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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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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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Do theravada buddhists not think that the mahayana is buddhism?

It seems like some don't. I do think that those who don't should be made not to post "no Buddhist says" etc., as it is highly misleading for a site which is meant to explore questions and answers on ...
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How should we police the use of the word Hinayana?

Some people hear Hinayana as a slur against Theravada. Modern Mahayana believers may be eager for peace and harmony, but the original Mahayanists were drawing a distinction between two lines of ...
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Do we want community ads for other beta sites?

What do you think about the idea to have Community Promotion Ads on our site, similar to other SE sites like Skeptics have. Here are few advert examples: Mythology Q&A proposal which can gain ...
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Buddha or Buddhism?

In several answers I can see people interpreting Buddha and giving references about masters other than Buddha. Is this forum about Buddha or Buddhism? Buddhism like Hinduism, Christianity and other ...
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What is the level of similarity in a question for it to be a duplicate?

What is the level of similarity for a question to be judged a duplicate? If 2 questions are such that you end up with a similar answer does this mean the questions are duplicates: E.g. Why do ...
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Update to Welcome Message

The main site FAQ (FAQ for Stack Exchange sites) has quite a few good resource perhaps we can link to from our Welcome message. E.g. under "Asking a Good Question" Maybe we can also have master ...
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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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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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Preaching answers

Should we allow preaching answers sidetracking the question? That is, should we allow answers that disregard the literal question and instead just try to preach? Examples of answers I'm referring to:...
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Is Lamaism derogatory or neutral?

Before I edit this and change lamaism to Vajrayana, I thought I'd check and see if it's derogatory. Is lamaism ever used inside the relevant community or is this a word used by outsiders to ...
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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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How to deal with personal opinions in contrary to the doctrine

Should personal opinions contrary to doctrine (held by any school) or the Tripitaka (Pali, Sanskrit or Tibetan) need qualification as this is a personal view and not what the Buddha preached? A casual ...
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Baiting Questions and Resulting Answers

This follows my previous discussion. Some question express personal take on a matter and the response is agreeable when it is not exactly a Buddhist answer. The answers seem attractive to the poster ...
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Wikipedia as a source

Should the use of Wikipedia articles as source material be discouraged? I do not take it that such articles are appropriate sources and my opinion is that citing them is a bad practice. Thoughts?
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Can this question be reopened?

The question "Loss of “faith” in buddhism" was closed. Is there just one reason why it was closed (i.e. the word "bullshit" being used), or are there other good reasons too? Could it be re-opened ...
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How do I avoid the “What does Father want?” problem

I have recent experience with asking questions with what I thought were well-known terms, only to see the words understood differently. Terminology and interpretation seem to come up A LOT on the SE ...
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Wouldn't it be better to use a soft approach with newbies on this SE?

Say someone saw Buddhism.Stackexchange yesterday and joined in, Then that means that this particular person is not interested in the laws or policies here. He or she has a question and that question ...
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Best way to ask a question that may founded on incorrect assumptions

The way that Buddhist traditions and ideas have filtered into Western popular culture are sometime completely erroneous, oversimplified, or embellished. I have certain questions about Buddhist ...
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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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Whats the different between censorship and moderation? How can one prevent to fall into this trap?

Moderating is a very common and popular word coming from making things moderate, humble. Yet moderating in action is mostly the opposite and often does not dear to act very unwholesome. If we look at ...
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Why is this question a duplicate?

What is the purpose of the 6th Precept, eating only before noon? I know the title is similar to a previous question but this one consists of three inter related questions which were not covered by ...
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How to do better with this down-voted question?

I asked this question and it has raised a good discussion among our friends and there were very good answers too. But it was down-voted unexpectedly. I would like to know why so I can do better next ...
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Is there something wrong with this question about “Buddhism and Relativity”?

Wouldn't it be nice if the elite on this site help new resourceful people come up.They can help new people gain more rep depending on their behavior.we are all trying to help each other please ...
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Can we ask questions which could be meant to teach one a lesson?

Can we ask questions which could be meant to teach one a lesson? What is the rule, the purpose of questions in Dhamma-Practice? Given that there have been ideas that "teaching" answers could harm the ...
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What is the meaning of *modern World*?

What is the meaning of modern world and it's use around Dhamma and Vinaya and in Buddhism. It would be maybe interesting to know the words folk etymology and original etymology, it's "everybodies" ...
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How about a resource pool?

I have often seen that new people who just join ask for Books,Abhidhamma explanations,Meditation teaching audios & etc. And every time a person tries to answer these question he has to go all ...
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How to ask this question, which quotes “one word is too many”?

This question was asked on the main site: Is it a good idea to spend time on this website? The OP edited it and it's now considered a valid question, but Andrei wrote in a comment, I'm not in love ...
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Answers I don't understand and/or answers that are questions/riddles/koans

Fex. I asked a question about self as verb, and one of the answers was really not an answer. The "answer" was: Self as noun or action/verb? Is mirage is a noun or action? Is rainbow is a ...
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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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How do you create Community Wiki Questions?

When postings answers there is a check box for community Wiki answers. If you are posting a question how can this be made Community Wiki question as such checkbox does not appear?
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What shall I do if a question seems to go off the rails?

Several times I have asked questions here and had no one seem to connect with what I am asking about. I get all kinds of answers about things I was not asking about, and it is like watching blind men ...
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Should we encourage people to fill in their profiles?

Just moving on from the sectarian affiliation question - should we encourage users to fill in their profiles with a few details about their own affiliation and practice. It may help new users ...
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Should samatha and meditation-samatha be synonyms?

We currently have tags samatha and meditation-samatha. They each have one or two dozen topics. Assuming we don't want to merge them (because it is a type of meditation and a word which people will ...
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“for any purpose, even commercially” is such in the frame of Dhamma sharing?

Atma just became aware that he maybe made some mistakes by giving Dhamma under such circumstance with strings attached. But that is a personal problem to fix that, since he just became aware of that ...
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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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Stack Exchange in regard of skill, time, material things (possibility to practicing certain other mertiouse deeds) wished/possible?

Atma wonders if there would be the possible and wish to make the practice of things like dana (gerneosity in regard of material things) or Veyyāvaca (serving others with time skill and effort) ...
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What edit did you made here on Buddhism SE?

If you like to get some feedback of your generous work in editing questions and answers, to improve your work and tho have some feedback, just post the link of your edit and maybe some comments. Why ...
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On down voting and the Buddhism SE

Hello Buddhism SE community I rarely downvote answers, when I do my reasons are simple : Inaccurate information Does not address or answer the question I want to know Are there other reasons ...
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Sharing the reputation

I have seen many new users who are actually very impressive and most of them seems to bring many new ways of thinking and perspectives. Older the users are more they have reputation and they have no ...
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Road To Graduation

What are things what need to fall into place for us to graduate out of Beta? Also what have aspects have we achived? What are things what KPI do we have to meet which might not have been listed in ...
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Stack Overflow Gives Back 2015

What charities will we support? I guess this is perhaps in the hands of the moderators but perhaps some voting guide the decision maybe good idea. Link: http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2015/12/stack-...
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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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Not sure if I belong here

I have been participating for about a year, and I have made it clear that I am not a Buddhist, so I don't contribute Answers requiring knowledge of the scriptures (although I know something about that....
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Should we merge the two sutta-related tags (i.e. suttas and sutras)?

There are two sutta related tags which perhaps need to be merged: suttas sutras After they are merged it needs to be tested is both can be used but maps to one tag. Similarly some of the other tags ...
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What should we do?

I saw this question and realized that there is more to this than a LOL moment. Fat, white American Buddha Maitreya the Christ As a Buddhist community we can easily see what the point of this person (...
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Advertising the Site

I came across the following: https://ell.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/2635/community-promotion-ads-2015 Wondering if there is and interest to promote our site in other SE sites.
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What comments to take into account?

Sometimes a question gets closed/put on hold for being opinion based. Fine. But sometimes people comment on your question and say "you should revise, this is opinion based". So you revise? Only to ...

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