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Should we accept “Help me find this thing” questions, or “identify this” questions?

Recently we received this question: Kids christian music from the 80's which asks us to help him identify some music he remembers listening to when he was a child in the 1980's (though I can't ...
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Why can't we recommend Biblical Hermeneutics when flagging?

When flagging an answer, we can select: it doesn't belong here, or it is a duplicate… and then: off-topic because… and finally: This question belongs on another site in the Stack Exchange ...
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What are guidelines for “Good Subjective” answers on this site?

Based on this question: Is methodology advice to pastors too subjective to deal with here? there seems to be a consensus that: Not only are Doctrinal Questions are on topic, but so too are Practical ...
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In terms of interest/activity on C.SE; are we growing, dying, thriving?

I have no way of seeing, let alone analyzing, metrics (that I'm aware of). The activity on C.SE seems rather tepid. Has this always been the case? Does it have a positive tangent to the curve? ...
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Deleting the standard welcome message after a time

Say I'm trying to be a good moderator and patching up some broken windows, but I don't want to trounce upon the hard work of all the people who have taken time to do the important job of going through ...
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How can I ask about the Christian response to atheist arguments in a way that would be on-topic?

I'd really like to ask some apologetics related questions. It would be a tragedy if wavering Christians left us because we failed to provide answers, especially to the easier and more common ...
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What should we do with Jesus?

A recent focus for those of us who want to see this site continue to grow has been on cleaning up our tags. We want to make sure that each tag means something on the questions it's applied to. ...
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Is it ok to post questions from an agnostic point of view which question religious faith?

I've read the about and FAQ pages and they say nothing about atheists or agnostics. I'm an agnostic and wonder if it's ok to make questions that question religious faith, facts, logic, etc. all made ...
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How do we avoid a vote contest?

The site's been up for some hours, and already things seem to be escalating into a battle between different faith groups. This is apparent here on meta, and on this question on Mormonism and ...
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Should on-topic but better elsewhere questions be migrated?

I recently posted "Did medieval European monasticism provide a release from certain societal pressures?". It has been suggested that it would be a better fit for the History Stack Exchange (which ...
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Does “faq” sometimes mean “recommended reading”?

Out of curiosity, I sorted the meta questions by votes just now, and saw that many of our great meta posts (ones that I would consider recommended reading for new users) are not tagged faq. Yet, some ...
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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 ...
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How can I defend myself from closure as “too broad”?

I asked what I thought was a focused question at Are there any parallel Russian / Slavonic – English prayer books for Orthodox Christians? From all the digging I've done, I've found one example of a ...
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Are personal observations allowable as citation in a good supported Answer?

I understand that personal opinions are generally going to be poor form for this site. But to what extent are personal observations the mark of a poor answer? For example, someone asked if there ...
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Refute this vs Why do they believe this?

I have been thinking about this for a few days (mostly because I would headhunt Refute This! questions because I love debating; even small details). However, I agree with the community that this site ...
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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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What to do when it is not clear which denomination to ask?

The question Is theodicy considered an open problem or a solved one, according to catholicism? was originally formulated without the denomination restriction. The reason behind it is that I don't know ...
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Tradition v. tradition

So, if you're a Protestant, you probably think this Referring to one of the four historical sources of theology (Scripture, Tradition, Reason, Experience). Relates to questions that ask about ...
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Do we need the God tag?

I don't think the tag "god" is adding anything to this site. It could be removed from most of the questions I've looked at without losing any info. We have instead more specific tags like "nature-of-...
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How do we handle “Basic” issues/misunderstandings?

We have an ongling problem, where some site visitors demonstrate a basic lack of understanding of basic Christianity. The example that inspired this question would be: show where god claims to be ...
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Does the “Fanatic” badge count mobile app traffic?

The Stack Exchange app is well-built as far as apps go, and I enjoy using it to participate. Out of curiosity, does activity on the app count towards consecutive log-ons for badges?
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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 ...
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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?...
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Linking to Catholic Catechism

the USCCB finally has published an easily linked to catechism, which unfortunately only produces text based pages (but it's a start) http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/what-we-believe/...
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Could we please have an Affable Geek Memorial Chat Room? [duplicate]

Could we please have an Affable Geek Memorial Chat Room? I feel like I need it. I only knew the guy through Christianity.SE, yet here I am, mourning his death. In life, he probably didn't even ...
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'Off topic' - are you guys serious?

I know a few of you VTCed (maybe for different reasons than that listed?), but I really don't understand the 'off topic' designation for this question: If we want to know what the Bible says about an ...
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Looks like most members are software folks?

Just an observation - most of the profiles I have looked at, mention they are software developers. Is this because Stack Exchange is most used for programming (stack overflow, etc.) Does this ...
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Should this question be answered?

How many people saw Jesus raised from the death? The question shows severe lack of research (literally, the answer is in the same chapter as the one OP cited) and also citing scriptures out of ...
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Is it OK if I give away lots of reputation in bounties?

For Advent 2013, I was thinking of starting daily bounties for existing good-but-overlooked answers. But I want to gauge consensus on whether this would be a good or bad idea. Vague plan: give away ...
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Should we allow “I'm making a point” questions?

I have an observation about Christianity.SE so far, which is that a lot of the questions are really, really not good. My perception is that many of the questions are not being asked because they are ...
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Why was 'Church fathers' question closed?

There was a discussion about how we didn't have enough expert level questions, so I decided to pose some ones that would make people think, and attract some experts in theology and possibly church ...
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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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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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Will the real “Biblical basis for sola scriptura” question please stand up?

What is the Biblical Basis for Sola Scriptura? was closed as a duplicate of What is the basis of my fractured understanding of "Sola Scriptura"? even though that one isn't actually about ...
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What's wrong with a linkbait title if the question is fully and accurately presented by that title?

So I sparked some heat with this question: How similar was the resurrected body of Jesus to his physical human body? Note: My question here in Meta is about the TITLE, not the question itself. I will ...
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Why are comments now disabled on “first posts” reviews?

As the title asks... I'm doing my normal reviews and the one hing I do on almost every "first post from a new user" is welcome them to the site and put suggested links to help them learn the ropes. ...
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How can one politely encourage answerers to provide an “identifiable perspective”?

On an answer to a question about the Protestant (excluding Seventh Day Adventist) perspective on Sabbath-keeping, I left the following comment: What translation are you using for Matthew 5:17 which ...
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Are questions about personal theories on-topic? [duplicate]

We have an new question about Paul's relation to Jonathan. The OP admits its his own historical theory, uncorroborated by anyone. Thus he's seeking that corroboration here. It is my own ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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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. ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2017 [duplicate]

It is a bit late into this new year, being that we're already in the second month, but we are now cycling the Community Promotion Ads for 2017! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion ...
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Is diversity of perspectives desirable within the moderation team?

Would it be beneficial to have a broadly representative set of perspectives on Christianity amongst our diamond mods? If so, is it appropriate to ask current and prospective moderators what ...
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Can we not feed the trolls on chat?

I'm posting this knowing full well that I'm guilty of it myself... We've already discussed trolls in comments and in questions/answers, but chat has never come up in this Meta as far as I can see. ...
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Does the blog need to be revamped?

Last week Affable Geek asked, Should Eschewmenical be seeking non-Christian entries? There was no consensus, as far as I could tell, except for a general agreement that we don't see much disagreement. ...
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Does this site's policy against debating “who's right” mean that the site is teaching that there is no such thing as absolute truth?

Those of us who have been around for a while are, of course, familiar with the "we're not here to debate who's right" guideline. (a.k.a. "Truth questions", a.k.a. "Opinion questions", a.k.a. "general ...
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Is there a finite number of Christianity questions?

There are certainly lots of questions about Christianity. But whereas many other SE sites deal with subject matter that's constantly developing and changing (I'm thinking mainly of StackOverflow and ...
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When answers are primarily quotes

I was curious after reading this answer. At what point do we disallow answers which are primarily a quote (or quotes) from others without much substance in the way of personal additions?
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Community Promotion Ads - 2014 [duplicate]

Our first run of Community Promotion Ads has come to a close. As we now hit December 2013, it's time to start a brand new round! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are ...
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Where do we ask for best translation of a passage?

Should that happen here or at Biblical Hermeneutics? Say, "This passage is important to me, and I think its more literal translation of blah, blah would help smooth over some historical controversies,...
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Are questions about Bible verses (not about Christ) acceptable here?

Are general questions about interpretations of Bible verses acceptable here? For example, I was thinking of asking this question (but I caught myself just in time): What are we to understand by the ...