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Why aren't advice questions allowed? It's true that this site does not allow what we call "pastoral advice questions"—that is, questions that ask for advice, particularly spiritual advice, regarding an individual's personal situation. In fact, our users are strongly discouraged from even saying one little thing in response to such questions. So why is ...


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These are on-topic so long as they can stick to "what Christian Creationists say about it." There can be no speculation or analyses of new science that is out. As this post says, we are not scientists and peer review is not the point of this site. The point is to lay down what Christians of all flavors teach, which includes Creationists, old and young ...


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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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Here are some pointers for the use of tools that become available at several of the most important reputation levels: 15–125, 3k, 10k, and 15k. 15 / 15 / 125 It doesn't take much reputation to have a big impact on this site! At these low levels of reputation, you get the ability to: Flag posts (15) Vote up (15) Vote down (125) Pointers: Flags are for ...


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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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Maybe the site's name is deceiving, would something like "Christianity Study", "Christian Denominations", etc be more prudent? Even if the site's name doesn't change, we could just change the logo.


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I also believe that Pastoral advice type question require a type of skill that very few members of this site have. It would be irresponsible for this site to let such important matters be answered by people that may or may not be qualified to give advice. Just for your information I believe the Cognitive Science SE has a similar policy. Seeing as this site ...


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Around Christmas, we do "Advent Bounties" as a way of distributing our vague Internet points out of joy for the Incarnation. So if you've got some extra saved up, you can spread it around then too!


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I'm going to go against the grain and recommend that we handle these on a case-by-case basis, but that we lean toward making these off-topic, and direct those users to chat. (If they have sufficient reputation to chat, that is.) Initially, I agreed with @Fredsbend's take on this, since our usual advice for keeping things constructive is to limit discussion ...


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Thank you for raising this meta question; and let me come out of the closet as the quoted commenter who thought the Vitamin C question was off-topic. My judgement was that the issue of defective genes is really about intelligent design, since it questions the intelligence of the proposed designer, and not YEC. In some respects the intelligent design ...


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It's not about you...it's about the content of the question It doesn't matter if whomever is the asker is agnostic, atheist, Lutheran, Calvinist, Mormorn ... it matters not. What matters is the topic, the content, and whether or not you can ask a clear and appropriately scoped question about Christian belief(which is a very broad subject). Is your ...


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David Stratton commented: ...I worry that the tongue-in-cheek title conveys the wrong message. We old-timers get it, but newcomers may not, and that's what we're trying to avoid. Also, I'd like to suggest another link for the "Further reading" section. I hope this doesn't sound too self-serving and self-promoting, but I really like Tips for ...


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The tricky thing about these types of questions is that sometimes they can be trivially turned into an exegesis question or an explanation of doctrine question. But it's not straightforward: Not all can be converted, and you're left with an off-topic philosophical question trying to probe the mind of God Even those which can be converted will often attract ...


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


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