@HodofHod said that on one's birthday our words of blessing carry some extra weight, so: may the Holy One blessed be He continue to bless all in the Mi Yodeya community. May we all merit many years of health, happiness, spiritual fulfillment, and growth in learning!
And on another note, I am delighted to see the edits to some of Shulem's answers this evening. Thank you to everybody who helped him out with comments!
> Seeing the voting patterns here I think I should give myself votes for each post depending on these things. How easy it was for me to find an answer, like just asking it on google. If I have provided any 'chiddush' in the answer not mentioned in the quote. Maybe other things will come to my mind later, on what to base these votes.
@HodofHod ooh, looks pretty -- didn't know about that one! (Poor little Delaware, always getting overlooked...) Also, DC and Baltimore are both about 4.5 hours; I don't know what beaches they have, but I have friends down there, which helps.
@SethJ Same siman, s"k 2: "כדאיתא בברכות, אם שמע דין ונראה לו שהלכה כך מותר לאמרו בשם אדם גדול כי היכי דליקבלי מיניה [עירובין דף נ"א ופסחים דף קי"ב] ובסוף מסכת כלה איתא האומר דבר בשם חכם שלא גמרו ממנו גורם לשכינה שתסתלק וכ"ה בברכות דף כ"ז ע"ש בתר"י וצ"ע, כל שאינו אומר דבר בשם אומרו עובר בלאו [נדרים פ"ק"
@Fred Whoa. I just learned this. Like just now, a few minutes after that comment. (Slightly behind on Daf Yomi.)
רבה ורב יוסף הוו קא אזלי באורחא א"ל רבה לרב יוסף תהא שביתתנו תותי דיקלא דסביל אחוה ואמרי לה תותי דיקלא דפריק מריה מכרגא (ידע ליה מר) א"ל לא ידענא ליה אמר ליה סמוך עלי דתניא ר' יוסי אומר אם היו שנים אחד מכיר ואחד שאינו מכיר זה שאינו מכיר מוסר שביתתו למכיר זה שמכיר אומר תהא שביתתנו במקום פלוני ולא היא לא תנא ליה כר' יוסי אלא כי היכי דליקבל לה מיניה משום דר' יוסי נימוקו עמו:
@HodofHod not necessarily. Basically, we need to (1) check with Jin about logistics (like timeframe), and (2) decide how to proceed (new post? bump the existing one? something else?). No reason we can't do that openly. What are your thoughts? (I'm going to have to drop off, but please queue 'em up, all!)
@MonicaCellio, I've noticed lately that Caleb seems to always be here in an idle state. Is that so we can ping him (ie., is he here in a supervisory role), or is there a bug keeping him from leaving? Is he our assigned chat supermod?
The current list of integrated (we call this onebox, or oneboxing, ala search engines) sites is:
Stack Exchange sites: Questions / Answers / Users / Comments
Stack Exchange Chat: Messages / Rooms / Bookmarked conversations
Area 51 proposals
Posts from the Stack Exchange blog, the Server Fault b...
Don't worry; it does ping the respondee. Just like the one-boxed link above pinged you.
I notice often enough that I or someone else has to suggest asking a new question (especially to newer users) when discussion in comment threads gets too off topic.
I request an addition to the markdown shortcuts such as  and [faq] that would link to currentsite.stackexchange.com/questions...
it's my first question here, I saw a similar question, hooe I'm not being redundant.
I wanted to know if they are allowed, and if not, where is it said, and why not.
Thanks in advance! It is a pleasure!
@Charlie Looks pretty good! We (it's a Stack Exchange thing, not just Mi Yodeya) usually try to minimize the stuff in the question that's meta to it (thanking people, identifying oneself, etc.). I've removed some of that stuff; probably the "Thanks in advance! It is a pleasure!" can also be removed.
You also may wish to include why you think there may be a problem. (Otherwise, one could just as well ask "are marriages on Tuesday not allowed?".)
@Charlie You should not build a house on Shabbat, but if you did, the house is still built, as defined by its physical cohesion. In the case of a marriage, whether it's "built" or not is a matter of Jewish law that isn't necessarily tied to a separate matter of Jewish law - whether it's permitted to enact it then.
@Charlie yes, this is a difference between "up front" and "after the fact" (l'hatchila and b'dieved). There are many things in halacha where you shouldn't do X or should do Y, but if you did X or didn't do Y, we still let it stand rather than, e.g., invalidating a marriage.
@Charlie we're being pretty talkative today; I hope you're finding your way through this ok! (If you click on the little left-arrow at the top left of a chat message, you can follow threads back.) Anyway, yeah, you shouldn't plan a wedding on Shabbat.
@MonicaCellio OK, well, anyway: @Charlie, I recommend that in addition to posting questions on Mi Yodeya for information, you also try to find a rabbi you can go to if you need personal, professional advice.
@IsaacMoses "I toiled hard to find the URL etc., but I did not find it!" (Followed by two buttons, "I believe you" and "I don't believe you". Clicking the "I believe you" button takes you to a video of Rick Astley) — HodofHod6 mins ago
Levy, thanks for bringing your question here! As you can tell from the above comments, what, exactly, you're questioning about the other fellow's actions is not clear. Might I suggest you edit the question to clarify? Meanwhile, I'm closing the question as a temporary measure to make sure people don't post answers that don't address what you really mean to ask. — msh21022 mins ago
^^ @msh210, I like this closure-comment formula you've been using, especially the last sentence.
@msh210 I'm pretty sure I've heard them talking on the podcast about an effort to comprehensively reform the close-reasons, which the MSO post was an expression of, as is the already-accomplished dupe reform
Shulem, a few things. 1. I haven't voted. 2. Original work isn't frowned on, but it's not clear how this answers the question and that might explain the votes. 3. Mi Yodeya Chat is a good place to have conversations. 4. This site isn't a forum; it's more targetted. 5. The ongoing commentary on voting patterns is getting a little tiresome; can you please participate (you have good stuff to contribute!) without focusing on the behavior of other users and the self-declared merit of your answers? Let your work speak for itself; that you earned Mortarboard in your first week speaks volumes. — Monica Cellio1 min ago
@Daniel I thought we'd made a breakthrough yesterday. He posted or edited several quality answers and seemed to be taking comments to heart. But I guess there are still aspects of the site that aren't clear to him. I do hope he'll join us in chat at some point; long comment threads aren't the best way to talk about these things.
@MonicaCellio I actually think that a language barrier might be the biggest issue here. It seems like he doesn't really understand the questions that he is trying to answer, and then his answers themselves are very difficult to understand
@MonicaCellio, He is probably seeing the chat transcript page, but doesn't see the button to enter the room. That actually confuses me almost every time, even though I know exactly what I'm looking for
A BLUF is a paragraph detailing the conclusions and recommendations at the beginning of some text, in order to facilitate rapid decision making. This differs from an abstract or executive summary in that it doesn't necessary summarise the arguments or evidence included. Traditionally, conclusions and recommendations are included at the end of a text, following the arguments and considerations of facts. The concept is not exclusive to writing; it can also refer to conversations and interviews.
B.L.U.F. is an abbreviation for "Bottom Line Up Front". The term is common in US military wr...
@shulem it looks like there are about five-seven people here right now. If you look on the right, under "V'dibarta Bam" and the text blurb, you'll see the user icons for the people who are here. (Grayed-out icons are people who are still here but have been quiet for a while.)
@shulem, My suggestion: See the WP article I linked write when you came in. If you start each answer with a paragraph that very directly addresses the question, then spend the rest of your answer backing up the assertion in your first paragraph, it will go a very long way toward getting your point across to the reader.
Yes. Original thought is fine but help us out and show your work. If you just say "X is true", well, you're some random person on the internet -- perhaps a very-knowledgable one, but just like you wouldn't follow a ruling from RabbiPloni@gmail.com without asking for support for what he says...
@shulem please don't think that people here are criticizing. Mi Yodeya (like any other Stack Exchange site) has a broad user base -- different language skills, different levels of knowledge, different backgrounds... we're trying to be accessible to as many of them as possible.
And this means that things that seem obvious to us might not be to others, and sometimes we don't realize that until someone comments about it. The goal is to collectively make the site better, not to pick on anybody.