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What the possible way to give an alternative answer when there is a difference of opinion with an existing answer?

What is the possible was to be diplomatic and pragmatic when providing answers when there is a different view, different opinions or even contradict existing answers. Also in cases when you believe ...
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How should we police the use of the word Hinayana?

Some people hear Hinayana as a slur against Theravada. Modern Mahayana believers may be eager for peace and harmony, but the original Mahayanists were drawing a distinction between two lines of ...
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Not sure if I belong here

I have been participating for about a year, and I have made it clear that I am not a Buddhist, so I don't contribute Answers requiring knowledge of the scriptures (although I know something about that....
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What should we do?

I saw this question and realized that there is more to this than a LOL moment. Fat, white American Buddha Maitreya the Christ As a Buddhist community we can easily see what the point of this person (...
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Advertising the Site

I came across the following: https://ell.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/2635/community-promotion-ads-2015 Wondering if there is and interest to promote our site in other SE sites.
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What comments to take into account?

Sometimes a question gets closed/put on hold for being opinion based. Fine. But sometimes people comment on your question and say "you should revise, this is opinion based". So you revise? Only to ...
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Footnotes in Q and A?

I think I've seen someone put footnotes in both questions and answers? Is this a feature I just can't find, a feature for only moderators or not a feature at all? Would it be an idea to have this ...
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Moderator created Chat opportunities

Here's my idea How nice would it be if the Moderators here can start permanent chat rooms / Live discussions for the community on various topics, The chat rooms will be permanently available so the ...
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Should we merge the two sutta-related tags (i.e. suttas and sutras)?

There are two sutta related tags which perhaps need to be merged: suttas sutras After they are merged it needs to be tested is both can be used but maps to one tag. Similarly some of the other tags ...
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Guidance on a particular kind of questions

I recently asked a question from our community here... Lord Buddha descending from heavens? Far as i see this is completely on topic question and it actually bugged me ever since i saw people ...
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Functionalities on APP and APP tag

Are there any functionalities in the APP apart from plain writing and cut/paste? Is there no toolbar, I cant seem to find one. And how about HTML/link and the simple > _ and ** tags, do they function ...
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Answers I don't understand and/or answers that are questions/riddles/koans

Fex. I asked a question about self as verb, and one of the answers was really not an answer. The "answer" was: Self as noun or action/verb? Is mirage is a noun or action? Is rainbow is a ...
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Not everyone has English as their first language. Thanks to the moderators (but who are they?)

Very useful (and time consuming) site! English is not my native tongue, and I guess I'm not the only one. I think that sometimes it can be more difficult for us "foreigners" to make ourselves clear. ...
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Sharing the reputation

I have seen many new users who are actually very impressive and most of them seems to bring many new ways of thinking and perspectives. Older the users are more they have reputation and they have no ...
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Table with Merged Cells

Currently there is not way to have: Tables Merged cells in tables Currently there does not seam to be a way to do tables than draw tables other than image links or character by character drawring
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Shouldn't we have a “Sankhara” tag?

Snaskara or Sankhara is a commonly used term in both questons and answers so wouldn't it be nice to have a Tag for it?
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Fairness and Equability to All Users

I believe we have to strive to be fair and equitable to all user. I feel sometimes there is an asymmetry on moderation practices where some users are moderated in a stricter sense than other. E.g. ...
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Does SE have a policy about linking to one's own research, sites, and blogs?

Is there a policy SE again citation or posting related external link one's own blog or research as opposed to a link written by someone else?
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Deleted Post In The Tradition of Kiribathgoda Gnanananda Thero

All the MP3 links in this post are valid directly refers to Metta and Vipassana: https://buddhism.stackexchange.com/a/12770/295 Wondering what the rationale behind it being delete? The tradition of ...
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Cannot tag a question using the Android app and therefore cannot post a question

I've been trying to use the app, but I'm really disappointed. It's a good anti frustration and patience practice. But I'm sorry to say, it's not been a good app experience. I've lost a lot of ...
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Posting comments to answers

Sometimes I read an answer which I don't agree with. I could just downvote the answer, but should I post a comment as well? If I do post comment, to an answer that I disagree with, does it matter ...
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Are we correct about our community's potential?

Yesterday i had an idea... "I had a hard time finding good sources to learn Buddhism and when i found some the content was questionable.But years after i finally have a good collection of teachings ...
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May I share my research, by posting questions on this site and self-answering them?

There are some interesting new discoveries that happened in last few years in science that cemented our religion's teachings. I did many years of research on things like: Four Great elements ...
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Which is more important when a question is a bit off topic: objectivity, or humanity?

I saw someone asking (in this question) for some sources to learn Pali language so he can broaden his understanding of Buddhism. The reason given by the user who had asked it to be edited was it ...
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How can we improve traffic to the site?

The site is growing at an enormous pace. So, how can we help increase its growth further and help make it a central repository of quality Buddhist resources and doubts.
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Is there something wrong with this question about “Buddhism and Relativity”?

Wouldn't it be nice if the elite on this site help new resourceful people come up.They can help new people gain more rep depending on their behavior.we are all trying to help each other please ...
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On down voting and the Buddhism SE

Hello Buddhism SE community I rarely downvote answers, when I do my reasons are simple : Inaccurate information Does not address or answer the question I want to know Are there other reasons ...
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Is there a moderation-guideline to be derived from our experience with these questions?

Two questions that initially caused great alarm among moderators and others are now considered OK, judging from upvoting, number of reasoned answers, and number of views. They are: 1) Is Mind in ...
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For what reason is this question on hold: “Was the Buddha a rationalist?”

This question, which I posted today was put on hold within a couple of hours of its posting, seemingly based on my answer to another question on Meta and possibly, my interactions with a moderator on ...
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Are we here to preach and make converts?

Are we here to preach and make converts? For me, the answer is no. We shouldn't be a site for people with out a religious inclination or with doubt yearning for a change to a whole new system. (...
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Types of Questions and answers which are allowed

Is this a site for asking questions about the traditions of Buddhism and for finding out what the beliefs of Buddhists are. Or is it to ask questions about those beliefs i.e. if a belief seems a ...
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Explanations of Buddhist “thought-provoking dissonance” in dialectics?

I'd like to ask something like the following question on the main site. Is this a good and acceptable question? Should it be edited in some way? Are the tags correct? Should we also add the tantra tag?...
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With reference to the Buddha's 'Ball of Honey' discourse, is it ever possible for a question to 'hurt' or 'offend' a true follower of the Buddha?

In the context of the Buddha's Ball of Honey discourse, is there any justification for a true Buddhist to say, "This man angers/offends me with his questions: therefore silence him and/or delete his ...
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Should we have a 'Kundalini' Tag?

Should we have a 'Kundalini' Tag? I have been studying Kundalini and using it throughout my meditation and life but have a lot of questions about the act which is equally physical and spiritual. I ...
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What are the aspects of Buddhism and it's scriptures that a Buddhist might not like to comment on?

What are the aspects of Buddhism and it's scriptures that a Buddhist might not like to comment on? (Note: A well-reputed forum member suggested that I should ask this question, possibly as an ...
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What is a “divisive” Question?

Questions from Krishraj Rao continue to polarise the Stack Exchange community and to be systematically voted down and put on hold for reasons that are not clear to me. My guess is that there is ...
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Turmoil, yet Balance

While there have been a bit of turmoil on Buddhism SE the last couple of days/weeks, I want to point out, that our Area 51 stats, are quite good looking. Take a look below.
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Why is the 'thought experiment' question so divisive

I'm at a bit of a loss of what to do with this question - A thought-experiment about the importance of Buddhist traditions It has received as many downvotes as upvotes, it is attracting multiple ...
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Let's reconsider the 'Moderation policies for Questions'

Based on the input from a discussion with several users on meta, we defined this Moderation policy for Questions. It's a very liberal policy: i.e. almost all questions are permitted. Is that policy ...
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A chat session about the direction of Buddhism SE

We are changing a lot as a site and I think it's fair to say that a number of users have concerns. Just in the way of a concrete suggestion - what about a chat room and a scheduled time span (perhaps ...
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The Direction of Buddhism SE

I have chosen to leave the site as well. This is no longer the Buddhism SE, that I used to care about and engage in. I use to think that our SE was not as brutal as the other SE's. We had kindness, ...
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Alternate Accounts

It's my assertion that some users are posting on alternate accounts as a means of posting questions that they know are not in line with the intent and purpose of this forum, for their own devices. Is ...
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Should we have a tag for sceptical questions?

As per google's dictionary: Skeptic: 1) a person inclined to question or doubt all accepted opinions. 2) a person who doubts the truth of Christianity and other religions; an atheist or agnostic .....
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Some thoughts on the direction of Buddhism.SE

So, I'm thinking I'll resign as mod after all... life is getting busier in other realms, and I have to prioritize. Just wanted to express what is probably still a dissenting opinion; that Buddhism.SE ...
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I can't delete my own comments?

In this comment (which, may be deleted eventually) Jayarava wrote, Nope. It appears I cannot delete my own comments.
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May I post an opinion posing a question?

In a comment to this question, How sacrosanct is the “source material” of Buddhism?, Yuttadhammo wrote, This sounds a lot like opinion posing as a question... are you really looking for an answer, or ...
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Does this forum have a feature using which we can follow questions/ answers of particular members?

Is there (or can there be) an option of following the activity (questions and answers posted) of particular forum members? It may be helpful in educating oneself with the thoughts of particular ...
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Shouldn't Buddhist discussion use modern metaphors (instead of metaphors from the ancient past)?

In response to my earlier question about the nature of "remedies" offered by Buddhism, I got many replies that quoted parables and similies, such as "The burning house" and "the raft". I understand ...
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Is this a site for questions about personal meditation experiences?

Does this site welcome questions about personal meditation experiences? Such as the meaning of certain experiences etc?
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Do we encourage users to choose the best answer?

It seems that for a lot of questions, the person asking never chooses a best answer. Do we just assume that there is no good answer? Or should we encourage users to stay engaged and choose from the ...

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