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This site is not inclusive. In fact, it is elitist. It is everything Buddism speaks against. When you post a question anyone who has a thought on the subject should be able to post a comment and not have to earn the privilege to have an opinion. Sandra Lockhart- I will not return, thanks anyway

  • @Sandra, I hear you. I agree elitism is not good. However to be fair, requiring reputation for comments was not a policy proposed by anyone here. The policy was created long ago when buddhism Q&A was not even part of the network. There are plenty of people who don't like the policy as you can see here, but notice there is no connection to this buddhism site: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/214173/… – whitneyland Jul 13 '17 at 23:18
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You wrote, "When you post a question anyone who has a thought on the subject should be able to post a comment"

In fact, when you post a question, anyone who has a thought on the subject is able, to post an answer (not to post a comment).

This is intended as Q&A site. The tour (i.e. the quick overview of the site) says:

Ask questions, get answers, no distractions

This site is all about getting answers. It's not a discussion forum. There's no chit-chat.

People can eventually comment on other people's answers ... but that (i.e. commenting on other people's answers) is not the main purpose the site ... it's a "privilege" reserved for people who have used the site enough to understand the difference between an answer and a comment. See also:

Note that the "Comment Everywhere" description has quite a long list titled, "When shouldn't I comment?" One of the reason for making commenting a "privileged" operation is so that users have time to get used to policies like this, before they begin to post comments themselves.

In summary:

  • You are welcome to post questions and answers, and post comments to your own questions and answers.

  • You can post comments to other people's questions and answers after you've "earned" some "reputation" (not very much is needed, i.e. "50" ... you can get 50 by getting 5 upvotes on your answers).

  • There's one exception to the above: a very few questions are protected, because these specific questions attracted several low-quality answers from new users. To answer one of these questions, users need a reputation of at least "10" (which you would earn from one upvote to an answer, to one other question on the site). – ChrisW Jun 16 '17 at 10:25
  • Thank you @ChrisW for this post. – Lanka Jun 16 '17 at 10:26
  • Chris, I appreciate your valiant attempt to provide an answer when you were not even allowed the benefit of a question to start with (it seemed like only a statement). Fwiw, I hope you don't feel too elitist now :) I think she just didn't have enough time to understand how SE works, only having joined a day earlier. It's easy to forget it takes some getting used to. – whitneyland Jul 13 '17 at 23:26
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The SE engine is a website type that can be reused for different special interests. It was created to address the problems of forums (e.g. phpBB) and mailing lists. Those online social mechanisms have a variety of problems, such as lacking features to encourage people to stay on topic, to create high quality content and be civil.

SE started out as Stack Overflow, which was for software development questions. It was very successful in that area and the developers of SO create SE for a long list of special interests that might fit the question-and-answer format, including Religions and so on. There is nothing in particular drawn from the field of Buddhism (or Personal Finance or Parenting or whatever) to make the rules. For example, I imagine a Buddhist site might have features related to sectarianism (this SE is all sects and sometimes that works, sometimes not) or the fact that some forms of Buddhism give special status to gurus, monks or the like (this SE give special status to people who write good answers and questions as judged by votes of people who happen to visit the site)

  • Good answer - thank you. – Lanka Jun 16 '17 at 18:37
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I find this site amazingly helpful in so many ways.

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