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What might be the reasons for downvotes on these two questions?

Both the following questions asked by me contain one downvote each Which scriptures say that eating rice mixed with milk at night increases one's life span while eating curd at night decreases it? ...
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Are public discourses valid sources?

I thought I remembered seeing a post about this somewhere on the meta site, but I can't seem to find it using the search function. So I'm sorry if this is a duplicate. I'd like to know whether we can ...
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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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Changing the policy of deleting unsourced answers

Welcome to the Graduated Hinduism Stack Exchange! :) Directly Deleting unsourced answers without increasing moderator burden with 2 flags per post has been proposed in the month of Oct'21 which seems ...
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A chat event on discussion on handling poorly sourced answers and on other things

Namaskar! As you'll know we have an Official policy for deleting answers that don't cite sources which now also covers an issue of old unsourced answers. While responding to Why aren't ...
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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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Why aren't unsourced answers getting deleted even though the policy says that they should be?

In this answer, Pandya, one of the moderators, says Though we have a policy of deleting unsourced answers after 15 days if sources are not added, we hardly delete the answers. Many unsourced answers ...
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Are YouTube videos to be considered an appropriate source for citations?

Some answers on the Mains cite YouTube videos as sources. Are YouTube videos and also, similar kinds of Videos from other sites too, allowed as effective sources? For ex: If a YouTube video is of some ...
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Why was this request to undelete the answer rejected by the mods?

This top-upvoted answer (to Is the Manusmriti written to favor a particular Varṇa?) written by user17294 (a.k.a Partha Banerjee, commonman, Pratimaputra, etc.) back in 2019 was recently deleted by a ...
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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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Research Paper as Sources

Should Research papers (especially in reference to Hinduism in any form whatsoever), that are published on eminent or prestigious internet forums or magazines, be allowed and/or considered valid ...
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For what kind of Q & A can Wikipedia be used as valid and only reference?

Here's how one of my recent flags was handled by a mod. Wikipedia is not a reliable source, needs a citation banner – sv. Feb 23 at 19:16 declined - wiki can be quoted for this question. A similar ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Is Shashi Tharoor's "Why I Am a Hindu" a valid source?

Can Shashi Tharoor's new book Why I Am a Hindu be used as a source to answer Who is considered Hindu? Or will the answer be taken down? EDIT: An answer using this book as source is now live.
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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 it possible to mass-update broken URLs to IndianScriptures.com with HinduScriptures.in?

There are currently about 230 posts (both questions and answers) that cite the website IndianScriptures.com. The site itself is active but it doesn't take the reader directly to the linked chapter/...
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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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Two answers using exactly the same source to answer the same question -- Does that make the answer posted later flag-able as not an answer?

Let's suppose I have posted an answer A to a question Q using some texts T as reference. Now, some hours later, another user posts another answer B to the same question Q using exactly the same texts ...
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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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Are the sources used in this answer allowed here?

This answer starts with the assertion: Sorry to burst your bubble, the simple answer is there was no such technology or knowledge at the time. Brahmāstra, Vāruṇāstra and Āgneyāstra are all ...
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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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Unsourced answers need more time before getting to VLQ queue

Background : While reviewing Very Low Quality, I noticed that some answers which are answering questions or answering partially. What they lack is just a reference. This meta is about discussion ...
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Is this kind of citation okay in answers?

We know that we need to cite some sources (preferably scriptures) to validate our answers. Suppose, I write my answer and then simply write "See [Scripture's name][verses locations] for the details" ...
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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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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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Are Sanskrit Subhashitas valid references?

Are Sanskrit Subhashitas valid references on Hinduism.SE? Can they be considered as Hindu scripture when it comes to citing them in answers here to back up your views? I didn't think they qualify as ...
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Is there a procedure to challenge alleged cited material?

Reasons could be (0) No citation (1) non-existent in the source which the citer cites (2) Questionable/wrong translation I am refraining from "interpolation" as a reason since it is very hard to ...
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Should we allow texts which are without actual source?

There are many texts that I am researching on which are just going on in the name of scriptures, but really if we dig deep, we don't really find any information. And these scriptures make big claims. ...
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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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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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What is the order of pramāṇic validity on this site? [duplicate]

First, what pramāṇa are acceptable? Second, if the claims of two proofs are inconsistent, which method should win out? I know there are related questions in this Meta, but they are limited to one or ...
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Can the mods go easy on declining flags on old unsourced answers?

Some of my recent flags asking for citation notice on a couple of old answers from 2014 are declined. In the decline reason, the mod is pointing me to an answer about deleting old unsourced answers ...
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Is Kama Sutra authentic text to cite on the matters of sex and sexuality?

One of the answer in this question indirectly cites Kama Sutra as an authentic source. Is Kam Sutra considered authentic source? If it's not why it's persisting there? Can it be deleted for lack of ...
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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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Where can I find the info regarding how many answers were deleted in a given period of time for not having sources?

I can see lots of answers on the Main site are having the citation needed banner. I guess the purpose behind this banner is to let the concerned users know that their answers are going to be deleted ...
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Are placeholder answers ("Go with this interpretation for now, I will add sources later!") allowed?

On the main site, a user wrote an answer with a note at the end on the following lines. This answer received several upvotes and is also accepted by OP. Note: Some portions of this answer are ...
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Can we add a citation banner for answers that rely solely on Wikipedia?

How about adding an insufficient explanation banner to answers that use Wikipedia as their only source? From this answer: insufficient explanation We're looking for long answers that provide ...
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What are the rules to be followed for citation?

Please look at this answer to the question Garuda purana Is it a myth to create fear in humans? that I recently provided. Asker commented that citation has not been done. Can someone please refer me ...
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If N users flag an answer for "source not cited", add the banner automatically

When an answer doesn't cite a source, below steps are followed: Users flag the answer to Moderator's attention; Moderator will add a banner to that answer, as suggested here: What kind of banners (...
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Should we allow words of Swamis as sources who face (legal) allegations?

It's unfortunate to Hinduism (Sanatana Dharma) that there are apparently some fake Babas or Swamis who exploit gullible people in India and abroad. Even few famous saints or Swamis face legal ...
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Can we stop scriptures sourced from a self-declared non-Hindu faith from being cited as Hindu scripture?

From here There is a misconception that the Krsna consciousness movement represents Hinduism. Krsna consciousness is in no way a faith or religion that seeks to defeat other faiths or religions....
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Are image-only answers acceptable?

I've recently seen a few image only answers, which just take a screenshot of the book and post them as answers. My initial thought was that we need to utilize OCR to convert images to text and then ...
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can we have a clear statement what constitutes Pramana for this board?

Only Hindu scripture is Pramana - that is reasonably clear. But there are two caterpillars in the salad: (1) The allegation of "Tamasic Puranas" which non-sectarian modern scholarship has rejected. ...
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Can posters cite hate websites in comments/answers?

In particular I am concerned about a site that spouts virulent hatred not only against Shiva but also against revered figures like Chandrasekara saraswati - the sankaracharya of Kanchi before the ...