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Should we allow/encourage short answers?

I would say that we discourage them in traditional SE fashion: While such answers may be good in a teaching setting, they aren't really appropriate for a Q&A site without further explanation.
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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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Purpose of downvotes

There are lots of questions at Meta.SE about downvoting. What I have learned from there: Voting is merely site-specific. They show what Q&A are good or bad for this particular community Except ...
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What about providing sources?

I do not believe it should be mandatory. Personal biases are acceptable in a lot of ways and on a lot of SE sites, we don't need to be purely fact based: we are looking for expert views. Great answers ...
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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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Should we allow/encourage short answers?

I feel strongly we should not encourage these kind of short mysterious answers. We should aim to be an open Q & A site which is as helpful and clear as possible. I think that there is a real risk ...
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What to do about suicide ideation posts?

I have reached out directly to the user in that specific case. Here is a good primer on how to handle these situations if they arise in the future.
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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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How should we handle the different traditions of Buddhism in our answers?

Questions The easy ones Sect-agnostic questions Some questions are reasonably sect-agnostic and are unlikely to elicit different responses from followers of different sects. Questions about the life ...
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Is it our responsibility to maintain the secrecy of unpublished texts?

There is an obvious parallel here to an oft-discussed topic on the technology-related parts of the network: Should moderators enforce NDAs for software vendors?. I won't rehash everything that is ...
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Answers vs Advice

In general, unless you actually are the questioner's teacher, don't assume a teacher's mantle. - I think that was a great line.
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Answers vs Advice

I agree. I do think Buddhist discussions online have a tendency to attract "there is no spoon"* answers. For example, a better way to say "that is the wrong question" could be "before I answer your ...
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Scripture references - from memory or "search engine"?

In the answers I give, I rely on memory first and then complement it with bookmarked pages & Google searches. I also make use of Yuttadhammo's excellent Digital Pali Reader. Since you didn't ...
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Is expanding on a given answer, a proper thing to do?

I spent some time on the Meta FAQ page FAQ for Stack Exchange sites to see if they had anything about an original author explaining changes to their own posts and I didn't see anything specifically ...
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Answers with over-long quotes

On any Stack Exchange site it's a good idea to follow guidelines for academic writing. Nobody has to adhere to them exactly, but they should be kept in mind. Guidelines abound, for almost every ...
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Is it our responsibility to maintain the secrecy of unpublished texts?

I agree with what @senshin has said about this topic, but wanted to add a few more points in the areas that go a little beyond the NDA-analogy. Different traditions and teachers have different ...
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Should we allow/encourage short answers?

I've taken a look around SE, and it seems the consensus is actually to allow very short questions, as long as they do actually answer the question. Here's some of the reasoning: One-line answers ...
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Should we allow/encourage short answers?

yes length != quality and causes tl;dr
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Should we allow/encourage short answers?

I very much understand the frustration of students receiving these cryptic answers, in fact I went through the same kind of pain when receiving similar answers from my teacher. I specifically remember ...
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How To Deal With Copy & Paste?

Well being somewhat new to these kind of things.. what exactly is an "expert exchange"... if we were to really use the term expert in answering, then only very few people such as certified monastics, ...
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Is expanding on a given answer, a proper thing to do?

Expanding on an earlier given answer is fine and IMHO should be encouraged. People can always look at the edit history so they can see what has changed. Also when you edit an answer, any upvotes on it ...
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Should we edit answers to make it clear which Buddhist school/perspective the answer comes from?

I'm very much in favor of including the particular viewpoint (school/tradition) from which an answer is given as much as possible and where relevant. IMHO any good answer should include this ...
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When my answer is short, shall I post it as a comment instead?

No, ideally try instead to post an answer as an answer, not as a comment. Comments are not made for answers: comment are mostly for asking for clarifications or for suggesting improvements to the ...
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Moderating answers which don't answer the question?

Regarding the answer given here, even though the question appears to limit answerers to materialists, it should be fine to answer any question in the site from a Buddhist perspective with information ...
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What the possible way to give an alternative answer when there is a difference of opinion with an existing answer?

A general way to avoid being rude when you're talking with someone is to prefer to use an I-message. For example if they say something which you don't agree with, then avoid saying, 'You' are ...
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