Crab Bucket
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Vote Early, Vote Often
9 votes

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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Could / Should we hold informal moderator elections?
7 votes

Even if unprecended I think it could be a good idea. Personally I would like to see 3 moderators who are active and who want to do the job. We are a different community to when we came out of beta. ...

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Should we allow/encourage short answers?
7 votes

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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Should we have a 'Kundalini' Tag?
6 votes

I'm afraid your question was closed down - I believe this is a Hindu concept and as such the question belongs on our sister site Hinduism SE Hope you get the answer you are looking for over there.

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Who should our (new) pro-tem moderators be?
6 votes

Could I put myself forward please. I've found myself really wanting the site to be a great resource for Buddhism and also a welcoming place for new and old. I'd like to help maintain and support it ...

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Can we ban "comparative-religion" questions?
6 votes

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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The Direction of Buddhism SE
4 votes

This isn't good. I think we are simultaneously experiencing an upsurge in activity and a collapse. I don't want a debate format either. I think we really need a discussion about what the site could ...

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Overt Sectarian Affiliations
4 votes

Can I put a suggestion in which might be a bit controversial. If there is an answer that is from a particularly sectarian viewpoint that is unacknowledged then someone that spots it could edit the ...

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Whats the different between censorship and moderation? How can one prevent to fall into this trap?
3 votes

I am just going to put something in here about moderation on the site and my view of it. All the moderators here do so on a voluntary basis and do not get paid or get any particular advantage from ...

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What is the meaning of *modern World*?
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I created the modern-world tag in the early days of the site. I intended it to be used to tag any questions that have something to do with the modern world as we live it now and how practice and the ...

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Not everyone has English as their first language. Thanks to the moderators (but who are they?)
3 votes

Just in the way of introduction I'm Tim Brown (Crab Bucket on this site). I've been a practising Buddhist for about 8 years with the Triratna community though my commitment does ebb and flow. I live ...

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Should we have a tag for sceptical questions?
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I would just like to reaffirm that I think that this is a good idea. I think that these questions would be good candidates for the skeptic tag Can the elements of Buddhist Cosmology be confirmed? Do ...

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Do we encourage users to choose the best answer?
3 votes

Although we are actually about average according to @ChrisW's analysis I've always felt we should be accepting more answers. I think part of the problem is that for a lot of questions there doesn't ...

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Moderating answers which don't answer the question?
Accepted answer
3 votes

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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How do you vote?
3 votes

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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How to Deal with Factually Wrong Answers
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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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Should moderators refrain from closing any questions?
2 votes

I think in an ideal world moderators would only rarely close questions. There would be enough members of the community to cast the 5 close votes required and close down the question. However as we are ...

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Sharing the reputation
2 votes

I think the only other thing that could be done is for (higher) rep users to put bounties on certain questions to encourage answering and spread the reputation around a bit. I personally think that's ...

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Turmoil, yet Balance
2 votes

I noticed this and I think the two things are related. One of the other moderators termed this kind of thing "growing pains" and I think it might be. Our site is now a successful stack exchange site ...

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Wikipedia as a source
2 votes

I personally have no problem with wiki links. I think that Wikipedia is pretty authorative. There is some research that says that it has about as many factual errors as the Encyclopedia Britannica. It'...

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How about a 'resource' tab?
Accepted answer
2 votes

What about amending the help page to include some useful resources? I've just found out that moderators can edit some of the sections. I've mocked up how the help page might look. This seems like a ...

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How to get Questions Answered
2 votes

I find it useful to edit questions that aren't getting enough attention. If no one is answering then maybe the question needs to be clarified or refined or maybe refocussed. This also has the happy ...

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Is the discussion of Taoism acceptable?
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We have taoism which gives a good idea of the type of questions that work but they always relate to Buddhism in some way. Personally I'm not convinced they are similar enough to be interchangeable on ...

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Merge the lay-buddhism and laity tags
2 votes

To me these are different concepts. lay-buddhism. A Buddhist sect/movement without a significant monastic component e.g. Triratna Buddhist Community (where I practice) laity - the lay community ...

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

I would close these of as off topic due to been too localised. Requests for specific resources limited to a specific geographic area are of of interest to a minority and I think just clutter the site. ...

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Encouraging People to Accept Answers
2 votes

I totally agree with this. We should move towards accepting of answers now. I appreciate that sometimes it feels as if the 'perfect' answer is still out there but if the question is a week or two old ...

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How to do better with this down-voted question?
1 votes

A very fair meta question. I downvoted this question and I don't so a lot of downvoting really. For me I like to see questions that are to the point. If they are excessively verbose then I don't like ...

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Should we merge the two sutta-related tags (i.e. suttas and sutras)?
1 votes

I would say yes. The best thing would be to use synonyms in my opinion. High rep users such as yourself can suggest them but to be honest since we are a smaller site they never get enough users to ...

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Do we want to keep open interview style questions?
1 votes

I'm a fan of one (or a few tightly coupled) points per question. If it were up to me I would politely asked the OP to focus the question to one or two key points and possibly ask the other points in ...

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Can I set the order of the Tags in a Question?
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Sorry as you've found out the tags aren't orderable and Buddhism SE can't change that. I really appreciate that you care about the non-duality tag. Thank you for that. It's people taking an interest ...

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