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I think the policy should take into account if the question itself is illicit, or if the question by its nature elicits illicit answers. In the former case, I think that the logical consequence of our modesty policy should mean that we delete the question itself. The mod who deletes it could leave a comment to the poster explaining why and how it violated ...


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The other answers suggest reopening as soon as possible given the content of the question (either because those are the rules or because there is no longer the appearance of approving of Psak questions), reopening when the risk of Psak giving is clearly mitigated erring in closure, and never reopening. I'll suggest something in the middle. Reopen when a) ...


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I'm not going to edit it, because I got what I wanted to know. That's pretty short-sighted of you. Thousands of people are going to see that page in the future. Improving the post (if it even is salvageable) helps other people find it and helps other people understand your question that they can learn from it. Mi Yodeya is a community-wide resource, not ...


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There is a grace period after a question is put on hold during which an answer that was started before the question was put on hold can still be submitted. The rather-old MSE post I linked to says this grace period is around 4 hours, but my own observation has been that it's somewhere around 30-60 minutes nowadays. Also, apparently the mobile client (I don'...


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I do feel bad that this is the response that a new user got - that his first post was closed so quickly - and I hope that at least the positive feedback to his question helps to offset any ill feelings he may have against the site. Based on the OP’s edit to his question, I imagine that this was indeed his response. That said, not wanting to mistreat a new ...


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I did not vote either way, but it seems to me that the question was asked in a somewhat subjective manner. As it currently stands, it simply asks for suggestions for one thing the person can do. There's not really an objective way to answer that. There can be as many answers as there are things to do in Judaism. Any answerer can just suggest his/her own ...


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I propose that all answers (as well as any comments on the question which provide info for answers) should be deleted by the mods on those questions. If the question is ever reopened, someone should flag that material so it can be undeleted. But while it is closed, all answers should be deleted. This would greatly reduce the public presentation of immodest ...


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The meanings of names is a part of Judaism. I think that these questions should be on topic on Mi Yodeya. Jewish names and their meanings, while they may also relate to Hebrew/Yiddish language and Jewish history (which is off topic), also have an aspect that is part of Judaism; for example, naming a baby or similar. Note: This does not mean that questions ...


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The questions and answer on Mi Yodeya are meant to form a permanent repository of knowledge about Judaism, for the benefit of the Internet-reading, Judaism-interested world. As such, it's our duty as a community to do what we can to make every question and answer as useful as possible to people in that world. So, if a question is formed in a way that is ...


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Just to close the loop, the reasoning is explained in this answer on MSO: Closure is a lot more of a temporary state compared to deletion, especially when it comes to "not a real question". Generally, two things will happen - junk gets deleted (as apparently happened in your example question) or glorious revisions lead to reopening. One already results in ...


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Try searching for: closed:yes You can see more search tips here.


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We should evaluate questions based on their current state. If a question were asked theoretically in the first place, would we be concerned about the author's motives? Demonstrably not, or we'd close many more questions on this site. Some of them are asked out of intellectual curiosity or as frames to get to an underlying point of halacha. Judging from ...


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It seems to me that there's little value in rescuing an old question that was closed for soliciting opinions, having a bunch of opinion-based answers on it. It would be much cleaner, if you're interested in answers to the objective alternative, to post the objective alternative as a new question, written well and carefully to solicit objective answers.


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Yes. This can be accomplished in one of two ways: Delete the question. This is probably obvious. Put a historical lock on the question. This is a special status that moderators can place on a given question, which will preserve it and all of its answers on the site but prevent any future modifications. It will also remove it from all default lists - you'll ...


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Folks naturally want to share an answer if they know it, human nature and all. It might not be a great question for the site, but it does show that there's a very friendly and helpful community here - I don't see the harm in them - vote however you feel comfortable but there's no reason to down-vote an answer just because it addresses an off-topic question. ...


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I don't see a need to downvote the answer (if it isn't wrong), but answers to off-topic/unconstructive questions should not be encouraged as that encourages the questions themselves. So I usually just don't vote on it.


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Here are the ways in which this post's fitness for Mi Yodeya is questionable, to my mind: The post clearly asks for personal recommendations, which sounds a lot like asking for a personal ruling, which Mi Yodeya can't provide. The optimal next action for this individual would be best advised by a rabbi who knows (or comes to know) the individual and his/her ...


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It was closed because questions about Jewish people, which questions don't relate to Judaism per se, are off-topic. That's irrespective of what other questions may (perhaps inappropriately) remain open or have upvotes. And it was deleted automatically by a Stack Exchange script that deletes closed questions that aren't upvoted, and not by a human.


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You absolutely can, and here's how. Edit the question to improve it, and it will automatically go to a list of questions that those with enough reputation points can review for reopening if they think it now should be open. If you think it was perfectly fine as it was, you can raise the issue in a new question here on Meta, or in chat if you prefer. If it ...


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My true feeling on the matter I’ve written up in my other answer here. However, I feel it’s worthwhile to play devil’s advocate and let the community decide. This isn’t a halachic question, nor is it a question on a classical source. It’s not a question of “what does Judaism think of X,” nor is it a question of important Jewish figures or texts. It seems ...


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The question was closed as it does not qualify as Purim Torah under the Purim Torah policy. This was stated explicitly in the given close reason and repeated in the comments. I'm not sure what is unclear about that. The given close reason is: This question does not fulfill the requirements of a Purim Torah post, such as being distinctly 'Purim' (not serious)...


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At 10k, you can access "Moderator Tools" which includes a list of recently closed questions, and questions that include recent close votes.


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I guess I have to agree with DoubleAA's answer that the etymology of a (Jewish) name is not intrinsically on-topic. However, giving a baby his Jewish name is an act of Judaism, so any question about that act is a question about Judaism. Arguably this includes questions about the frequency, geography, onset, or curtailment of the giving of a certain name, ...


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The current version of the example question is still not a good fit for Mi Yodeya. The edits made the question less intelligible than it was to begin with, and still left us with a complex story that may implicate a few distinct questions of Halacha, along with many extraneous details. In situations like this one, I think the question should be further ...


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I can only speak for myself, but as I think I voted to close all eight of the questions here I imagine this post is directed specifically to me and a few others. I agree with the premise that it is certainly plausible that questions get closed as "unclear" for the wrong reasons, and it may even be sometimes because the voters are "abusing" their votes to ...


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Done. For future reference, if a question is closed and you thereafter edit it, it will appear on the reopen queue, so you don't need to request reopening. And if you choose to request reopening anyway, and it was closed by a moderator (someone with a "♦" after his username) or a badgeholder (so the closure notice will show the name of a tag after the ...


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