mbloch
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Stack Overflow Inc., sinat chinam, and the goat for Azazel
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I am shocked to read this. In nearly 4 years on MiYodeya I can only remember positive interventions from your side, welcoming new users, taking time to explain the site features, intervening in a ...

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A beginner’s guide to MY - “How is this site different from other Judaism sites?”
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Welcome to Mi Yodeya! Beyond the introduction tour, you might find the additional information useful to understand the underlying principles of Mi Yodeya MY offers tons of great information, but does ...

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Community Promotion Ads — 2020
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Community Ads for 2021
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Comment templates
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I am happy to share some of what I am using, feel free to leverage as is or modify as needed. I believe I copied some of this from @Isaac Moses who originated the practice of welcoming new users. ...

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Community Promotion Ads — 2019
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What advanced existing features of SE/MY would a more experienced user want to know?
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HTML tags allowed in messages (e.g., br for line breaks, sup for smaller characters) Advanced search options (e.g., is:question to see only questions) Hidden features of StackExchange (e.g., this ...

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What's wrong with the question about special-needs kids and bar mitzvah?
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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 ...

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Community Ads for 2021
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Community Ads for 2021
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Best answer contest: Second quarter of 5779
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I would like to nominate Alex's answer to How long was the period of Oppression which, in a near-essay, brings together multiple historical sources, factoids and wonderful writing to answer an age-old ...

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Best answer contest: Second quarter of 5779
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I would like to nominate DonielF's answer to Does the Holy Ark weigh 4 tons? which demonstrates impressive, detailed and original research.

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Best answer contest: First quarter of 5778
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Double AA's answer to Sanhedrin/Makkot - One masechta? quotes from a wide gamut of sources (incl. Geniza material!) and reflects significant research work to answer the OP

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Best answer contest: First quarter of 5778
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b a's answer to Was Psalm 29 derived from Canaanite sources? brings independent research and a clear fact base to disprove the hypothesis of the OP in a convincing way.

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Uncapitalizing a quoted text
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I personally do not like reading capitalized content - it makes it harder/slower and "screams" at me. Soncino made an editorial choice, possibly in a time where italics or other fonts weren't as easy ...

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Best answer contest: Third quarter of 5778
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I was originally skeptical of self-nominations but the community seems to deal kindly with them. So allow me to nominate my answer to Above ground burial which took quite some research to answer a ...

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If I delete my answer, what happens to points?
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You get back the points that were substracted from your reputation. As the FAQ says (in the section What does deletion mean for a post?) Reputation changes from bounties, votes (both up and down), ...

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Changing tags without affecting homepage
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I had looked up many of the related questions on Meta Stack Exchange and found that there is a moderator tool to merge two or more tags (here) there is no way to retag questions without impacting the ...

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PTIJ: JOKE-A-THON!!!!!!1!
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The competition is on! Once you’ve gotten an answer with the upvote, go ahead and add your name and the link to the list below. DAY ONE: Rosh Chodesh Adar II (March 7-9) msh210 Isaac Moses רבות ...

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Best answer contest: First quarter of 5779
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I'll allow myself to self-nominate my answer to Which etrog is closest to the gemara's description of “the taste of the tree trunk and its fruit are alike”?. It provides original content not seen ...

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Feedback on Sefaria from the MiYodeya community
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Sefaria is a wonderful tool to access reference material and drill deeper on multiple layers of commentary. It is however not the most convenient when trying to learn a text from beginning to end. It ...

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The culture of erasing
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These posts from the help center might help Why and how are some questions deleted? Why and how are some answers deleted?

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Average number of comments per post: Mi Yodeya vs the rest of the Stack Exchange Network
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I'm not sure if it is a good thing or not but I can think of 3 reasons this is so: Jews love to argue. You probably heard about the journalist who asked a rabbi "Why do Jews always answer a question ...

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Spelling equivalences in search
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This is a real issue. Tags help to some extent. I guess however that it is a very MY-specific issue as most other sites use English (or another language but without the Hebrew-English transliteration ...

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Scrolling to the first question
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I don't think so. But if you use the web version, click on Questions, sort by newest (on top), go to the very bottom and click on the last number (816 today).

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Step by step writing answers
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One option might be to publish, then delete your post. When you are ready to proceed, undelete it, edit and republish. Would be good to hear confirmation from a moderator before you try it with a lot ...

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Scope of Moderation Authority
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R Micha, I totally share the frustration because the same happened to me ... yesterday. I was in the middle of composing an answer to a question when the question was closed by a mod. I didn't ...

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First-ever Mi Yodeya Answerathon!
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DAY TWENTY-THREE: February 14 - 9 Adar I - 3 participants mbloch Alex Isaac Moses

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Best answer contest: Third quarter of 5778
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I was originally skeptical of self-nominations but the community seems to deal kindly with them. So allow me to nominate my answer to May a woman be appointed as CEO of a Jewish company or principal ...

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Maximum limits on PTIJ questions per user
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msh210 provided some very helpful analysis from the 2015 Purim season (here with user IDs). In the context of question limits, I see the following take aways in that data asking more than 7 ...

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