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We Are NOT Resigning … Yet

We, El’endia Starman, Peter Turner, and Mason Wheeler, are not resigning at this time. However, we object strongly to the way that StackExchange staff handled their disagreement with Monica Cellio. ...
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What types of questions can I ask on this site?

Introduction There are lots of important questions about Christianity and faith which cannot be effectively handled on this site: questions about personal lives, our relationships with God, and what ...
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New design launched

As you can see the new design just went live, which means this site has been officially launched! Congratulations! Thank you for being an awesome community! If you're still seeing the old favicons, ...
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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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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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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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Why was my question closed? How can I get it open again?

As we move through this process of increasing the quality of questions here on Christianity.SE, some questions will be closing (due to the votes of the community and the moderators). This effort to ...
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Is any corporate sponsorship allowable on this site?

PROPOSAL: Ask Logos Bible Software to sponsor regular contests in order to drum up support See if Logos Bible Software would like to incorporate our questions and answers into their passage guide ...
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Can the theme be darkened up just a touch?

While the new theme is pretty nice, over the last couple days I've spotted a couple usability issues stemming from the design itself. Most notably, I'm having trouble spotting the difference between ...
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The difference between community and moderators

Recently, there have been more-than-usual flags suggesting/implying that one question or another should be closed. Yet, I haven't been seeing any close votes or comments pointing out whatever the ...
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2014 Community Moderator Election

The 2014 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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Please tag your Bible verses with the version of the Bible you are quoting from

Every time I see a Bible verse with a few words that are slightly different or even out of the ordinary, the first thought that comes to mind is the version of the Bible the verse was quoted from; ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, in ...
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Writing the Perfect Question

I want to mention that this is not part of the series regarding refining of the guidelines for questions and answers. This is about how to write Excellent questions, regardless of the topic. ...
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90 days in beta, but where are we at?

Congratulations to everyone for making it 90 days into Beta! Since we've been in beta 90 days, I thought that we needed a post to address this fact, examine the past, and look towards the future. This ...
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(How) can we welcome more questions about pastoral care practices?

From the outset, let's be clear that I'm not talking about pastoral advice questions. What I am referring to can be found in the question What expertise are we lacking? Mike's answer states: I think ...
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2014 American Chesterton Society Conference - and a contest

So... my wife has already given me the tentative greenlight to go to the 2014 American Chesterton Society conference in Mundelein. I remember a few years ago on programmers.SE Anna Lear got herself ...
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Why are some people reviewing new posts and not directing them to the meta and help pages?

Most recently, I noticed this question from a new user. I saw only a single comment that was a quasi answer, which is fine, but I also saw no other comments and that this user had two upvotes and only ...
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Should site specific badge icons show on all accounts?

When viewing an individuals profile on an SE network site, the accounts page shows badges with that site's theme. The resulting site specific badge icons strike me as odd when paired with other sites. ...
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New Beta Theme Launched

Your site looks a bit different today. Yes, we are getting rid of the 'Sketchy' look and replacing it with a more-polished and finished design for sites in beta. You can read more about the redesign ...
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Proper way of adding to overview answers

What should I do in list/overview question like this one: What is an overview of Christian viewpoints on the eternal destiny of individuals who die never hearing the Gospel? when I think a smaller ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Have you seen this user?

One of the most infamous users on the Stack Exchange network has been moved to the top of the Christianity Stack Exchange most wanted list. fredsbend - Christianity Stack Exchange's Most Wanted User ...
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Just to keep things lively, how about some live debate on the origins of the universe?

Personally I think it's a rare question it the field of science and the creation vs. evolution debate that makes a really good fit for this site, but that doesn't mean our community isn't interested ...
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Where to redirect new users needing advice with formatting?

While doing first post reviews, I sometimes find that the user didn't learn to use the toolbar just above the text field they write to. I didn't find any better help topic than those on editting and ...
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2020 Community Moderator Election

The 2020 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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Analysis of Patristic Texts

So, say I have a question concerning the translation of a Patristic text, say, of Gregory of Nazianzus. It would go something like this: In his first discourse, Gregory of Nazianzus wrote, εἴπωμεν,...
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How I think the "literal and historical" question could be improved

It might be a bit unusual to use meta this way--usually these types of explanations come after the OP of a contested post asks why. But I think it would be good to explain my take on this question now....
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2013 Community Moderator Election

The 2013 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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Is it the font or color scheme that makes this site hard to bear for me?

I am generally having a hard time reading many of the questions in this font / color scheme of the new site. Honestly, the new layout and colors make me not want to come back to this site at all. This ...
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Eschewmenical Blog Christmas Tradition

It might be appropriate to ask the year's most productive Christian to give the Christmas blessing on the Blog, if he or she (and in this case he) is up to it. What do you fellows think?
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Meta tag cleanup

I cleaned up tags on a bunch of posts today, partitularly the faq tag. I removed a couple of posts that I haven't seen referenced in a long time and don't seem to be frequently encountered problems ...
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What should we do with answers that don't meet the minimum threshhold of Christian *group*?

One "feature" of Stack Exchange is that it is just as easy to post a "wrong" answer as it is a right one. The beauty of crowd-sourcing is that many eyeballs should push the "cream" to the top and ...
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How to encourage comments to be polite and at an academic level?

How to encourage comments to be polite and at an academic level? Lately I have noticed that comments are at times a low quality within themselves, on both main and meta sites. Some are somewhat not ...
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FYI: New biblical archaeology magazine

For those interested in biblical archaeology, a new magazine has recently been published: Let The Stones Speak, with potentially interesting topics. E.g. this first issue includes Top 10 Biblical ...
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Should questions about the use of scriptural or religious study guides be on-topic for this site?

Referring to this question and related to this Meta post. A question was asked about the use of lexicons (specifically mentioning Strong's Concordance). I felt it would be on-topic, but Lee ...
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2017 Community Moderator Election

The 2017 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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Splitting a question

high level I asked Biblical basis for two aspects of the Gap Theory without realizing how complex the question would end up being. I would like to split the question, and ask the following questions:...
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Anyone want to write a blog post about Salvation?

One of our regular contributors isn't going to be able to write a July post on Salvation as it concerns Faith and Works. Sooooooo..... If anyone wants to take a shot at it, please respond and get ...
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How to scope overview questions

This is about this question (and a bit about this one), which while I think are good questions to ask, they are not IMO a good fit for this site as they are too broad. SE sites are for finding real ...
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Are questions that ask for Christian's evaluation of a specific cult's view of love, etc. on topic?

Occasionally I see cults promoting teachings on topics that are central to Christianity such as this Japanese Happy Science promoting four stages of love that on the surface has a lot of similarities ...
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2021: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Are some recommendation questions considered as topic?

There have be a few recommendation questions in the past. Some were in fact simply a resource request, which is considered on topic. Beer, Wine & Alcohol SE recommendation questions are quite ...
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Redo 'Unitarianism' tag description?

The first part of the current description for the 'unitarianism' tag is "a liberal Christian theological movement" Biblical Unitarians consider themselves unitarians. Is there another, more ...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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Where do exegetical questions on an apocryphal text belong?

The question What is the “head-band” Judith gives to Anna in the Protoevangelium of James? about one of the more famous NT apocryphal text is valid and worthy of investigation. But does the question ...
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Be encouraged to give. Participate in SE's charity drive

SE is running a sort of charity drive. In the spirit of Christian giving, I want to encourage this community to participate. Announcing Our Amazing 2018 Stuff-A-Way!
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Should Reformed and Baptist require seperate questions?

The question Acording to Reformed and Baptist theology why doesn't Satan surrender? asks for either a Reformed or Baptist position on this subject. Many Baptist believe in freewill, such as Arminian ...
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Why was the question about seeing Jesus and his being God rejected?

This question was closed as asking for an opinion, and yet there is Scriptural reasoning as to how that phenomenon came about. To me this is a cogent question about Christianity since it deals with ...
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Advice to revive deleted questions?

I appreciate the concerns behind the closing of my questions. I understand some of the frustration that my questions might be conceived as primarily opinion-based and too broad. Let go through my ...
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