The community has generally accepted the following jargon guidelines.1 They're not hard-and-fast rules, but should be considered by users when posting and when editing others' posts.
When writing questions and answers on Mi Yodeya, the overall guiding principle you should have in mind is:
Will any English speaker who is interested in this content be able ...
It does not!
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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 ...
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 ...
The community has generally accepted this as the canonical list of in- and out-of-scope topics on Mi Yodeya.
If you have a question about...
Jewish law or practice (what to do or why)
How many slices are required to make you responsible to wash on Pizza?
Why is it OK to have a sermon right before Kaddish of Musaf?
Can you recommend an alternative outer ...
The pattern I have noticed consists of 5 sources of information:
Closed or open library sources. e.g. Sefaria, HebrewBooks.org, Otzer.
Google searches in Hebrew will often turn up articles.
Recollection of a discussion from Yeshiva, a Shiur, etc.
An obscure (or not so obscure) reference that someone actually read and remembered.
An article from something ...
Ok; 6 of these couldn't be done automatically as they contained search parameters that broke with a simple search-and-replace. I edited those manually to fix the links.
The remaining posts were re-written en mass to fix the links, and won't be bumped to the homepage. https://judaism.stackexchange.com/search?q=url%3Achabadlibrary.org%2Fbooks%2Fdefault.aspx
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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 ...
Yes. On your profile, first go to the "activities" tab and then choose the "comments" sub-tab. This will show you a date-ordered list of comments you've posted that have not been deleted. (Like deleted posts, deleted comments don't show up on your profile.)
If you've never looked around in "activities" (used to be called "activity") before, check it out -...
That's default text that is visible if you haven't set any "about me" — but only to you and only on the page that allows you set that field. If you start typing in that box, that text should disappear. If it doesn't, please report a bug.
According to a a Stack Exchange employee, there is no way for non-moderators to view deleted comments, nor will Stack Exchange implement such a feature. Sorry.
As a piece of device from Shog's answer:
For most intents and purposes, deleted comments are gone - you should
try your best to put anything of value into an actual answer. As you
note, you ...
The comments that I can see on the two linked posts appear to be (properly) addressing the content rather than its author, critiquing or requesting improvements to the content. This seems to me to be an appropriate use of comments. The posts the comments apply to are long and complicated, so it seems reasonable that a user could find many points worthy of ...
The Stack Exchange logo on the top-right of each page has the same links to Meta and chat and other SE sites that used to be available from the SE logo on the top-left. (The top-left one, as you've probably noticed, now links to the SE homepage.)
It's because you answered it, yes. You can always see your own deleted posts if you have a link. Because it doesn't make sense to see an answer in isolation, if your deleted post is an answer, you see the question too. (And any other answers, I suppose; I don't think there's code to show subsets of pages like that.)
You can see your own recent deleted ...
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 ...
If we told you, then it wouldn't be a secret :) All I can say is there are hats that weren't announced, and are unlocked in mysterious ways. Figuring out how you (or anyone else) managed to unlock one is part of the fun!
Spoilers do exist, but I recommend not reading them until after the contest. I participated in last year's Winter Bash as a user, and it ...
The Stack Exchange engine automatically orders the tags by popularity when a question is posted or edited, no matter what the author or editors do.
It must be, in your example, that food and blessing took turns having more questions than each other over the years.
Usually it's best to ask questions separately (it's fine; there's no quota :-) ), but I'll go ahead and answer these together since they're short.
Is there a chat room for this site?
There sure is! Our main chat room is V'dibarta Bam, which you can reach from anywhere on the site by clicking on the blue Stack Exchange logo in the top left corner and ...
While I can't speak for everyone here, I'd certainly be sorry to see you go!
But, to answer your question....there is a link on the bottom of the page that says "contact us." In the dropdown menu that says "what can we help you with?," select the option that says "I need to delete my account." Fill out the information there (if you're logged in, everything ...
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-...
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 ...
Wow. With that record, I would be unpleasantly surprised to get this message, too.
It's important to note that this message was triggered by an automatic process, not by a person. So, it's not that someone's coming after you on the Fast of Av. Also, apparently, there's a significant margin between this message and an actual question ban.
Here is the big, ...
We've not decided on a transliteration scheme, and, pending such decision, we tend to respect authors' choices of transliteration, afaict. Nonetheless, the site's language is English. Therefore transliteration should be into English IMO, and I've changed ch (the French transliteration for the Hebrew letter shin) to sh.
Hebrew has the same status here as any other language. Questions related to Judaism are on topic, while questions not related to Judaism are not. If your Hebrew/English/Spanish/Russian/Latin/Arabic/etc. question is about something to with Judaism, then it's on topic.
"What does this word in my Jewish text mean?" = On topic.
"What does this word from a ...
That's the Community user. This is how he describes himself:
Hi, I'm not really a person.
I'm a background process that helps keep this site clean!
I do things like
Randomly poke old unanswered questions every hour so they get some attention
Own community questions and answers so nobody gets unnecessary reputation from them
Moderators cannot see who downvoted a post. Note not all downvotes need to come with explanations, though they are often nice and hopefully constructive.
There are automatic systems in place to remove votes which seem fraudulent or inappropriate.