I'm an elected moderator on Mi Yodeya and The Workplace, and a pro-tempore mod on Writers and WorldBuilding. Professionally, I'm a technical writer who works with (and often helps design) programming interfaces. I'd love to see more tech-writing questions on Writers.SE.

I joined Stack Exchange so I could commit to the proposal for Mi Yodeya. I ask lots of questions to learn from the many knowledgeable Yodeyans. My answers tend to be mostly to practical "Jewish life" questions.

The SE network has many fine sites. Occasionally, a site doesn't match how it advertises itself, in a way that causes problems for users. So I offer a word of warning about one site that is especially harmful to Jews: before you join Biblical Hermeneutics, I urge you to consider these words from a 10k user who was ill-treated and ultimately driven out by religious zealots. They want people to help build their site (which they say is non-religious), but they allow Christian evangelism and presumption, quite a bit of it. If you're Jewish (or certain other religions too), you are likely to run into difficulties there. Learn from another's mistake, and please consult your rabbi. (More info on our meta.) See also: Working with idolaters, infidels, and the impious: can interfaith discourse work?

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comment Should McDonald be banned or not
Welcome to Mi Yodeya. I've put this question on hold temporarily because it's not clear what you're asking. (Also, beware of "should" questions; they tend to be pretty opinion-based, while we focus on questions that can be answered more objectively.) You can [edit] this question to clarify and then we'll look at reopening (maybe not until after Shabbat). Please check out our short [tour] to learn more about the site. Thanks and Shabbat Shalom.
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answered PTIJ in a year with Purim Meshulash
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comment Is there a pan-community reputation service?
"My goal is to encourage cross project contribution and usage. I'd like to provide a consistent profile that lets users show and add to their professional experience. I'm wondering if anyone has seen an identity or profile service that lets users link their profiles from..." -- this seems on-topic to me. It's asking about ways to bring disparate communities and identities together.
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comment Is the "Special K" a reliable hechsher?
"Great" isn't the same as kosher. I'm having trouble seeing how this answers the question.
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on Whens should we respond to recruiter messages on LinkedIn?
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comment What Time is it IN SPACE?
I think the question assumes larger chunks of space -- interstellar rather than just earth orbit.
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comment I think I smelled whiskey in a colleague's cup at work. What’s the right way to approach this?
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comment Why is it not a good idea to "badmouth" a previous employer?
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comment An exotic yet portable powersource
Can you expand on this a little more? What are the properties of such a power source? What are its limitations?
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comment An exotic yet portable powersource
Kind of related: worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/q/1315/28
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comment What are the advantages/disadvantages for building a constructed language versus modifying an existing language?
It might help to know how central language is in your story, and how much of the "foreign" language we'll encounter. Presumably it's somewhere between "just a few phrases in passing" (this'd be too much work for that) to "plot revolves around it" (a la Darmok), but that's a pretty wide spectrum.
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comment Is it appropriate to ask for an extra week before start date with new job?
@Mircea if you don't take the time you get the money (modulo any company limits on that), but you can't necessarily use that money to buy PTO at the new place, so the result is that you lose the downtime. Joe, yes if it's really important that you start at a particular time that'll become clear; I was speaking generally. It doesn't hurt to ask.
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revised Exactly when in the hiring process of a new job should I give a two week notice to my current job?
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answered Is it appropriate to ask for an extra week before start date with new job?
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comment Burying face down in Judaism
havarka, we're trying to provide knowledge here, not just pointers to knowledge. Citations are important to back up what we say, but "just go look in SA" doesn't help the person who asked the question. Either he could have done that himself (so what does saying that add?) or he can't (in which case that doesn't help him).
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comment Jesus the Rabbi
Hello David. Please check out our short [tour]. We're a little different from other sites; we're not a discussion forum but a targeted Q&A site, one question (or set of highly-related questions) per post. You're asking what holidays we have, whether non-Jews can attend synagogue, whether there are synagogues in Tokyo, and something unclear about Jesus (which is probably off-topic). That's too much for one question. Also, be aware that "passion week" is a Christian concept and not relevant here; if you mean to ask what holiday happens around Easter, most years that's Pesach (Passover).
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comment Should MLA make an exception to the rule of "always post last updated date" for articles about recent events?
Asking what MLA should or shouldn't allow is an opinion-based question and not a good fit for this site. However, with a minor edit you could ask instead how you should cite articles in the midst of rapidly-changing events. I'm going to put this on hold for the moment; if that change works for you please [edit] and we'll reopen. Thanks!
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