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What Do I Do if Someone is Systematically Downvoting my Answers?

I hope this is the right place to post this question! I just found that, about two hours ago, eleven answers of mine were suddenly downvoted, including some from several months ago. I can only assume ...
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Are there any guidelines on this site for treating Poskim with respect

A question Mekoros book for עוז והדר לבושה asking to find a sefer online described a sefer by a well-known posek as an “infamous work”. Not satisfied with that, someone posted a derogatory comment ...
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What advanced existing features of SE/MY would a more experienced user want to know?

Two months after I joined MY, I wrote a beginner's guide. Some have found it useful and have been pointing new users to it in their welcome message. Two and a half years later I have learned a few ...
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Should we have a state-of-israel tag?

We have zionism and I see now israel-defense-forces, but no state-of-israel. Questions that are actually about the State of Israel frequently are tagged eretz-yisrael even if they have nothing to do ...
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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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Replacing non-Jewish sources with Jewish ones

I came across this question just now. It seems to be in good faith, but the embedded links are references to non-Jewish sources. Is it appropriate to replace these with corresponding links from ...
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Feedback on Sefaria from the MiYodeya community

Sefaria is a well-known repository of Jewish online texts with a vision to make all texts available to everyone for free. It is a widely used tool on MiYodeya to copy verses and link to more in-depth ...
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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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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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Where did the current flurry of new and novice users come from?

In the last 12 hours or so there have been a bunch of questions from new users, many seemingly based on non-Jewish perspectives and/or translations. Where did they come from, and should we be doing ...
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Why are some questions highlighted in blue?

I know this is a seriously newbie question, but I can't find it in the FAQ and I have encountered and not understood it on this and other SE sites. Why are some questions highlighted in blue?
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Is it forbidden to ask questions which originate from non-Jewish resources?

Is this site only for claims/questions that originate from Jewish sources such as Torah and so on? I had asked this question a while ago. It asks whether Abraham compiled, or given, a scripture like ...
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First Answerathon Wrap-Up

Our first Answerathon was a success! Congratulations to Alex for winning! You've absolutely earned your bragging rights. I am truly awed by the response this competition has gotten. It ran for 33 days ...
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What's the policy regarding the use of (the Jewish) god's name on the site?

I'm a Hebrew speaker, but am not an observant Jew, hence I tend to use the Jewish god's name: when referring to him; when quoting text containing his name. What's the policy on using the express ...
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targum-translation tag seems to merge two mostly unrelated tags

Why is there only one tag targum-translation for both "Questions about the various Aramaic translations that accompany much of the Jewish Biblical Canon" and "about translation of specific words in ...
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Can I help out with the glossary?

I think I would be well suited to help improve the glossary. I don't know the terminology, so I always notice it when I see it. I look the words up as I see them, but obviously I am not qualified or ...
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A way to say custom but not minhag

Within the context of Judaism Minhag is a term of art that is usually translated in English as "custom". There are times when I want to ask a question on MiYodea about the customs of Jews which are ...
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Can questions be asked that might challenge belief?

I was a bit surprised to find a question such as: "Are there any holes in the Kuzari argument for the transmission of Torah from Sinai?" because it seems to be asking for heresy. In actuality, it isn'...
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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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What are the assumptions made (in relation to jewish law) when one uses this site?

A lot of these little things (I have a really long typed out list if anyone wants me to post it) have left me rather confused as to what this site assumes in relation to the asker's understanding/...
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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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Writing a clearer answer than an existing one

If an answer is written in such a way that it is comprehensible, but could be written more clearly, what is the correct course of action for another user? Edit the answer to make it more clear Leave ...
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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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What to do with Parsha Chat?

I haven't been able to make it to parsha chat lately; however, at the time this question was asked, it had skipped two weeks in a row. It then occurred a few times, followed by a few more weeks of ...
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How should policy decisions be finalized and codified here?

How should we determine the final answer to policy questions posted here? The moderator[s] endorse[s] an answer, and we go with that? Whichever answer gets the most upvotes after some period of time? ...
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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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Does Purim-Torah need to be otherwise on topic?

Nothing in the Purim Torah guidelines mentions that they need to be otherwise on topic. This could either be because it is obvious that it needs to be on topic, or because it doesn't actually need to ...
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Disappearing users and the consequences

I noticed that I lost 20 points recently and when I went to look, the screen read something to the effect of "user removed". I am just wondering what happens if a person earns a badge based on ...
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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 ...
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Correct review action for low quality posts

When going through the low-quality posts review queue, I am often confronted with posts which are indeed quite low-quality. Usually they are valid posts which are not really eligible for deletion (for ...
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Planning Meeting on Monday night, May 7 for a Launch Party

Please come to Chat on Monday, May 7 at 10:00 pm EDT for a planning meeting for our Launch Party. You can register for the chat and get a doodad for your calendar here. Purpose: Plan a party to ...
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Weekly topic challenge 5772-21 (week of Ki Sisa 5772): Medieval Jewish History

This week's topic challenge is Medieval Jewish History. You're encouraged to think of and post good questions on this topic. Topic Proposal I propose as a topic Medieval Jewish History. There was a ...
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Is Hellenistic Judaism on-topic?

Consensus on meta seems to be that Karaite Judaism, questions asked from a Karaite perspective, and other non-Orthodox branches of Judaism are on-topic. Is Hellenistic Judaism also on-topic? Is such ...
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Should we remove the "list" tag?

The tag list was recently added to a whole bunch of questions. This tag clearly describes the form of what the question is asking for rather than the subject-matter of the question. That's not what ...
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Weekly topic challenge 5772-40: Pirkei Avot

This week's topic challenge is Pirkei Avot. You're encouraged to think of and post good questions on this topic. Topic Proposal I propose questions relating to Pirkei Avot as a topic. What is it? ...
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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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Who are these users?

There is a user here who is labeled as "Aaron1". I assume he was here before the migration which is why he doesn't appear like a normal user (he was normal before migration ). However, there are ...
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Siyum Project - Progress and How to Help

Progess on the Siyum Project I'll try to update this every Sunday, reflecting updates through the most recent Sunday morning Stack Exchange data dump. The goal is to complete all 523 chapters before ...
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Why doesn’t a poster get notified when his post is deleted?

I’ve noticed several questions lately regarding people asking, some more politely than others, why their posts randomly disappeared: Why did my answer disappear? How do I contact the moderators here?...
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Policy regarding questions which it’s controversial whether they should be open or closed

While sparked by this question, my question pertains to a much broader swatch of posts. Let’s say you have a post that gets closed. Five votes, off-topic. Then five people say it was closed unfairly ...
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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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2017 Community Moderator Election

The 2017 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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Please provide some hints with non-obvious obsolete (comment) flags

We've been getting a lot of obsolete flags on comments in recent months. Comment clean-up is good, but these tend to be hard to process because we don't know why it's obsolete. This is particularly ...
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Make parsha tags consistent

I know questions about consistency in the tags have already been raised, but I wish to raise the question about one particular set of tags - the parsha tags. The main problems in this area are: a) ...
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MY's stance on questions concerning apocryphal texts?

What's Mi Yodeya's stance on questions concerning Jewish apocryphal texts? There's one that was asked earlier, and I saw that it was flagged by a number of people as "comparative religion", ...
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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 site different from the other site?

In what ways is judaism.stackexchange.com different from the old mi.yodeya.com?
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Community Promotion Ads - 2013 [duplicate]

As it is December 2012, we are now going to reset our Community Promotion Ads for the new year. What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are community-vetted advertisements that ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2012 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Community Promotion Ads - 2013 What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are community-vetted advertisements that will show up on the main site, in the right ...
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Best answer contest: Third quarter of 5778

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 had two phases: Nomination and Voting. ...

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