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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 ...
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Allowing edits by anonymous unregistered users

I have had a number of posts defaced by anonymous, unregistered users through the use of proposed edits, though luckily these have been picked up and rejected by community members every time. I wonder,...
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Is youtube a source?

I just came across the following dialogue (in this post): Source for that assertion? – IsraelReader Not an assertion. See YouTube: Christianity vs. Atheism: Rabbi Tovia Singer Explores the ...
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Can any question be made on-topic by adding “according to Judaism”? [duplicate]

Suppose a question is off-topic because it is not about Judaism; can it simply be made on topic by adding in a Jewish motivation, or by adding the words "according to Judaism"? Consider this recent ...
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Best Answer Contest winner! Fourth quarter of 5778

Congratulations and Yeyasher Kochacha to Alex, the winner of the Best Answer Contest for the fourth quarter of 5778! Here is the original citations, submitted by Kazi bácsi: I would like to ...
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Best answer contest: First 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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Significance (or lack thereof) of the number of questions per user

I recently calculated the number of questions per user for all Stack Exchange sites with more than 10,000 questions. The data was taken from the main Stack Exchange page listing all the sites, and I ...
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Should psak-seeking questions edited out of the first person be reopened?

Take this recent question as an example. It was patently obvious that the question was asking for an actual psak. Of course, those are off-topic, and therefore the question was closed. The ...
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Marking important “key” questions

Some questions are "personal", they target to satisfy the OP needs, but some questions are very important and are the key questions of Judaism. Those, in my view, need a special treatment and should ...
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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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Mi Yodeya's updated site theme is live!

UPDATE - We've pushed this live for everyone now. Thanks to those who took the time to give feedback. Please do know, being live doesn't mean we can't address further changes for you! Write an answer ...
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SELICHOT Request for Forgiveness

My apologies for posting this under Questions, I could find no other appropriate place B"H I feel that I would like to ask forgiveness from the Moderators, and the many other persons here,especially @...
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Passover- Abraham's sacrifice tradition?

I would like to ask a question on the main site, but feel it may have been already answered and I am not familiar enough to navigate the tags of your site to find an answer. Are there any Jewish ...
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Which SE site to use for asking a question about learning Hebrew?

I'm trying to learn Hebrew for an independent study at school, and looking for an online course recommendation. Similar questions seem to have been closed as off-topic on this site, is there a ...
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Should we edit questions to include relevant information that is already in the answer?

Suppose there is a question which is rather sparse on details. Perhaps some readers won't even be able to derive the question from what is posted. But some readers understand what the question is, ...
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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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Why doesn’t a poster get notified when his post is deleted?

I’ve noticed several questions lately regarding people asking, some more politely than others, why their posts randomly disappeared: Why did my answer disappear? How do I contact the moderators here?...
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How do I contact the moderators here? [duplicate]

How do I contact the moderators here? I often have my comments deleted. I have even had quotes from the Mishnah and Talmud deleted, and incorrectly tagged as "not answering the question" as a reason, ...
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Why Post Was Deleted?

I posted a reply to an old post on Psalm 22:16 this morning, and it was deleted? Is this not allowed? can I post it elsewhere? Thanks Andy Location of Dead Sea Scroll with Psalm 22 verse 17 - They ...
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What advanced existing features of SE/MY would a more experienced user want to know?

Two months after I joined MY, I wrote a beginner's guide. Some have found it useful and have been pointing new users to it in their welcome message. Two and a half years later I have learned a few ...
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How can we encourage posters to fix their questions?

Related/followup to this post. Many posts get closed for being unclear. In a previous discussion (above link) someone suggested that we are closing too many questions as unclear. In my answers there ...
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Are questions of the form “Rabbi so-and-so wrote a Sefer on X Jewish topic, but i need it in Hebrew” on-topic?

For instance: “Rashi wrote a commentary on the Torah, but I don’t speak Hebrew and old French. Does anyone have an English translation?” And a valid answer would be a link to Sefaria, or Artscroll’s ...
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Inappropriate user images

What is MY's official policy regarding inappropriate images (such as pornography, gruesome/violent imagery) not just in the content of the question, but as the user photo (other potential examples: a ...
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Will suggested user profiling improve answers suitability?

I changed the Q from obligatory" to "suggested" as it seems the very idea of "obligatory" frightens people. Many, if not all "self-help" QA sites in computers require users to provide their hardware ...
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Who cares which answer the questioner thinks is the best?

The way answers are ranked across the Stack Exchange Network is that an accepted answer appears first, followed by the other answers in decreasing order of votes. If there is no accepted answer then ...
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MiYodea site stats, please?

I know this can't be a question on its own as it doesn't ask about Judaism, but anyway: It interests me a lot to know the stats of this site: How many questions are asked on different topics? How ...
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New Mi Yodeya site theme coming soon

You all get the nicest community award. Your feedback was on point and very constructive. You're all awesome. I've added tags to the feedback below and we will try to include changes where ever we can ...
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Too many questions closed as “unclear what you're asking”

I think that the "unclear what you're asking" close reason is being overused for questions people dislike, or which don't explain themselves well, even when the question isn't unclear. Going through ...
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Policy regarding questions which it’s controversial whether they should be open or closed

While sparked by this question, my question pertains to a much broader swatch of posts. Let’s say you have a post that gets closed. Five votes, off-topic. Then five people say it was closed unfairly ...
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Should an answer by the questioner be held to a different standard?

I think it is pretty obvious that we have standards for answers. Some are more serious and lead to deletion; some are less serious and only lead to downvotes. My question here is whether someone ...
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Answers that don't refer to Judaism or anything Jewish (but still address the question)

If a question can be answered without any reference to Judaism or anything Jewish, is that indicative that the question is not really on-topic? Example: Good dimensions for a Shulchan (Reading Table) ...
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Deleting your own obsolete comments

Ironically, in light of my last Meta post, this question is really only directed to the moderators. If I had a discussion with someone in comments to a post, and now I determine that those comments ...
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Where are the non-moderators in Meta?

I've asked a whole bunch of Meta questions. It seems that almost all the answers or comments that I've received are from the moderators: Isaac Moses Monica Cellio Double AA msh210 (For example, this ...
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Average number of comments per post: Mi Yodeya vs the rest of the Stack Exchange Network

[Thanks to msh210 for telling me how to make these calculations.1] I checked the average comments per post of the top 8 Stack Exchange Sites, to compare to Mi Yodeya: Stack Overflow 89,126,736 ...
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Best Answer Contest winners! Third quarter of 5778

Congratulations and Yeyasher Kochachem to the co-winners of the Best Answer Contest for the third quarter of 5778! Here are the original citations, submitted by mbloch and ezra, respectively: I was ...
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May I ask a question about whether a claim about Judaism made by a non-Jewish religion is true?

Related: What should we do with "does Judaism permit this random special case that I won't elaborate on" questions? A website promoting a religion other than Judaism has a statement ...
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Voting to reopen in order to close for a different reason

Very related to this question, I think. If a question is closed for (what you consider to be) an incorrect reason but should anyway be closed for a different reason, should you vote to reopen and (...
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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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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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Closure explanation for duplicates

The closure explanation that appears on duplicates is: This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new ...
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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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Answering your own question vs concealing information

It seems like there is a conflict between values when asking a question. On the one hand, asking and answering your own question is allowed, and even encouraged. On the other hand, questioners are ...
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Are questions about Jewish family structures on-topic?

Recently I read this article, which describes the flexible use of the word cousin in African-American and Latinx communities. It made me wonder whether, historically, Jewish communities have had ...
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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 ...