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Rules regarding the name of G-od in the website?

I'm a bit shocked to see how The Name is written without any "changes" in it and how the vocalization is freely unveiled. Since it's completely forbidden to pronounce or use in vain, I would like ...
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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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Catalog of sci-fi questions

We've had a bunch of questions of varying quality related to science fiction (or, more generally, speculative fiction), most or all asking how Jewish law would deal with some scenario that is either ...
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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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What Yodeyan slang terms are there?

What are slang terms that people on Mi Yodeya use in comments or chat that are unique to this community? Please post one term with definition, etymology, earliest known usage, etc., per answer. ...
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Illustrative Mi Yodeya posts

I would like to present Mi Yodeya to a potential new reader/contributor. The Q&A aspects and the SE mechanics are all explained in the Help Center. What I'd like to collect here are examples (...
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Tweaking Mi Yodeya's scope to build a broader community

I was reading this post about one person's issues with Stack Overflow, and something it said struck me (as I noticed the same thing, but didn't attempt to articulate it): The "flavour" of ...
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2017 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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In what respects are Hebrew language questions in scope?

When are questions about the Hebrew language in scope, and when aren't they? Do they have to be about Biblical or Rabbinic Hebrew in particular? Do they have to be related to a holy text or a Jewish ...
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The line between History vs Judaism

Inspired by this question, but I am attempting to ask a more largely applicable point. Questions which are about Jewish History are considered off topic. Now the Jewish History examples given there ...
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Publicly Teaching Halachah

I was looking at this site and was a little bit surprised at this statement: It is therefore forbidden for Jews to teach non-Jews Halachah If this is true, should it be a concern here on Judaism....
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Master list of publication project ideas

The Mi Yodeya community has produced four publications thus far: A Pesach haggadah supplement (2013) - 46 pages, 27 questions Expanded and revised (2016) - 48 pages, 38 questions (yes, we've ...
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Interested in having Stack Exchange provide free food and stuff for your group?

The Stack Exchange Ambassadors program provides free food and Stack Exchange swag to student and teacher groups who agree to promote relevant Stack Exchange sites. We have an offer on the table to ...
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What (if anything) should we do about offensive posts that show up on Shabbat/Yom Tov?

Avraham Yitzchak has a good point in a comment here that we are talking about advertising our site in Jewish venues, yet we are from time to time plagued by offensive questions (e.g. the Baal and ...
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Request for chat session with SE SEO staffer for Mi-Yodeya-specific SEO

I've been reflecting on Joel's comment in a recent SE Podcast that Mi Yodeya has excellent content but a rather small and, right now, essentially not growing (contrary to the summary in the show notes)...
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I know A, and based on A, I'm asking B

One example of this is here, but I have seen several. If the questioner is asking B, presuming A, could a valid answer be that A is incorrect?
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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 about Jewish culture (NOT religion-centric) in scope?

This came up in a completely unrelated SE chat, with someone claiming that (unlike Christianity.SE being "about Christian doctrine and practice") Judaism.SE is "about Jewish culture". My impression (...
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How do we deal with Kabbalah mysteries as answers?

After recently asking for an explanation on a certain custom, I was given an answer that was garbed in kabbalistic language. Not being a kabbalist myself (nor would I suspect most readers), I asked ...
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“Purim - Mi Yodeya?” - next steps?

The consensus on our next publishing project is for a Purim publication. Purim this year is on Sunday, March 16. What do we want to do between now and then to bring this about? Same as last year ...
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What does the tag “drush” mean?

I noticed the drush tag for the first time yesterday but can't figure out what it means and there's no description on the tag wiki. The only word I know that's close to that is "drash" but I assume ...
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How shall we fund “Days of Awe - Mi Yodeya?”?

Implemented: http://jewcer.com/miyodeya Our current publication project is a book for the high holy days. In addition to distributing online as with our past books, we'd like to also distribute ...
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What to do when you only have a partial answer

Many times I find myself with relevant, sourced information when I look at a question, but won't have a complete answer. For example, in this recent question, the question asked for when large-scale ...
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What is considered a Jewish source?

Very often OP's ask for Jewish Sources What is the standard to be called a Jewish source? Written by a Jew? Accepted as authoritative? Is Martin Buber a Jewish source? Or only religious figures ...
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Is Double AA on-topic? [closed]

...I've been wondering for a while; is Double AA on-topic? Some believe that he is, clearly; what does the community think about this? Please source your answers :) This question is Purim Torah and ...
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Appropriateness of survey questions

Is a question like What is your favorite pasuk? or What city did your grandparents inhabit in Poland? appropriate for the site? The argument against would be that, although such information ...
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Should Q&A rules be lifted when a question implies that the asker is facing high Halachic or health stakes?

Sometimes we get questions that either indicate or suggest that the author is seeking advice regarding a matter of high Halachic or medical states, for example: Determining whether a particular ...
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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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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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Non-Jew has (business-related) questions about Judaism—okay here?

[Similar to, but not quite a duplicate of What are some mistakes non-Jewish people should avoid asking questions on this site?] A non-Jew I know is working on a project for a company that sells a ...
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Would this be an appropriate site for people to ask technical Gemara questions?

For example, lets say a group of people are learning Baba Basra. If they have a question on Tosafos, would it be appropriate to ask here? I assume its not a general enough question to be worth posting ...
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Mei Eimatai Kotvin et HaPurim Torah?

This is not Purim Torah. Mi Yodeya policy on Purim Torah is described in this Meta post: Purim Torah policy - Allowed, but regulated One of the points is that Purim Torah may only be posted from Rosh ...
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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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“Post notices” for Halacha questions

Moderators just got the ability to label questions or answers with "post notices," which put some pre-set text at the bottom of the post in question. Currently, there are exactly two notices ...
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Old Unregistered Users

Why some unregistered users (from the M.Y. 1.0) do not have a user page, while others do?
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Bounties haven't yielded answers, what next?

I have asked some questions over my tenure here that I have tried to promote with bounties. After limited success, I have started to offer smaller bounties, but still received no answers. Is there a ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2015 [duplicate]

The dawn of a new year, 2015, now approaches, or has already approached, either way it means that it is now time to reset our Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community ...
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What is the difference between twitter accounts?

What is the difference between http://twitter.com/#!/StackJudaism/ and http://twitter.com/#!/mi_yodeya?
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Shall we participate in the “929 – Studying the Bible Together” project? How?

At the end of Chanuka this year1, the Israeli Ministry of Education kicked off an exciting new project: "929 – Studying the Bible Together". The idea is very simple: each day, all different kinds of ...
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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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Link only answers

There are several examples of link only answers which are as we know deprecated and not very useful for this site. Usually someone comments on the answer requesting a summary of the link, or similar ...
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Shall we have a launch party?

To promote our impending launch, I think it would be cool to have a launch party. Some elements that it could include: Live text chat Live audio A call-in show format, using BlogTalkRadio. People ...
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Final Vote to name Mi Yodeya's chat room [closed]

We've had a number of good suggestions for our chat room's name, and the upvotes and downvotes on each showed that there are five favorites (answers with net vote count greater than one standard ...
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Duplicate answers on different questions?

What do you do when the same answer applies to 2 different questions? Does that mean the questions are dupes even if they don't look like it?
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Guidelines for Hebrew Use

Several questions related to using Hebrew: May I write בעברית? (Ie, using Hebrew script?) How about quotes? Should I translate all non-obvious Hebrew words, even those transliterated in to English, ...
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The “Mark as Accepted”

After reading this. Are there any specific rules for accepting answers on Jewish Life & Learning? Like how to deal with two answers that are actually a Machlokes? Also, I noticed that mi.yodeya (...
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Name our chat room

Right now, our general-purpose chat room is called, excitingly enough, "Jewish Life and Learning." Some other sites have given their general chat rooms distinctive names, such as The Garden Shed, Hub ...
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Are there any conferences we should be going to?

Are there any Jewish conferences Judaism.SE should consider sponsoring and sending a representative to? Conferences bring together high concentrations of highly interested people, and would give us a ...
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Should we censor the term “goy” when used in English to mean “gentile”?

The word "goy", used in an English context, can mean: "Gentile" - colloquially and innocuously "Gentile" - as a disparaging slur (It can also mean "Nation" generically and innocuously in a Hebrew ...
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Criterion for Voting

This community deals with questions that are subject to "eilu va'eilu divrei Elokim Chaim -- these and those are the words of the 'Living' G-d / G-d of Life." Such questions have a range of valid ...

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