Andrei Volkov
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Where (what other forums) should I ask questions that don't quite meet the scope of Buddhism Stack Exchange?
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The edited question was rather broad and detailed ("in the weeds") at the same time, as well as showing virtually zero connection with B. I was concerned the combination of these qualities ...

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What about self-answering questions?
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I'm strongly opposed to giving green light to quasi-questions posted with the sole intent to share an opinion, an unsolicited teaching, rambling, philosophical musings etc. If someone can enumerate ...

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Answers which reference lucid24.org
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An answer can't Just link to an external site, it must make an actual attempt to answer the question on SE, even if in short form.

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Commenting with minimal argument
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This is a reasonable summary of the comment-related standards, approaches and moderation strategies we have developed over years here at Buddhism Q&A. Nothing major seems missing or contradicting ...

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Site-specific post notice -- "this answer is unrelated to buddhism"
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I agree and support all of the above, with one additional tweak to the wording. For nitpickers such as myself out there, a statement about an answer may not be true about all parts of an answer. ...

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Could Andrei Volkov stop complaining about me?
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Alright, I will stop if that's what you want. At first I wanted to simply ignore your questions/answers - but then I thought that perhaps I should apply some compassion and try to engage, however ...

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Is the Noble Eifghtfold Path a path of celibacy?
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Even though you were factually correct about celibacy, the answer's tone was rather judgemental and inflammatory, borderlining on scandal-seeking. ChrisW was right, and within his permissions as ...

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Should this question (about the historical Buddha living in Sri Lanka) be reopened?
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It seems to me this question has four problems: It's not about Buddha's philosophy, teaching, ethics, meditation, practice, experience, or interpretation. It looks like OP is trying to promote their ...

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Can we have a topic to list book recommendations?
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In general, it sounds like a good idea. I'm worried about practicalities though. Like you said, posting one book per answer may make too many answers. Multi-book answers will probably look messy and ...

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Is this answer wrong?
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Yes, in my opinion that answer was wrong, with its basis in confusion and aversion. The reason I did not delete it right away, and only downvoted it, is because I wanted OP to see how such answers ...

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Is it right to close this question?
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Hmmm you are right, the title and content do mismatch. My assumption with closing the question, was that the OP had generic question about the Goal (what is the goal?), and then used nirvana vs. good ...

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Should this "polling" question be closed?
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Agreeing with Lanka here. It looked to me as overly broad, personal-opinion-based polling question that would lead to discussions in comments and in general would look more like a forum thread than a ...

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Whats the different between censorship and moderation? How can one prevent to fall into this trap?
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The verb "to moderate" and its gerund form "moderating" - is it currently used in any other context but "to moderate a web forum" in real life by native English speakers? Maybe in context of "...

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How to ask this question, which quotes "one word is too many"?
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Title: Is talking about Dharma beneficial or harmful? Discussing Dharma at length and analyzing it, is this always beneficial or could it be counterproductive? - different traditions seem to have ...

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Are the kinds of question, and what kinds of answers are good, considered on Buddhism.SE?
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This site is mostly meant for the second type of questions, the ones that should be approached with a detailed explanation. When someone asks the first type of question (categorical yes/no) - we try ...

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What shall I do if a question seems to go off the rails?
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Communication relies on common vocabulary. For outer phenomena the vocabulary is pretty well-defined, thanks to much common experience and lots and lots of public discourse over the centuries. For the ...

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How could one contact a moderator?
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Flagging is one way. Posting here on Meta is another way. Actually, you don't even need to contact us, one of us four should be online most of the time. We are watching most question threads and ...

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How should we police the use of the word Hinayana?
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As one of the main users of this word on this site, here is my position on this again: I don't use (lower-case) "hinayana" to refer to Theravada, I use it to mean "primitive/basic level of ...

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Not sure if I belong here
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No one belongs anywhere :) No, seriously. You think I belong here? But you have no idea what goes on in my mind, and how this site fits into my daily life. Belonging anywhere is totally an illusion, ...

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What comments to take into account?
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IMHO, if any user (non-moderator) comments that the question seems opinion-based, you should take that as food for thought and see if you can tweak the phrasing. If a moderator or a high-rated user ...

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Should we merge the two sutta-related tags (i.e. suttas and sutras)?
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We had a meta question on Sanskrit vs. Pali as preferred language for tags and questions, and while I was in favor of Sanskrit as a more linguistically complete language of the two, a decision was ...

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Not everyone has English as their first language. Thanks to the moderators (but who are they?)
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I deleted the "jackass" comment, thanks! As for your question "Does mankind evolve or devolve spiritually?" - it was asking for broad characterization of large-scale contemporary phenomena. In my ...

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Are we here to preach and make converts?
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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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For what reason is this question on hold: "Was the Buddha a rationalist?"
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I think Krishnaraj Rao should be temporarily banned off the site. Some of his questions may be alright, but their tone and his overall behavior in the comments create too much turbulence and harm the ...

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Explanations of Buddhist "thought-provoking dissonance" in dialectics?
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I don't think this will make a good question, for several reasons: It is three different questions in one. This has been your pattern all along, asking a number of questions under a heading - which ...

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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?
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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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Why is the 'thought experiment' question so divisive
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To me, the first part of the question, a request to forecast entire society's(!) reaction to hypothetical (and controversial) situation is an invitation to engage in wrong speech and should be deleted....

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Alternate Accounts
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Moderators can see if two accounts come from the same IP address. While this not necessarily indicate puppet accounts (there may be two users in the same household or they may use the site from work) -...

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The Direction of Buddhism SE
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@Lanka, I understand why you say this and share your concern. However, this is precisely why you should stay and continue your contributions.

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Is this a site for questions about personal meditation experiences?
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It's very hard to answer questions about personal practice in this format, and I've seen very few quality answers, nor was I able to give many myself. The answerer either has to know enough about ...

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