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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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Unnecessary post locking

I believe Andrei locked the post because it seemed likely to spark an extended conflict in the comments. His instinct was correct, although I don't think the pre-emptive lock was the right way to deal ...
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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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4 votes

What does it mean to "be nice"?

Maybe a more Buddhist way to say it, is to say "be kind". We come to this website from all levels of expertise, different backgrounds, different interests, different perspectives, and even levels of ...
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What does it mean to "be nice"?

To me the word "nice" conjures an image of superficial politeness which is in fact socially oppressive and meant to ensure conformity to norms that have nothing to do with ethics. In my experience ...
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What does it mean to "be nice"?

I have four suggestions: Talk about the text (or even talk about a view) but shy away from commenting on people; for example say "This is not a literalist answer" rather than "You are a ...
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How to Deal with Factually Wrong Answers

Unless there is an obvious factual mistake (e.g. someone says s\he quotes Majjhima Nikaya while obviously quoting Milinda Panha) I would not rush with comments. We don't want to discourage new users ...
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How to Deal with Factually Wrong Answers

I would put a comment in asking for clarification. Maybe it is a different school that has that interpretation. If no satisfactory answer came back then I would downvote. I personally would always ...
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3 votes
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Posting comments to answers

Sometimes I read an answer which I don't agree with. If this disagreement is due to the view point is a particular school, tradition, line of thinking, or what is orthodoxy and what is not then best ...
2 votes

Are we here to preach and make converts?

No. I am hear to talk, discuss, and inform, those curious about Buddhism. The culture and beliefs are of interest to me. I have studied them for some time. At one time I considered myself to be a ...
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Are we here to preach and make converts?

I think that the correct answer is that we are not here to make converts or preach. The overarching goal of stackexchange is to give high quality, well sourced answers in a brief and convenient format....
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I can't delete my own comments?

No I don't see the icon. I'm using Chrome on Vista. That a problem?
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How do i insert a hyperlink into a comment?

Just to add to Chris's answer, if you ever forget, just click on the little orange "help" text beside the comment entry box:
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How do i insert a hyperlink into a comment?

Markup for comments is defined here: _italic_ and **bold** text, inline `code in backticks`, and [basic links](http://example.com). Click here to see the markup for this answer (because this answer ...
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Deleted comment

The answer on which you commented was deleted by the poster of said answer. As a result, all comments to the answer were deleted. That's just how it goes :)
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Post comments to help improve answers?

I think they're good comments: and, I commend the desire or attempt to improve the quality of answers; and I wouldn't mind seeing more participation (from Hugh or others) like that. Beware that ...
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Are we ethically bound to call out other people's statements as wrong?

"Ethically bound" sounds like a rule. Acts of compassion are defined by compassion rather than by rules. So we can strive to remain compassionate (unlimited) rather than to be bound by rules (limited)...
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Are these comments inappropriate debate or reasonable questions?

Welcome to the site, and thanks for asking. First, as you probably know, the intent of Stack Exchange is to be a Q&A site. The Tour says, This site is all about getting answers. It's not a ...
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The Buddhism site and moderators

I can understand that you have a different opinion on what "anicca" means. But to rant here that we're going to hell for saying "anicca" means "impermanence" is forcing your views upon the community ...
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Commenting with minimal argument

Why even comment? A benefit of posting and reading answers on a public site, is that several users read or review each answer. Users can "vote" an answer, but a comment can be more specific or ...
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This site is Elitist Not Buddhist

The SE engine is a website type that can be reused for different special interests. It was created to address the problems of forums (e.g. phpBB) and mailing lists. Those online social mechanisms have ...
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This site is Elitist Not Buddhist

You wrote, "When you post a question anyone who has a thought on the subject should be able to post a comment" In fact, when you post a question, anyone who has a thought on the subject is ...
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Assuming that discussions are not from interest - practical and Buddhas response [meta]

maybe worthy to possible make more as just assuming out of it I'm sorry that I don't always completely understand your syntax, and my own German is much worse, and so I'm not able to always ...
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What happens when comments one wanted to Flag are deleted?

You're welcome to bring it up on Meta. Thank you for asking! Moderators can view deleted comments if they have reason to. I was watching your conversation while it was happening, and I didn't know ...
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What are the Moderation Policies for Comments and Chat?

I don't see the need to be different to any other site
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What comments to take into account?

Whether to ignore a comment? If someone comments "this is opinion-based", that comment has 3 audiences: the OP, other users, and moderators. Anyone can do three things with such a comment: ignore ...
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