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Who all visit the Hinduism.SE & how does it really influence others?

As per this post, the total visits to Hinduism.SE is 8-10k per day. This number could be quite high compared to the total registered users. Also, active users are much less and the daily contributing ...
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Why aren't all NAAs treated equally on this site?

The question Historically, when (and why) did Ganga become a holy river? Is it after Sarasvati dried up? has two answers which are written from a purely Puranic point of view and does not address OP's ...
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On allowing users with agendas

Related: Should we allow users with political agendas on this site? On this note, should users who proselytize be allowed to post on this site. The user not only posts freely but , in spite of heavy ...
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If Lingayats break from Hinduism would Lingayats become off-topic for the board?

It makes sense. The rules seem clear about this.
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Can we be mature about close voting?

This is an issue I have observed lately on main site. Pinpointing the close voters in comments. When a question is closed by the community, some users are losing their patience and and pointing and ...
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Is it worthwhile to do a Best of Hinduism.SE 2016?

I have seen here and here where a "Best of Year" style event has been done as part of efforts to bolster the community. Do you think the time has come to do a similar albeit smaller scale version (...
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Winter Bash 2016 is now live!

You'll see a snow flake icon in top bar next to the inbox and achievements pop-up. Visit FAQ to know more about Winter Bash. If you don't like this, you can opt-out from Winter Bash 2016 by clicking ...
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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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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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How about a Sandbox for drafts of long, complex posts like Math.stackexchange?

I'm referring to the following post in meta.Math.SE where ALL of the answers are community wiki's which are used by people working on (long) questions or answers that are "in the works", need further ...
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Why we are allowing scientific answers?

According to this answer, we are not allowing scientific answers but still I can see many answers which are purely based on scientific stuff but not giving importance to what exactly Hindu scriptures ...
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Should we accept geographical/archaeological questions?

I think the title is not good enough to describe the category but is close enough. Recently we got two questions, https://hinduism.stackexchange.com/q/2911/ Location of Hindu Vedas Where are the ...
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Can I ask question related to Aryan Invasion, Dowry, Sati and other off Topics?

Currently the way Hindiusm is seen, these topics are considered as a part. Aryan Invasion : We have related text about Aryans but none of them depict anything related to Invasion, making Aryan ...
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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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Requests for reopening in meta an encourageable act?

If I asked a question in our main site and someone closes my question. If I believe that the both questions are different. Then is it an encourageable act to present my discussion in our meta site and ...
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Is opinions of (other domain) experts that support scriptures on-topic?

It is well known that several modern experts of different domains do supporting comments about Hinduism. Consider the following questions Are there any modern biologists other than X supported ...
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Should not accepting answers be made mandatory for questions either asking simple Yes/No answer or a reference?

Questions like this & this are either expecting simple Yes/No answer or a reference. References have been given to assert the statement or the proper citations have been provided yet the answer ...
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Can we please merge more questions?

I think there are many questions for which the answer is the same, because the same scriptural message answers them all. There are also many questions where the answers are so interrelated and similar ...
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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 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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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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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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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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Self Knowledge, Is this site not promoting Ego by adding followers and who is popular?

I just want to learn about Hinduism and ask question not for being Popular or winning followers. I am merely an ignorant person with many questions. If I let my Ego become inflated with popularity of ...
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What steps are the site taking for providing correct guidance for new users?

Important feature which differs Stack Exchange sites with regular discussion forums is having community moderation. That is we are the people help each other. Users having knowledge on how the site ...
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Moderation on Hi SE of inappropriate posts

I'd like someone to explain something. Recently I flagged a post, an answer How do Dvaitins and Vishistadvaitins interpret this passage of Mahabharata? answered Mar 26 at 11:39 by Pradip ...
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Why answers are being deleted by moderator?

So recently I answered this question: What was Madhvacharya's argument against the Shaktas? which was asked by one of our Moderator. I am sure I didn't receive enough flag for my answer, but this ...
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What posts/comments fall under bigotry of any kind?

According to the Be nice policy: Language likely to offend or alienate individuals or groups based on race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, etc. will not be tolerated. At all. (Those are just ...
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Can we refer to every ancient document as "scripture"?

I am having a problem with nomenclature when asking questions. What is the correct word to use when referring to Hinduism related documents before book publishing began? Is it scripture? Are there ...
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What is the Official policy for comments being moved to chat for this site?

Usually I flag those answers, under which the comments are not directly discussing the context of the Qn. Either it's only a less relevant part of answer or deviated or a debate. For example, I had ...
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How to increase the number of answers per day?

This site has been in public beta (thanks to the efforts of many people) for an year. I was comparing the stats with the Buddhism public beta. We have 5000 visits per day whereas they have only 1000. ...
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Excessively Harsh Moderation in Hinduism Stack Exchange in Comparison to Others

I participate in multiple stack exchanges including Buddhism and Physics, and have found the moderation here to be quite severe in comparison to other sites. I believe my personal score that would ...
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Confusing question

I do not want to come across as rude, but am I the only one who has trouble understanding this question and what the OP wants as an answer? OP has answered his question, but even that does not make ...
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Question deleted about life originating from other planets

A question was just deleted about Life or humans originating from outside earth. I was just adding this answer when it was deleted: The Upanishads say that humans were created by Brahma (also called ...
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Quote your references/links in English

I recently came across an answer where a user hyperlinked a page in Tamil Language. I thought to post this question so that it doesn't cause a problem in the long run because users with various sub ...
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Is this trolling and what can we do?

Be the judge and decide who is trolling who from the below comment thread. As you can see, three community members are trying to help a fellow user to let him understand that Wikipedia is not a valid ...
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please give reason(s) to move comments to chat

Today comments under a question were moved to chat within a couple of hours, but there are older posts with many comments on the main site. Can a reason be given for moving comments to chat?
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Requesting mods to address the faq-proposed questions

I see there are multiple questions with faq-proposed tags but those aren't declared as status-completed or status-declined. Can one of the mods address this please? My intention to ask is seeing this ...
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Definition for science speculation to our main site

I read some questions and answers on our meta site to get an idea on scientific speculation. But did not get the whole idea. My current ideas are as follows: Any statement that completely belongs to ...
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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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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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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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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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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 to handle with answer ratio in our main site?

In area 51, it is showing that answer ratio is 1.6. It means there is 1.6 answer to every question on average. Almost all questions asked in main site are answerable from scriptures only and are fact ...
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Science stack sites related questions hijacking Hindu questions

In continuation to this question. I got a big doubt. Some people are arguing that any questions regarding science will not be encouraged in this site. It is rational to say that any question asking ...
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Comment flags should be cleared before moving them into chat

Even though we know comments are not for extended discussion, comments under the question or answer goes on to become a discussion. There have been a several chat rooms which are imported from ...
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Should we allow "How do I prove something", "How can I refute this argument" type of questions?

Examples: How do I prove casteism is not an inherent part of Hinduism? Feminist's claim that the Vedas, Ramayana and Mahabharata were written by male writers (my own question from early days on ...
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Are questions like "does modern knowledge (science, psychology,sociology etc. ) prove XYZ from scripture is false" allowed?

Is the factuality or otherwise of assertions in scripture sacred - regardless of what modern science science has to say about it? for example - which is closer to the earth - the sun or the moon?
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How are the following questions duplicate of each other? Wrongly flagged as Duplicate

Did Lord Vishnu rape tulsi in her previous birth? This above question is marked Duplicate of this question- 2. Vishnu seducing Jalandhar's wife Vrinda: an act of injustice? Why? The ...