As a new member of Christianity:Stack Exchange and reading through the RULES, REGULATIONS, META'S, questions, on holds, deleted's, and answers, I find the site to be very imposing and confusing to say the least. My initial thought was that this site had some very worthwhile and sincere folks as well as some Pharisaical types that were steeped in the law of Stack exchange and were pragmatic enough to put law as priority.
My initial reaction was to move on rather than find the value in the site, however I determined to give it a chance so I asked a question that has beleaguered me for a few years to see the reaction. The first responder wanted me to limit my rambling to 2 basic questions (I realize I ramble when I try to lay out a background before asking a question). Therefore, with the foundation for the question already laid, I reduced the questions to their simplest state and was immediately sent to Biblical Hermaneutics. Wondering why, I endeavored to give more background in an answer to my own question because that was the only place I found allowing space enough to elaborate. However, a very terse comment was made not to do that again, short and mildly bitter.
However, there were 2 excellent answers to my question that understood the query and took the time to present a very meaningful response(s). I further thought that I could expound on where the error in my thinking had originated and stated another comment including 2 websites that led to my error. Immediately, my comment was reduced merely to a “thank you”.
However, it is not within my nature to simply “go away” and yet that was the impression that I was given by the “legal” response. So, undaunted, I answered someone's question and also tried to edit a somewhat terse question so that it could be answered with a “loving, Christian” response (I am familiar with answering that type of question quite often) and was soundly rejected for my edit on that question (it was “on hold”).
With this as a background over the course of one week as a member, how do you believe a more timid individual with questions would respond? Unfortunately, our society does not respond well to rejection of any sort and more than likely would “blow off this site”. Is that what this site is seeking? Folks with sincere questions, perhaps wrongly worded or tersely phrased, turned away by a “Christianity” site; in your “meta” someone had asked why there was so little participation by new users. Is that what we are called to do? Turn away others because they do not conform to “our” laws?
I completely understand why there are rules and questions on how to apply them, but as your own site declares, “We are wading into a niche category on a secular QnA network where any viewpoint is fair game. Personally I am up for that. I hope some of you are too.” (see origin of statement) Christianity meta
I ran a Christian blog for about 3 years through xanga.com until they went to a different format but my door was always open to all, even allowing trolls until they overstepped the line of respect for others. What if a Samaritan woman came to you in Sychar and you believed the prevailing attitude of the Jews at that time, “Jews do not associate with Samaritans”, then John 4 would not have been written, those in Sychar would not have known, and some “lost sheep” would have remained lost. John 4
This is not meant as a sermon, merely an observation of a newcomer to consider, given with great respect for all of those that answer and question at Christianity Stack Exchange.
Thank you for your very polite response back and my question might be, if I had a question, is there a spot in your Exchange for new comer DISCUSSION? From all I have read, it appears to be solely Q & A, Is that correct? THAT IS MY QUESTION!! Please don't misunderstand, I came to this site hoping there was a "discussion room" where thoughts of similar minded folks could discuss successes and/or failures in a comparative analysis. Currently, I work with a Muslim, a Charismatic, and an in-between Apostolic Faith in prison and I emphasize discernment over judgement. We compare various cults as well as "the Big Three" with discernment in mind, not like a smorgasbord where we pick and choose the best of each faith but rather "Does Christianity fit in my life and why or why not"? The Muslim is currently ex-Muslim (having converted to Jesus Christ over Mohammed). I'm currently studying the Koran and the Hadith to understand Islamic thinking but always in the spirit of discerning individually what fulfills THEIR inmost needs. That may not be appropriate for your site.