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Brothers, we are not Christians‼

I am a Christian. You say you are. But we are not.1 It seems that a lot of folks are having a hard time wrapping their heads around the scope of this site. While I respect the SE staff2 and have been ...
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What makes a good focused question?

In response to Can we reverse the trend on low quality posts? we would like to propose the following thoughts on what defines a good focused question. The primary focus of this site is a place to ask ...
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What Christianity.StackExchange is (and more importantly, what it isn't)

Once again, we're seeing an influx of new talent, which is GREAT! A growing community means more people, sharing new perspectives, or perhaps bringing a clearer explanation of an already described ...
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What makes a good supported answer?

In response to Can we reverse the trend on low quality posts? we would like to propose the following thoughts on what defines a good supported answer. In order to give a valid answer about ...
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How we are different than other sites?

So, we have a brand new About page. On that page, it says: Christianity - Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for committed Christians, experts in Christianity and those interested in ...
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Christianity.SE vs. Survivor

We've had a couple of questions in the format "Are members of $sect_or_subgroup_or_movement really Christian?", and a few more that are asking that exact question, but trying to couch it in terms that ...
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Pastoral Advice Questions

I haven't seen any yet, but I would imagine that we are going to get questions asking for pastoral input. It may be anything from "I can't seem to stop surfing internet porn", to (if we're really ...
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Tips for editing a question to make it suitable for re-opening

Hopefully you're here because your question has been closed as "Too Broad" or "Primarily Opinion Based" and someone left a comment suggesting that you edit your question and try to get it reopened. ...
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Newcomers: Be patient. You will get there if you follow our direction. Keep trying

To the newcomers: I am thrilled that you have come to this site. I am excited that you want to spend time contributing to this site, and even more so that you want to learn more about Christianity. ...
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Types of questions, or template questions, that the community generally finds acceptable

I find that there are at least six types of questions that the community on Christianity.StackExchange finds acceptable for the site. These question types, if the few rules that accompany them are ...
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But can't I just say one thing?

I am not allowed to share the exact stats, but in general terms the statistics for Christianity.SE show the vast majority of our daily traffic is now from people drifting in as a result of Google ...
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Can we reverse the trend on low quality posts?

In the beginning, there was Christianity.SE Congratulations community, we are now just over half-way through the minimum stay in public beta! We have lots of participation and a full seven weeks of ...
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What is “mainstream Christianity”?

This is an attempt at discussing what manifestations of Christianity are the subject of study for this site. I'm throwing stuff out for discussion. I also realize that may / will probably conflict ...
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Another reason this is not a Christian site

I know there are explanations galore in Meta and in the FAQ, we still have people coming around that refuse to accept the idea that this is not a Christian site - that it's not about Truth, but rather ...
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What to do with “Is x a sin” questions?

I'm not sure if it's more appropriate to post this as a new question, or put a new answer on the old one, but a while back, someone has asked "Are 'is x a sin' questions on topic?" That question was ...
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How do we avoid a vote contest?

The site's been up for some hours, and already things seem to be escalating into a battle between different faith groups. This is apparent here on meta, and on this question on Mormonism and ...
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Are truth questions inherently off-topic, or just a bad question smell?

Consensus on the site seems to have coalesced around the idea that "Truth Questions" are bad. Trying to get to a definition of a "Truth Question" is, of course, squishy, but generally is ...
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How can we improve our guidance about the comment practices?

If you follow meta, you have seen considerable discussion lately regarding comment deletion. Usually comments are deleted because they are obsolete, off topic, impolite, or have turned into noise ...
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What is the minimum bar for a “group” (sect / denomination / etc..)?

According to the FAQ, Christianity.StackExchange is for "any group that identifies themselves as Christian are to be considered on-topic" Additionally, it seems to pretty well established that ...
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How can I contribute to the effort to clean up Christianity.SE?

I've heard rumors of an cleanup effort on Christianity.SE that is in its infancy, how can I contribute so that I can assure my voice is heard from the very beginning? Branch questions: Can we ...
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On-Topic and Constructive Examples

Based on the suggestions for a FAQ rewrite, we will need examples of questions that are both On-Topic and Constructive. Please post your examples below. See also: How can I contribute to the effort ...
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What are guidelines for “Good Subjective” answers on this site?

Based on this question: Is methodology advice to pastors too subjective to deal with here? there seems to be a consensus that: Not only are Doctrinal Questions are on topic, but so too are ...
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What is a well-sourced, dispassionate answer?

This is for discussion purposes only. When an answer needs to be improved, I'd like to be able to link to a FAQ that gives guidance on how to answer, much like What makes a good supported answer? ...
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Personal viewpoints

There have been a number of answers to questions where the answerer has specifically stated "this is my answer" or words to that effect. They contain no references to back up their answer, and don't ...
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Dealing with questions about “The Bible”

There are two types of questions that have been asked here that are a bit contentious. I'd like to propose definitions for the question types and solicit comments, changes and additions to these ...
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What is the definition of “Christian”?

For the purpose of answering questions along the lines of "Is X Christian?" (several examples of which have already come up--and undoubtedly will continue to come up, especially once the site is ...
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Are questions from atheists welcome here?

There are quite some posts here on meta about questions asked in "bad faith". I get the distinct impression that questions asked from an atheist perspective are not really welcome here. The posts ...
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Should we avoid “refute this”-type questions?

Before I begin, I want to emphasize that the question I picked is a good one. In fact, I picked it because it troubled me and I didn't understand why until the reason clicked into place. It's a ...
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We can't handle the truth

As new members join a site called "Christianity," it is understandably common that many will ask the sorts of questions that would be asked of a pastor, in a church Bible study, or over a cup of ...
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Is “Some Christians say…” a valid justification for a question?

We've had a few questions lately that present an argument from a vague or ill defined set of "Christians" and ask for reasons why said group believes what they do: Why do some Christians believe it ...
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Tag synonym suggestions [closed]

I thought now might be a good opportunity to have a thread specifically for tag synonym suggestions (from users who have less than the required rep for doing such themselves). Post suggestions that ...
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Why not have new members go through a general introduction page?

As a new member I was turned off by having asked questions that were either voted down right away, put on hold, and have just now gotten to the pages defining what is and is not acceptable on the ...
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The role of the non-believer on the site

I'm a secular humanist; I say this first. I am, however, interested in religious discussion and dialogue, but my bias tends (for obvious reasons) towards the free-thinking reasoned response. My ...
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Christianity.SE 's experts are Christians, not scientists

I have seen a few questions discussion science, such as this one: What is the archaeological evidence for a global flood? Others do it in the answers, but not in the question. I think that is bad, ...
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What topics should we run on the Eschewmenical blog?

It's been a few weeks since Peter suggested the Eschewmenical blog. I'm not sure if four participants is enough, but that would allow us to have one post a week if we stagger the posts. That seems ...
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Refute this vs Why do they believe this?

I have been thinking about this for a few days (mostly because I would headhunt Refute This! questions because I love debating; even small details). However, I agree with the community that this site ...
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What about groups that are not considered by some to be Christian, who consider themselves Christian?

I ask this question on Area51, but I have re-posted here since this site is now open... For example, here in the USA, there are many evangelicals that do not consider Mormons to be Christian, even ...
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How would you like to see scripture linked?

I'm guessing linking scripture will be pretty popular, so I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations on it. I just used biblegateway.com to quote like this 2 Timothy 3:15 and how from ...
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According to whom?

Over on my other favorite StackExchange site, there's a problem with quality questions that's so pervasive that the community has sort of adopted a no-tolerance, no exceptions approach to such ...
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Can we have a close reason for “Truth Questions”?

I know that "Truth Questions" technically fall under the scope of "Primarily Opinion Based" or "Too Broad" and not "Off Topic," but to aide in the training of new visitors, and to reduce the need to ...
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How should we cope with questions that contain (possibly wrong) assumptions?

On a site like this, we're going to get some questions that contain assumptions we think are incorrect. Here's an example: Why did Martin Luther choose to found a church separate from the Roman ...
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How can I write my answers objectively and in compliance with the site purpose?

Unlike revising an answer to make it objective, what tips can we offer users to answering objectively and in the spirit of the site? I.e., how do we express and assist users in understanding that ...
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Are book recomendations considered on topic?

How should we handle questions that take the form of "Can you recommend books about topic X?" Are they considered to be poll/list questions and therefore inappropriate here? Example: Book ...
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“bible” tag too general?

The tag "bible" seems overly general to me (much the same way the tag "john" is too general). I can see a use-case for at least the following tags instead: bible-interpretation For questions like ...
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Please tag your questions with the denomination you're asking about

I'd like to request that everyone please tag your questions with the denomination you're asking about. We have people getting angry over or downvoting questions that are asked from the perspective of ...
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Inquiring perspectives on one matter from throughout all of the Christianity spectrum

It has been several times quite a problem for me here. I would have one particular matter (a doctrine or a verse from the Bible) that I would want to know how it is viewed upon in different sectors of ...
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Add Markdown and/or OneBox support for BibleGateway

I think it's a fair given that we'll be linking to scripture sources a lot here, both in Q&A and in chat discussions. BibleGateway is perhaps the most popular website for these references. It ...
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What is the generally accepted term for X?

Several issues have come up related to appropriate terminology. Rather than discuss these each time they come up, I suggest using this question as a catch-all place for noting the acceptable ...
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How to handle comment trolls?

We're still in beta and the trolls have come out of their caves. I suspect in the weeks and months to come they will multiply like rabbits. The subject matter at hand is going to breed them like there ...
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How can we get better expert-level questions? Or, StackExchange vs Yahoo! Answers

From my private beta invitation: If you ask high quality, expert-level questions, you'll build a site that attracts the experts and pros who will make it really successful. But if you ask ...

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