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I'm new here and I'm having some difficulty understanding guidelines for questions

I'll handle this in two parts: the specific questions, and the bigger picture. Specific questions As originally written, the Street Bible question was definitely off-topic, as it asked for ...
Nathaniel is protesting's user avatar
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Are close-vote scope standards significantly different now than they used to be?

TLDR; Yes, standards have changed. More specifically, I see two distinct things that have changed: Biblical Hermeneutics launched as a sister site. Many of the "What does verse X mean?" questions ...
Flimzy's user avatar
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Closing a question due to lack of research

"Lack of research" isn't a reason to close questions. It is a reason to down-vote them: if you hover over the vote buttons on questions the primary tip for using those functions does involve judging ...
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Why is there a philosophy tag if philosophical questions are off-topic?

General philosophy questions aren't on topic here. Historical or theological philosophy questions can be. Here are some examples: What influence did Greek philosophy have on the formation of orthodox ...
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Why not more emphasis on own search?

On most sites in the network the criteria for downvoting and closing are essentially completely separate. Only a few sites, like ELU for example, make lack of research a reason to close a question. ...
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How can we have a duplicate of an unclear question?

I agree with your logic; it doesn't make sense to close a question as a duplicate when the target is closed as "unclear what you are asking." That said... This particular situation arose because a ...
Nathaniel is protesting's user avatar
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Closing Opinion Based Questions and the new Niceness

It certainly is frustrating to me that so many questions by new users end up getting closed. We have one of the highest question closure rates on the entire Stack Exchange network, and you're right ...
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Closing Opinion Based Questions and the new Niceness

While your answer is good for what you've proposed here, note that there are five other answers doing the exact opposite, as well as people debating definitions in comments on the answers (of which I'...
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Does a question count as a personal question if a normal Christian would not ask such a question?

I myself don't see that there is a correlation between it being a “personal question” and it being a question that only one person in the world would ask. Indeed, it often seems that I have many ...
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Always be ready to give a reason for your hope (with citations)

We need to close more questions via community moderation ... ... and find out who will willingly and positively engage with the community here to get the questions in to stackable shape, and answers ...
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Always be ready to give a reason for your hope (with citations)

I can see the difficulty in trying to deal with answer posts that have been flagged, given the lack of moderators who actively monitor what’s going on. However, would it be helpful if participators ...
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Precedence: biblical basis or truth question/is X a sin?

There isn't a conflict here between this being an "on-topic biblical basis" question and an "off-topic is X a sin" question, because instead of asking "what is the biblical basis for X?" it asks the ...
Nathaniel is protesting's user avatar
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What is the recommended editing that would help get the essence of a specific question reopened?

That's a Locked question, as opposed to a Closed question. It was locked when we decided to add the limitation that we really needed a denominational perspective for most exegetical questions. I wasn'...
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Why is there a philosophy tag if philosophical questions are off-topic?

We have sex but you can't ask about Kama Sutra here either! But this is a good question that I would like the community to help us moderators with, because I don't know what the difference between ...
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Requesting reopening

I was the one who found that question as a duplicate. Of the two reasons you offer as grounds for reopening, I don't think the first is persuasive - any answer that applies to all the laws will ...
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Requesting reopening

The newer blood question is a clear subset of the older question. This is one case where duplicates are useful, because specific questions are often generalisable. Having this question be closed as a ...
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RFC: Replacing the Philosophical close reason

Another option would be to replace the truth question close reason with Peter's new proposed text. I think I might prefer that more... the idea of "truth" questions still confuse newcomers, but Peter'...
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One question open and one closed. Why?

HYPOCRISY! I seem to be on the receiving end of the benefit of the doubt for once? No, I think my question (the "Jesus Loves You one") is on topic because it's about Protestant customs, the "You'...
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How is a question asking for examples of secular historians supporting a Christian argument for Jesus' resurrection off-topic?

I try to answer your question and explain why this question (the one you pointed out) is on topic. Being a relative newcomer, I defer to others and moderators, esp. those who also moderate other SE ...
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What is the recommended editing that would help get the essence of a specific question reopened?

I've unlocked it and closed it instead. This is an exegesis question that belongs at the Biblical Hermeneutics site, but it's too old to migrate.
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How Would C.S. Lewis Answer?

To implement the "C.S. Lewis rule" I vote for creating a tag cs-lewis-theology with the following tag definition: A theological position of C.S. Lewis's "mere Christianity" which ...
GratefulDisciple's user avatar
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Closing Opinion Based Questions and the new Niceness

As I read your question and the answers I remembered a quote from Korvin Starmast Because this community is not interested (collectively) in the great, 1900-year-long shouting match of "I'm right, ...
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Why not more emphasis on own search?

The tools to hand suit the task/problem I tend to down vote them (sometimes leave a comment if I am not pressed for time). I have taken to more often recommending deletion, voting to delte when it's ...
KorvinStarmast's user avatar
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Why does God...?

These questions are off topic They are an argument, not a question.
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