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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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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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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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Suggestions for resources section

Leading on from this question we are starting to put together a resources section under the help section. The idea is that we can collect some generally useful resources in this section and redirect ...
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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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Why can we see deleted answers?

I've wondered why it is that we can see deleted answers on this site? According to this post, "Once a post has been deleted, it will disappear for all users except developers, moderators, and ...
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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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Quick overview of the essential Dhammas in Buddhism

There is this great website which gives a quick overview of the essential dhammas in Buddhism together with translation of pali terms and an overview explanation of the Tipitaka. I find this very ...
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When my answer is short, shall I post it as a comment instead?

I just have a short answer, to a question. Shall I post it as a comment then instead, because it's short?
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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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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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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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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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How do you vote?

One way to improve this site might be if people voted more; for example: Last night, in a chat, Lanka wrote, I remember when i just created this profile i could not find out whether a question/...
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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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Moderation policies for Questions

The policy of each SE site is defined by its community, for each specific site like Buddhism.SE. In this topic (which is long, you probably don't want to read it all) I asked, and a few people ...
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The Book of the Month is: “Good Question Good Answer”

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. Bhante Yuttadhammo suggested here that, this month, we ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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I am a new user here at Buddhism.SE. What should I know before I post?

We've put together some useful information for getting started below.
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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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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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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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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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May people criticize other schools of Buddhism?

Are users allowed to criticize other schools of Buddhism, and/or other views? When they do, are there rules or guidelines? What does it take to make 'right speech': what's OK and what's not OK? For ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 ...