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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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I am a new user here at Buddhism.SE. What should I know before I post?

We've put together some useful information for getting started below.
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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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FAQ index (summary of site policies)

The community of users discussed and agreed various conventions, behaviours, policies for this site.
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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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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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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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Some thoughts on the direction of Buddhism.SE

So, I'm thinking I'll resign as mod after all... life is getting busier in other realms, and I have to prioritize. Just wanted to express what is probably still a dissenting opinion; that Buddhism.SE ...
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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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What language should our tags be in?

This site is going to have a rather unique issue with tag names that I don't think has been addressed on any other SE site so far. Many Buddhist terms lack canonical (non-borrowed) English equivalents,...
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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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Which type of Buddhism is for me?

Should this question be asked, on the main site: How do I know which type of Buddhism is for me? Is it answerable, potentially useful? If that's the question title, what would be appropriate ...
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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 ...
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Should this 'zen type' answer be deleted?

I deleted this answer to the question Is it wrong to buy a Buddha statue in Thailand from a Buddhist point of view? The answer is brief enough to quote Yes it's wrong. Throw away your statues ...
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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 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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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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Could / Should we hold informal moderator elections?

Given the age of our site - soon to be 300 days in beta - and the relatively early election of pro tempore moderators, it seems natural that situations may have changed, along with the makeup of the ...
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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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The Direction of Buddhism SE

I have chosen to leave the site as well. This is no longer the Buddhism SE, that I used to care about and engage in. I use to think that our SE was not as brutal as the other SE's. We had kindness, ...
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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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Why can we see deleted answers?

I've wondered why it is that we can see deleted answers on this site? According to this post, "Once a post has been deleted, it will disappear for all users except developers, moderators, and ...
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How do you Initiate Moderator Removal?

What is the process of petition a moderator to be removed? What are the reasons a moderator can be removed?
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Should we have a tag for sceptical questions?

As per google's dictionary: Skeptic: 1) a person inclined to question or doubt all accepted opinions. 2) a person who doubts the truth of Christianity and other religions; an atheist or agnostic .....
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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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Choosing a book for book of the month club?

If we did start a book of the month club, we could use our Facebook page for coordinating. I'm currently the only admin, I think, but that can be easily rectified. Those who are interested in such a ...
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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 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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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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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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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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Suggestions for resources section

Leading on from this question we are starting to put together a resources section under the help section. The idea is that we can collect some generally useful resources in this section and redirect ...
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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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Who should our (new) pro-tem moderators be?

This question will serve as a nomination thread in our search for a complete team of three active moderators, as discussed in this meta thread. If you wish to nominate a user (including yourself) for ...
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The Book of the Month [June] is: “Women in Buddhism - Question & Answers”

The most voted book for this month [June] was Women in Buddhism - Question & Answers by Chatsumarn Kabilsingh Ph.D. (Theravada tradition). 70 pages. Ven. Chatsumarn Kabilsingh provides answers ...
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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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How do you vote?

One way to improve this site might be if people voted more; for example: Last night, in a chat, Lanka wrote, I remember when i just created this profile i could not find out whether a question/...
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Deleted Post In The Tradition of Kiribathgoda Gnanananda Thero

All the MP3 links in this post are valid directly refers to Metta and Vipassana: https://buddhism.stackexchange.com/a/12770/295 Wondering what the rationale behind it being delete? The tradition of ...
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Moderators Pro Tempore announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, address issues and lead the way in site management. That's why we select a few members from each community to ...
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Who should our moderators be?

This is one of the "real" essential questions of every [public] beta: 1. Who should the moderators be? Moderators in Stack Exchange perform dual roles. Beside the normal activities of a ...
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Overt Sectarian Affiliations

In looking at answers to some questions I am frequently seeing a overt but unacknowledged sectarian affiliation. For example in the question Desire without attachment, some of the answers are purely ...
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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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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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Balanced Participation by Multiple Traditions

As things are going there is no balanced participation by all traditions within Theravada. Can we start a campaign to attract more balanced participation from as many traditions as possible. Also ...
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Respectful inter-school dialogue

I flagged the answer by Dhammadhatu to the linked question because it contains the phrase "later day corruptions". However, the answer and the offending phrase remain. Is there any proof of Karma ...
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Modifying comments

I happened to re-read a comment thread from a couple of days ago and I noticed a comment I had left looked different. There was some additional information and a suggestion that I don't recall making. ...
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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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Is this a site for questions about personal meditation experiences?

Does this site welcome questions about personal meditation experiences? Such as the meaning of certain experiences etc?