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It does not! An early version of this site had the following important disclaimer at the top, in red: Like Wikipedia, mi.yodeya makes no guarantee of validity, and does not offer professional (particularly rabbinic) advice. Treat mi.yodeya information like it came from a crowd of your friends. And we mean it! On a website like this you can get some ...


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The body of this question asks specifically about the case where editing isn't possible. I'm going to give a broader response based on the question in the title. We have a custom here of not editing people's p'sak-seeking questions for them, even when it's clear how to fix the question. I understand that we do this for educational reasons and to impress ...


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I endorse both msh210's answer and Monica Cellio's, which I'll summarize as two alternatives for what to do right away: msh210: Close the question, leave a nice, welcoming, explanatory comment, and leave it for the author to come back and edit so that it fits our mission. Monica Cellio: Edit the question so that it fits our mission, and leave a nice comment,...


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I think it's important for askers of such questions to realize that this site is not meant for p'sak and that they should consult a rabbi. While it's possible to improve the post by editing out the p'sak-iness of it (and I've done so myself), it is probably wiser to leave it closed until the asker has had a chance to read why it's closed, to read the caveat. ...


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The Talmud (Sotah 22A) tells us that someone who makes Halachic Ruling based on the Mishnayot he learned destroys the world. Rashi there explains that this is because he is making Halachic Ruling without having learned the reasons of the Halachot brought in the Mishna. Yet we don't see anyone banning the learning of Mishna. I've never even seen a Book of ...


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I think that some users do not know the nuance. Look at the Ritba Eruvin 63a about to teach Halacha when the Rabbi is here: ...דלא מתסר אלא בששואלים ממנו הלכה למעשה, אבל כשאין שואלים ממנו אלא פסק הלכה בלבד שלא לעשות מעשה באותה שעה מותר, דהא לא חשיבא הוראה, והכין משמע בפרק קמא דהוריות.‏ The only difference between a psak and an answer to halacha question ...


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I think a manually-added annotation of this sort, with a link to the "why ask a rabbi" question as Charles suggested, would be helpful. I wouldn't want to see it be automatic; per guidance I've seen from Shog9 (community manager), annotations should be rare or they lose their oomph. So we should save it for questions that are particularly practical in ...


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I think this is a great idea! I'd also include a link to the Why ask your Rabbi question.


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