Take a look at what judaism.stackexchange does.

What it do baby. It's the ice-man Paul Wall.

Similar to our site, I bet they were getting inundated with "advice" questions and finally put this disclaimer up there with helpful links. Why don't we do that?


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I like the idea. It doesn't seem to prevent other notices, like community ads, from appearing in the sidebar; rather it just shifts everything down a bit.

Let me suggest that we use the following wording, adapted from Judaism.SE's example and Jon Ericson's relevant post:

Like any library, Christianity Stack Exchange offers great information, but does not offer personalized advice, and does not take the place of seeking such advice from your pastor, priest, or other trustworthy counselor.

Feedback and edits welcome.

  • I wonder if this question would be better to link to. The question is worse but the answers are much better... Maybe we can edit the question to be better.
    – curiousdannii Mod
    Commented Apr 29, 2016 at 1:53
  • The question I linked to is focused more on outsiders, whereas the one you're linking to is focused on debating and implementing a policy. To explain why we don't allow pastoral care questions, the first type of question would be better I think.
    – curiousdannii Mod
    Commented Apr 29, 2016 at 1:55
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    @curiousdannii I see your point. At the very least we could link to the top answer. Or, we could put together a canonical post that brings together all three answers to that question into a single new question or question/answer. The reason I picked that link is because it's the one that's included in the pastoral advice close reason, which probably should be reevaluated as well. Commented Apr 29, 2016 at 4:43
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    I've updated the link to use the new FAQ question. Commented Apr 10, 2017 at 22:17
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    I've used this answer to create the notice. Hopefully people will take it to heart. Commented May 31, 2017 at 20:12
  • @Jon You left in Nathaniel's referer code!
    – curiousdannii Mod
    Commented May 31, 2017 at 22:26
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    @curiousdannii: Heh. Fixed. Commented May 31, 2017 at 23:34
  • @curiousdannii Hey, I would have offered to let someone else put their referrer ID in there after I got the gold badge :) Commented Jun 1, 2017 at 0:12

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