Questions tagged [sources-and-citations]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Do we require to cite sources/scriptures in philosophical thinking?

What does this website's name stand for? (SanAtan) Dharma vs Hinduism Looking at the vast knowledge of members here, I often feel that what we majorly discuss here is SanAthan Dharma disguised as ...
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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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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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Are mythological TV shows going to be counted as source?

Are mythological TV shows going to be counted as reliable source? I mean there are so many mythological shows I remember from past to present. Are those stories going to be counted as a reliable ...
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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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How to handle uncited fables and myths

Since many things in Hinduism vary and vary tremendously from one culture to another and there are very few sources to cite from and more importantly very few online sources. How can we handle these ...
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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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When is it acceptable to caution the reader of disputes as to the origin of a text or passage?

This question starts was prompted by a note of caution given by user Keshav Srinivasan which reads: One note of caution: it's believed that the Linga Purana contains a lot of interpolations, ...
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Should a famous Hindu Swamiji, Guru, Indologist, Hindu book writer etc. were to join this forum

...will we enforce the same kind of rules on them as we would on ordinary users? That is: Will we bug them to support their answers with citations? Will we remind them they cannot cite some of their ...
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Answer wrongly deleted - 5 [compromised]

My first answer on this site to the post How could octogenarian heroes fight in Mahabharata? was deleted. The answer was deleted under scientific speculation. However: There was no written policy, ...
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Validity of references from new-age Gurus?

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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What is the copyright status of Indian books?

In my answer here, I posted PDF's of most of the volumes of the 10-volume Motilal Banarsidass translation of the Padma Purana. I was able to get volumes 2-8 from two sources, DSpace (the digital ...
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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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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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Answer wrongly deleted - 1 [compromised]

Here is the post: Why did Krishna steal butter and milk?. This nearly 2 years old answer is deleted under no clear written policy. I have presented 2 reasons to the Qn & also cited following ...
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Answer wrongly deleted - 2 [resolved]

Here is the post: What does Hindu scripture say about class hierarchy?. There are 2 requirements for answer to be valid: Attempt to answer (overall SE) Cite sources (Hinduism SE) My answer ...
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How to find out whether valid reference is actually valid or not for giving answer?

I have given an answer here with all valid(I guess) reference that I could find in support of my answer. But still I received down votes!! I don't mind if anyone gives down votes to my answer. I am ...
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Is your answer referred from Scriptures?

I have seen many questions are requesting for an answer referred from Hindu scriptures like: Is it mentioned in any scriptures? What does scriptures say about this? Since, Hinduism has many ...
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Answer wrongly deleted - 4 [resolved]

Here is the post: According to Hindu scriptures, should one buy a house or rent it?. This answer is deleted under no clear written policy. There are 2 requirements for answer to be valid: 1. Attempt ...
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Answer wrongly deleted - 3 [resolved]

Here is the post: Why does Lord Shiva fulfill wishes of evil people also?. This answer is deleted under no clear written policy. There are 2 requirements for answer to be valid: 1. Attempt to ...