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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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Mi Yodeya Glossary

A glossary! This is for Judaism-related terms that come up on the main site whose meanings people may well not know. To search this glossary for (e.g.) משנה, type is:answer inquestion:this משנה ...
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Can I consult Mi Yodeya as I would a rabbi?

Does Mi Yodeya offer personal guidance in response to practical questions about Jewish law or attitudes, as a rabbi would?
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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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Site policy on jargon

What is the site policy on using Hebrew terminology and other jargon in questions and answers?
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How should I cite an answer elsewhere?

Sometimes a Web page off-site — or a passage in a book, for that matter — answers a question perfectly. How should I refer to or quote that external source as my answer?
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chabadlibrary.org link structure has changed, and there are now many broken links

chabadlibrary.org recently changed their page structure, and as such any links to that website have to be updated. For example (from here: How to pronounce the name of the sefer "Bnei Yso(s)...
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Yodeya.com down?

I usually go to Mi Yodeya by going to yodeya.com (instead of judaism.stackexchange.com), because it's easier to type quickly, and m.y redirects to j.se. The last time I went to yodeya.com, however, it ...
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Closure explanation for duplicates

The closure explanation that appears on duplicates is: This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new ...
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What topics are in- and out-of-scope on Mi Yodeya?

What topics are in-scope on Mi Yodeya? Can I see some examples? What topics are out-of-scope on Mi Yodeya? Can I see some examples? Where can I discuss changing these guidelines?
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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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Questions not well received when none have negative votes!

Here is the record for my questions on this Mi Yodeya site Yet (on the fast of Av of all times) I get this offensive message warning me that I am near to being banned because of some problems with my ...
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Does the 2012 election add to the moderators or replace them?

Are we voting to add moderators, or are we voting on a complete slate (so existing moderators need to nominate themselves if they want to continue)?
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Can you get notified about a comment even when you're not @mentioned?

Recently I commented on Gershon Gold's answer here. Shortly thereafter (about 5 minutes), I noticed that friendly red notification icon in the top left corner. It was notifying me that Gershon had ...
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How should we get responses from SE?

(Warning: the tone of the following is meant to be taken in good humor.) Ok, so let's say, theoretically of course, that someone has a question that ideally should (or must) be answered (or at least ...
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CC-SA and copyright dates: what date(s) do we use for republishing site content?

We are currently working on our second book compiling content from Mi Yodeya. The book uses a document template that's evocative of the site and includes the logo; this was provided to us by Jin for ...
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What does a rep loss for “user was removed” mean?

Today I lost rep with the following notation: -10 8 mins ago removed User was removed What does this mean? Some user had up-voted one of my answers (or two of my questions) and was ...
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Is a question about Jewish book resources appropriate for this site?

There is a very popular question on stackoverflow that I think would be good to ask on judaism.SE. The issue is as stated on stackoverflow that this type of question strictly speaking should not be on ...
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I see that my reputation has migragted from mi.yodeya, but not all of my badges?

I see that the supporter and teacher badges were migrated, but I also had Enthusiast and Fanatic badges which I don't see now. Are badges re-assigned after migration, according the the data in the ...
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Does one need to tag all “no longer needed” comments or are moderators going through the list after seeing one?

There are situations where, after a short discussion in comments, a post is edited to reflect the outcome of the discussions. In these cases, I would like the no-longer needed comments to be removed. ...
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Vote-limited votes counting as feedback

If a not-logged-in user tries to upvote or downvote a post, the post gets an anonymous-feedback counter incremented by one. Does the same happen if a logged-in user tries to vote on a post but has ...
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Please reconcile these chat accounts [closed]

Today I learned that I have two chat accounts. This one seems to be the main one, but there's also this one, which IIRC was the result of visiting one chat thread once from English.SE. I don't know ...
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How does one have the resources to answer the Mi Yodeya question

I've been through hundreds of Mi Yodeya questions and answers. I must say I'm impressed. There's just every topic under/over the globe here and I'd like to know how do y'all do it? I'd like to know ...
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Is there a way to contact a specific user outside of threads?

I'm sorry if this is answered somewhere on the help page, but I couldn't find it if it is. Is there a way to leave a message for a specific user (or moderator) outside of any specific thread? Also, (...
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Can't easily access meta from main site

How do I get to the meta portion of the site from the main site now? Other than following a link to a "FEATURED ON META" question there seems to be no link.
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Where are my points?

I could have sworn that I had over 1,900 reputation points this morning. After the migration, I have considerably fewer. Does anyone know why?
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What are “secret” hats?

I've been awarded two "secret hats" this week. What are there significance, if anything? I've got one that says IG-88 and another that says Johnny Three-Hats. The FAQ is intentionally vague on ...
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Following a question

Is there a way to "follow" a question (i.e. get a message in your Stack Exchange inbox whenever someone comments on or answers it)? If not, can that feature be added?
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Where's my tag badge?

Apparently I met the requirements for a bronze tag badge (how-to) a few days ago (I think around Wednesday or Thursday; it's now Sunday): I know that sometimes the update of the tag scores shown on ...
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How does user with low rep address a locked post?

When a post is locked comments and edits are disabled. If a user has less than 20 rep the user cannot participate in chat. How can a user with low rep address a question of theirs which is locked?
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Hebrew Text has a lot of boxes. Is it only me?

From this question: How should we understand the Torah’s comparison of a tree to a “man”? What message is the Torah trying to convey? Is this a system-wide issue, or just one that I have? There are a ...
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Why can't I edit posts on meta?

I have the required 500 rep on the main site so that I can edit posts, but why don't I see the edit link here on meta? Main page screenshot: Meta page screenshot:
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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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Why can you accept your own answer to your question?

I was reviewing questions that I asked and wanted to accept an answer which I then saw was actually supplied by me (yes, I answered my own question) - The “Shir Hamaalos” etc before Maariv: is it said ...
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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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Is rep on the main and meta site linked?

I keep noticing that my rep on main and meta are the same. Is this true for everyone and if true why is it so? (as opposed to say stackoverflow and meta.stackoverflow)
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Nominees' Stats on Election Page

This is a screenshot of msh210's (current pro-tem moderator) nomination page for the 2012 Mi Yodeya election: As you can see, there is a listed number of helpful flags (well over 200 for msh210). ...
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question upvotes lost

I'm pretty sure some of my recent upvotes on questions have been lost. I'm almost positive I upvoted this question when it was new, and I just discovered that I had no glowing arrow and could vote ...
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Viewing deleted question without “Moderator Tools” privilege?

Under normal circumstances, a user cannot view deleted posts without the "Moderator Tools" privilege. However, I noticed now that I can view the now deleted question to which I had previously posted (...
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more votes than views

Two votes but one view?
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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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Request clarification on forum policy on Judaism

My post on living a Jewish life in the USA was closed as not being Jewish enough: https://judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/98951/seeking-jewish-version-of-the-mid-20th-century-green-book-travel-...
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Ranking users by badges

I'm wondering if there is any way to rank myself against others for the number of general and specific badges I have. Is there some site feature, some query, or anything that can do this? Some ...
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How do I enter an RTL answer? [duplicate]

How do I tell the website that my text should be formatted RTL? I tried wrapping the answer in <DIV dir=rtl> but that got rid of all formatting in the answer - and didn't fix the problem. It's ...
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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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Linking to specific answers or comments

How do I give someone a link to a specific answer or comment? I know I can, but the only way I can do it now is to go to my user's recent activity and grab the link from there. Is there an easier way?...
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Do candidates in the mod election see the number of votes?

Simply put, do candidates for the position of moderator see the number of people who voted for them, or are they merely given the final result? And, if they're only given the final result, are they ...
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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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Pinging without a dot

I am usually pinged with my full username [Dr. Shmuel]. However, sometimes people will remove the dot. I have it on record that rov (1, 2, 3) of the moderators have pinged me as [DrShmuel] without ...
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Merge [averah] with [sin]

Someone created averah (2 questions), but there's an existing tag, sin, with 165 question. Can someone synonymize averah with sin?