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What policies do or could make a site like this “successful”? [duplicate]

As I mentioned in another post recently (Why even bother posting on this board?), I quit posting on this board months ago because I found the policies of the moderators frustrating and, to my mind, ...
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Christianity.SE vs. Survivor

We've had a couple of questions in the format "Are members of $sect_or_subgroup_or_movement really Christian?", and a few more that are asking that exact question, but trying to couch it in terms that ...
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Brothers, we are not Christians‼

Disclaimer: I still stand behind the concepts that inspired this post, am glad I wrote it, and that this site made it as far as it did. Unfortunately some of the circumstances have changed since I ...
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But can't I just say one thing?

I am not allowed to share the exact stats, but in general terms the statistics for Christianity.SE show the vast majority of our daily traffic is now from people drifting in as a result of Google ...
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What Christianity.StackExchange is (and more importantly, what it isn't)

Once again, we're seeing an influx of new talent, which is GREAT! A growing community means more people, sharing new perspectives, or perhaps bringing a clearer explanation of an already described ...
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Pastoral Advice Questions

I haven't seen any yet, but I would imagine that we are going to get questions asking for pastoral input. It may be anything from "I can't seem to stop surfing internet porn", to (if we're really ...
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2014 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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Newcomers: Be patient. You will get there if you follow our direction. Keep trying

To the newcomers: I am thrilled that you have come to this site. I am excited that you want to spend time contributing to this site, and even more so that you want to learn more about Christianity. ...
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What makes a good focused question?

In response to Can we reverse the trend on low quality posts? we would like to propose the following thoughts on what defines a good focused question. The primary focus of this site is a place to ask ...
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We can't handle the truth

As new members join a site called "Christianity," it is understandably common that many will ask the sorts of questions that would be asked of a pastor, in a church Bible study, or over a cup of ...
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Do we need any site specific close reasons?

The entire question "close" system across the Stack Exchange network is going to get a face-lift soon that will (hopefully) make the fall a little bit gentler for new users and ease the learning curve....
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Anyone care to share templated comments?

I use the AutoReviewComment user script so that it actually pops up for me in the comment box and allows me to choose what to say to users. I recently shared all of my templated comments for import ...
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How should we respond to posts by apparent or professed Muslims?

The site has been inundated with posts by some apparent Muslims such as Jakub Žitný, and professed Muslims such as Wilson whose questions are clearly designed to begin a dialog in which they argue ...
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What is “mainstream Christianity”?

This is an attempt at discussing what manifestations of Christianity are the subject of study for this site. I'm throwing stuff out for discussion. I also realize that may / will probably conflict ...
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What is the difference between this stack (Christianity) and biblical hermeneutics?

There's two sites that seem related to the Bible and Christian studies: Christianity.StackExchange Hermeneutics.StackExchange Hermeneutics is kind of like interpretation of the bible. But in ...
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How can we improve our guidance about the comment practices?

If you follow meta, you have seen considerable discussion lately regarding comment deletion. Usually comments are deleted because they are obsolete, off topic, impolite, or have turned into noise (...
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Why not have new members go through a general introduction page?

As a new member I was turned off by having asked questions that were either voted down right away, put on hold, and have just now gotten to the pages defining what is and is not acceptable on the site....
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What is the minimum bar for a “group” (sect / denomination / etc..)?

According to the FAQ, Christianity.StackExchange is for "any group that identifies themselves as Christian are to be considered on-topic" Additionally, it seems to pretty well established that we ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2014 [duplicate]

Our first run of Community Promotion Ads has come to a close. As we now hit December 2013, it's time to start a brand new round! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are ...
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Does this site's policy against debating “who's right” mean that the site is teaching that there is no such thing as absolute truth?

Those of us who have been around for a while are, of course, familiar with the "we're not here to debate who's right" guideline. (a.k.a. "Truth questions", a.k.a. "Opinion questions", a.k.a. "general ...
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Tips for editing a question to make it suitable for re-opening

Hopefully you're here because your question has been closed as "Too Broad" or "Primarily Opinion Based" and someone left a comment suggesting that you edit your question and try to get it reopened. ...
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So what does it take to have an honest and open discussion here?

My answer (originally posted here) was deleted: being that i cannot comment, i'll respond in the Answer box again, until David or someone deletes it. i also grew up in a tea-totalling ...
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Should we avoid “refute this”-type questions?

Before I begin, I want to emphasize that the question I picked is a good one. In fact, I picked it because it troubled me and I didn't understand why until the reason clicked into place. It's a ...
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Are there checks and balances to ensure that moderators follow site guidelines?

With the site graduated, there will soon be elections for moderators. I'm concerned about this because there seem to be precious few regular site members actively enforcing the site guidelines. On ...
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Why were my answers deleted, is there a moderator bias on this site?

I've just joined this site and have had 2 of my answers deleted by wax eagle and both were questions that touched upon Calvinism, and my answers were clearly not from a Calvinistic perspective. Though ...
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Guidelines for writing effective answers

A question was recently asked on meta to solicit suggestions on how to develop answers with a "polite and academic tone," with an eye toward helping users to better understand the purpose and function ...
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Are truth questions inherently off-topic, or just a bad question smell?

Consensus on the site seems to have coalesced around the idea that "Truth Questions" are bad. Trying to get to a definition of a "Truth Question" is, of course, squishy, but generally is ...
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Verbiage for new “Truth Question” close reason

Followup to: Can we have a close reason for “Truth Questions”? We need some concise, and very new-user friendly verbiage for the new close reason, related to "Truth Questions" (of which Is X a sin? ...
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What are guidelines for “Good Subjective” answers on this site?

Based on this question: Is methodology advice to pastors too subjective to deal with here? there seems to be a consensus that: Not only are Doctrinal Questions are on topic, but so too are Practical ...
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Do you have to have an “identifiable perspective”?

I was just inspired by the great sentiment at the "Christianity.SE vs. Survivor" post. The writer said it was not useful to kick people off the island for not meeting your standards for deserving to ...
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Why was “How many jews were in times of Jesus” on hold?

This is actually a good question. This actually reveals how many Jews were during the time of Jesus Christ. This will help to reveal the type of community where Jesus Christ lived and to whom he ...
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Do we allow questions asking for personal exegesis?

Lately there have been several questions in the format "What does (insert Bible Story) mean/teach us?" These aren't scoped to request a particular view, and as worded, most of them are clearly asking ...
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Why is hubris allowed on this site?

I answered a question. My answer may be right or wrong. That's not the issue. Someone calling themselves, comically, "David," wrote in his comment to my answer: That's not what the question was. ...
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I want to answer someone's question

Why does this website operate on privileges and points? I came on here to answer a question from a genuine Catholic person about their prayers not being answered. I have lots of experience with God ...
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Are questions about Jehovah's Witnesses on topic?

While Jesus Christ appears to be an important part of JW doctrine, I’m not sure Jehovah’s Witnesses fit the general description of a Christian denomination (assuming Christian implies the doctrinal ...
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How should we address “convince me” questions?

This is meant as a reference point to address behavior often seen in new visitors to the site, for a very common issue seen with new visitors. What are the site guidelines to deal with borderline ...
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Question about site and answers using true Christian faiths like Catholic, Pentecostal, Baptist and such

I feel like I must be a Harvard student to be able to ask a question on this site. Why is it not allowed to ask a question about my faith in God in GENERAL and get an answer? All I want is any answer ...
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Refute this vs Why do they believe this?

I have been thinking about this for a few days (mostly because I would headhunt Refute This! questions because I love debating; even small details). However, I agree with the community that this site ...
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Why can't we ask hard or divisive questions?

I've observed that a question like "Does sacramental wine become the actual blood of Christ during communion?" is "not an appropriate question" since it's liable to be answered according to the ...
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Types of questions that are within community guidelines

I find that there are at least six types of questions that the community on Christianity.StackExchange has decided are on-topic and within site guidelines. These question types, if the few rules that ...
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Is my question (about “God-Who-Hears”) really off-topic?

I woke up the other day, wondering if God had a specific 'God Who Hears' name. I searched the internet, but only got a few hits. I asked my pastor about it, and he didn't know of one, so I thought I'...
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Why is my question bad? It got at least 1 downvote and has no answers or comments

It's a question on leprosy: What did Jesus do regarding the Jews believing that some diseases were sometimes due to sin?
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Another reason this is not a Christian site

I know there are explanations galore in Meta and in the FAQ, we still have people coming around that refuse to accept the idea that this is not a Christian site - that it's not about Truth, but rather ...
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how could I be labeled a anti-semite when I am Jewish (semitic) myself?

I answered the question about what the "abomination of desolation" was and David Stratton labled me as being anti-semetic and locked the comments to my answer, I love David Stratton and his insight ...
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I don't understand why I cannot answer this question

Why did Jesus say he came to create division? It seems like this topic was closed because the mods didn't like the comments on it. That seems wrong. Why can't I answer this question? What is going on ...
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Quality issues, or am I out of touch?

I've seen this question, but that's mighty old now. I admit I don't come here very often any more, but some of the stuff I've seen recently doesn't really encourage me. Admittedly, maybe my sampling ...
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What is a well-sourced, dispassionate answer?

This is for discussion purposes only. When an answer needs to be improved, I'd like to be able to link to a FAQ that gives guidance on how to answer, much like What makes a good supported answer? I'...
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Should C.SE. start allowing “personal opinion”, the alternative to “identifiable position”?

Are there any good reasons to start allowing personal opinion? Is PO the alternative usually being advocated when users oppose a policy on "identifiable position"?
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How do we respond to questions on the validity of Christianity?

Normally, I'd address this directly with the people involved but SE doesn't have a private message system (that I know about). I am not challenging the sincerity of the responders or the validity of ...
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What is wrong with answering general questions Biblicaly?

@Caleb after having reviewed your comments on: Did Jesus mean that heaven and earth would actually pass away in Matthew 24:25? I am confused as I was under the impression that this site was to answer ...

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