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Why Sectarianism is Ruining Your Site

This morning I spent a solid two hours clearing out a whole mess of flags, comments, and suspending users for inflammatory and nonconstructive remarks. Four days after ashes999 posted his plea for ...
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Islam—Stack Exchange is not for debates or apologetics

If you've watched this meta site for, well, pretty much since the beginning, you've noticed constant discussion about how Sunni and Shia Muslims can get along. My colegue, Robert Cartaino, encouraged ...
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How do I write a good answer to a question?

Are there guidelines for what constitutes a good answer? eg. What should be included in an answer and what shouldn't be, How to maintain the site's decorum while answering a question, etc...?
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The copy-paste issue, revisited

Back in the early days of the site, we decided that we didn't really care much for copy-paste answers, and especially not for plagiarism. They are, at best, half a step up from a link-only answer, ...
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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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What to do about plagiarism?

Unfortunately, I have noticed answers in this community are more susceptible to plagiarism than in other communities. (More specifically, plagiarizing without permission and/or attribution from ...
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Please vote based on quality

As a former moderator on one site that deals with religious texts, a user on the three strictly religious sites, and a participant on religious topics that pop up from time to time on other sites, I'...
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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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Disagreement should not be a basis for down-voting

Similar issues has been discussed before, but from my limited look around the site (I haven't been very active recently) it seems to me that the site has moved in the opposite direction. So let me ...
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No Tolerance for Intolerance

I've noticed a trend among some people that they attack other people's ideologies. That is to say, they go through answers that have, say, hadith, and say things like: All hadith are not authentic ...
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Please don't remove greetings like “ASSALAAMU ALAIKUM” from questions

Greeting "ASSalaamu Alaikum" is Sunnah. And "Jazaakallah" is thanking the answerer. When questions are asked with these greetings in the question body, they are being edited to remove the greetings. ...
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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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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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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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Do we want cut-and-paste answers?

I've noticed a trend — on Islamic forums in general, not exclusively this site — of answering questions with nothing more than a copy-paste of an article written by a scholar. Even if ...
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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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Advice for writing question titles on Islam.SE

I thought I would write a meta post giving my advice for improving titles. (Feel free to add your own advice too.) I've been making substantial edits to question titles on Islam.SE. Most of the ...
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Draft question review [trial run]

What to do... Post drafts of questions as answers to this post before submitting them to the main site. Please include the proposed: Title. See: Advice for writing question titles on Islam.SE ...
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(Islamic) counseling and agony-aunt

(This has plagued me for a long time now) It's worries me to see that this site is condoning and catering questions like: urgently need advices for a divorce. I don't know how to convince my parents!...
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The “useless negative” problem

The "useless negative" problem (a term I just coined because I honestly don't know how else to label it) refers to an issue that I see cropping up on a lot of questions: Questions which are, at their ...
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Should dream interpretation questions be on-topic?

I've noticed a number of dream interpretation questions coming in. Some recent examples: https://islam.stackexchange.com/q/8806/22 https://islam.stackexchange.com/q/9018/22 https://islam....
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Transliteration protocol

I think it would be a good idea to have a standard transliteration protocol for writing Arabic terms in English. In one of the answers below, someone can add a table or list of transliteration symbols ...
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How can we make this site more friendly to non-Muslims?

I'm beginning to notice there is a fair amount of Muslim terminology that is quite foreign to non-Muslims. Take for example this recent question, and the comment that immediately followed: Al-wal ...
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Islamic politics, on topic?

This is a Q&A site about Islam (the religion) rather than about subjects of interest to Muslims (the people). As for Islamic politics, it seems to be a bit less defined how much of it would be "...
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Should Folk Islam be on-topic?

Folk Islam refers to particular flavours of Islam that are practiced in various parts of the world. For example, muslims in the Indian Subcontinent have absorbed many aspects of cultural folklore and ...
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How should we tidy up the halal/haram family of tags?

When someone asks an "is X halal?" question, it is tagged with some almost-random subset of the following thirteen tags: halal (99 questions 1), haram (191 0), halal-haram (609), haram-halal (18 0), ...
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Religious/spiritual healing and prescriptions

Should this site be used for question of the following ilk: I/this person is having this issue. What dua/prayer should I be reciting to remedy it? How many times should I be reciting ... to get ....
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Why we should avoid asking multi-question questions

Why we should avoid asking multi-question questions Asking multiple questions in one post, or multi-question questions, was raised at meta.SE One post with multiple questions or multiple posts? with ...
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Should questions that can be googled be disallowed?

Based on a discussion here and here, should questions that can be googled be disallowed?
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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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How will we be handling the Shia and Sunni difference?

Shia and Sunni Islam can at times have a huge "view difference". How will the moderators, community and the rest manage this?
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The increasing popularity of Islam.SE

TL;DR: Islam.SE's traffic is high and growing rapidly. We might even overtake Christianity.SE in the near future. We can expect a large Ramadan spike in traffic. Unlike Christianity.SE, most of ...
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Should we allow questions regarding the Arabic language?

(Inspired by the question What is the difference between NABI and RASUL?) Given that the Qur'an and the books of hadith are written in Arabic (and given that Arabic.SE is nowhere near live yet), ...
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What should we do about no-effort-shown questions?

On this site, there have been large numbers of questions which show little to no apparent research effort, often with the question body containing little more than the actual question asked (perhaps ...
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The number of questions/answers and upvotes/downvotes per day

Using data explorer (e.g. this), I generated the following plots which show the per-day number of questions and answers, and upvotes and downvotes. (The moving average is over a 30-day period.) I ...
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Why does this SE site issue out more downvotes without comments than other ones?

Islam is the religion of truth (which makes the topic easy to discuss), but persecution punishing people for asking in the form of anonymous down voting is rampart. I think people are sensitive about ...
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Issues with moderation

This is about the issues I have observed with the moderation on this site. I know that we had/still have some issues with how some users behave on this site that make moderation a difficult task. ...
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What should our “off-topic” close reasons be?

As part of the recent renovation of the Closing system, closing a question as off-topic is now improved in that we can specify exactly why it's off-topic in the close reason itself rather than needing ...
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Proposed revision of the FAQ (on-topic) page, February 2017

Here's my proposed revision of the on-topic page. It's basically a complete rewrite, adding ideas from the meta, and combining them with ideas from the other sites and their meta sites. The previous ...
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Islamic history, on topic?

As Robert explains in this post, we're trying to forge a Q&A site about Islam (the religion) rather than about subjects of interest to Muslims (the people). As for Islamic history, it seems to be ...
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Are “defend yourself” style posts ever constructive?

I have seen a number of questions by various users which seem to take a "defend yourself" tone: One form of example (but hardly the only one) would be questions which provide a basis of a common fiqh ...
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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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What are the established off-topic reasons?

Established off-topic reasons I think we need to reconsider the list of off-topic closure reasons, and I plan to propose revised close reasons in a subsequent post (they were last considered in 2013). ...
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Should we tighten our scope?

Currently, our scope is defined in the Help Centre as: Islam Stack Exchange is for Muslims, experts in Islam, and those interested in learning more about Islam. The Stack Exchange model works best ...
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Are questions asked specifically to promote a certain point of view allowed?

I'm asking in regards to this question: The question itself is an obvious lead up to a certain point of view (as opposed to seeking an real answer). Self answering the question by the OP only ...
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Don't make assumptions about the beliefs of any user by just reading the post they author

This thing is poisonous. I have tried to diffuse a whole load of this responsibility for a long time now but it was futile. I'll try to address it. The poison: "That user is of sect X/ X-ian" Why ...
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What types of apologetics do we want to discourage?

In Islam—Stack Exchange is not for debates or apologetics, Jon Ericson ♦ writes: ... But this just isn't the place for apologetics or da‘wah. If you insist on aggressively promoting your particular ...
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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 ...
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Removing some tags

Going through tags, I noticed there are some tags that don't make much sense. I think we should list them here so that we can avoid using them and they'll be automatically deleted. I'll post a ...

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