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Questions about the main site that may not necessarily have a clear-cut right or wrong answer and are often subjective. It leads to free passing of opinions, talks, ideas, experiences, suggestions, in order to reach a decision or simply to exchange ideas.

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Islam SE: Not a Muslim Peer Support Group

I recently closed a question which raises an issue we've only just been skirting around. Remember that the purpose behind an "Islam Stack Exchange" is to build a compilation of knowledge about the ...
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Take pride in your community, and work to build a site you can be proud of

I wish I didn't have to write this. But this site is in trouble. Nearly two years ago, one of my co-workers at the time wrote Why Sectarianism is Ruining Your Site, warning y'all about the dangers ...
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Inviting experts

We're getting a lot of great questions now Alhamdulillah. But we need experts to answer them! Whenever you see a question and you know someone who is knowledgeable and can answer it, send the question ...
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Arabic StackExchange [Re-Proposed]

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم We have a new proposal for an Arabic Language site This is the third fourth fifth proposal on Area51 for the Arabic Language, there could have been more. As far as I know, ...
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Use voting for “very low quality.”

This site has a lot of answers flagged for "low quality." But those answers are typically just very lazily answered or poorly sourced. Please use the voting features to rank these questions as "not ...
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Congratulations, you're no longer in Beta!

This site started private beta before July 2012, so it is no longer "beta", it is a full site by our definition. We've removed the word "beta" from your site banner because we believe that you aren't ...
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Thank you goldPseudo!

In the course of writing Proposed revision of the FAQ (on-topic) page, February 2017, I went through a lot of meta posts. After going through these things, I feel like this is long overdue... Thank ...
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Creating and maintaining an atmosphere of “husn adh-Dhann”

Folks let us remind ourselves of the Islamic concept of husn adh-Dhann - roughly translated as "having good opinions" about our brethren. Lately, and far too often, on this website I'm seeing ...
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Don't append “SAWW”, “PBUH”, “RA”, “AS” etc in front of names and titles if the original author hasn't and don't change it either

I have come across edits (plenty of examples out there) in which the author hadn't added any salutation in front of the name of the Prophet (saww), Ali (as) etc but somebody comes by and adds it. Do ...
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Policy Discussions of Islam.SE

I have compiled a list of meta discussions regarding policies of islam.SE for easy reference. Topic of islam.SE and basics of asking, answering, voting, reputation and badges are outlined in the ...
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We need a glossary

We should also probably have a glossary page linked from the main site with translations for common terms used in questions and answers. For example, I assume the word "hadith" is going to be used ...
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A guide to self moderation — help moderate Islam.SE

One of the goals of this site (and if I am not mistaken, of all the sites on Stack Exchange) is to gain enough high reputation users for the site to moderate itself. Users of a community help ...
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We are Islam—Stack Exchange. Please keep questions and answers about Islam

I've just gone through yet another purge of comments. This is nothing new. The diamond hammer was swung, comments disappeared, questions remained unanswered, and feelings were hurt. Such goes with ...
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Which country has the most reputation?

Just out of curiosity (and for fun), I looked at per-country reputation, and I post it here for reference. Reputation sum of users whose location matched a key word (excluding users with <10 ...
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What distinguishes “cultural practices” from “applied Islam”?

I'm finding it hard to identify the boundary between "cultural practices" and, for lack of a better term, "applied Islam". Question: What distinguishes "cultural practices" with "applied Islam"? The ...
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Don't assume other users are male

The question Is it an obligation for everyone to marry? had at least one, possibly two answers assuming the question asker was male (Or at least sexually oriented towards women) Please don't do that!
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Misconceptions about Christianity

On a number of questions about Muslims' dealings with Christians or Christianity, someone will say something like, "Not all Christians believe Jesus is God or the Son of God." While that statement is ...
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Some micro-steps to improve tags (early 2017)

Update: I'll retire this thread now, and start a clean one: Some micro-steps to improve tags (mid 2017) Here's a list of steps to improve tag quality; I'm planning on doing these in increments so as ...
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Is there any way to make the “radical Muslims” question suitable for this site?

"Why so many radical Muslims?" is an older question, recently-closed, which quite frankly is full of problems: It's asking about why there are "so many" radical Muslims, and about why "so many" ...
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Get active on the Meta — help build Islam.SE

The Meta site is very important to all StackExchange Sites. It would seem that very few users are really active on the Meta site, and it is usually the Moderators, or some active user on the Main ...
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Could we make the FAQ clearer?

It has been mentioned to me by a user that the FAQ does not explicitly mention that this site is also for non-Muslims. Perhaps we can add to the part of the FAQ that says: "This site welcomes all ...
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The graduation of Mechanics.SE was delayed until they could support a post-graduation election; will this happen here too?

The graduation of Mechanics.SE was delayed for around 9 months to allow time to increase the number of eligible voters in a post-graduation election. I'm not too clear about the specifics (so I asked ...
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Steps to reduce the number of unanswered questions

Zaid mentioned the problem with unanswered questions inhibiting graduation. Area 51 currently lists Islam.SE at 80%, which "needs some work". Update 18 March 2018: we now round to 85% answered: ...
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Pending reviews: Is everybody fasting or what?

At the moment there are ~50 posts awaiting a review, honestly since I have the opportunity to go through such chains there were times that number has increased to around 70, but what I want to say ...
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Should more non-Muslims read this site?

Not a question, just a message to say what a great site this is. I am not a Muslim, Jew or Christian, but if more non-Muslims read this we would have a far better understanding of your religion, and ...
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Let's go on a mission

Islam.SE has been growing at a pretty good pace. As of this post, here are our stats: 3.4 questions per day (needs improvement) 89% answered (okay) 1471 users, 117 avid users (okay) 2.1 question to ...
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Are there any groups of Muslims excluded from Islam.SE?

The on-topic page says: For the purposes of this site, "Islam" includes all groups that identify themselves as Muslim; do expect to see answers from multiple points of view unless a certain ...
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Islam.SE Glossary

As proposed back in the day, and inspired/plagiarized from Mi Yodeya... A glossary! This is for Islam-related terms that come up on [the main site] (http://islam.stackexchange.com) whose meanings ...
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Expanding the “on-topic ” page

The help center is supposed to contain -as it says: Detailed answers to any questions you might have But I feel that the on-topic page needs to be expanded a little bit more in order to contain ...
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Do mods come straight from hell if they are not the way we want them to be?

I'm not that active here(very busy, nothing else), but I have been in a phase that I think sharing it may help some others who are feeling like what I felt. first days when I came here I posted ...
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Should the question about accusations be splitted into smaller questions?

I am writing in reference to this question; https://islam.stackexchange.com/questions/14426/some-christians-accusation-on-islam-is-satanic-and-fake-religon In this question, author presents a wall ...
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Few ways to promote islam.se that I am using

I would like to highlight 2 ways I am using to promote this site, and get friends on it. Many people are unaware and we need to show the usefulness of this site. I am using a stackapp - stacktack ...
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How to decide which halal/haram tag(s) to use

Summary: This has become my algorithm for (re)tagging halal/haram-related questions: For questions about the haram-ness of X, use halal-haram (and the tags for X). For questions about sins in ...
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We just hit 84% answered!

Just a quick milestone post. On May 5, 2017, we were at 80% answered (19.56% unanswered rounded up). Today, which is June 22, 2017, we are at 84% answered (16.49% unanswered, rounded down). In less ...
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Plan of attack for tidying the halal/haram family of tags

While I'm not sure if we even need an "Is X halal?" tag, I'm confident that the number of tags with this meaning should be either 0 or 1. Underlying goal: Make the halal-haram tag the only "Is X ...
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Should “slaughter” be a synonym of “dhabihah”?

There are 7 questions tagged slaughter, all of which are about ritual slaughter of animals, which has the tag dhabihah (10 questions). Should these be made synonyms?
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Our upvoting patterns compare poorly to the other religion StackExchange sites; let's change this!

TL;DR: I observe that it's harder here than at other religious StackExchange sites to get a post upvoted, and upvoted highly. Downvotes are disproportionately used on questions. I conclude this is ...
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The many alternatives to arguing in comments

Despite the comment page specifically saying "comments are not recommended for... secondary discussion or debating a controversial point; please use chat instead" and despite multiple meta posts ...
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What is the use of 'sunni' and 'shiite' tags? What are the guidlines on general tags?

Following a chat conversation, we decided to have a meta discussion on why we should have sunni and shiite tags. It was pointed out that the sunni tag can be used for marking questions that ask ...
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Useful Unicode Characters for Islam.SE

I recently found out that there are unicode characters specific to Islam. I wanted to share them, so that we could use them on our answers and questions. ﷲ - Arabic word Allah (c.c) - HTML ...
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Should the schedule and topics of the blog post be self-contained in the question?

I have noticed that the topics schedules of the blog post series are designed and maintain on a Google Doc. e.g. here for The complete 2014 Blog-Post series schedule. Should the schedule be self-...
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Possible forms of Sectarianism and biased activity

At the early days I joint this site, I tried to post questions supporting my own view of Islam. After a while I found simple obvious tricks to make the judgement of someone reading the post what I ...
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Time to do the “I will review”

Assalamu 'alaikum wa rahmatu Allah wa barakatuh. As the site grows nicely, and more questions are being asked, I think we should keep the good quality of our answers. Personally I wrote many quick ...
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Duplicates to unsatisfactory answers

I've noticed that there are a few questions that are basically asking the same thing, but those questions are not satisfactorily answered. For example, I've seen at least two questions on whether a ...
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Most interesting questions/answers

This question is for the purposes of promoting Islam.SE. Please nominate others' contributions as answers to this question. Rules Post a link to a good question from Islam.SE that has a great answer(...
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Semitic languages StackExchange site

I'd just like to bring the following to your attention: some weeks ago I re-suggested a site for Semitic languages on Area 51. The immediate reason was the closing of the Hebrew proposal, however, I ...
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Please read carefully before approving or rejecting edit suggestions?

I've recently come across approved edit suggestion (e.g. this and this) which either don't improve the post or actually changed it's meaning altogether. So please be careful with the edits you ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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We just hit 87% answered!

Hitting 87% answered We started at 80% answered, then we hit 84% answered, and we just now hit 87% answered!! (After rounding.) From Area 51: Jon Ericson ♦ previously mentioned that having 17% ...
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Should we retag questions tagged “eid” with the tags “eid-ul-adha” and/or “eid-ul-fitr”?

We currently have two tags: eid (32 Q's) which is mostly Eid ul-Fitr questions, but we don't have an eid-ul-fitr tag. eid-ul-adha (14 Q's) of which the questions all seem correctly tagged. And it ...