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Lazy Questions Are Destroying Your Site

When I visit the front page of this site, more often than not all I see is lazy questions, drowning out anything that's even slightly useful or interesting. Sometimes ignored, but more and more often ...
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Examining fatwa-request questions

There's currently some momentum on chat behind changing the off-topic close reasons. So I'm writing this post to identify some example fatwa-request questions, as mentioned in chat. This is a ...
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Why is answer #25472 upvoted? How is it in any way useful to the question?

A recent post ("Is this hadith aunthentic? "...so seek treatment (of illness) but do not treat (illness) with anything that is haraam."") is asking a fairly concise question: Is such-and-...
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The importance of writing complete answers: How to stop opinion-bait from ruining your site

First of all, I would like to point everyone to the seminal blog post "Real Questions Have Answers"; I know I've linked to it a few times in the past, but I think plenty of people here really could ...
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How can we discourage users from using the site to preach Truth

Even (almost) three years since the site opened, answers on the main page are still far more heavily "Truthy" than neutral/academic: Many posts are written with a bias that "Islam" has exactly one "...
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What should be done about fatwa questions where the questioner doesn't specify any particular school, but the accepted answer is specific to one?

A number of fatwa questions, especially older ones, ask for rulings about particular matters, but do not specify which (if any) school they're actually seeking answers from. These questions are often ...
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How do this site filters out answers from scholar vs non scholar?

Islam to Muslims is an essential part of their life. It is not an academic or technical thing to play around, so I was wondering how does this site filter out answers from scholars vs non scholars? ...
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I read a thing does this mean...?

I've noticed a trend in questions, in which basically a question is asked of the form "I just read a [fatwa|ayah|hadith], does this mean [extrapolated ruling applicable to all Muslims everywhere]?" A ...
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Do evidences speak for themselves?

We here have had a long and ugly history of copy-paste; as a site we actually seem to have had some success at discouraging these posts, which is an important step toward distinguishing us as a ...
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Is there any way to make Truth questions constructive?

I have recently gone through the review queue, and came across a lot of low-quality and/or first/late answers which were answers to very weak questions. Many of these questions were basically of the ...
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What is a fallacy, and why is it so bad?

I recently had a post criticised for being fallacious. It also may have been downvoted and/or deleted, which sucks especially because I know my conclusion was correct. What is a fallacy, and why is ...
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We need to set a standard for fatwa questions

The issue of allowing fatwa questions on this site has been brought up before. The two most pertinent examples I recall are, Islam: Should requests for rulings and/or fatawa be permitted? A higher ...
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Can we improve moderation?

I have argued in the past either in chat or on meta that we have a couple of issues with moderation here. I am writing here once again in hope of improving it. Problem 1 - Ego Issue I asked this ...
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How can we create a friendly environment on Islam.SE and deal with sectarianism?

In my past couple of chats, my comments are constantly been deleted by one of the moderator. If I express my opinion which that is slightly against moderation (not a moderator) my comments are deleted ...
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What guidelines should we impose on questions to ensure quality?

I have noticed a trend in the posts on this site, where a question is asked under the (apparently) implicit assumption that all Muslims follow a single unified doctrine called "Islam." In a lot of ...
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