a prominent Rabbi who was a respected posek at the time the posts were written, and who has since been convicted of abusing his ...
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Is one comprehensive answer better than two (or three, or four etc.) non-comprehensive answers?

Many halacha questions are straightforward. There is a Talmudic statement on the matter, and the Talmudic statement is codified in the various codes of Jewish law. When posting an answer to such a ...
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FAQ post request: "Am I required to cite sources?"

I propose that we add an official faq post that makes it clear when, in answer posts and also in question posts, sources are required (meaning that we may close/delete if they're missing) and when ...
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Feedback on Sefaria from the MiYodeya community

Sefaria is a well-known repository of Jewish online texts with a vision to make all texts available to everyone for free. It is a widely used tool on MiYodeya to copy verses and link to more in-depth ...
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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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Are links strictly necessary when citing a source?

This came up in respect to my answer here. I hadn’t seen a meta post with an official policy on the topic, so I figured I’d ask. In my time here I’ve almost never linked to a source unless it’s some ...
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Primary vs Secondary sources

Many answers on Mi Yodeya include sources, often from rabbinic literature. Many times the entire answer can be a quotation from such a source. I would think that the simplest and best way to pose a ...
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Answering a question hinted to in a comment

Is it OK to answer a question, where someone had commented on the question with information that can really be used as an answer? I thought of this when I came across this link where Menachem ...
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Requiring sources for "tacit culture" and "common knowledge"

I have occasionally run into an issue where I am writing either a question or (more rarely) an answer and I haven't had any decent sources on hand, because I had viewed the elements of the question as ...
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What is considered a Jewish source?

Very often OP's ask for Jewish Sources What is the standard to be called a Jewish source? Written by a Jew? Accepted as authoritative? Is Martin Buber a Jewish source? Or only religious figures ...
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Should we edit or comment information that forms the basis of another's question?

When I know what another user's question is based on, should I leave them a comment, telling them to edit this source into their question, or should I just go ahead and edit it? This question, at ...
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What's the point of posting an answer based on something that's already online?

If I find an English-language article online that directly addresses a question on Mi Yodeya, why should I bother going to all the trouble suggested in our citation guideline - citing, summarizing, ...
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Another "bully overflow"

Yeah I know downvote downvote downvotes. But rep doesn't count here. Far from the Jewish spirit of welcoming in new people, guests, etc. you are bullying people with your downvote tactics. Where is ...
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Reposting quiz questions

I found a booklet for bochrim for Bein Hazmanim. It has lots of fascinating "quiz" questions. No answers provided. E.g: How can women bring Bikurim if it's time bound? Only allowed to bring ...
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How detailed do source-seeking questions need to be?

I've seen lots of questions, especially ones on the 'sources-mekorot' tag, that ask questions along the lines of, "where is the source that X", or "I've heard/seen practice X", etc. (in other words, ...
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Scripting challenge

I wonder how hard it would be to find all citations to a given set of texts referenced on this site and post them for reference somewhere on the web. Would anyone think this is a useful endeavor? ...
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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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Original answers

If an answer is the conclusion of a user, not overtly sourced, but the sources it is developed from are sourced, is it appropriate/necessary to point out that the conclusion is unsourced?
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Can the Hebrew use/jargon policy be expanded to include full English translations where possible?

I was looking around to see if this was already covered, but I only found questions/answers related to jargon/individual terms/transliterations. I have learned an awful lot on this site so far, but I ...
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Summarizing Sources as answers

In this answer on Meta.Islam.SE, Caleb essentially suggests that summarizing the response of another scholar is an inappropriate answer for a SE question. He says If you can actually research the ...
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Mi Yodeya Referencer: A Syntax for Linking to Sources

Several times, the community has discussed and requested an easier way to link to sources. So recently, with the help of Hashem yisborach, and @Menachem, I threw together a quick script to do just ...
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Help us make Mi Yodeya referencer even better!

UPDATE by msh210: The contributions below have been collected by HodofHod and are being worked into the script. Do not add further contributions below. Any further suggestions for modification to the ...
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Answers - When is a source required?

Disclaimer: Sources are extremely important in Judaism, as (almost) every Halacha, or Minhag (custom) has a clear source. Additionally, Judaism places sources and tradition so high, that it is ...
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Seforim Software

How many users on this website use programs such as Otzer HaChachma or Bar Ilan to make advanced searches in order to answer questions? I've seen in the past those that use the search function on ...
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Quote Wikipedia as source

An answer ( Firefighting on shabbat ) perhaps true and all, includes a reference to Wikipedia. Now, I know it's a great encyclopedia, with many knowledgeable editors, lots of critics, pages which מלאו ...
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Reference to good texts

Following this: Is there some way to make it easier to quote and find relevant texts? Hebrewbooks is a great site, very helpful with sources and texts, a wonderful interface and good options. Still, ...
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Syntax for linking to sources

We've discussed adding link support for citations, so that someone could type, in a question or answer, some shorthand, and the server would expand it to a link to a specific page on mechon-mamre.org ...
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Citing translations

For this answer, and I'm sure others, I copied the english translation from the iTalmud app. Should I cite it at the bottom of the quote?
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Many "Sources" Tags

Why do we have sources but also sources-rishonim and sources-acharonim? Should they all be put together, or is there some value in sometimes being able to sort questions by what kind of source is ...
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Better to post an answer with no source, or not to post at all?

Sometimes I read a new question, and I want to provide an answer, but I don't have the time at that moment to find the appropriate source citations. Then, I will receive comments in my answer asking ...
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How should I cite an answer elsewhere?

Sometimes a Web page off-site — or a passage in a book, for that matter — answers a question perfectly. How should I refer to or quote that external source as my answer?
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