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In general, no, this isn't okay. Questions asking for an overview need to be answered with an overview. Long ago, this site had a problem with people asking "truth questions," that is, questions asking "Is X a sin?" or "Is Y doctrine true?" The result was that Christians from wide varieties of traditions would respond, and answers would be voted up or ...


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The top answer on that meta question says right at the top: It is possible to ask for an overview of the beliefs of multiple traditions, but you must specifically ask for this. You did not specifically ask for that! That's what you're missing! I did not gather that it was an overview type question from what is there now. If that were in there I would be ...


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There is now also an overview tag (currently under-used). Because of the tendency for people to ignore a single request for an overview (particularly if it's buried in the body) and instead gravitate towards their own preferred perspective, I recommend including the word overview in title, body and tag to make it as obvious as possible.


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Welcome to Christianity.SE, Fred! I completely understand your frustration. Part of the problem is the nature of Stack Exchange websites, of which Christianity.SE is a part. They originated with StackOverflow.com, a site dedicated to asking and answering questions about (basically) programming. That's a world that enjoys a great deal of definitiveness1. ...


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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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"Are overview questions a good fit for Christianity.SE?" The answer to that is, "it depends." While there may be cases where the OP is looking for the viewpoint of multiple groups / denominations regarding a specific question, the key is that the question should be a focused question. While overview questions may exist, that doesn't mean that they are ...


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The first part of the Not An Answer flag text reads: This was posted as an answer, but it does not attempt to answer the question. I think the word attempt is the key to determining if a question should be flagged as NAA. The quality of that attempt can then be handled with voting. Attempt What is an attempt? It's a gray area. The clearest case is when ...


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This seems like a subset of the "overview" question type, so I'd say they're generally on-topic. However... Some "overview" questions, particularly ones asking for the views of all of Christendom, are still too broad. It may be worth specifying a particular subset of Christendom. I don't really like the idea of a separate tag for these. If anything, we ...


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I think tags are a more effective taxonomy than meta questions like that ever would be. At the end of the day it would just be trying to cram something into the format that it wasn't designed to. This is what tags and search were designed to handle, and for ever more closely related questions cross-linking them is also useful. All these things fit into the ...


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Just like on Stack Overflow, the tools at hand are not meant to handle a jumble of topics in a single thread. The Q&A format works best if you ask questions that can be answered in a single go by a single expert. If it's not reasonable to expect that a single person would be able to give a decent answer covering the major bases then the question is too ...


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This looks like a job for [X] Community Wiki, Answer My Own question button and Protection My proposal is this, if you want to ask an overview question, you ask the question. You also answer it at the same time. Putting every denomination/tradition/sect you care to get an answer from. If someone thinks they're smarter than the community wiki, they can ...


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I a similar idea back a while ago. Anybody interested in doing a Catechism? As a mod now, I don't think it's tenable because I see what new users and passerbys do and I think ever question needs to be answerable by anybody in some way and we can't just have pet questions. We can, however, have pet questions on meta - it wouldn't look good if they weren't ...


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