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Where did all these posts come from?

As part of the process for creating the Jewish Life & Learning Stack Exchange, mi.yodeya (an early Stack Exchange 1.0 site) has agreed to provide a jump start to this community by migrating their ...
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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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Meya Alafim - Mi Yodeya? Shalom Yodeya!

Who knows one hundred thousand? Shalom knows one hundred thousand! Yeyasher Kochacha to Shalom for achieving 100,000 reputation points! Mazal Tov for being the second Yodeyan to make it there! ...
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LAUNCH IS COMING! How shall we promote it?

Dear Fellow Yodeyans1, I have exciting news for those of you who haven't been following chat for the past few days. It seems that Judaism.SE is slated to launch out of beta within the next few weeks! ...
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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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Final Accounting for “Days of Awe - Mi Yodeya?”

Here are the final public accounting numbers for the Days of Awe - Mi Yodeya? printing and distribution project. Accomplished: We produced over 1400 copies of the booklet and mailed or otherwise ...
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Article about Judaism.SE in the YU Commnetator

Judaism.StackExchange.com and Embracing Online Torah Communities The web version of the YU Commentator was just published, and it includes a very positive article about Judaism.SE! The article was ...
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The line between History vs Judaism

Inspired by this question, but I am attempting to ask a more largely applicable point. Questions which are about Jewish History are considered off topic. Now the Jewish History examples given there ...
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2012 Community Moderator Election

The 2012 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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Parashat Hashavua' Chat

Our first Parashat Hashavua' (weekly Torah portion) Chat, despite the fact that it was advertised only minimally, turned out to be a lively, interesting discussion. So, why not do it again every week? ...
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“And Revision, and Houses of Prayer, And Tzedaka Distribute the Goodness of Mi Yodeya!” (Please help.)

You may have noticed by now that Mi Yodeya has been working on our fourth publication - ימים נוראים - מי יודע?‏ / Days of Awe - Mi Yodeya?. This is our most ambitious publication project yet, ...
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Irritation with poor questions

If I watch television on Friday night, will I go to hell? I am mildy surprised at the quick rejection (in the social sense) of this question. The comments convey exasperation and irritation with the ...
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Old Unregistered Users

Why some unregistered users (from the M.Y. 1.0) do not have a user page, while others do?
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2018: 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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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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July 2012 Moderator Election: Town Hall Chat

In connection with the moderator elections, we held a Town Hall Chat session with the candidates. This was be an opportunity for members of the community to pose questions to the candidates on the ...
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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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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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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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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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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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Referencer KSA is down

I recently edited a post on the main site, adding links with the Referencer as necessary. However, when I clicked on the link to test it, I found that http://www.yonanewman.org/kizzur/kizzur1.html is ...
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2017 Community Moderator Election

The 2017 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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Please provide some hints with non-obvious obsolete (comment) flags

We've been getting a lot of obsolete flags on comments in recent months. Comment clean-up is good, but these tend to be hard to process because we don't know why it's obsolete. This is particularly ...
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Make parsha tags consistent

I know questions about consistency in the tags have already been raised, but I wish to raise the question about one particular set of tags - the parsha tags. The main problems in this area are: a) ...
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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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“How to Ask Questions in Private Beta” help page?

I just noticed in the help center that there's a page entitled How to Ask Questions in Private Beta, under the "Asking" section. Obviously, we are looooong out of private beta. Shouldn't this page ...
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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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Getting dinged for 'not an answer' when I think I'm providing a specific answer

In re: Who is the author of Sefer Shoftim (Judges)? The OP asked for the views of 'secular scholars'. I believe that my question is an accurate, brief, summary of their views, based on several ...
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Best Answer Contest winners! Second quarter of 5777

Congratulations and Yeyasher Kochachem to the co-winners of the Best Answer Contest for the second quarter of 5777! Here are the original citations, submitted by msh210, mevaqesh, and Isaac Moses, ...
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Best Answer Contest winners! First quarter of 5777

Congratulations and Yeyasher Kochachem to the co-winners of the Best Answer Contest for the first quarter of 5777! Here are the original citations, submitted by Monica Cellio and Isaac Moses, ...
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What should we do about “why isn't X the messiah” questions?

We've gotten several questions over the years asking why so-and-so can't be the messiah, most recently https://judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/79742/why-dont-jews-think-li-hong-is-the-messiah. ...
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Why were we left with boring 404 and error pages?

There were so many great ideas proposed here. How come none got implemented? My personal favorites are these for error and 404.
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RFP: Mi Yodeya Referencer Community Ad

A while back, with Hashem's help, the community came together to create the Mi Yodeya Referencer. If you're on this Meta reading this question, chances are you've heard of it. But others may not ...
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Can the Hebrew use/jargon policy be expanded to include full English translations where possible?

I was looking around to see if this was already covered, but I only found questions/answers related to jargon/individual terms/transliterations. I have learned an awful lot on this site so far, but I ...
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I started a bounty, but I don't like the answers!

If I am unsatisfied by the answers on a question with a bounty that is set to expire soon, can I cancel the bounty? What am I supposed to do to get better answers??
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Could a Mi-Yodeya-based high school class curriculum work?

I have thought for a long time that Mi Yodeya is potentially a particularly good place on the Internet for Jewish teens to hang out. Something I've also thought for a while but until now haven't ...
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Parashat Hashavua' “gabfest”?

Would anyone be interested in starting a weekly Parashat Hashavua' podcast in a format similar to the one used in Slate Magazine's various "gabfest" podcasts?1 Please keep reading for more details, ...
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Let's design a paper flyer for promoting Mi Yodeya!

Now that we have a name and a logo, we can make promotional materials featuring our identity to help people spread awareness of Mi Yodeya to new audiences. Let's design a paper flyer (presumably, but ...
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Are questions about Samaritanism on-topic?

Are questions about Samaritanism, especially questions about Samaritan teachings or practices that differ from Rabbinic Judaism, on-topic? I was thinking about asking a question about why the ...
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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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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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If you see spam, don't just downvote - flag!

I recently saw a spam post that had a score of -6, but still hadn't been deleted. 3 spam flags knock it off the front page; 6 permanently delete it. (What are the “spam” and “rude or abusive” (...
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Requesting Purim Torah answers to serious-looking questions

The Purim Torah policy addresses question that are, themselves, in the Purim spirit. But there is also Purim Torah which takes for its starting point a “real” question; only the answer is ridiculous. ...
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Filling in Wikipedia's articles about Talmud

I'm not sure if this is the correct place to post to organize Mi Yodeya users, but I figured this would just get merged/closed if this isn't the correct place. It turns out that Wikipedia's articles ...
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Volunteer needed: Host Parashat Hashavua' Chat

Until recently, I usually served as unofficial host for the Parashat Hashavua' Chat. Unfortunately, it seems that for the foreseeable future, I won't be able to attend. Would you be willing to take ...
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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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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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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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Best Answer Contest winners! First quarter of 5778

Congratulations and Yeyasher Kochachem to the co-winners of the Best Answer Contest for the first quarter of 5778! Here are the original citations, both submitted by mbloch: b a's answer to Was ...