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Can comments removal be delayed till after a period of time?

Firstly, thanks for the thankless work, moderators! I am truly sorry if asking these questions on comments removal create more work and headaches for you. But I would like to clarify a few doubts. I ...
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Political content

I see that Politics.SE has this policy -- to "protect the site from propaganda posts": What measures are taken to protect the site from propaganda posts during the ongoing war between ...
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2023: a year in moderation

It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here might be ...
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What are your suggestions and vision for moderation in 2024? And opportunity to moderate BSE

Happy New Year to users of Buddhism Stack Exchange! In this New Year, the moderators of Buddhism SE would like to get your feedback on: Suggestions for improvement: What would you change on Buddhism ...
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Should we scale the severity of an infraction by the experience/reputation of the user?

Generally speaking in most societies we don't scale the severity of punishment for violating the law with the experience/status/importance/reputation of the person committing the law breaking. In ...
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Dealing with a serial abuser and serial harassment

Over the course of many years @dhamma-dhatu has engaged and continues to engage in serial abuse of this sites rules. His behavior has been brought up time and time again by many different people and ...
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What is the goal of this community?

When the Buddha attained liberation he immediately dedicated his life to the selfless goal of helping others end their suffering. There are people posting questions who are in need of responses that ...
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2022: 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 preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Should we use honorifics when referring to monks?

This comment refers to Thanissaro Bhikkhu by name: Nice. And I noticed that in the updated version of Kimattha Sutta, Geoff has replaced the word "Serenity" with "Calm". Thanks. ...
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I don't want to belittle anyone, that's not why I argue with some answers

I don't want to belittle anyone, that's not why I argue with some answers. I do, however, think that some people need to be more aware, not only to what is being explicitly asked, but also what ...
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why is there a buddhism meta forum?

i was on buddhism.stackexchange.com and i clicked on the meta link and it brought me to buddhism.meta.stackexchange.com, but I was expecting to redirect to meta.stackexchange.com. What is buddhism....
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Should moderator act political?

It appears that the Russian moderator, "Vollkoffer", dwelling in US is already total corrupt and makes use of power here to even oppose his own kind, parents and father. Censure and act for ...
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Questions about rebirth

I wanted to apologise for starting so many of them. Maybe it came off like I was putting people down, or aggrandizing myself, by doing so. I believe in rebirth, but that doesn't make me special, only ...
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What is Buddhism and who is Buddhist?

There was recently a question about chakras -- What are the original colors of the 7 main chakras? -- which, while not being particularly well asked, was closed with a raft of negative comments saying ...
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List of the "Greatest Hits"

I just discovered there's a "Greatest Hits" feature build into the site software: https://buddhism.stackexchange.com/questions/greatest-hits I find it remarkable because I don't remember ...
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2021: a year in moderation

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How can I promote my Buddhist site, product or service?

I have my own Buddhism-related site/ Discord server/ Telegram group/ YouTube channel/ discussion forum/ Twitter channel/ Facebook group/ blog/ book/ product/ service etc. that is not directly related ...
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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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