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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 these low-quality questions?

A number of questions were asked today about the significance of seemingly random numbers on the "mi-yodeya-series". My immediate reaction is that there would be no answer to these questions,...
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change in reputation value in stack overflow relevant in mi yodeya?

In stack overflow they changed the reputation for upvoted question to 10. This applies in mi yodeya?
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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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Answers that don't refer to Judaism or anything Jewish (but still address the question)

If a question can be answered without any reference to Judaism or anything Jewish, is that indicative that the question is not really on-topic? Example: Good dimensions for a Shulchan (Reading Table) ...
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Questions asking to prove a negative

When someone asks a question asking to prove a negative (such as "is this true" or the like), should it be left up forever, or should it be closed after a certain amount of time, and would an answer ...
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Scrolling to the first question

I use the stackexchange app and was wondering if there is a quick way to scroll down all the way to the first question ever asked on Mi Yodeya? (This question really applies to all the other forums ...
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What is the benefit of combining answers?

I posted 3 different answers to a question and was prompted in a comment to combine my answers. I do not see any benefit to doing so as the answers are different, not necessarily complementary and I ...
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Explain the directory structure of a question URL

One of my questions is https://judaism.stackexchange.com/q/83998/5275 Occasionally, I like to delve into some of the technical aspects of the site or try some ideas for programming languages, etc. ...
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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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What should we do with edits to questions that invalidate answers that found a way around the original question?

Our current policy is that if there is a question with an upvoted answer, the asker should not edit that question to clarify his intention if it invalidates the answer. In my experience, when that ...
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What to do with fixable request for psak questions

A few times I have come across questions like this one, kasher a nonkosher Le Creuset pot?, that are put on hold due to a clear request for psak but if edited could yield a good(?, at least on topic) ...
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What should we do with "does Judaism permit this random special case that I won't elaborate on" questions?

We've had some questions (not just lately, but recent events prompt the question) that are of the form: "does Judaism permit some very specific implausible thing that I don't provide motivation or ...
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Is it acceptable to delete a question that already has upvoted answers?

This question was deleted after I answered it and received upvotes. This is frowned upon on SF&F SE, and I assume that the same rules apply here. If the question was off topic, shouldn't it ...
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Should we edit or comment information that forms the basis of another's question?

When I know what another user's question is based on, should I leave them a comment, telling them to edit this source into their question, or should I just go ahead and edit it? This question, at ...
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What is Mi Yodeya's position on cross-posting?

Some sites on the SE network don't like cross-posting at all, while others think that it can be okay, in certain situations. What does the Mi Yodeya community think about cross-posting, where the ...
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Are famous chakiras "primarily opinion based"?

When I asked Is "pikuach nefesh" on shabbos "hutrah" or "dichuya"?, someone left a comment saying that "This is a rather famous Yeshivish Chakira [question discussed in ...
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How do you see a list of closed questions?

I'm not sure if I have the privileges to see them. But, in theory, how would someone with the appropriate privileges see a list of questions that have been closed? Or perhaps a list of still-open ...
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How detailed do source-seeking questions need to be?

I've seen lots of questions, especially ones on the 'sources-mekorot' tag, that ask questions along the lines of, "where is the source that X", or "I've heard/seen practice X", etc. (in other words, ...
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How useful are 'parameters' or 'extent' questions?

There are many questions on the site asking about 'parameters', such as: What are the parameters of Kiddush ha-shem? The Parameters of Hakaras HaTov? What are the parameters of Tircha D'Tzibbur What ...
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"Do any poskim say" questions

Should questions which ask "do any poskim say such and such" or "are there any poskim who permit such and such" without specifying parameters of who qualifies as a posek be closed as either unclear ...
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Why is the accept ratio not displayed anymore?

Why does the percentage of questions for which a user has accepted an answer not appear anymore? Is there a way to see this information?
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What's the 'Frequent' sort function?

What is the function of the 'Frequent' sorting option on the Questions tab?
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Bumping a question

Recently I asked a question and was alerted to a question that I was duplicating (and I do appreciate the info). I found, though, that in the original question, a major component was not answered -- ...
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Daf Yomi Challenge?

Is anyone up for a Daf Yomi Challenge, in which we encourage each other to learn Daf Yomi by posting a question from the Daf (nearly) each day? UPDATE I appear to be the only one trying to do this. ...
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Editing without bringing question up

Is there a way to edit a question or answer without bringing it to the top of the list of questions? Sometimes I notice that I made a mistake in a question or answer (spelling, etc.) but don't fix it ...
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Askers should see their answers' vote counts

Question authors should be able to see the count of upvotes and downvotes on answers to their questions in order to better evaluate the answers: an answer with 100 upvotes and 100 downvotes is ...
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Policy regarding changing questions after a period of time?

Is there a policy about changing the question after a period of time has passed since asking it and when there are already quality answers?
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Highlighting of titles on main page

Why are some question titles highlighted on the main page, while most are not? I had thought perhaps it was because they had been viewed by my computer, but that seems not to be the case.
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A lot of Nice Questions

About half an hour ago, exactly 41 Nice Question badges were awarded almost simultaneously. I received 4 for questions which previously had 9 votes. So either someone is going around being nice, or ...
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What to do with now irrelevant answers?

I asked a question and wasn't sufficiently clear as to what kind of answers I was looking for. This resulted in several answers that didn't really address what I wanted at all. I edited my question to ...
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"Related question" why so?

Why do people make a point of linking questions to each-other? They write "related." Do they link that so the person asking may see his answer? Thank you
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Feature Request: Poll question for Meta sites

Now I know that this has been discussed on Meta.SO, and that poll questions are rather unpopular here on SE. However this request is slightly different, in that it refers only to Meta sites. There ...
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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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Is it possible to view previous versions or edits/revisions of questions?

Is it possible to view previous versions or edits/revisions of questions, like on Wikipedia?
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How to get more High-Quality Questions for this Site?

This site answers practically all questions, but doesn't get so many visitors or questions per day. (See stats here.) How can we get more high-quality questions?
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Incoming questions (migrated or otherwise)

I suspect that few around here have noticed, but the new Christianity.se went into private beta last week, and into public beta today. Some of the questions being asked there are specifically about ...
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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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Questions on the site could be improved

In this blog post, the following point was brought up: To put it another way, when I go to a Stack Exchange home page, I see a list of questions. If most of those are terrible questions with little ...
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Idea: Weekly topic challenges

After enjoying this question and the responses it prompted, I thought, "It'd be great to have more questions about interpreting the Shabbat songs. I bet people think of them all the time when singing ...
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The Parameters of "Jewish Life" Scope

Guess this touches a little on our old discussion of Hebrew Language Questions... Recently, someone asked for Exercises to prevent eyes tiring, which has brought up an interesting question, which I ...
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How reliable a measure is upvoting?

Below are the net vote data from the "X mi yodeya" series to date. This should be a sample of around 250 tokens of equal value and therefore a good sample to examine. Since the questions are (...
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