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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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Comparison chart of site progress over the years or over the last few months?

One way is to use Internet Archive as discussed here You can find some snap shots for earlier months and year there. I've tabulated data from available snap-snots and prepared some charts. That may ...
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Is there any way to take legal action on the inflammatory answers?

A lot of those chaps are trolls. Don't respond. Flag em, don't give them a response. They'll go away eventually. Practically Its probably a lot of trouble, money and multiple jurisdictions. SE isn't ...
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Is it possible to block spammers based on country of origin?

The relevant country of origin for this wave is India. I have to believe blocking India would cause a few problems here. We're keeping an eye on this & trying a few things to slow them down. ...
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Should a moderator with extreme bias be removed as moderator?

I'm a Community Manager here at Stack Exchange. During the beta period, we are responsible for appointing moderators and we also have the ability to remove them, if needed. (This is actually quite ...
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How many flags does this site receive daily on average?

Over the past year, our average is about 1 flag every 6 days. Over the past quarter, it's about 1 flag every 3 days. Bottom line, our moderator queue is very small, and there are three of us. So we ...
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Few questions on user suspensions

Suppose, the user feels that he was banned for wrong reasons. Can he complain to higher moderators right now. Or will he have to wait till the ban period is over? There are no higher mods. There's ...
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Is there a rule that the number of moderators should always be three?

So, i am just curious to know what's so special about the number 3? Should the number of moderators be always 3 by virtue of some rule? Can't we ever have 4 or say 5 moderators? If no, what is the ...
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Till when an accepted vote can be changed?

According to the The Complete Rate-Limiting Guide : Accepting All must wait 15 minutes after asking to accept any answer All must wait 48 hours after asking to accept own answer ...
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On the two recent user bans

Why is one user banned for a year while the other only for 7 days? The duration of the ban is automatically chosen by the system while banning a user. It takes into consideration the previous history ...
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Is it against the rules of SE to not accept most answers?

Accepting an answer is completely voluntary. You won't be banned even if you don't accept one answer. There's no obligation for people to accept answers. From this answer: Which answer should I ...
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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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How to get list of top users based on number of answers, questions and both?

The following query will show users, total posts, questions, answers, tag excerpts and tag wikis. select u.id [User Link] , u.reputation , u.creationdate , count(*) [# posts] , sum(...
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How to hide links within texts in comments?

Comments on any Stack Exchange site, use a subset of the original markdown rules, which is called as Mini Markdown. The general format, if you want to hide the link in your comment, is: [...
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How do I get/print a particular Q/A in printer-friendly format?

You can use StackPrinter: Set Hinduism from (drop-down) site list Insert/type Question ID; for example 15424 in case of the Q/A mentioned in question. (You can get ID from address bar /questions/...
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Complaint-Targeted downvoting on my posts

No need to do anything actually, just wait ~24 hours. The SE engine routinely scans vote history for patterns like this and that will almost certainly get reverted shortly.
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How to find out the time when a vote has been cast here on meta?

The time of the votes isn't available, but the date is, via the timeline feature, which is rather hidden by itself. Consider the following Meta question: Community Poll: What sect or school of ...
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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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Design changes in our site

New design and theme is now Live. If you mean the "left navigation bar" by design, See Live: Left nav, new theming and responsiveness You can check or uncheck the left navigation bar by ...
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How are answers accepted after the OP's account is deleted?

No one1 can accept an answer except the OP of the question. In general, it doesn't matter since an acceptance only means that the answer helps OP the best. Accepting an answer is not meant to be a ...
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Should this bounty be canceled and returned to the user?

User asks following in bounty reasons: Are the existing proofs of Veda Apourusheyathva valid in modern scientific world? Yes. This is off-topic and invite only speculative answers. Any user should ...
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What to do with those type of questions whose answers are simple yes or no?

In my Opinion we should use Negation Rules for citing in such cases: ie, Rather than searching it is mentioned in this scripture we can state it is not mentioned in these scriptures. Ie. For the ...
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What if Bounty period expires with no answers?

Visit the help centre about bounty: What happens when I start a bounty? The bountied question will appear with a special indicator in all question lists, and it will also be visible on the homepage ...
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Who can see other user's Deleted questions and how?

Users with access to moderator tools can view deleted questions, if they have a link to a deleted question. They can also see the deleted answers on a post, if there are any. They can also use deleted:...
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Can someone edit a post that is already edited by Community♦?

Yes, you can edit the posts without any fear. As you have the edit privilege, there is no need to wait for review too. But just remember that they need to be substantial. Edits done by Community♦ ...
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I need a query for finding out users with high voting rates

I have created a query to get votes per day for particular user. Query is as follows: DECLARE @UserID int = ##UserId## select Id as UserId, CreationDate, LastAccessDate, UpVotes, DownVotes, DATEDIFF(...
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Is there any way to completely delete some answers?

As mentioned in the FAQ: What does deletion mean for a post? Deleted posts are usually not physically deleted (that is, removed from the system); they're just hidden (AKA soft-deleted). This means ...
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Is "Community poll" a valid way of discussion in our meta?

It's probably not a good idea, except for the occasional bit of amusement. Which is to say... It's fine, as long as you don't take the results seriously. Meta sites tend to represent a somewhat skewed ...
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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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