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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Is there a way to encourage specific types of questions?

Recently I answered the following three questions: How does Rambam explain why we don't ask for rain until the end of sukkos Understanding תוד״ה תפילין on קידושין דף לו ע״א Why would I have ...
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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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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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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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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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Mishneh Torah Tags

How should a question regarding a Passage in the Mishneh Torah, (Sefer Shoftim, Mamrim) be tagged? Rambam: Could "also: mishneh-torah" be added to the tag? Mishneh-Torah: As a separate tag - to ...
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What to do with an answer that's part-right, part-wrong?

Consider this recent answer about dealing with smoke detectors making annoying noise on Shabbat. In it, the answerer, coming from a point-of-view outside traditional Judaism but knowledgeable and ...
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Weekly Tanach Challenge 5775-3 (Week of Beshalach): Bereishit 26–30

In conjunction with Project 929, let's learn Tanach along with Jews all over the world. This coming week (Parashat Beshalach, starting Sunday, January 25), we'll be studying the following chapters: ...
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Requesting Purim Torah answers to serious-looking questions

The Purim Torah policy addresses question that are, themselves, in the Purim spirit. But there is also Purim Torah which takes for its starting point a “real” question; only the answer is ridiculous. ...
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Out"date"d/unused tag

Sorry for the pun, but there's an outdated tag, jewish-date-series. Since we're not using meta-tags (and since the series seems to have stopped), it probably ought to be done away with.
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Weekly topic challenge 5772-41 (week of Pin'chas 5772): Rashi

This week's topic challenge is Rashi. You're encouraged to think of and post good questions on this topic. Topic Proposal I propose questions relating to Rashi (e.g. himself, his commentaries, etc.) ...
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How do we get more twitter followers?

Our twitter following is anemic, how can we increase it and thereby increase our visibility? Also, I think it is confusing that we have 2 twitter accounts Mi_Yodeya (currently with 126 followers) and ...
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Request for forgiveness (from @Tomw)

Shalom, and blessings to everyone who uses this site properly. Inspired by this: SELICHOT Request for Forgiveness I humbly ask forgiveness of anyone I have offended or upset while using this site, and ...
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New answers to old related questions

Tosfos Within the Same Mesechta Who is the voice of Tosafoth? Tosfos vs Tosfos HaRosh The above 3 questions relate to the history of the printing and editing of the Tosaphos collections. This page, ...
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Recent spate of duplicate tags

I noticed today that a bunch of recently created tags already existed under slightly different spellings/pronunciations/variations. The new tags page displays 13 recently created tags, five of which ...
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Best Answer Contest winner! Fourth quarter of 5779

Congratulations and Yeyasher Kochacha to Oliver, the winner of the Best Answer Contest for the fourth quarter of 5779! Here is the original citation, submitted by Alex: I would like to nominate ...
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Best Answer Contest winners! First quarter of 5779

Congratulations and Yeyasher Kochachem to robev, Josh, and Alex, the co-winners of the Best Answer Contest for the first quarter of 5779! Here are the original citations, both submitted by Double AA: ...
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Allowing edits by anonymous unregistered users

I have had a number of posts defaced by anonymous, unregistered users through the use of proposed edits, though luckily these have been picked up and rejected by community members every time. I wonder,...
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Best Answer Contest winner! Fourth quarter of 5778

Congratulations and Yeyasher Kochacha to Alex, the winner of the Best Answer Contest for the fourth quarter of 5778! Here is the original citations, submitted by Kazi bácsi: I would like to ...
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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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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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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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Should I separate this question into two?

My question about usury during Shemittah got derailed by my use of an example of lending physical objects. I am inclined to remove the example (perhaps replace it with a better one), and then ask a ...
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Synonimze [origin] for [provenance]

Anyone want to create origin as a synonym for provenance? I think it's much easier to find.
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Are answer posts of the form "your answer isn't..." okay?

One of the questions on Mi Yodeya is: I remember hearing that Rachel Imeinu was buried in kever Rachel, but was only there for one night and then she went to Mearas Hamachpaila. I can't ...
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The parshanut-torah-comment tag

It seems to me that this tag needs sorting out, because the wiki explanation of this tag is very vague and unclear, and there seems to be no consensus as to its correct application - yesterday I added ...
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Weekly topic challenge 5772-42-43 (week of Matos-Mas'e 5772): grains

This week's topic challenge is Grains. You're encouraged to think of and post good questions on this topic. Topic Proposal I propose grains (wheat, barley, etc.) as a weekly topic. These plants comes ...
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vowels-nekudos-niqqud tag?

I was going to tag this question with something like "vowels-nekudos-niqqud" but I didn't want to create a tag that was overly specific or covered the same territory as "pronunciation". Thoughts?
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Let's create a logo graphic

If we end up sponsoring any conferences (and it's looking increasingly likely that we could be doing this very soon), we'll need a logo that conference organizers can put into their materials on our ...
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Should this question remain open?

SE Challenge: Halachot in which rulings range from permissible to Torah violation? is an old question with a bunch of up-votes. It's a list/survey/riddle question and would probably be closed if it ...
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Is it Mi Yodeya's job to vet the Moshiach?

I vote no. In my year and a half here, I've come across at least half a dozen people coming claiming to be, or know, the Moshiach, and asking us to vet, help or learn from such individual. E.g I vote ...
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Site scope in Tour seems to disagree with scope defined in the Help Center

The site tour says it is on-topic to ask about: general knowledge ... as it relates directly to Jewish life and learning While the Help Center article on site scope says it is off-topic to ask ...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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Is there a way to track the number of votes?

I have been wondering what the trend has been in voting -- not in upvotes or down votes, but total votes cast. I wonder if more recent questions have been getting as many votes (over a fixed period of ...
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Significance (or lack thereof) of the number of questions per user

I recently calculated the number of questions per user for all Stack Exchange sites with more than 10,000 questions. The data was taken from the main Stack Exchange page listing all the sites, and I ...
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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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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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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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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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Gilgule Hasgacha in mi Yodeya

I am experiencing a strange and wonderful feeling (not a delusional perception). First I read a question on Yibbum here that leads me to a Gemara on Yebamot 103a about Chalitsa for a man without legs....
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Linking Mi Yodeya better with other great Judaism sites/blogs

This is a followup to my meta post A newbie perspective after 60 days and 90 Q&As where I wrote If one agrees that the quality/interest of a site like MY is a function of how many interesting ...
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Come support the new Hebrew.SE proposal

A bunch of MY users had supported the original Hebrew.SE proposal. That was eventually closed for inactivity. There's now a new proposal for it. Anyone interested can come follow it!
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What should we do with one line answers?

There are quite a few answers which are one liners (some are also unsourced) or just a link only answer from users who weren't around in a while: For example: Any information about Rabbi Barnett ...
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Why did I lose my "acceptance"?

Two questions were merged. Both had accepted answers. Why did I lose my "acceptance" over the other? Both users weren't around for some time?
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Please help the Hebrew Language & Usage Area 51 proposal

Hebrew Language & Usage Proposal on Area 51 is almost there! Can everyone on this site please go follow and upvote questions that do not have 10 upvotes yet in order for us to make this site a ...
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What's the best way to disentangle these questions about rising early, washing, and birkat hashachar?

When I wake up before Alot Hshachar and won't go back to sleep, what can/can't I do? asks what is permitted when rising very very early -- washing, birkat hashachar, learning torah, eating, ...
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ANNOUNCEMENT: How to get notifications of community events

From time to time, Judaism.SE community events, such as the Ingathering Contest, the weekly topic challenge, and Parashat Hashavu'a Chat are discussed or announced here on Meta. In the past, we've ...
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Maybe we should have 2-3 featured questions daily

Sometimes you ask a question and then you find out it is a duplicate. Often times you missed it and did not notice it. Maybe we should take old questions that are appropiate to the time of year and ...
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am-yisrael-jewish-nation tag

The am-yisrael-jewish-nation tag currently is applied to ten questions. Four or five of these are about the state of being a Jew: When did Avraham Avinu become Jewish Can a Jew lose their Jewish ...
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