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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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Another reason this is not a Christian site

I know there are explanations galore in Meta and in the FAQ, we still have people coming around that refuse to accept the idea that this is not a Christian site - that it's not about Truth, but rather ...
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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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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 ...
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What should we do with "church shopping" questions?

We've just recently had a new question format show up (example) that goes roughly like this: I believe X, Y and Z. I do not believe M, N, and O. I am looking for a church that fits my beliefs and/...
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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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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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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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Always be ready to give a reason for your hope (with citations)

With only 2 mods left (and with all respect to Mason) only one that actively moderates the site. Flag handling might be a bit off. I'm probably going to have to delete more posts and leave less ...
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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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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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Ban "john" as a tag

I just noticed (when asking a question) that we might have an issue with using the tag "john". It is too vague, since it could be used for multiple reasons. I suggest we ban it and replace it with one ...
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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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Is this a Christian resource site?

Lately I am perturbed to see so many questions which are basically meant as posers for Christian bashing rather than for a healthy discussion on Christianity. The answers and comments are not at all ...
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Who is an expert, and where are they?

This is kind of tied to the general discussion of the expert level, or otherwise of questions, including this one. My subjective observation of the question level, like others, has been that is is ...
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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?
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Tips for editing a question to make it suitable for re-opening

Hopefully you're here because your question has been closed as "Too Broad" or "Primarily Opinion Based" and someone left a comment suggesting that you edit your question and try to get it reopened. ...
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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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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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Do you like Hats? [closed]

Last year around Christmas time arQAde had an awesome promotion in which they awarded hats for gravatars for completing basic tasks around the site. If you don't remember it, here is a link the promo ...
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Stop the presses, we forgot to flag

Editing is a beautiful thing. It is, however, a square peg and some holes are round. Editing is good when you can fix grammar or spelling mistakes, format for easier readability, fix a broken link, ...
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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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Dear Stack Exchange - a letter

Cross posted from Meta Stack Exchange Dear Stack Exchange, Inc., We know you know about this already, so we'll keep this brief. The past two weeks have been rough. Lots of moderators have lost ...
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2014 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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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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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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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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Why do we migrate Christian questions to a Christian audience about the Christian bible to a non Christian site?

I have often wondered when people ask an Old Testament question why sometimes they will be told to ask Judaism.SE as though everything in the Old Testament was not a Christian subject. If I ask a ...
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What is the reason for the lack of "hot network questions"?

In my two and a half months here, I don't believe Christianity.SE has ever had a hot network question, whereas the average site should get at least one every few days. I see several possible reasons ...
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What should we do about matching the viewpoints of askers and answerers?

The general idea has been touched on somewhat in here and here, but hasn't been dealt with directly. Should we encourage the community to answer questions in the same "alignment" as the question or ...
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Are there checks and balances to ensure that moderators follow site guidelines?

With the site graduated, there will soon be elections for moderators. I'm concerned about this because there seem to be precious few regular site members actively enforcing the site guidelines. On ...
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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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When should the community flag an answer as "not an answer?"

I'd just like to get some clarification in our own META on what qualifies as "not an answer". Even before becoming a moderator, I struggled with certain types of answers - specifically those that ...
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What is the Biblical basis for Oompa Loompas?

Biblical basis questions are quite popular here, and many of them are good questions. But a large number of them are also really bad questions, because they are based on the false premise that there ...
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May I wish all on Christianity SE a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year (2020)?

May I wish all on Christianity SE a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year? Do not care about the votes, so Merry Christmas and may all have a Blessed New Year 2020! I mean all and no one is exempt....
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Answering a Truth Question you're voting to close

In Why Do people believe in the Bible? [on hold], we have the following: a question that is certainly a Truth Question: "when it's obviously not true?" a question that lacks a "constructive, fair, ...
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Where did I go wrong?

The Issue Yesterday I asked what I thought was a simple, on-topic question, "Why do some Christians object to rock music?" (the original text of of the question is behind the edits). I hadn't really ...
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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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Is any corporate sponsorship allowable on this site?

PROPOSAL: Ask Logos Bible Software to sponsor regular contests in order to drum up support See if Logos Bible Software would like to incorporate our questions and answers into their passage guide ...
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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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2014 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

In connection with the moderator elections, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to pose questions to the candidates on the topic ...
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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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Is this site just for Bible-based questions and answers?

I've noticed a large number of answers (and a fair number of questions) are quoting the Bible without context or any verifiable source for the interpretation of the passages being quoted: If the Ten ...
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What is the definition of "Christian"?

For the purpose of answering questions along the lines of "Is X Christian?" (several examples of which have already come up--and undoubtedly will continue to come up, especially once the site is ...
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How should we respond to posts by apparent or professed Muslims?

The site has been inundated with posts by some apparent Muslims such as Jakub Žitný, and professed Muslims such as Wilson whose questions are clearly designed to begin a dialog in which they argue ...
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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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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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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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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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Is it acceptable to "vote your convictions" on Christianity.SE?

Suppose someone asks a question that garners multiple answers. Is it a good practice for another user to up-vote answers that, in the users opinion, are doctrinally correct (supported by that user's ...

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