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Various questions and comments

The user called "M H" posted the following comments under this topic. I deleted them from there (where they were not on-topic) and moved them here (where it's easier to answer them if you ...
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On questioning motivations for asking

I asked the question: "How do we know complete liberation from dukkha is possible?" a few hours ago. On it, I've seen two answers that look (at least to me) as if they are answering by ...
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Buddhism.SE — Potential Moderator Election — Community Interest Check

Lanka stepped down as moderator. So now the site has two moderators -- Andrei Volkov, and ChrisW -- where it's usual to have three. Because this site is still in Beta, we have never had a moderator ...
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Don't ask unless Moderators don't feel disturbed a Mohayana rule?

Moderator Andrei Vollkov wrote: Users are advised to limit their asking activity to one question a day to avoid flooding the home page with their content. Aside of the circumstance that Volkov is ...
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Is there a question limit, or is moderator just browbeating me?

Is there a question limit, or is moderator just browbeating me? I asked three questions this evening, in about 6 hours. I thought that would be OK?
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Can admins edit comments?

Is someone here editing my comments? That is very creepy and "militant" if so! I have brought it up with stackexchange in general; I hope it's nothing to do with them.
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What to do when there are unrepresentative answers on a question

How do Buddhists that think of karma figuratively do so about rebirth? I can't say I understand the newer answer, but the first is just a personal opinion that is completely ruled out by centuries of ...
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I was banned for a week for something frightening innocuous

What are the differences between sex cults and the tantric tradition? One "bad" question or answer over like seven years. What is even bad about it? Do you disagree with what it says, or are ...
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We're going thru 'that phase'

I saw this on philosophy stackexchange... too many high rep users covertly believe they are experts, and any questions they can't answer are deemed bad questions; any answers they disagree with are ...
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Can we not do this

My question What is the difference between sex cults, and the tantric tradition? is entirely valid, there's no need to be offended by it, as you don't even practice in those traditions. One would like ...
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Is asking for general feedback on my posting, OK on meta?

Is asking for general feedback on my posting, OK on meta? I like this site, but I worry I come off a more authoritative than I am, in my tone?
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Proposal: Self-answering questions is welcome

Previously we discouraged self-answered questions (SAQs), but let's welcome them now This proposal is based on, my trying to summarise, these meta-topics: What about self-answering questions? (on ...
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Should we have weekly or fortnightly topic challenges?

As suggested by Suminda in this answer, I think a weekly or fortnightly topic challenge might be interesting, though I'm not sure how much participation would be generated. Please read: How do weekly ...
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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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What can we do to attract experts?

It's a fact SE sites that are successful have many experts available to answer questions. Presently, experts are what Buddhism.SE sorely lacks. What can we do about this?
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What about self-answering questions?

This is a poll, so please answer clearly and/or upvote an existing answer: Do you have any additional arguments, whether in favour or against? Should we keep the current policy, of telling people we'...
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Is Buddhism.SE meant for theoretical/scriptural purpose only, and not for real-life practice?

I ask because I'm surprised, in fact disappointed, that this question was closed: How do I deal with idle chatter/people that talk a lot? (I've retitled it as "How can I talk to my mother (who ...
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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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I don't understand the reasoning behind this moderation

From this comment the only question mark in this Q is the link and reference to the link (which you closed). The other answer given also starts by pointing out that there is really no question posed. ...
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Reference lists

Could we please collect here the topics, which ask for lists -- i.e. whose answers are a list of book recommendations or sutta recommendations. I hope this may be useful for people who ask for book ...
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Is there a good way to criticise contemporary teachers?

What's a good way -- is there a good way -- to criticise living teachers, translators, essayists, authors? Users -- it's policy that users shouldn't and needn't criticise the views of other users of ...
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Why does it say BETA?

I wonder about the beta in the main Buddhism SE Beta header. In particular what is the goal of the beta and what kind of feedback they are looking for.
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Is it OK to introduce your answer by asserting your wisdom?

Is it OK to introduce your answer by asserting your wisdom? It sounds a bit crazy; not to laugh at anyone here, but -- especially given I disagree with a lot of material on this site [both the ...
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In Defence of My Deleted Answer

@Chris First cause, appearances and mind I understand why you deleted my answer in this thread. I have now edited and explained it. Could you please read it again. I hope you'll feel able to ...
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Answers which reference lucid24.org

Sometimes someone may flag the fact that @frankk includes references to lucid24.org -- for example in this answer. I believe it's generally permitted for an author to reference their own work ...
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Suspending a 'disruptive' user — is current policy too forgiving and permissive?

I've been asked to explain my policy for suspending user accounts. The thought is that perhaps the policy is too forgiving and should be more severe: and so I'm posting it here for discussion and for ...
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My previous question was totally serious, but was closed down

Alan Wallace site suggested I post any question here. Clearly this was a mistake. Please close my account here.
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Should there be an explicit policy against “Magical thinking” questions?

Do we need a stricter formal policy against magical-thinking types of questions? Someone posted the following -- in reply to the question, Can the energy generated through meditation neutralize the ...
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Is it permissible to answer your own question by synthesizing answers from others?

According to the rules of this site as I understand it, we are encouraged not to post questions and then answer ourselves. However, I wonder if it is permissible to provide an answer which is a ...
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Looks now as if comments are reserved for what they shouldn't and shouldn't for what they should be used, or?

Of course, like always a "free to make of it what ever" obervation... If looking through the comments one would find long, long talks where mods are involved, or main feeders, while, if critic or ...
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Is this an exclusively theravaden forum?

We can downvote questions and project our wrongview onto those questions of other Buddhists ?
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Can Andrei stop deleting perfectly reasonable answers?

How could we possibly have an infinity of past lives? There i posted a perfectly reasonable answer which was deleted because allegedly 'not Buddhist enough'. That answer is on point tho, logically ...
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Commenting with minimal argument

So how can we comment, and should we even comment, and how much shall we comment -- to question or to clarify something in an answer? The Help topic includes a section titled When should I comment? ...
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Site-specific post notice — “this answer is unrelated to buddhism”

The software would support our having a "site-specific post notice". A "post-notice" is something which looks like this: The current posts which have a notice, on the main site, are listed here. A ...
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Unnecessary arguing

For reference I think (based on an earlier comment of Alex's) that it was this question ... If Buddha had unconditional love, why did he "kill" some of his monks? ... or its answers, which ...
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I challenge you to answer this question

These two recent questions appear to be phrased as a challenge: How to tackle cold? How to tackle a beautiful tantrik female/other? I say that because: The OP says so explicitly: Good Luck ...
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Could Andrei Volkov stop complaining about me?

I have no idea what is bugging them, I've said nothing offensive and they keep complaining I'm a "lost cause". It's not like they're my teacher, or even that we practice with the same tradition etc.. ...
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A big thank you to buddhism stackexchange

I have all the scholastic answers I need now, and stackexchange has really helped me formalize -- verbalize -- those questions. So thanks: wish me luck in meditation.
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Is the Noble Eifghtfold Path a path of celibacy?

I saw on the internet a internet moderator edit a post to remove the words: "the Noble Eifghtfold Path a path of celibacy". Is the Noble Eifghtfold Path a path of celibacy?
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What should be the tag for problems arisen from communication with fellow Buddhists?

I'm looking for a tag that better describes these questions: Why does Buddhism seem to have an anti-thought bias? I explain why I prefer discuss Buddhism intellectually but others don't seem to ...
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I propose the tag [film-analysis]

There are several questions asking for interpretations of a movie. For example: In the movie Spring Summer Fall Winter and Spring, why does the master cry? Are the movie Fight Club, and Project ...
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I have an answer to a question, but maybe too many questions: should I post it?

I have an answer to a question, but maybe too many questions: should I post it as an answer? I suddenly feel like I can make sense of some important Buddhist teachings, without resorting to technical ...
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Referring to an Answer of One's Own

I added in a previous question a hyperlink to an answer from a question which was also mine. Is this a kind of self-referencing? I wondered if this was discouraged. Thank you
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Questions like “what do buddhists think of x?”

I posted this question, which got put on hold by an admin with the statement At the moment this reads as "DMT is cool, what do Buddhists think?" which is not enough to pass as a valid question. I ...
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Pasting images of PDF text, instead of organizing the text extract as quote

For example, in this answer and this answer, we see that text had been quoted as image snapshots from a PDF file (in this case, Piya Tan's commentary) instead of copying, pasting, and reorganizing the ...
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Is Advaita “Buddhism”?

Is Advaita considered to be not-Buddhism (for the purpose of deciding what's on-topic on this site)? I'm guessing that these answers might be Advaita, or something like that: https://buddhism....
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Disparity in answers

I get the impression that questions have a tendency to receive answers that seems to differ a lot from each other. I realize there can be several different reasons for this, so I am curious about your ...
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Deleting answer on Jhana without knowledge of the Dhamma

You cannot delete this question as others have invested time and effort into answering it. For more information, visit the help center.
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Transparency and information in regard of visitors origin suggestion, use of site per origin

Valued community caretaker and Brahmas of this realm, Not out of reason SE (of course for the most out of interest in merely low gain and interest in business) supplies with statistics of user origin....

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