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2022: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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What is a model type of question for Mi Yodeya? And the opposite

I am trying to get to the bottom of what Mi Yodeya is all about. It's hard. Is it a place to ask halacha? Find out about tradition? Get answers to assist with homework questions? Run ideas by each ...
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How many users on Mi Yodeya are actually Jewish? Orthodox?

As I've been using the website I've come across many users who either from their pictures or from context don't seem Jewish. Just curious how any users are actually Jewish? Orthodox? And if not, then ...
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Are all questions, answers, comments and chat room discussions expected to follow halacha?

Having looked at this and this, it seems that moderation here isn't based on politics, including the "politics" of what is kefira or not, or conspiracy, but simply the rules laid out by ...
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Is my answer considered spam?

A while ago I asked a question: Is there a website that has a list of Roshei Teivot in text format? Since I couldn't find a good resource for my answer, I have decided to create my own solution. This ...
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Is Mechon Mamre Considered a Source?

Earlier today I quoted an article published by Mechon Mamre with no written author. The article is: https://mechon-mamre.org/jewfaq/animals.htm The quote I used from them as a source was "Under ...
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Adding titles to user names

I've been wondering recently, whether MY should allow or discourage using different Jewish titles in usernames, in particular rabbi and similar. As on the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog, it gives ...
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Is Mi Yodeya (and stack exchange in general?) on the decline?

I've noted that older answers generally got way more votes, answers, and "solveds" compared to usual. I am a new user here so I envy what this site once had and would like to do something ...
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Policy on multi part answers?

B"H One has the option to add multiple answers to the same question. The question now is, that there is a character limit for each answer. If one has a very detailed answer that would best be ...
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Is/Was there anything offensive about asking this conjoined twins question?

What is the halachic status of adult conjoined twins? Background in Christianity SE I'm Catholic. It occurred to me recently I never bothered to look this up for the case of 1 set of reproductive ...
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Noachide fielding questions here on Yom Tov - an apology / questions

Shalom. I am a Noachide from the U.K. I visited the site yesterday (Rosh Hashanah) and noticed that there were unanswered / unfielded questions here. I thought to myself, 'If a Gentile has asked a ...
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Question deleted without private feedback - no way to contact the moderators

I asked a legitimate question about a gemara and how it relates to people who are born LGBTQ. The question was closed without an answer, and without a private message. Is there any way to contact the ...
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Did a moderator erase my answer incorrectly?

I answered a question on Tablet K with a link to a blog. It was erased due to "stories heard through the grapevine". However, the blog post I linked is a first-person account under a real ...
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I created a Jewish app that I think will be useful to others, can I promote it on Mi Yodeya?

I created a Jewish app, and I was wondering if I can post a link to the app on Mi Yodeya, would that be considered Spam?
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Request for forgiveness (from @Tomw)

Shalom, and blessings to everyone who uses this site properly. Inspired by this: SELICHOT Request for Forgiveness I humbly ask forgiveness of anyone I have offended or upset while using this site, and ...
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How do I delete my account? [duplicate]

This is an unhelpful and unfriendly forum. Every question gets closed, it's nothing but nit picking, and you will close a question without actually address the content of it. BYE! PS Visit reddit for ...
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Does my desire for extra information on Deuteronomy 22:1-3 warrant a separate question?

I recently asked the following question: Does Deuteronomy 22:1-3 apply to stray pets (e.g., dogs)? It seems the answer is "Yes." However, I'm not sure whether it applies if I live with my ...
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request to reopen question about beggars as ptij?

BH Hi I have this post PTIJ: are beggars obligated to follow hasagas gvul? which was closed because some people didnt get the joke, but i would like to reopen it the joke is that beggars think theyre ...
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What should be done when moderators go crazy and/or power hungry?

BH Just wondering what the proper procedure should be taken if it, theoretically, becomes clear that a particular moderator continues to break policy rules and/or is just plain power hungry and starts ...
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PTIJ: Does one receive מלקות for posting PTIJ without the correct tag? [closed]

According to משניות מטא (Purim Torah policy - Allowed, but regulated) ...Three are Purim Torah, a tag, a title and a disclaimer. Rebbi Yitzchok says that all are required... What happens if one ...
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User with problematic profile pic/username

I recently came across user Sola Gratia. "Sola Gratia" is a Christian concept. Their profile pic is a cross. Although this user's answers don't seem to include anything inherently Christian ...
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2021: a year in moderation

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Editing an existing question or posting a new one - which is better?

I asked the question When visiting the cemetery do we say משיב הרוח ומוריד הגשם in the blessing of אֲשֶׁר יָצַר אֶתְכֶם בַּדִּין? and later answered it: we do not say משיב הרוח ומוריד הגשם after ...
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Comparing judaism with psychological theories

My question is if we can close questions asking for equivalences between Judaism and psychological theories as cognitive psychologies or other therapies, as questions asking about comparative ...
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I updated Isaac Moses's query that shows posts missing the ALT text

I used Isaac Moses' request that everyone update posts missing image descriptions and modified it to show lastest posts first. See his post for more information to understand why these descriptions ...
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New answers to old related questions

Tosfos Within the Same Mesechta Who is the voice of Tosafoth? Tosfos vs Tosfos HaRosh The above 3 questions relate to the history of the printing and editing of the Tosaphos collections. This page, ...
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Community Ads for 2021

September update: Community Ads are now live network-wide. All ads with a score of 6 or higher, or with a score of 4 or higher and no downvotes will be displayed (except for any that have a note from ...
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Non-normative Jewish practices

Recently a user has asked a series of questions about the Beta Israel community and how they understand/practice their religion. From the questions it seems that this community has very significant ...
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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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User found to be Christian Missionary

We have a user here who was exposed to be a Christian missionary. See here and here The user has contributed quite a lot to this site, see here. What should we do with his posts?
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MY's stance on questions concerning apocryphal texts?

What's Mi Yodeya's stance on questions concerning Jewish apocryphal texts? There's one that was asked earlier, and I saw that it was flagged by a number of people as "comparative religion", ...
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Why does Judaism.StackExchange have nearly triple as many questions as Islam.StackExchange?

StackExchange is a pretty popular site around the world. If you consider the entire StackExchange network, it is well within the world's top 50 most visited platforms. However I found it very ...
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Should the [mi-yodeya-series] Tag Be Retired?

The [mi-yodeya-series] tag was introduced at this site's inception, when things were far less formal than they are now, and was intended as a fun sort of event to celebrate the founding of this ...
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Are these low-quality questions?

A number of questions were asked today about the significance of seemingly random numbers on the "mi-yodeya-series". My immediate reaction is that there would be no answer to these questions,...
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Are non Halacha related questions permitted in this forum?

Are non Halacha related questions permitted in this forum ? Also are most answers coming from an orthodox point of view (regardless to the fact that my questions were oriented towards an orthodox ...
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Upvoting off-topic questions of new users to allow entry to chat

It occurred to me earlier today that there are quite a few new users who come here with various questions that are considered off-topic per MY's guidelines. Often, these first questions are closed and ...
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Site scope in Tour seems to disagree with scope defined in the Help Center

The site tour says it is on-topic to ask about: general knowledge ... as it relates directly to Jewish life and learning While the Help Center article on site scope says it is off-topic to ask ...
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Post-Answerathon Discussion

As we've just finished an awesome Answerathon, I thought a few days ago of initiating a post-contest discussion thread on it. First of all, a huge shkoyach to @Dr.Shmuel for organizing the contest! ...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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Is it forbidden to ask questions which originate from non-Jewish resources?

Is this site only for claims/questions that originate from Jewish sources such as Torah and so on? I had asked this question a while ago. It asks whether Abraham compiled, or given, a scripture like ...
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Answerathon meets Best Answer Contest--I'm here to fund it! (CLOSED)

וְגַ֣ם ׀ אֲנִ֣י שָׁמַ֗עְתִּי אֶֽת־נַאֲקַת֙ בְּנֵ֣י יִשְׂרָאֵ֔ל (Exodus 6:5; Cf. 3:7,9) I noticed some discussion surrounding those answer contests that would occur around here on occasion. I am here ...
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What is the policy on sharing non-easily accessible sources

I recently asked a question here and someone commented that the answer was in a new version of a sefer. When I asked if they could take a photo of the source and share, they said they couldn't due to ...
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Creating table of contents of MY questions

I've been worried for a while due to relatively low activity on Mi Yodeya, with some of you I have also discussed this issue. I think one possible solution could be to have closer ties with Sefaria, ...
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Whatever Happened to the Best Answer Contests?

As far as I can tell, there have been "Best Answer Contests" from the first quarter of 5777 (here) through the second quarter of 5780 (here). As evidenced by the comments, nominations and ...
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Complete revisions of posts

Occasionally I see in the suggested edits section that someone made an edit that completely revises the whole build and writing style of the OP (whether it's a question or an answer). It's not just ...
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Are questions on jokes, humour, fiction or pop culture allowed?

What's the point of popular-culture and humour/humor tags if my question What's up with answering questions with questions in this joke from Family Guy? is going to be closed? I don't see anything ...
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Yes, I expect this to be deleted, but still

I now have exactly the same number of points as there are questions on the main site. Do I win something?
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Are Scholarly Answers About Judaism On-Topic?

I am trying to ascertain whether, or to what extent, scholarly (1) answers about Judaism (as opposed to faith-based answers written from a believer's perspective) are on-topic on this particular site. ...
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Commenting: Constructive vs Hypercritical

I just wanted to ask whilst there exists a code of conduct which points to the requirement to approach people with politeness and the like, I do feel that sometimes there are certain users who in ...
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Is there any recourse for a closed question?

Can I request to get a second opinion from another moderator or a vote from trusted members if my question deserved to be put on hold? I believe I asked a valid question.
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