It's no secret. Some of the "experts" on Christianity.StackExchange.com are steeped in Scripture. Some could answer nearly every moral question with Biblical references.
I think this is great!
However... Sometimes very lengthy answers seem to be a bit off-putting. I'd venture to say that the average visitor would rather not sift through paragraphs upon paragraphs, lengthy dissertations, etc.
Bottom Line: Visitors are interested in well-reasoned arguments with sufficient, but not necessarily exhaustive detail.
For right or wrong, many Christian ministers have the same failing. Since they are able to preach about the Bible, they choose to do so; and when they choose to do so, they often become separated from the germane practical lesson that they are trying to get across to the congregation.
My Question: Since at some level, Christianity.Stackexchange.com is about getting people interested in Christianity and not simply discussing pedantic Biblical details for their own sake, should we encourage voters to upvote answers that frame things in a concise manner, rather than in overwhelmingly exhaustive detail?
I suppose at its core, my main objection is the upvoting of answers that could fill a scholastic blue book, but yield little to no practical response to the question.
El'endia Starman nailed it:
...It seems to me that Jim's objection is more that some answers are really long and yet don't add all that much. That is, some answers are too wordy. I think we need to encourage complete and (relatively-)succinct answers.
- Here's a great example of what I'm talking about.
- Like a lot of priests, the OP meant well.
- But I can see people falling asleep in the pews. ;)