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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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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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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 ...
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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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Apology to site

I would like to apologize for my reaction to criticism of a post I made related to Christian Zionism. I was really unfair to some of the people who made comments and reacted very badly to my answer ...
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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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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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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, ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What about questions that are valid on other SE sites, but they're “culturally Christian” so they're asked here?

This is on the front page right now: Was Voltaire's house being used by the biblical society? This is the first comment: This question appears to be off-topic because it is about the history ...
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Is there anyway to request feedback/coaching about my activity?

I consider myself very open to constructive criticism. Is there a way for me to get a pulse on my behavior...other than random chatting. It would be cool to receive feedback about inexperienced ...
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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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Standard way to tag theological beliefs?

This is related to Christianity.SE Statistics I'm wondering if there's a standard way for voluntarily labeling one's theological beliefs. For example, in my profile page, I've labeled myself as pre-...
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Apostle tag suggestion

Inspired by the meta question Ban "john" as a tag, as well as this question on the main site, it seems that peter suffers almost (but not quite) as much ambiguity as the john. For this reason I ...
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Protestantism according to its tag wiki

The Protestantism tag wiki says: Protestantism is technically used to describe churches and denominations arising from the Reformation, or descended from them, but also informally as a catchall for ...
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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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Should this question about what happens if the Pope is physically or mentally incapacitated have been closed as a duplicate?

I recently asked the question What happens if a Pope is unable to continue his duties due to physical or mental illness?. To my surprise, it was closed as a duplicate of Could the Pope be removed from ...
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Would this be considered an example of an overview question?

I was watching this question today to see how it would be treated. I was not confident, however, in attempting to answer it. I think it would be a fairly easy question to answer, at least from my ...
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Proposed addition to “How to Ask” block

One of the most difficult challenges I had when first participating with this site was overcoming the urge to be part of a conversation. It took a long time to understand (and a part of me will ...
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Why do we need two separate categories for “First Posts” and “Late Answers” in the review queue?

I just finished doing six reviews of "First Posts." However, when I clicked on the "recent reviews" link for that category, it showed zero reviews for me. I then clicked on the "recent reviews" link ...
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Should we have a “hagiology” tag?

I learned a new word today: hagiology. It means: hagiology [hag-ee-ol-uh-jee, hey-jee-] noun the branch of literature dealing with the lives and legends of the saints. a biography or ...