This is a post for reference from the FAQ.

There are some questions that are off-topic on this site. Please note that the following subjects are considered off-topic here:

  • Questions asking for all views on a broad subject.
    Questions asking for multiple viewpoints become a scoping issue. That is, if a question is asking for all viewpoints on the understanding of a broad topic, the question itself is too broad and needs to be narrowed. If the question is asking about the viewpoints from a narrow topic, the question is constructive for this site.

    If you feel that a question is too broad, it is better to ask about a small number of views in particular and how they relate, rather than asking about all possible views.

  • What the Bible says about a certain subject
    While this may seem counter-intuitive, the problem with questions like "What does the Bible say about ?" is that these are actually doctrinal questions. These questions can and should be asked, as long as you provide a doctrinal framework for these questions. Otherwise, these questions are asking for a doctrinal interpretation without specifying a doctrinal viewpoint.

    There is a meta post explaining this more clearly.

  • Pastoral advice questions.
    If your personal story is required background in order to ask a question, you should consider taking the issue to your pastor or priest. In the same way that SE sites cannot provide legal or medical advice, this is not a good source for personal spiritual advice.

    There is a meta post specific to this issue as well.

  • Who are the real Christians?
    Questions may be asked about any self-proclaimed Christian tradition, but this is not the place to settle who is ultimately right or wrong.

    There is not just one but two very relevant meta posts.

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    I wish I could +100 for the Pastoral advice questions bullet point. Commented Dec 15, 2011 at 3:13

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Yes, this is a good reminder that not all questions are well suited or allowed here. We are not trying to be all things to all people or a be-all-and-end-all reference, only a place for really good focused question and answers.

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