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Request to mods: Can we please delete this answer which doesn't use a single Hindu source?

This answer to Did Ramayana occur 1.6 million years ago? doesn't cite a single source from Hindu scriptures, commentaries or even books written by scholars of Hinduism. The three citations used are: ...
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Is Rajiv Malhotra an authority to quote in answers?

There are currently 22 answers that cite some work or other of Rajiv Malhotra. One of the answers citing him is written by a moderator himself. Is Rajiv Malhotra an authority on Hinduism? On what ...
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Who all are authority or qualified to post an authoritative opinion on religion, spirituality and Hindu Dharma?

In the absence of any scriptural reference, written works of scholars, researchers and popular personalities can be used which must be providing a relevant answer. The above is taken from this answer,...
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Is even Mahatma Gandhi an authority to quote in answers?

This answer, besides using Irawati Karve's book, has also used a quote of Mahatma Gandhi as a reference. Is that even allowed? My question to Mods, which is that FAQ that you have framed with such a ...
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Are Irawati Karve's books/works valid references for answers on this site?

From Wikipedia: Irawati Karve (15 December 1905 – 11 August 1970) was an anthropologist, sociologist, educationist and writer from Maharashtra, India. One of her books, is used as a reference in ...
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Two answers using exactly the same source to answer the same question — Does that make the answer posted later flag-able as not an answer?

Let's suppose I have posted an answer A to a question Q using some texts T as reference. Now, some hours later, another user posts another answer B to the same question Q using exactly the same texts ...
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Does this site have or need a “scriptures should be interpreted properly” rule?

One moderator in this answer writes: Yes, scriptures should not be used to demean particular caste or gender. Instead, scriptures should be interpreted properly. The same moderator on the main site ...
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Does proving same answer from different scripture helps the site?

Suppose there is a question our main site whose answer is present in multiple scriptures. A user names A answered the question for scripture X. I can post the same answer, without any change in ...
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Is it ok to attempt to reply to a question - not having scriptural evidence?

There is a question that is currently marked to be closed. I would like to attempt to reply to that question - Would Karna have become the heir to the throne if he survived the war? but I cannot find ...
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Is it fair to flag and delete answers taking an extremely conservative position?

While I understand the downvotes this answer to Feminist's claim that the Vedas, Ramayana and Mahabharata were written by male writers has received, I don't understand why the answer has been ...
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What motivates you to write well-researched answers on HSE?

Excuse me for asking this, but this question was at the back of my mind for sometime. The immediate trigger is the appearance of this question, for which I think I can write a decent answer (at least ...
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Are the sources used in this answer allowed here?

This answer starts with the assertion: Sorry to burst your bubble, the simple answer is there was no such technology or knowledge at the time. Brahmāstra, Vāruṇāstra and Āgneyāstra are all ...
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Should we cite the perspective (sect) that an answer comes from?

Users will answer based on their particular sect & its relevant texts. Many readers will not know that a particular reference is common to one sect, but not another. Since we, rightfully, accept ...
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Asking answers only from BORI edition of Mahabharata

I see a few questions which demand answer only from the BORI Critical Edition of Mahabharata (MBH). Now if someone has studied the popular, not critically edited version of MBH (e.g., K M Ganguli's ...
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Is this kind of citation okay in answers?

We know that we need to cite some sources (preferably scriptures) to validate our answers. Suppose, I write my answer and then simply write "See [Scripture's name][verses locations] for the details" ...
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Unsourced answers need more time before getting to VLQ queue

Background : While reviewing Very Low Quality, I noticed that some answers which are answering questions or answering partially. What they lack is just a reference. This meta is about discussion ...
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How to handle with answer ratio in our main site?

In area 51, it is showing that answer ratio is 1.6. It means there is 1.6 answer to every question on average. Almost all questions asked in main site are answerable from scriptures only and are fact ...
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Is there a procedure to challenge alleged cited material?

Reasons could be (0) No citation (1) non-existent in the source which the citer cites (2) Questionable/wrong translation I am refraining from "interpolation" as a reason since it is very hard to ...
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How to handle questions with wrong or opinion based answers accepted? [duplicate]

I found some of the questions with answers which are inauthentic but accepted by the OP. People who are beginners to the site may take it in another way. How to handle the scenario? Can I mark ...
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Is “We don't believe in this theory or concept” a valid answer?

We have good guidelines on answering in our Frequently Asked Questions as well as in the default help center in How to Answer pages. A good answer should address the doubts raised in the question. It ...
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What is the correct reason to use when flagging one/two liner answers which are without any sources?

Recently I have observed a trend where experienced users are simply posting one-two liners as answers. Basically those are comments posted as answers and obviously they are low quality as answers. ...
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How will the users know that a “citation required” banner has been added to one of their answers?

I don't think that currently there is a feature which automatically notifies the users (Correct me in your answers if I'm wrong here). So, it seems there are only two plausible solutions: The users ...
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Why is this short answer deleted though it is answering accurately?

When I was looking at some deleted answers, I found out a deleted answer (2kers only). The answer was just a one word but it still answered accurately. There were upvotes on the answer and downvotes ...
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Where can I find the info regarding how many answers were deleted in a given period of time for not having sources?

I can see lots of answers on the Main site are having the citation needed banner. I guess the purpose behind this banner is to let the concerned users know that their answers are going to be deleted ...
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Are placeholder answers (“Go with this interpretation for now, I will add sources later!”) allowed?

On the main site, a user wrote an answer with a note at the end on the following lines. This answer received several upvotes and is also accepted by OP. Note: Some portions of this answer are ...
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Can we add a citation banner for answers that rely solely on Wikipedia?

How about adding an insufficient explanation banner to answers that use Wikipedia as their only source? From this answer: insufficient explanation We're looking for long answers that provide ...
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What are the rules to be followed for citation?

Please look at this answer to the question Garuda purana Is it a myth to create fear in humans? that I recently provided. Asker commented that citation has not been done. Can someone please refer me ...
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Is it needed to add something from our end when Question can be answered directly from Scriptures without any explanation?

I see few upvoted comments on my answer: "You can just paste a link of chapter number in comments instead of just copy pasting totally..." "Pure copy paste. Is there anything from you in the answer?....
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Let's define the purpose of “history” tag on this site

If OP uses the history tag does it automatically indicate to the audience that OP only wants answers from a historical perspective? E.g., If OP wants to know the (biological) father of a certain ...
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Why aren't all NAAs treated equally on this site?

The question Historically, when (and why) did Ganga become a holy river? Is it after Sarasvati dried up? has two answers which are written from a purely Puranic point of view and does not address OP's ...
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If a user doesn't quote references properly, then will Mods delete majority of their answers?

There is a user, who is consistently not quoting the references in their answers. Wherever there is a mention of the reference, it's not in form of quote but it's just a last line. (e.g. "Ref: ...
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Is Shashi Tharoor's “Why I Am a Hindu” a valid source?

Can Shashi Tharoor's new book Why I Am a Hindu be used as a source to answer Who is considered Hindu? Or will the answer be taken down? EDIT: An answer using this book as source is now live.
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Why is it shown as “modified” instead of answered?

This is about answer posted by TheLittleNaruto posted 2 hours ago to the question Should we have a new tag for qustions about learning about Hinduism? . He answered the question and didn't edit ...
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why everyone is not answering if there is no bounty?

I asked question and waited for 1 week.At last I lost my patience and place a bounty on it .Finally I got an answer .So my question is why it took long time to answer if community really knows an ...
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To which users is the “Guidelines for new users” pop up is shown?

There is a site specific feature for us. That is the popup of suggesting guidelines for new users. Can we have a suggestion for meta post "Guidelines for new users answering questions" at ...
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Allow to accept more than one answers to a question

Some questions are so vast topic in Hinduism and may have more than one answers. So it should be allowed to accept more than one answer.
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Undelete these self deleted posts

As continuation of following post: How do moderators deal with good questions, which are self deleted by the Original Poster (OP)? I am starting this thread. If you come across a good Qn or a good ...
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Are image-only answers acceptable?

I've recently seen a few image only answers, which just take a screenshot of the book and post them as answers. My initial thought was that we need to utilize OCR to convert images to text and then ...
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How is this even an answer that my flag was rejected?

This question asks: Which scripture is the source of (a particular verse)? The answer given uses only one sentence to address it viz- "But as far as I know it's not found in any scriptures." (The ...
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If N users flag an answer for “source not cited”, add the banner automatically

When an answer doesn't cite a source, below steps are followed: Users flag the answer to Moderator's attention; Moderator will add a banner to that answer, as suggested here: What kind of banners (...
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Is it ethical to earn reputation by copying contents from own/others' duplicates?

Suppose, question B is identified as duplicate of question A. Now user X answers B. It might be voted &/or accepted by OP of question B. If this is done knowing full well that post A has an answer ...
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New users and community responsibility

I propose that we be a little benevolent towards new users, because they are almost always unfamiliar with the site rules. e.g. Today a user named rajesh kaza posted an answer. He does not have enough ...
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For any particular user, how to calculate the number of his/her answers that are accepted?

We can of course calculate that manually, it will take some time depending on how many answers the particular user has provided. But can it still be done without manual calculation in lesser time? ...
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Can we have a suggestion for meta post “Guidelines for new users answering questions” at the answer popup?

We often found that answers from new users are comments/opinions/lacking sources. So, we've to introduce how to answer and Guidelines like citing sources to them. When a new user first time writes ...
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How should we handle answers with partial scientific speculation and/or partial answers which are not from Hindu perspective?

As discussed in this meta answer, Scientific speculation is off-topic for this site. If whole answer engages scientific speculation, we can remove the answer under scientific speculation. But some ...
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Answer wrongly deleted - 5 [compromised]

My first answer on this site to the post How could octogenarian heroes fight in Mahabharata? was deleted. The answer was deleted under scientific speculation. However: There was no written policy, ...
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Answer wrongly deleted - 4 [resolved]

Here is the post: According to Hindu scriptures, should one buy a house or rent it?. This answer is deleted under no clear written policy. There are 2 requirements for answer to be valid: 1. Attempt ...
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Answer wrongly deleted - 3 [resolved]

Here is the post: Why does Lord Shiva fulfill wishes of evil people also?. This answer is deleted under no clear written policy. There are 2 requirements for answer to be valid: 1. Attempt to ...
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Answer wrongly deleted - 2 [resolved]

Here is the post: What does Hindu scripture say about class hierarchy?. There are 2 requirements for answer to be valid: Attempt to answer (overall SE) Cite sources (Hinduism SE) My answer ...
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Answer wrongly deleted - 1 [compromised]

Here is the post: Why did Krishna steal butter and milk?. This nearly 2 years old answer is deleted under no clear written policy. I have presented 2 reasons to the Qn & also cited following ...