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MiYodea site stats, please?

I know this can't be a question on its own as it doesn't ask about Judaism, but anyway: It interests me a lot to know the stats of this site: How many questions are asked on different topics? How ...
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Feedback on Sefaria from the MiYodeya community

Sefaria is a well-known repository of Jewish online texts with a vision to make all texts available to everyone for free. It is a widely used tool on MiYodeya to copy verses and link to more in-depth ...
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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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Should an answer by the questioner be held to a different standard?

I think it is pretty obvious that we have standards for answers. Some are more serious and lead to deletion; some are less serious and only lead to downvotes. My question here is whether someone ...
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Best Answer Contest winners! Third quarter of 5778

Congratulations and Yeyasher Kochachem to the co-winners of the Best Answer Contest for the third quarter of 5778! Here are the original citations, submitted by mbloch and ezra, respectively: I was ...
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Answers that don't refer to Judaism or anything Jewish (but still address the question)

If a question can be answered without any reference to Judaism or anything Jewish, is that indicative that the question is not really on-topic? Example: Good dimensions for a Shulchan (Reading Table) ...
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Deleting your own obsolete comments

Ironically, in light of my last Meta post, this question is really only directed to the moderators. If I had a discussion with someone in comments to a post, and now I determine that those comments ...
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Average number of comments per post: Mi Yodeya vs the rest of the Stack Exchange Network

[Thanks to msh210 for telling me how to make these calculations.1] I checked the average comments per post of the top 8 Stack Exchange Sites, to compare to Mi Yodeya: Stack Overflow 89,126,736 ...
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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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May I ask a question about whether a claim about Judaism made by a non-Jewish religion is true?

Related: What should we do with "does Judaism permit this random special case that I won't elaborate on" questions? A website promoting a religion other than Judaism has a statement ...
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Voting to reopen in order to close for a different reason

Very related to this question, I think. If a question is closed for (what you consider to be) an incorrect reason but should anyway be closed for a different reason, should you vote to reopen and (...
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Should an answer preempt comments

Often times an answer to a question may raise further questions. Sometimes the follow-up questions might be directly related to the original question, while at times they may be tangential. This ...
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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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Partially redundant answers

Mi Yodeya may have an issue that is somewhat unique among StackExchange sites. Because of the nature of questions and answers about Judaism, there can be many completely different answers to one ...
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Answering your own question vs concealing information

It seems like there is a conflict between values when asking a question. On the one hand, asking and answering your own question is allowed, and even encouraged. On the other hand, questioners are ...
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Are questions about Jewish family structures on-topic?

Recently I read this article, which describes the flexible use of the word cousin in African-American and Latinx communities. It made me wonder whether, historically, Jewish communities have had ...
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Are links strictly necessary when citing a source?

This came up in respect to my answer here. I hadn’t seen a meta post with an official policy on the topic, so I figured I’d ask. In my time here I’ve almost never linked to a source unless it’s some ...
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Primary vs Secondary sources

Many answers on Mi Yodeya include sources, often from rabbinic literature. Many times the entire answer can be a quotation from such a source. I would think that the simplest and best way to pose a ...
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What's the policy in regard to Kabbalah questions?

There are halachik and cultural norms about if Kabbalah can be learnt, and discussed in public. It's part of Judaism but it is an area that needs to be handled delicately. What is the policy here?
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Hiding Dangerous Information

Although obviously regardless of Mi Yodeya policy, each user needs to apply his / her own discretion, what is the policy regarding posting information, in a question or answer, that if publicized ...
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Is Hellenistic Judaism on-topic?

Consensus on meta seems to be that Karaite Judaism, questions asked from a Karaite perspective, and other non-Orthodox branches of Judaism are on-topic. Is Hellenistic Judaism also on-topic? Is such ...
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Tags for answers [duplicate]

Has anyone ever thought about having tags for answers in addition to the tags for questions? That is to say that when someone writes an answer they would be able to assign tags to the answer separate ...
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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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Parameters of Jews not Judaism

Based on Giving up ones life על קידוש ה׳ not to transgress גילוי עריות: What are the parameters of “Jews not Judaism”? While the above question could be greatly improved with a citation to Sanhedrin ...
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how to deal with “Does this exist?” when it doesn't

When question's ask if something exists, and it doesn't - but that's really hard to prove 100% - how does one answer them? For example, Is there a list of every vessel used in the Beit HaMikdash? - ...
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Nedarim-Shevuot Tag

I am curios why the nedarim-shevuot tag is a single tag. The Mishnah separates them into separate categories.
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Dealing with users who reject the answers of traditional Judaism

Recently we've had various questions and answers from the reletively new user Jdoe. The user in question rejects the traditional Jewish thought that the Torah Sheba'al Peh was received alongside the ...
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Someone scraped Mi Yodeya and is selling it as a book

I invite the users of Mi Yodeya to check out this book which the author has essentially scraped the questions and answers on this site and is selling it. While it might be annoying. See if you can ...
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Demoted after given away reputation points

Why can I no longer perform tasks on this forum that I was able to before. I understand I gave away the reputation, but I still got the “experience”. What’s the deal?
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What's with the duck?

When I logged into Mi Yodeya after Yom Tov, I noticed something in the bottom right corner of the screen which wasn't there before: What is this, and what does it do?
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Questions about Tanach/Talmud personalities

As per the site rules, questions relating to Jewish individuals, when not exclusively related to Judaism, are off-topic. I would assume this would extend to even discussing personalities in the ...
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Explaining the difference between an answer and a comment

(It may be useful to read the comments to this answer before reading my question.) Often times new users post answers when the content is really just a comment. This is understandable, as new users ...
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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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Multiple close answer reasons

When voting to close a question you can choose from several different reasons. However, when the question actually gets put on hold, it only shows the reason with the most votes. So for instance, if ...
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Addressing only a second premise of a question

If someone asks a question that is based on multiple premises, can a valid answer simply refute any of the premises? Specifically in a case where one premise appears to precede a second one, can a ...
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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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Too much information in an answer

I sometimes write answers and deliberately leave them somewhat vague/open-ended. I do this because at times I feel that by being more specific it actually diminishes the value of the answer. If the ...
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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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Where can I find the reason for a question being deleted?

Just recently I answered a question about saying anenu in a case where one drank but didn't eat the whole day. I answered the question, it was accepted by the OP, and I got like 6 upvotes. Now, ...
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PTIJ: Worst Answer Contest winner! 5778 [closed]

Congratulations and Yeyasher Kochacha to the winner of the Worst Answer Contest 5778! Here is the original citation, submitted by msh210: I nominate the question: Implications of Samoa skipping a ...
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Fibonacci numbers question

Why was this question closed? As the poster pointed out, a near-identical quesiton--but about irrational numbers, rather than Fibonacci numbers--was left open as a PTIJ last year. The closer of the ...
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PTIJ: Is being mean to one's self against site policy? [closed]

The end of the "Be Nice" page says In summary, have fun, and be good to each other. This implies that being good to one's self is not necessarily required. I've noticed a certain user with a ...
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Questions asking to prove a negative

When someone asks a question asking to prove a negative (such as "is this true" or the like), should it be left up forever, or should it be closed after a certain amount of time, and would an answer ...
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PTIJ: Worst post contest: 5778 [closed]

Have you seen (or written) a post on Mi Yodeya that you thought was really silly for missing a really obvious problem? Let's have a contest to help you tell everyone about it! This contest has one ...
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Duplicates sticking around [duplicate]

Is there a reason why questions already marked as duplicates stick around forever? Why aren't they automatically deleted after a month of inactivity or some other, similar, time-frame? Edit: I just ...
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Should specific information like phone numbers for individuals be allowed to be posted?

I'm asking this after seeing this question: Does anyone have the phone number for Rabbi Lionel Chiswell? A Rabbi is a public figure, but still, a brand new user asked for his phone number and it was ...
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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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The Source of PtIJ [duplicate]

I was curious why PTIJ exists on this forum. How did it get started here and why does it prevail?
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Name change of the Jewish site: Mi Yodeya

The name Mi Yodeya for the Jewish site concerns me from a usability standpoint, where finding this resource, if one isn't familiar with Hebrew, might only be discovered out of sheer luck. Other ...

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