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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Design for Mi Yodeya

Shalom! I'm Jin, I work on the designs for the Stack Exchange sites as they graduate from the beta phase. Each site will have its own unique theme that will reflect its topic and culture. However, all ...
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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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What if your Orthodox rabbi tells you to ask your question on Mi Yodeya? [closed]

I can't tell you how often this has happened... I ask my Ortodox rabbi a question. He doesn't know the answer, and suggests that I ask it on Mi Yodeya. (He knows about this site and sometimes uses it.)...
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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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Meya Alafim - Mi Yodeya? Gershon Gold Yodeya!

Who knows one hundred thousand? Gershon Gold knows one hundred thousand! Yeyasher Kochacha to Gershon Gold for achieving 100,000 reputation points! Mazal Tov for being the first Yodeyan to make it ...
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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 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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Your New Beta Theme

Your site looks a bit different today. The design changes are a "sneak peek" at the new Stack Exchange Beta theme. Yes, we are getting rid of the 'Sketchy' look and replacing it with a more-polished ...
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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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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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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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What questions on other Stack Exchange sites are of special interest to Jews?

What questions on other Stack Exchange sites are relevant to Mi Yodeya? I'm thinking of ones that might be on-topic or almost on-topic on MY (or entire tags of such questions). (But I'm not ...
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Do we want to be a community again? How?

Mi Yodeya used to be a vibrant community. We had an active chatroom (with scheduled Parsha Chats for a period), an active Meta, publication projects, milestone celebrations on launching out of beta ...
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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 ...
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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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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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A newbie perspective after 60 days and 90 Q&As

I have now been active on MiYodeya for 60 days, asked/answered ca. 90 questions and thought I would share some newbie perspectives in the hope of being helpful to the more established users out there ...
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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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Is asking and answering on Mi Yodeya on shabbat discouraged?

I'm not Jewish and I don't know much about Judaism, so I bring my apologies if this answer is trivial or offensive in some way. Please edit it in such case. I've recently discovered the StackExchange ...
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What is Mi.Yodeya like for women?

I am asking this question in response to a suggestion from Isaac Moses. It is primarily directed at female users of Mi.Yodeya--relatively few of whom exist, I am told. (I'd also be surprised if there ...
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New Design Launched

As you can see the new design just went live. Which means this site has been officially launched! Congratulations! Thank you for your valuable design feedback. If you're still seeing the old favicons,...
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Policy on cross-posting material?

I have noticed a growing practice of taking questions/answers from another similar site and posting them here. I don't have a problem with taking inspiration from a question/answer somewhere else, but ...
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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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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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A silly question doth not a Purim Torah post make

We have a relaxed off-topic policy for Purim Torah. It is documented here and here. The context of this exception is silly parodies of real Torah discussion - could be a worthy exception to this ...
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I don't think we're explaining sourcing properly to new users

A lot of opinion follows: Here at Mi.Yodeya, we place a strong emphasis on sourced questions and answers. New users, who are unfamiliar with this, often ask unsourced but otherwise decent questions (...
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Contributors with a lack of knowledge

I have had a great experience on Mi Yodeya in general, but I have noticed that certain aspects of the site/community can be discouraging to contributors with a lack of Jewish knowledge. For example: ...
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What do you do when a moderator is saying insulting or belittling things?

As a follow up to this question in which there is a discussion of what to do when someone is being insulting or belittling in a way that may not violate the rules. What should one do when it is the ...
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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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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! Think ...
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How do we treat questions that are Asur to ask? [closed]

Some questions, like this one, are anticipated by Halachic decisors and are expressly prohibited. How should we treat them on Mi Yodeya? Should we delete them? Should we close them but keep them ...
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Is this a suitable platform for non-Jews to ask questions about Judaism?

I am not Jewish, but my curiosity was piqued about some aspects of Judaism after having political discussions elsewhere online with Orthodox Jews. I am particularly interested by the way in which ...
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FAQ post request: "Am I required to cite sources?"

I propose that we add an official faq post that makes it clear when, in answer posts and also in question posts, sources are required (meaning that we may close/delete if they're missing) and when ...
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Ahavas Yisrael and Mi Yodeya Dynamics

Perhaps I should begin this "question" with a few prefacing remarks. As I had mentioned in my very first participation here "One Jewish Practice," I am Jewish and an atheist. In more recent times, I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Will there ever be a Meet-up?

Just putting this out there. What are the chances of an official M.Y. (or J.SE) meet-up/tweet-up of sorts?
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Christian answers as Spam

This morning, I saw (and subsequently down voted) answers by a new user Dr. Cortes, which appeared to be trying to answer the questions with Christian messianic responses (eg. about Yoshke and Paul). ...
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What does the moderator job entail?

Some aspects of the moderation job are obvious -- reviewing flags, cultivating site direction via discussions in meta, paying attention to first posts/edits/etc. Other aspects are not so visible; ...
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Mi Yodeya Launch Party!

Welcome to the Mi Yodeya Launch Party! If you're not familiar with Mi Yodeya - Stack Exchange yet, go check out our aweseome Jewish Q&A community at mi.yodeya.com. When If you're looking for ...

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