Previously on Meta the issue of scoping with tags has been addressed. Here, I am wondering if scoping must be done in the title, or if scoping can be legitimately done in the body as well.
I have seen many examples of people scoping questions on this site, both in the question title and in the question body. Some examples:
- What does Roman Catholicism believe about... [as opposed to other traditions]
- What is an overview of... [as opposed to biblical basis, etc.]
- What do scholars/theologians/experts say about... [as opposed to non-scholars, etc.]
I intend to ask about the validity of these and other types of scoping in another question; that's not my focus here. Rather: does scoping have to be done in the question title in order to take effect?
That is, are the following two things equivalent from the perspective of scope (note the three bolded scoping clauses)?
- Title: "What does passage X mean?" Body: "What is an overview of Protestant interpretations of word Y in passage X?"
- Title: "What is an overview of Protestant interpretations of word Y in passage X?"
Put another way, if I answer with a biblical basis or Roman Catholicism answer, should it be considered more acceptable (i.e., less likely to be deleted as Not An Anwer) in the first case than in the second?