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Petition: On closing or editing COVID-19-related questions as psak-seeking

For the purposes of this thread, A "COVID-19-specific halachic question" (henceforth "C19 question") is one which, due to the limiting nature of the question, cannot be generalized to other diseases,...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2020

2020 has come! But… oops, where did the time go? It’s already March! Belated as it is, it’s time for a refresh of Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Can temple questions be posed as practical advice?

When asking about a law in the Torah which is not in active use do to our current pre-temple status, may one ask it as if it is happening. Example Q. My Bechor got mixed in with my Pesach, and I ...
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Turning regular questions into PTIJs?

I was about to ask a PTIJ when I discovered that the subject had already been covered as a serious topic with serious answers. However, I personally would like to hear the more humorous possibilities ...
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Best answer contest: Second quarter of 5780

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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In sadness, it is time for me to go

Chaveirim, I write this post with tears literally in my eyes. Though it pains me deeply to leave my communities, especially Mi Yodeya which I cherish and have helped build for close to nine years, I ...
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Recent spate of duplicate tags

I noticed today that a bunch of recently created tags already existed under slightly different spellings/pronunciations/variations. The new tags page displays 13 recently created tags, five of which ...
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On-topic-ness of “how many X are in Y” questions

Forgive me if this was discussed before; I don't frequent meta. I've been seeing a lot of questions of the form "how many X are in Y?". I personally find them to be pretty pointless questions that ...
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Can something be on topic merely because similar things are discussed in Rabbinic Literature?

Jewish Eyes - Anthropology was recently closed as off-topic because it is not about Judaism per se. (Full disclosure: I was one of the close-voters.) The question as asked is certainly about things ...
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2019: 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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Are questions purely for curiosity's sake in scope?

I have seen questions posed and the comments include "why do you want to know" which leads me to believe that asking simply because of curiosity, when there is no practical use or generalizably useful ...
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How am I supposed to interpret the “Post Feedback” tool?

On the Anonymous and Low-Rep Post Feedback Tool: How am I supposed to interpret these data? I see a bunch of labels and numbers, but I don't understand what any of the labels refer to. What is "...
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What's our policy on discussing public individuals?

Do we have a policy about talking about public individuals in question or answer posts? I recently posted an answer in which I cited a rabbi who mentioned the reactions of other rabbis to a question ...
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Suspended accounts

We've been discussing on chat that recently two accounts were suspended. Honestly, I don't remember anything such on this site. The general policy of this measure known, but what warrants such a ...
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Are the changes to “unclear,” “too broad,” and “primarily opinion-based” close votes MY-specific or SE-wide?

I just noticed that some of the close vote reasons have been slightly tweaked: Specifically: "Unclear what you're asking" has been changed to "Needs details or clarity" "Too broad" has been changed ...
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Is mediocrity encouraged?

Especially in light of the recent changes to reputation points for questions, it seems like this site encourages (via positive reputation) quantity over quality. Especially when one could receive a ...
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What to do if you answered a question which was then edited further to another topic [duplicate]

If you answered a question, and a posteriori, your answer is not relevant to the question because the question was edited to a different question? Is there a possibility for someone who asks a ...
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one file Shas and more data

Is there one file Shas or more, to search topics and words. I want to make searches, and I am wondering if it's possible without websites that are already organized. Is there a possibility to reach ...
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change in reputation value in stack overflow relevant in mi yodeya?

In stack overflow they changed the reputation for upvoted question to 10. This applies in mi yodeya?
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Second Answerathon wrap-up

Unlike our first Answerathon, the second one did not fare quite as well. For comparison, let me quote what I said at our last wrap-up: I am truly awed by the response this competition has gotten. ...
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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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Second Mi Yodeya Answerathon!

For those who missed it: This program was first proposed here; the first round took place here; and the changes to the competition for this round were discussed here. Welcome to the second Mi Yodeya ...
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How to deal with religious trolls

I use "trolls" here for lack of a better term. In the few instances where I've seen this type of behavior, it seems to come from an honestly sincere place, not the typical trolly motivation, though ...
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Best Answer Contest winner! Fourth quarter of 5779

Congratulations and Yeyasher Kochacha to Oliver, the winner of the Best Answer Contest for the fourth quarter of 5779! Here is the original citation, submitted by Alex: I would like to nominate ...
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Best answer contest: First quarter of 5780

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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Stack Overflow Inc., sinat chinam, and the goat for Azazel

On Friday, half an hour before Shabbat and two days before Rosh Hashana, Stack Overflow Inc. suddenly revoked my moderator status on all sites where I had it. I found this out while handling flags, ...
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The culture of erasing

It's seems that erasing answers/comments (maybe even questions?) is a common practice here on MY. Personally I don't like this culture. I KNOW that some of my viewpoints will cause a few Rabbis to ...
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Should biographies of rabbis be in scope?

Following a discussion in chat, I want to propose that biographies of rabbis should be in scope for Mi Yodeya. This proposal is triggered by recent closures of questions asking for biographies of R ...
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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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Flagging as Not an Answer

I'm still having trouble understanding when the "Not an Answer" flag should be used. I recently flagged a couple of answers to Is there a short Daf Yomi shiur online in English? as not being an ...
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Best Answer Contest winner! Third quarter of 5779

Congratulations and Yeyasher Kochacha to הנער הזה, the winner of the Best Answer Contest for the third quarter of 5779! Here is the original citation, submitted by Isaac Moses: הנער הזה's answer ...
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Disagreeing with premise of question - answer or comment? [duplicate]

Sometimes, the correct response to a question is strongly disagreeing with the premise of the question. If the premise is noted as an assumption or unsubstantiated, then an answer can obviously just ...
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Halachic Views on Newsworthy Legal Questions

A recent Supreme Court (SCOTUS) case, Yovino v. Rizo (18–272, decided February 25, 2019 Per Curiam), took up the matter of a judge that had authored the majority opinion but died before the opinion ...
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Does the policy for closing as a duplicate of a broader post apply if that broader post is too broad?

The policy regarding closing something as a duplicate of a broader post has already been discussed. Recently Jewish conversion? got a close vote as a duplicate of Is it possible for a Gentile to ...
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List of PTIJ edits for next season

Based on a recent discussion in the Bam, I’m posting this thread to keep track of any needed edits to PTIJ posts. If you see a suggested edit or want to make one yourself, add to an answer here with a ...
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Is it unacceptable to vote elsewhere when feeling the need to vote twice? Why?

At time users may show strong opinion of a post, and comment that they feel they would like to vote twice. Would it be appropriate to locate at random another post of this same user and give an ...
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If a question has multiple closeworthy problems with it, what should the close vote be for?

Consider Very big contradiction between 4 elements in Judaism - Olam Haba. As I noted in the comments there, the OP asks three different questions (too broad), two of which are duplicates and one is ...
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Is there a way to track the number of votes?

I have been wondering what the trend has been in voting -- not in upvotes or down votes, but total votes cast. I wonder if more recent questions have been getting as many votes (over a fixed period of ...
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Upvoting closed questions

I noticed a closed question received upvotes (after its being closed) and I'm wondering if there is any policy regarding that. A question is closed for a reason - in this case, that there is an ...
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Rabbinical guidance of MiYodea

After seeing a couple of discussion on different ways of treating different aspects of this site - users, questions, answers, comments by its moderators, I was wondering if actual Rabbinical figures ...
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Can information on MiYodea be deleted without informing the author?

Many people complain that their posts are suddenly deleted without warning and without a note. While some content can be eliminated to improve the site's overall quality, it seems rude not to inform ...
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Claiming “in Judaism…” in an answer

What are the criteria for using the phrase "in Judaism..." in an answer? I used it myself when answering to newcomers, but when it is legitimate and when it is not? Do we follow the majority, the ...
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Matching answer level to the OP's

This bothers me a lot on this site - the vast differences between the OPs and their questions correspondingly. While answering questions I'm trying to match my answer level to the OPs and if a ...
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Best Answer Contest winners! Second quarter of 5779

Congratulations and Yeyasher Kochachem to Alex and sam, the co-winners of the Best Answer Contest for the second quarter of 5779! Here are the original citations, submitted by mbloch and DoubleAA, ...
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Should the “Is X Kitniyos” questions be flagged as duplicates?

Consider the following list of questions of the form "Is X kitniyos" or "Why is/n't X kitniyos": Why do we have Kosher L'Pesach quinoa but not buckwheat (kasha)? Why isn't chocolate ...
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Should PTIJ and/or other closed questions go into the group siyum?

From comments on the main group siyum post: Should PTIJ be excluded? Should other closed questions be excluded? Within the "exclude" side, there are two options: They don't count towards the goal ...
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Siyum Project - Progress and How to Help

Progess on the Siyum Project I'll try to update this every Sunday, reflecting updates through the most recent Sunday morning Stack Exchange data dump. The goal is to complete all 523 chapters before ...
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Should we correct שליט“א (and the like) to זצ”ל (and the like) when a post is bumped?

I am making the starting assumption that we would not bump a post in order to change the reference of a now-deceased Torah authority to reflect the current reality. However, if it is already on the ...
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10th Birthday Publication

As I mentioned earlier, I think it would be a nice idea to have more of a polished publication in honor of MY's 10th birthday. If all goes as planned, we could have an edited PDF booklet that could be ...
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More duplicates as we have more asked questions - statistics?

After reviewing a large number of questions suggested for closure because of being duplicates, I wondered whether there is (as I would expect) a correlation between the number of questions closed as ...

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