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What to do when a user persistently posts unsourced opinions as answers

Give feedback. This is why votes and comments exist. More specifically, diagnose whatever the problem is (unsourced opinions in this case) and offer a possible solution if the answer can be fixed. ...
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Old posts that cite a since-disgraced rabbi

Don't edit or delete. We are not in the business of deciding who is a legitimate rabbi. Cite your sources and let others evaluate their value. After all any source is better than no source. If you ...
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How does one have the resources to answer Mi Yodeya questions?

The pattern I have noticed consists of 5 sources of information: Closed or open library sources. e.g. Sefaria, HebrewBooks.org, Otzer. Google searches in Hebrew will often turn up articles. ...
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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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Replacing non-Jewish sources with Jewish ones

Yes, it is wholly appropriate to edit questions so that they refer to Jewish translations, unless the non-Jewish translation is essential to the question.
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Is one comprehensive answer better than two (or three, or four etc.) non-comprehensive answers?

I think that we should support and encourage various different styles of answers to Halacha questions (and all other types, too), chosen in each case by the answerer to best utilize the knowledge, ...
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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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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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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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Updating older looking sources with newer looking sources

This is my approach; others can feel free to disagree: For my own posts I specifically link to certain resources and not others. I prefer linking to something which actually contains the original ...
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Updating older looking sources with newer looking sources

I agree with Alex's answer. I think that the general rule to apply for editing someone else's work is that you should make sure that your edit improves the post without violating the [on-topic] ...
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How does one have the resources to answer Mi Yodeya questions?

Google! 😀 ... and Sefaria, Mercava, and Google Search in Hebrew are all superb resources.
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Old posts that cite a since-disgraced rabbi

I can see this situation turning into a hot political issue. Let's keep Mi Yodeya a neutral community where people of all persuasions can safely ask and answer questions. I also see little gain from ...
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Old posts that cite a since-disgraced rabbi

I would add to DoubleAA's answer, that although the MY community is "not in the business of deciding who is a legitimate rabbi", the poster may want to edit the post so it doesn't say/imply anything ...
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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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Feedback on Sefaria from the MiYodeya community

Sefaria is a wonderful tool to access reference material and drill deeper on multiple layers of commentary. It is however not the most convenient when trying to learn a text from beginning to end. It ...
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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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Old posts that cite a since-disgraced rabbi

I mostly agree with DoubleAA's answer. I think that we should not be in the business of deciding who is a legitimate rabbi. I would propose an exception to DoubleAA's rule of doing nothing for the ...
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FAQ post request: "Am I required to cite sources?"

Am I required to cite my sources? Sources are extremely important in Judaism, as (almost) every Halacha or Minhag (custom) has a clear source. Judaism places sources and tradition in very high regard;...
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Scripting challenge

Some of the guys at the Hermeneutics site have started working on a Bible verse indexer and searcher for Stack Exchange sites, including Judaism. We're primarily focused on making a search script, but ...
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Is one comprehensive answer better than two (or three, or four etc.) non-comprehensive answers?

I don't expect someone to spend an hour learning a whole sugya just to post a comprehensive answer. However, it is actually pretty easy and not so time consuming to increase the comprehensiveness of ...
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FAQ post request: "Am I required to cite sources?"

If you still can't provide any sources whatsoever for your answer, you should still post so long as you can provide some substance (not just a one-liner). You should acknowledge the lack of sources, ...
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Is Mechon Mamre Considered a Source?

With respect to expected behavior on Mi Yodeya, anonymous articles at Mechon Mamre should be properly cited, so that readers are aware of the source and enabled to make their own judgement about its ...
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How to avoid answering in comments

beside to the comment, add the button: "propose as an answer"
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Updating older looking sources with newer looking sources

When I add an archive link to a post, I add it in parentheses after the original link. You could do the same thing. See here for an example: https://judaism.stackexchange.com/a/30285/603
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How does one have the resources to answer Mi Yodeya questions?

Personally, I generally answer two types of questions: Those that I know the answer, based on almost 50 years of learning... though I usually double-check it online (either on Sefaria or Torat Emet). ...
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How does one have the resources to answer Mi Yodeya questions?

I learned this rule as a young student: the smart student is not the one who knows everything, it is the one who knows where to find everything. I later heard this idea from Rav Noah Weinberg ztl. We ...
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Old posts that cite a since-disgraced rabbi

It is an important question. Many write one cannot learn the Torah of such a rabbi (see e.g., here). At a minimum going forward one could have a policy that such rabbis' Torah cannot be quoted here. ...
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Old posts that cite a since-disgraced rabbi

I don't think there is a need to do anything with posts that cite such rabbis. Consider that there are two possibilities: Either the correct answer to a question changes because the rabbi was ...
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