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Tenth Birthday Project: Topics

Is it a bit early for this? Maybe. We'll see. Previously on MY.Meta: How about a commemorative publication? "Mi Yodeya - the first ten years" or something like that. Our other publications are ...
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PSA: PTIJ is just that - in jest: THE REDUX

While previously we discussed downvoting in response to PTIJ, I see a new take on this this year: close voting as “not distinctly Purim.” As a public service announcement: If a joke falls flat, it’s ...
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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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Uncapitalizing a quoted text

If you are a regular reader of Mi Yodeya you may have noticed that I often cite the Soncino translation of the Talmud in my answers (and questions for that matter). One distinctive feature of the ...
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PTIJ: CAN EVERYONE PLEASE STOP SCREAMING?

I've recently been perusing some old questions, and it's come to my attention that users just have a habit of screaming an awful lot. It's an incessant amount of shouting on here, from birthday ...
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PTIJ: Should Alex give up his Best Answer Contest and Answerathon prizes?

As we all know, Alex is a script, designed to post HNQ on the Bam and good content on the site. (Though apparently he's been replaced with a newer model.) StackExchange’s terms of usage, under the ...
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PTIJ: How do I sign up with the Department of Mi Yodeya Security or other Mi Yodeya organizations?

Apparently, Mi Yodeya has a special Department of Security. Where can I sign up? I see we also have a Brotherhood of Hebrew HNQ Monitors, which apparently is lacking members at the moment. Where do I ...
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PTIJ: how do I differentiate the Alexes in the Gemara?

רבי אלכסנדרי is mentioned, per a sefaria search, about 30 or so times between the two gemaras. I was wondering, however, which of the two Alexes this is referring to. There are two Alexes on this ...
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Threshold for removing questions from the HNQ

As per Updating the Hot Network Questions List - now with a bit more network and a little less "hotness"!, one of the changes to the HNQ system is that moderators can now remove questions ...
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PTIJ: Whose heart is רבות in?

I have a serious concern about one of our members. As Shlomo HaMelech once said (Mishlei 19:21): רבות מחשבות בלב איש רבות מחשבות is in the heart of man. I can’t imagine that’s a healthy ...
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PTIJ: How can we publicize falsehoods on our error and tour pages?

On the error 404 page, we see the following text: If someone says I toiled but did not find, do not believe him. If he says I found but did not toil, do not believe him. If he says I toiled and I ...
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PTIJ: Should math questions be on-topic?

I don't mean questions about math as pertains to Judaism. I mean straight-up math questions, like anything you'd see on Math.SE. The reason I feel this way is based on the Mishnah (Avos 3:18, ...
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PTIJ: Purim Torah in Tishrei

As we know, there is a Gezeira Shavah of פורים פורים מיום הכיפורים As such, the same way that we have PTIJ from Rosh Chodesh Adar until just after Purim, shouldn't we have PTIJ from Rosh Chodesh ...
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Should we convert false Purim Torah questions to regular questions?

The Purim Torah season has been open for barely a day, and there are already five questions closed as not real Purim Torah. Should we consider the possibility that some of these questions were ...
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PTIJ: JOKE-A-THON!!!!!!1!

If you missed the earlier "Answerathon" thing, you can read about it here. Welcome to the first-ever Mi Yodeya Joke-a-thon! The goal here is to post as many funny jokes as possible and get your ...
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Downvoting PTIJ That Isn't Funny [duplicate]

Is it appropriate to downvote Purim Torah posts that aren't creative or funny?
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PTIJ: Worst post contest: 5779

Have you seen (or written) a post on Mi Yodeya that you thought was really silly for missing a really obvious problem? Let's have a contest to help you tell everyone about it! This contest has one ...
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How does one have the resources to answer the Mi Yodeya question

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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Why isn't PTIJ on Upcoming Events?

PTIJ is a pretty important event in Mi Yodeya. I'd expect that if Yat Shevat makes the calendar, PTIJ should get some attention, too. Is there a reason that PTIJ isn't highlighted on the sidebar with ...
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Should we/can we have a flag/delete reason for “objectively wrong”?

Potentially a way to address Dealing with incorrect answers. Is it possible within the constraints of the SE system to have custom flags and delete reasons, like we have custom close reasons? If it ...
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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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Why did posts used to get more upvotes?

I noticed that many older posts used to receive dozens of upvotes. (I’m pretty sure it’s rare to see a post with more than twenty votes nowadays, I think Alex’s Shulchan Aruch count was the last one.) ...
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Preparation for Answerathon #2

Please take all celebration over here. This thread is only for preparing for round two. I think there was a very strong positive response to the Answerathon. I would like to highlight some problems ...
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First Answerathon Wrap-Up

Our first Answerathon was a success! Congratulations to Alex for winning! You've absolutely earned your bragging rights. I am truly awed by the response this competition has gotten. It ran for 33 ...
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How shall we celebrate Mi Yodeya's tenth birthday?

Mi Yodeya's birth occurred on December 6, 2009 / 19 Kislev 5770 with the posting of http://mi.yodeya.com/q/1 . In 2014 / 5775, some of us celebrated Mi Yodeya's fifth birthday together, in person, at ...
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Is there a way to encourage specific types of questions?

Recently I answered the following three questions: How does Rambam explain why we don't ask for rain until the end of sukkos Understanding תוד״ה תפילין on קידושין דף לו ע״א Why would I have ...
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What is the origin of Yat Shevat?

I'm seeing a lot about Yat Shevat these days; there's a sidebar proclaiming that there's no Tachanun tomorrow, with a link to a very brief exchange on the chat: Isaac Moses: Yodeyans, Yod Chet ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2019

2019 is here! And with the new year, as usual, comes a new iteration of Community Promotion Ads! Let’s refresh these for the coming year :) What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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What should we do about this “derive pi from Torah” answer?

This answer to "How the irrational number Pi can be derived from the Torah?" has been flagged several times in the months since it was posted. (It has an outstanding flag now, again.) It has a ...
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Very wrong answers

I noticed recently some users who posted a lot of very wrong answers. I'm thinking to myself that, on one side we are not a site of psak, and the damage is only intellectual. Moreover if this user ...
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First-ever Mi Yodeya Answerathon!

If you missed the earlier posts, I originally proposed this here and some details were ironed out here. Welcome to the first-ever Mi Yodeya answerathon! The goal here is to answer as many unanswered,...
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Answerathon Details

Previously I'd proposed an Answerathon. As a quick summary of the proposition, based on my original post and the community's feedback: Starting on a predetermined date, the community is challenged to ...
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Proposal for an Answerathon

Please click here for discussion of the details of the Answerathon! I recently came across an intriguing series of competitions on Travel Meta that I thought might make for an interesting proposal ...
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Does “17 of Tammuz occurrences” fall under the same problem as the Jewish-Date series?

There's an old post on here about the jewish-date-series, talking about how they're all off-topic as Jews not Judaism and spitballing ideas about reviving or if it's viable. One particular question, ...
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“How to Ask Questions in Private Beta” help page?

I just noticed in the help center that there's a page entitled How to Ask Questions in Private Beta, under the "Asking" section. Obviously, we are looooong out of private beta. Shouldn't this page ...
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Bounty progression bug

In the past I have offered a bounty for my question about Talmudic maps. I started with 500. Recently I offered another bounty [i think it was 50 or 100]. I’d like to offer another bounty, but I am ...
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What's the policy regarding the use of (the Jewish) god's name on the site?

I'm a Hebrew speaker, but am not an observant Jew, hence I tend to use the Jewish god's name: when referring to him; when quoting text containing his name. What's the policy on using the express ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Best Answer Contest winners! First quarter of 5779

Congratulations and Yeyasher Kochachem to robev, Josh, and Alex, the co-winners of the Best Answer Contest for the first quarter of 5779! Here are the original citations, both submitted by Double AA: ...
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Best answer contest: Second quarter of 5779

Have you seen (or written) a recent answer on Mi Yodeya that you thought was really great? Let's have a contest to help you tell everyone about it! This contest has two phases: Nomination and Voting. ...
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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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Are there any guidelines on this site for treating Poskim with respect

A question Mekoros book for עוז והדר לבושה asking to find a sefer online described a sefer by a well-known posek as an “infamous work”. Not satisfied with that, someone posted a derogatory comment ...
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Can we link the Hebrew Mi Yodeya in the banner?

Currently the logo and the words mi yodeya in English in the banner serve as a link back to the home page. Clicking on the Hebrew does nothing. Would it be possible and/or advisable to link the Hebrew ...
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Ahavas Yisrael and Mi Yodeya Dynamics

Perhaps I should begin this "question" with a few prefacing remarks. As I had mentioned in my very first participation here "One Jewish Practice," I am Jewish and an atheist. In more recent times, I ...
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How to deal with desperate questions

Yesterday, I saw a previous edit of this question. In it, the OP seemed desperate, if not suicidal. Now, Mi Yodeya is not a posek or a rav, nor do any of the rabbanim with accounts here act as such ...
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Can we improve the “One Jewish Practice” question post?

The One Jewish Practice post is the subject of significant controversy regarding its fitness for Mi Yodeya. It's been around for 18 hours, and in that period, it has received: 11 upvotes and 1 ...
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Is fact-checking Judaism on-topic?

Suppose a Jewish text says something. Suppose this something relates to some factual reality. Suppose I wonder whether the something is actually true. Would it be on topic to ask about it on Mi Yodeya?...
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Later comment(s) vitiates answer

Scenario: After the OP words a question in a general way and elicits a valid answer (and sometimes the answer) OP then comments (usually under the question) and includes qualifications which ...
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What to do when a new question is a superset of an older answered question?

This old question asks why Pesach and Sukkot last seven days. This recent question asks why Pesach and Sukkot last seven days and (in contrast) Shavuot lasts only one. What is site policy in this ...