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How to politely ask a user to use text instead of images?

Related: Are image-only answers acceptable? I understand in certain situations, images are the only way one can express what one wants. But it's not proper to post images when the same thing can be ...
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2020 Potential Community Moderator Election - Community Interest Check

It's time for us all to consider holding an election for a new volunteer moderator on Hinduism Stack Exchange! Last time we had a change in our moderator team was in February 2017 when two previous ...
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How to mark a question a duplicate of two questions?

TL;DR I have seen questions marked as duplicate of two questions. Can I, as a low-rep user, do that by flagging? Some details Earlier I had asked the question What do scriptures say about luck? User ...
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Please stop being homophobic

Irrespective of whether the posts have valid citations, I have seen comments and downvotes which made me felt as a community we are against LGBTQ. Downvoting a post if a person don't agree with the ...
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Is there any responding authority above moderators?

Our main site is moderated by moderators. Since some of them are busy and some are not active in moderation. Is there any higher authority that generally responds on serious issues? If yes, what are ...
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Has the Moderator “the destroyer” lost all interest in the site?

It seems that the moderator The Destroyer has lost all interest in participating on the site. His last post was on June 16, 2019. Considering the fact, he is one of the most actively participating ...
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Can we adopt voting for change of rules, instead of posting separate META posts?

Starting from 21-9-2020, I have been observing the META posts, with different titles, but all are interconnected. Is such insult of Rishis (the authors of Epics and Puranas) tolerable? Are Irawati ...
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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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Is such insult of Rishis (the authors of Epics and Puranas) tolerable?

The details of this primitive war have been in like manner exaggerated beyond all credibility. The leading warriors, whilst fighting with all the bloodthirsty desperation of savages, and burning with ...
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Is it acceptable to post links that belittle a particular Hindu sect or Hinduism in general?

My post is related to this question, where the writer of the question posted a link to this website. If you read the content posted on the website, it tries to belittle the beliefs of a particular ...
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Questions asking whether something is an interpolation are opinion based and not appropriate for this site

There are many questions, particularly by user Srimannarayana KV, asking or stating whether a particular scripture, chapter, verse, etc. is an interpolation. For example: Was Vishnu Sahasranama, a ...
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Does this site permit to post/edit by an anonymous user?

I posted an answer under the question What was the reason for Swami Vivekananda's Death? Today morning, I had received a message that someone wants to propose changes in my answer. There is nothing ...
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Is it not a right time to divide the HSE sect wise?

I posted the question Why don't we start a sect-wise SEs in Hinduism? on March 10, 2020, with a view to eliciting opinions of members of this site. As of today, at the time of posting this question, ...
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What are the valid scriptural references for Hindus? [duplicate]

As per the sites policies, what are the valid references that can be used for authoritative answers to Hindu questions.
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Why the names of the members, who opted for closure of my question, are not visible to me?

My question - Are Vaishnavism, Shaivism, etc., which encouraged sectarian attitude, contrary to Rig Vedic principles, therefore, anti-Hindu or anti-Sanatana Dharma? was closed, with the following ...
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What should be the action on a question which has more than one querries and some of them are duplicates of already existing questions?

I was talking about this question: Was Vivekananda a proponent of birth-based caste-system or the guṇa-based? The title question appears to me as a duplicate of the following question: Is there any ...
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Are there any statistics available for users of this community by country?

Questions: Are there any stats available for how many users are there by country? When this site started or was proposed, were there people from only India or other countries as well? Though I am ...
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Why do some Beta sites does not contain the tag Beta

Consider this AI site. It is in Beta stage only. But when you open the main site, it does not show Beta after the name. The case of some sites including ours is different. It shows beta in main site ...
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Who writes necessary code for community?

See this profile of community. I understood that it is not a person. But once in a while pushes unanswered questions to the top etc., But who writes the code and maintains it for our main Hinduism ...
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Purge and blacklist the tag Neo-vedanta

Many questions were posted in Meta, regarding purging of Mythology tag. One Moderator explained here the efforts that are being made to purge this Mythology tag. Good. The tag neo-vedanta was ...
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Does Hinduism SE promote a reductionist approach to answering questions?

I am a new user and I have been reading through many questions and answers and observing the moderation process. It appears to me that this site encourages or enforces a reductionist approach to ...
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Why is this question https://hinduism.stackexchange.com/q/40266/20829 marked as a duplicate?

This question on roots of Karma Yoga is not the same as the question on "law of Karma". The former is about selfless action without desire for specific results. The latter is about the ...
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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 this site promoting a culture of bullying new users?

Welcome to Hinduism Stack Exchange! Please don’t spread false information about Hinduism. They maybe your views, but the various answers have clarified to the contrary and have been accepted and voted ...
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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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Should we close questions asking for “authentic” translations as opinion-based?

Authentic text of Surya Siddhanta English Translation lists several English translations and then asks which among them is "authentic"? Now who is supposed to qualify any particular translation as "...
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How to deal with answers that are against scriptures or scriptural statements based on opinions of (modern) experts

We can find plenty of answers and comments suggesting that the scriptures or the statements of scriptures are not true. The basis for their answers are from the opinions of historians, archeologists, ...
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What is the purpose of the Moderation chat room? Why does it remain frozen?

Why was the Moderation chat room created? Why does it remain frozen currently? A few days ago a mod left a message for me in this room but there's no way to respond. https://chat.stackexchange.com/...
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Scientific speculation in geography related questions

During my stay at HSE I have come across several posts that overlay geography layout mentioned in texts to present geography of Indian subcontinent. It is not just limited to mountains and rivers but ...
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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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Why aren't mods using their super votes more often to close off-topic/unclear/duplicate posts?

This question which seems more like a description of a social problem than an objective question has received only 2 close-votes so far: marriage mantras of Hindus.,and DISTINCTION BETWEEN MARRIED ...
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Why was the question 'When and why did Ganga become a holy river' migrated to History SE?

Why was this question ("Historically, when (and why) did Ganga become a holy river? Is it after Sarasvati dried up?") migrated to History.SE? For those who can't see the deleted/migrated ...
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Should we elect new moderators?

At least last few months we have been observing except Pandya, there is almost no activity from other moderators. I am not blaming them as such, because every individual has their own personal ...
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Why was this flag declined?

Who cares for Spitzer here.... – Rakesh Joshi Mar 26 at 18:47 unfriendly or unkind – sv.   Mar 27 at 20:48   declined  (10 hours ago) I'm not sure why the comment which clearly ...
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Review of recent change in blockquote appearance

As we know that the appearance/background of blockquoted text has changed recently. Earlier it used to be a light yellow background (which you can still taste from mobile view) and now there is gray ...
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Making use of Hinduism chatroom

Since the time this site came, we haven't seen much of engagement of users in chatroom. I personally feel chatroom is good place where many things can be discussed and sorted out. Of course a ...
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Is it possible to always follow the “code of conduct” of stack exchange on HSE?

The code of conduct of stack exchange says that We don’t tolerate any language likely to offend or alienate people based on race, gender, sexual orientation, or religion — and those are just a few ...
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Can we have agreed-upon rules for the apparently unstoppable war going on here?

"Every word in scripture is literally true down to the last letter" versus "scripture has to be reinterpreted for modern times". can we reduce the personal animus - after all we are reacting to bits ...
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quoted text background is looking ugly?

Earlier the quoted part background color was light orangish color, now the color is changed and looking somewhat ugly to me, at least comparing previous one. Is this new design change? A reference ...
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Why don't we start a sect-wise SEs in Hinduism?

I have been observing from 2015 onwards, though went into hibernation for quite some period, that there was lot of in-fighting/cold war among the members of this site, to prove their SUPREMACY of ...
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poor translations / translations with an agenda

the quality of original/translated citations is something we should be concerned about to improve the overall quality of the site. issues: (1) no citations (2) Alleged citations with no clickable ...
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Call out to Mods! Why no action from almost 3 years?

There seems null meta activity from mods these days or at least null interaction with the community. No action by any mod on the following series of posts: 1. To remove mythology tag: New Community ...
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Is there a “third rail” topic on HSE?

The third rail of a nation's politics is a metaphor for any issue so controversial that it is "charged" and "untouchable" to the extent that any politician or public official who dares to broach the ...
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What should be done when user is looking for answers that supports his agenda?

Anyone who has been regular on HSE in the last few days knows that a certain user has an agenda on certain sects, on figures of authorities in Hinduism etc. Even though his questions look for open ...

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