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How are such non-answers ok? Flag declined!

I recently reported this answer and to my surprise the moderator saw no problem with this answer. The reason for declining the flag was that "flags should not be used to indicate technical ...
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To protect the integrity of Buddhism, does BSE take any measures to prevent AI bots here?

Could be totally off base but due to quite peculiar syntax it seems some of the responses here could be derived via Artificial Intelligence. Even if this is not the case, to protect the integrity of ...
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A request to reopen a question

My understanding is that this is the "more liberal" moderation policy for this community: Moderation policies for Questions According to this "more liberal" moderation policy, I ...
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Is it appropriate for the same person to ask a question on the site and then use another account to answer it and mark it as answered?

It would appear that the person who asked this question using the account 'Alex Ryan' proceeded to answer his own question with another account 'Maitreya' and marked his own answer as correct. Is this ...
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If you are doubting of Abhidhamma so long, please keep those questions on, and ask whatever conflicts you think you found in Abhidhamma to me

If you are doubting of Abhidhamma so long, please keep those questions on, and ask whatever conflicts you think you found in Abhidhamma to me. And I think to understand the main problem of the ...
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Importance of boundaries for community building

A community needs experts to thrive, these are few and far in between. Occasionally i see new users who seem to know a lot and are experts or knowledgeable contributors. Then i see some rude person ...
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I think the community should use the Theravada/Mahayana tag more if they don't want fringe answers

Basically, as the title says. I think people should be made aware that if they don't tag their questions then they expose themselves to particularly controversial answers.
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Where (what other forums) should I ask questions that don't quite meet the scope of Buddhism Stack Exchange?

A new contributor asked a great question a few days ago here: How to develop fortitude? The moderators closed the thread claiming it was not within the scope of this forum as defined by help center: ...
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I suggest moderators to be allowed to rule on what is and isn't Buddhism

There was recently a discussion about an answer not being "Buddhist", here in the commentary: https://buddhism.stackexchange.com/a/44281/8527 I said that under the current policy moderators ...
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Would this question be OK

It may come off as truculent or trolling, but I'm genuinely interested! In what way is Buddhism different in the West and in traditionally Buddhist nations? Thanks
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What about comparative questions that require non-site specific expertise?

I have found a somewhat similar discussion here; 'Comparative religion' questions Can we ban "comparative-religion" questions? However i want to direct attention to a broader range ...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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Censoring the Zen tradition

I'm a bit dumbfounded as to why the mods deleted my comments in this chat. Koans are part of the Rinzai canon. Deleting them is favoring one sect over another. https://chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/...
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2020 Moderator Election - Results

Buddhism's Election has come to a close! The new moderator is: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them for volunteering, and share your assistance and advice with them as ...
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How should we use the "very low quality" and "not an answer" flags on this site?

Two of the predefined flags, which you can raise against an answer, are as follows: What do they mean, when should users use them, and how or when should moderators react to them?
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Whom would you like to ask to help moderating here on BSE?

Since it's a tradition where task are asked by those who grateful like to make use of others sacrifices, and not a marxist tradition, good householder are possible good encouraged to ask and invite ...
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2020 Moderator Election - Announcement

Buddhism Stack Exchange will begin the nomination stage for a special election on October 5 to bring in one more moderator. For full details of the process, see the announcement on Meta Stack Exchange....
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2020 Community Moderator Election

The 2020 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks, ...
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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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