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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Should we change at least one of our current moderators?

Background This question could have been another 'Why was my answer deleted?', as recently one of my answers got deleted, which was answering the question properly with scriptures. Neither did the ...
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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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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 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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Is the moderator justified in deleting this answer?

The following answer to How to start reading Bhagavad Gita? is deleted by one of the moderators here. Is the moderator justified in deleting the entire answer just because it contains a link to one ...
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Answer wrongly deleted - 6 [resolved]

In ever increasing list of wrongly deleted answers described here, there is 1 more leaf got added: What is Hinduism's view on porn? In this answer, I had posted images of Khajuraho. As requested in ...
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Can I improve multiple answers of mine at one time?

In the beginning , when I joined Hinduism Stack Exchange, I have given some answers to questions with word directly copied from source material. But now I want to reformat some of those answers with ...
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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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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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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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Moderators should give time & scope of discussion before deleting a post for active users

This discussion is neither intended for the few novice users who post low quality answers nor for actually "not an answer" kind of posts. Rather it's intended for the situations, where moderators end ...
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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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Why are we so sure about everything while commenting or answering?

In spirituality, we can't be assured like maths. Many times, there is a sense of "statement" in our comments & answers. We state them as of that's the ultimate truth for sure. e.g. Recently, I ...
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Can I answer relatively old questions?

Some questions may not be on the first few pages anymore but I still want to answer them. Maybe I think that I know an answer to them. Is that OK as per site rules? Can I answer "old" questions that ...
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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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Use of sources to validate answers? [duplicate]

So I have been asking my Indian friends with varying degrees of adherence to the Hindu belief system. I'm a little bit confused regarding the use of sources to answer questions. Most of the guys I ...
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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 an answer consist almost entirely of a quote?

There have lately been a lot of answers on this site such as this one: https://hinduism.stackexchange.com/a/2928/419 While the answer itself is correct and does cite references, it consists almost ...
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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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Answers which are totally copy pasted from other websites should be deleted

I've seen many users that they are copy pasting their answers entirely from other websites without taking efforts to understand whats written in the text they have copied even after raising a similar ...
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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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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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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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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 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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