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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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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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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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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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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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Answers with over-long quotes

Some questions and answers are very long an most of the time just quotations from other sources. With discussions happening in between. Perhaps it would be better to give the link, citations and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Should we edit answers to make it clear which Buddhist school/perspective the answer comes from?

Recently I've been (rightly) picked up on answering a question from a particualrly perspective and not flagging this up in the answer (here and here) I think in both cases I would have been very ...
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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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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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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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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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Is there a better term than Hinayana that we should be using?

I asked this question on the main site a few days ago. I'm concerned that Hinayana isn't the right term to be using with it's negative overtones. THelper has been kind enough to provide some ...
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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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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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Remove obsolete comments on badly formulated questions after they are improved?

I noticed there are several questions on the main site with comments that the question isn't very good, then followed by comments of the author what he/she means. This usually goes one for a bit and ...
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buddhism.SE not a sangha

I commented here that we may need to be open to the possibility that Buddhism in general (as opposed to the more restricted "Buddhist Studies" or "Buddhology") may be unsuited to the SE style of forum....
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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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Questions about finding local instructors/communities

I want to ask the community, roughly, if anyone knows of Theravadan Buddhist teachers in the Fort Collins, Colorado area, if they know of lists of communities that I could reference to find this ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Asking fundamental “beginner” questions

It appears that many of the visitors to Buddhism.SE are either non-Buddhist, or fairly new to the religion. Understandable that people are curious, and want to ask about it. My opinion is for Buddhism....
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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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How To Deal With Copy & Paste?

Talking to one of the Islaam mods, he pointed out that this answer is pretty much just copy & paste. I've seen a couple others like this and while they do seem to answer the question, they don't ...
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Moderators Pro Tempore announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, address issues and lead the way in site management. That's why we select a few members from each community to ...
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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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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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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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“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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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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Right speech and SE customs. Are Buddhists too nice for an SE site?

Some of the best stack exchange sites can be brutal in how they deal with low quality questions and answers. Low quality questions are shut down. Low quality answers are voted down People will either ...
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Questions asking for an answer to a controversy

In this question: Is Jhana Required For Awakening? the asker specifically states that they know it is a controversial topic (an understatement in this instance!). I assume we're going to get many ...
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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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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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Sectarian shout downs should be dealt with

(Finally came up with a better title.) So if one asks a question about, say, mudras and the answer is "That's superstition, you should read the earlist pali texts" Or if I ask a question about, say, ...

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