Questions tagged [discussion]

The question you're asking is designed to solicit opinions or best-practices on a particular topic, with the goal of reaching community consensus.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
8
votes
1answer
94 views

Are close-vote scope standards significantly different now than they used to be?

I've noticed some questions being quickly closed as opinion-based or too broad, even though there is a precedent for the success of such questions. These closures seem to be mostly recent, and ...
1
vote
1answer
81 views

Is this question off topic now that I have edited it?

Is there consensus between Christian commentators about where Jesus stood when Satan tempted him to prove he was God's son by leaping from the temple? The question above was put on hold pretty ...
8
votes
1answer
90 views

What should be done with the reopened theodicy question?

Our "standard" theodicy question, How to answer "Why do evil and suffering exist?", has been edited and reopened. Previously it did not request a denominational viewpoint, but now it does. This is ...
3
votes
1answer
75 views

Have there been any hits from the Vatican?

I was just about to make a dumb joke about the Pope using this site to determine whether deaconesses were a good idea and then realized this might actually be true. Do we have any stats to tell ...
1
vote
0answers
52 views

Isn't it obvious that I need assistance in editing my question? [duplicate]

There are often times when the question page is back-logged with questions on hold or closed. A percentage of the questions just need a simple edit, would be a great questions and still fit in the ...
4
votes
3answers
48 views

What is the cleanup badge for?

I am trying to figure out what a roll-back is associated with the clean-up badge? I've surfed the questions and answers with no avail.
3
votes
2answers
89 views

Are some users too quick to close?

This question is of personal interest to me, since I am only a few points away from gaining open/close vote privileges myself. I notice that many questions are put on hold or closed while their vote ...
1
vote
1answer
49 views

Removing one person's comments but not removing the response addressed to them?

RE: This thread, "Are there any Protestant denominations that reject penal substitution?" I'd like to see this site be fair and unbiased in regards to its posters but it's not. My comments were ...
-5
votes
2answers
107 views

Why was a question closed quickly, without the OP being able to edit it?

A question was recently placed online, called Why did God allow both men and animals to eat flesh only after the flood and not after the fall? It was quickly put on hold and never [closed], but soon ...
9
votes
1answer
94 views

Is it ok to ask questions about mythicism, the notion that Jesus did not exist?

I see there are a couple of related questions, but not mine in particular. I am trying to find a reason to take seriously the notion that Richard Carrier and a few other experts can refute the ...
-1
votes
1answer
47 views

Why are up votes not showing on the question?

When a question (of mine) gets upvoted, I get the points added to "reputation" but they don't show up next to the question as a +. Why is that? Sorry but your website does not have a comprehensive ...
-2
votes
1answer
55 views

Why are 4 of my badges gone & Why are points not being logged?

An hour ago and for the whole day, I had 11 badges. Now it says 7 badges...? The points are off, too. Is there a webpage explaining points. The site is showing points added that don't get added to ...
9
votes
1answer
76 views

How can I salvage my question?

Quite some time ago, I asked a question about inter-faith marriage. I recently received an edit notification, checked it, and saw that my question had been closed as primarily opinion-based. Caleb ...
6
votes
2answers
89 views

Why should this question be closed?

Since this needs only one more vote I may as well call attention to it so someone can finish killing it - According to the Catholic Church, does Jesus condemn those who don't believe? As the ...
0
votes
2answers
126 views

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 ...
6
votes
1answer
84 views

Should [lucifer] really be a synonym of [satan]?

I realize that in popular culture, Satan, Lucifer, and The Devil are synonyms, but on a more theological level, they have distinct meanings, which may overlap to varying degrees, and in some belief ...
6
votes
1answer
116 views

Who are “Church fathers”?

I've seen a number of questions recently edited, by well-meaning people, to ask "What did Church Fathers say about...?" We also have some older questions along the same vein. Is this meaningful? It ...
-6
votes
1answer
231 views

Why do you(we) tolerate obvious trolls?

This site will of course attract many questions outside its scope, so a lot of "please read the tour" comments are left to help folks understand the scope and limitations agreed upon to keep it open ...
2
votes
2answers
57 views

Are questions about the conduct of Christian Studies at an academic level on topic here?

The question that prompted this query: Is there funding to Present at the SBL (Society of Biblical Literature) both/either the international or national one? Is such a question on-topic or off-...
5
votes
2answers
118 views

Questions that may require updating every few years

This question is concerned with the growth of global Christianity. The only problem that I have with it is that the answers may need to be updated every few years or every few decades, which makes ...
4
votes
1answer
119 views

Intelligent Design should be off-topic unless it is specifically related to Christianity in the question

Intelligent Design is a philosophy that comments on the origins of species. It is often pitted against a naturalistic Theory of Evolution, and is even more often conflated with Christian Creationism. ...
3
votes
2answers
146 views

Christian StackExchange and why so many downvotes?

Christian StackExcange seems to be a useful site.But the downvoting of good questions is destroying the "Big picture" If you have two questions with a downvote,you can`t ask another question for days,...
11
votes
2answers
292 views

What is the difference between this stack (Christianity) and biblical hermeneutics?

There's two sites that seem related to the Bible and Christian studies: Christianity.StackExchange Hermeneutics.StackExchange Hermeneutics is kind of like interpretation of the bible. But in ...
5
votes
1answer
115 views

Do we have a question quality problem from new users lately?

Go to the main site, sort by newest, then scroll down through the last four or five days. The fact that many of the newest questions over the last week are on-hold. From February 7th to part way ...
8
votes
3answers
155 views

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?...
2
votes
1answer
93 views

50 questions before I can comment? [duplicate]

Do I have this straight. I need to ask enough questions to get 50 reputations before I can place a comment?
13
votes
1answer
73 views

History and theology, or just current doctrine?

Is this place suitable for asking about the history of Christian churches, how they changed over time, and became what they are seen today?
2
votes
1answer
59 views

What's the practical difference between the “early church” and “church fathers” tags?

We have two tags, early-church and church-fathers, that seem to be extremely related. It seems to me that in most cases, they are practically interchangeable. About 25% of the questions in each one ...
1
vote
3answers
179 views

Should Bye's question have been closed as a “Truth” question?

Looking at just the title of "Is the Rapture of 1st. Thessalonians and the 1st. ressurection of Revelation the same event?", I'd initially regard it as a Truth question, but if you read it all the way ...
0
votes
1answer
89 views

Where did my answer go?

I believe I had an answer to Protestant arguments for perpetual virginity of Mary. Where did it go? Mods? If I recall correctly, my answer was based on this article: Mary: Perpetual Virgin? 6 ...
-4
votes
1answer
101 views

Should Catholic answers cite canon law?

I heartily don't think we should and this is why: the Catechism is a sure norm for teaching the faith. The Catechism has thousands of citations, and only 28 of them are from canon law. It makes ...
6
votes
2answers
162 views

What are the user demographic stats for Christianity.SE?

I imagine that SE tracks IP addresses and keeps a chart of where people are coming from. It helps with advertising and legal decisions. I know SE doesn't require you to tell, but what do we know of ...
-3
votes
3answers
112 views

Pastoral Advice Questions are off-topic, but what about pastoral advice implicit in answers? [duplicate]

So you can search for yourself the whole litany of reasons why Christianity.SE opted to not be a feel-good free-for-all in favor of facts. But I've got a problem with the idea that we should be ...
-15
votes
3answers
184 views

What can be done about the racist nature of this site?

A suggestion has been made that whites keep silent in the public theological space (in direct contact and also social media, discussion forums etc). The reason given is that not only is 'black ...
-5
votes
3answers
97 views

Is there someone targeting my posts? What does the community suggest?

After my last META post it appears my posts are being targeted. 1) What does this community think and what is to be done if this is the case? 2) May a mod/the relevant person investigate and give ...
4
votes
4answers
191 views

Should this question have been closed as a pastoral advice question?

Pam's question about my edit to this question made me stop and think about why I felt it was appropriate to edit that question for reopening, when I certainly didn't think that was true of pastoral ...
-2
votes
4answers
134 views

Over editing over editing over editing?

Is a radically sanated marriage a true marriage without subsequent marital intimacy? The above question was swamped by high profile users who twisted and contorted it in an effort to make it fit a ...
9
votes
8answers
746 views

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 ...
-8
votes
2answers
123 views

What does the community suggest be done here and what might be some site improvement suggestions?

Cf. This question: When did “he descended into hell” become part of the Apostles' Creed? Nathaniel's answer and my answer and the commens below each and the my chat with Nathaniel. It appears that ...
3
votes
2answers
412 views

Suggestion for a minor change to the marriage tag excerpt

Update This proposal was suggested and approved. Revision 10 of the excerpt Revision 9 of the wiki Original Post A while ago, I endeavored to clarify the use of the marriage tag and its related ...
9
votes
1answer
90 views

Is “According to Evangelicals” too broad?

In the same vein as Is it valid to ask if “Christianity” teaches anything? "Evangelicals" is a pretty broad term that includes a pretty wide range of beliefs. is it valid to scope questions "...
-8
votes
4answers
192 views

What policies do or could make a site like this “successful”? [duplicate]

As I mentioned in another post recently (Why even bother posting on this board?), I quit posting on this board months ago because I found the policies of the moderators frustrating and, to my mind, ...
7
votes
2answers
252 views

Why even bother posting on this board?

I quit posting on this board months ago. Here's an excellent example of why. Look at this question: Did Adam and Eve's Progeny Commit Incest? The poster asked if the children of Adam and Eve must ...
1
vote
1answer
49 views

What does sufganiyot have to do with Christianity?

I was just awarded a hat called "Sufganiyot." Err...what does that have to do with Christianity?
11
votes
3answers
140 views

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, ...
-4
votes
1answer
83 views

How can I make my Carstianity joke question on-topic? (serious question)

I am asking about the original versions of these puns. For example, to what is He is the Alfa and the Romeo. supposed to refer? It refers to some verses in Revelation where God is referred to ...
14
votes
4answers
315 views

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 ...
-2
votes
2answers
58 views

Question about being a new user [duplicate]

I saw some interesting comments on your site so I signed up for your site; then I tried leaving a comment; it said I needed 'reputation' points. I looked these up and these look very confusing and ...
-6
votes
2answers
146 views

Why can't we ask questions?

I was reading in a article that asked whether Mohammed was supposed to be the prophet Jesus spoke about in the Bible. I asked that question here. Someone replied that this is not the place to ask ...
14
votes
6answers
334 views

Updates to the site

You may have noticed some updates to the design lately, they are part of a SE network-wide update to a new base css framework. The updates allow us to: Have sharper / more beautiful design on retina ...