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I don't believe my question is a duplicate. Anything I can do?

My question here was deemed a duplicate but i don't agree that it is. The question is similar but the answers there didn't address my question. Question that was closed: How can He reign over no ...
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Why was my question “ Kiruv and outreach arguments” closed

Why was this question Kiruv and outreach arguments which was originally closed, then re opened, closed again and all the comments were moved to private chat rooms?
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Can I ask this question on templates used for layout in seforim?

There are some questions on formatting seforim, what programs to use etc.. but I was wondering if I could ask the following question: I am writing a sefer with my own chiddushim on the parasha, and ...
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Is/Was there anything offensive about asking this conjoined twins question?

What is the halachic status of adult conjoined twins? Background in Christianity SE I'm Catholic. It occurred to me recently I never bothered to look this up for the case of 1 set of reproductive ...
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request to reopen question about beggars as ptij?

BH Hi I have this post PTIJ: are beggars obligated to follow hasagas gvul? which was closed because some people didnt get the joke, but i would like to reopen it the joke is that beggars think theyre ...
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Can something be on topic merely because similar things are discussed in Rabbinic Literature?

https://judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/110699/jewish-eyes-anthropology (screenshot for those who can't see deleted posts) was recently closed as off-topic because it is not about Judaism per se. (...
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Can we improve the "One Jewish Practice" question post?

The One Jewish Practice post is the subject of significant controversy regarding its fitness for Mi Yodeya. It's been around for 18 hours, and in that period, it has received: 11 upvotes and 1 ...
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What to do when a new question is a superset of an older answered question?

This old question asks why Pesach and Sukkot last seven days. This recent question asks why Pesach and Sukkot last seven days and (in contrast) Shavuot lasts only one. What is site policy in this ...
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Where can I find the reason for a question being deleted?

Just recently I answered a question about saying anenu in a case where one drank but didn't eat the whole day. I answered the question, it was accepted by the OP, and I got like 6 upvotes. Now, ...
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Fibonacci numbers question

Why was this question closed? As the poster pointed out, a near-identical quesiton--but about irrational numbers, rather than Fibonacci numbers--was left open as a PTIJ last year. The closer of the ...
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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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How is this question off topic?

Does the word X appear in Tanach? How could such a question be off topic? Tanach is squarely on topic, words in Tanach are squarely on topic. So what is the problem? If it is motivation, then what ...
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Getting dinged for 'not an answer' when I think I'm providing a specific answer

In re: Who is the author of Sefer Shoftim (Judges)? The OP asked for the views of 'secular scholars'. I believe that my question is an accurate, brief, summary of their views, based on several ...
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Why was the question about Judaism's "evil" approach to women deleted?

On Feb 20, 2017 there was a question by someone asking about Judaism's "evil" treatment of women. Someone had even given a long, quality answer. But now the question is gone - what happened to it?
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What should we do about "why isn't X the messiah" questions?

We've gotten several questions over the years asking why so-and-so can't be the messiah, most recently https://judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/79742/why-dont-jews-think-li-hong-is-the-messiah. ...
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Can we save this question?

The first revision of https://judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/71584/when-honoring-an-elder-results-in-violation-of-mitzvos, from a new user, described in detail a situation where one grandparent ...
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duplicate. or not. a case study

First I want to clarify that I don't want to complain. I am very happy because I found an answer after some research. here But I see that the question has been called "duplicate" to this but the ...
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Can my question be taken off Hold now?

I have a question that I believe is now clear. Can it be re-opened or can you explain what more I can do to make it fit the guidelines? Are there any specific laws and consequences for claiming to ...
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Mistakenly approved suggested edit

By mistake, I approved the edit to erroneous decisions by beit din for which korbanot must be brought by beit din and the people, when I wanted to improve the edit. The edit's last sentence changes ...
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How are these questions (about the relation of the self to the body and soul) not duplicates?

I flagged Am I a body with a soul or a soul with a body? as a duplicate of Is the "I" consciousness from the body or from the soul. I don't see any substantive difference between the two. It ...
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Is Jewish culture really off-topic?

Earlier today I asked a question about the background and history of a well-known Jewish folksong (What is the source of the words of the Hebrew folksong "Hevenu Shalom Aleichem"?). The ...
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Unpopular answers that may be the correct ones

There were two similar questions that asked for two very similar sources. Where is it taught that Hashem doesn't give a person test that he can't overcome? and Source: God only gives people what ...
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Want to ask a question that is technically a duplicate but not really

Rabbi David Bar Chayim recently released a video in which he says that the minor fasts are optional, depending on if one personally feels persecuted or not. You can watch the video, in which he ...
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Why was this question closed and deleted when a similar one has 16 upvotes?

This question of mine was closed and deleted (I didn't know it was deleted until someone pointed it out to me, since I can't view deleted questions) https://judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/51265/...
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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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Why was my comment deleted?

I put wrote relevant comment to this question. It was even upvoted. Now, both it, and DoubleAA's noticing a typo, are deleted. What happened? I am not upset, I just want to understand the process.
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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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Why was my answer deleted?

Regarding this question My answer was deleted on the spot and it does not satisfy any of the conditions mentioned in the linked article: Why was your post deleted? See the help center. I have put ...
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Is a question that asks "What does Judaism think of x" possibly off-topic?

At the time of this posting, this question has 4 close votes. Several comments have leveled accusations of being off-topic as not about Jewish Life and Learning. However, the question asks "...
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Deleted merge target

Referencing Iron before the Iron Age (#18447) was merged to this post (#18453), which was subsequently deleted, resulting in the following unfortunate consequences: 18447 is closed and locked, so it ...
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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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Discussion on specific question of an adult nature

Per Monica's invitation, how should this question be viewed, in light of this policy as decided here? Specifically, for the link weary, a question about מעשה חידודים (to use the Talmudic terminology),...
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Should we do anything about the related "moshiach job description" questions?

We have several overlapping questions (not precisely duplicates) that cover the same territory. To save people regenerating the answer anew each time a new question is asked, should we do anything to ...
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What should we do with an accepted link-only answer?

Link-only answers are discouraged here, because answers should contain all the necessary information rather than being pointers to (possibly-volatile) information. Usually when we come across link-...
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What should we do with the "creation: science vs torah" question?

This question: How are pre-creation >4000 BCE human civilization and pre-flood >2300 BCE civilizations that continued reconciled with Judaism? has a zillion comments, has several answers all ...
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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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Holocaust etymology question migration

My question on the origins of the term "Holocaust" was migrated to another board. That's fine, but why does migration have to close out a question from the Judaism board? It would seem to be ...
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Considering a newer question about judges' appointments

If I ask a new question about the early Shofetim (ie., pre-BH"M), will that be a dupe of this question? What about "in biblical times" (to include the early Shofetim and also the era of Bayith Rishon, ...
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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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Is this question about denominations an appropriate question?

What is the difference between Orthodox, Reform and Conservative? I'm asking purely in a da ma l'hoshiv context. I grew up frum (Orthodox) and currently work for a Jewish organization that hires a lot ...
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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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Viability of recent Hebrew Language related question

This question was recently asked on the main site. The FAQ says: On the other hand, questions unrelated to Jewish life and learning, even if they are about... other religions Hebrew ...
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Is this question really not for this site?

I had to reword this question several times before the site would allow me to ask it. Is it really not appropriate for this site? If yes, why not? If no, Is is possible for the qualifications for a ...
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One more voter to delete inappropriate question

I'm not sure if my own question here is appropriate, but can I interest one more person in voting to delete this closed (already deemed inappropriate) question from the main site?
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Request for Closure

Recently, a question was asked which recommend "bypassing" some of the most important sanctifications in Judaism in favor of the exact inverse of what is in the spirit of the Torah. While there is ...
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Is this iPhone question in-scope?

Suggestions for Kosher iPhone apps Does it make sense for us to host this question? Does it count as a question about JL&L, or is it just a market research question that's specific to this time?
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How did the refrigerator light question get so many views?

What do you do if you forgot to turn off the refrigerator light before Shabbat? 880 in less than a day? I am very curious.
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