In retrospect, what made a good bar/bat mitzva present? What actually got used?
Also: for a less-observant Bar/Bat Mitzvah boy/girl, what's a good gift? How do you achieve the right balance of Jewishness vs. usability (without looking too ... missionary-like)?
@Jin heheh. If you're looking for something specifically Jewish, you can perhaps find a "birkat habayit" in a judaica store or Jewish bookstore or online. But it's the kind of thing people like to give, so he may well get more than one already and therefore not appreciate it so much.
@Jin Sure. I should've also described what they are. They're artistic renderings of the words (in Hebrew) "Through these doorways should come no pain; in this home should be plenty; there should be peace in this domain; blah blah blah" -- there are variants (no canonical text AFAIK (though I may ask that on-site)).
Since no one is proposing weekly challenge topics, there is no weekly challenge (and hasn't been in a few weeks). Which is fine -- but then I suggest we get rid of the ad. Can people downvote it, please? (I just did.)
Right now, our general-purpose chat room is called, excitingly enough, "Jewish Life and Learning." Some other sites have given their general chat rooms distinctive names, such as The Garden Shed, Hub of Reason, and Mos Eisley.
What should our chat room be named?
@DoubleAA David P. Hochman's answer got the most votes there, but I'm not sure which of his suggestions they were for (nor whether indeed they were all for the same one): he has three suggestions in that answer.
I wonder why Whoever downvoted my answer to the kosher=healthy question. Usually, I don't care, but in this case I wonder whether it was due to the content (someone doesn't like the Chinuch so downvoted the answer) or the style (my fault).
@DoubleAA @ShmuelBrin also, since, as it turned out, all that divre sof'rim stuff was actually irrelevant to your question, and it became rather a long conversation in the comments, I'm thinking of deleting all those comments. Thoughts?
If I were staying in a non-frum or non-Jewish home, the foremost thing on my mind (outside of all the more common halachos that you mention) would be the mitzvah of Kiddush Hashem, and the issur of Chilul Hashem.
Remember that you may be an uncommon sight for them, in some cases even the only or...
(For reasons I honestly don't know, SE wants mods to discuss how to do things -- like, what the mod-only pges look like, etc. -- only in private. So @HodofHod and I will continue this discussion elsewhere if he wants me to tell him how to check that info.)
@ShmuelBrin Besides the no-mentioning-how-to-usemod-tools rule, there's also a no-mentioning-info-only-mods-have rule which bans my saying, e.g., what your IP address is. So... I guess the answer's to your question is "No".
@ShmuelBrin A SE employee told me there's no way to see who, if anyone, was deleted recently. (Surely someone can examine some database. But basically, there's no way to know.) However, there is a way for mods to know if users were merged. And that's probably all I should say, I'm afraid.
At long last, the site will launch! All our hard work here is finally paying off. This is quite exciting. But please be aware that this is not without cost. As painful as it may be initially, users may lose some privileges for a little while.
On beta sites, some privileges require less rep than ...
So now that the holiday season is thru, (our holiday season ;-)), are we any closer to primetime? cf. http://chat.stackexchange.com/transcript/message/1954976#1954976. Is anybody else dreading the upgrade as much as I am?
@HodofHod I don't think we lost anyone (at least whoever we lost never voted for me anyways [so must be that he's not too important), as (for example) many people lost points on April 5th, and it said "User was removed". I didn't have anything like this happen to me, so I guess you just got downvoted.
Today I lost rep with the following notation:
-10 8 mins ago removed User was removed
What does this mean? Some user had up-voted one of my answers (or two of my questions) and was then deleted, and the votes go away with the user?
When a vote is removed you get told what p...
If a comment says only
(or something like that), then the person identified in the database as its "ReplyTo User" should be allowed to delete it, and if he flags it as obsolete, then that flag sh...
@Jin looking forward to it. You've done great work on this, and I love all the "little" things you picked up on. Having the Hebrew header for the question page but English on main, for instance, is a great touch, as is crowns as badges. (I realize that was discussed here ages ago, but you took it and ran with it.) And the pointers, and the corner decoration in the "shalom" block... all very nice!