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Weekly topic challenge: call for proposals

This is the call for proposals for the weekly topic challenge. What is it? There's a single topic that people think about during the week and come up with good questions on. How does it work? ...
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Mi Yodeya Publications

Welcome to Mi Yodeya Publications where you can download free, printable compilations of hand-picked questions and answers from Mi Yodeya, the online Jewish Q&A community. Hagada - Mi Yodeya? - ...
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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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If I know the answer to a question…

There seems to be some confusion as to whether a question can be asked if the questioner knows the answer. I have asked some questions where I knew the answer and have often received answers I was not ...
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Better to post an answer with no source, or not to post at all?

Sometimes I read a new question, and I want to provide an answer, but I don't have the time at that moment to find the appropriate source citations. Then, I will receive comments in my answer asking ...
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Answers - When is a source required?

Disclaimer: Sources are extremely important in Judaism, as (almost) every Halacha, or Minhag (custom) has a clear source. Additionally, Judaism places sources and tradition so high, that it is ...
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What are some mistakes non-Jewish people should avoid when asking questions on this site?

I am curious and have a lot of questions about Jewish people and history, but as a non-Jewish person I want to avoid treading on toes. Are there any things I should avoid when asking questions here? ...
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Mi Yodeya Haggadah Proposal

Last night some folks were talking in Bam about assembling a Mi Yodeya haggadah or haggadah supplement, drawing from questions and answers here. We are commanded to ask questions and learn at the ...
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Mi Yodeya Referencer: A Syntax for Linking to Sources

Several times, the community has discussed and requested an easier way to link to sources. So recently, with the help of Hashem yisborach, and @Menachem, I threw together a quick script to do just ...
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Is there not room for non-orthodox opinions?

Should Mi.Yodeya/J.SE maintain its solely orthodox standing? I love StackExchange and when I found the Judaism group I thought that it would be interesting to participate. However, I am neither an ...
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How modest should this site be?

(Inspired by this recent question and by past experience on mi.yodeya, such as under the tznius-modesty tag.) Do we need rules, explicit or otherwise, for what sort of adult-oriented content we'll ...
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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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Welcoming new users

Since the beginning of mi.yodeya 1.0, I've made it my practice to welcome new users. I'd like to make it clear that while I'm happy to continue doing this whenever I get the opportunity, anyone else ...
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Policy regarding changing questions after a period of time?

Is there a policy about changing the question after a period of time has passed since asking it and when there are already quality answers?
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Should we have a jargon policy/guideline?

For mi.yodeya, I wrote up a jargon guideline (lightly adapted below) intended to make content on the site accessible to as many interested people as possible. It was not followed very closely on m.y, ...
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The Parameters of “Jewish Life” Scope

Guess this touches a little on our old discussion of Hebrew Language Questions... Recently, someone asked for Exercises to prevent eyes tiring, which has brought up an interesting question, which I ...
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Project Plan for “Days of Awe - Mi Yodeya?”

The following is a proposal. Please edit as you see fit or post critiques or alternative schedules as answers. This schedule assumes, tentatively, that a print run and distribution will take place. ...
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How should we handle pluralistic posts?

During the Town Hall Chat Isaac Moses asked the following question: Consider a Question "I'm injured, so I can't walk to synagogue this Sabbath. What can I do to connect my prayers with those of ...
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Lists of in- and out-of-scope topics for the FAQ

Many other SE sites have, in their FAQ, right below the scope line, a list of topics considered in-scope and sometimes also a list of topics considered out-of-scope. For example, the beginning of ...
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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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FAQ says History is off-topic and on-topic

The FAQ seems to be contradictory. It says that "If you have a question about...history of Jewish law or of Jewish life...then you've come to the right place." But it also says, "On the other hand, ...
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Is a question that asks “What does Judaism think of x” possibly off-topic?

At the time of this posting, this question has 4 close votes. Several comments have leveled accusations of being off-topic as not about Jewish Life and Learning. However, the question asks "...
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Riddle questions on SE?

After the migration from mi.yodeya to StackExchange, are riddle-type questions considered appropriate? According to the answer from @RebeccaChernoff to the question "Appropriateness of survey ...
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Perhaps the community/moderators should enact a more strict policy regarding halachic questions

I have noticed a number of questions phrased as follows: "Is X permissible?" or "What should I do in the following situations?", etc. and feel that this community was not created to deal with, nor ...
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“Days of Awe - Mi Yodeya?” call for submissions part 1: Machzor, RH

This question will collect Q&As, formatted for the book, for Days of Awe - Mi Yodeya?. We're breaking this up into five posts for easier management. This question collects material for the ...
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What Jewish print periodicals do you read?

If you read (even if not regularly) any Jewish newspapers or magazines, please post them as answers, one publication per answer. If someone else has already posted a publication that you also read, ...
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Haggadah project: collect links here

Soon we will kick off the content-submission phase of this project, asking people to prepare questions and answers for publication. We'll make separate meta posts (for different sections) for the ...
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Systematic list of tags

As an answer, or perhaps multiple answers, to this question, should be a hierarchy of the tags used on the main site. Here's a bare list, excluding synonyms, with * meaning the tag has been ...
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What is the common way to type in Hebrew for this site?

Is there a recommended approach to entering Hebrew text? I see lots of it, and some questions/answers will require it (as transliterating into English works poorly).
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non-orthodox opinions?

What are the mods final judment on the non-orthodox versus orthodox viewpoint question are we here to answer question which should likely be adressed to the JTS? (migrate to the original orthdoxy ...
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Karaites - in scope?

Are questions about non-rabbinic forms of Judaism (Karaite, Sadducee, Essene, etc.) in scope here? I've added a tag (non-rabbinic-judaism) to at least group these questions. It would be great if ...
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Design for Judaism.SE

I occasionally search for "Judaism" across all SE chat sites, and I just discovered this comment from Jin Yang, SE's resident designer: yeah i'm designing the music and judaism sites now i ...
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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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A beginner’s guide to MY - “How is this site different from other Judaism sites?”

This is a followup to my meta post A newbie perspective after 60 days and 90 Q&As. [...] Mi Yodeya is clearly different from other sites on the Internet (e.g., discussion forums, even other ...
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Days of Awe book: collect links here

This proposal for a high-holy-days book, possibly billed as a machzor companion, suggests the following types of content: Q&As related to particular parts of the Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur ...
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“Days of Awe - Mi Yodeya?” call for submissions part 2: Machzor, YK

This question will collect Q&As, formatted for the book, for Days of Awe - Mi Yodeya?. We're breaking this up into five posts for easier management. This question collects material for the ...
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“Days of Awe - Mi Yodeya?” call for submissions part 3: halacha and how-tos

This question will collect Q&As, formatted for the book, for Days of Awe - Mi Yodeya?. We're breaking this up into five posts for easier management. This question collects material about halacha ...
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Commentless downvotes

Is there a policy to encourage people to make comments when they give downvotes? Commentless downvotes do very little to improve the site. If something is wrong, you should explain what about it is ...
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Design Ideas for 404, Captcha, and Error pages

As you all know, StackExchange's resident designer, Jin, has informed us that our site is due for graduation soon. Jin has been really awesome about getting input and ideas from the community about ...
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How should we collect questions and answers for the haggadah?

We want to be able to crowd-source the editing of questions and answers for the haggadah supplement. We can't just take questions "as-is"; among things, links won't work on paper, there may be ...
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Proposed FAQ language explaining “mi.yodeya” references [closed]

I propose to add something like the following to the FAQ text: Why do I see references around the site to "mi.yodeya"? Mi.yodeya (based on the Hebrew for "Who knows?") was an earlier ...
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“Days of Awe - Mi Yodeya?” call for submissions part 5: Selichot

This question will collect Q&As, formatted for the book, for Days of Awe - Mi Yodeya?. We're breaking this up into five posts for easier management. This question collects material for the ...
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“Days of Awe - Mi Yodeya?” call for submissions part 4: themes

This question will collect Q&As, formatted for the book, for Days of Awe - Mi Yodeya?. We're breaking this up into five posts for easier management. This question collects material about the ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2012 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Community Promotion Ads - 2013 What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are community-vetted advertisements that will show up on the main site, in the right ...
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Refresh of the Purim Torah Policy

We've done four Purim seasons under the existing Purim Torah Policy, so we have a decent amount of experience to draw on in determining if it needs any changes. This meta-question last season garnered ...
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Closure of complex-scenario questions

The following is not my own opinion so much as it's my rendering into words the unworded guidelines that I think Mi Yodeya has been following for quite some time. It's posted without my moderator hat ...
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“Purim - Mi Yodeya?” book: next steps

A few months ago we discussed ideas for a Purim publication and followed that up with more discussion in a dedicated chat room (which anybody is welcome to join). There were two main proposals: a ...
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Idea: Weekly topic challenges

After enjoying this question and the responses it prompted, I thought, "It'd be great to have more questions about interpreting the Shabbat songs. I bet people think of them all the time when singing ...
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Haggadah call for submissions: part 1 (up to Magid) [closed]

This post covers questions and answers for the following topics: anything pre-seder (e.g. search for chameitz) Kadeish (please include all general wine/cups questions here to make it easier to ...
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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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