Inspired by the weekly topic challenge on Jewish Life and Learning - Stack Exchange, I think it would be helpful (and hopefully a fun challenge) to ask questions on a specific topic for some period of time. (A week would be good, but we don't have the ability to change the system message yet so it will probably take a little longer to get organized.)

The particular challenge I'd like to propose is to ask questions about the Tanakh. If you happen to be Jewish it won't be much of a challenge, but for the rest of us, it might require some effort to ask a question about the Old Testament from a Jewish perspective. As if reading my mind, Soldernal just asked a model question.

Will you ask one question that correctly uses the tag?

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I don't know who is reading whose mind, cause I saw that weekly topic challenge thing too and was wondering whether we could try it here. Thanks for starting this. –  Soldarnal Oct 28 '11 at 21:30
    
@Soldarnal: Obviously, future challenges would be decided by the community rather than just me alone. Assuming this idea works... –  Jon Ericson Oct 28 '11 at 21:39
    
I took a stab at the tag wiki (pending review). If someone could do the same for "old testament" then we could probably do a better job of addressing that confusion between the two. –  Gone Quiet Oct 30 '11 at 17:36
    
@Monica: I tried my hand at the old-testament wiki. (It's waiting on a review as well.) Thanks for taking up the tanakh wiki. It looks good to me. –  Jon Ericson Oct 31 '11 at 18:15
    
Jon, that looks good to me. Thanks for doing it! –  Gone Quiet Nov 2 '11 at 1:22

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Well, it's been a week since I proposed this challenge and I'd say it's gone well. We've doubled the number of Tanakh questions from 8 to 16. We've seen some cross pollination between here and the Jewish Life & Learning Stack Exchange. And personally I had a lot of fun and learned more than I had hoped or imagined. Thank you all for participating.

But now what? Well for one thing, don't stop asking Tanakh questions or tagging them as such. We're building a broad community and having content that interests our whole group will help us grow. Some of our very best questions are in this category.

For another thing, I'd like to continue having regular challenges with the idea of encouraging content that we lack or to coincide with some seasonal event. We can use more high-quality questions and if you, dear reader, ask a question, I'm sure it will be excellent. I've looked at my calendar and I have a few ideas for the next couple of months, but I'd really like this to be a community effort. (And if it's just me pushing my ideas, you can be sure it will die off soon.)

So thanks again and stay tuned for another challenge from me to you.

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