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The one thing that I know we do need is a clearer pastoral advice closure reason. Perhaps Your question seems to be related to a request for advice that is better served by talking to someone in your local church, perhaps your pastor, priest, an elder or counselor. would work as a wording for that. This is one thing in particular that is decidedly off ...


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The question is.. Definitively answerable Not contentious (Truthy) Within the realm of Christianity A type of question allowed on other StackExchange sites Useful to someone I say let them stand. They may not be academic, but even the most esteemed universities have their trivia buffs. There's no harm, and it opens up the site to interesting questions ...


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I'm generally in favor of adding this. We need to do 3 things (and they should probably each get their own seperate meta question. The first is that we need to decide whether or not the on topic page of the help center needs to be changed. Currently it does specify that understanding the Bible from the perspective of a specific viewpoint (like those ...


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Considering the volume that we get of that, I'm okay with neglecting any taxonomic labels on it and just giving it a special close reason with a decent explanation for why we cannot (will not) answer questions like that, and hopefully alternatives or a meta post with alternatives. I thing something like: Questions asking why God takes one action or ...


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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 recommendations and advice. I took the liberty of editing it to make it focus on the question of "how different are these two versions." That is a distinctly ...


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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 are now better suited for this site, which delves into the textual context, translation nuänces, etc, of scripture. They strictly do not address interpretation ...


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Questions asking for the truth or validity of a particular doctrine or belief (aka Truth Questions), and questions asking Is X a Sin? are not a good fit for our site, due to their subjective nature, and the vast number of possible Christian opinions on such topics. See: We can't handle the truth


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"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 the level of research/investment in the question. I would encourage downvoting questions that don't do basic research in order to form a well reasoned question. ...


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This should certainly be done. I also support the use of an info graphic:


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My two cents: This question appears to be asking whether a certain teaching or belief is true. Since there are various opinions on this topic, the question can be re-phrased as "who is right". "Who is right and who is wrong" is off-topic. We focus on what various groups teach, not whether what they teach is right. See: the help page, How we are ...


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I absolutely think it should be off-topic. And I would support it being included as an example in the "General philosophical or sociological questions" close description. It's a combination of opinion-based, general philosophical question, too broad, and Truth. At the bare minimum, it would be good to include it in the samples for "what not to ask" in the ...


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I closed the question, and wasn't sure which close reason to use. The question runs afoul of several of the standard close reasons. It's primarily opinion-based in that if you ask several different people, you're likely to get several different opinions You can avoid that by asking for an official doctrinal teaching on the subject, ideally specifying a ...


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Moderators (currently me, Caleb, waxeagle, and Mason Wheeler) have "super-votes". That is, if we vote to close a question, it gets closed immediately. This super-vote of ours actually modifies our inclination to close a question by making us less likely to cast a close vote. For a regular member, if they're not entirely sure that a question should be closed, ...


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First of all, +1 for raising this question at all. It's a valid concern. In general terms a question that is no broad to be reasonably answered would need to be closed as not a real question. In the case of my question you have used as an example, I think, in spite of being an overview question, it could be answered in just a few paragraphs. The one answer ...


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"Is X a sin?" questions are usually problematic. They are usually unanswerable unless you address your question at a particular Christian tradition and interpretation framework. Question wording does matter. A question that could be acceptable if was worded differently should expect to be closed until it is worded differently. Once it had been edited into ...


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At the risk of being self serving, in How we are different than other sites I enumerated several reasons that I think correspond to the main reasons we close things. Ergo, I would suggest the following Close Reasons: No Question Mark - There doesn't appear to be an actual question in this posting. Please understand that we ask questions in which people ...


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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. This site has neither a high question volume nor is our topic one in which we get lots of homework questions. Our site actually has one of the highest closed ...


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In general, summary questions fail. Trying to develop a summary question is really hard, this one is massively broad, and the attempt at a summary answer had several issues: It represented a single POV It was already quite long from the single POV There isn't good validation for representation of viewpoints in a single summary answer. Ultimately, what ...


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The issue seems to be one of terminology. A question that is "broad" is not the same as one that is "widely applicable". The former covers too much topical ground in the question while the later may be a very focused specific question that happens to be useful to a lot of people and so should be answered in detail. We do occasionally end up with questions ...


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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 new user apparently wasn't familiar with the capability to edit his question. He was kind enough to provide more details in response to the petitions, but he ...


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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'm a little guilty.) This is a lot of mess in order to prevent the OP from hypothetically feel like it's a slap on the wrist. Far better IMO is to close the ...


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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 that closing questions can be interpreted as an insult or "slap on the wrist." This is true regardless of why we close the question. New users are almost ...


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Would it be helpful to have a custom message for Truth questions needing a denominational specification? As it is currently, these questions tend to be closed as not constructive, and when one is left open (1, and maybe 2), the question is never improved because it gets votes and [a variety of] answers. Something like (quoting fredsbend in a comment in #2 ...


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For one, one of your primary assumptions of the question is not a consistent interpretation of how Christianity views this subject. This shows a lack of research effort on your part in asking the question. The fact of the matter is that Christianity does not universally condemn homosexuality as a sin - various groups view this practice differently, ...


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I think that this question is pretty much a lost cause at this point and here's why: It's a discussion disguised as a question. I think this paragraph from the Philosophy FAQ sums up my concern about the question: Please note that this site is not a personal blog or a pulpit for you to express your own personal philosophical beliefs. This is a Q&A ...


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Just adding "per Jesus and the bible" doesn't magically fix a non constructive question, nor does it make an unfocused question into a focused one. For example the following is simply not constructive in spite of asking for a purely Biblical answer: What Bible verses can be used to show that Christians shouldn't dance? Your topic is different, but the ...


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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 thoughts and concerns which never grace the minds or consciences of other people. (I believe someone once wrote something lamenting such a predicament.) Those ...


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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 much broader and opinion-based, "Does the Bible say..." The difference between these two phrasings is explained in this meta post: “Biblical basis” vs “what the ...


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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 paid more attention to questions that fall foul of the “rules” (such as inviting opinions or making claims that are not backed up by evidence) and down-voted ...


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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 into stackable shape. One thing I learned eventually on SEs: bad questions attract bad answers. ... and then reopen the ones that do get recrafted into ...


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