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How is scope defined?

Recently I have had a few questions either down voted or deleted based on being "out of scope" After a brief discussion with an administrator, he suggested to make suggestions to the author of the ...
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Should we be migrating more questions to Biblical Hermeneutics?

I'm seeing a huge number of questions that are really about biblical interpretation, and should be on the Biblical Hermeneutics site. Can we please start migrating them over as a matter of policy? ...
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Are we ready for Catholicism.SE?

There are 669 questions with the Catholicism tag out of our 5555 questions. That's over 10 percent of our site. It's by far our most popular tag--more so than the tags [Bible] and [Jesus]. And that's ...
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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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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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Are we OK with sex related questions?

So there's this question: Is BDSM dealt with in Scripture? And there's this comment: "I think the nature of this question is a problem as well. We shouldn't sexualize the site, and there's a danger ...
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Advent Bounties 2015

With Advent now underway in much of the Western Church, I am inspired by this post to start a bounty challenge. (My apologies to those who follow a different calendar.) I personally will be offering ...
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Are “Welcome to Christianity SE” comments helpful?

The following comment (or variations) of it are popular on Christianity SE and other SE sites. Welcome to Christianity SE! If you haven't already, please check out the tour page. Example Is this ...
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Please flag us down!

It's the last week of September and the weather has finally started to simmer down from the blaze of summer in the concrete jungle I live in where east meets west. But that's not the only change in ...
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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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tl;dr? - that's just lazy and not “expert”

I am starting to see this more often then I think we should: Instant Message language and computer geek jargon that frankly the common person will just not get. Not only that problem, but it is just ...
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Should questions regarding bible study methodology be considered on-topic or off-topic for Christianity.SE?

Stemming from this meta post about the specific question: If we want to know what the Bible says about an issue, what methods can help us to find all the relevant scriptures? - which seems to have ...
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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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What are the limits on history/historical questions?

It seems pretty clear that we, as a community, want to allow questions both about history (meta) and about historical Christianity (meta). However, should there be limits placed on what we allow? ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2016 [duplicate]

It's 2016 now, and we've made some changes to the sidebar size. As such, we can now restart the Community Promotion Ads for 2016! Keep in mind, we have updated some of the guidelines compared to ...
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Should the translation be required in answers quoting scripture?

Since there are vast differences in language used in the various translations, should we comment/suggest to people answering include the translation along with the scripture?
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Should we allow or avoid non-standard pronouns?

This question brings up an important question: Do we want to allow or avoid the use of non-standard English such as the words zie and zir as non gender specific pronouns on this site?
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'Off topic' - are you guys serious?

I know a few of you VTCed (maybe for different reasons than that listed?), but I really don't understand the 'off topic' designation for this question: If we want to know what the Bible says about an ...
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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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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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Advancing in Christian Living and our walk with Jesus

Are the questions posted to this website ONLY to be about Biblical study or may they also be related to Christian Living? Such as How can one overcome lustful desires? Can't we also learn how to be ...
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Does this site's policy against debating “who's right” mean that the site is teaching that there is no such thing as absolute truth?

Those of us who have been around for a while are, of course, familiar with the "we're not here to debate who's right" guideline. (a.k.a. "Truth questions", a.k.a. "Opinion questions", a.k.a. "general ...
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Are questions asking for answers to divulge sacred and secret ceremonies acceptable?

In this question, certain sacred aspects of the LDS faith are openly discussed, and linked to: Did Mormons have a "blood oath" ceremony before April 1990? In the LDS faith, it is highly ...
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Criteria for judging answers and which answer to mark as accepted

I'm getting a little confused by the following statement in the FAQ: Answers are to be judged based on how well they represent the view or tradition they claim to speak for, not whether or not you ...
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Liberal vs. Conservative: An Unhelpful Spectrum

I've previously stated: Liberal is not a very helpful term, as it tends to have no clear meaning, often only referring to someone who I deem to be less conservative than [some subjective ...
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Year in Review 2016

In 2016, how did the Christianity Stack Exchange fare? Are there any interesting trends or content worth sharing?
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How “does any tradition teach/not teach questions” are handled

I have noticed several questions that deal with whether any Christian group allows or does not allow some practice or belief, and that these questions often go unanswered because it is difficult to ...
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Wanted: Female contributor(s) for Eschewmenical

We are looking for a female contributor or two to help us give a different perspective on our new Christianity.SE blog. This month's topic is contraception and we have quickly realized that all of ...
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Guidelines on flagging obsolete comments

Many times I have flagged comments as obsolete, especially when the comment thread has gotten long and it is referring edits made to the post and there has been successful edits. In the past I have ...
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Are change of frame answers allowed on this site?

Inspired by the comments on the Jehova's Witness's answer on this. On the site from which I hail it is a common practice to "subvert" questions that make an apparently (or obviously) false ...
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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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Should questions use both tags when one is a subset of the other?

Examples: All premillennialism questions are questions about eschatology. Should such questions have the eschatology tag? All bible-translation questions are also translation questions. Should such ...
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Why was this question disfigured instead of just closed?

I'm trying to figure out why a question was treated the way it was. Here is my original: 2 days later: Here is the question now. I'm quite familiar with the Stack Exchange format, so I'm kind of ...
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What forms of question scoping should be considered when applying and evaluating “Not An Answer” flags?

Related: When should the community flag an answer as “not an answer?” I'm admittedly a bit confused on when "Not An Answer" (NAA) flags should be applied, so I hope you'll bear with me on another ...
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When should an answer be made community wiki?

I made this answer community wiki because I only posted an extremely partial answer. Since the content seemed to be useful and too long for comments, posting it as an answer seemed somewhat ...
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How should “one sided answerable” questions be handled?

The question I asked here seems to be like a NP-hard problem in that a single example would answer the question with a "yes" but a "no" would require an exhaustive search of all Christian thought (...
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What does the Bible say? Questions

What does the Bible say about Capital Punishment? Prompted from that question, would it be appropriate to tag these kinds of questions with biblical-basis? Or perhaps reference-request? Or would ...
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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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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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Cross-recruiting between Christianity.SE and Biblical Hermeneutics.SE

Should we try to encourage users of BH.SE and †.SE to also participate on the other site? I've noticed one active BH.SE user trying to recruit people from here (or that's how I've interpreted it). ...
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Suggestions for FAQ Rewrite

The FAQ needs to be updated. It does not reflect the new policy well, and in my opinion its not simple enough. Remember, we can edit anything above "What kind of questions should I not ask here?" ...
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How focused does a question need to be?

My question about same-sex civil marriage was closed for not being focussed enough. Now, I could refocuss it by asking twenty new questions: Why do Roman Catholics object to same-sex civil marriage? ...
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Is it a duplicate if the question was asked on another Stack Exchange site?

I recently ran across this question, which was suggested as being a duplicate of this question on Biblical Hermeneutics. While the answer provided at another Stack Exchange site is an useful ...
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Is this hate speech? [closed]

The accusation has been made that this answer contains "hate speech": https://christianity.stackexchange.com/questions/2769/why-do-many-christians-object-to-same-sex-civil-marriage/2776#2776 I don't ...
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Question about site and answers using true Christian faiths like Catholic, Pentecostal, Baptist and such

I feel like I must be a Harvard student to be able to ask a question on this site. Why is it not allowed to ask a question about my faith in God in GENERAL and get an answer? All I want is any answer ...
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Method for collaboratively answering overview questions

A lot of the moderation choices for this site have been inherited from StackOverflow, but given the differences between programming and theology, much of the moderation has already been honed to make ...
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Hello! Are there any liberal Christians here?

I have a question directed at liberal Christians who don't believe in resurrection. And then my question is closed because "liberal Christians" is a not well-defined terminology. I don't want to start ...
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Why does the verse-identification tag still exist?

We're pretty settled on removing it, I think. So how do we go about doing that?
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Can simply adding “ACCORDING TO X” salvage any question?

Consider the following: Question Title: "According to Biblical Literalists, should all class level properties in C# code be in PascalCase" Scripture tells us that in Romans 13:1: (NIV) ...The ...
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Do you feel your question standards are ok as is?

I do not feel your current standards for questions are ok. I feel they require too high a level of prior knowledge and education. Far too often (in my opinion) people come here and ask a question ...

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