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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 ...
The close banner you mentioned:
This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.
is shown to the public readers except the asker. This is presumably because they can't (and generally shouldn't) edit the question to clarify the difference.
The asker actually ...
Welcome to Mi.Yodeya, a Question and Answer site for people who base their lives on Jewish law and tradition. Like any Q&A site, improving the quality of your question will almost always improve the quality of the answer you receive.
Here is an example:
If witchcraft has no power when the practitioner is not connected to the ground, how could Bilaam ...
Very simply, no, there is no problem at all with "lurking." You're welcome to read whatever interests you on Mi Yodeya, and there's no obligation to participate.
If and when you want to post a question, you're certainly welcome to do that, too. You may find it helpful to read our official FAQ and community-written FAQ posts here on Meta, but if you've read ...
This is an excellent idea; in fact I did it myself. My first post on this site was exactly two years ago (12/21/17), but if you look at my profile you will see that it says:
Member for 3 years, 2 months
I was thus a member for over a year before ever posting.
While I didn't intentionally do this for the reasons you describe, I believe it did help me ...
I think a much clearer and to the point response would be something along the lines of:
Answers are only for content that directly address the question. Any
other content relevant to the question should be posted as a comment
to the question. However, posting a comment to someone else's question
is a privilege you earn with 50 reputation. There is ...
Thanks very much for all of your participation and for all of these great insights!
We have tried various measures to spread the word about MY in likely communities. Most of these can be found under site-promotion. I believe that these initiatives to date have tended to succeed in bringing in a few users each, including power users, but that none ...
In my opinion, the main benefit of having the 15 reputation threshold is to prevent sockpuppetry. With no threshold, any user could easily create multiple new accounts and upvote all of his own (or someone else's) posts. 15 reputation points isn't much of a burden; it simply forces any new user to make at least one quality contribution to the site before ...
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  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 ...
Welcome to Mi Yodeya. Can you  your question to make it less
personal? We [try to avoid practical halachic
We hope to see you around!
Writing the word  in brackets automatically makes it into a link to edit the post.
I don't advise gaming the vote system for that purpose. Votes are supposed to be based on content, not to reward (or punish or give chat access to) the content's author.
If I'm not mistaken, a Mi Yodeya moderator can, if needed, grant explicit access to someone with too-low rep to chat in a specific room.
Feel free to copy the following boilerplate comment:
Welcome to [judaism.SE] and thanks for your question! Like any Q&A site, improving the quality of your question will almost always improve the quality of the answer you receive. You can really improve on this question if you could XYZ. (See http://meta.judaism.stackexchange.com/a/1715 for some more ...
On the home page, the link to the About page is not just prominent; it's very prominent. If the user comes straight into a question page without seeing the home page, there's still a somewhat-prominent banner promoting About, and there's a very prominent set of guidance for answerers that pops up if you click into the answer-entry box, as msh210 pointed out.
Based on the link to Why do I need 50 reputation to comment? What can I do instead?, I understand it to be the as follows in a point by point analysis. That meta.SE post happens to be excellent, and always worth a read.
The result of this setup is that if a new user has something to say that is not technically an answer there is no venue for ...
Background information (you can ignore this)
The phrase "unregistered account" sounds like an oxymoron. In truth, what is an unregistered account? Let me explain.
Stack Exchange is interesting. It allows a new user to create an "unregistered" (cookie-based) account; it requires only that they provide an email address. And then they can gain badges and ...
Note that, when an unregistered user clicks in the text area to post his first answer, the following text pops up above the text area:
Your AnswerThanks for contributing an answer to Mi Yodeya!Please be sure to answer the question. Provide details and share your research!But avoid …Asking for help, clarification, or responding to other answers.Making ...