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Petition: On closing or editing COVID-19-related questions as psak-seeking

For the purposes of this thread, A "COVID-19-specific halachic question" (henceforth "C19 question") is one which, due to the limiting nature of the question, cannot be generalized to other diseases,...
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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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Suspended accounts

We've been discussing on chat that recently two accounts were suspended. Honestly, I don't remember anything such on this site. The general policy of this measure known, but what warrants such a ...
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How to deal with religious trolls

I use "trolls" here for lack of a better term. In the few instances where I've seen this type of behavior, it seems to come from an honestly sincere place, not the typical trolly motivation, though ...
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Does the policy for closing as a duplicate of a broader post apply if that broader post is too broad?

The policy regarding closing something as a duplicate of a broader post has already been discussed. Recently Jewish conversion? got a close vote as a duplicate of Is it possible for a Gentile to ...
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If a question has multiple closeworthy problems with it, what should the close vote be for?

Consider Very big contradiction between 4 elements in Judaism - Olam Haba. As I noted in the comments there, the OP asks three different questions (too broad), two of which are duplicates and one is ...
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Threshold for removing questions from the HNQ

As per Updating the Hot Network Questions List - now with a bit more network and a little less "hotness"!, one of the changes to the HNQ system is that moderators can now remove questions ...
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Old posts that cite a since-disgraced rabbi

We have about a dozen posts that cite, as a contemporary authority1, a prominent Rabbi who was a respected posek at the time the posts were written, and who has since been convicted of abusing his ...
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Should psak-seeking questions edited out of the first person be reopened?

Take this recent question as an example. It was patently obvious that the question was asking for an actual psak. Of course, those are off-topic, and therefore the question was closed. The ...
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The difference between a bad answer and a non-answer

It seems to me (I may be wrong) that there is some sort of confusion or disagreement (recently) about what makes something "not an answer" as opposed to a bad answer. I think it is important that ...
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Are questions of the form “Rabbi so-and-so wrote a Sefer on X Jewish topic, but i need it in Hebrew” on-topic?

For instance: “Rashi wrote a commentary on the Torah, but I don’t speak Hebrew and old French. Does anyone have an English translation?” And a valid answer would be a link to Sefaria, or Artscroll’s ...
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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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What's the policy in regard to Kabbalah questions?

There are halachik and cultural norms about if Kabbalah can be learnt, and discussed in public. It's part of Judaism but it is an area that needs to be handled delicately. What is the policy here?
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Parameters of Jews not Judaism

Based on Giving up ones life על קידוש ה׳ not to transgress גילוי עריות: What are the parameters of “Jews not Judaism”? While the above question could be greatly improved with a citation to Sanhedrin ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Are questions of the form “Is X discussed in Jewish sources” on-topic? [duplicate]

On the one hand, there are several legitimate questions that can be phrased in this manner. Off the top of my head, there are several already on board, regarding aliens, vampires, werewolves, time ...
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Good length for answer, fidelity to question

Shalom leChachmey Mi Yodeya. I will spend a few minutes to ask about aesthetics and proportions of Q&A I want to know if there is a standard concerning the length of answer or question. A ...
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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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What do you do when a moderator is saying insulting or belittling things?

As a follow up to this question in which there is a discussion of what to do when someone is being insulting or belittling in a way that may not violate the rules. What should one do when it is the ...
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What do we do about insults and personal attacks that don't meet the “offensive” threshold?

What should we do with comments that do not meet the standards of politeness expected from high-quality discourse, yet are not bad enough to be tagged as offensive? One example: My own opinion ...
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Requiring sources for “tacit culture” and “common knowledge”

I have occasionally run into an issue where I am writing either a question or (more rarely) an answer and I haven't had any decent sources on hand, because I had viewed the elements of the question as ...
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Anonymity: required, preferred, or unnecessary?

Inspired by a comment thread on this answer. Typically, we are advised to keep a degree of anonymity in SE sites. However, I have gleaned from posts the identities, or presumed identities, of certain ...
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Are there any M.Y. criteria or policies in deciding when someone should post an additional answer vs. editing the first answer?

See this question. One user has posted 2 answers. It seems that they are merely different sources for answering the question. I'm wondering if it would have made sense just to merge these 2 answers ...
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Edit off-topic question with valuable answer?

At first sight, it appears that our policy on changing question meanings would discourage editing this question, because it already has a valuable answer. But is that still true when the question is ...
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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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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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Censoring comments

I believe comments which help people to go against the Torah by providing links to websites which teach you how to do so should be censored. Such links are, form a Torah point of view, comparable to ...
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Downvotes that can give the wrong impression

Downvotes without comments can give the wrong impression. The reason on this site for downvotes is varied. One does not agree to the answer. One does not understand it. Others may not understand it. ...
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Should we include our professional advice disclaimer on the About page?

Mi Yodeya has a beautiful, new About page, and our moderators have the new ability to edit some parts of it. One particularly flexible power is that they are able to edit the initial paragraph, which ...
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Policy on cross-posting material?

I have noticed a growing practice of taking questions/answers from another similar site and posting them here. I don't have a problem with taking inspiration from a question/answer somewhere else, but ...
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Should we censor the term “goy” when used in English to mean “gentile”?

The word "goy", used in an English context, can mean: "Gentile" - colloquially and innocuously "Gentile" - as a disparaging slur (It can also mean "Nation" generically and innocuously in a Hebrew ...
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Professional advice disclaimer (post-launch re-request)

Follow-up to CYLOR Disclaimer Now that Mi Yodeya has launched, I'd like to renew the request for a more-pervasive placement of our "professional advice" disclaimer. Currently, the following ...
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Limited Purim Torah Questions

In response to Isaac Moses's last question here: This question was recently asked as a Purim torah question. I am sorely tempted to vote to close it as too localized. IMO the kinds of Purim torah ...
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Purim Torah policy - Allowed, but regulated

We pride ourselves on generating and maintaining clear, high-quality, serious questions and answers about Judaism. Once a year, though, for a couple of weeks, we also go in for something a little ... ...
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{How/When} Should we allow Purim Torah?

Generally, we expect all questions here to be written from the point-of-view of genuine curiosity, and we expect all answers to be genuine attempts to provide real information and analysis that ...
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“Post notices” for Halacha questions

Moderators just got the ability to label questions or answers with "post notices," which put some pre-set text at the bottom of the post in question. Currently, there are exactly two notices ...
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Why are votes locked after some period of time?

When I try to remove a vote older than some (relatively brief) period of time I get this message: You last voted on this question X hours ago Your vote is now locked in unless this ...
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Why only 5 points per upvoted question and 10 points per upvoted answer?

Often times answerers receive more upvotes than the questioner. In addition they receive 10 points per upvote. However questioners only receive 5 points per upvote. I think that questioners should ...
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Should we have a jargon policy/guideline?

For mi.yodeya, I wrote up a jargon guideline (lightly adapted below) intended to make content on the site accessible to as many interested people as possible. It was not followed very closely on m.y, ...
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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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Tried to ask the question “Are atheists considered gentile or something else?” but was not accepted by the system!

Hello, I tried asking the question "Are atheists considered gentile or something else?" in the main forum but was not accepted by the system! What rule does that question violate? Edit Below: I ...
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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?