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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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What if a person converts to Judaism and later on finds out they were Jewish from birth? [closed]

Just curious on whether a convert who later found out he was actual a jew, but was like a "captured baby" would be considered a convert or a jew. I'm thinking the answer would be jew, but what does ...
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Banning or temporarily suspending users due to “low quality contributions”

Without pointing fingers at anyone, how is it proper to ban or temporarily suspend a user if he doesn't offend anyone with improper language and only brings his view on board, even if the source/claim ...
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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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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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Ahavat Reyim Mi Yodeya?

I love mi yodeya as a very greet website. This post is written here to help it to be better. Some participants were punished because of low quality posts by one month of blocked account. Is this ...
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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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Feature Request: Poll question for Meta sites

Now I know that this has been discussed on Meta.SO, and that poll questions are rather unpopular here on SE. However this request is slightly different, in that it refers only to Meta sites. There ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How does one have the resources to answer Mi Yodeya questions?

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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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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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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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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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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Criterion for Voting

This community deals with questions that are subject to "eilu va'eilu divrei Elokim Chaim -- these and those are the words of the 'Living' G-d / G-d of Life." Such questions have a range of valid ...
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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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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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Where do you live?

With an eye toward designing in-person community events (e.g. this), it would be useful to have some idea of how many Yodeyans live where. So, let's try to collect some basic data about this while ...
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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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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: Fourth 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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Catalog of sci-fi questions

We've had a bunch of questions of varying quality related to science fiction (or, more generally, speculative fiction), most or all asking how Jewish law would deal with some scenario that is either ...
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Does this stack have a not-answering-questions problem? What should be done about it?

(This question is intended as a less-ranty and less-likely-to-be-immediately-closed version of another recent one. I'm posting this as a new question because suggested edits aren't possible on Meta.) ...
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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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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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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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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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Unified transliteration convention for tags

I know there is no official transliteration scheme for questions and answers, but I noticed we are inconsistent in our tags. Consider the tags shabbat and tzitzis. Now it's true that shabbos and ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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How to close/answer a question based on a mistake?

As a general, how should one answer questions that are based on printing mistakes? E.g. Questions like this - should they be: Answered: Your Siddur is wrong. How would one prove this? How much ...
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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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