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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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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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Can we enforce quotations of scripture references?

The site is only one day old, and already there is quite a bit of contention between the different understandings of Advaita, Vaishnavism, Shaivism, etc. This is to be expected with such a large ...
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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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Asking for help / solutions to solve personal issues should be considered off-topic

Recently a user asked a question like Is it possible to stay full time at a temple/religious location for an year or so? Since over a year I've this disconnect with everything around me, people ...
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New Community Consensus on use of Mythology Tag

First of all I want to tell that before upvoting or downvoting just by seeing the title read the whole question first. For a long time the tag mythology has been creating conflicts in the community, ...
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Users asking for scientific answers / reasons

I think this is in a way duplicate to my other question here but that's for questioning and I recently hit a bump with a user where he was asking for a scientific reason. When I tried to explain that ...
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Political and Scientific questions are off-topic for Hinduism SE

Recently, a user posted these questions: Why Hindu saints are targeted very badly in India? I have been living outside India since the last couple of years but I saw plenty of fake cases against ...
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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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How does a new user get started on Hinduism SE?

What is the best way for a new user to get started on this site? What are dos and don'ts for new users?
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Private beta extended - please focus on quality

I'm a member of the Community Management team here at Stack Exchange; we're the ones responsible for determining when each new site is ready to move on to the next stage of its life cycle. It's been a ...
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What are the allowed languages for questions, comments or answers here?

Since Hinduism is spread all over the world, different people following different languages have their own ideas, doubts and opinions. And in Hinduism various concepts are explained and brought to the ...
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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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Please stay away from Shiva vs. Vishnu debate

I've been finding that we, the Hinduism StackExchange community sometimes face the issue of Shiva vs. Vishnu debate[1] which leads to the rude or offensive contention in comments, chats and even ...
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My concern about the use of mythology tag

One of my question has been edited and tagged under mythology. The question was about Mahabharata and Hindus believe that Mahabharata is not a myth but an authentic history. Myth and history are ...
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Voting to have Keshav Srinivasan take a sabbatical as a moderator

This particular moderator is over-zealous and unfair and seems to be the only active moderator which means that all decisions are unilaterally conjured up and implemented. The latest examples is :- ...
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The one tag cleanup post to rule them all [duplicate]

I was going through our tags and I found some inconsistency and non-standardization and might need cleaning up. Few already raised and fix by individual meta posts, and I did few by my own-self, ...
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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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Define Off-Topic Close Reasons

As we know, currently we don't have precise reason for closing a question as off-topic, but I would like users to suggest precise description for marking a question as off-topic, this will help the ...
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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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Is it fine to use a derogatory word like Mleccha on this site?

Only some time back I got to know about the word "Mleccha" and Wikipedia offers the following definition: Mleccha (from Vedic Sanskrit mlecchá, meaning "non-Vedic", "...
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Acceptable sources and citations

I would like to accumulate a list of acceptable sources and citations here for the site. This is because of the following reasons: It would be helpful as a reference. We can have this in community ...
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Is Personal Experience a Source?

Many answers on this site don't really have tangible sources such as citations from scriptures or the internet. My question is, if someone's answer is based on their practices growing up and ...
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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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Concerns about brigading

Lately, it seems there has been a tendency for some users to group together and compulsively upvote posts that adhere to a certain viewpoint or posts by certain users that uphold this viewpoint or ...
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Should we close questions related to Sanskrit language and grammar as off-topic?

Some questions on the main site seem to be about Sanskrit and not directly related to Hinduism. For example: Representation of number 0-9 in Sanskrit shloka Correct gender version of Sanskrit name ...
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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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Is comparison of a topic with other religions on-topic?

I thought this question was asked before on meta. but couldn't find a link. So, I am asking it. Is it on-topic to ask for differences/relation by comparing other religion similar topics? Something ...
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Need to take down abysmal posts from the main site

I am not active on Hinduism much, but lately, a couple of my friends from here shared a few posts with me from here, which I feel are ridiculous to be even posted in public. Rather than answering such ...
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Let us stop asking for "Sources" every time

I am noticing that users are asking to cite sources for every answer posted without a relevant source. We are actually encouraging users to write the answers on their own, please refer The copy-paste ...
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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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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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Should this user be blocked or removed from the post of moderator

This person with the name of Mr. Alien has been tagging questions related to Hinduism as mythology. Who gives him such authority and on what basis is he doing this? Can anyone explain. The user ...
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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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The tone of language does matter to the health of our site

What we're ignoring The tone of language does matter to the health of our site. Recently many rude/offensive comments and hatred posts have been observed. Most of us might be aware about the issue of ...
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What to do with those type of questions whose answers are simple yes or no?

I am looking into the site and I have seen this question: Did Ravana ever meet Parashurama?. Though there is no problem with the question, instead problem seems to be with answer. In my opinion ...
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Moderating for knowledge, not truth

Religious sites are among the most challenging moderation tasks. Before I was hired as Community Manager, I was an active moderator on Biblical Hermeneutics, so I feel I have some justification in ...
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What kind of banners (notices) do we use?

Today on one of the answers, I saw this banner or notice. The answer was a complete copy-paste from quora.com. Some of the information contained in this post requires additional references. Please ...
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Let's concentrate on "percent answered" stats! [duplicate]

Our community/site is growing fine but it requires some attention to unanswered questions. From Area51.SE, our site shows 73% answered (1098 questions with no answers) so it needs considerable work: ...
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How to increase Voting contribution in Hinduism.SE?

Out of curiosity, I was checking Users > Voters section. To my surprise, I noticed that even with large amount of my absence from this site, I was holding 8th rank among the voters! I would rather say,...
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Do we have experts here?

Do we have experts here? I mean do we have theorists, historicists, or researchers of Hinduism here? Some professionals like pundits/etc. who have better knowledge of Hinduism. For community growth, ...
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Spelling non english words in english - search results

The spellings issue has been raised here Please use consistent spelling in your posts but it only talks about within a post. What about across the site? Senshin did say this It would be a fool's ...
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Is "What scriptures/XYZ say about ...<my off topic query>?", a freeway to convert a Qn to on-topic?

There are numerous Qn-s (including few of mine), which starts with, "What scriptures/some school/my favorite philosophy/acharyas/XYZ say about [some concept]?" Many a times these Qns are on-...
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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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Are we correctly tagging "scripture" tag?

Recently, I have found out that scripture tag is not correctly used. According to the tag wiki excerpt of the scripture: For questions about the holy texts of Hinduism. Please also use a more ...
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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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Please use consistent spelling in your posts

There are a lot of ways to transliterate Sanskrit and other liturgical languages of Hinduism, and there are even more ways to transliterate the versions of Sanskrit words that have been loaned into ...
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Is it fair to promote own posts by either linking them into own Q&A or making insignificant edits?

This post is not an attempt to oppose/blame anyone but only to better understand the stance of community. There are 2 ways to promote own posts: Link own earlier posts into newer posts just for sake ...

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