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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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Editing meta-tags

There are now over 100 meta-questions. It might be useful if they were consistently tagged. Left to my own devices there are some tags I might edit, to help me make sense of them: Delete almost ...
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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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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 ...
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Can we have unicode tags here?

By default, tags can only consist of the following characters: [a-z 0-9 + # - .]. However, the correct transliteration of many Buddhist terms drawn from other languages requires the use of characters ...
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Making claims of attainments

I recently saw a Buddhism.SE profile claiming stream entry, and was asked today about my own attainments in meditation. I am disinclined to reveal these details, since it removes the focus from the ...
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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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What language should we favour in the text of a question e.g. Kamma or Karma or both

Do we have a preference whether to use kamma or karma in the text of a question or answer? For instance this answer uses kamma and I haven't changed it during an edit. Should I edit it to karma which ...
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Are questions asking for lists of retreat centers/temples on-topic?

This is centered around Meditation Retreat in India and Buddhist Centres in Paris?. My personal view is that we, as a site, can't really afford to be an up-to-date list of Buddhist Centers with ...
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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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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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List of Buddhist Forums

I think we need to mention the site in different forums. Any suggestion on particular forums and who would volunteer to do it?
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Should we consider also Yoga philosophy here?

My personal opinion is yes. Yoga philosophy and buddhism are based on common roots and many concepts are very similar or exactly the same. For example: Noble Eightfold Path are very similar to ...
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Questions with easy online answers

As the Buddhism site is still in Private beta, Is it acceptable to ask a question which the answer can be found on the internet easily (to build up the base), or is it discouraged? As an example, ...
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Accepting an answer

During private beta, is it preferable for a person posting a question to delay on "accepting" an answer in order to encourage additional responses possibly from other schools, viewpoints, etc. that ...
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Are followup (e.g. asking for further details) questions OK?

On receiving an answer to a question, it can sometimes be useful to ask for more details or clarification from the responder. Is that OK, and if so where should that be done? Example (silly, for ...
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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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Tagging questions on precepts

I've seen a lot of posts getting tagged five-precepts when they are asking specifically about one of the precepts. That's fine, but do we want to standardize on some format for which specific precept ...
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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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What to do with answers from a religious point of view other than Buddhism?

When an answer (or question) seems to be from another religious tradition https://buddhism.stackexchange.com/review/first-posts/221 should they be flagged or left to be voted on by the community? ...
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Encouraging People to Accept Answers

We are now in the public beta, which means it is a good time to start trying to get people to accept answers–especially after they have been around for a few days. What are some ways we can help ...
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Scripture references - from memory or “search engine”?

Essentially, when responding to a question with reference to the scriptures, I tend to base it on memory, then use Google to find a reference source. However, in the interest of providing as reliable ...
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“Convince me your religion is (in)valid” questions

These question show up on forums too-- something along the sort, of I'm shopping for a religion/I'm on an atheist mission This one here and here Worth closing. These are not really questions. They ...
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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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Is “opinion based” a reason for closing a question?

I'm often seeing questions challenged with the "answers will be opinion-based" critique. And one poster pointed out that that critique comes from SE's core guidelines. If so, I think we have a ...
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Is [the-buddha] tag misleading?

I am aware that many people who do not know (much) about buddhism usually refer to Gautama/Shakyamuni when simply saying "Buddha" or "the Buddha" but is this reason enough to have a the-buddha tag? ...
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Is iconography on topic?

Questions like, Why does the Buddha look feminine (It's the long lashes, one of the 32 marks) Why does the Buddha have long ears (I think we're going to get 32 of these questions, maybe there ...
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What's a “characterization” question?

This came up in the non-buddhism question (comments to the question). Apparently this is a sort of question that is discouraged on some stack-exchanges. My google-fu is not good enough to find the ...
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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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Why so many account deletions?

I've noticed quite a few people have asked for their account to be deleted. I'm just wondering if that is normal for a site at this point or are we having more than normal. It just seems an extreme ...
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Judging a question by its “cover”

At first sight, this question is sufficiently different from this later question to not be a duplicate. The first asks about the meaning of "anatta", the second asks about the best English translation....
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Is the term Western Buddhist satisfactory?

I've used Western Buddhist in a recent question but I'm not sure if it is a good term. I'm taking it to mean Buddhist practioners of school based in a Western country. To be honest I'm not convinced ...
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Questions about choosing a tradition?

One of the most important questions for me personally at the moment is on choosing a tradition/school/lineage/whatever-other-taxonomical-widgets-applies. I have already given, and continue to give the ...
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Unnecessary post locking

@Andrei, your locking of this post was unnecessary and premature, given the reason you stated. The first comment I made was exactly as SE suggests when downvoting. The remaining three hardly ...
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Questions with assertions which deviate from Buddhism or Buddhist History

Here is a question which deviates makes an assertion which is not true regarding both Buddhism and its History. What is the best cause of action to take in such an instance. Ideally we should try to ...
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Creating subject specific chat rooms

I would like to make more use of chat so I'm thinking creating subject specific chat rooms might help. Apparently anyone can do it and they magically will pin themselves to the side bar of the main ...
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Strategy to Improve Awareness of Site and Attract More users

We need to try to increase awareness of this site and attract more users. What are the strategies we can follow?
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How to Deal with Factually Wrong Answers

Reading through some answers seam to be factually wrong. I am not sure if it is a standpoint in another school hence there is a dilemma on how to deal with them. People who as the question and would ...
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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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Lets choose the Logo

What logo do we need to use this site when it public? There maybe couple of variations Buddhist symbolism The most famous one is Dharmacakra Other famouse one is Ashoka Chakra In the other hand we ...
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Should we have tags for part of the Tripitaka?

Should we have tags for parts and sub divisions of the Tripitaka and also the sutras? E.g. Suthra Pitakaya, Anguthara Nikaya, etc.
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Create and Share a Set of Useful Data Site Queries for The Site

It is possible for someone familiar site data querying to create some useful set of queries for our site and share them here. This might be useful for many of the site users. Also feel free to ...
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Site Beta Cycle

How does the Beta cycle work. What can happen after a beta? Based on what are the outcomes decided? To become a permanent site what needs to be done and what are the low hanging fruits?
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Next Steps for Social Networking

Now that we have a Facebook page, a Google Plus page, and a Twitter account, we should probably figure out the proper steps to take in regards to administering these resources. Specifically: Is it ...
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Newcomers Treating Site Like A Forum

ever since following this site on Facebook, I've started to see some very low quality questions. edit: not just "Newcomers Treating Site Like A Forum" but a few related issues too. Did the influx of ...
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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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Can we ban “comparative-religion” questions?

I was watching this issue for a while before deciding to take a side... Comparative religion type questions are questions that involve comparison of Buddhism with Christianity, or Hinduism or Yoga or ...
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New Tag Proposals

As I have noticed we new covering certain areas. If you think we need a perticular tag send it in with a description so it can be created after up voting. Limits one tag proposal per entry so voting ...
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Which tags for questions on texts?

Right now we have the following tags that are related to buddhist texts. pali-canon x 13 sutras x 9 texts x 8 scripture x 2 canon x 2 buddhist-text x 1 Most seem rather redundant to me, but ...

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