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Moderators Promoting One's Own Ego / Agenda than the Benefit of the Site at Large

Moderator ChirsW is exhibiting following behaviors which might be detrimental to the site: Always has my way or no other way attitude (Most content on Meta is evident of this) Pays little attention ...
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Few Schools Represented

This is stemming from this question but it is part which has not been addressed in so far. So creating a thread for this specific part. Should a question should be put on hold thus blocking all other ...
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Should this old question be deleted?

Someone flagged this question as "rude or abusive". It wasn't closed (but it was heavily downvoted) at the time. Should it be closed and/or deleted now? If I am reluctant to delete it, it's mostly ...
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Should content the from a Buddhist POV or Perspective or presented in relation to Buddhism

This answer is more generic advice than Buddhist specific advice, as it was originally written. In the comments the OP ties hard to rationalise by making an analogy (similar to writing an essay about ...
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Moderators following Rules and Setting Good Examples

When a general user posts something off topic a moderator can moderate it simply. In case moderators do it is not that easy as it requires many people to report it. Historically this has not happened ...
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Off Topic Content

There seems to be off topic content appearing in this site. E.g'. Answer to "Lust arises every time I am alone" (the content is not related to Buddhism through the OP fanatically tries to some remote ...
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Downvoting Based on School

In the following answer there were multiple downvotes. One of the explanations given was it was from another school. I do not think voting should be school based. It should be understood there will be ...
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Should this question be reopened and/or edited?

I put this question, Is smoking tobacco acceptable in any school of Buddhism? on hold, because it may conflict two site policies: One was the OP saying, "I will answer my own question" ... however ...
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The blind leading the blind

Stack Exchange is undeniably an authority on coding and other technical things, but Buddhism isn't like intellectual disciplines where knowledge makes you an authority. Buddhist teachings are an ...
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Are questions about Sanskrit off-topic?

I think Buddhism involved Sanskrit, but Sanskrit is a language. Are questions about Sanskrit off-topic?
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Is this a Buddhist forum or is this a Theravadin forum?

As an eclectic universalist one of the things that attracted me to this forum is its apparent embrace of all Buddhist schools and all points of view without discrimination. However, after ...
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Can this question (about Shoko Asahara) be reopened?

The OP has edited this question and wants it reopened: About Shoko Asahara: must a Buddhist censor his words in order to avoid people to rebel? Is it on-topic now? Should it be reopened? Does it ...
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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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Can I copy-and-paste questions from other internet sites?

Is it OK to copy-and-paste a question from another site?
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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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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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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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What are relevant Posts from other SE sites or SO or other resource which we can use as a resource to improve this site

There would be a wealth of information in other sites in the network which might be of interest to users of Bu.SE wirht regard to: policies resources / tips to improve the content ways to improve ...
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What are the Moderation Policies for Comments and Chat?

The policy of each SE site is defined by its community, this is to solicit the opinion of Buddhism.SE on the use of chat and comments. So in the context of this site what are the Moderation Policies ...
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What are the Moderation Policies for Answers?

The policy of each SE site is defined by its community, for each specific site like Buddhism.SE. So in the context of this site what are the Moderation Policies for Answers? Should we just have the ...
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What is the FAQ for this site and most important of the Meta Discussions regarding defining this site for Relevant New Users

What is the FAQ for this site and most important of the Meta discussions regarding defining this site relevant for new users?
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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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What should our Policy be on Link only Answers

What should our Policy be on Link only Answers? How descriptive should the answer be to consider as not Link Only Answer? E.g. is this one: https://buddhism.stackexchange.com/a/14863/295? How do we ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Would it be of interest to get answers from Monks and Nuns?

Venerable visiting members of the monastic Sangha, Valued lay community, Upasaka, Upasika, Dear visitors and Bodhisattas, As it just this thought just came to my mind: Would it be of interest to ...
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Should moderators refrain from closing any questions?

Perhaps it would be agreeable to give questions something of a grace period after they are asked, to see what sort of response they garner. So for instance, no moderation intervention, except in ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What favicon/icon logo would you like to have for Buddhism SE?

Present you idea and design one, you could use such tools like http://www.favicon.cc/ (no special skills necessary) And! Vote for the best. (it's the makers choice of course, if they wish so, so it ...
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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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