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I am a new user here at Buddhism.SE. What should I know before I post?

Welcome to Buddhism.SE! We're glad you are here. Please take the time to read this post through. Whether you're here seeking answers to questions on Buddhism or to share your knowledge by answering ...
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Theravada and Mahayana

Maybe create separate sub sites for each one? Good heavens, no! The Catholics and the Baptists and even the Mormons get along fine at Christianity.SE, and the Sunnis and the Shias coexist peacefully ...
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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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Correcting English?

The general consensus at SE is that this is okay, and even encouraged (see, e.g. Meta.SE: Is it acceptable to edit broken English?). We want the information here to be useful to as many people as ...
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Who should our moderators be?

I nominate yuttadhammo (main, meta). yuttadhammo clearly has tremendous domain knowledge (>1500 rep, to say nothing of his demonstrated knowledge outside of the SE network, e.g. on YouTube and his ...
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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?

Buddha's teaching is meant to be applied to oneself, not to measure others. Buddha's definition of Right Speech is: And what is right speech? Abstaining from lying, from divisive speech, from ...
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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?

I have voted to close this question, as its another divisevly phrased and loaded statement. The way it is currently worded is tantamount to " either everyone here should submit to however I feel like ...
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Who should our moderators be?

I nominate @senshin, of course :) who better? https://buddhism.meta.stackexchange.com/users/28/senshin https://buddhism.stackexchange.com/users/28/senshin
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Asking fundamental "beginner" questions

Personally, I find seeded questions irksome; it's generally easy to see that the asker isn't really looking for an answer, so there is no sense of accomplishment in answering. It feels more like a ...
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buddhism.SE not a sangha

This is the approach I took in the beginning as a moderator; when we got posts that were too "Buddhist", it seemed we were expected to remind them that this is not a Buddhist site. Or, in the words of ...
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Does this site show preference for any particular form of Buddhism?

Welcome to the site. Does this site show preference for any particular form of Buddhism? I hope that, theoretically, the site has no preference: there are at several meta-topics in which we say that ...
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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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Who should our moderators be?

I will self-nominate (meta, main). I've been moderating or administrating internet forums for a long time and have experience as a SE moderator pro tempore on MA.SE (meta, main), so I've seen a good ...
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Vote Early, Vote Often

I'm just going to go out there and say that we might inadvertently be a low voting site. Does that seem fair? I'm noticing that our predicted numbers of users with 200+ votes seems to be dropping and ...
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Right speech and SE customs. Are Buddhists too nice for an SE site?

I think a balance needs to be struck. We do not want to be too "brutal", otherwise it can be hard for new people to join and participate, since you need a certain amount of reputation points to do so. ...
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Asking fundamental "beginner" questions

Simply put, the best way for a SE site to answer questions from beginners is for beginners to ask them. However, SE sites make for great Q&A sites, not for great reference sites. Shog9 said when ...
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buddhism.SE not a sangha

I definitely get a community feel here. I've asked many questions and each one has been given thoughtful consideration and useful answers. And for that I am appreciative and inspired to answer when ...
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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?

is there any justification for a true Buddhist to say, "... silence him and/or delete his questions, and/or modify his questions so that they no longer offend me"? Yes, I think perhaps the Buddha's ...
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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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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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Right speech and SE customs. Are Buddhists too nice for an SE site?

What jumps at me is how most questions are pretty low-quality compared to other SE sites. On one hand, we can't expect the same level of rigour from an average person interested in Buddhism as from (...
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Suggestion for the coming "close storm"

I'm not sure how many of us are visiting meta, but some way to get people to comment if they are either downvoting or closevoting would be a great help. We should probably encourage an order of ...
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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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Site Beta Cycle

Don't worry about getting out of beta. This is already a permanent site. Being in public beta does not mean a site is in danger of shutting down at any moment--or even at all. We rarely shut down ...
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What is a "divisive" Question?

This and other Buddhist sites, be they in the Q&A format or discussion format, really don't have a good way to deal with people who are borderline hostile to Buddhism as a project-- this goes for ...
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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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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 ...
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Buddhism.SE -- Potential Moderator Election -- Community Interest Check

I'm surprised to see no nominations (including self-nominations) since 5 days from the time this was posted. In comparison, in 2015, six nominations were made within 7 hours of the posting. I would ...
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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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