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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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How should we deal with fuzzy and hazy questions?

My question references to this question: "What puts out the mind". Questions such as these i find very difficult to make sense of, yet even more difficult to give an answer to due to the fuzzy and ...
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Create a “podcast” tag?

Many Dharma talks are available by podcast, as well as a number of podcasts on Buddhism in iTunes--would it be worthwhile to create a "podcast" tag?
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“resource” or “reference” tag?

Searched for a super-category for various reference materials and resources on information about Buddhism which covers podcasts, books, videos, retreats, etc., didn't find one. Not sure if this is the ...
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Choosing a book for Book of the Month [June]

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. The idea is that the text should be one that will ...
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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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Bad-fit questions: answer, ignore, vote down?

@yuttadhammo comments that this question is not a good fit for SE. I can't disagree with that and so on the one hand, one approach is simply to decline to answer, so as not to inadvertently endorse ...
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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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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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Proposal for retagging meditation questions

By far our most popular tag is meditation with over double the number of questions than the second most popular tag. It seems a shame to me that such a rich topic is lumped under one tag. I'd like to ...
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Looking for a coordinator for Book of the Month

I'd like to propose that we nominate someone to head up the book of the month club; we have several proposed books to look at already and probably about as much interest as we're going to get at this ...
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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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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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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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Are questions with lots of parts on topic?

This question about the environment was posted recently. While no-one can doubt OP enthusiasm I personally don't like questions with loads of little parts that require separate answers. Is that just ...
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What is our question editing policy?

In recent discussions, the subject of how to moderate questions have been brought and we seem to be progressing on committing our own policy of participation in a helpful text. In these discussions, ...
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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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Is expanding on a given answer, a proper thing to do?

Mainly when I answer a question I tent to think about It for quite a while, often coming up with some addition to the already given answer. Is it alright to simply add it to the existing answer or ...
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Edit existing answer, or offer alternative?

This question, about the three characteristics, seems pretty succinct and should be easy to answer. In fact someone has already given an answer that is, one level, perfectly fine. However, they've ...
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Should/could we have four moderators?

Following on from Robin111's answer Is there a case to have 4 (or more) moderators on this site? The case for Most people are Buddhists and could and do take extended leave from the site for ...
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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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Update on Moderator Issue

So... we have now finally got word back from all three moderators; we are all in agreement to step down and allow for a process similar to the original pro tempore moderator selection. Once/if the ...
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Does anyone else find the style of our site off-putting?

I just posted a question on meta.SE about beta site styling, hoping to create the possibility of basic CSS styling or theming for beta sites. Does anyone think this might be useful? Basically, giving ...
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Please suggest how to improve this question

If someone posts a problematic question on the main site, to handle that some other SE sites: Put the question (on the main site) on hold Open a corresponding topic on meta, with the specific-...
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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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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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Where have our moderators gone?

As of 25th Jan 2015 at 18.55 GMT Andrei last seen 48 minutes ago Hrafn last seen Jan 5 at 17:08 yuttadhammo last seen Dec 20 '14 at 15:09 2 out of 3 moderators are missing in action. I can kind of ...
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Should we upvote answers more often, and/or comment more?

I don't upvote when I don't understand the answer Often other people post answers, to questions which I don't know the answer to. If I read their answer, and suspect that it's a good answer, even so ...
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What's difficult about moderating this site?

This question is addressed mostly to moderators, hoping you don't mind the question. What's difficult about moderating this site? Gives you a lot of trouble? Costs you a lot of time? Impossible to ...
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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 do you delete a moderator's answer?

Moderators take liberty to delete answers which they deem "it is not an answer" to a question. There are times when the moderators also do the same. If this is flagged it goes back to the moderator ...
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Should we be making the titles of questions clearer?

I've noticed there are quite a few questions that the question title is a statement or just a few words rather than an actual question. Recent examples are Buddhism and Darwin Specific sutta in the ...
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Deleted comment

I'm curious as to why my comment in the question: "Is it wrong to buy a Buddha statue in Thailand from a Buddhist point of view?" was deleted. I can think of a number of reasons. Maybe it was ...
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How Can I find my Community Wiki Question?

I was looking forward to the answers..taking notes and everything.. this is my original question: How to Study the Suttas? how would i find them on community wiki.I don't know how it works.Is it ...
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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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Is nonduality sufficiently different from Buddhism to warrant its own site on SE?

In theory, nonduality is not very different from Buddhism. In practice, I think it is. There is a large and growing, widely dispersed "movement" of people studying Advaita, Emptiness and other forms ...
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Physical Meetups for Dhamma Discussion and Meditation

I am wondering if the site users are interested in doing a physical meetup and meditation? Each person can organise in their respective cities.
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Have review permissions changed?

I was looking at some New user answers in the review queue but found that I now have only two options as a response: "No Action Needed" or "Skip". There is a third option button of "I'm done", but it'...
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Responding to questions from emotionally distressed people

Such questions have already been asked; also topics raised here might relate to such areas. We have to be tactful in answering questions we might think are coming from a distressed person or might be ...
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The 'beginner' tag

There's a beginner tag. Should it exist? Is it being well used? Asking fundamental “beginner” questions says that the site shouldn't be 'seeded' artificially with beginner questions; but what about '...
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Personal-practice tag

I've recently created the tag personal-practice and did a bit of retagging. Was that a good idea?
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Using the chat room to discuss tags and retagging

As mentioned here and here I suggest we use the chat room (instead of meta) to discuss retagging. I invite you to read and participate there if you're interested.
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How to get Questions Answered

What is the best strategy to get questions answered? Also to ensure that at least one of the answer is satisficing to be accepted as the correct answer? The latter is important as some times it is ...
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Is the discussion of Taoism acceptable?

I often find it hard to drawn any real differences between Taoism and Buddhism. Because these two have historically influenced each other, should Taoism be allowed as a subject for discussion on the ...
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Let's get critical: Dec 2014 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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Buddhist Book Exchange [closed]

Trying to create a list of people / organisations which distribute Buddhist books for free. If you distribute please add them as an answer.
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Merge the lay-buddhism and laity tags

There are two tags on the main site, lay-buddhism and laity tags. Neither has a description (i.e. a wiki summary). Do they mean the same thing? Should they be merged, with being one be made a ...
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Should we Have New Tags for Question on The Path and The Fruit, Stages of Sainthood, and Fruit of Attainment?

I think we need tags for discussions about the Path and The Fruit and the stages of Sainthood and Fruit of Attainment. There is a tag for stream entry but not for the others.
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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 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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