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Does legal restrictions apply to the answers in our main site?

Sanathan dharma has a wide variety of scriptures, covering several topics across the spectrum of universe, human life etc., Many countries (including India) may have contemporary laws that directly ...
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Why was this request to undelete the answer rejected by the mods?

This top-upvoted answer (to Is the Manusmriti written to favor a particular Varṇa?) written by user17294 (a.k.a Partha Banerjee, commonman, Pratimaputra, etc.) back in 2019 was recently deleted by a ...
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Why was this answer deleted?

I'm talking about this answer: https://hinduism.stackexchange.com/a/46198/4732 As one can see, one moderator has deleted the answer. He doesn't mention anything under the answer (in comments) as to ...
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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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How are these answers answering the question?

I am talking about the question: Does the Aitareya Brahmana ask sudras to serve the other three castes? It is quite specific and clear. It asks whether the Aitreya Brahmana really asks the Sudras to ...
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Official policy for deleting answers that don't cite sources

As discussed in this question, most users agree with rule of backing up answers with sources. Now comes the question, what is the official procedure for deleting answers that don't cite sources? Two ...
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Why aren't unsourced answers getting deleted even though the policy says that they should be?

In this answer, Pandya, one of the moderators, says Though we have a policy of deleting unsourced answers after 15 days if sources are not added, we hardly delete the answers. Many unsourced answers ...
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Guidelines for new users answering questions

Given the nature of the subject, many questions will undoubtedly get different answers, views and opinions. But to keep the site as authentic as possible, certain guidelines should be followed while ...
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What kind of references are valid in answers? Are modern works allowed?

This is a question about what kind of references have to be provided when writing answers on Hinduism.SE. My basic question is: Are modern shlokas, scriptures, views, sayings etc. valid when using ...
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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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If all answers are only perspectives, why are some users trying to delete answers they don't like?

Two of my answers keep getting deleted by the same set of users. And when I eventually discover they are deleted, I have to request other users and mods to undelete them. https://hinduism....
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Is it OK to cite Wikipedia in answers?

Many answers are quoted from Wikipedia. Is that a good resource to depend on? In other words, are Wikipedia entries on Hinduism.SE without any distortions and biases? Would citing books and other ...
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Which scriptures / sources are considered valid?

This is an extension of my older question. As per current thread: Can we revisit the sources required rule?, the general sentiments seems that we must cite the sources for the answers. Hence, it's ...
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Why is this answer deleted?

This post answers the question and gives information that is not just a link (what happens to Arjuna): Screenshot:
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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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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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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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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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Validity of references from new-age Gurus? [duplicate]

I feel Jaggi Vasudev, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and their respective websites should not be offered or accepted as valid scriptural references to corroborate one's answers about Hinduism. These and other ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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How do we want to handle discrepancies between belief systems on this site?

What kind of answers do we want to see here? Is this a site for propagation of dogma with judgement for 'non-believers' (of ideology / religion / what-be-it) or is this for scholarly discussion of ...
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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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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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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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The copy-paste issue, Hinduism version

tl;dr Please stop posting answers that are just copied out of Wikipedia or some random blog. If you see these things and they don't cite a source, flag (either "very low quality" or "other" and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...