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How to close/answer a question based on a mistake?

As a general, how should one answer questions that are based on printing mistakes? E.g. Questions like this - should they be: Answered: Your Siddur is wrong. How would one prove this? How much ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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PSA: Purim Torah In Jest is just that - in jest.

Purim Torah posts, I’ve noticed, have been getting a lot of downvotes lately. While earlier I had expressed this thought, echoed by ezra there, I’m starting to think it’s because not everyone is ...
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PTIJ: Why are so many Purim Torah posts on here not food related? [closed]

This time of year, we all have a policy we call “Purim Torah Ingest.” As the name implies, we’re supposed to be eating these things. As such, shouldn’t more of these be food related? Further, ...
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PTIJ - Stopping Leitzanus [closed]

According to Megillah 25b, which says: אמר רב נחמן כל ליצנותא אסירא בבר מליצנותא דעבודת כוכבים דשריא do the Mods have an obligation to delete or block Leitz from Mi Yodeya? This question is Purim ...
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Should we revisit the “no other tag” Purim Torah policy?

As per the Purim Torah policy: Apply the tag purim-torah-in-jest and no other tag. Since we now put PTIJ in front of all Purim Torah posts, should we revisit this policy, since it’s now more ...
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PTIJ - Mah Nishtanah Mi Yodeya [closed]

How is this site different from all other sites? This question is Purim Torah and is not intended to be taken completely seriously. See the Purim Torah policy.
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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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Should we add “PTIJ:” in the title of all Purim Torah questions?

Should there be a rule to have to add "PTIJ:" before the title on all Purim Torah questions? This way it seems that people won't click on a question without overlooking the fact it's a Purim Torah.
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Sefardi vs Sefaradi and Sefardim vs Sefaradim

We have a pretty good policy here at Mi Yodeya where people are free to use their preferred method of transliteration as long as it's consistent with a particular nusach. But the transliterated ...
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As a Christian, am I welcome on this site? [duplicate]

I am an American Christian who loves the Jewish people and Israel. I have no wish to proselytize or offend anyone. What I am interested in, is learning about HaShem's chosen ones and their faith so ...
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Best Question Contest Proposal

Inspired by: A "complaint" about the "Best Answer" contest Edited Proposal: Thanks to Alex, DoubleAA, Isaac Moses, Monica Cellio, and Shmuel Brin for their helpful feedback so far. With the ...
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Curbing (potentially) Intentionally Asked Duplicates

במחילת כבוד DanF, I have no hard feelings against you at all, just made me think of this. DanF's question made me think of the following issue: Users cannot flag/close questions as dupes unless ...
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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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What should we do with posts closed as too immodest?

Sometimes a post will be closed based on our modesty policy. What should we do with such questions after they are closed, since arguably, their existence while closed is also too immodest? On the ...
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How proactive should we be in reviewing sexuality questions as “private”?

Since December 2017, we’ve had a close reason that certain questions should be discussed only in private. Does this mean that we should, for instance, go through the sexuality tag and close many of ...
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Upvoting answers on a question that should be closed

Should one refrain from upvoting answers on a question that he/she believes should be closed (e.g. duplicate or off topic)? This is similar to this question but there is not necessarily a reason why ...
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What is the benefit of combining answers?

I posted 3 different answers to a question and was prompted in a comment to combine my answers. I do not see any benefit to doing so as the answers are different, not necessarily complementary and I ...
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Best Answer Contest winners! First quarter of 5778

Congratulations and Yeyasher Kochachem to the co-winners of the Best Answer Contest for the first quarter of 5778! Here are the original citations, both submitted by mbloch: b a's answer to Was ...
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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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Please leave a comment before closing!

This is something I’ve noticed a lot of recently in the review queue, and it’s not a problem unique to MY. Going through the close votes, I’ve noticed that a large percentage of the recent votes ...
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MiYodeya history: what sort of rabbinic guidance was given when creating the site?

Loewian made a very interesting comment below this question when he wrote I believe the generally accepted Talmudic interpretation of "Torah tziva lanu moshe morasha kehilath Yaakov" is that ...
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What's wrong with the question about special-needs kids and bar mitzvah?

What if anything do Orthodox communities do for profoundly-disabled 13-year-olds (bar mitzvah or similar)? has several close votes for "primarily opinion-based", but I don't understand why. The ...
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Who built/runs Mi Yodeya?

Who runs this site? Hillel is building a similar site for internal staff collaboration, and I would love to talk to someone about Mi Yodeya, and your user experience. Thanks!
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Should we encourage questioners to accept answers?

The percentage of accepted answers on MY is currently 34.4% (you can check the latest for yourself by entering hasaccepted:yes then is:question in the search box of the main site and dividing those ...
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Should we have a close reason for immodest posts?

The current FAQ includes the line: Please respect that in the Jewish tradition certain questions, especially certain questions relating to sexuality, are discussed only in private. Such questions ...
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Does this stack have a not-answering-questions problem? What should be done about it?

(This question is intended as a less-ranty and less-likely-to-be-immediately-closed version of another recent one. I'm posting this as a new question because suggested edits aren't possible on Meta.) ...
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Where do we draw the line regarding opinions of Rabbanan? [duplicate]

Inspired by this question. I was the first to vote it as off-topic, as I viewed it as asking for R’ Hirsch’s personal view on Zionism. Shmuel Brin posed a fair point in the comments: Why are ...
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Helping travellers

I suppose it's currently rather off-topic to ask for advice about synagogues and restaurants, when someone travels abroad. There's indeed this product-recommendation tag in a similar vein. I think it ...
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Best Answer Contest winners! Fourth quarter of 5777

Congratulations and Yeyasher Kochachem to the co-winners of the Best Answer Contest for the fourth quarter of 5777! Here are the original citations, submitted by DoubleAA and mevaqesh, respectively: ...
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Editing to fix minor punctuation / grammar issues

What is the policy regarding minor edits to fix punctuation and/or grammar mistakes? I sometimes come across posts with spelling, punctuation or grammar mistakes. These posts can sometimes be quite ...

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