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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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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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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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Who should our moderators be?

This is one of the "real" essential questions of every [public] beta: 1. Who should the moderators be? Moderators in Stack Exchange perform dual roles. Beside the normal activities of a ...
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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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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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Answers vs Advice

(This is part observation, part suggestion/question and is triggered by a response to my own question here.) Because a "religious" topic like Buddhism lends itself both to questions looking for (more ...
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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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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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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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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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What should our chatroom be called?

We have a chatroom for this site, which we can use for discussing the site itself, or Buddhism, or just about anything, really. You can access it here: http://chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/15162/...
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How should we handle the different traditions of Buddhism in our answers?

Theravada Mahayana (Zen, Tibetan, Pure Land... all three very different from each other!) Vajrayana Since Shakyamuni's awakening, buddhism has evolved in many different ways throughout Asia. Each of ...
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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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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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How should we promote this site on our personal weblogs?

I know that Area 51 has ads for promoting proposals, e.g.: Stack Exchange Q&A site proposal: Buddhism http://area51.stackexchange.com/ads/proposal/45110.png <a href="http://area51....
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How should we go about promoting this site?

Once we enter into public beta, we'll have to try to ensure that the site meets the minimum criteria for acceptance here: http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/45110?phase=beta Not just so that ...
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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 allow/encourage short answers?

The review queue has already picked up a few answers as low quality, simply, I think, due to their brevity. It seems such answers go against the SE model, but at the same time they are an accepted ...
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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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What about providing sources?

What is buddhism.stackexchange.com 's policy on providing sources. Should it be mandatory or voluntary.? If we make it a requirement to provide the source we can clear this website from personal ...
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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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Theravada and Mahayana

I just need you to make your attention regarding these two concepts in Buddhism. I think there maybe risk to have a conflict when someone asking a question regarding Thervada and what if someone ...
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Should requests for materials be considered on topic?

We have just gotten our first question that requests learning materials: Learning materials for Dependent Origination (Paṭiccasamuppāda) in Theravada Buddhism. Should questions of this type be ...
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Ahimsa vs. non-harming vs. non-violence

I think there are at least three ways of referring to the concept of non-violence: ahimsa avihimsa non-violence non-harming We can create tag synonyms for these if everyone agrees they essentially ...
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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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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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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 ...