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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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“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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Please use meaningful copy for links

Please don't do things like this: There's a fairly good explanation here Here? Where? That phrasing is poor and confusing. Here's a better phrasing: The Answering Islam site gives a good ...
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On-Topic and Constructive Examples

This post serves as a brief listing of on-topic and constructive question examples, for use by new users and particularly those whose questions have been closed for being too generally philosophical ...
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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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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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What are the odds that this site will be canonized if this goes on…?

I've got a bit of time, effort and interest invested in this SE project. If you wrangle the numbers on StackExchange.com, Christianity.SE seems to be ahead of the curve of recently started sites, ...
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Is it OK for the moderator to arbitrarily delete answers?

In this question this question Richard deleted an existing answer and replaced it with his own. His argument is that edits to the question made the initial answer invalid. However that's a matter of ...
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Dealing with questions about “The Bible”

There are two types of questions that have been asked here that are a bit contentious. I'd like to propose definitions for the question types and solicit comments, changes and additions to these ...
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Is there an effort to rewrite the FAQ?

Wax Eagle recently admitted that the FAQ is out of date. Is there any effort to update it after the recent policy changes? Or are we still waiting for the new policies to be accepted?
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Enough with the “Which Bible” illogicality

There's been run of questions which specifically ask about "The Bible", which have been closed on the ridiculous grounds that the user didn't specify which Bible they were talking about. This is ...
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What is a good tag synonym for perseverance of the saints?

I tried adding the tag perseverance-of-the-saints to this question but I got an error telling me it exceeded the max tag length of 25 characters. What is a good synonym for it?
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(non pastoral) advice questions

The set of guidelines proposed in the refocussing exercise are great in their clarity, and in excluding some of the kinds of questions and answers we don't want to see. But there are some questions ...
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Which resources should be used to answer “doctrine” questions?

Recently a question was asked that followed this pattern: "Factual" assertion (not specific to Christianity, but sets the context for the questions that follow) Set of "Doctrinal" questions, based on ...
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Shouldn't the user list be sorted ascending, based on Luke 13:30? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Matthew 20:16 Badges And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last. Luke 13:30 In addition, a user could have the ...
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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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What's the difference between doctrine and doctrinal tradition?

In Why was my question closed? How can I get it open again? we see that users are asked to specify a doctrinal tradition when asking about specific doctrine: Questions that are seeking ...
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Where are all the comments?

This site seems to be much more into deleting comments than other SE sites. Is that the case or is it my imagination? I'm looking for a factual answer if possible, please.
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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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Can I ask the same doctrinal question across many different denominations?

I just asked a question about marriage for Jehovah's witnesses. I could easily ask the same question regarding Roman Catholics, Methodists, Mormons, etc, and I would be very interested in the answers. ...
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Can God make a rock He can't move?

So... until I was listening to a homily for a priest whose podcast I edit, I believed that Can God make a rock He can't move? was an unanswerable question asked by smartaleck 4th graders. However, ...
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Examples of high-quality questions

After all of the discussion about increasing the quality of questions and answers on Christianity.SE I am left desiring examples of high-quality questions. Post examples of high-quality questions ...
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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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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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Should we edit/retag closed questions?

Clearly editing a closed question with the intention of making it re-openable is an honorable activity. I'm wondering more trolling-type questions (which we get a lot of!) Things like: https://...
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Why did this question suddenly become “non-constructive”?

Why, or how, did the question Why do many christians object to same sex civil marriage? suddenly become "non-constructive"? It was there for weeks and I doubt it was simply overlooked (it already had ...
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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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Source that examines OT authorship [closed]

Is well known that many scholars dispute the traditional authors of OT books and dating. For example for the Pentateuch we have the Documentary hypothesis, for Isaiah's book separation in three parts, ...
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What makes a good supported answer?

In response to Can we reverse the trend on low quality posts? we would like to propose the following thoughts on what defines a good supported answer. In order to give a valid answer about ...
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What makes a good focused question?

In response to Can we reverse the trend on low quality posts? we would like to propose the following thoughts on what defines a good focused question. The primary focus of this site is a place to ask ...
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Christian History and Prayer vs Doctrine and Bible

Not to rehash these questions: Should history questions be on topic? What are the limits on history/historical questions? Are questions on what Christians have done in history on-topic? But in ...
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Can we reverse the trend on low quality posts?

In the beginning, there was Christianity.SE Congratulations community, we are now just over half-way through the minimum stay in public beta! We have lots of participation and a full seven weeks of ...
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The Biblical Hermeneutics SE site is live in public beta

http://hermeneutics.stackexchange.com I thought the community here would be interested. It will be interesting to see how that proposal and this one co-exist. Here are some relevant questions on ...
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Eastern Religions

Occasionally, I see answers that compare Christianity to "Eastern religions" -- and that phrase is usually followed by a completely muddled failure to understand...Something, probably Buddhism or ...
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How can I contribute to the effort to clean up Christianity.SE?

I've heard rumors of an cleanup effort on Christianity.SE that is in its infancy, how can I contribute so that I can assure my voice is heard from the very beginning? Branch questions: Can we ...
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Is it necessary to leave comments about deleting comments?

I have noticed a recent trend where mods are leaving comments about having deleted comments (example, example, example). I think its great for obsolete, chatty, unnecessary comments to be removed, but ...
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Answer moved to comment?

Maybe this is a bit quibbling, but I'm curious why my answer was changed to a comment on this question? I did use the previous person's answer as a bit of a springboard, but my answer (John was ...
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Do I have no right to answer questions here?

In FAQ it says: For the purposes of this site, any group that identifies themselves as Christian are to be considered part of that set. This is critical! Well, on one hand I do consider myself ...
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Is this too broad to be constructive?

This question was recently asked and there is some difference of opinion among the moderators as to whether the question is a good fit for SE and what's to be done about it. Here it is: How do ...
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Are “how would you respond to…” questions good-subjective?

Besides the topics themselves (which is clearly controversial in at least this case) I don't think "How would you..." questions can be ever considered acceptable as: They are list questions (each ...
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Should we be deleting blatantly non-Christian answers?

One of our jobs as moderators is to keep the site clean. This includes deleting posts that do not belong for one reason or another. This usually involves leaving a comment about why the post was ...
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Should we steer contributers away from “Christianese”?

Often when answering questions contributers throw out a lot of Christian lingo that are foreign and unhelpful to those unfamilar or new to Christianity or the church. Without explanation, this type ...
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Why do Christians come here for answers?

I was answering a question the other day and my eight year old daughter read the questions and said to me, "That's stupid. Why don't they just go look it up in the Bible?" Fair point. I personally ...
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Why are the moderators here so poor in their knowledge of Bible events [closed]

Take a look at Caleb's response that this event did not happen, and then right below theres a reply with a scripture. https://christianity.stackexchange.com/questions/3416/if-abraham-really-believed-...
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Doesn't the design need to be changed? Is it still being decided upon?

I don't know, but do you think this current design is a suitable one for a site on Christianity? I don't know, perhaps, there have already been a serious consideration on this matter that I have ...
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Biblical Hermeneutics is about to launch

Biblical Hermeneutics is going to hit private beta soon. How does this affect us? Do we migrate questions that would be on-topic there but already were asked and answered here? If so, when?
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How can we improve our guidance about the comment practices?

If you follow meta, you have seen considerable discussion lately regarding comment deletion. Usually comments are deleted because they are obsolete, off topic, impolite, or have turned into noise (...
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Where should we continue ongoing discussion on closed questions?

This question was closed as a duplicate while discussions as to the best answer were ongoing, and while useful information was coming out. Where should we go to continue discussion on questions that ...
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Deleted comments [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Would it be alright if the mods cleaned up comment clutter? I'm pretty sure I made a comment on this question, and it's not there now. I think I'm noticing this happening a ...