10 votes

Are we here to preach and make converts?

If you look at other SE sites like Programming, Travel, Parenting, Cooking, English Language, Gaming, Photography etc. - most of them are based on the idea of requesting, sharing and receiving expert ...
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8 votes

Should we have a policy not to provide koan answers?

From a purely academic point of view (not mine!), koans are an interesting subject; just google around and you'll find plenty examples of people explaining various koans. When I was in university I ...
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8 votes

May I share my research, by posting questions on this site and self-answering them?

My vote would be "no": that this site is to ask questions and to get answers from other people. Other SE sites allow people to answer their own questions -- but my personal vote/preference/...
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8 votes

May I share my research, by posting questions on this site and self-answering them?

I vote yes, because what the big difference between posting a sincere question and finding the answer your self ten days later and posting a sincere question and the answer immediately. In the linked ...
7 votes

Should we have a policy not to provide koan answers?

I agree with the answer of yuttadhammo. Answers to koans are already available on the internet, why don't we try to give the best possible explanation. I would like to add that it is possible to give ...
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6 votes

Can we ban "comparative-religion" questions?

I think I might be a prime offender here. I've posted 6 of these and I wrote the tag wiki. I think I might have even created the tag originally so I really ought to post. So in no particular order ...
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6 votes

New to Buddhism

As a veteran of a few different forums I found that they tend to be dominated by the top posters. This is true for all forums and the smaller Stack Exchanges. You pick a forum to participate in, you ...
6 votes

New to Buddhism

If there's a question which you're not sure whether you should ask at all, you could check here on Meta first: you could ask, "Would it be on-topic to ask about YXZ?" FYI the following are the list ...
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6 votes

Moderation policies for Questions

This policy has two parts: A long list of various reasons for which a question isn't moderated A short list of other reasons for which a question should be moderated. These kinds of question do not ...
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6 votes

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? You're asking this question on meta so I'll interpret it as, "What aspects of Buddhism should I ...
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6 votes
Accepted

Proposal: Pali should be on-topic

Yes Questions about Pali or Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit should be on-topic and welcome.
5 votes

Is the discussion of Taoism acceptable?

I'd say no, unless you are comparing/contrasting the two, or looking into influences etc.
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5 votes

For what reason is this question on hold: "Was the Buddha a rationalist?"

For what reason is this question on hold? As I said at the time, I decided you were arguing rather than asking a question. You also previously posted this comment: @yuttadhammo -- Guilty as ...
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4 votes

New to Buddhism

While I don't know of any forums that would be helpful, I can name some great teachers. Yuttadhammo is a great teacher from the Theravada tradition. I highly recommend his Ask A Monk, Monk Radio (1), ...
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4 votes

Can we ban "comparative-religion" questions?

Sometimes such questions are good and useful Sometimes such questions are useful (so a blanket ban might go too far). A "comparison" question might be useful, for understanding (specifically) ...
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4 votes
Accepted

Types of Questions and answers which are allowed

This is a site for asking questions about almost anything related to Buddhism: mostly doctrine probably, also practice and ethics, and some questions about culture. It has elementary questions (from ...
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4 votes

Best way to ask a question that may founded on incorrect assumptions

I fear that my questions may be founded on such incorrect assumptions about Buddhism in the first place. Simply state your assumptions with the question so someone can validate them. Also if you get ...
3 votes

How to ask questions about different traditions of Buddhism?

The question From the perspective of Theravada is SGI considered a cult? is 'primarily opinion-based', and not a good question (not a question which encourages helpful answers) It's opinion-based for ...
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3 votes

Should we have a policy not to provide koan answers?

This seems to be a heated debate as if there is a right way to deal with koans and a wrong way. Reading Dogen's book of koans, there are often multiple avenues in different directions. It is never one ...
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3 votes

Should we have a policy not to provide koan answers?

Is it a good idea to provide koan answers or not? Voting will decide. Or should we provide them with a health warning? Nah. No more than any other advice on the internet. Do koans even ...
3 votes

Are questions asking for lists of retreat centers/temples on-topic?

My personal view is that we, as a site, can't really afford to be an up-to-date list of Buddhist Centers with reviews and that such questions are not really an excellent fit for a Q&A format. I ...
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3 votes

Questions with assertions which deviate from Buddhism or Buddhist History

If someone makes a false assumption in his/her question then it's best to point out why the assumption is wrong in a comment. This way the OP can try to salvage the question. If the question is still ...
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3 votes

Are questions with lots of parts on topic?

I think there's a lot of overlap. It's poorly written, I think, with no explanation. Better would be a couple of more general questions around stewardship and the environment. Most of the questions ...
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3 votes

For what reason is this question on hold: "Was the Buddha a rationalist?"

I think Krishnaraj Rao should be temporarily banned off the site. Some of his questions may be alright, but their tone and his overall behavior in the comments create too much turbulence and harm the ...
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3 votes

May I share my research, by posting questions on this site and self-answering them?

Unless the site's grammar police changed it, this site allows you to answer your own question but leave it open to other scientists with answers.
2 votes

Should we have a policy not to provide koan answers?

Koan commentaries have a long tradition, they have existed for many hundreds of years and haven't been seen as something that has negative impact on the practice . I don't see any reason to close such ...
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