As of October 5, 2015, the penalty for Christianity on the Network Hot Questions has been removed.
Well, there's a reason for this. The hot network questions algorithm includes adjustments based on feedback such as: I shouldn't have to see a bible study on Stack Overflow. Therefore, Christianity questions must score higher in order to be displayed on ...
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,...
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 ...
Personally, I think that we have definitely satisfied #2 and #3. #1 might need a little more consensus, but what is currently suggested there now is certainly better than what we currently have in the help files. So my answer would be YES, we are ready enough to go ahead and add a new off-topic close reason.
(Again, anyone with dissenting opinions are ...
More than anything, this was an oversight on our end.
As David Startton surmised, child-meta sites (sites that have an attached parent Q&Q site - such as this meta site, meta Stack Overflow, meta Writers and so on - which excludes Meta Stack Exchange, as it doesn't have a parent Q&A site) do not have their own privileges, given that both reputation ...
I am in favor
I am in favor of adding "...that do not focus on what a specific denomination or tradition teaches" to the "Is X a sin?" definition and making such questions on-topic in that context. The final Help Center entry will read:
is "X" a sin questions that ask whether a certain action or belief is sinful that do not focus on what a specific ...
I think both points were addressed in comments, but to make it official:
Your email is not public, it only shows on your profile when you view it. Other users cannot see that field.
If you still want to initiate deletion of your account there are instructions in the help center.
For the most part, I think our FAQ questions are pretty good. That said, I'm inclined to remove a couple and add a few.
Pastoral Advice Questions
More of a policy discussion than a true FAQ. This and this provide clearer instructions and explanations.
What is “mainstream Christianity”?
This could be edited into shape, but I think this other ...
Done! Well, they haven't quite been deleted yet, but give it a day or so and they'll be gone because they're not used on any questions. Furthermore, the misspellings are now synonymized to the correct spellings, so the wrong ones can't be added to new questions either.
Also, for future reference don't retag all of the questions yourself. The mods' tag merge ...
I think a mix of the three proposed close reasons might be better. I particularly like these sentences from David's answer:
We focus on what various groups teach, not whether what they teach is right.
Questions are expected to focus on what Christians teach, not whether they are true.
I don't want to unilaterally edit Flimzy's answer, so perhaps we can ...
Please do not use tag wikis to define terms. That's not what the feature for. The blog post introducing the feature explains:
Tag wikis help introduce newcomers to the tag. They contain frequently asked questions about the tag and guidelines on its usage.
The "frequently asked questions" portion is best illustrated by large Stack Overflow tags such as C+...
In addition to Nathaniel's suggestions, I also suggest adding the faq tag to the following:
Christianity.SE vs. Survivor
One or both of the following:
Christianity.SE 's experts are Christians, not scientists
Are questions on a Creationist explanation for scientific observation on topic here?
One or both of the following:
The role of the non-...
I can see the merit in updating the wording, but I think the proposed change runs the risk of being too specific. When these help messages start reading like a formula that can be exactly followed or not we start ending up with people that try to force the point by following the letter of the law rather than the spirit. Without any real understanding of why ...
Do these questions really provide any value to the community?
Given this statement about the Reason for Existence of the Christianity SE, it seems perhaps too obvious that these questions are of no value, and should be deleted...:
Like any library, Christianity Stack Exchange offers great information, but does not offer personalized advice,
I think ...
Tags go to the review queue where it has to be approved by I think at least two others over 3000 rep.
I have made the following suggested edit to the excerpt:
The formally recognized union of a man and a woman as partners in a relationship intended to last until the death of a spouse. It is sometimes considered to be a sacrament. Some denominations ...
(These tags have been discussed previously...)
For 90% of cases these tags are effectively synonymous. I would recommend making calvinism a synonym of reformed-theology however as the second is probably the more academic term. Also, the movement probably began before Calvin through people such as Zwingli. Secondly many denominations and churches use the ...