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No, we should not break our Q&A model in these cases. At least as likely as it is that someone may offer advice that makes the difference in a good way, someone may offer advice that (God forbid) makes the difference in the opposite direction. In fact, unlike the relevant local professional, the community doesn't know the asker, doesn't know the asker's ...


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I don't think there is anything wrong with such a question, provided that it meets the general standards of Mi Yodeya questions. That means, among other things, that it is on topic (it is a question about Judaism), it is reasonably answerable, it can be answered factually (e.g. by citing sources) rather than by opinions, it is not too broad or too limited, ...


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Questions asking for a practical ruling (p'sak halacha) are off-topic. For practical advice consult your rabbi. Try to broaden the question so it applies to a wider audience, such as by asking what sources are applicable to the question. (More information.) Status: chosen.


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status-completed This has now been implemented: 12/6/17 Yes, we should. Without a designated close reason users don't know how to express their opinion on the matter in an effective way. The text I propose is: In the Jewish tradition certain questions, especially certain questions relating to sexuality, are discussed only in private. Such questions will ...


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Comparative religion questions, and questions about what others have written about Judaism, are off-topic on Mi Yodeya. This includes any question that requires of its answerers any knowledge of a religion besides Judaism. Status: chosen.


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Questions about the Hebrew language or about history or news of the Jewish people, Jewish individuals, or the State of Israel, except as related to Judaism, are off-topic. If this question does relate to Judaism, please edit it to indicate how. Status: chosen.


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I've adapted YeZ's answer, as per Isaac Moses' suggestion, so that I could have this here to copy easily. You can copy it also, if you want ;-) Welcome to Mi Yodeya! Can you [edit] your question to make it less personal? We [try to avoid practical halachic questions](//meta.judaism.stackexchange.com/q/1734). You might also want to see "[Why is it ...


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Welcome to Mi Yodeya. Can you [edit] your question to make it less personal? We [try to avoid practical halachic questions](http://judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/9146/why-is-it-necessary-to-ask-a-rabbi). We hope to see you around! Writing the word [edit] in brackets automatically makes it into a link to edit the post.


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Yes, we should. Without a designated close reason users don't know how to express their opinion on the matter in an effective way. The text I propose is: In the Jewish tradition certain questions, especially certain questions relating to sexuality, are discussed only in private. Such questions will be closed or deleted at the discretion of the community. ...


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Maybe we should emphasize that the reason for closure has nothing to do with the presence of Jews, etc. and everything to do with the absence of Judaism by making this look explicitly like a special case of the general close reason: This question does not appear to be about Judaism within the scope defined in the help center. Note that not all questions ...


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One thing I have observed on several sites is that new users don't understand editing. That's not surprising; most forum sites are post-once, and then the discussion happens in comments/answers from there. Even though the "edit" link is there, right under the question, people don't always notice (or look for) it. When I'm asking a new user for more ...


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My understanding of that particular close reason is as follows: Some questions that relate to other religions are on topic, while some questions that relate to other religions are off topic. The determining factor is how the question is asked. If the question is asked in such a way that it can be answered with just expertise Judaism then it is on topic. We ...


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Yes, Jewish arts and culture are really off-topic here. Though some may define Judaism in ways which include its culture, art, music, literature, etc., that is not how we define the scope of the Judaism Stack Exchange website (whose scope can be defined however the community decides, regardless of the definition of the word "Judaism"). See what topics can I ...


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I think if some random question shows up that doesn't seem to have any reasonable motivation (such as your 4 examples), it could be considered "unclear what you're asking". Part of writing a clear question includes explaining motivation and relevance. If you're uncomfortable about using UWYA, an "off-topic" reason, either preset or custom, could apply also.


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It seems like it was removed network-wide a year ago. When the close reasons were revamped, too localized was removed, as its use-cases were covered by new reasons, that sound better too. (Thanks Double AA for pointing me to MSE.)


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In prose, it can be more difficult (or even less legal j/k!) than it is in speech to gauge nuances in the author's intent. Depending on how a "what if I" question is phrased, it could be very difficult to distinguish it from a request for personal advice (pesak). Mi Yodeya maintains an allergy to such requests for good reasons. Much of what we do here ...


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I'm speaking as an individual; the moderators haven't discussed this as a team. There are currently 231 questions tagged sexuality, 206 of which are open. I doubt that all of them should be closed, though I wouldn't be surprised if some should be. By the way, another 141 have been deleted. It's possible to ask questions about delicate topics in ...


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I recommend closing using any reason that is relevant, with priority going to whichever would be most likely to point the author in the direction of a constructive edit1. Then, if you think that the post has many issues that prevent it from being a good fit, I recommend leaving a comment that explains all of the issues and requests correction of them. If we ...


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There was some discussion of this (which I can't find now :-( ) when we got the custom close reasons. On the one hand we need to be able to close the purim-torah questions with an appropriate reason each year. On the other hand, we don't really want extra close reasons cluttering up the dialogue the rest of the time (it should be as easy as possible for ...


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I think these questions are on topic and are not to be taken as seeking psak. (Posting as an answer for voting purposes)


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From our (and every Stack Exchange site's) FAQ page on "What types of questions should I avoid asking?": To prevent your question from being flagged and possibly removed, avoid asking subjective questions where … every answer is equally valid: “What’s your favorite ______?” your answer is provided along with the question, and you expect more ...


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I'll suggest an alternative: If it would be reasonable to expect that an ideally complete answer to A would not necessarily address B, then B is not a duplicate of A. If this distinction is not inherently obvious, but B makes an explicit, reasonable case for it, then B is not a duplicate of A. So: A: May one eat rabbits? B: May one eat rabbits on ...


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I think the FAQs do a fine job of defining things as off-topic. I see no reason to add this new reason. Furthermore, it would be inconvenient to have a question that you can only know is off-topic once you know the answer, or at least part of it. As @doubleAA noted: Usually a false premise is best corrected in an answer. An obviously false premise certainly ...


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While I think you have understood the policy in general, I'm not sure it should apply in this case. Knowing how to define kitniyos does not necessarily mean that you know whether an individual item is kitniyos. Indeed, after reading all three answers to that question I still have no idea whether any specific items are kitniyos or not. If the broad question ...


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I wasn't involved in closing your post, and I can't be sure what the precise reasoning of those who voted to close was. To my mind, the post is off-topic not because it makes reference to pop culture but because it is not about Judaism. Stereotypes about Jewish people are not in and of themselves about Judaism, though in some cases, there may be reason to ...


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Since few purim-torah-in-jest questions are asked for most of the year, most closures for that reason are all at once when the season is over. These are easily handled by a moderator, who can copy-paste the reason as a one-off off-topic closure reason even without activating the custom (but non-one-off) closure reason.


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As Mi Yodeya should not be in the business of deciding who is or is not a posek, and as it is often very difficult to describe (let alone get an OP to describe) precisely from what group of individuals one seeks an answer, I propose that we take such questions as referring to anyone who is so identified as a posek by a significant* number of people worldwide....


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"Too localized" is no longer a standard closure reason, but, yes, I agree such questions should be closed, say as "unclear what you're asking". We've closed some already.


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You do have a close choice for "too broad". What's the criteria for that? some lists can produce hundreds if not thousands of answers. Example: "List all the places in Tana"ch where G-d speaks to someone." I would close such a question as being "too broad". On the other hand, if someone asked "List all the melachot of Shabbat", and let's say there was no ...


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