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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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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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Why was a question on homosexuality closed?

This question: Why is homosexuality a sin in the Bible? was closed as "not constructive". I'm curious why that was. For reference, here are some similar questions: Does God create some people ...
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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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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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Is it right that questions of religion can have only one right answer?

What to do when more than one point of view is valid, based on interpretation or subjectivity? How should this site reconcile that, when the SE format encourages only one correct, accepted answer?
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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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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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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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Christianity.SE 's experts are Christians, not scientists

I have seen a few questions discussion science, such as this one: What is the physical evidence for a global flood? Others do it in the answers, but not in the question. I think that is bad, because ...
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Question closed because it can't be answered by facts, experts?

my last question was closed because of following: We expect answers to generally involve facts, references, or specific expertise; this question will likely solicit opinion, debate, arguments, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How do we deal with trolling in questions and answers?

Related to the question about trolling in comments, but it was only a matter of time after public beta launched that Christianity.SE would be linked to on prominent atheist communities. Indeed, it's ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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Pastoral Advice Questions

I haven't seen any yet, but I would imagine that we are going to get questions asking for pastoral input. It may be anything from "I can't seem to stop surfing internet porn", to (if we're really ...
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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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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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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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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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Tag synonym suggestions [closed]

I thought now might be a good opportunity to have a thread specifically for tag synonym suggestions (from users who have less than the required rep for doing such themselves). Post suggestions that ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Are book recomendations considered on topic?

How should we handle questions that take the form of "Can you recommend books about topic X?" Are they considered to be poll/list questions and therefore inappropriate here? Example: https://...
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Brothers, we are not Christians‼

Disclaimer: I still stand behind the concepts that inspired this post, am glad I wrote it, and that this site made it as far as it did. Unfortunately some of the circumstances have changed since I ...
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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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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 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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Sodomy Sodomy Sodomy Sodomy

So, if we're going to have a frank discussion about sodomy. Let's just say it, not make allusions to it!. And in saying it (with respect to the individual), we should not have it edited out by any ...
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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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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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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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“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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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 ...