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We are currently in the beginning of the 2012 Mi Yodeya Moderator Election.

To what extent can one avail oneself of the exception of "to'elet"="for a purpose" to the standard rules of Lashon HaRa' (slander) in discussing different candidates' qualifications for being a community moderator?

Background: the exception of To'elet is best roughly illustrated by referring to the story of Gedaliah ben Achikam. A friend of Gedaliah named Yochanon ben Kereach warned him that Yishmael ben Netanya was coming to kill him but Gedaliah refused to listen because it was Lashon HaRa' and ended up being killed (Jeremiah 40:13-41:3). However, Gedaliah was mistaken and should have listened to Yochanon because the Lashon HaRa' was told with a To'elet: to save Gedaliah's life.

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On second thought, I dislike my way of explaining To'elet. Anyone else have an idea? I don't want to get into too much detail in the question; let's leave that for the answers. – Double AA Jul 10 '12 at 4:36
Or if people like it we can keep it. Whatever. – Double AA Jul 10 '12 at 5:09
Hirhurim – b a Jul 10 '12 at 7:02

It is lashon kebora (public slander) to participate in public discussions to criticize the moderators. But an intention of lavid mich precludes the ability to taruvo toeem

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We're looking for long answers that provide some explanation and context. Don't just give a one-line answer; explain why your answer is right, ideally with citations. Answers that don't include explanations may be removed.

Can you try spelling out your Hebrew words in Hebrew characters? I don't understand your transliterations at all. – Double AA Jul 9 '14 at 21:31
What do you mean by "lavid mich" and "taruvo toeem"? And are moderators special? The question asks about anybody, not just mods, so an answer needs to address what was asked. – Monica Cellio Jul 10 '14 at 17:16
I suspect you mean "Lashon Hara" - there is no expression lashon kebora AFAIK. – Danny Schoemann Jul 13 '14 at 15:51

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