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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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Is this a valid answer or is the problem with the question?

Is this answer to Did Ramayana occur 1.6 million years ago? valid for the site? Should it be flagged? (As what?) In 2018 Supporting the theory, scientists did find specimens of four tusked ...
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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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Is there any way to curb “push polling” under the disguise of a question?

What scriptures say that Prana Pratishtha is removed by a Chandala's touch? This question has, in itself, conveyed the message it wants to convey. If a scripture is found, fine and dandy. If it ...
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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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Apparently the term 'Mleccha' is offensive to 'foreigners', but the term 'mythology' is not offensive to scriptures of 'natives'?

Mods, are you ever going to remove the mythology tag ? It doesn't matter what the ideal replacement is - scriptures, sacred-texts, vedas, itihasa, purana, epics - are fine, and cover the gamut of non-...
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It should not be allowed to call contemporary eminent Western Sanskrit scholars “Mlecchas”

How can the integrity of a Vedic verse be verified? Mlecchas shouldn't read the Vedas let alone comment on what is part of it or not. – Ikshvaku wiki: Mleccha (from Vedic Sanskrit mlecchá, meaning &...
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Request re-opening of my question

Do any commentators on scripture take into account the ProtoIndoEuropean root meanings of Sanskrit words? the question received 2 close votes for being opinion based after which I changed it and the ...
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Why is this question opinion based when there is already a precedent on the site for asking such questions?

My question here, which is "Why does the Manusmriti have verses discriminating against Brahmins?" is being voted to close because it is "opinion based". Comment from Pandya: "...
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How much of cross religion questions should we allow?

In our FAQ post: How does a new user get started on Hinduism SE?, we have following suggestion: Avoid asking cross religion questions, I am just highlighting this out in bold because we want to ...
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How do we handle question asking ref from a source where there is no reference?

Recently I came across on a question which is asking for a deity reference from a particular source, but the source has nowhere mentioning of that deity. The link to that question: Are lord Ganesh ,...
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How do we handle questions based on cross faith?

Namaste, to all respected members! For an example, this question: "Hindus and halal" [It is not even a properly formatted question]. It further talks about Halal Vegetarian food in ...
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Was my question unfairly deleted?

My question comparing the God of Hinduism to the God of the Abrahamic religions was deleted as off-topic: This question does not appear to be about Hindu religion, within the scope defined in the ...
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Are website recommendation questions on topic?

Are questions about website recommendations like this one on topic?
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Question on bounties

I started 3 bounties recently. I am not the OP for any of them. I am looking for answers only from advaita perspective for each of the 3 questions. All 3 questions have advaita tags so I assumed that ...
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How to handle 'is this mentioned in any scripture' questions? [duplicate]

There are many questions which ask scriptural refrence of something. Now, if that's found in some scripture then, it can be answered saying it's mentioned in so and so scripture(s). But, answer like ...
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What will we be doing about wrong reviews?

Reputation awarded for a question was raised from 5 to 10 recently. As a result, many users earned privileges overnight. Some started to attend reviews also. But when users do not know the scope of ...
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Mode of asking resource questions

It is known that we allow questions locating resources of Hindu literature offline and online. What should be the tone and way of asking a question which is looking for a book? We should remember ...
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What does the notice about personalized advice imply?

A few weeks ago, A Notice About Personalized Advice was requested on our site like Christianity Stack Exchange has. After some discussion, it came into live. This is the text in the notice. Like ...
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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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unfair moderation with inherent bias?

It is a common maxim that Caesar's wife must be above suspicion. Unfair "moderation" by a coterie of people here who have a common belief is leaving no room for freedom of expression on this website. ...
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Are Buddha's origin and life going to be a nod to cross religious questions?

We know Gautama Buddha was born as a Hindu religion and also talked about topics in Hinduism including Vedas, caste system and many more. He is also predicted as an incarnation of Vishnu in the ...
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Is it OK to solicit votes to close a question?

In the comments section for the below question , one of the users, Sarvabhouma is soliciting votes to close a question as duplicate - Parbrahman was the real author of Bhagvad Gita and Krishna was ...
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Can we increase the number of votes to close a question?

I understand that currently 5 votes are needed to close a question. Can we all agree to increase this number? Or is this a fixed number that cannot be changed?
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The Bias of the Moderators of this Site?

I write here to complain about the bias of the moderators of this site. My strong complaint is against Vedantic moderators like Pandya and a few others like him, who cannot moderate in a dispassionate ...
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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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