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I personally +1'd the question, voted to keep open and feel it belongs here. However I can see how some would see it differently though because there are myriads of individual situations of specific disabled children with different level of understanding and therefore ability to perform mitzvot. For having worked with disabled Jewish youth in the past, and ...


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Wow, I've never seen an unregistered account with 18k+ rep before, a quick check shows that the owner can't recover it without our help - so that explains why they haven't been seen in quite some time. Now, onto how to handle these, and it's never quite cut and dry. First, remember that the accepted answer is not always the best answer, it's just the one ...


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I recommend commentifying the answer post and possibly, as a courtesy, adding a comment saying that it was the accepted answer and explaining why it was commentified and how it could be expanded into a real answer. I think that the governing principle here is that the majority of the consumers of our content are not the question-asker, especially once he is ...


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I've just reviewed the two questions you link. Both of your answers say that "the" source is Christianity, yet four answers on the first question offer Jewish sources. It's not surprising to me that people would downvote an answer that says that you have to go to Christianity for a source; that appears to be incorrect. A suggestion that the rabbis who ...


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If you're looking for a refutation of his arguments, then I think it makes sense to present them in a question post and ask for a refutation. (Probably, present each of his arguments — the ones you want refutations for — in a separate question post.) If you're just seeking to impart his wisdom, then it seems to make the most sense to present it ...


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I don't know what the nature of your comment was or why it was deleted, but comments are, according to SE doctrine, "temporary 'Post-It' notes left on a question or answer" for the purpose of suggesting improvement to the post they're on. If the comment suggested an improvement, and that improvement was made, then the comment has no more reason to exist, so ...


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In my opinion, no, it doesn't still hold true in such a case. A closed question is one that should have no answers. (In an ideal world, it would be closed before it got answered.) It should indeed be edited to be brought on-topic (or, if it's not editable to be brought on-topic, should be deleted or have an historical lock put on it), and any no-longer-on-...


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Far as I can see, you don't answer the question. One rabbi in one community accepting Islam means about as much as me accepting Islam, God forbid. By that Rationale, Shabtai Zvi is the Messiah. You answered "Why don't jews accept Muhammed/Islam?" with "They should, look at this one guy who was ostracized for doing so! Ignore the fact that he contradicts ...


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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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That question1 was deleted by the community as being "rude or abusive". As the quasi-official description says: The rude or abusive flag (formerly known as offensive) is meant to be used only in extreme cases, like hate speech, abuse against people, or abuse of the community or system. For what it's worth, I agree with the community that this qualified. ...


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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 that questions that are respectfully asked are generally fine even if they involve heretical ideas. Some readers may be working in kiruv or teaching children and may have to contend with such topics; I'd rather give them good, sourced, Jewish answers than hope they'll find something relevant on Yahoo Answers or Wikipedia. And understanding both ...


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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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The questions you propose are not the same as the existing question, and answers to the existing question needn't also answer your proposed questions. So, it seems clear to me that the questions you propose would be related to, but not dupes of, the existing question.


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I don't know how it is off topic and I've reopened it. We have reopen votes and peer review for a reason.


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Had the question been "What is the Halacha in this situation?" it would make sense to consider the question Unclear, since there isn't a situation with clearly-defined parameters here, to apply Halacha to. However, the question wasn't that but "What do people do in these types of situations?" which is asking for experiences and observations on a more general ...


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I later wrote a stricter alternative, to see which the community prefers. I agree that the question is (and, in general, questions in this class can be) on-topic, and answerable, for the reasons that you cite. It could, however, be improved significantly with the addition of motivation. Why do you care about the answer to this question, and therefore, why ...


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I unmerged the question, but unfortunately that does not restore comments. It's also still marked as a duplicate of a deleted question, so at the very least it ought to be reopened and (potentially) closed for some other reason. I don't know off the top of my head why this isn't an option for moderators. Perhaps it's because merges are intended to be rather ...


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I'm not sure if this generalizes to all such cases, but in many such cases, especially before any answers have been posted to the new question, the best thing to do is to edit the new question to link to the old question and focus on what the new question adds to the discussion. So, for example, I'd alter the new question you linked to something like Why is ...


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It's not lost. Answers on duplicate questions can be migrated by a mod to the 'main' question (it's called a question merger). If you see a case where a merge is appropriate, feel free to flag it for moderator attention and explain what you want done. In this case you've already posted your answer to both so I think we'll just leave it for now. Also note ...


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Since this question was asked on Meta, then I'll answer in the spirit of Meta. Since this site is open to those who want to learn more about Judaism, such people may come with very strong, heretical questions. They are genuinely curious, but still posing challenges in ways that are not really interested in respecting religion or the ultimate conclusion. You ...


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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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That was me. I was deleting my response to your comment and your response to my response for being 'too chatty', and decided to just remove yours as well since I didn't see how it helped the question and there were already a number of later comments added (though this appears to have been a short-lived phenomenon). I have deleted over 250 comments in the ...


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For a true superset, close as a duplicate until any duplicate parts are removed (or edited to reference/summarize as in Isaac's answer). Duplication is to reduce redundant effort. This fits the bill exactly. It's also not permanent for cases like this. Consider if "What's the blessing on apples and oranges?" was asked after "What's the blessing on oranges?"...


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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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I think your second bullet point is not quite correct, nor does the page you link to therefrom say what you here say in that bullet point. A question is not on-topic merely by dint of its being "discussed in Rabbinic Literature", as you put it, but only if the question cites and is framed as an attempt to understand such literature. The eye question fails ...


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Let me contrast three different but similar questions as way of explaining my rationale behind close voting. How does hair grow? Does it grow from its tips, or does it grow from its roots? How does hair grow? A practical difference would be if a Nazir's hair was cut, but not completely; does he have to start his entire count over again? Chazal say that hair ...


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This answer is intended to go further than my previous answer to gauge how strict the community wants to be on this. The problem with questions of the form "What does Judaism think of X?" is that they often don't establish a clear basis for why anyone would or ought to care whether Judaism has anything to say about X, so it's often not clear why the ...


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I would suggest that this statement in the policy is really the controlling point: I don't think the current question that brought this up is particularly explicit, but I do think that some of the answers that can come up may approach that problem. I think the answer has already gone into that territory, but even if not, in order to respond to some the ...


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