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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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Collection of abandoned accounts

Mrs. Chatherine, your community manager, collected some of the found previous accounts and merged them. Thought that she might busy in many things, here as well shared if wishing to assist her or ...
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Essay requests and sermon invitations disguised as questions

I think the questions that sort of expect answerers to write an essay or give a sermon on a given topic without containing a clearcut question might not be ok for this site. What do you think? ...
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What are comments underneath answers for?

This is to try to explain why some comments (posted underneath answers) are permitted, while others are not; and why some "discussions" or "debates" are permitted, and others are not.
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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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FAQ index (summary of site policies)

The community of users discussed and agreed various conventions, behaviours, policies for this site.
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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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My profile picture seems to have vanished?

My profile picture (or whatever the kids are calling it today) is gone and I don't have another one to upload. Is there a stored copy somewhere? That took me a long time to make.
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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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Using an answer/response re: boredom

I am writing a book, a memoir and a manual. In it a plan to discuss the self-sabatoging strategy/experience of boredom as it pertains to exercise adherence. The first reply here is awesome, was ...
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Censoring the Zen tradition

I'm a bit dumbfounded as to why the mods deleted my comments in this chat. Koans are part of the Rinzai canon. Deleting them is favoring one sect over another. https://chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/...
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Deleting answer on Jhana without knowledge of the Dhamma

You cannot delete this question as others have invested time and effort into answering it. For more information, visit the help center.
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Is it OK to introduce your answer by asserting your wisdom?

Is it OK to introduce your answer by asserting your wisdom? It sounds a bit crazy; not to laugh at anyone here, but -- especially given I disagree with a lot of material on this site [both the ...
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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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Whom would you like to ask to help moderating here on BSE?

Since it's a tradition where task are asked by those who grateful like to make use of others sacrifices, and not a marxist tradition, good householder are possible good encouraged to ask and invite ...
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Questions about rebirth

I wanted to apologise for starting so many of them. Maybe it came off like I was putting people down, or aggrandizing myself, by doing so. I believe in rebirth, but that doesn't make me special, only ...
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Posting links in answers

What are the rules or guidelines about posting links -- especially in answers?
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"Please stop posting rhetorical questions" valid arguments for wrongdoing?

Those in charge, feeling in charge or wishing to assist for better or own, as beneficial seen, interests, or that of others, Obvious not pleased by question, no pleased by answer, a moderator in ...
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I don't want to belittle anyone, that's not why I argue with some answers

I don't want to belittle anyone, that's not why I argue with some answers. I do, however, think that some people need to be more aware, not only to what is being explicitly asked, but also what ...
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Bug report; "suttas" tag is automatically changed to "suttras" after posting

As titled. There are two tags to choose from but when i choose "suttas" it is changed to "sutras" after posting.
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Content appearing on other places for commercial purpose (possible other purposes as given by contributors)

My person is not sure in how fare you might like to investigate that matter, only telling that this, if for such purpose, might possible limit the possibility of Dhamma-share here in a good manner. ...
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Looks now as if comments are reserved for what they shouldn't and shouldn't for what they should be used, or?

Of course, like always a "free to make of it what ever" obervation... If looking through the comments one would find long, long talks where mods are involved, or main feeders, while, if critic or ...
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Introduce your self to the BSE-community, it's caretakers and visitors and say "hello" here

(draft to be modified for use as featured meta topic to be seen here when in desktop mode. Also good, if wishing for such, if the moderators create a new question, copy it if fine modified, and delete ...
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What about comparative questions that require non-site specific expertise?

I have found a somewhat similar discussion here; 'Comparative religion' questions Can we ban "comparative-religion" questions? However i want to direct attention to a broader range ...
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How should we use the "very low quality" and "not an answer" flags on this site?

Two of the predefined flags, which you can raise against an answer, are as follows: What do they mean, when should users use them, and how or when should moderators react to them?
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Community topics at meta

{note that meta was posted here since not able to post (steady error) in eta area, may the moderators pardon the additional work arising from it and may it be of benefit anyway for all your welfare} ...
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Why do answers, questions, comments, suddenly disappear (and sometimes reappear)?

It might be regardable as meta-question, but just not finding any access to this area here: It happens that answers, questions, comments, suddenly disappear, mostly at the same time of the day and ...
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How are such non-answers ok? Flag declined!

I recently reported this answer and to my surprise the moderator saw no problem with this answer. The reason for declining the flag was that "flags should not be used to indicate technical ...
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Referring to an Answer of One's Own

I added in a previous question a hyperlink to an answer from a question which was also mine. Is this a kind of self-referencing? I wondered if this was discouraged. Thank you
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Site-specific post notice -- "this answer is unrelated to buddhism"

The software would support our having a "site-specific post notice". A "post-notice" is something which looks like this: The current posts which have a notice, on the main site, are listed here. A ...
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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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Transparency and information in regard of visitors origin suggestion, use of site per origin

Valued community caretaker and Brahmas of this realm, Not out of reason SE (of course for the most out of interest in merely low gain and interest in business) supplies with statistics of user origin....
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How and when to flag an answer?

You can "flag" an answer for moderator intervention. What are the flags, and which flag should I use?
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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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why is there a buddhism meta forum?

i was on buddhism.stackexchange.com and i clicked on the meta link and it brought me to buddhism.meta.stackexchange.com, but I was expecting to redirect to meta.stackexchange.com. What is buddhism....
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Should moderator act political?

It appears that the Russian moderator, "Vollkoffer", dwelling in US is already total corrupt and makes use of power here to even oppose his own kind, parents and father. Censure and act for ...
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Absurdity in the SO Buddhist community is dangerous

I want everybody to take time to reflect about their voting and their answers especially high voted users. I want to state since in the beginning that this is not me lamenting about the rules of the ...
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What is Buddhism and who is Buddhist?

There was recently a question about chakras -- What are the original colors of the 7 main chakras? -- which, while not being particularly well asked, was closed with a raft of negative comments saying ...
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List of the "Greatest Hits"

I just discovered there's a "Greatest Hits" feature build into the site software: https://buddhism.stackexchange.com/questions/greatest-hits I find it remarkable because I don't remember ...
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2021: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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How can I promote my Buddhist site, product or service?

I have my own Buddhism-related site/ Discord server/ Telegram group/ YouTube channel/ discussion forum/ Twitter channel/ Facebook group/ blog/ book/ product/ service etc. that is not directly related ...
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Don't ask unless Moderators don't feel disturbed a Mohayana rule?

Moderator Andrei Vollkov wrote: Users are advised to limit their asking activity to one question a day to avoid flooding the home page with their content. Aside of the circumstance that Volkov is ...
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Is it appropriate for the same person to ask a question on the site and then use another account to answer it and mark it as answered?

It would appear that the person who asked this question using the account 'Alex Ryan' proceeded to answer his own question with another account 'Maitreya' and marked his own answer as correct. Is this ...
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To protect the integrity of Buddhism, does BSE take any measures to prevent AI bots here?

Could be totally off base but due to quite peculiar syntax it seems some of the responses here could be derived via Artificial Intelligence. Even if this is not the case, to protect the integrity of ...
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A request to reopen a question

My understanding is that this is the "more liberal" moderation policy for this community: Moderation policies for Questions According to this "more liberal" moderation policy, I ...
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What to do if I am a victim of revenge downvotes?

If someone decides to go to many of my posts (answers or questions), and downvote all of them in revenge, what can I do?
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You are posting too many questions. Please slow down!

Householder Andrei, those who feel in charge or wishing to assist, those who wish not to burden for no long term benefits, "You are posting too many questions. Please slow down.", was said by ...
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If you are doubting of Abhidhamma so long, please keep those questions on, and ask whatever conflicts you think you found in Abhidhamma to me

If you are doubting of Abhidhamma so long, please keep those questions on, and ask whatever conflicts you think you found in Abhidhamma to me. And I think to understand the main problem of the ...
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I think the community should use the Theravada/Mahayana tag more if they don't want fringe answers

Basically, as the title says. I think people should be made aware that if they don't tag their questions then they expose themselves to particularly controversial answers.

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