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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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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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The question states: There is an assumption taken that in order for an answer to be valid on this site it needs a source. This is, as I understand it, an incorrect assumption, at least precisely as stated. "Valid on this site" is potentially very strong language, suggesting that that which doesn't meet that standard is invalid and subject to deletion, or ...


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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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There are no numbers on this, nor are there ever likely to be. Personal information is not required of anyone on this site, and never will be. Most people choose not to offer very much. There have been several Rabbis who used their real names etc., but actual numbers do not exist.


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Speaking generally, based on my past experience as a moderator: When a user persists in behaviors that are contrary to community expectations, including promoting other religions, insulting Judaism, or fighting with other users, the moderators can exercise a special mod-only ability to communicate privately with the user (for the eyes of the user, the mods, ...


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(I see Isaac Moses has written a good answer, but I already wrote this before I saw that so I'll just post anyway for a slightly different approach.) I disagree with the premise of your post: There is an assumption taken that in order for an answer to be valid on this site it needs a source. This is not true. For an answer to be valid it must answer the ...


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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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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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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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This was a decision made by the good folks at Stack Exchange. See the question, answers, and comments there for the whys and wherefores. There is a way to see this information: go through every question a person asked and see how many (that qualify) he accepted. Or write a query for it on the Stack Exchange Data Explorer.


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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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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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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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Flag as spam. The system will take care of it.


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The Stack Exchange API still returns a value for accept_rate for a user query. For example: http://api.stackexchange.com/2.1/users/883?order=desc&sort=reputation&site=judaism&filter=!nTBZKAKmnK returns a key:value pair of {"accept_rate":63}.


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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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