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Brothers, I must go…

In the beginning 8 years, 1 month, and 6 days ago –at something between 2 and 3am– in the first few hours of this site being launched I signed up from a mobile phone browser¹ and was assigned account ...
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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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Resigning as moderator

With sadness I wish to make you aware that I am stepping down as moderator from this site. There are a number of reasons for this, but the primary immediate causes are Stack Exchange's disgraceful ...
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I am stepping down as moderator

Eight years. All the way from September 2011 to today, I never once imagined that I would be writing this resignation notice. I can hardly believe that I am writing this now. Through the whole ...
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Christianity.SE vs. Survivor

We've had a couple of questions in the format "Are members of $sect_or_subgroup_or_movement really Christian?", and a few more that are asking that exact question, but trying to couch it in terms that ...
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Let's take a moment to remember Affable Geek

On February 14th, 2015, Michael Hollinger passed away. We all knew him better as Affable Geek. Affable Geek was our top user. Not only did he have the highest rep count by over 20% more than the next ...
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We Are NOT Resigning … Yet

We, El’endia Starman, Peter Turner, and Mason Wheeler, are not resigning at this time. However, we object strongly to the way that StackExchange staff handled their disagreement with Monica Cellio. ...
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We can't handle the truth

As new members join a site called "Christianity," it is understandably common that many will ask the sorts of questions that would be asked of a pastor, in a church Bible study, or over a cup of ...
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Add Markdown and/or OneBox support for BibleGateway

I think it's a fair given that we'll be linking to scripture sources a lot here, both in Q&A and in chat discussions. BibleGateway is perhaps the most popular website for these references. It ...
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The role of the non-believer on the site

I'm a secular humanist; I say this first. I am, however, interested in religious discussion and dialogue, but my bias tends (for obvious reasons) towards the free-thinking reasoned response. My ...
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What Christianity.StackExchange is (and more importantly, what it isn't)

Once again, we're seeing an influx of new talent, which is GREAT! A growing community means more people, sharing new perspectives, or perhaps bringing a clearer explanation of an already described ...
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How we are different than other sites

So, we have a brand new About page. On that page, it says: Christianity - Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for committed Christians, experts in Christianity and those interested in ...
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Why can't I ask for personal advice?

It seems like all the questions asking for personal advice on this site get put "on hold." If I am facing a personal difficulty or a challenging decision, and I want input from Christians, shouldn't ...
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Newcomers: Be patient. You will get there if you follow our direction. Keep trying

To the newcomers: I am thrilled that you have come to this site. I am excited that you want to spend time contributing to this site, and even more so that you want to learn more about Christianity. ...
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But can't I just say one thing?

I am not allowed to share the exact stats, but in general terms the statistics for Christianity.SE show the vast majority of our daily traffic is now from people drifting in as a result of Google ...
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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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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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Design concept for Christianity.se

I'm Jin. I work on the designs for the Stack Exchange sites as they graduate from the beta phase. Each site will have its own unique theme that will reflect its topic and culture. However, all sites ...
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What types of questions can I ask on this site?

Introduction There are lots of important questions about Christianity and faith which cannot be effectively handled on this site: questions about personal lives, our relationships with God, and what ...
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What makes a good supported answer?

In response to Can we reverse the trend on low quality posts? we would like to propose the following thoughts on what defines a good supported answer. In order to give a valid answer about ...
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2013 Moderator Election Results

Christianity's first moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the new moderators are: I believe this is the first time ever that we see the pro-tem moderator crew ...
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What makes a good focused question?

In response to Can we reverse the trend on low quality posts? we would like to propose the following thoughts on what defines a good focused question. The primary focus of this site is a place to ask ...
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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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2014 Community Moderator Election Results

Christianity's 2nd moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the new moderator is: He'll be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank him for volunteering, ...
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What to do with "Is x a sin" questions?

I'm not sure if it's more appropriate to post this as a new question, or put a new answer on the old one, but a while back, someone has asked "Are 'is x a sin' questions on topic?" That question was ...
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I'm new here and I'm having some difficulty understanding guidelines for questions

I just joined this site, but I am a 2000+ rep user on Stack Overflow, so I have been around the Stack Exchange site for some time and understand the goals of its Q&A format. With that said, I'm ...
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Visually distinguish Bible quotes from other quotes

This feature request on MSO: Alternate (visually distinguishable) blockquote style I'd like to see Bible quotes have a style of their own. They're very centric to the site, but we have a lot of other ...
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How would you like to see scripture linked?

I'm guessing linking scripture will be pretty popular, so I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations on it. I just used biblegateway.com to quote like this 2 Timothy 3:15 and how from ...
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New design launched

As you can see the new design just went live, which means this site has been officially launched! Congratulations! Thank you for being an awesome community! If you're still seeing the old favicons, ...
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Are questions from atheists welcome here?

There are quite some posts here on meta about questions asked in "bad faith". I get the distinct impression that questions asked from an atheist perspective are not really welcome here. The posts ...
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What should our logo and site design look like?

It may be too early to be thinking about this, or perhaps there's not much interest in it, but the look and feel of the site is almost (but not quite) as important, albeit subconsciously, as the ...
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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 "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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Pro Tem Moderator nominations

According to SE employees in this note and some comments on chat starting here, one thing we can do as a community is to suggest names of possible Pro Tem moderators during the beta phase (before real ...
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What Bible translation should I cite?

I am quite new to this site, so welcome everybody! As I do not live in any English-speaking countries, and English is not my mother language, could anybody please help me what Bible translation ...
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What expertise are we lacking?

I was curious about the community's opinions on the areas of knowledge where we are currently lacking. It seems to me that many questions are getting decent answers, and there are certain topics where ...
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Let's thank our pro tempore moderators!

Before the Christianity site was launched, I foresaw a host of issues that the moderator team would face: I am a Christian and I believe a general Christianity Q&A site will be very challenging ...
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"Biblical basis" vs "what the Bible says about a subject"

We seem to have a more or less a consensus on our site that asking for the Biblical basis for a doctrine is permitted, even encouraged. We also tend to allow "What does the Bible say about X?&...
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Is it valid to ask if "Christianity" teaches anything?

This is intended to be an aid to people that ask "What does Christianity say about X" and don't understand why their questions are being closed as either off-topic, or primarily opinion-based. If you'...
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Exercise your right to vote!

We're just over half-way through 2018, and I've noticed a disturbing trend: the Christianity SE community is voting much less than it has in the past. Here are the results from SEDE for the first six ...
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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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Would quick-link support for BibleGateway be... useful?

So... Congratulations on graduating to a full-fledged Stack Exchange site! We'd kinda like to do something special for y'all, and this is currently the top-ranked feature request: Add Markdown and/or ...
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How should I ask overview questions: on one matter from all of the Christian spectrum?

It has been several times quite a problem for me here. I would have one particular matter (a doctrine or a verse from the Bible) that I would want to know how it is viewed upon in different sectors of ...
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What is "mainstream Christianity"?

This is an attempt at discussing what manifestations of Christianity are the subject of study for this site. I'm throwing stuff out for discussion. I also realize that may / will probably conflict ...
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According to whom?

Over on my other favorite StackExchange site, there's a problem with quality questions that's so pervasive that the community has sort of adopted a no-tolerance, no exceptions approach to such ...
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"I disagree with those people" is a bad answer

We have had many answers that follow this pattern (using the unicorn theme from the about page): Q: Some people say that your unicorn's horn should be buffed gently with chamois in order to bring out ...
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What about groups that are not considered by some to be Christian, who consider themselves Christian?

I ask this question on Area51, but I have re-posted here since this site is now open... For example, here in the USA, there are many evangelicals that do not consider Mormons to be Christian, even ...
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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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Are we OK with sex related questions?

So there's this question: Is BDSM dealt with in Scripture? And there's this comment: "I think the nature of this question is a problem as well. We shouldn't sexualize the site, and there's a danger ...
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Are we conditioning people to question all things through a denominational lens?

I've been on this SE site for a month. I know it's purpose and I really like it. I understand this is a secular site that facilitates Q&A for the topic of Christianity. Awesome. Boo ya. Love it. ...

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