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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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First of all, we already have a diamond next to our name. Nobody else does. That is our mark. In chat, we have blue names in addition to the diamond. Second, we are list in a special tab on the sites we moderate. Third, you don't really need to know who we are at all in order to "contact a moderator". You don't need to find the right person, all you need ...


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As a user the thing to do is to flag as spam/offensive ASAP, then try to get some eyeballs on it. We have a pretty active community that has successfully cleaned up many instances of this sort of thing on its own without waiting for a moderator. All it takes is a few offensive flags and things get nuked automatically. If the there are folks in the The Upper ...


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This is completely unnecessary and generally isn't in line with the mission of Stack Exchange. If you want to interact with users live, that's what chat is for. However, knowing how many folks are online would be irrelevant to your ability to get answers for two reasons. First and foremost, a lot of folks have tag subscriptions or RSS feeds that tell them ...


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I see my name appears on that list and it's one of those names that is often thought to be masculine. However, there is a feminine spelling of the name (a town in Scotland) so at least people in Scotland know I'm a gal, and not a guy! I don't believe there is an issue with gender on Christianity Stack and it's worth remembering lots of people use an avatar ...


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This has been discussed repeatedly on many meta.SE sites and it's never going to happen. There are too many problems with requiring comments when you vote: Voting is already low across every established SE site that I follow. If you require a comment in order to vote, it'll result in even less voting. Some questions and answers are so obviously bad that ...


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The obvious way to say "Thank you" is with an up-vote! When that isn't sufficient, a comment can be made, but most "Thank you" comments will eventually be deleted by moderators, as they don't really contribute to the long-term value of the site. If you feel an answer really deserves an extra big "Thank You," you can also open a bounty on the question to ...


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If a question is flagged as a duplicate, then one of two things should have happened: There should be a comment to that effect in the comments of the question OR There should be a link to the duplicate in the body of the question. The first is true if the question is in process of being closed. The second is true if the question is closed. If neither is ...


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There's no plan to alter Affable Geek's profile in any way. We wouldn't even be having this discussion if someone (presumably a friend or family member) hadn't noted his passing in the profile. Presumably that person knows better than we do what Michael would have wanted. It seems disrespectful to edit his profile or to change his avatar at this point. We ...


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Answer selection is completely optional. Creating a mechanic for answer selection outside of the OP returning and selecting the best answer is a nonstarter In fact, there has been a proposal from this community to completely remove the answer selection option. Neither of these things are feasible for the following reasons. We're a part of the SE model. ...


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I don't think automated deletion is the correct way here. We have a very similar issue on Skeptics, though we probably use a lot more post notices than you there. A post notice doesn't mean the post has to be deleted, it is a warning that the post needs some work. So there should be an evaluation of the post after some time, to check if the issues have ...


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I already do delete answers to pastor advice questions (and comments that attempt to address the issue rather than redirect to real counsel) on sight. But I don't see everything, no even do all the mods put together. If you run across these, feel free to flag answers on such questions with a quick custom reason such as "flush answers on pastoral advice ...


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Probably not. Branded Tags are branded by advertising agreement with the companies doing the branding. SE has not put much effort (any that I'm aware of) into monetizing any sites except for the main three sites (SO/SU/SF and maybe a bit on gaming, though it's been a while since they've even done a big promo there), largely because they are committed to ...


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I like the idea. It doesn't seem to prevent other notices, like community ads, from appearing in the sidebar; rather it just shifts everything down a bit. Let me suggest that we use the following wording, adapted from Judaism.SE's example and Jon Ericson's relevant post: Like any library, Christianity Stack Exchange offers great information, but does ...


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I thank you for the offer, and so I shall return the favor. You have transferred 158 points to me, which I will remember as beneficient offering. In the spirit of camaraderie and general openness to fun, I too award you 158 points. We are now even :)


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You can always log out of your account, or fire up an anonymous session and ask the question without it being linked to your account. SE sites (all except SO), all support participation that is not tied to your account. The other option is that if you have participation that you would rather not be associated with your account (questions or answers), you ...


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It might be constructive on another network, but it'll never fly on StackExchange. Changes like that are network-wide, not specific to a single SE site. StackExchange simply doesn't allow multiple accepted answers. You may as well ask a car to fly to the moon. It's just not what's intended. The entire premise of the entire network is to get definitively ...


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While SE does not have an automated procedure for this kind of thing, the power is well within the reach of our userbase (nearly regardless of reputation). Posts like this (with swear words, or spam), can be reviewed by the community and with enough of the proper flag, automatically deleted. This is SE's first line of defense against spam and offensive ...


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


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Be creative. Find something else to fix while you have it open. I have rarely seen a post that couldn't use at least 6 characters of touch up. Maybe they didn't link a verse or format a quote. Maybe they took a grammar shortcut you can expand on for a cleaner read. If you really can't think of anything or don't have the time, leave a comment for the ...


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It's annoying and silly. Often, if you look, there'll be something else to fix. If there isn't, you could leave a comment to the post author pointing out the error and encouraging them to fix it. Mason Wheeler suggests flagging it for moderator attention, which wouldn't have occurred to me, but he's a moderator himself so he should know what he's talking ...


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We've recently started categorizing similar sites together in the footer, so that part is status-completed. But, no, we don't currently have plans to start adding beta sites to the footer. In reality, the increasing number of sites already makes this a deteriorating solution. Soon we're going to have to come up with a better implementation of what to do ...


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I don't think such a measure is necessary. The tools we have are already pretty well balanced in this area. Remember that even if a poster making low quality posts can go up in rep, there are other factors. Their overall score will show quite readily that what they are doing is not appreciated. The down votes create a negative stigma that is usually a more ...


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The system already does this, though there are a few things you can do in addition. First and foremost, every edit to a post, new answer to a question or several other actions will bump a post to the top of the home page. This means that everyone who visits that page will see your new post (and can navigate directly to the change by clicking the time stamp)....


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I think the addition is congruent with current site culture. I favor this improvement.


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We already have a strict policy that even your comments on the post cannot give advice: But can't I just say one thing? The site's official response to every pastoral advice question is "You should speak to a pastor, priest, spiritual counselor, etc. about such personal matters." Comments that do give advice typically end up deleted. Why should an ...


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1) A comment on the answer indicating why you think it's incorrect is the usual thing to do, and you've already done that. Posting another answer elaborating on what you think is the correct answer is another useful step, and you've done that, too. 2) I don't see that any site improvements are needed. Your answer is only a few hours old, over time it ...


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This is the reputation required to enter chat across the entire Stack Exchange network, so convincing the powers-that-be that a change is required will not mean merely convincing us at Christianity.SE, but also the community at Meta Stack Exchange and the SE staff. As for why the limit is 20 reputation, take a look at this related question: SO Chat: Why is ...


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The same suggestion came up on our sister site, Mi Yodeya (Judaism.SE), in 2011. Can we get our own custom Enthusiast and Fanatic badge? The consensus at that time seemed to be that the easiest way to resolve the problem is to care less about badges. Unlike points, they don't unlock useful features, so they only mean as much as we want them to mean. One ...


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I'm not a fan of the way accepted answers work on this site, but I think your suggestion is going the wrong direction. The original purpose of the feature was explained thusly: The question owner is not required to accept an answer to their question. We view accepting an answer as a simple social convention, a little informal "thank you" between ...


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