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- But can't I just say one thing? 5 answers
So you can search for yourself the whole litany of reasons why Christianity.SE opted to not be a feel-good free-for-all in favor of facts. But I've got a problem with the idea that we should be censoring answers offering personal advice.
The Founder of Christianity* and a lot of his adherents seem to think we should
Immediately delete answers that actually give personal advice.
But in my experience on this website, which I don't think is negligible, I've been able to offer lots of good advice without worrying that I'm leading someone into doing something dumb.
so when I read this
@Helen Site policy does not allow us to offer pastoral advice - an answer cannot rightly take your personal situation into account. As a site, we believe you should not be relying on strangers for such advice. Instead, you need to see a priest or other spiritual adviser for that. – ThaddeusB 2 days ago
I get a little bit miffed because it sounds like someone is trying to censor an answer or force it into a model that an answering may not like to answer in. Personally, I like to be personal. Affable Geek was the same way and I totally admired him for all he did for this site, and for other people. Who we actually are here to help, not just as Christian Intellectuals, but as a merciful people.
Saying "You" in an answer does not constitute pastoral advice. Thoughts?
*stack exchange at least