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Protestant means people who reject the authority of the Catholic Church right? So, why might this be too broad a thing to ask about?

If it is too broad, aughtnt we nix the tag?

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    What are you trying to pull? Jk.
    – user3961
    Jul 4, 2013 at 19:42

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Too broad for what?

Whether or not that tag is specific enough to narrow a question down to an answerable scope is highly dependent on the content of the question. For many things, yes it is too broad. For some other things, it's quite specific enough.

An analogous situation might be the Unix site. For a general question about where the kernel space vs user space boundary lies, scoping to either "bsd" or "linux" would be sufficient. For a question about a package repository manager, specifying a specific distro such as "freebsd" or "opensuse" is required.

Whether the tag is appropriate or not should be considered on a case by case basis. I don't see a reason to burn the tag altogether: it's not a meta tag.

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  • too broad for asking about as asserted here
    – Peter Turner Mod
    Jul 5, 2013 at 12:35
  • @Hmm... in that particular case I suggest the the scope is reasonable because the correct answer across the board is "nobody, here's why" and the why is easy enough to summarize with a couple of reasons that cover most of Protestantism. I can easily think of questions where that would be too broad because the answer space would be potentially huge, but I don't see it for that question and certainly not categorically for the tag.
    – Caleb
    Jul 5, 2013 at 12:45
  • my sentiments exactly!
    – Peter Turner Mod
    Jul 5, 2013 at 12:57
  • @PeterTurner - I'd comply with your wish to answer this question, but it would be redundant. Caleb pretty much nailed it from my perspective. There are times when it's too broad, and some times when it's appropriate. Jul 18, 2013 at 23:09
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Using the part of the Mirriam-Webster definition of Protestantism presented in the Protestantism Wikipedia article--"any of several church denominations denying the universal authority of the Pope and affirming the Reformation principles of justification by faith alone, the priesthood of all believers, and the primacy of the Bible as the only source of revealed truth"--I would guess that at least some questions could be answered within this broader context.

(Similarly, Nicene Christianity--an even broader category--would be sufficient for some questions, though there does not seem to be any tag for indicating such a perspective.)

Asking for clarification on a few questions seems to me a lesser price than multiplying questions or losing the recognition of commonality among a larger group of Christians.

Even when there is diversity of views (and divergence from the above traditional Protestant positions), there may be enough commonality that a single answer of reasonable length could provide at least a general explanation.

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