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The Buddhism site and moderators

As I've understood this forum is govern by the community. The moderators get elected in forums like SO. But here it seems some are selected as moderators, which has no issue as they are maintaining ...
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What are comments underneath answers for?

This is to try to explain why some comments (posted underneath answers) are permitted, while others are not; and why some "discussions" or "debates" are permitted, and others are not.
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What to do when it seems a useful answer may have nothing to do with Buddhism?

I recently saw a question on the "hot question" list about a dude not wanting to hurt his mother by moving away from her. (So I clicked through, otherwise I wouldn't have ever come to this sub.) I ...
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Posting links in answers

What are the rules or guidelines about posting links -- especially in answers?
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What is the most important thing (truth, lesson), you have learned so far in your Buddhist practice? [closed]

Being of a little Zen orientation I believe in a dialectical approach to the Buddhist practice, Having an open conversation about your station on the journey to enlightenment will often correct your ...
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Benefit of Applying Emptiness to Answers

I am asking three questions in the same day, if that is excessive then let me know. I meant to ask: I have replied upon this site, to some answers, to the best of my ability. I realized that clearly,...
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Can we show both up votes and downvotes by default?

Isn't there a way to see both upvotes and downvotes on a question at the question? Isn't the default to add the thumbs up and minus the thumbs down and then the user has this number that represents ...
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Post comments to help improve answers?

We have liberal policies about accepting questions (of any quality) ... but what about answers? I noticed that Hugh was posting comments in this topic -- and I was wondering whether I can recommend ...
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What are the Moderation Policies for Answers?

The policy of each SE site is defined by its community, for each specific site like Buddhism.SE. So in the context of this site what are the Moderation Policies for Answers? Should we just have the ...
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What's the purpose and policy of this site?

Do we need, can we have, a topic which describes or summarizes the purpose and policies of this site? Most people (including new users) don't seem to need one, i.e. they contribute questions and/or ...
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How to deal with personal opinions in contrary to the doctrine

Should personal opinions contrary to doctrine (held by any school) or the Tripitaka (Pali, Sanskrit or Tibetan) need qualification as this is a personal view and not what the Buddha preached? A casual ...
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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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Is your question already answered or simply lost in samsara stream here?

It could be easy that your question got lost and your are still not satisfied. Assuming that many questions are not marked as solved because the questioner simply forgot or has lost the interest on ...
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What the possible way to give an alternative answer when there is a difference of opinion with an existing answer?

What is the possible was to be diplomatic and pragmatic when providing answers when there is a different view, different opinions or even contradict existing answers. Also in cases when you believe ...
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Does SE have a policy about linking to one's own research, sites, and blogs?

Is there a policy SE again citation or posting related external link one's own blog or research as opposed to a link written by someone else?
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Posting comments to answers

Sometimes I read an answer which I don't agree with. I could just downvote the answer, but should I post a comment as well? If I do post comment, to an answer that I disagree with, does it matter ...
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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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Moderating answers which don't answer the question?

One of the reasons for which you are able to flag an answer is the following: not an answer This was posted as an answer, but it does not attempt to answer the question. It should possibly be ...
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Wikipedia as a source

Should the use of Wikipedia articles as source material be discouraged? I do not take it that such articles are appropriate sources and my opinion is that citing them is a bad practice. Thoughts?
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When my answer is short, shall I post it as a comment instead?

I just have a short answer, to a question. Shall I post it as a comment then instead, because it's short?
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Should we upvote answers more often, and/or comment more?

I don't upvote when I don't understand the answer Often other people post answers, to questions which I don't know the answer to. If I read their answer, and suspect that it's a good answer, even so ...
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Responding to questions from emotionally distressed people

Such questions have already been asked; also topics raised here might relate to such areas. We have to be tactful in answering questions we might think are coming from a distressed person or might be ...
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Answers with over-long quotes

Some questions and answers are very long an most of the time just quotations from other sources. With discussions happening in between. Perhaps it would be better to give the link, citations and ...
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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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How to Deal with Factually Wrong Answers

Reading through some answers seam to be factually wrong. I am not sure if it is a standpoint in another school hence there is a dilemma on how to deal with them. People who as the question and would ...
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Should we edit answers to make it clear which Buddhist school/perspective the answer comes from?

Recently I've been (rightly) picked up on answering a question from a particualrly perspective and not flagging this up in the answer (here and here) I think in both cases I would have been very ...
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Is expanding on a given answer, a proper thing to do?

Mainly when I answer a question I tent to think about It for quite a while, often coming up with some addition to the already given answer. Is it alright to simply add it to the existing answer or ...
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What to do about suicide ideation posts?

We just had a post that could be considered suicide ideation. I tried to comment but in the interim it got closed, so I'm posting here. Do we need to check if SE itself has a policy for such things? ...
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Edit existing answer, or offer alternative?

This question, about the three characteristics, seems pretty succinct and should be easy to answer. In fact someone has already given an answer that is, one level, perfectly fine. However, they've ...
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How To Deal With Copy & Paste?

Talking to one of the Islaam mods, he pointed out that this answer is pretty much just copy & paste. I've seen a couple others like this and while they do seem to answer the question, they don't ...
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Scripture references - from memory or “search engine”?

Essentially, when responding to a question with reference to the scriptures, I tend to base it on memory, then use Google to find a reference source. However, in the interest of providing as reliable ...
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Encouraging People to Accept Answers

We are now in the public beta, which means it is a good time to start trying to get people to accept answers–especially after they have been around for a few days. What are some ways we can help ...
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Sectarian shout downs should be dealt with

(Finally came up with a better title.) So if one asks a question about, say, mudras and the answer is "That's superstition, you should read the earlist pali texts" Or if I ask a question about, say, ...
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What to do with answers from a religious point of view other than Buddhism?

When an answer (or question) seems to be from another religious tradition https://buddhism.stackexchange.com/review/first-posts/221 should they be flagged or left to be voted on by the community? ...
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Is it our responsibility to maintain the secrecy of unpublished texts?

This question is motivated by the comments on this answer: https://buddhism.stackexchange.com/a/1354/28 Is it our responsibility (where "our" refers to the users of this site, including moderators ...
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Answers vs Advice

(This is part observation, part suggestion/question and is triggered by a response to my own question here.) Because a "religious" topic like Buddhism lends itself both to questions looking for (more ...
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How should we handle the different traditions of Buddhism in our answers?

Theravada Mahayana (Zen, Tibetan, Pure Land... all three very different from each other!) Vajrayana Since Shakyamuni's awakening, buddhism has evolved in many different ways throughout Asia. Each of ...
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Should we flag up which Buddhist tradition we practice with?

Just a thought / random idea. One of the interesting things about the site is that people from different traditions all contribute to the site. Hopefully it will continue and grow. When I am reading ...
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Purpose of downvotes

I've just taken the plunge and answered a few questions. One has attracted two downvotes Is it possible to recognize a person who has achieved Arhatship? I think i shall just about survive the ...
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Should we allow/encourage short answers?

The review queue has already picked up a few answers as low quality, simply, I think, due to their brevity. It seems such answers go against the SE model, but at the same time they are an accepted ...
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What about providing sources?

What is buddhism.stackexchange.com 's policy on providing sources. Should it be mandatory or voluntary.? If we make it a requirement to provide the source we can clear this website from personal ...