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Moderation policies for Questions

The policy of each SE site is defined by its community, for each specific site like Buddhism.SE. In this topic (which is long, you probably don't want to read it all) I asked, and a few people ...
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Asking fundamental "beginner" questions

It appears that many of the visitors to Buddhism.SE are either non-Buddhist, or fairly new to the religion. Understandable that people are curious, and want to ask about it. My opinion is for Buddhism....
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May I share my research, by posting questions on this site and self-answering them?

There are some interesting new discoveries that happened in last few years in science that cemented our religion's teachings. I did many years of research on things like: Four Great elements ...
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Whether and how to moderate low-quality questions?

This is a difficult question (maybe a bad question), and maybe especially difficult: Because I'm asking about questions-in-general, instead of asking about one specific question. Because I feel ...
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Are we here to preach and make converts?

Are we here to preach and make converts? For me, the answer is no. We shouldn't be a site for people with out a religious inclination or with doubt yearning for a change to a whole new system. (...
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Are the kinds of question, and what kinds of answers are good, considered on Buddhism.SE?

There are actually many ways to answer here and that is perfect, since there are different kinds of question which should be answered differently. The Pañha Sutta says that there are four ways of ...
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New to Buddhism

I'm very new to Buddhism. There are many things I don't understand yet. This forum seems to be geared towards people more advanced in their understanding. Can anyone recommend a forum more conducive ...
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How to ask questions about different traditions of Buddhism?

What questions can and/or shouldn't we ask about other or different traditions of Buddhism? For example, what about the question, From the perspective of Theravada is SGI considered a cult?
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Theravada and Mahayana

I just need you to make your attention regarding these two concepts in Buddhism. I think there maybe risk to have a conflict when someone asking a question regarding Thervada and what if someone ...
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Proposal: Pali should be on-topic

It was decided -- here, long ago and without much discussion -- that Pali (the language) isn't Buddhism and therefore isn't on topic -- though of course the meanings (translations, analysis and so on) ...
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Do we have a clear idea what is on or off topic?

After 100 plus days in beta do we have a clear idea what is on or off topic? I have reviewed the closed queue and I'm not seeing an obvious pattern. This is what I can glean from meta questions, the ...
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Questions asking for an answer to a controversy

In this question: Is Jhana Required For Awakening? the asker specifically states that they know it is a controversial topic (an understatement in this instance!). I assume we're going to get many ...
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Should we have a policy not to provide koan answers?

Just from this answer - is it a good idea to provide koan answers or not? Or should we provide them with a health warning? Do koans even really have answers? I'm not a Zen practitioner so a don't ...
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Is "opinion based" a reason for closing a question?

I'm often seeing questions challenged with the "answers will be opinion-based" critique. And one poster pointed out that that critique comes from SE's core guidelines. If so, I think we have a ...
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Let's reconsider the 'Moderation policies for Questions'

Based on the input from a discussion with several users on meta, we defined this Moderation policy for Questions. It's a very liberal policy: i.e. almost all questions are permitted. Is that policy ...
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'Comparative religion' questions

There have been a couple of "comparative" questions recently: Is it possible to be both Buddhist and Christian? What is the basis of Lotus Sutta with respect to original Tipitaka? In the past the ...
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Help for newcomers: allowed questions

I've seen a few questions here on meta about what kind of questions are proper. All of them have answers, but I'm not aware of any place which gathers a synthesis of what are the "rules" of conduct ...
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Can we ban "comparative-religion" questions?

I was watching this issue for a while before deciding to take a side... Comparative religion type questions are questions that involve comparison of Buddhism with Christianity, or Hinduism or Yoga or ...
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Should moderators refrain from closing any questions?

Perhaps it would be agreeable to give questions something of a grace period after they are asked, to see what sort of response they garner. So for instance, no moderation intervention, except in ...
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Right speech and SE customs. Are Buddhists too nice for an SE site?

Some of the best stack exchange sites can be brutal in how they deal with low quality questions and answers. Low quality questions are shut down. Low quality answers are voted down People will either ...
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Suggestion for the coming "close storm"

I can see on the user list we are about to get enough people with 500 rep that questions will start closing. I lived through the "Science Fiction" stack exchange beta. Things I remember: one day, ...
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Best way to ask a question that may founded on incorrect assumptions

The way that Buddhist traditions and ideas have filtered into Western popular culture are sometime completely erroneous, oversimplified, or embellished. I have certain questions about Buddhist ...
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Questions about choosing a tradition?

One of the most important questions for me personally at the moment is on choosing a tradition/school/lineage/whatever-other-taxonomical-widgets-applies. I have already given, and continue to give the ...
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Can we ask questions which could be meant to teach one a lesson?

Can we ask questions which could be meant to teach one a lesson? What is the rule, the purpose of questions in Dhamma-Practice? Given that there have been ideas that "teaching" answers could harm the ...
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What are the aspects of Buddhism and it's scriptures that a Buddhist might not like to comment on?

What are the aspects of Buddhism and it's scriptures that a Buddhist might not like to comment on? (Note: A well-reputed forum member suggested that I should ask this question, possibly as an ...
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Can you make BuddhismSE more welcoming to it's users and solve moderation problems?

I have noticed that it is probably very difficult for many new users to start contributing and gain privileges. I see that new users who aren't posting amazing content get little to no sympathy ...
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Questions with easy online answers

As the Buddhism site is still in Private beta, Is it acceptable to ask a question which the answer can be found on the internet easily (to build up the base), or is it discouraged? As an example, ...
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Questions with assertions which deviate from Buddhism or Buddhist History

Here is a question which deviates makes an assertion which is not true regarding both Buddhism and its History. What is the best cause of action to take in such an instance. Ideally we should try to ...
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For what reason is this question on hold: "Was the Buddha a rationalist?"

This question, which I posted today was put on hold within a couple of hours of its posting, seemingly based on my answer to another question on Meta and possibly, my interactions with a moderator on ...