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The Book of the Month is: “Good Question Good Answer”

Someone suggested that one good way to use this site can be to study books together, and post any questions from those books that we may have. Bhante Yuttadhammo suggested here that, this month, we ...
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New SE site for vegetarianism and veganism

There's an Area 51 site for Veganism & Vegetarianism. I figured there would be a fair amount of vegetarians and vegans here, so I thought I'd post it here for those who may be interested! It's ...
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How to get more experts on the site

Certain Buddhism related topics maybe connected to other areas of expertise. We need to have a way to attract people who have a good knowledge in Buddhism and also other areas. Any thoughts in getting ...
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Update on Moderator Issue

So... we have now finally got word back from all three moderators; we are all in agreement to step down and allow for a process similar to the original pro tempore moderator selection. Once/if the ...
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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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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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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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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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Should content the from a Buddhist POV or Perspective or presented in relation to Buddhism

This answer is more generic advice than Buddhist specific advice, as it was originally written. In the comments the OP ties hard to rationalise by making an analogy (similar to writing an essay about ...
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What to do when someone doesn't answer your question but only what they think you are asking?

On this thread I tried to go to some lengths to ask a specific question, and it was assumed that I was asking the exact question that appears in a sutta, despite my saying otherwise. I did quote that ...
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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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Leading by example and requesting feedback/collaboration

In this question I recieved several answers that were far from what I asked, and had very little effort put into them. After having one bounty expire unrewarded, the user Ryan put a second bounty on ...
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“resource” or “reference” tag?

Searched for a super-category for various reference materials and resources on information about Buddhism which covers podcasts, books, videos, retreats, etc., didn't find one. Not sure if this is the ...
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What's difficult about moderating this site?

This question is addressed mostly to moderators, hoping you don't mind the question. What's difficult about moderating this site? Gives you a lot of trouble? Costs you a lot of time? Impossible to ...
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Increase level of participation and user engagement

If you look at the rate we are attracting new users and their participation, we need to explore ways a means to get more users and also get them to participate. Any suggestion to increase number of ...
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Are followup (e.g. asking for further details) questions OK?

On receiving an answer to a question, it can sometimes be useful to ask for more details or clarification from the responder. Is that OK, and if so where should that be done? Example (silly, for ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Introduce your self to the BSE-community, it's caretakers and visitors and say “hello” here

(draft to be modified for use as featured meta topic to be seen here when in desktop mode. Also good, if wishing for such, if the moderators create a new question, copy it if fine modified, and delete ...
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“Please stop posting rhetorical questions” valid arguments for wrongdoing?

Those in charge, feeling in charge or wishing to assist for better or own, as beneficial seen, interests, or that of others, Obvious not pleased by question, no pleased by answer, a moderator in ...
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You are posting too many questions. Please slow down!

Householder Andrei, those who feel in charge or wishing to assist, those who wish not to burden for no long term benefits, "You are posting too many questions. Please slow down.", was said by ...
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Content appearing on other places for commercial purpose (possible other purposes as given by contributors)

My person is not sure in how fare you might like to investigate that matter, only telling that this, if for such purpose, might possible limit the possibility of Dhamma-share here in a good manner. ...
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Community topics at meta

{note that meta was posted here since not able to post (steady error) in eta area, may the moderators pardon the additional work arising from it and may it be of benefit anyway for all your welfare} ...
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2018: 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, in ...
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Using an answer/response re: boredom

I am writing a book, a memoir and a manual. In it a plan to discuss the self-sabatoging strategy/experience of boredom as it pertains to exercise adherence. The first reply here is awesome, was ...
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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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Posting links in answers

What are the rules or guidelines about posting links -- especially in answers?
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Essay requests and sermon invitations disguised as questions

I think the questions that sort of expect answerers to write an essay or give a sermon on a given topic without containing a clearcut question might not be ok for this site. What do you think? ...
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Rewriting the laws

Is it possible for us to take a vote or take suggestions from the community to make this SE more user friendly? For example, new users have a bit of a hard time adjusting to the well maintained ...
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The Book of the Month [July] is: “The Foundations of Buddhism”

The most voted book for this month [July] was The Foundations of Buddhism (PDF here) by Rupert Gethin (Professor of Buddhist Studies and current president of the Pali Text Society). 352 pages. ...
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Create a “podcast” tag?

Many Dharma talks are available by podcast, as well as a number of podcasts on Buddhism in iTunes--would it be worthwhile to create a "podcast" tag?
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Using the chat room to discuss tags and retagging

As mentioned here and here I suggest we use the chat room (instead of meta) to discuss retagging. I invite you to read and participate there if you're interested.
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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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How can the Dhamma help internet admins be fair?

Admins behave inappropriately at times. This leads to suffering for the admins and everyone. They make mistakes because they are human. It's hard to turn anger into compassion and admins can make a ...
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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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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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Evaluations by elders

Especially toward the moderator team As an encouragement, for you communities welfare. It would be good if you invite Elders as your evaluators, helpng and supervising the young and not so informed ...
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Should this question be rewritten?

According to comments, this question isn't getting the kind of answer that the OP wants. How about I rewrite it as follows, e.g. is this still the question which the OP wanted to ask, and clearer? ...
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Why do answers, questions, comments, suddenly disappear (and sometimes reappear)?

It might be regardable as meta-question, but just not finding any access to this area here: It happens that answers, questions, comments, suddenly disappear, mostly at the same time of the day and ...
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Buddhism SE's policy on inter-school communication

I would like to remind all users on Buddhism SE that this site is about Buddhism meaning that all affiliations are welcome. When commenting on other affiliations than your own please speak lightly, ...
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How can I be a good critic?

How can I be good critic.Sometimes I get little afraid to answered after some question because I can't know about owners attitude towards my answer.
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Want a new tag, e.g. for office work and academic work?

I think we could use a new tag, for people who ask on this site about (I'm not sure) the connection between their work and Buddhism -- especially, office-work or mental work. Examples of questions ...