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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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What's our policy on discussing public individuals?

Do we have a policy about talking about public individuals in question or answer posts? I recently posted an answer in which I cited a rabbi who mentioned the reactions of other rabbis to a question ...
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For better understanding between Jews and Christians, some reading material

Although it has been made clear that this site is not interested in Jesus, which is exactly as it should be, some questions display an interest in the historical Jesus, his relationship to Judaism, ...
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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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Incorrect assingment of reputation points? [closed]

The current system for awarding reputation points is 5 points for a vote on a question, and 10 points for a vote on an answer. However, the מאמר הכחם says - שאלת חכם חצי תשובה, a wise question is half ...
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2012 Community Moderator Election

The 2012 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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Parashat Hashavua' Chat

Our first Parashat Hashavua' (weekly Torah portion) Chat, despite the fact that it was advertised only minimally, turned out to be a lively, interesting discussion. So, why not do it again every week? ...
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Weekly topic challenge: call for proposals

This is the call for proposals for the weekly topic challenge. What is it? There's a single topic that people think about during the week and come up with good questions on. How does it work? ...
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2017 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

Mi Yodeya is scheduled for an election starting next week, January 23rd. In connection with that election, we will be hosting a Q&A here for candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of ...
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Best answer contest: First quarter of 5779

Have you seen (or written) a recent answer on Mi Yodeya that you thought was really great? Let's have a contest to help you tell everyone about it! This contest has two phases: Nomination and Voting. ...
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How shall we celebrate Mi Yodeya's tenth birthday?

Mi Yodeya's birth occurred on December 6, 2009 / 19 Kislev 5770 with the posting of http://mi.yodeya.com/q/1 . In 2014 / 5775, some of us celebrated Mi Yodeya's fifth birthday together, in person, at ...
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Name Mi Yodeya's chat room [closed]

We've discussed naming our chat room before, but never came to a conclusion. Let's do this again, with two changes: We now know that this site will be launched out of beta in about a week, B"H, under ...
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Refresh of the Purim Torah Policy

We've done four Purim seasons under the existing Purim Torah Policy, so we have a decent amount of experience to draw on in determining if it needs any changes. This meta-question last season garnered ...
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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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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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Would anyone be interested in helping out Biblical Hermeneutics?

I'd like to invite you all to look over and hopefully participate in a new StackExchange site: Biblical Hermeneutics. The purpose of the site is to study the Bible on its own terms. We try be be ...
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Answerathon meets Best Answer Contest--I'm here to fund it! (CLOSED)

וְגַ֣ם ׀ אֲנִ֣י שָׁמַ֗עְתִּי אֶֽת־נַאֲקַת֙ בְּנֵ֣י יִשְׂרָאֵ֔ל (Exodus 6:5; Cf. 3:7,9) I noticed some discussion surrounding those answer contests that would occur around here on occasion. I am here ...
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What is our attitude to "list questions"?

There are a few questions on this site that are in the form of "List all ...". Are these questions on topic? Founders of Jewish movements Accurate list of Gedolim List of Techelet Wearers words ...
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Would you mind me browsing your site?

I am not Jewish, but am interested to know more about it and have read some scriptures and writings. I have no intention of disrespect, so I politely ask your permission to browse and ask questions on ...
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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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Do I need to dejargonify highly technical questions?

I try very hard, when I post on MY, to dejargonify as much as I can, so that what I write is accessible to as many people as possible. I've even been doing it (by now, mostly out of habit) whenever I ...
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Why is Mi Yodeya written in Rashi script?

I'd like to know why the hebrew for Mi Yodeya is written in Rashi script?
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On-topic-ness of "how many X are in Y" questions

Forgive me if this was discussed before; I don't frequent meta. I've been seeing a lot of questions of the form "how many X are in Y?". I personally find them to be pretty pointless questions that ...
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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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May I ask a question about whether a claim about Judaism made by a non-Jewish religion is true?

Related: What should we do with "does Judaism permit this random special case that I won't elaborate on" questions? A website promoting a religion other than Judaism has a statement ...
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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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What's the rule with religion-spam?

A new user is asking countless questions which seem to have the goal of proving from Jewish texts that Mohammed was a real prophet. Do we just allow this to go on indefinitely? Personally, I have been ...
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Inappropriate user images

What is MY's official policy regarding inappropriate images (such as pornography, gruesome/violent imagery) not just in the content of the question, but as the user photo (other potential examples: a ...
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Citing translations

For this answer, and I'm sure others, I copied the english translation from the iTalmud app. Should I cite it at the bottom of the quote?
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Using @ in comments with usernames containing spaces?

I guess this is really more of a general meta.stackoverflow question: Putting @ before a username in comments makes it show up in their inbox. What about if the username contains spaces - does the ...
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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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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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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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Scripting challenge

I wonder how hard it would be to find all citations to a given set of texts referenced on this site and post them for reference somewhere on the web. Would anyone think this is a useful endeavor? ...
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Users that give shiurim

Wow do some of you guys know torah! I'd like to learn more from y'all. Do any of the more active users on Mi Yodeya give shuirim somewhere online that I can listen to?
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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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"And Revision, and Houses of Prayer, And Tzedaka Distribute the Goodness of Mi Yodeya!" (Please help.)

You may have noticed by now that Mi Yodeya has been working on our fourth publication - ימים נוראים - מי יודע?‏ / Days of Awe - Mi Yodeya?. This is our most ambitious publication project yet, ...
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Irritation with poor questions

If I watch television on Friday night, will I go to hell? I am mildy surprised at the quick rejection (in the social sense) of this question. The comments convey exasperation and irritation with the ...
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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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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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Community Promotion Ads - 2016 [duplicate]

It's 2016 now, and we've made some changes to the sidebar size. As such, we can now restart the Community Promotion Ads for 2016! Keep in mind, we have updated some of the guidelines compared to ...
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Riddle questions on SE?

After the migration from mi.yodeya to StackExchange, are riddle-type questions considered appropriate? According to the answer from @RebeccaChernoff to the question "Appropriateness of survey ...
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Why are sexuality questions not allowed?

It seems to me that many people who have questions about sexuality may not feel comfortable to ask a rabbi directly, and may prefer to ask an online community anonymously.
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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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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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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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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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What user scripts do we recommend for use on Mi Yodeya?

A user script is a usually-small device that you can add to your web browser to change how specific websites or all websites appear to you. It can be a way, for example, to add functionality to a site ...
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Why does it matter if there is a duplicate?

Why does it matter if the same question is asked twice? Sometimes the second question gets better answer.
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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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