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Why is extra Biblical evidence a must for every answer?

In a recent conversation I had with a moderator, I learned that it is mandatory for every answer to include a non-Biblical source(s) as reference, even if the poster has clearly stated he or she needs ...
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Why must questions be about a specific denomination?

This question is about the following rule: "Questions that can be answered from multiple Christian viewpoints are not allowed. They must be edited to ask for one perspective, or to explicitly ...
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Should questions and answers on Christianity SE strive to provide the highest and well researched acedemic level as possible?

Should questions and answers on Christianity SE strive to provide the highest and well researched acedemic level as possible? This question is in response to an established user who had made the ...
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Should an answer be deleted because most readers won't like it?

My answer to Why do Christians use ancient Greek polytheistic connotations when defining the literal meaning of Hell? was recently deleted because: "This is just a rant against Christians you ...
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Is it right to allow answers to questions asking from a particular faith's perspective from someone completely outside that particular faith?

I recently saw a question asking for the Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic perspectives on one particular theological issue. The accepted answer, which came from a very highly rated contributor, ...
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Citing Sources in 2020/2022

I'm sure we've had this discussion before, probably when there were 0 moderators who didn't believe in private interpretation of scripture, but I'm having a hard time figuring out where people draw ...
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Deal with assumptions being made by accepted answers

I came across two approved answers, with a considerable number of upvotes/exposure, that seem to be assuming points as true, without them being properly discussed by the community, in light of the ...
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Is unqualified bibilical inerrancy, which implies YEC, the only acceptable line in CSE?

I have recently been addressed a comment [1], while dealing with the issues of whether Abraham left Haran before or after his father Terah's death and of the inerrancy of deacon Stephen's statement on ...
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Must answers comply with the tags associated to the question? and other questions

Questions Must answers comply with the tags associated to the question? What should I do if the answer is vaguely related to the question, or answers the question, but in a different context then the ...
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What are the rules (if any) concerning answering questions which are wider than the actual title of the question?

I had an answer of mine deleted from this question on the Christianity channel. However in the body of the question the asker said he was looking for Calvinist/Evangelical answers. I commented in my ...
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Removing "P.S" content from answers or the entire answer

If a person answers a question in a more or less legit manner and then goes on to write a blog post three times longer than the original answer. Should we consider that "Not An Answer" entirely until ...
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When to mention in a post about a substantial edit?

I have recently made substantial updates to both an answer and a question. This involved adding notable qualifications to an answer, and added notable clarification and concerns in the question. It ...
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Are 'extra information' answers encouraged here?

Based on comments on an answer here. A strong answer discussing the new testament and NWT alterations to the texts was posted, and I posted a comment suggesting some attention also be given to NWT ...
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If I vote up an answer should I also vote up the question?

Often I see questions with very few up votes have answers that get quite a bit of up voting. I have myself have read a question,found it interesting and then read a very good answer. Later when re ...
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Bad answer smell - the rhetorical question

This is the antitheses of Is the lack of a question mark always a "bad question smell?" What I'm wondering is, is a question answered with a series of rhetorical questions almost always ...
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Are answers whose sole purpose seems to be the propagation of a particular sect on topic here?

I mean, in particular, this answer: https://christianity.stackexchange.com/a/59972/25763 My first instinct was to flag it, however, seeing that already 2 ppl have downvoted it before me w/o flaggint ...
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Flagging a low quality late answers on questions that would be closed if asked currently

If I provide examples, I'll be violating some sort of privacy, so let me just start by saying Thank you, to people who flag posts routinely, you are the reason the site exists! But, sometimes ...
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Should I refrain from giving answers that include a large quotation from another source? [duplicate]

I am a mobile iPhone on the go person but I am intrigued by the questions and answers here. When I come upon a question that I have a strong opinion on I will find the source material I recall ...
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If I delete an answer I made what happens?

I hastily posted an answer and immediately lost 8 reputation points to down votes. I would delete it but that might be making things worse What should one do other than be more careful next time
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Quoting scripture?

I received this comment on an answer I gave. Please edit this to quote all those verses in full. – curiousdannii Am I suppose to quote all the scripture I reference to? Is this an official site ...
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What is the reason for the lack of "hot network questions"?

In my two and a half months here, I don't believe Christianity.SE has ever had a hot network question, whereas the average site should get at least one every few days. I see several possible reasons ...
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When answers are primarily quotes

I was curious after reading this answer. At what point do we disallow answers which are primarily a quote (or quotes) from others without much substance in the way of personal additions?
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Can we delete all answers to a question when it's closed as 'pastoral advice'?

We don't answer pastoral advice questions for good reason. Often a low-rep answerer will squeeze in some really bad advice just before a question is closed. We can undelete answers without any ...
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Should we address how to vote in the site tour?

It seems that vote wars have been a problem in the past on this site. I noticed the site tour does not cover how we should vote, and am recommending it be updated to include this information to help ...
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Should we encourage the answerer to post their denominational viewpoint vs. closing truth questions?

Instead of closing a "truth" question, should we encourage the people who answer to add their denominational opinion? I could see this adding to a broader understanding of Christianity. Example 1: ...
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Where on the Main C.SE site or Meta is the information discouraging "copying and pasting?"

Where on the Main C.SE site or Christianity Meta is the information discouraging just copying and pasting even when referencing the source?
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Are change of frame answers allowed on this site?

Inspired by the comments on the Jehova's Witness's answer on this. On the site from which I hail it is a common practice to "subvert" questions that make an apparently (or obviously) false ...
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Is there a way to draw attention to a new answer?

I added an answer to this question which has been around for a while. It would be surprising if there was not a way to improve this answer if other community members read it and make suggestions. Is ...
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Answering then editing

I answered this question and then went to correct the formatting but the option to edit had been greyed out? Is this a bug? Is it intentional and if so why?
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Good questions with bad answers

I've been browsing some questions this afternoon that have me a bit disappointed. It appears that they are acceptable questions per se, but they share the following characteristics: They are at least ...
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"I disagree with those people" is a bad answer

We have had many answers that follow this pattern (using the unicorn theme from the about page): Q: Some people say that your unicorn's horn should be buffed gently with chamois in order to bring out ...
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How can one politely encourage answerers to provide an "identifiable perspective"?

On an answer to a question about the Protestant (excluding Seventh Day Adventist) perspective on Sabbath-keeping, I left the following comment: What translation are you using for Matthew 5:17 which ...
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What is wrong with this answer?

I asked a question yesterday and have received only this answer so far. I personally would not downvote it (nor upvote it), but it has received 6 downvotes without a single comment. So what's up with ...
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What pseudonyms / pictographs are appropriate for identifying popular theological personalities?

Personally, I am opposed to any form of strangeness on the Internet that makes it a less hospitable and self-idiomatic place. But as a lark, and because this was rolling around in my brain what would ...
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When should an answer be made community wiki?

I made this answer community wiki because I only posted an extremely partial answer. Since the content seemed to be useful and too long for comments, posting it as an answer seemed somewhat ...
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Are personal observations allowable as citation in a good supported Answer?

I understand that personal opinions are generally going to be poor form for this site. But to what extent are personal observations the mark of a poor answer? For example, someone asked if there ...
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Difference between the two?

So what's the difference between christianity.stackexchange.com and meta.christianity.stackexchange.com ? There was a reference on another question that got me to wondering.
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About the answers on this question?

How can Heaven exist if we know that people in Hell will suffer? I think the question is okay. Might need a little work, especially clarifying a preferred opinion to answer with, but it is still good ...
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Should the rules on answers be loosened/clarified? [closed]

New to the site, but a member for several months on stackoverflow. As you can easily guess the two are quite different. One where most questions have a universally correct answer where here the ...
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How can I write my answers objectively and in compliance with the site purpose?

Unlike revising an answer to make it objective, what tips can we offer users to answering objectively and in the spirit of the site? I.e., how do we express and assist users in understanding that ...
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How can I make problematic answers more objective?

Background David Stratton recently wrote in another answer: I've been thinking it would be nice if we had a post here on META that would offer tips for editing Truthy posts to bring them in line ...
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Is it preferred to edit another user's answer into completeness, or to create a similar answer?

If, after some personal investigation, I find that my own answer to a question overlaps an existing answer by "85%" or so, is it preferred that I edit the existing answer? Or, is it preferred that I ...
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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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Does Christianity.StackExchange.com have issues with answer length?

It's no secret. Some of the "experts" on Christianity.StackExchange.com are steeped in Scripture. Some could answer nearly every moral question with Biblical references. I think this is great! ...
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When to "Add Another Answer"

When is it most appropriate to click that button instead of adding up to the same answer post? Is it dependent on time or difference in a view or something else?
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What makes a good supported answer?

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 supported answer. In order to give a valid answer about ...
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When is it appropriate to flag a answer?

The options for flagging a post for moderator attention are: Low Quality Not An Answer And other: These options are rather vague (and I assume they are vague for a reason, to allow a very wide ...
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What answer format is better? short and concise or long and descriptive

Short and concise may lead to not being thorough, but a longer answer might risk being tl;dr
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Is it good to present multiple POVs in a single answer?

It seems the community considers it unreasonable to ask for multiple POVs (POV means point of view). What does the community say about answering with multiple POVs? I personally see many benefits and ...
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What should we do about matching the viewpoints of askers and answerers?

The general idea has been touched on somewhat in here and here, but hasn't been dealt with directly. Should we encourage the community to answer questions in the same "alignment" as the question or ...
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