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2017 Community Moderator Election Results

Christianity's third moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the 2 new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them for ...
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Are truth questions inherently off-topic, or just a bad question smell?

Consensus on the site seems to have coalesced around the idea that "Truth Questions" are bad. Trying to get to a definition of a "Truth Question" is, of course, squishy, but generally is ...
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Should we avoid “refute this”-type questions?

Before I begin, I want to emphasize that the question I picked is a good one. In fact, I picked it because it troubled me and I didn't understand why until the reason clicked into place. It's a ...
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Is methodology advice to pastors too subjective to deal with here?

I just kicked in a 3rd (and because I'm a mod, binding) close vote for this question: How do protestant youth group ministers reach apathetic parents of religious education students? However, I have ...
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Where Quality is Job #1

Until recently, there's been a some concern about the quantity of questions and users. Sites sometimes get quiet...too quiet. But I'd like to propose that we need to shift to focusing on quality, ...
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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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How do we reconcile the guidance in the global FAQ with the site's purpose?

A question just asked reminded me of a problem I think we're going to run into a lot: Is murder allowed if God tells you to do it? On the face, this seems like a pretty good question for this site. ...
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Is it appropriate to post your personal fringe beliefs just because you give them a name?

Certain persons have taken to posting their own unique and fringe beliefs and interpretations, and have come up with a label for them in order to present them as if they weren't personal theories. ...
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Should we encourage/discourage bait titles? Should titles stand on their own?

How strict should we be on question titles? There are a few questions on the site that are on topic, but at reading the title on its own it appears off-topic. However, I notice that this is tolerated ...
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Why is there a truth tag?

Related: We can't handle the truth The site tour specifically states, "Do not ask about truth questions..." Why is there a truth tag if truth questions are discouraged?
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Same old, same old, or try something a little different?

I believe most regular contributors would agree, that they would like to see answers like this, a far more common occurance on this site, rather than being as rare as hen's teeth and at risk of being ...
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Did “Why is the Trinity a Trinity?” require an edit?

I notice the fourth revision of the question "Why is the Trinity a Trinity?" changed this paragraph: However, while talking with a friend earlier about Wisdom (from Proverbs), I mentioned that ...
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Are questions on what Christians have done in history on-topic?

I don't think we've really decided what should be done to questions like What were the beliefs, teachings, and practices of the church regarding slavery in the New World? We did have Should history ...
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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 ...
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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 "...
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What tag should be used for questions related to non-christians?

Right now we have unbelievers, unsaved, and non-christian. None of them have very many questions, but I still hesitate to eliminate two of them without a bit of discussion. Here are the kinds of ...
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Would a question concerning politics or current events within a Christian tradition be considered on topic?

I'm aware that previous discussion on meta has established that there is room for politics on Christianity.SE. At the same time, questions have been closed because they are only relevant at a specific ...
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Which Christians are right?

It is, i hope, obvious to all that a question with this title should not be allowed on this (the main) site, as they will be devisive and argumentative. However we seem to be allowing questions that ...
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When is a comment not a comment?

I've been seeing a lot of comment action lately that is somewhere between misguided and utterly superfluous. I grant the comment feature is a hard one to get used to¹ —particularly for those coming in ...
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What is the correct terminology when referring to (Roman) Catholicism?

I recently saw a comment from a user saying that the term Roman Catholic is derogatory. Is this the widely considered to be the case? There are various terms I have seen applied to the Catholic ...
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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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How can we encourage high-quality new answers to old questions?

I've observed in my (admittedly quite short) time here that old answers have an extremely strong advantage over new ones. I'm not really talking about the "fastest gun in the west" problem, in the ...
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Migrated from Christianity.SE

When migrating from Christianity.SE to hermeneutics, we have the following text This question came from our site for committed Christians, experts in Christianity and those interested 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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Suggest banning Church tag

Suggest banning church as a tag, since the word "church" is used for two separate purposes in the New Testament. So, instead of "church", how about: global-church see Matthew 16:18: And I tell you ...
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How can I write my answers objectively and in compliance with the site purpose?

Unlike revising an answer to make it objective, what tips can we offer users to answering objectively and in the spirit of the site? I.e., how do we express and assist users in understanding that ...
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“Wall of text” is an unacceptable form of question and / or answer

This site is not just another place on the internet; an explicit (SE) goal is to have a good signal-to-noise ratio. "Wall of text" questions and answers are noise — they show a lack of effort, a lack ...
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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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What are acceptable ways to scope a question on Christianity.SE?

The site seems to be wildly vacillating on how to scope a question. So far we've heard all of the following. "Don't name one particular person!" "Oh and we can't generalize to all Christians, ...
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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 ...
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What’s the “elevator pitch” for our site?

From the floating header on meta: Imagine you’ve just gotten on an elevator with a friendly stranger. You have precisely one floor to describe your community to them. What would you say? The ...
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Christianity anniversary Celebration?

Did you know the anniversary of Christianity’s graduation is coming up on May 29, 2014? Congratulations! How about a contest or some other fun activity to stir things up a little? After a year of ...
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Apology to site

I would like to apologize for my reaction to criticism of a post I made related to Christian Zionism. I was really unfair to some of the people who made comments and reacted very badly to my answer ...
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2014 Community Moderator Election

The 2014 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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Please tag your Bible verses with the version of the Bible you are quoting from

Every time I see a Bible verse with a few words that are slightly different or even out of the ordinary, the first thought that comes to mind is the version of the Bible the verse was quoted from; ...
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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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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 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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Why do skeptics love to harp on the ark story?

I feel like the story of Noah's ark gets way more questions than it deserves. I mean, I believe heartily that it happened, and I feel like I've given really simple answers to most of the questions I'...
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We need a name for our chat room

So we have a chat room. Other sites have cool names for their chat rooms. Isn't it time we named ours? Please add your suggestions below: one suggestion per answer. Then the mods can make a decision ...
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Dealing with trouble-makers

Given that this will surely become an issue when this site goes public, I figured it be better to answer this now. At what point can we regard a user as being no more than a trouble-maker (lots of ...
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Why not have new members go through a general introduction page?

As a new member I was turned off by having asked questions that were either voted down right away, put on hold, and have just now gotten to the pages defining what is and is not acceptable on the site....
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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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Why was the question about reconciling wrongs closed?

I asked How should one reconcile a wrong against another person? 2.5 years ago and received only positive feedback. (Also a good answer and a gold badge.) The question asks about something that I ...
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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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Proposal for tagging questions that concern marriage, both traditional and non-traditional forms

UPDATE: I've since made most of the changes laid out in this tag proposal. This included the creation of the same-sex-marriage tag, the editing of its excerpt, the removal of gay-marraige, and the ...
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Should I expand on my answered question or start a new question?

I just posted a question that I may want to expand on if answered, depending on the answer. Should the new questions I have be posed within the current question, or should a new question be posted?
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What can I do with all this reputation?

Of course, the snarky response to "what can I do with all this reputation?" is "create a bounty and give it to me!" And I know about the Privileges page, where there's some generic information about ...
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What can I do if I think a Moderator is censoring me?

I think a moderator has unfairly deleted some of my comments but left other comments in place - I think this is censorship. What can I do about it? And, in general, what can I do if I think a ...
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If a question is closed, are we allowed to edit the question in such a way that invalidates the answers in an attempt to get it re-opened?

Before you reach for the VTC as duplicate button, I realize that very similar questions have been asked already. I've been looking through those to find a general guideline that can be applied site-...