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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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Shulchan Arukh (Orach Chayim, ...) -- status of online English translations status -- let's consolidate at Wikisource and aim to complete it?

I posted Who can help us complete an English translation of Yoreh Deah? but it's been pointed out SAOC has the same status, so let this be a planning board for the other sections of SA. Whoever can, ...
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Are certain terms such as Goyim, Goy, and Goyish racist? [duplicate]

I just edited an answer that had the word "goyish" and replaced it with the word non Jew. I did it because I feel with deep conviction that goy and goyish are actual racist terms. I also ...
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Users that give shiurim

Wow do some of you guys know torah! I'd like to learn more from y'all. Do any of the more active users on Mi Yodeya give shuirim somewhere online that I can listen to?
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Who can help us complete an English translation of Yoreh Deah?

Did you know there is still no English translation of Yoreh Deah, in particular available online, even today (June 2020)? Are you willing to volunteer a little of your learning time to help complete ...
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Should we try out another platform?

Since the controversies of last year I've been participating less and less, and it looks like other people are doing the same. Part of it is inertia -- less activity and fewer familiar faces means ...
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in search of: DanF

As I mentioned (here and here), the user DanF has not been online for a while. While I do not know this user at all personally, I feel there is some room for concern. For as long as I have been on ...
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Are questions about calculating the Metonic Calendar on-topic

This question - How many days are there in each year of the 304th Metonic cycle? - and similar Metonic ones are being asked by the same user. Can one simply point him to the relevant literature (e.g. ...
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RTL support on MY

The Stack Exchange network is gradually planning on moving to CommonMark. AFAICT CommonMark doesn't support any form of explicit RTL direction. What is the current state of RTL on MY? How will SE's ...
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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 [duplicate]

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 don’t ...
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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?

https://judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/110699/jewish-eyes-anthropology (screenshot for those who can't see deleted posts) was recently closed as off-topic because it is not about Judaism per se. (...
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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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