I just joined this site, but I am a 2000+ rep user on Stack Overflow, so I have been around the Stack Exchange site for some time and understand the goals of its Q&A format.
With that said, I'm a little confused as to what kinds of questions are expected here and why so many are put on hold or closed when they seem like perfectly valid questions that could be answered with supporting material. An example from my 2 days on this site:
I first saw this question: Would reading "The Street Bible" help me understand the KJV Bible?
To me this seemed like a completely opinion-based question, and I would expect something like that to be closed. But others were responding, so I decided to write up an answer. My answer got lots of upvotes and even a few comments claiming it was helpful in some way. Great!
To me this seemed like a much better question than the first, as it was a pretty deep question about the nature of God. I felt it could have easily been answered with supporting scripture and perhaps other material, and yet it was almost instantly closed.
I don't really understand the logic behind these two choices at all. I have read the new user guides, and the guidelines for the types of questions that are allowed here, but it just seems to me that this site tends to stifle good discussion on Christianity more than encourage it. I looked down the list of new questions and just saw close after close.
So I guess my question is, what is the purpose of this site? What I loved about Stack Overflow (and why I joined that site) was that it seemed so friendly to new and inexperienced users. I expected a similar atmosphere here, but I feel like inexperienced users are beaten down with clarification notices and scoldings and down votes and close votes.
Why are we so afraid to get multiple answers to a question around here? I understand you want to avoid denomination wars, but I would think having a few different answers from a few different denominations would be a good thing. If a person has a question about the Christian faith, I would imagine they would enjoy having several perspectives presented to them so they could make their own choice as to which answer gave them the information they were looking for. Why are we stopping that type of interaction?
So could someone please explain to me the difference between the two questions I presented above, and why the opinion-based question was allowed, but the nature of God one wasn't? Also I would like to know why we so vehemently avoid "truth" questions? Isn't the whole point of Christianity to know the Truth? If we can state that clearly and support it with scripture, how is that harmful? And if the truth on a certain topic isn't 100% clear in scripture, what's the harm in presenting a position from a particular perspective with supporting scripture?
I'm excited to be here and want to contribute to this site, but I'm a bit discouraged at how quickly some seemingly good questions are shut down. I'm hoping someone can enlighten me. Thanks!