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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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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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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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Which Sanskrit dictionaries are people on this site using?

Which Sanskrit-to-English online dictionaries do you use? Do you find some work better than others? If so, why? I use the following: http://spokensanskrit.de/ pros: fast lookup cons: not a detailed ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Can we revisit the sources required rule?

There are a few answers based only on what the user knows and which do not provide any citations, what exactly do we do in these cases? From Can we enforce quotations of scripture references?, we get ...
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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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What should we do about opinion based answers?

I'll keep it brief. Browsing the site today and saw this: Is the ultimate purpose of life only to serve God? There are 7 answers on there, and except for jabahar, everyone just gave some wishy washy "...
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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 exactly is a “wrong answer”? What is the official policy on handling wrong answers?

Sometime ago I flagged to delete this answer to the question Wendy Doniger and the Bhagavad Gita. Here's my reason for flagging: Your answer sounds like an exposé of Ms. Doniger. You need to read ...
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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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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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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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Please answer in detail along with references to support your answers

Since past few days, am observing that the new users are answering short answers on the questions which looks more like a comment rather an answer. I will provide few examples to refer, I will write ...
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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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Why was my this answer deleted?

I posted an answer to this question but it was deleted by one moderator citing that "this does not answer the question". This does not answer the specific question about Ramanujacharya's reasons, ...
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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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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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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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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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Cross-posting questions and answers on other online forums

Recently, I joined a online forum (not a Q&A site) and I've started posting some questions there that I also post here on Hinduism.SE. If I get a really good answer on the other website, I ...
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Why was my answer deleted?

Why was my answer to this question deleted? Which scripts have been used to write Sanskrit? My answer does not violate any of the criteria listed in the help center as candidates for deletion. Also, ...
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Let's delete all old answers from early days of the site that lack any references at all

Inspired by the following comment by @Shog9, I'm proposing to delete all answers from early days of the site that have zero scriptural references and sound like plain opinions. ...the notion of ...
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How to deal with an answer which is basically “a blog owner's opinion/interpretetion”?

In recent times i found that one user is basically copy pasting posts from arbitrary/unknown blogs as answers.Many of his answers are like that with this being a typical example. How to deal with them(...
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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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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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Are partial answers considered valid answers?

I have seen few users asking more than one questions in one question. In those cases is it allowed to answer such questions partially? To be more clear: Suppose the question has three questions. ...
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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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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 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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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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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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Upvoted and accepted answer deleted by moderator

There is this question on whether saints and sages can be worshiped in Hinduism and why Sai Baba is worshipped in Hindu temples. Why Saibaba is worshipped as a deity in Hindu temples? I gave ...
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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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Shall we avoid accepting the answer too early?

The statistics of our site on Area 51 says that we have only 2 answers per questions instead of the required 2.5. We are still at a nascent stage and it may not be a big problem for us now. But ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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 ...