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DanF gave me his email address some years ago when ordering copies of "Days of Awe - Mi Yodeya?". For what it's worth, I was not a moderator then, so my having this information was not related to an exercise of mod powers. I emailed him to say that the community is concerned and ask if he's OK. Thank God, he responded that he's perfectly fine, just ...


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In general, we recommend evaluating each post based on its content, not based on whatever the reader knows or assumes about the identity of the author. I would suggest that this case is generally no different. If there are high-quality posts associated with this user, they should be treated as high-quality. Low-quality posts should be treated as low-quality. ...


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Give feedback. This is why votes and comments exist. More specifically, diagnose whatever the problem is (unsourced opinions in this case) and offer a possible solution if the answer can be fixed. To quote someone else on a recent answer as an example: A source would greatly improve this. And myself on a different recent answer: In this answer you ...


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I think that Joel Spolsky correctly identifies the tendency here: I do think that the vast majority of the participants come from an orthodox background and relate to the questions here in an orthodox way. That is not because of a conscientious decision by the members of the site to exclude Jews from non-orthodox traditions, it's just a demographic fact. ....


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Although it is true that readers should be wary and evaluate others' content, anything known to have been posted by a missionary is so suspect as to bear deletion. (Naturally, I will not, in my role as moderator, enforce this view unless the community accepts it.)


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I don't think we should do anything. As far as I can tell, the user has not violated any site rules by posting, or by giving the impression of being a rabbi. Anyone is allowed to post here as long as they follow the rules, even if they are not a rabbi, or even if they are not Jewish. Moreover, it is not our job to police content based on the identity or ...


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Suspension allows login and reading. It disallows posting, commenting, editing (including one's profile; h/t Monica Cellio), suggesting an edit, accepting an answer, voting (including voting to close/delete), flagging, reviewing, and offering/awarding a bounty. But the suspended user can reply to the site moderators (who message him when suspending; h/t ...


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That a user has not been around for a while does not mean he'll never come back. Sure, we get a lot of drive-by posts from users who never return, but I hold out hope that one of our top users will yet return someday, and I sure wouldn't want him to find his account gone when he does. Inactive users are still users. Also, when you come across a user who's ...


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He likes to help out but very much prefers to remain anonymous. If you are over 40 years old and have mastered all revealed parts of Torah, you can view the below information:


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I do not think we should provide this fellow a further platform for his deliberate deception: his profile picture (which currently looks like a religious Jew, complete with tefillin) should be removed, his username ("Rabbi Michael Tzadok") changed to "spreading the good news of Jesus" or some such, and his "about me" removed ...


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Here are two queries on SEDE you can use: Users with most badges Users with most badges of a certain name, which you can run for BadgeName = "Enlightened" or "Nice Question"


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Ask away. They may turn up. (They are likely themselves to be searching for Karaite information, and therefore may appear when the question is asked.) Yesterday I asked two questions involving the Church of Scotland. Today we have a new user who is a minister in said church. Caleb. And if the questions linger unanswered, how is that a problem?


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Answers to halacha questions quote halachic literature. The vast majority of the halachic literature comes from more than 150ish years ago, and so it comes from an orthodox (small "o") perspective due to the fact that non-orthodox streams of Judaism didn't exist that long ago. Of course there were always less-observant Jews, but they were not trying to ...


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Here is a SEDE query that counts the number of distinct users who have posted, and the number of posts posted, during each hour of the day on Friday and Saturday GMT. On the X axis: 0 = 00:00 GMT Friday, or 7pm EST / 8pm EDT Thursday 12 = 12:00 GMT Friday, or 7am EST / 8am EST Friday 24 = 00:00 GMT Saturday, or 7pm EST / 8pm EDT Friday 36 = 12:00 GMT ...


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If you want to leave his answers and questions on because it is the job of the reader to look up the sources and not rely on the post itself ,I can hear. However , to leave his info about himself proclaiming to be a Rabbi and religious Jew is out right irresponsible. If anything his info should have an additional clause stating that upon recent news this ...


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Just one point on having the community accept answers -- if you want to show that you feel one of the answers on this question is better than the others, you can always offer a bounty to "Reward existing answer," though I don't know if this will stop the questions from being bumped.


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I don't believe either option makes sense. "Cleaning up" - Just because they haven't been around doesn't mean they should be deleted. What if they come back in 5 years? Besides, we don't gain anything... [I'm assuming here that you mean delete their account as opposed to deleting their content which surely wouldn't make sense] "Accept answers" - We can't ...


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While I can't say for certain, I'm pretty sure these are user accounts that have been deleted.


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