In this meta thread I proposed a solution to the "is x a sin" problem, namely "destroy the intent of the OP" by "engaging in extreme modifications" to their questions.
I did not simply intend for this form of editing to be applied to "is x a sin" questions, but all poor questions, which, as we know, are common to this stack exchange from new members who don't understand the parameters of our philosophy.
This post is quite a good candidate for my solution. It is the author's very first post. By his name (bob the goblin slayer), the title of his question (Mommy, from where come from babies), and the content of his question, you can tell he is a troll or a 12 year old. Here is the content of his question:
So... many people, around the ages, around the world, are speaking about where we are going when we die... But ME, I would like to know where I was before I was made by my parents!
In some other way, it's look like to be impossible to answer the question : « mommy, from where come from babies ? »
so, can the holy bible helps ?
Currently the post has three downvotes. A mod will come and put it on hold soon. When a new visitor comes to this site and sees a question like this, downvoted and put on hold, they will be bound to assume only bad things about this stack exchange and may not return. Note how currently on the front page of C.SE that 30% of the posts are downvoted, and 100% of the downvoted posts make this site look bad.
This could all be avoided by engaging in the extreme modification of poor questions by new members who don't understand the point of this stack exchange. In the example above, the question can simply be reworded to:
"Does the Bible or Holy Tradition suggest that human life begins before conception or at the moment of conception, meaning does God form the human soul before the sexual union of the parents, or is the human soul formed after the sexual union of the parents, and which verses or Tradition supports either view?"
BOOM!! Immediately the ratio of poor questions to good questions goes down, the perception of this website goes up, and, more importantly, the content of this stackexchange increases.
Sure, the intent of the OP was to be a troll and deface this site. With the 3 downvotes and the soon-to-be hold, he has succeeded. Why not violate his intention by violating his question and turning it into a legitimate exercise in scholarly study of Christianity? Note how buried in the grammatical massacre of his post there laid a legitimate question which fits perfectly within the parameters of the site. Instead of downvoting, why not excavate the legitimate question and rephrase it as I suggest?
I will copy and paste from the other meta-post, as I believe it sums the problem up nicely:
Of course, this [suggestion] completely destroys the intent of the OP. However, I think it looks bad when I come here and see most of the front page down voted and put on hold, with questions like "Is anal sex evil" -- it puts me off, to be honest.