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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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Migration paths are set up only between graduated sites. We've completed our end of this bargain, but until Biblical Hermeneutics graduates we will not be able to have a migration path to or from them.


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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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It doesn't look like disfiguring to me... Originally, it wasn't clear what the question was - buried in the anecdote was "I'm wondering if this is something cultural" Someone interpreted that (partially based on comments?) as "Is it a cultural focus for Christians to think that God is involved in the details of their lives?" and changed the title. You say ...


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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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I don't see a problem. While FMS originally did ask simply "would they be considered Christian?" from the rest of the question I think it's pretty clear they meant "considered Christian by the people judging the baptisms". DJClayworth fixed the ambiguity, so no harm done. The other comments are all explicitly asking about how specific denominations judge ...


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The only reason I'd say no is because: the more likely this site will come up in Google and other search engines when people are searching for Christian cassette tapes, and the more we'll see of them. and this means people are asking questions on the site that probably don't have answers elsewhere, which is a good thing. But for all your other reasons,...


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Short answer: NO Although it would seem like a great idea to document every different Denomination of Christianity, but it would take a lot of time and effort. Also the reason why there are so many of them, is because of all the different view points when it comes to the Christian faith. An example of the different viewpoints and how they vary is baptism....


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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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The bottom line is that any divisive topic can be the subject of a question and answer as long as it's not phrased as "Who's right". Understandably, some people want to use this site as a platform for evangelism, but if you really think about it, that's a horrible idea. The point of the current site guidelines is to prevent the site from becoming just ...


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


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Disclaimer: I'm not a regular here, but am active on other SE sites. So, this is an outsider's perspective. First, I would like to commend the editors for making the effort to salvage a question. Edits are good. Edits (generally) raise the quality of a site. However, it is better to point out to an OP, particularly one who is new to an SE, how they can ...


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We have many other questions about Christian language, such as the phrase tag, and other questions such as these: Is there any substantive difference between the verbal reference "second Corinthians" and "two Corinthians"? Why do some Christians use a period instead of a colon in verse references? What might the capitalization of the ...


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Trinitarian is generally too broad in my opinion unless the question specifically address the concept of the Trinity. If the question asks him Trinitarians address the theory of evolution, that's not properly scoped. If the question asks whether Trinitarians agree that John 1 indicates that Jesus the Son and God the Father are one and The same, that's ...


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I don't really see it as a big deal if it doesn't get deleted. If you think DJ deserves an up, then give him one. I would actually admonish him to discontinue answering off-topic questions. That's why I don't even look at the answers for off-topic questions. Users over 10K rep can vote to delete it. Perhaps we just need more of those users doing that. Or, ...


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For some types of questions, we do this already – the Biblical Hermeneutics Stack Exchange site is frequently referenced in response to questions that ask about the meaning of specific biblical texts. And Wikipedia and other reference sites are regularly mentioned when the answer is readily available and/or the question is too broad for this site. For ...


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Survey questions expect each answer(er) to propose their version on an answer. A survey question: Hey what do you all believe about baptizing babies? This kind of question is not a good fit for this site. They can take several similar shapes: sometimes they focus on polling site users, other times they are more academic sounding. Either way they boil ...


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This is a case of the question title and body not matching. The body was clearly asking for the basis for this belief, whereas the title was truthy. I edited the title so now it's all good.


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To answer your questions in order: We ask that questions discuss a single side of the issue (either for or against), if they want both sides, questioners should ask two questions, though asking them back to back is problematic, space them out a bit. Well...this is sort of happenstance, in order for this site to become a site, and succeed at it, the company ...


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I created this query which tracks questions tagged with specific traditions for the past 12 months. Here is some of the data visualized (I've aggregated some of the tags and excluded others in the visualizations, you can see the actual data by viewing the query). De/limitations Does this mean that Roman Catholics are the largest user base here? I doubt it. ...


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Yes, these should be of-topic. Put simply, and "Scientific Validity" question can be argued to be moot, by implying the "But God can do Miracles" argument. That makes it a matter of opinion - do you believe in miracles or don't you. If you do, anything is possible, and whether or not it can be explained by natural laws of nature, that doesn't mean it ...


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1. How does this site find it beneficial to the asker to suppress topics for which answers might not all be in agreement? The purpose of this website is to ask and answer questions that are primarily focused on Christian beliefs and practices and the justifications for them, according to the respective denominations. In real life, there are many ...


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Answer take 2. Because I missed the point the first time around. This meta post seems to have gotten started of all the wrong foot by ⓐ talking about the problem being whether the topic was too bread or narrow and ⓑ dragging a bunch of sectarian terminology into the discussion as if it mattered. As far as I can tell the only real question here is whether ...


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Question scope is not limited to just groups that have some authority in place. Any doctrinal position can function to define the scope of a question. What types of questions this is appropriate for varies by context, but it is workable. True, there is not "authority" on Trinitarianism. But there is very broad agreement on it. As such those that hold a ...


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You wrote something is this meta post that is a huge red flag suggesting the question should not, in fact, be re-opened: I would like to see more answers that address other views. This sites's Q&A format is not well suited to polling for assorted views. If that's what you hope to get out of a question then you're doing it wrong. Overview questions ...


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I think the approach I'd recommend is similar to yours, but perhaps my reasoning will be helpful to share. In general, we have the same problems with new-user answers on off-topic questions as we do on on-topic ones. They come in three types: Not an answer Doesn't address the question Doesn't attempt to represent the viewpoint requested "Thank you" only ...


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I don't think that's such a hot idea, The website is blocked by my company's firewall. Sounds like Protestant mischief. For Catholic mischief, I might as well tell you to ask it on catholicanswers.com since it would be equally topical. The consensus opinion of the site has been for some time that the Internet is a bad place to answer those kinds of ...


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You can make a tag for any notable work. Chronicles of Narnia would be a fine subject. I've about George MacDonald's works with some success. I think Narnia would be on topic. However, I'm a little hesitant about your first bullet point. I don't think we should be concerning ourselves with all the nautical terms used in the Voyage of the Dawn Treader ...


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I think it's basically a (current) history question. Answers would be based on statistics showing how widespread it is, or (as the one answer so far does) show a policy instructing it to be widespread.


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