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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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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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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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Re-assessing "biblical-basis"

I find the biblical-basis tag problematic. The tag wiki points to this question and its answer by David Stratton. The discussion was some time ago, and the culture of our site has changed ...
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Request to downvoters: please explain

On the main1 site, I often see questions with down votes but no explanation. Today's example with two down votes: Why does Jesus feel only certain people that come into physical contact with Him? I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How are "Strangers on the Internet" less legitmate than people you meet in real life?

I noticed this comment: This is not something that can be authoritatively answered by strangers on the Internet. The only people that can speak for your church is it's local leadership. You should ...
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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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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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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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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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Purpose of Christianity.SE

Okay, I may ask questions at time which are odd or a little out there. I do this because these are real questions that some people have about Christianity - even if they are not my own questions / ...
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Can we have a font with better italics?

Currently, the site uses the Google font Lusitana for most of the content. This has the disadvantage that there is no native italic, resulting in a faux italic which is — bluntly — ugly. Would it ...
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Advent Bounties 2016

In 2013 and 2015, some members of this community took part in a "bounty challenge" to encourage excellent content during the Advent season. I think the idea is great, and the first week of 2016's ...
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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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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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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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Who is a Christian for this site?

I'm concerned about the proliferation of privately held opinion ("I think") vs. sourceable manifestations of Christianity. In large part, our definition invites this, since the definition of ...
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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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Comment Deletion [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Would it be alright if the mods cleaned up comment clutter? Is it just my imagination, or are comments deleted on this site far more zealously than they are on others in the ...
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Verbiage for new "Truth Question" close reason

Followup to: Can we have a close reason for “Truth Questions”? We need some concise, and very new-user friendly verbiage for the new close reason, related to "Truth Questions" (of which Is X a sin? ...
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How should we handle "List Questions"

Recently we had a question that was closed, and two reasons for closing it were cited. One of the reasons was that it was a "list question" and therefore not a real question or not constructive. I'm ...
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Do you have to have an "identifiable perspective"?

I was just inspired by the great sentiment at the "Christianity.SE vs. Survivor" post. The writer said it was not useful to kick people off the island for not meeting your standards for deserving to ...
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New On-Topic verbiage for "Truth Questions"

Followup to: Can we have a close reason for “Truth Questions”? The current on topic section of our help says that questions are on topic if they are about: understanding the Bible from the ...
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What is our tagging philosophy?

Scanning through our tags questions will turn up many specific concerns about tag usage, but only one general concern: Is it better to have more tags or fewer? Shog9 also wrote an excellent ...
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Is "biblical-basis" a de-facto denomination designation?

We've had an appeal to tag your questions with the denomination you're asking about and I have complained several times about the biblical-basis tag. But it occurred to me that this tag might be an ...
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Proposed FAQ changes

FAQ suggestions will be implemented soon, but we (the mods) wanted to get the input of the community first. Each proposed edit will be posted as a separate answer. Upvote if you like it, downvote if ...
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Is scoping in the body of a question sufficient, or must it be in the title?

Previously on Meta the issue of scoping with tags has been addressed. Here, I am wondering if scoping must be done in the title, or if scoping can be legitimately done in the body as well. I have ...
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Should history questions be on topic?

We have had a number of questions that have far more to do with history than they really do with Christianity or doctrine. Should these be on topic? Some examples What is the origin of the Catholic ...
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Should questions avoid specifically naming people?

For example: Is praying for the wealth of the Stocks Exchange blasphemy? Specifically names 'an American politician Perry'. This seems to detract from the question being asked.
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Does Christianity.StackExchange.com have issues with answer length?

It's no secret. Some of the "experts" on Christianity.StackExchange.com are steeped in Scripture. Some could answer nearly every moral question with Biblical references. I think this is great! ...
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Should the rules on answers be loosened/clarified? [closed]

New to the site, but a member for several months on stackoverflow. As you can easily guess the two are quite different. One where most questions have a universally correct answer where here the ...
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What exactly is a pastoral advice question?

Based on the response to a question I recently posted, I think there might potentially be non-trivial confusion or disagreement about which questions should be counted as pastoral advice questions. ...
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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 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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Will this site go the way of atheism?

And others, which failed during Beta. I see some of our stats are poor: 3.1 questions per day 220 visits per day On the other hand, the number of core users and questions is good. So, the real ...
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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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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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How do we deal with trolling in questions and answers?

Related to the question about trolling in comments, but it was only a matter of time after public beta launched that Christianity.SE would be linked to on prominent atheist communities. Indeed, it's ...
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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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What is wrong with answering general questions Biblicaly?

@Caleb after having reviewed your comments on: Did Jesus mean that heaven and earth would actually pass away in Matthew 24:25? I am confused as I was under the impression that this site was to answer ...
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Matthew 20:16 Badges [closed]

I think it would be appropriate on this site to add a new set of badges, based on Matthew 20:16. I propose the following badges be awarded for the following criteria: Deacon 100 accumulated down ...
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Do we need any site specific close reasons?

The entire question "close" system across the Stack Exchange network is going to get a face-lift soon that will (hopefully) make the fall a little bit gentler for new users and ease the learning curve....
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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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Are multiple versions of the same question constructive?

Closely related: How close can two questions be without being duplicates? Can simply adding “ACCORDING TO X” salvage any question? This is something I worried about way back when we started ...
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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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