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I understand Saturday is sabath but mi.yodeya is a site for jewish learning and nothing related to work , so why do people disappear from here on Saturdays? Does answering questions or questing etc also considered work?

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Using electrical devices is considered work for a variety of reasons, so we do not use computers on Saturdays. – Daniel May 12 '13 at 3:09
(Until the end of the Sabbath, of course) – Daniel May 12 '13 at 3:09
I considered moving this question to meta but didn't -- while a question about traffic patterns is meta, a question about the reason for that isn't. – Monica Cellio May 12 '13 at 3:18
Is this not a dupe? – Seth J May 12 '13 at 3:47

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As noted in the comments, using electricity is melacha and thus forbidden on Shabbat. See this question for more information about why electricity is prohibited. Since, so far, it is not possible to ask and answer questions on Mi Yodeya without using electricity, the Shabbat-observant participants here do not engage in those activities on Shabbat. (Or Yom Tov, holidays.)

Shabbat is of course determined by local astronomical events and Mi Yodeya is a worldwide community -- just because it's Shabbat in North America doesn't mean it is in Australia or Israel or Europe, after all. Further, as noted by Daniel in a comment, this site is also used by non-Jews, who aren't bound by Shabbat restrictions. So you will likely see some activity here on Saturday, but less than the rest of the week.

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Also, we (hopefully) appeal to other people besides Jews, and they are are more than welcome to access Mi Yodeya on Shabbat. – Daniel May 12 '13 at 3:39

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