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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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Proposal for an Answerathon

Please click here for discussion of the details of the Answerathon! I recently came across an intriguing series of competitions on Travel Meta that I thought might make for an interesting proposal ...
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Best Answer Contest winner! Second quarter of 5778

Congratulations and Yeyasher Kochacha to Alex, the winner of the Best Answer Contest for the second quarter of 5778 (and the first Best Answer Contest winner without a tie)! Here is the original ...
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Does “17 of Tammuz occurrences” fall under the same problem as the Jewish-Date series?

There's an old post on here about the jewish-date-series, talking about how they're all off-topic as Jews not Judaism and spitballing ideas about reviving or if it's viable. One particular question, ...
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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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Is one comprehensive answer better than two (or three, or four etc.) non-comprehensive answers?

Many halacha questions are straightforward. There is a Talmudic statement on the matter, and the Talmudic statement is codified in the various codes of Jewish law. When posting an answer to such a ...
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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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Bounty progression bug

In the past I have offered a bounty for my question about Talmudic maps. I started with 500. Recently I offered another bounty [i think it was 50 or 100]. I’d like to offer another bounty, but I am ...
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What's the policy regarding the use of (the Jewish) god's name on the site?

I'm a Hebrew speaker, but am not an observant Jew, hence I tend to use the Jewish god's name: when referring to him; when quoting text containing his name. What's the policy on using the express ...
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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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Best Answer Contest winners! First quarter of 5779

Congratulations and Yeyasher Kochachem to robev, Josh, and Alex, the co-winners of the Best Answer Contest for the first quarter of 5779! Here are the original citations, both submitted by Double AA: ...
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@mi_yodeya is people!

The Twitter feed @mi_yodeya is now entirely human-run. We want to use it to promote Mi Yodeya content to a wider audience, using our God-given human intelligence to pick out material that's likely to ...
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Closing as duplicate of broader post

This seems incredibly obvious to me, but I've been challenged on this before on the site, so I just want to make a post and form a community policy through consensus. I think that if question B is ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2018 [duplicate]

It's almost February in 2018, which isn't supposed to be the proper time to cycle these, but for this year it'll be once again, so we'll be refreshing the Community Promotion Ads for this year now! ...
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New Mi Yodeya site theme coming soon

You all get the nicest community award. Your feedback was on point and very constructive. You're all awesome. I've added tags to the feedback below and we will try to include changes where ever we can ...
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Mi Yodeya's updated site theme is live!

UPDATE - We've pushed this live for everyone now. Thanks to those who took the time to give feedback. Please do know, being live doesn't mean we can't address further changes for you! Write an answer ...
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Are there any guidelines on this site for treating Poskim with respect

A question Mekoros book for עוז והדר לבושה asking to find a sefer online described a sefer by a well-known posek as an “infamous work”. Not satisfied with that, someone posted a derogatory comment ...
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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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Moderators purposely concealed my question from community discussion and to keep the masses blind

I posted this question and it was swept under the rug with no definitive explanation given. I have had many questions in the post, so I don't see how it can be an invalid question. It is related to ...
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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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How to deal with desperate questions

Yesterday, I saw a previous edit of this question. In it, the OP seemed desperate, if not suicidal. Now, Mi Yodeya is not a posek or a rav, nor do any of the rabbanim with accounts here act as such ...
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Can we improve the “One Jewish Practice” question post?

The One Jewish Practice post is the subject of significant controversy regarding its fitness for Mi Yodeya. It's been around for 18 hours, and in that period, it has received: 11 upvotes and 1 ...
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Is fact-checking Judaism on-topic?

Suppose a Jewish text says something. Suppose this something relates to some factual reality. Suppose I wonder whether the something is actually true. Would it be on topic to ask about it on Mi Yodeya?...
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Later comment(s) vitiates answer

Scenario: After the OP words a question in a general way and elicits a valid answer (and sometimes the answer) OP then comments (usually under the question) and includes qualifications which ...
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What to do when a new question is a superset of an older answered question?

This old question asks why Pesach and Sukkot last seven days. This recent question asks why Pesach and Sukkot last seven days and (in contrast) Shavuot lasts only one. What is site policy in this ...
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Allowing edits by anonymous unregistered users

I have had a number of posts defaced by anonymous, unregistered users through the use of proposed edits, though luckily these have been picked up and rejected by community members every time. I wonder,...
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Is youtube a source?

I just came across the following dialogue (in this post): Source for that assertion? – IsraelReader Not an assertion. See YouTube: Christianity vs. Atheism: Rabbi Tovia Singer Explores the ...
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Can any question be made on-topic by adding “according to Judaism”? [duplicate]

Suppose a question is off-topic because it is not about Judaism; can it simply be made on topic by adding in a Jewish motivation, or by adding the words "according to Judaism"? Consider this recent ...
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Best Answer Contest winner! Fourth quarter of 5778

Congratulations and Yeyasher Kochacha to Alex, the winner of the Best Answer Contest for the fourth quarter of 5778! Here is the original citations, submitted by Kazi bácsi: I would like to ...
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Significance (or lack thereof) of the number of questions per user

I recently calculated the number of questions per user for all Stack Exchange sites with more than 10,000 questions. The data was taken from the main Stack Exchange page listing all the sites, and I ...
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Should psak-seeking questions edited out of the first person be reopened?

Take this recent question as an example. It was patently obvious that the question was asking for an actual psak. Of course, those are off-topic, and therefore the question was closed. The ...
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Marking important “key” questions

Some questions are "personal", they target to satisfy the OP needs, but some questions are very important and are the key questions of Judaism. Those, in my view, need a special treatment and should ...
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Old questions refresh to meet new standards

This question is influenced by my question about נשים פטורות ממצוות עשה, which was suggested as a dupe of Why are women exempt from (many) time-bound mitzvot? When I saw the later question and the ...
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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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Passover- Abraham's sacrifice tradition?

I would like to ask a question on the main site, but feel it may have been already answered and I am not familiar enough to navigate the tags of your site to find an answer. Are there any Jewish ...
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Which SE site to use for asking a question about learning Hebrew?

I'm trying to learn Hebrew for an independent study at school, and looking for an online course recommendation. Similar questions seem to have been closed as off-topic on this site, is there a ...
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Should we edit questions to include relevant information that is already in the answer?

Suppose there is a question which is rather sparse on details. Perhaps some readers won't even be able to derive the question from what is posted. But some readers understand what the question is, ...
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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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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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How do I contact the moderators here? [duplicate]

How do I contact the moderators here? I often have my comments deleted. I have even had quotes from the Mishnah and Talmud deleted, and incorrectly tagged as "not answering the question" as a reason, ...
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What advanced existing features of SE/MY would a more experienced user want to know?

Two months after I joined MY, I wrote a beginner's guide. Some have found it useful and have been pointing new users to it in their welcome message. Two and a half years later I have learned a few ...
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Why Post Was Deleted?

I posted a reply to an old post on Psalm 22:16 this morning, and it was deleted? Is this not allowed? can I post it elsewhere? Thanks Andy Location of Dead Sea Scroll with Psalm 22 verse 17 - They ...
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Closure explanation for duplicates

The closure explanation that appears on duplicates is: This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new ...
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How can we encourage posters to fix their questions?

Related/followup to this post. Many posts get closed for being unclear. In a previous discussion (above link) someone suggested that we are closing too many questions as unclear. In my answers there ...
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Are questions of the form “Rabbi so-and-so wrote a Sefer on X Jewish topic, but i need it in Hebrew” on-topic?

For instance: “Rashi wrote a commentary on the Torah, but I don’t speak Hebrew and old French. Does anyone have an English translation?” And a valid answer would be a link to Sefaria, or Artscroll’s ...
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Inappropriate user images

What is MY's official policy regarding inappropriate images (such as pornography, gruesome/violent imagery) not just in the content of the question, but as the user photo (other potential examples: a ...
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Who cares which answer the questioner thinks is the best?

The way answers are ranked across the Stack Exchange Network is that an accepted answer appears first, followed by the other answers in decreasing order of votes. If there is no accepted answer then ...
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Will suggested user profiling improve answers suitability?

I changed the Q from obligatory" to "suggested" as it seems the very idea of "obligatory" frightens people. Many, if not all "self-help" QA sites in computers require users to provide their hardware ...
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Too many questions closed as “unclear what you're asking”

I think that the "unclear what you're asking" close reason is being overused for questions people dislike, or which don't explain themselves well, even when the question isn't unclear. Going through ...

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