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Is Mi Yodeya a Judaism Stack Exchange, or a Rabbinic Judaism Stack Exchange?

IsaacMoses wrote an answer to a question about non-orthodox positions which has more-or-less become Mi Yodeya canon. I would like to extrapolate his answer to what I believe to be its correct ...
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Criterion for Voting

Elsewhere I wrote: If an answer does not bring a source but relies on logic or assumptions, then anyone can and should downvote if they, through their own logic or assumptions, think the answer is ...
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Why comments and not answers?

I leave comments that are undeveloped answers so others can build on them to make an answer if they want.
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How to avoid answering in comments

Regarding comments that point to a source that could provide an answer, the optimal outcome is that someone uses that source to write up a proper answer. One example of a community initiative that can ...
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Are links strictly necessary when citing a source?

I don't think anyone would say that it's mandatory to include links (it can't be because providing sources in the first place is never mandatory – see here with comments). But I think that everyone ...
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Is Mi Yodeya a Judaism Stack Exchange, or a Rabbinic Judaism Stack Exchange?

This answer post is here solely so people can up- or downvote the statement below. It's not clear to me that that statement is already site policy (though it may be); if not, votes on it may cause it ...
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Criterion for Voting

Thank you for bringing this important concern to meta. I agree with this answer and want to add: I have seen dogma-driven, as opposed to quality-driven, voting severely damage another site. There ...
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Answering a question hinted to in a comment

Yes. This is a great thing to do. Please do this whenever you see a chance to do so. If you see a comment that's pointing towards​ an answer, and you are able to flesh it out into a helpful answer ...
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Should we/can we have a flag/delete reason for “objectively wrong”?

We definitely should not delete answers for being incorrect. One of the main advantages of Stack Exchange over other parts of the internet is that we don't censor. Anyone can advocate whatever view ...
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Dealing with incorrect answers

Edits that go against the author's intent are bad whether the post is an hour old or a year old, so please don't do that. Here are some things you can do instead: Provide a better answer (if you can)...
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Are links strictly necessary when citing a source?

A link is never required and always better. The harder a particular source would be to find without a link, the more value a link adds. See our FAQ post about citing external material: At a minimum, ...
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Answers that don't refer to Judaism or anything Jewish (but still address the question)

Questions must be judged for fitness to Mi Yodeya on their own merits, not on those of answers that have been posted to them. My standing proposal for how to evaluate the topicality of questions of ...
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Unpopular answers that may be the correct ones

I've just reviewed the two questions you link. Both of your answers say that "the" source is Christianity, yet four answers on the first question offer Jewish sources. It's not surprising to me that ...
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Undelete answer deleted by moderator

In general, a good way to notify the mods that a mod-only action is needed is to raise a flag.
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Questions asking to prove a negative

It depends on the subject and relevant body of source material, but generally, something like "I've studied this subject extensively, including all of the relevant sections in the Talmud, etc., and ...
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What is the benefit of combining answers?

The primary benefit of combining is readability. All of the extra borders, voting buttons, links, etc. adds a lot of bulk to the page, and in many cases (especially Parshanut questions) there can be a ...
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Should an answer preempt comments

I'd like to quote a general principle offered by a wise respondent to a previous Meta question: I think that by definition answering a question is supposed to be an investment of time/effort and ...
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Should we/can we have a flag/delete reason for “objectively wrong”?

There is currently a flag dismissal reason for moderators like this: flags should not be used to indicate technical inaccuracies, or an altogether wrong answer Evaluating a post's accuracy has ...
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Should an answer by the questioner be held to a different standard?

Self-answers are fine, either from the outset or later, but we usually hold them to a higher standard, not a lower one. In particular, we should make sure the question could be answered by someone ...
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Primary vs Secondary sources

I agree that secondary sources that simply quote primary sources are generally less valuable than the primary sources. Some exceptions: If the secondary source is authoritative in its own right and ...
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Later comment(s) vitiates answer

The answer should definitely not be deleted. Consider that all clarifications to questions (and answers for that matter, but here we are discussing a question) are supposed to be edited into the ...
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Using Christian interpretations in answers

I'm copying an answer I wrote on a question asking if Samaritan sources are acceptable. I proposed a broader guideline there that applies here too: I think that we should not accept answers that ...
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Why comments and not answers?

If I don't have an answer at all but have some information that can lead to an answer, I will often post it as a comment.
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Weird bug in answer text displayed

This has been answered adequately by others in the comments to the question; I'm just collecting the information here. The answer was edited from "I read…" to "Perhaps…" within five minutes, which ...
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Why comments and not answers?

Mi Yodeya has very strict quality standards. When I have an answer which is not of high-enough quality - for example, it lacks sources - I often post it as a comment. When I do post it as an answer, ...
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Too much information in an answer

I don't really understand the problem. Certainly you should include information about how that source answers a question in an answer! Not everyone is as adept as you are at figuring out in what way ...
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Partially redundant answers

A similar phenomenon does indeed occur on other Stack Exchange sites. For example, on the flagship site, Stack Overflow, for programmers, there can be multiple techniques to solve a particular ...
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Flagging as Not an Answer

On https://judaism.stackexchange.com/a/18898 and https://judaism.stackexchange.com/a/17458, I declined your not-an-answer flags, because I hadn't read the question carefully enough before doing so and ...
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Should we/can we have a flag/delete reason for “objectively wrong”?

There aren't really delete reasons, beyond the comments built into the review queue that you can use to explain delete votes. We could develop a standard comment for people to use, and I suspect that ...
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Should we edit questions to include relevant information that is already in the answer?

If you can improve a question without invalidating it, please do. Questions are more visible than answers; a well-asked question benefits everyone. Adding specific sources to replace "I heard ...
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