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What kind of references are valid in answers? Are modern works allowed?

From lowest quality to highest quality of references (according to me). Wrong reference [for example, misquoting] These should be avoided as they could be misleading. Missing reference (for example, ...
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Which scriptures / sources are considered valid?

What scriptures are considered valid? All Hindu scriptures are valid and authentic source. Works of Acharyas, Sayings of Saints, Swami and Gurus are also valid source to cite. What sources are ...
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Official policy for deleting answers that don't cite sources

Update-1: Extended Time length and Exclusion Criterion Update-2: Old unsourced answers are also subject to deletion now Update-3: Time criteria is no longer a barrier and post-notice will be used in ...
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Is Personal Experience a Source?

No, "Personal Experience" alone can not be considered as a source. Since we supposed to provide correct information we need to cite some authoritative source. Visit Can we revisit the sources required ...
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Let's delete all old answers from early days of the site that lack any references at all

status-planned Please refer to Official policy for deleting answers that don't cite sources and to Why aren't unsourced answers getting deleted even though the policy says that they should be? for ...
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Can we revisit the sources required rule?

Let me start off by noting that moderation and voting serve different purposes. Moderation should be used to ensure that posts meet basic standards of quality, and voting should be used to determine ...
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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. This point was written in beginning ...
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Why aren't unsourced answers getting deleted even though the policy says that they should be?

There were couple of reasons behind not deleting unsourced answers: We were liberal, feeling that deleting of answers to be an extreme step. No perspicuous tool available to track answers to which ...
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Can we stop scriptures sourced from a self-declared non-Hindu faith from being cited as Hindu scripture?

Short version : NO We are a neutral site. All the translations and interpretations are welcome here. The site does not follow the policy of allowing a translation of one publisher and not allowing ...
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Should we allow words of Swamis as sources who face (legal) allegations?

WHAT HAPPENS OUTSIDE THE SITE SHOULD REMAIN OUTSIDE. It has always been so; please don't change it now. As I will illustrate below, changing this rule will make the site very messy to handle ...
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Can we add a citation banner for answers that rely solely on Wikipedia?

Wikipedia is actually a tertiary source of information and are not meant to be used for research. Remember that Wikipedia cites most of its sources, so instead of using a link to Wikipedia, the author ...
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Is it possible to mass-update broken URLs to IndianScriptures.com with HinduScriptures.in?

All of the url replacements have been made.
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Who all are authority or qualified to post an authoritative opinion on religion, spirituality and Hindu Dharma?

I have read only a few books/articles of modern authors on Hinduism. Hence, I do not know whether I am qualified to write an answer on this subject. Still, I am offering my opinion. I am ...
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Why was this request to undelete the answer rejected by the mods?

@sv. Don't try to salvage this answer. Just because you add MN Dutta it doesn't make answer proper. Here problem is not who translated but "way answer was framed selecting some verses".. ...
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Can the mods go easy on declining flags on old unsourced answers?

Ah, well, the purpose of "Citation Needed" post-notice reads as: Some of the information contained in this post requires additional references. Please edit to add citations to reliable sources that ...
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Changing the policy of deleting unsourced answers

Implement the proposed policy change Upvote this post if you agree with implementing the proposed policy as represented below: Note: Do not downvote this post if you disagree with this option, ...
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How can we differentiate scriptural quotes and question quotes while answering questions?

When we will look into editing help section, we can find what options are available for this kind of distinguished formatting. These are: Italics and Bold Headers Horizontal Rules Simple blockquotes ...
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Are image-only answers acceptable?

Well, sometimes we find image only answers which answers the question and hence obviously we should not delete them as NAA (Not An Answer). These are mostly cases of posting image from a scanned book....
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can we have a clear statement what constitutes Pramana for this board?

Acceptable references are provided in multiple meta posts such as Guidelines for new users answering questions, What kind of references are valid in answers? Are modern works allowed? and Which ...
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What are the rules to be followed for citation?

TL;DR: There are enough references in your answer. The OP might not have checked properly. They are unclear where you took it from. You just need to be clearer while adding them. A reference can be ...
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Is this kind of citation okay in answers?

First of all let's see the difference between citation and quotation: Citation means writing sentence in our words and mentioning the source e.g According to Lord Krishna (BG 4.37) Jnana nullifies ...
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Who all are authority or qualified to post an authoritative opinion on religion, spirituality and Hindu Dharma?

I agree as SrimannarayanaKV stated that it is an elusive statement. Though I used to agree that works of modern gurus shouldn't be considered for the gist of the same as explained by Srimannarayana ...
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What kind of banners (notices) do we use?

There is no way to customize post notice but if it's really needed in future, then we can ask the Stack Exchange team for support. But for now I didn't encounter such a need. Anyway the meta post you ...
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Is it legal to download Purana PDFs from IndianScriptures.com and post them on Hinduism SE?

Note: The following FAQ information is unclear (material is public domain and they don't allow copying). From FAQ of that website: Q: What is indianscriptures.com? A: : This site strives to ...
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Answer wrongly deleted - 5 [compromised]

Let me address your points one by one: There was no written policy, under which it can be deleted. Yes, there was: https://hinduism.meta.stackexchange.com/a/143/36 The Qn clearly asks "Why", ...
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When is it acceptable to caution the reader of disputes as to the origin of a text or passage?

I agree that notes of caution like that shouldn't be added to any question or answer, it applies to everyone not just one particular user. Views can vary from person to person, some might think Work ...
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Are placeholder answers ("Go with this interpretation for now, I will add sources later!") allowed?

Let's not treat less participating & more participating user under the same lenses. More the participation more likely to touch on such caveats. For this case, it should be taken with subjective ...
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Who all are authority or qualified to post an authoritative opinion on religion, spirituality and Hindu Dharma?

I would like to contribute a partial answer too, to add to what the others have said. Please correct if there’s something objectionable or anyone disagrees. The quote says: In the absence of any ...
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Are YouTube videos to be considered an appropriate source for citations?

The Stack Exchange Network doesn’t encourage answers which have only links. Their take with respect to this is: Links are fantastic, but they should never be the only piece of information in your ...
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