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Moderator created Chat opportunities

Here's my idea How nice would it be if the Moderators here can start permanent chat rooms / Live discussions for the community on various topics, The chat rooms will be permanently available so the ...
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Does SE have a policy about linking to one's own research, sites, and blogs?

Is there a policy SE again citation or posting related external link one's own blog or research as opposed to a link written by someone else?
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Guidance on a particular kind of questions

I recently asked a question from our community here... Lord Buddha descending from heavens? Far as i see this is completely on topic question and it actually bugged me ever since i saw people ...
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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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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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Not everyone has English as their first language. Thanks to the moderators (but who are they?)

Very useful (and time consuming) site! English is not my native tongue, and I guess I'm not the only one. I think that sometimes it can be more difficult for us "foreigners" to make ourselves clear. ...
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Fairness and Equability to All Users

I believe we have to strive to be fair and equitable to all user. I feel sometimes there is an asymmetry on moderation practices where some users are moderated in a stricter sense than other. E.g. ...
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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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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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Shouldn't we have a “Sankhara” tag?

Snaskara or Sankhara is a commonly used term in both questons and answers so wouldn't it be nice to have a Tag for it?
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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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Should we have a 'Kundalini' Tag?

Should we have a 'Kundalini' Tag? I have been studying Kundalini and using it throughout my meditation and life but have a lot of questions about the act which is equally physical and spiritual. I ...
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Are we correct about our community's potential?

Yesterday i had an idea... "I had a hard time finding good sources to learn Buddhism and when i found some the content was questionable.But years after i finally have a good collection of teachings ...
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Which is more important when a question is a bit off topic: objectivity, or humanity?

I saw someone asking (in this question) for some sources to learn Pali language so he can broaden his understanding of Buddhism. The reason given by the user who had asked it to be edited was it ...
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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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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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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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Is there a moderation-guideline to be derived from our experience with these questions?

Two questions that initially caused great alarm among moderators and others are now considered OK, judging from upvoting, number of reasoned answers, and number of views. They are: 1) Is Mind in ...
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For what reason is this question on hold: “Was the Buddha a rationalist?”

This question, which I posted today was put on hold within a couple of hours of its posting, seemingly based on my answer to another question on Meta and possibly, my interactions with a moderator on ...
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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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What is a “divisive” Question?

Questions from Krishraj Rao continue to polarise the Stack Exchange community and to be systematically voted down and put on hold for reasons that are not clear to me. My guess is that there is ...
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Types of Questions and answers which are allowed

Is this a site for asking questions about the traditions of Buddhism and for finding out what the beliefs of Buddhists are. Or is it to ask questions about those beliefs i.e. if a belief seems a ...
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Shouldn't Buddhist discussion use modern metaphors (instead of metaphors from the ancient past)?

In response to my earlier question about the nature of "remedies" offered by Buddhism, I got many replies that quoted parables and similies, such as "The burning house" and "the raft". I understand ...
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Explanations of Buddhist “thought-provoking dissonance” in dialectics?

I'd like to ask something like the following question on the main site. Is this a good and acceptable question? Should it be edited in some way? Are the tags correct? Should we also add the tantra tag?...
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With reference to the Buddha's 'Ball of Honey' discourse, is it ever possible for a question to 'hurt' or 'offend' a true follower of the Buddha?

In the context of the Buddha's Ball of Honey discourse, is there any justification for a true Buddhist to say, "This man angers/offends me with his questions: therefore silence him and/or delete his ...
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A chat session about the direction of Buddhism SE

We are changing a lot as a site and I think it's fair to say that a number of users have concerns. Just in the way of a concrete suggestion - what about a chat room and a scheduled time span (perhaps ...
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Turmoil, yet Balance

While there have been a bit of turmoil on Buddhism SE the last couple of days/weeks, I want to point out, that our Area 51 stats, are quite good looking. Take a look below.
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What are the aspects of Buddhism and it's scriptures that a Buddhist might not like to comment on?

What are the aspects of Buddhism and it's scriptures that a Buddhist might not like to comment on? (Note: A well-reputed forum member suggested that I should ask this question, possibly as an ...
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Why is the 'thought experiment' question so divisive

I'm at a bit of a loss of what to do with this question - A thought-experiment about the importance of Buddhist traditions It has received as many downvotes as upvotes, it is attracting multiple ...
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Are we ready to use our “New User Welcome”?

A draft of a new user welcome has been up for about a week here and has been revised a couple of times to include good suggestions for clarification from the community. Are there any other ...
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Alternate Accounts

It's my assertion that some users are posting on alternate accounts as a means of posting questions that they know are not in line with the intent and purpose of this forum, for their own devices. Is ...
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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 post an opinion posing a question?

In a comment to this question, How sacrosanct is the “source material” of Buddhism?, Yuttadhammo wrote, This sounds a lot like opinion posing as a question... are you really looking for an answer, ...
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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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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?
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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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Quotations from Pāli

It's a common practice to cite long passages from Pāḷi without commentary as though this was sufficient to make a point. This is an example of argument from authority (a kind of logical fallacy) in ...
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How do i remove myself from this site?

I no longer wish to participate as a member of this site, and i wish to remove myself and all of my answers and questions! Is this possible, please help. I wish you all good luck on your paths!
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Can one share buddhist jokes?

I found a cool buddhist joke and would like to share it with the community. I'm asking here because i'm not sure if one is allowed to post such questions/answers on Buddhism SE. The joke is not in ...
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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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Blog Newsletter Delivery Day

Why is the newsletter sent in the middle of the week on Tuesday? Can we change this to some other day?
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Who has authority when it comes to texts? [closed]

If I found a mistake in a text that you valued very highly and had learned at the feet of a Buddhist master, how would you respond if I said it needed correcting? A real life example is the ...
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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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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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Do we want to keep open interview style questions?

We received a question with 8 subjective sub-questions included. It reads more like an interview than a standard SE question. But perhaps some people would like to write answers about their experience ...
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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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Choosing a book for Book of the Month [July]

What is "book of the month"? One good way to use this site can be to study books together, and post any questions from those books that we may have. The idea is that the text should be one that will ...
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Let's get critical: Jun 2015 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Buddhism Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from Google, what ...
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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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How should this “re-open”-post be reviewed?

This post has been altered and more text added. I think it is more stream lined now. Although now a new issue is that the question is too broad. It has multiple questions and some of them seem heavy ...

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