Recently while exploring Christianity Stack exchange , I came across a notice mentioning that The site does not offer Personalised Advice and is not a substitute for advice of priest , pastor or other trustworthy person.
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As Hinduism SE site is related to spirituality and religion , many users ask personal advice questions or seek personalised advice about their problems on our site also and we either have to close the questions or to inform the OP about that.

My question is what about we at Hinduism SE displaying a similar message at the top of the page ,so that in future the new users will get informed about this policy and will refrain from asking such questions.


What text should we add? Give suggestion/feedback in the answer. I have just now added a recent case of Personal Advice Question. So in my opinion we should sort the issue as soon as possible , by unanimously selecting wording of the notice.

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    Good request. But if we look at comments under new questions, users are very eager to give advises to others. Even if the question is closed, comments are posted. We should be strict about advising and prolonging in comments to implement this feature. They should closed ASAP and comment section should be cleaned up. Whee did you see this notice? Above HNQ? – Sarvabhouma Sep 12 at 4:26
  • @Sarvabhouma -Haha , I am actually now jotting down the list of some of the other notices that are required. Like notice about serial voting , (as you said ) notice about unnecessary comments etc. :- D. BTW will you pls. write down an answer stating that such features can be facilitated after consulting CM's and most likely it will be available aft. graduation. – SwiftPushkar Sep 16 at 14:14
  • These features are not related to graduation of the sites. These are independent requests and important for a religious site like ours. CM and Developers will look at good FR and bug reports on per site metas also. If this topic about advice in comments is discussed thoroughly on meta ( using this post or new post) we might have a chance about implementing this feature. We should do our part and leave rest for CMs'. – Sarvabhouma Sep 16 at 18:16
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    We can add a notice like that, but we will need some copy appropriate for this site. Maybe you all can come up with some suggestions in the answers below? – Jon Ericson Sep 20 at 15:00

My opinion is as follows:

Like any library, Hinduism Stack Exchange shares great information, but is not the place for getting personalized advice. It does not take the place of seeking such advice from your priest, or an accomplished Guru.

  • Also Acharya , Pandita , Joytisha etc. are also useful . – SwiftPushkar Sep 26 at 10:04
  • What do you mean by "accomplished Guru"? – Mr_Green Sep 26 at 10:05
  • @Mr_Green: One who attained realisation. – srimannarayana k v Sep 26 at 10:16
  • That's debatable and personally opinion based. IMO, better to remove it. – Mr_Green Sep 26 at 10:34
  • @Mr_Green: I don't think my opinion will be taken as final word :-). Let it be there and the moderators may take the final call. – srimannarayana k v Sep 26 at 11:13
  • @srimannarayanakv "moderators may take the final call". Community takes the decision. Moderators are a part of it only. – Sarvabhouma Sep 28 at 9:01
  • @Sarvabhouma: Thanks for the information – srimannarayana k v Sep 28 at 9:13

What do you guys think of this? I didn't change much as I think most of it applies here as well.

Like any library, Hinduism Stack Exchange shares great information, but does not offer personalized advice, and does not take the place of seeking such advice from any Acharya, Pundit, Jyotishi, Guru, or other trustworthy Counselor.

  • I think counselor is generic term to avoid any such conflicts. We can have "counselor" in last and specific words you mentioned in front like - "priest, guru or other trustworthy counselor" – Mr_Green Sep 23 at 10:41
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    Also Acharya , Pandita , Joytisha etc. are also useful . – SwiftPushkar Sep 26 at 10:04

I believe this would be more fitting -

Hinduism Stack Exchange is a website for answering queries about Sanatana Dharama. It does not offer personal advise, and is not a substitute for Guru, Pandit, elders and other trustworthy counselors. See the FAQ for more information about what kind of content is acceptable on this site.

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    Since our site is an English language based, the words used should also be in English and popular. Astrologer is better than Jyotishi. It's not a constant term for astrologer. I feel it's a bit lengthy. Users will know it's Hinduism site by its name. How many international visitors would know Sanatana Dharma is Hinduism? We should try to keep it simple. – Sarvabhouma Sep 28 at 14:40
  • @Sarvabhouma - See the word Rabbi from same notice - judaism.stackexchange.com Rabbi is not a english word. – SwiftPushkar Sep 29 at 18:04
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    @Swift This notice is lengthy. Since this is only about personalized advice, linking to that meta question would be enough. For English and Sanskrit, Jyotishi is not a correct word for astrologer. Jyotisha, Jyotish and many more words are used in different languages. Guru, pundit, Acharya are used in this notice. I'm only taking about usage of correct and popular words. I think using many words looks redundant to me because many consider Guru = Acharya, Pandit . – Sarvabhouma Sep 30 at 8:20
  • @Sarvabhouma Yes the list is lengthy. I think trustworthy counselors and Pandiata is all together same.And as you have said either Acharya or Guru , shrinking the list. – SwiftPushkar Sep 30 at 8:24
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    This would be more general statement. First line looks about the introduction which is included in tour page, third line is included in the help center. Since our concern is to avoid personal advice question only second line seems more significant. @SwiftPushkar – Paṇḍyā Oct 12 at 7:00
  • @Paṇḍyā Yeah, that is correct. - " Like any library .... offers tons of great information, but does not offer personalized, professional advice" this line is common in both Christianity and Judaism notices. I will ask OP to edit the post. Or I will do it aft. sometime. – SwiftPushkar Oct 12 at 16:18

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