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Avoid we/you and we/they phrasing The use of "we", "you", "they", et al. may seem innocent, but such can easily be perceived as meaning "We right-minded Christians recognize" or "You [Those] misguided so-called Christians suppose". For example, rather than writing "We Presbyterians recognize that Divine sovereignty mandates limited atonement" a more neutral ...


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Prefer descriptive over than prescriptive language Words such as "believe", "conclude", and "teach" should generally be preferred over words such as "recognize", "know", and "affirm".


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Stick to the Facts The internet has plenty of forums that provide the opportunity to share user-generated editorial content. Christianity Stack Exchange specializes instead on providing factual content that is verifiable by reference to various historical documents and/or evident reason.


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Let me offer a couple of thoughts. It's a little bit unusual for a user to request a chat session with a mod. I don't think it's unreasonable for you to make the request, but I also don't think it's unreasonable for the mods not to jump at the opportunity. Meta is here specifically to address these sorts of issues. Chat often handles some meta issues, too,...


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In This Setting, Theological Language Can be More Effective than Devotional Language Christianity Stack Exchange understandably attracts many individuals who self-identify as Christian. Perhaps owing in part to the fact that a significant amount of Christian literature is intentionally and appropriately devotional in tone, users -- especially new users -- ...


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For me it's all about framing: the question is about seeing Jesus through today's issues, rather than seeing today's issues through Jesus. The Bible almost always has something that can be taken to be wisdom about any issue, but questions have to be phrased better. A question asking whether Paul wrote about austerity measures in southern Europe would be ...


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A few additional thoughts... Dealing with other not-answers - You said: I was mildly ticked off about this, as the other answers were actually no better in this regard and had not been deleted. Are you really ticked off at every single user? Users are supposed to flag NAA's and then mods deal with the flags. So if no one happened to think the other ...


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Polite guidelines extend to comments too Your post might be good, but if you quickly show a poor attitude in comments, it will taint your post and people will downvote it based on that. Not really fair, but that's just the way it is. It's just easier and better to be polite all the time.


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Begin with a friendly greeting. It may put the reader in a good mood. Hi, ____! Welcome to the Christianity Stacks Exchange. [for a new member] Hi, ____! Welcome back to the Christianity Stacks Exchange. [for an old or returning member] Make a brief comment about what you've read and what you think the question may be improved in a formal tone of voice. ...


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Do your own research If you reference a Bible verse, at least look it up, consult it to be sure you remember it correctly, and quote it in your post. The same goes for any prominent theologian from antiquity or book that you have read.


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I didn't downvote, but I commented that I didn't think enough research had been done on the question. I do think that even a cursory read through one of the Gospels would answer the question; one could see on even a quick read that there were no protests for Jesus to take part in, nor any encouragement on his part for his disciples to do the same. If the ...


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Avoid slang and use proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation.


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