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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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Vote Early, Vote Often

I read a while ago the Maths SE has an explicit aim to vote a lot - to really encourage the voting up of answers AND questions to try to have the set point for the community as being a high voting one....
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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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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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Purpose of downvotes

I've just taken the plunge and answered a few questions. One has attracted two downvotes Is it possible to recognize a person who has achieved Arhatship? I think i shall just about survive the ...
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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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Right speech and SE customs. Are Buddhists too nice for an SE site?

Some of the best stack exchange sites can be brutal in how they deal with low quality questions and answers. Low quality questions are shut down. Low quality answers are voted down People will either ...
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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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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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100% Answered Questions - Wow!

I know it's not a competition and we shouldn't use it as a target and really 100% isn't really 100% but.... Wow - 100% answered questions on this site. OK I know there is still 9 without an upvoted ...
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My apology to people I offended

I just want to say that I have recently been rude and an ass on this website, anger and ego got the better of me and I said some harsh rude things to people and I'm sorry. I don't want to be like that ...
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What to do about suicide ideation posts?

We just had a post that could be considered suicide ideation. I tried to comment but in the interim it got closed, so I'm posting here. Do we need to check if SE itself has a policy for such things? ...
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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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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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What does it mean to “be nice”?

In a recent discussion on Buddhism.SE, the topic of "being nice" came up for dispute. It was asked whether this meant that we must "pander to fundamentalists" rather than dispute their claims. This ...
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Correcting English?

I recently made some extensive corrections to an answer (catpnosis's here), purely to improve the English and to make it easier to read and understand. The author was clearly not a native speaker, but ...
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Happy Birthday to us

We started private beta on 17th June 2014 so Buddhism Stack Exchange (Beta) is now over one year old. The first question to pop onto our newly born site was Is there an equivalent of heaven and hell ...
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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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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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buddhism.SE not a sangha

I commented here that we may need to be open to the possibility that Buddhism in general (as opposed to the more restricted "Buddhist Studies" or "Buddhology") may be unsuited to the SE style of forum....
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Suggestion for the coming “close storm”

I can see on the user list we are about to get enough people with 500 rep that questions will start closing. I lived through the "Science Fiction" stack exchange beta. Things I remember: one day, ...
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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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On reputation, badges and Buddhist principles

I hear sometimes that a Buddhist person shouldn't speak about his/her accomplishments. For example, someone shouldn't call himself an arhat. But does it limit to the spiritual path alone, or does it ...
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Are questions on personal challenges and difficulties with meditation on-topic?

For our purposes let's assume someone is attempting to meditate using a Buddhist-style of meditation or meditate within a Buddhist framework. Are attempts to determine ways of improving the ...
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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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Got 500 rep? Don't forget about the close queue!

Stack Exchange sites thrive because of the willingness of their participants to help keep the site clean. We have moderators, but ideally their job is to handle the stuff that regular community ...
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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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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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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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Does this site show preference for any particular form of Buddhism?

I don't consider myself a Buddhist although I find it the religion to which I am most drawn. Many of the questions appear to my untutored eyes to be referring to a default Buddhism that most people ...
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Is it our responsibility to maintain the secrecy of unpublished texts?

This question is motivated by the comments on this answer: https://buddhism.stackexchange.com/a/1354/28 Is it our responsibility (where "our" refers to the users of this site, including moderators ...
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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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How can we improve traffic to the site?

The site is growing at an enormous pace. So, how can we help increase its growth further and help make it a central repository of quality Buddhist resources and doubts.
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How can we encourage more good quality questions?

Just moving on from Chris's question - how can we encourage more good quality questions? Right now the site is running at about 3 questions a day. To be honest that is a lot more than I thought we ...
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Should we edit answers to make it clear which Buddhist school/perspective the answer comes from?

Recently I've been (rightly) picked up on answering a question from a particualrly perspective and not flagging this up in the answer (here and here) I think in both cases I would have been very ...
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Remove obsolete comments on badly formulated questions after they are improved?

I noticed there are several questions on the main site with comments that the question isn't very good, then followed by comments of the author what he/she means. This usually goes one for a bit and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How should we deal with questions about cultural practices of Buddhists that don't actually conform to the teachings of Buddhism?

Prompted by this question: What is the reason for attributing Lord Buddha's statues to days the of week? I understand in this instance, the usage of the statues of the Buddha himself makes it ...
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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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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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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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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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AD and BC or CE and BCE?

Which year convention should a Buddhist website use? Or should we use the Buddhist calendar? As far as I can tell, the Buddhist calendar, is actually the Thai Calendar, which is just a Gregorian ...
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Do we encourage users to choose the best answer?

It seems that for a lot of questions, the person asking never chooses a best answer. Do we just assume that there is no good answer? Or should we encourage users to stay engaged and choose from the ...
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Should we flag up which Buddhist tradition we practice with?

Just a thought / random idea. One of the interesting things about the site is that people from different traditions all contribute to the site. Hopefully it will continue and grow. When I am reading ...