I've been really impressed with the quality of answers given on Hermeneutics.SE, and was wondering:

Is it acceptable for me to copy and paste my questions from Christianity.SE that I think would be fitting here?

  • Just checking Eric, you know how voting works a little differently on meta right? – Caleb Apr 14 '12 at 20:57
  • @Caleb, no - I haven't spent much time on meta before now. What's the difference? – Eric Apr 14 '12 at 21:02
  • Glad I checked then. I always try to catch lower rep folks when they first show up on meta. Because meta is usually frequented by experienced users, we sometimes forget that people don't always know the ropes. – Caleb Apr 14 '12 at 21:05
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    On main sites voting is supposed to be some indication of quality/usefulness. Upvotes mean a question is useful, well researched and clearly focused. Downvotes would indicate maybe you have a problem in some area. On meta it's all different. Voting tends to indicate agreement or disagreement on an issue. Your question here was not only valid, it is appreciated that you took the time to ask because it's a constructive way to pursue a quality community. I'm sure the downvote here is indicative of somebody that thinks copy-paste shouldn't happen, not that this was a bad question to ask! – Caleb Apr 14 '12 at 21:08
  • Oh, got it. Thanks for the clarification – Eric Apr 14 '12 at 23:24

In general, no straight up copying is a bad idea.

If you see a good question that can be tweaked to target the specifically different set of expertise that the non doctrinal focus here provides, then by all means ask it. If the question is really Christian in nature and it just isn't getting attention, let's look at other options such as trying to get cross over experts, adding a bounty over there, or migrating here add appropriate.

While there is and always will be some scope overlap between the sites, I would like to discourage dilution of experts that would happen by just throwing topics out there twice. If we knowingly approach both communities with a question, let's tailor it to the strengths of each.



I'll start with the general opinion that cross-posting is generally discouraged. In a sense, Christianity.SE (and to a less extent, Judaism.SE) are occupying similar niches and we don't want to confuse things by having identical questions with different answers. If you have a question on another StackExchange site and you think it hasn't gotten the sort of answers you are hoping for and you think it would be better served on Biblical Hermeneutics, then you should flag it for a moderator to migrate.


If you did get a satisfactory answer on Christianity.SE, especially if it's explicitly Christian, and you think you can get a different answer here, then you could ask here too. But please don't just copy-and-paste and do include a link to the original question. As an example of the "same" question on both sites, I saw a question on where in the Bible it says we should celebrate Christian holidays, and rephrased it to ask whether Paul rejected celebrating holidays in Galatians. I think the internet is richer for having these separate questions that tackle the same subject in different ways.

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