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How to deal with irrelevant gotcha questions?

A question like this According to LDS, why doesn't omniscient God know about the existence of any other Gods? is a nuanced question branching off of two other related question. It's nitpicking at ...
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How is a question asking for examples of secular historians supporting a Christian argument for Jesus' resurrection off-topic?

The deleted question: What are examples of secular historians agreeing with the four historical facts about Jesus of Nazareth that William Lane Craig bases his argument on? Screenshot: Moderator's ...
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Can we add a "this question is opinion based" option to the "first questions" review queue?

Currently, when I go to review a first question asked by a new user, I have three options. I can write a custom comment, or I can use a pre-made comment that recommends the user to clarify their ...
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What is the recommended editing that would help get the essence of a specific question reopened?

I came across an old question here. It was closed without a lot of dialog on why it was closed. Was it because it was more of a "truth question"? What would it take to reopen the question - ...
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Why is there a philosophy tag if philosophical questions are off-topic?

The OP for this question queried that it was closed due to the following reason : General philosophical or sociological questions are off-topic unless clearly asking for a doctrinal answer. See: On-...
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How Would C.S. Lewis Answer?

So, I don't see questions like this Why did Jesus need to die for our sins? or this Given God is genderless, why Jesus (God the Son) assumed a male form? or this Did God the Son become flesh? getting ...
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Requesting reopening

Can Christians still eat meat with blood in it? The reason given for closing this question does not seem valid. If it was closed due to it being a "Truth" question, I can agree, but being closed as a ...
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RFC: Replacing the Philosophical close reason

I'd like to replace the current Philosophical/Sociological close reason with one that gets more at the meat of why we're closing the question and offers some help for what to do to fix the question: ...
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One question open and one closed. Why?

The two following questions are quite similar, yet one is closed and the other remained open. What is the reasoning behind this? Is there something that I do not see? How to reply to “You're going to ...
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Always be ready to give a reason for your hope (with citations)

With only 2 mods left (and with all respect to Mason) only one that actively moderates the site. Flag handling might be a bit off. I'm probably going to have to delete more posts and leave less ...
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Precedence: biblical basis or truth question/is X a sin?

In reference to this recently closed question. I'm curious to know if there is or should be a precedence between biblical basis and truth/is X a sin? questions? The above linked question was closed ...
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Closing Opinion Based Questions and the new Niceness

I want to talk about a specific class of opinion based questions That I believe should be handled differently from the standard 'close it'. We all know that we don't want to be in a position where ...
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Closing a question due to lack of research

Why is it not possible in Christianity.SE to flag a question as being off-topic due to lack of research? I wanted to flag this question as such, since the OP could have found an answer by looking in a ...
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Does a question count as a personal question if a normal Christian would not ask such a question?

The question in question: https://christianity.stackexchange.com/questions/59662/what-are-the-general-guidelines-on-amening My question was put on hold as off-topic. "Questions seeking pastoral ...
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How can we have a duplicate of an unclear question?

This situation is very fishy: Catholic restricted from Communion has been closed as a duplicate of Catholic baptized in another church which itself has been closed as an unclear question. It's true ...
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Why not more emphasis on own search?

Some questions don't seem to have any research or attempt at answering done at all. On How to Ask says: Have you thoroughly searched for an answer before asking your question? Sharing your research ...
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I'm new here and I'm having some difficulty understanding guidelines for questions

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 ...
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Are close-vote scope standards significantly different now than they used to be?

I've noticed some questions being quickly closed as opinion-based or too broad, even though there is a precedent for the success of such questions. These closures seem to be mostly recent, and ...
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Should this question be closed or edited?

This is the question: What did Jesus say about the end times? Here's the problem I have with it. It is essentially, "What does the Bible say about x?" Which the community has decided is essentially ...
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Why was my question marked as "off-topic"?

I don't really understand why my question was marked as "off-topic". This question was also marked as seeking "pastoral advice." Since my post is about some aspect of Christianity (and, thus, is on-...
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Why does God...?

We continue to receive "Why does God...?" types of questions: https://christianity.stackexchange.com/q/32535/20 Why does God punish us when He gives us free-will? Why does God command us to have ...
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Why was this closed for being "truthy" when it's anything but that?

So I asked this: Was Absalom's hair really that strong? An objectively scientific question: can human hair be that big/strong? Yet it was put on hold for being a "Truthy/Is X a sin" question, and ...
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Relooking at this question with 20-20 hindsight, I think that the VTC was incorrect - what say you all?

The question under consideration: Isn't Jesus's suffering over magnified by the Catholic Church? body as per: It seems too me that the suffering of Jesus is over magnified. I mean so many people ...
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Should we accept "Help me find this thing" questions, or "identify this" questions?

Recently we received this question: Kids christian music from the 80's which asks us to help him identify some music he remembers listening to when he was a child in the 1980's (though I can't ...
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We tried hard, so where did we go wrong?

I'm referring to this question: https://christianity.stackexchange.com/questions/29843/were-a-lot-of-christians-in-the-past-not-christians-at-all A determined effort was made to steer this question ...
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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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Can we have a close reason for "Truth Questions"?

I know that "Truth Questions" technically fall under the scope of "Primarily Opinion Based" or "Too Broad" and not "Off Topic," but to aide in the training of new visitors, and to reduce the need to ...
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Is the Names of God question really "too broad"?

What are the different names of God in the Bible and what do they mean? At first glance this looks like a huge question, but take a look at the accepted (and most upvoted) answer! It provides the ...
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Gray areas of questiondom

Finally have taken it upon myself to be what I hated on Programmers.SE and started Voting to Close questions that applying a bit of what we've learned over the past year makes an answerable question. ...
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Questions closed for wrong reason

An unpopular question asking about the KJV but presenting some bible errancy arguments, as well as KJV history arguments was closed as a duplicate. First of all, I can't tell what it's a duplicate 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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Why close a question when all that's needed is a canonical answer?

I am considering adding a bounty to this question when I noticed that one of the reasons available for creating the bounty is: Canonical answer required The question is widely applicable to a ...
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Where is the post? Where is the discussion?

My post says "This post has been locked while disputes about its content are being resolved. For more info visit meta." But I don't see any information on it anywhere in meta. What's going on here?
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Why was one question closed and one not when they are similar?

The following question was closed: Are people who "think a lot about" God, Jesus, right and wrong more likely to go to heaven? But another question, similar in form and content, has been ...
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How can this question be made more applicable to Christianity.SE?

I posted this question yesterday, and it was closed fairly shortly after. The title is What evidence supports the truthfulness of Christianity, over and above that which supports other religions?, ...
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This question should be re-opened

Can people in Heaven communicate with each other? This meta post, which is good is quoted in the comments to help the user change the question. From the answer to that post: Tip 2: Change "Is x ...
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Why are some questions closed with less than 5 votes?

The faq says this: When a question reaches 5 close votes, it is marked as closed, and will no longer accept answers. Closed questions may be opened by casting reopen votes in the same manner. ...
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Should I close questions that are open ended?

I've recently gained the ability to vote to close questions. There are some cases which I think are quite easy to vote to close (e.g. when it's a duplicate of another question). However I've come ...
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Reopen suggestions: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam worship the same God?

I removed some of the "babble" in the top of the question. What could I change to make this question acceptable? https://christianity.stackexchange.com/questions/8851/christianity-judaism-and-islam-...
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Reopen: Christianity as we know it today is not tolerant enough per Jesus and the bible?

I changed the question around so now it's not subjective but asking for specific quotes from the bible. Please consider reopening or suggest what would make it better. https://christianity....
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Re-open: Has the bible been changed over the years?

I believe this question should be re-opened The reasons to close for a possible duplicate are: What major discrepancies exist between “versions” of the Bible? Lineage of Each Verse of Scripture 1) ...
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Questions about whether a particular post is on-topic

I noticed a question on the main board that currently has a cumulative vote score of -2, as well as some votes to close. I'm new to Christianity.SE (and to SE generally), and I'm trying to develop a ...
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How did an objectively answerable question such as this one get closed?

A question such as this seems to be objectively verifiable via the Bible, so I see no reason for it to have been closed based on the claim that it's "not constructive". It is based solely on the ...
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Should question on Jewish beliefs be closed?

Should this question about Jewish beliefs be closed for the reasons given in this meta post explaining a moderator's reason for closing a question about atheism and this other meta post that explains ...
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closed as not constructive - what are the rules?

I asked a question about a popular politician in the US, performing public and collective prayers for a booming stock market, which was closed as not constructive. Of course, the question is ...
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Add a new close reason

This question got closed as "off-topic" recently. The reason it was closed is because it's a question asking for pastoral advice, and if not that it's probably a duplicate. In any case, if we're going ...
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