Because of the strong feelings associated with much of the subject matter at Christianity SE, the need for a polite, academic tone is particularly important. However, some people coming to Stack Exchange might not be familiar with what constitutes a polite, academic tone.
Providing guidelines on this could be useful to new users and to those seeking to help new users adapt to the Stack Exchange culture.
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So, what qualities actually comprise a polite, academic tone?
What practical steps can be taken in composing posts so that they do not come across as confrontational or accusatory?