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MY offers tons of great information, but does not offer personalized, professional advice, and does not take the place of seeking such advice from your rabbi.
MY is neither a social network, a discussion ...
This was implemented in 5778.
I move to change
All Purim Torah questions must include the following disclaimer code at the bottom:
#This question is [Purim Torah](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purim_Torah) and is not intended to be taken completely seriously. See the [Purim Torah policy](http://meta.judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/797/).#
Note: I think that if we want to ensure that all relevant users will read and apply the entire policy, we need to make it more inviting and readable than the incumbent version, especially if we're increasing the complexity of the rules. This is one attempt at that. I'd love to see other rewrites that demonstrate other ways to communicate this policy ...
The FAQ is precise about what kinds of history are on-topic and what kinds are off-topic:
The history of Jewish law or Jewish life, or in short, the history of Judaism, is on-topic.
The history of individual Jews, Jewish populations, or the Jewish State, unless also about Judaism, is off-topic.
If you think the way this is expressed in the FAQ is ...
If you need something to truly be immutable, reach out to us and let us know. As MSH points out, we can add custom pages to your help center if there's a clear need. Expect a bit of resistance from us initially, because there's already a ton of text in there, and many people would rather not read any more than they need to.
Locking, unless doing so to ...
My additions in bold. Please edit as you feel appropriate.
Generally, we expect all questions here to be written from the point-of-view of genuine curiosity, and we expect all answers to be genuine attempts to provide real information and analysis that directly addresses the question.
However, the community has indicated that, if regulated carefully, Purim ...
Isaac's answer describes the distinction we're trying to make. As pointed out here, the current FAQ wording includes, on the on-topic list:
history of Judaism
While the off-topic list includes:
Jews, Jewish history, and Israel
That's pretty nuanced. I suggest we add a few words to the on-topic entry:
history of Judaism, such as ...
People's votes are their own. That is the official StackExchange position. Explaining downvotes is encouraged but not required. See also Why do you cast downvotes on answers?
It's not true that we're not welcoming. We are in fact much more welcoming than other SE sites - Stack Overflow for example.
There is no official rule that answers must include ...
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; our Sages teach (Avos 6:6), "One who says something in the name of the one who said it brings redemption to the world."
When are sources absolutely required ...
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, and if you intend to add them within a reasonable amount of time (say a day), you should say that, but if you're planning to add them "when you get around to it,"...
I propose, based on Scimonster's recommendation, to change
Close5 Purim Torah questions that aren't "Purim", Torah, and questions.
Close Purim Torah questions that aren't "Purim", Torah, and questions. Use "Off-topic/Other" as the reason, and paste the following into the Comment box:
I'm voting to close this question as ...
My "gut" impression (meaning, that I may well change my mind on this after my Shabbat chulent :-) - I'm not keen on the VTC reason. It seems that readers may be too judgmental on terming something "complex". Specifically:
Criteron 1 - I get that general rule. Then again, a unique scenario actually MAY be useful to the public and it may well be exactly for ...
As an alternative if we decide not to do so, I believe that Stack Exchange will add pages to the Help Center on the community's request (within reason). If so, we can so request and, on fulfillment of our request, decommission the Meta posts as permanent archives, making them discussion pages or marking them status-completed.