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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 blogs have linked to this site?

I think it would be nice to maintain a list of blogs that have linked to judaism.SE / mi.yodeya, as a way to recognize our supporters and as a way to raise awareness that this is something we want to ...
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How should we ask for improvements to questions and answers?

Sometimes we get a question or answer that is unclear or leaves out important details, and people comment to elicit improvements. Sometimes that works well (and the post gets improved); other times ...
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Dealing with old questions

A quick search yields 2383 (as of posting) questions left open with zero answers. Subtracting out questions with negative scores and questions posted over the past two days, there's still 2363 ...
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Future Sukkot publication: collect questions

Today in chat Isaac said, in the midst of a discussion about "how-to" questions: I think that in a future year, we should consider publishing a pamphlet and/or online summary of our Sukkot HowTos (...
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Ingathering contest! Promote your favorite question and win our prize [closed]

This contest is now closed to new contestants. Hatzlacha rabba to all five contestants, and thanks very much for your participation! There is an ongoing score chart here. Have you ever seen one of ...
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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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How shall we celebrate Mi Yodeya's fifth birthday?

On 6 December 2009 (19 Kislev 5770) question #1 was asked, launching this excellent site. The fifth anniversary of Mi Yodeya's arrival in the world will, B"H, be coming up on 6 December (secular ...
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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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Feedback for “Hagada - Mi Yodeya?”

If you downloaded "Hagada - Mi Yodeya?" and certainly if you used it at your Seder, we would love to hear what you thought of it. Are there any improvements you'd suggest? Is there anything about it ...
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Anonymity on Mi Yodeya

What is the reason to allow for anonymity in our web community? Is it so that in case one makes a mistake they do not need to be embarrassed? In real life our Sages say (Avot 2:5) us: לא הביישן לומד "...
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How can we plan a “Shabbaton - Mi Yodeya?”

There was some discussion in V'dibarta Bam recently, sparked by SethJ, about the idea of a Shabbaton to bring yodeyans together. Daniel brought up the idea of multiple simultaneous gatherings, so that ...
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Requiring sources for “tacit culture” and “common knowledge”

I have occasionally run into an issue where I am writing either a question or (more rarely) an answer and I haven't had any decent sources on hand, because I had viewed the elements of the question as ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2013 [duplicate]

As it is December 2012, we are now going to reset our Community Promotion Ads for the new year. What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are community-vetted advertisements that ...
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making transliterated words findable

Tags are great, but often a particular word will be too specific to have a tag devoted to it, whereas you'll want people to be able to find the word on searching the site. If the word is English, no ...
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Project plan for Haggadah update

This is my first time as "project manager" for a publication, so if something doesn't look right, please let me know, or fix it yourself. This is a rough project plan for updating our haggadah ...
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comparative religion questions

Are questions of the form What's the difference between [Jewish thing] and [Religion X thing]? on- or off-topic on the site? For reference, the FAQ list mentions briefly what's on- and off-topic, ...
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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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The name “mi.yodeya” should really be either “mi.yodey.a” or “mi.yodey-a”

This question is just for the amusement of those who enjoy grammar and pronunciation issues: The pasach-ayin in the word "yodei-a" is pronounced as an inserted aleph ending with the gutteral ayin, ...
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Name of judaism.stackexchange.com

I think most of us would agree that "mi.yodeya" was a snappy and memorable name. Is there any way to incorporate that into the site's present identity? WADR, directing your neighbor or co-worker to "...
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First-ever Mi Yodeya Answerathon!

If you missed the earlier posts, I originally proposed this here and some details were ironed out here. Welcome to the first-ever Mi Yodeya answerathon! The goal here is to answer as many unanswered, ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2014 [duplicate]

It's the time of the year again, namely it is December 2013, and so we shall now refresh our Community Promotion Ads for the new year. What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are ...
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Shall we do a Chanuka publication? If so, what format?

So far, Mi Yodeya Publications include successful editions of: A Pesach Hagada companion A Purim gift book Shall we do a publication for Chanuka 5775? Chanuka, like Pesach, is one of the most ...
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Choose standard off-topic closure reasons

As described more fully in a very informative post on meta.stackexchange.com, which I recommend you check out, we're going to lose these two closure reasons: off topic Questions on Mi Yodeya are ...
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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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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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What's Our Elevator Pitch?

Reading this blog post: Tell us what your community is about in one brief sentence! So what's our one-liner?
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Let's make Mi Yodeya more friendly to people and machines that can't see images: alt text fix

Background Today in the chatroom, we were discussing the practice of adding meaningful alt text to images on the web. Alt text is displayed when the image cannot be displayed and is therefore ...
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How to deal with multiple questions asked in one?

There are many questions currently in our system that have more than one distinct question stuffed into a single posting. Two quick examples: Cholent falafel Bracha Why is chicken “meat” (w.r.t. ...
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Ridiculous questions

How are we supposed to treat questions that are, or would be considered by many, to be ridiculous, but which the poster apparently takes very seriously? I voted to close one such question as too ...
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{How/When} Should we allow Purim Torah?

Generally, we expect all questions here to be written from the point-of-view of genuine curiosity, and we expect all answers to be genuine attempts to provide real information and analysis that ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2017

It is a bit late into this new year, being that we're already in the second month, but we are now cycling the Community Promotion Ads for 2017! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion ...
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Does this site have a glossary?

When browsing here, I see a lot of terms with which I'm unfamiliar. Has the community here created anything similar to the glossaries on cooking and on bicycles? Barring this, are there particularly ...
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Make parsha tags consistent

I know questions about consistency in the tags have already been raised, but I wish to raise the question about one particular set of tags - the parsha tags. The main problems in this area are: a) ...
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Is Mi Yodeya a Judaism Stack Exchange, or a Rabbinic Judaism Stack Exchange?

Before I really began to understand the profound nature of Orthodoxy, I was thinking to leave the forum because I tend to approach Scripture from a different perspective than Orthodox Jews do. I do ...
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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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Do questions require research?

Inspired by the comments on my answer here and a comment made by DoubleAA here: The FAQ's regarding a "good question" seem to require some research be done by the asker prior to posting the question. ...
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Generalizing a specific question

A question asks about case A. All the answers explain the rule with respect to cases A and B which have the same rule (or at least no one has yet to find a distinction). Is it appropriate to ...
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Let's design an ad for this site!

Would you like to design an ad for this site? We're seriously considering posting one on one or more of the periodicals that people who come here read (feel free to add to that list). Please post ...
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Proposed rough project plan for “Chanuka - Mi Yodeya?”

The following is a proposal. Please edit as you see fit or post critiques or alternative schedules as answers. Complete: Collect source Q&A candidates. (We have 9.) Complete: Decide on exact ...
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Use our blog to share content from our users' own blogs?

(This started in comments on this question.) We have the ability to associate a blog with our site, but the big question with blogs is always content. Would it be worth seeding a blog with stuff ...
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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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What should our FAQ material contain? / How should we describe the scope of this site?

What should go in the FAQ material for this new site? It turns out that on the FAQ page itself, only the part at the top that describes the scope (under "What kind of questions can I ask here?&...
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“Days of Awe - Mi Yodeya?” front- and back-matter

Each answer to this post should contain one of the following supplementary materials for Days of Awe - Mi Yodeya?: Introduction Glossary The glossary should contain translations of all non-English ...
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How quick should we be to close vs help

There are times when a certain question is proposed to be off topic. See the comments to Who were the original users of Ktav Ashuri? for a recent discussion. There is an obvious quick fix to keep ...
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Haggadah call for submissions: part 2 (Magid) [closed]

This post covers questions and answers for the following topics: Magid (all parts) Each answer here should cover one question and its answer(s), following this template. There is no need to cover ...
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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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Site self-evaluation - how are you doing? [closed]

Here at Stack Exchange we are all about making the Internet better by giving great answers to awesome questions. We periodically check in on individual sites to see how they stack up against the rest ...
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Mi Yodeya Top User Swag

As a thank you for being awesome, if you are on page 1 or page 2 of … https://judaism.stackexchange.com/users?tab=reputation&filter=all … we'll be sending you a little care package ...
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A standard comment for new users asking psak questions

I wanted to suggest that we put forth a standard comment to put on psak questions asked by new users. The goal of the psak-close reason is, as I understand from various chat conversations, to instill ...

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