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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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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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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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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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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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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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Questions asking for an answer to a controversy

To ban question on question & answer site (because it have more than one answer) is a bit weird solution, which I also disagree, because there is many ways around of it. Instead of changing ...
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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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Theravada and Mahayana

The first thing we have to consider is how uncertain it still is whether we have enough interest in a single Buddhist site to allow the beta to succeed - we need to reach quotas on visits, questions, ...
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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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Questions asking for an answer to a controversy

Valid concern. An example I found disturbing is (Is Buddhism a religion or a philosophy?). I like your idea of transforming questions of controversy into questions about controversy.
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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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How do you vote?

I think I'm one of the most prolific voters on the site so I might be on the outer boundaries of this but ... I vote a question up when (one or more of these is true) I've answered it. If I'm ...
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Questions asking for an answer to a controversy

I'm not sure, this isn't a situation I've seen often on Stackoverflow or the StackExchange sites I visit. However, on the Buddhist sites I visit, I've seen: A complete ban on talking about Dorje ...
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Sectarian shout downs should be dealt with

This looks like a stronger form of what I was referring to here. So it'll be no surprise that I'm pretty much in agreement with @MatthewMartin on the subject. If this were a software discussion, I'd ...
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Moderating answers which don't answer the question?

I've fallen foul of this as well. I deleted this zen type answer because it looked like nonsense to me. Apparently not - it is a legitimate form of answer so I reversed my delete. If I can try to ...
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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.
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What about providing sources?

As a practical matter, I've noticed that answers with sources are getting more upvotes for being useful than answers without sources in these early days of this forum. That could simply mean that ...
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What about providing sources?

The basic question is: do we trust our experts, and do we believe that the reputation-based open community will correctly identify experts as such -- or do we presume that only published authors can ...
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What about providing sources?

I think that unless it's a personal account type of answer, there should no doubt be sources. I don't think it can required per say, but strongly encouraged definitely. I'm not master or guru so I ...
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How should we handle the different traditions of Buddhism in our answers?

I also think having a tag for the sect from which you want an answer is helpful. Diversity in sects means some questions look completely off topic may have relevance to some sects. Also if someone ...
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How should we handle the different traditions of Buddhism in our answers?

Encourage people to tag their questions with the sect/tradition in which they want an answer. In fact, without a tag, every question could turn into a survey of the dozens of schools. e.g. "Where do ...
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Sectarian shout downs should be dealt with

There is a subtle line between what the stance on certain questions taken by a certain tradition and school of thought and protest. So care must be taken by both moderates and community members that ...
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