Lately I am perturbed to see so many questions which are basically meant as posers for Christian bashing rather than for a healthy discussion on Christianity. The answers and comments are not at all constructive but damaging to Christian belief. Can something be done about this or is it time for those who have this notion to say 'quit' and let it be run by Christian bashers from atheist and Islam?
I agree we've taken a major step backwards in question quality lately. I've been too busy to spend the time it takes to reign it in, but that doesn't mean that others cannot step up to the plate.
We need to write some meta posts like this one, but going into detail on why some of the recent questions are problematic.
The community needs to step up the voting effort. We've seen that good quality questions recently get little attention while some that attract participation from non-Christian perspectives get votes just due to interest. Those who can recognize whether answers accuractly reflect the perspectives they claim to speak for and whether answers cover all the views called for by a question should step up their efforts to upvote answers that do this.
Questions that call for discussion or really aren't aimed at getting a Christian doctrinal answer should be closed. Answers that don't represent Christianity and are just participation from a philosophical angle should get downvoted/commented to explain why they aren't appropriate.
I'm sure there is more, but those are a few action points to get peopel started!
As has already been eloquently stated, this is not a Christian site. I don't think it can function as a "Christian resource site". At best, it's a place to share ideas and learn from each other. Nothing on this site is provably authoritative, as even within valid Christianity, there is a lot of disagreement on different points and doctrines.
The value of this site isn't so much as a resource site, where you can come for definitive answers. The value is in the ability to learn different ways of looking at things. To understand how our brothers and sisters view things.
The above is a perfect example of why I have almost completely stopped using this site. People have stopped asking about beliefs, doctrines and particular scriptures and started asking asinine questions that assume huge logical errors. There are a dozen more I could list here and in fact this is not the worst of them.
I am with Caleb and his suggestions. I also suggest that we get more mods because like Caleb said about his own time I have noticed many of the mods don't have a lot of time to stomp this out. And the more of these questions we get the more they will show up in google which means the more of these type of people we will get.... well you can see the cycle.
Please be careful as you can consider something "offensive" just because it's challenging. Healthy discussions about Christianity are not the same as sitting around a camp fire and singing hymns. While I mostly agree that there have been some bad questions, it's up to our mods to close them and the users to down vote them. Please don't consider a question a bad question just because you don't want to deal with it - this is an SE after all.
Maybe we could formalize a rule, either in the FAQ or here, to be cited? For example, we could filter out most of these low-quality questions, by asking the following question: what was the motivation of the one who asked the question?
was it asked with the goal of learning something, because the QA was curious about something and sincerely wanted to get an answer to something which was unknown or not clear for him/her.
was it asked not to get an answer, but only to "prove a point", usually using the straw-man strategy. In this case the askers already have their answers they firmly believe in, and only ask so that others will answer and they can point out what they believe as inconsistencies in the answers.
There is actually a rule on the site: you should not post rants disguised as questions, or questions that solicit a debate.
(we had a similar discussion when a large number of questions were focusing on Noah's arc)
While sometimes the true motivation of the QA cannot be understood, most of the time it is blatantly obvious when a QA is trolling. The most dangerous type is when one trolls just for the purpose of being downvoted, then loudly proclaims how easily those "stupid Christians" get offended, and how they want to inhibit his right of free speech.
As a conclusion, I think the "question solicits a debate" is a usable method to close such questions.