Regarding the issur of Lo Techanem, does this apply to giving answers to online Q&A sites such as Stack Overflow, where most likely the questioner is not Jewish?

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    Gemara in Avodah Zarah (20a) derives from this verse that there is a prohibition to give gifts/ give favor... except for cases of darkei shalom – ray Dec 15 '13 at 20:42
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    @ray Shouldn't that information be in the post not a comment? – Double AA Dec 16 '13 at 3:15
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    @ray well i just saw it on twitter... – Math chiller Dec 16 '13 at 11:57
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    @Ray, I understand what you're trying to do (I think) but I think a well-supported question that explains what you think the concerns are (or otherwise why you're asking) would be an improvement for this site. Also remember that we have people at quite a range of knowledge levels here; not everybody will understand this question as written. – Monica Cellio Dec 16 '13 at 16:43
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    FWIW, I was taught that darchei shalom and eiva are two sides of the same coin. – Adam Mosheh Dec 24 '13 at 21:16

Tosfos understand that "Darchei Shalom" is not considered a gift. IMHO that means since you benefit from the resulting peace then it's not a free gift since its win-win for both sides. Similarly when you contribute to an online community you benefit that when you need assistance the online community will be available to help you. So it seems that since it's win-win it's not considered a "free gift".

The Rambam seems to understand that the issur was enacted so a person won't learn from gentiles' ways and get close to them. So again IMHO since online public community forums which are focused on work related topics seem not to foster a personal relationships with those you interact with it would be ok.

My Source: http://olamot.net/shiur/%D7%9C%D7%90-%D7%AA%D7%97%D7%A0%D7%9D

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    "the issur was enacted" Are you claiming Lo Techonneim is a rabbinic prohibition? – Double AA Dec 16 '13 at 17:44
  • @DoubleAA Didn't God enact isurim? Some 365 of them? – msh210 Dec 17 '13 at 4:01
  • @msh210 I don't know that all traditional Jewish theologians would necessarily agree to that. (Though this is just for fun; my point above stands.) – Double AA Dec 17 '13 at 4:02
  • @DoubleAA "The Rambam seems to understand that the issur was enacted..." – msh210 Dec 17 '13 at 4:03
  • @msh210 Hence my questioning not asserting. – Double AA Dec 17 '13 at 4:04

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