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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    – Double AA
    May 12, 2013 at 1:14
  • Using electrical devices is considered work for a variety of reasons, so we do not use computers on Saturdays.
    – Daniel
    May 12, 2013 at 3:09
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    (Until the end of the Sabbath, of course)
    – Daniel
    May 12, 2013 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. May 12, 2013 at 3:18
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    Is this not a dupe?
    – Seth J
    May 12, 2013 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. In addition, writing is forbidden on Shabbat, even if the text is ephemeral. Since, so far, it is not possible to ask and answer questions on Mi Yodeya without using electricity and writing, 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 and are welcome to use the site then. 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, 2013 at 3:39
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    Even with a water operated internet we would still have the issue of writing. While it won't be a biblical prohibition since it is not lasting text, it is still rabbinically prohibited.
    – HaLeiVi
    Dec 3, 2015 at 7:24
  • @HaLeiVi Are you sure about that? Even though the letters appearing on the screen has no apparent connection to our pushing water-operated buttons on the keyboard?
    – Daniel
    Dec 3, 2015 at 14:26

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