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Please tag your questions with the denomination you're asking about

I'd like to request that everyone please tag your questions with the denomination you're asking about. We have people getting angry over or downvoting questions that are asked from the perspective of ...
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Why can't we recommend Biblical Hermeneutics when flagging?

When flagging an answer, we can select: it doesn't belong here, or it is a duplicate… and then: off-topic because… and finally: This question belongs on another site in the Stack Exchange ...
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Can part of a question be answered for overview questions?

If a question is asking for a survey of beliefs, should one representative response be allowed to exist as an answer, with the hope that other belief representation will also exist as separate answers?...
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I'm not clear exactly how “overview” questions work

I edited @LCIII's question to try and get it taken off hold. The response to my accepted edit was that the question was much better, but was still too broad. I was specifically trying to follow ...
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Does this site have a novel approach to Christianity?

I was wondering, when I read Korvin's post about there being nothing new under the sun, if this site (the main site) is actually a new approach to Christianity? If you consider "the rules" for ...
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What topics should we run on the Eschewmenical blog?

It's been a few weeks since Peter suggested the Eschewmenical blog. I'm not sure if four participants is enough, but that would allow us to have one post a week if we stagger the posts. That seems ...
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How can we get better expert-level questions? Or, StackExchange vs Yahoo! Answers

From my private beta invitation: If you ask high quality, expert-level questions, you'll build a site that attracts the experts and pros who will make it really successful. But if you ask ...
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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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What about groups that are not considered by some to be Christian, who consider themselves Christian?

I ask this question on Area51, but I have re-posted here since this site is now open... For example, here in the USA, there are many evangelicals that do not consider Mormons to be Christian, even ...
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How would you like to see scripture linked?

I'm guessing linking scripture will be pretty popular, so I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations on it. I just used biblegateway.com to quote like this 2 Timothy 3:15 and how from ...
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How should we cope with questions that contain (possibly wrong) assumptions?

On a site like this, we're going to get some questions that contain assumptions we think are incorrect. Here's an example: What were Martin Luther's main disagreements with the Catholic Church? ...
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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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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 ...
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“bible” tag too general?

The tag "bible" seems overly general to me (much the same way the tag "john" is too general). I can see a use-case for at least the following tags instead: bible-interpretation ...
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Should a site that 'cannot handle the truth' be labelled Christianity?

I notice that the most relevant questions to Christianity are put on hold or closed as being unclear when even a fifth grader could tell what is really being asked. So truth is smoothered, as rightly ...
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What is the generally accepted term for X?

Several issues have come up related to appropriate terminology. Rather than discuss these each time they come up, I suggest using this question as a catch-all place for noting the acceptable ...
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Guidelines toward a polite, academic tone

Because of the strong feelings associated with much of the subject matter at Christianity SE, the need for a polite, academic tone is particularly important. However, some people coming to Stack ...
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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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Eschewmenical blog

I've got half an idea for a blog that might be at least interesting. Take one topic in Christianity (or current events) per month and apply a particular denomination's (or non-denomination's) (or non-...
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Personal Opinion answers and comments: Flag, downvote, comment, or do nothing?

I'm getting the sense that a lot of questions are receiving answers and comments from a wide variety of personal perspectives. In a looser forum, sans-voting, this is perfectly acceptable and great. ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2015 [duplicate]

The dawn of a new year, 2015, now approaches, or has already approached, either way it means that it is now time to reset our Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community ...
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If a question is closed, are we allowed to edit the question in such a way that invalidates the answers in an attempt to get it re-opened?

Before you reach for the VTC as duplicate button, I realize that very similar questions have been asked already. I've been looking through those to find a general guideline that can be applied site-...
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Broaden scope to include Church management?

Going back to Area 51, I raised the issue: Merge Christianity proposals (now deleted by Robert Cartaino). The proposal was to merge: Christianity Evangelical Christianity Catholicism Biblical ...
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Should we edit Pastoral Advice questions?

See the recent "But can't I just say one thing?" question for information on what we should say in response to these questions. This question asks what we should do and whether we should try to "...
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How should we handle questions about Christian culture?

We have recently received a few questions that were not on doctrine, per se, but actually reflected a curiosity about current Christian culture in a specific geographic area. Here are some examples: ...
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The Advent Bounties 2013

This Advent season, I thought it would be nice to have some daily bounties to reward great answers from the diversity of traditions represented on this site. If you'd like to participate, please sign ...
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Is tagging sufficient to scope a question?

Time and time again I see questions that are phrased as Truth questions... The title asks "Is X true", the body asks "is X true", but the tags specify a denomination.. Catholicism, LDS, etc. In my ...
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Is [Insert Famous Pastor here] on topic for this site?

So, in this question, @El'endia Starman and I good naturedly batted around the question of whether or not Rob Bell is a denomination. Obviously, he's not that, but it did get me wondering - How ...
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2013 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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Why is putting a question “on hold” preferred over simply correcting the question?

Does the policy of this site encourage killing a question by putting it "on hold" indefinitely, rather than making the simple change requested? I ask this, because in my very short time on this site, ...
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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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Guidelines for writing effective answers

A question was recently asked on meta to solicit suggestions on how to develop answers with a "polite and academic tone," with an eye toward helping users to better understand the purpose and function ...
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What literature do we consider to be foundational?

This is an SE site that is fundamentally about Christianity. Can we safely assume that we all see the Bible as foundational truth? What other works should be considered foundational? Second half of ...
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What causes someone to be question banned?

So I was about to ask a question on christianity.stackexchange.com and I got an error of "you're about to get question banned." Now, I am curious -- how am I close to being question banned despite ...
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Off-Topic/Not Constructive examples

Based on the suggestions for a FAQ rewrite, we will need examples of Off-Topic or Not Constructive questions. Please post your examples below. Ideally, include the question title and a brief ...
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Should 'Protestants' be used as a general group for asking theological and praxical questions?

Christianity under the umbrella of 'Protestants' is still incredibly diverse. I see a lot of questions asked on this site along the lines of 'what do protestants believe about X' or 'what is the ...
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Is it reasonable to ask for both sides of an argument?

In my question about Mormonism and Christianity, I specifically requested to receive questions that take into account both sides. I think this could be an effective way to avoid flamewars and vote ...
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Should the site be re-named “Christian Doctrine” (not the url)?

A recent post about this topic has illustrated clearly the need for good, solid guidelines. It has shown that we cannot reasonably expect to field all questions about Christianity. The correct ...
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Anybody interested in doing a Catechism?

Might be kind of cool if we kept up a C.SE Ecumenical Cateschisim (Providence has provided my misspelling with a delightful pun). I know it's not strictly necessary with tagging and all that, but ...
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Should we close old, off-topic questions?

I have been finding old questions with close votes in the review section. Apparently someone is looking through old questions and voting to close because they are not within site guidelines. Perhaps ...
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Private Messaging (PM) system on christianity.stackexchange.com

On most stackexchange sites, a PM system doesn't make much sense. Since most questions on the other stackexchange sites that I've used (stackoverflow, superuser, security, unix, etc) pretty much have ...
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Resigning as moderator

With sadness I wish to make you aware that I am stepping down as moderator from this site. There are a number of reasons for this, but the primary immediate causes are Stack Exchange's disgraceful ...
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Anyone care to share templated comments?

I use the AutoReviewComment user script so that it actually pops up for me in the comment box and allows me to choose what to say to users. I recently shared all of my templated comments for import ...
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Let's take a moment to remember Affable Geek

On February 14th, 2015, Michael Hollinger passed away. We all knew him better as Affable Geek. Affable Geek was our top user. Not only did he have the highest rep count by over 20% more than the next ...
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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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How to handle comment trolls?

We're still in beta and the trolls have come out of their caves. I suspect in the weeks and months to come they will multiply like rabbits. The subject matter at hand is going to breed them like there ...
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What can I do with all this reputation?

Of course, the snarky response to "what can I do with all this reputation?" is "create a bounty and give it to me!" And I know about the Privileges page, where there's some generic information about ...
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Re-assessing “biblical-basis”

I find the biblical-basis tag problematic. The tag wiki points to this question and its answer by David Stratton. The discussion was some time ago, and the culture of our site has changed ...
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Request to downvoters: please explain

On the main1 site, I often see questions with down votes but no explanation. Today's example with two down votes: Why does Jesus feel only certain people that come into physical contact with Him? I ...
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“This question would be better on Biblical Hermeneutics…”

I'm seeing this in comments more and more. Is this comment really appropriate? The types of answers one will get on BH.SE and on C.SE are different. How is someone to know which type of answer the ...

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