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What brought you here?

I'm just curious as to how people found out about this site, so I'm running a bit of a survey here to know more about fellow users. Basically, if someone has provided an answer to the titular question ...
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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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Which texts have you read?

I asked a couple of questions on Nyaya and Vaisheshika. I did not receive any answers, I presume because no one on here has read those texts yet. Hence, I ask this question, as I believe it will give ...
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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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Abhinandanam! Hinduism Stack Exchange is losing the beta label on 16th of December!

Happy Deva Dīpāvalī & Kārtika Pūrṇimā! One exciting good news (Ākāśavānī) has been conveyed from The Stack Exchange Community Management Team: Hinduism Stack Exchange is selected/qualified for the ...
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Please welcome your new pro tem moderators

For those who don't know me, I'm Pops, one of the Community Managers at Stack Exchange. I'm here with news of a big change today. Two of your existing moderators, Ankit Sharma and Mr. Alien, have ...
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Monthly Answer Challenge: Answer old unanswered questions!

🧨 Happy Deepavali 🧨 I am thinking to introduce a "Monthly Answer Challenge" on our site to keep enthusiasm among users and more precisely to appreciate answers on this site! Several beta ...
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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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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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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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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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Topic of the Week?

As our question per day have been too low. Is it not right to increase it by occasional Topic of the week? It has been done over Movies & TV on weekly basis and now restarted on occasional basis. ...
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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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What misconceptions did you have about Hinduism before joining the site?

Saturday was the three-year anniversary of our site. To commemorate this, I created a post here to illustrate the large number of scriptural verses that have been asked about on the site. But now I'...
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Don't feed the trolls! Just flag them

Lately, we are receiving abusive questions and answers from some spammers. They are targeting gods, users in their posts. Yes, it is hurting for many people. This is causing some people to reply to ...
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Please stay active, atleast till the site is in beta stage

I have my eyes on the sites statistics everyday on Area51 and it seems like we are rapidly going down with the visitors rate per day. I agree that the site is in Private Beta so we can't expect 1000'...
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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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Please welcome your new pro tem moderator

I'm Pops, a Community Manager at Stack Exchange. Though it saddens me to say it, not just one but two of your existing moderators are leaving the team at this time. Over the past week, I've been ...
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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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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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Use OCR to post answers from PDFs which are not text searchable

Sometimes it may be tedious to type all the matter from a non-searchable files. IndianScriptures is a great site to get any scriptures in both English and Sanskrit. Puranas are also available on ...
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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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Are questions regarding Hindu astrology allowed here?

Indian astrology has its base in Hinduism. But are questions relating to that considered on-topic here?
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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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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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We are neither Hindus nor Indians!

I am a Hindu as well as an Indian. You say you're a Hindu as well as an Indian. But WE are neither Hindus nor Indians. Over my one whole year of this site, I have found that certain users have been ...
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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 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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2021 Community Moderator Election Results

Hinduism's first moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the new moderator is: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them for volunteering, and ...
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2021 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

Due to the short election cycle, the community hosted an abbreviated question collection, which I offered to help curate into a questionnaire. Not every question was selected. All questions were ...
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Announcing a Pro Tempore election

Summary: Hinduism Stack Exchange will begin the nomination stage for a special election on February 1 to bring in one more moderator. For full details of the process, see the announcement on Meta ...
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2018: 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, in ...
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Why Hinduism SE is still in beta? Where is it lacking?

why Hinduism SE is still in beta? Where is it lacking? Minimally, what exactly should be improved to make it graduate.
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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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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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The Hinduism Stack Exchange Bhashya

Saturday was the three-year anniversary of our site, and not long before that we passed our 5000 question mark. I wanted to commemorate all that by making a post illustrating how much of the verses ...
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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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My dream of graduation

I always have this thought in my mind. When our main site will get graduated There are many questions, asked by several users, on this site regarding this. Still, due to my consistent thoughts on it,...
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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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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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Tag Cleanup proposals

Post a tag as answer which needs reworking (delete, merge, rename etc). I will fix simple issues of tag synonyms or renaming but some tag proposals can only be fixed by discussing with fellow users. ...
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Community Poll: What sect or school of Hinduism do you believe in?

I often post questions about obscure sects of Hinduism, and I'm unsure of whether we have any members of those sects on the site. So I thought it would be helpful to myself and others to create a ...
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Congratulations Rickross on being first 100k rep user!

HSE has been improving day by day and graduation was one of the milestone we had been waiting for such a long time and it happened last year. For the success of any site, active participations of ...
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Is posting several "trivial" questions in bulk encouraged for the site ? What’s the solution for it?

Summary: a certain user is at large, spamming the site with trivial questions, the answers to which he is aware of, just for votes. Is such behaviour encouraged, if not what’s the solution? UPDATE 16/...
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Comparison chart of site progress over the years or over the last few months?

Is there a way to compare Hinduism.SE's progress with itself over the years or over the last few months? What I want to see is a pic. like the one below for 2014, 2015 and 2016 to see if the numbers ...
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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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Moderator Pro Tempore Announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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Hinduism StackExchange Mimansa

🎉 ℋ𝒶𝓅𝓅𝓎 ℱℴ𝓊𝓇 𝒴ℯ𝒶𝓇 𝒜𝓃𝓃𝒾𝓋ℯ𝓈𝒶𝓇𝓎 🎉 Discussing about growth of the community. You can see the overall progress graph from starting to the end of 2017 in chart and tubular at here. In ...
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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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