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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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Is there a way to update the off-topic reason to make the *except as related to Judaism* a bit clearer?

Quite an awful lot lately, I’ve seen a bunch of questions regarding Tanach grammar popping up in the review queue as off-topic for Hebrew language, most recently Explanation of Kamatz vs. Patach ה ...
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Is an anthropological question on Black Hebrew Israelites on topic?

I have a question on the topic of the Black Hebrew Israelite movement, which in a way seems to me to be more along the lines of an anthropological question, and I am wondering if that is included in ...
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Are questions about or based on academic Jewish studies appropriate for this site?

The catch-all of "Academic Jewish Studies" covers a wide range of topics. However as a general rule those studies do not necessarily subscribe to postulates which conform to normative orthodox Judaism....
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Should we have an eclipse tag?

What Blessing Does One Make on a Solar Eclipse? Eclipse of the moon, bad sign for the Jews Are there any sages who have written about experiencing a total solar eclipse? Why make a bracha on an ...
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Is it better to ask a new question or place a bounty on an old one?

Let’s say that Reuven posts a question, and Shimon posts an answer to that question. I don’t like Shimon’s answer for reason XYZ. Is it better for me to post a bounty on Reuven’s question, asking for ...
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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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How is this question off topic?

Does the word X appear in Tanach? How could such a question be off topic? Tanach is squarely on topic, words in Tanach are squarely on topic. So what is the problem? If it is motivation, then what ...
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I just answered a question and its Shabbat. What should I do?

(I realize the irony in asking a meta question also on Shabbat, but still.) I just answered a question and its Shabbat; sorry, I didn't notice. So, I read this here on meta: Is asking and answering ...
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Jewish Life vs. Opinion-based

This is not to rehash the Jewish life parameters. Go take that over there. My question is where we draw the line between that and off-topic as opinion based. Jewish life questions seem to be of the ...
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Clarifying Hebrew language policy

According to the official FAQ (with the parts irrelevant to this post left out): If you have a question about... language used in Judaism Why is הושיעה Mileel whereas הצליחה is ...
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Best Answer Contest winners! Third quarter of 5777

Congratulations and Yeyasher Kochachem to the co-winners of the Best Answer Contest for the third quarter of 5777! Here are the original citations, both submitted by DoubleAA: Lee's answer to How ...
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Is it acceptable to use the Jacobean names of books, people, and places?

When posting on Mi Yodeya, I tend to use the names that have been passed down in English from King James' translation, many of which were influenced by the Septuagint/LXX. For example, I say Noah ...
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Personal gain from a post?

I would like to "advertise" a personal (Jewish) project of mine. First of all I would like help editing, and second I would like people to know about the project. I hesitate to do this because it ...
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Question and answer with the most upvotes

On Mi Yodeya, what is the question with The most upvotes Similarly, what is the answer with The most upvotes
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Moderators too quick to delete

This is based on a single personal experience, but upon research seems to be a pattern. Are the moderators perhaps too quick to delete answers or comments? Might it perhaps be more helpful to note ...
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type of question to ask on MY

I appreciate the forum to be able to ask questions. However, I want mine to be in sync with what the guidelines for the site are. Are questions on the weekly Parsha encouraged to be asked on the MY ...
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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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Should questions be immune from consideration for closing after a certain time, number of upvotes or number of answers?

This question Experience-based advice for focusing and slowing down prayers? came up for review as being too broad. The question has 28 upvotes and 24 answers and was first posted in 2010. Is it ...
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Nonconstructive comments

Should this forum run in a way where questions are unnecessarily scrutinized for their accuracy? At the end of the day, people have questions that need to be answered because of a lack of knowledge ...
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Getting dinged for 'not an answer' when I think I'm providing a specific answer

In re: Who is the author of Sefer Shoftim (Judges)? The OP asked for the views of 'secular scholars'. I believe that my question is an accurate, brief, summary of their views, based on several ...
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Best Answer Contest winners! Second quarter of 5777

Congratulations and Yeyasher Kochachem to the co-winners of the Best Answer Contest for the second quarter of 5777! Here are the original citations, submitted by msh210, mevaqesh, and Isaac Moses, ...
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Is criticism of the views of great Rabbis appropriate to the site?

Bearing in mind that the site is meant amongst others for “for those who base their lives on Jewish law and tradition”, can I ask whether criticism of the views of great Rabbis is appropriate to the ...
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Should we have a policy similar to Skeptics.SE for answers?

As mentioned in their New User FAQ: The biggest surprise to new users is our insistence on references in the answers. Many forums will appear to simply accept at face-value the word of a random ...
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Sefira Upcoming Event?

(Again with the Upcoming Events requests. What is up with this guy?) On the sidebar, should there be a Sefira upcoming (ongoing) event, for questions tagged sefirat-ha-omer?
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Should there be an [A-cappella] tag?

Should there be an a-cappella tag for the many questions that are now tagged sefirat-ha-omer, three-weeks, and music? According to a quick search, six questions come up: Is it o.k. to watch "...
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On Meta Mi Yodeya, every link has a dotted underline. Is this ideal?

Background It's true that modern web browsers always provide a solid underline to all links by default, and that web designers like to override this behavior. On quora.com, Edo Amin explains why: if ...
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Very-occasional Hebrew users might never truly learn the standard Hebrew keyboard layout; here are some possibly-better Hebrew-input alternatives [duplicate]

Regular users of conversational Hebrew might type in Hebrew quite often. They might type emails, instant messages, and Facebook posts, all in Hebrew. I type in Hebrew far less often. Still, I might ...
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Will the community please undelete my answer to this question

There is nothing in my answer to this question (https://judaism.stackexchange.com/a/81599/7303) that would fall into the category of deletion. I am asking for the community to please review it and ...
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Pesach Upcoming Event time frame

About that Pesach upcoming event I keep seeing in the sidebar... Five days from now is Tuesday, first day of Pesach. Shouldn't we extend it to thirteen days from now, for the end of Pesach? Make an ...
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Pesach Upcoming Events tags

Our Upcoming Events sidebar has a link to Pesach questions, with the tags passover and passover-seder-hagada. Should it be expanded to include other Pesach-related tags? I've stumbled upon: four-...
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What is happening with the https migration?

Many of the other StackExchange sites have migrated to https. When is Judaism's turn?
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Answering a question hinted to in a comment

Is it OK to answer a question, where someone had commented on the question with information that can really be used as an answer? I thought of this when I came across this link where Menachem ...
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Referencer KSA is down

I recently edited a post on the main site, adding links with the Referencer as necessary. However, when I clicked on the link to test it, I found that http://www.yonanewman.org/kizzur/kizzur1.html is ...
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Meya Alafim - Mi Yodeya? Gershon Gold Yodeya!

Who knows one hundred thousand? Gershon Gold knows one hundred thousand! Yeyasher Kochacha to Gershon Gold for achieving 100,000 reputation points! Mazal Tov for being the first Yodeyan to make it ...
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2017 Purim Torah wrap-up

After three weeks of merriment, we have put the purim-torah-in-jest tag away for another year. We hope everybody had fun! There were some discussions just before and during the season this year ...
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Which search terms do we top?

I noticed today that if you search Google for Purim Torah or for "Purim Torah", our purim-torah-in-jest tag landing page is now the first result, above the Wikipedia entry. This fact indicates that ...
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Let's fix our now-broken images

Stack Exchange is in the process of switching to HTTPS on all sites. As part of this, they have already fixed links to images hosted on imgur (which is where images go if you upload them in a post). ...
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Is a question requesting on understanding the Hashkafa of “X” a suitable question for Mi Yodeya?

(Just wondering before I possibly ask) Without being political, would asking a question regarding the Hashkafa of an iconic figure in Judaism or larger community within the Jewish world a suitable ...
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Purim Torah a distraction from regular questions

Is it just me that thinks Purim Torah detracts from the whole idea of Mi Yodeya? I understand the idea that it's Adar and why not, but I feel it detracts from the whole website (especially for ...
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Purim Torah Emergency! Severely underutilized resource [closed]

It has come to my attention that there is a German company that makes food-cutting equipment of all things called TREIF! What's more, its striking logo is CC-licensed for reuse with modification, ...
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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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Consequences of Electing a Former Moderator [closed]

Recently we elected a new moderator, Isaac Moses. However, Isaac used to serve as a moderator a few years prior. In what ways should we view this current position as a continuation of his previous ...
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Voting System Halacha [closed]

If it's assur to add and subtract (Devarim 13:1), is the voting system allowed? The Gemara (AZ 26a-b) says regarding Ovdei Avodah Zarah that lo ma'alin v'lo moridin. Does that mean that you can't vote ...
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Reopening Old Purim questions

After Adar, the practice is to close Purim Torah questions. I was just reviewing my review queue and 1 from last year came up. I don't know the mechanism for a question to be available for reopening ...
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Best Answer Contest winners! First quarter of 5777

Congratulations and Yeyasher Kochachem to the co-winners of the Best Answer Contest for the first quarter of 5777! Here are the original citations, submitted by Monica Cellio and Isaac Moses, ...
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Should we publish a policy to prevent people from citing G-d's name in Hebrew?

I noticed a verbatim verse citation from Shemot in this question. You'll see that the quote uses G-d's name. Some people print the Mi Yodeya questions. If they printed this question, this would ...
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Questions about the meaning, source of Yiddish names

A user has recently asked two questions (1, 2) about Yiddish names that have been closed as off-topic, with the specific close reason "Questions about the Hebrew language or about history or news of ...
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2017 Community Moderator Election Results

Mi Yodeya's second moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the 1 new moderator is: He'll be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank him for volunteering, ...
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What should we do about “why isn't X the messiah” questions?

We've gotten several questions over the years asking why so-and-so can't be the messiah, most recently https://judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/79742/why-dont-jews-think-li-hong-is-the-messiah. ...

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