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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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Best answer contest: Third 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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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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To celebrate Mi Yodeya's 10th birthday, let's divide and conquer the entire Mishna, Mi-Yodeya-style!

Ten years of Mi Yodeya -- let's learn some Mishna! Mi Yodeya will be celebrating our tenth birthday in Kislev 5780 / December 2019! As ten is traditionally the Mishna birthday1, let's mark this ...
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Purim Torah Policy: Misinterpretation of Jewish *ideas* as well, or only Jewish texts?

I know PTIJ season is basically over, but what can I do, this is when the question was raised. PTIJ: Why do Jews eat filtered fish? The joke, obviously, is misinterpreting "gefilte" as "filtered." ...
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Changed Questions - answer etiquette

If, contrary to the position written up here, an asker changes a question after an (upvoted) answer is given because the asker wished to refine the question in order to get a different answer, should ...
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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? [closed]

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? [closed]

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? [closed]

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? [closed]

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? [closed]

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? [closed]

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? [closed]

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 [closed]

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! [closed]

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 [closed]

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,...