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Where did I go wrong?

The Issue Yesterday I asked what I thought was a simple, on-topic question, "Why do some Christians object to rock music?" (the original text of of the question is behind the edits). I hadn't really ...
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Should we drop the use of “christian” as a qualifier in tags?

Can I rename "christian-dash-something" tags to drop the qualifier? For example we have christian-parenting, but it seems to me on this site that the Christian part is a given and that just parenting ...
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How is Christianity SE different from Wikipedia?

TL;DR: Are there objectively answerable questions that aren't covered by standard reference materials? I'm used to other SE sites like Stack Overflow where there is a demonstrable problem with ...
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Old Testament Rules

Lots of questions are starting to come in about "why isn't this OT rule still followed?". I believe we need a definitive question and answer on this subject, possibly in the FAQs.
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Bible-scholarship integrity?

We are seeing plenty of questions and answers that say things like "St. Paul wrote in Ephesians" or "St. Paul wrote in 2 Timothy..." There is a large body of textual-critical scholarship holding that ...
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Can we roll back to my changes on the Uncertainty Principle question?

RE: How do Christians understand the omniscience of God in relation to the Uncertainty Principle? I know Caleb's answer is good, but it still is based on the assumption that Christians care about the ...
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Is “Some Christians say…” a valid justification for a question?

We've had a few questions lately that present an argument from a vague or ill defined set of "Christians" and ask for reasons why said group believes what they do: Why do some Christians believe it ...
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Is a question that can be found on google allowed?

From my friend @BeatMe in chat asked "So a question that is easily googleable (top 5 links for the exact question give a huge selection of answers) shouldn't be answered?" Right after commenting on ...
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Are all doubt related questions duplicates?

Compare Is it OK to question God about doubts? with an older question https://christianity.stackexchange.com/questions/438/is-it-okay-to-have-doubts People are claiming this first is a duplicate of ...
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Could someone who chooses to downvote please leave a comment as to why they have chosen to do so?

I've noticed a lot of questions getting downvoted with no comment or clarification on how they can be improved or a reason for the downvote. Its not required, but it would be nice if folks would leave ...
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Why the double standard on question closing?

Two questions were asked earlier today by the same user: https://christianity.stackexchange.com/questions/1483/what-popular-arguments-are-there-against-young-earth-creationism and What are the common ...
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SE sites are about a community of experts answering questions on a specific subject matter. What is the identity of our experts?

There has been some similar a discussion regarding this topic, so please forgive me and close this if the same question is asked elsewhere. However... Please explain if I am incorrect in this logic. ...
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Handling Questions regarding creationism and evolution

I've posted answers on a few of these types of questions so far Where does the belief that the Earth is relatively young (6000 years) come from? And the only thing that a YEC answer sparks is ...
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How do we ask questions regarding different faiths without being offensive?

I have multiple questions regarding other faiths I'm not fully familiar with. However I don't want to make it seem like I'm either poking at in disbelief/disgust in their doctrines or causing a ...
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Old/New Testament Jewish culture: On or Off topic?

Inspired by What portion of his income would a Jew following the sacrificial laws give?: Are questions about Old/New Testament Jewish culture and life on topic on this site? Or should we migrate ...
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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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Questions of “What is your interpretation of X passage” [duplicate]

For other SE sites, I think personal interpretations of specific scripture is off-topic as too subjective. Are question asking specifically for 'how does you interpret ... passage' on topic here?
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The importance of prayer [closed]

The site hits public beta soon. We will have many difficult situations after that. We should remember to pray for this community, for one another and for those passing by. Especially, we should pray ...
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Should we allow humour oriented questions?

Should we allow humourous questions on this site, like, "What is the most cringey Christian t-shirt you've ever seen?" or "Worst sermon illustration ever?" Note to new people to meta: vote this ...
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How should we handle answers that contain little or no user content? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Answers copied from an external source I have encountered numerous answers in my perusal of this site that contain at most a sentence or two of user generated content with a ...
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What is the usage of the “doctrine” tag? [duplicate]

Do you guys think the doctrine is actually useful? If so what exactly should it be used on? Right now the questions tagged with it pretty much look like alphabet soup.
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ten-commandments tag

I just tagged a question about taking God's name in vain with commandments. Even though this question is just about one of the Ten Commandments, should it be tagged with ten-commandments, or is ...
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Can we blacklist the “christianity” tag?

Based on experience on other sites, tags that cover most of all of the subject matter or the site are particularly insidious and often get used when people don't want to put any more effort into ...
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Does this site consider the bible to be inerrant?

I'm aware of What literature do we consider to be foundational?, but it doesn't clearly ask/answer the question: how's the Bible to be treated? What I mean is, in answering, should/must one assume ...
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Are “is X a sin” questions on topic? [duplicate]

We have had a couple of questions along the lines of "is X a sin?". Should these questions be on topic or should we disallow them?
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What to do when titles and questions don't match

This has probably been covered on every other SE site out there, but I don't know the answer, so I'm asking it here. What do we do when a title and a question don't match (probably due to confusion ...
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Matthew 20:16 Badges [closed]

I think it would be appropriate on this site to add a new set of badges, based on Matthew 20:16. I propose the following badges be awarded for the following criteria: Deacon 100 accumulated down ...
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Should we rollback radical edits that invalidate the existing answers?

I was reading this question: https://christianity.stackexchange.com/questions/169/is-it-true-that-teachings-that-contradicts-the-66-books-of-the-traditional-bible and I noted that every answer had ...
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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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Closing Questions that could be asked somewhere else

As Christianity Q&A were developed, some question that was asked in the main site was question that could have been somewhere else, if it weren't for that that specific site was not created. For ...
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is it ironic that on a site about christianity opinion, debate, arguments, polling, or extended discussion is bad practice? [closed]

I was looking at a question that was closed for this reason and chuckled to myself. Although I guess this site has to follow the stack exchange dogma like any other site in the family.
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Personal viewpoints

There have been a number of answers to questions where the answerer has specifically stated "this is my answer" or words to that effect. They contain no references to back up their answer, and don't ...
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Dealing with trouble-makers

Given that this will surely become an issue when this site goes public, I figured it be better to answer this now. At what point can we regard a user as being no more than a trouble-maker (lots of ...
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Are questions about raising children in Christian beliefs on topic here?

I know there's parenting.se, but are questions specific to raising kids as Christians welcome here?
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What’s the “elevator pitch” for our site?

From the floating header on meta: Imagine you’ve just gotten on an elevator with a friendly stranger. You have precisely one floor to describe your community to them. What would you say? The ...
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Stating there's still room for a better answer

A lot of questions asked here are such that even if a good answer is found, it probably can still be enhanced. On occasion, it makes sense to accept the best answer, but still it's quite probable ...
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what doctrine should we accept? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Is this site just for Bible-based questions and answers? What literature do we consider to be foundational? This is actually a topic that I need to be informed about ...
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Answers copied from an external source

We should decide some guidelines about copying entire answers from external sources. A lot of questions will be much easier to answer by just copying, as a lot of subjects have been handled many, many ...
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What is the proper way to provide a dissenting view?

In light of the question Can you provide me with some evidence of a young earth?, there will clearly be dissenting views. As the question is worded, providing these views here would be off-topic. I ...
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Is there room on this site for non-Biblical Christian Scriptures?

I was reading the question "Is this site just for Bible-based questions and answers?" and I answered it with this question, so I thought it might be better suited as its own question. If a question ...
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How should we handle questions asking for opinions on specific authorities/authors/books?

Consider my question on the 'Conversations with God' book series... It's gotten some heat for being potentially "not constructive", or similar criticism. Despite my best efforts to phrase the ...
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What is the policy on “advertising” closed questions that have been revised?

I myself have a question that was closed due to wording issues. I had since revised it, but no one knew about it until I told them because I hadn't edited it for hours after the close. Thus, how ...
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Ban “john” as a tag

I just noticed (when asking a question) that we might have an issue with using the tag "john". It is too vague, since it could be used for multiple reasons. I suggest we ban it and replace it with one ...
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Questions about interpretation of Revised Common Lectionary pericopes?

Many of us are members of congregations that use the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) as a guide to scripture readings for worship. Some of us, myself included, use RCL texts for preaching. Is it the ...
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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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How do we avoid a vote contest?

The site's been up for some hours, and already things seem to be escalating into a battle between different faith groups. This is apparent here on meta, and on this question on Mormonism and ...
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Include scripture text not just a reference

For this site, Scripture references will be very common. Can we establish a FAQ that requires or encourages posters to include the salient portion or extract of text in a post and link the text or ...
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Should history questions be on topic?

We have had a number of questions that have far more to do with history than they really do with Christianity or doctrine. Should these be on topic? Some examples What is the origin of the Catholic ...
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Is it better to have more tags or fewer?

I was looking at the tagging of some posts and the editing going on and I wondered what the proper tag philosophy should be more or fewer? And why? For example one post asking at the word of faith ...
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Valid questions from different sects

Recently, I posted a question that seems quite good and valid from a Jehovah Witness standpoint (Was Jesus a separate god?). It (almost) immediately got a -1 vote. The question was worded, I believe,...