Do we have a preference whether to use kamma or karma in the text of a question or answer? For instance this answer uses kamma and I haven't changed it during an edit. Should I edit it to karma which most 'just curious' users would be most familiar with?

More generally are we favouring certain languages (e.g. Sanskrit over Pali) in the text of a question/answer. Is this dependent on context perhaps. For instance Sutta might be more appropriate for Pali Canon related answers whereas Sutra might be appropriate for Mahayana answers.

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    This earlier question on meta brings up some points regarding this same question as it applies to tags meta.buddhism.stackexchange.com/questions/2/…
    – Robin111
    Commented Aug 3, 2014 at 14:50
  • Yes, the question Robin111 linked is the one to discuss this at. I am closing this question as a dupe.
    – Andriy Volkov Mod
    Commented Aug 3, 2014 at 15:35
  • @AndreiVolkov I disagree with this question being a duplicate. There is a big difference between using kamma/karma as tags, or using those words in a question or answer. For tags I agree with the already proposed solution, but there you can use synonyms to automatically correct those words. This is not possible in questions/answers. For questions/answers I think we should allow both words and discourage any edit attempts to change kamma in karma (or the other way around).
    – THelper
    Commented Aug 4, 2014 at 12:55
  • @THelper fair, can you edit this question then, from karma/kamma to language in general? And post your comment as an answer?
    – Andriy Volkov Mod
    Commented Aug 4, 2014 at 19:55
  • @AndreiVolkov I've edited the text. Does that improve it? Commented Aug 4, 2014 at 20:28
  • @CrabBucket yes
    – Andriy Volkov Mod
    Commented Aug 4, 2014 at 20:54

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I'm in favor of Sanskrit as the more regular/formal of the two. Pali for me is like a vernacular version of Sanskrit, slightly mumbled and simplified.


I think both should be OK as we know what it refers to.

  • But what if someone only knows the Sanskrit version of a word and starts editing posts and changing Pali words into Sanskrit (or the other way around)?
    – THelper
    Commented Aug 6, 2014 at 8:02
  • But person can use either is matter of personal preference. Not need to edit just to change the minor issues like this. Commented Aug 6, 2014 at 8:55
  • All tags should have a Pali alias. Do you know how to do this? Commented Aug 6, 2014 at 9:00
  • This question isn't about tags but about Pali and Sanskrit words in questions and answers. There are no aliases for that.
    – THelper
    Commented Aug 6, 2014 at 10:44

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