Being a fairly new BH.SE user (and I'm also a stauch believer in the Jewish faith), I have had some interesting experiences here that I would like to bring to the forefront. I think of this Meta post as a follow-up post to How can we educate new users about our site distinctives?
Based on what I had understood about this site, it is a "secular" Biblical Studies site, aimed at understanding bible passages using various hermeneutical approaches (whatever that exactly means).
I was quite surprised to find that the more I used this site, the more I found that a very large number of users are here to do exactly what this site does not offer, or what Dɑvïd refers to as:
religious, theological/doctrinal, ethical, [and] liturgical aspects... ...[being handled as] aspects of personal conviction, or the belief and praxis of historic and contemporary faith communities.
I also found that I and other users would sometimes be assailed over their "lack of belief" in whatever the religious principle or understanding might be, whether that was divine authorship of the Bible, etc. (Which, as an aside, is quite ironic, as my personal beliefs do not reflect the tone which I analyze with on this site.)
I have included a couple of recent examples (emphasis mine):
@רבותמחשבות thanks for your opinion. But your [sic] looking at it from a very plain and literal point of view. Your [sic] not seeing that there are deeper spiritual meanings to the scriptures.
My response was:
@diegob Thanks. However, the purpose of this site is not to discuss "deeper spiritual meanings". Had this question been asked on Christianity.SE, or even Judaism.SE, the answer would have been very different (and much more up your alley).
@Dan - you believe that the Hebrew texts and the NT texts had two different sources? Do you not recognize that the Holy Spirit is the source for all of the Bible, and as the original source He knows what happened in Genesis?
My response was:
Gina - Whether or not @Dan or you believe that the Holy Spirit is the source of the entire bible should have nothing to do with this site...
So I pose the question to the experienced users: Is there some way to explain to new users and/or unexperienced users that post either questions or answers that this site does not welcome "pure opinions, tangential discussions, or sermonizing" (courtesy of user3457 in the linked question). As an aside, I don't feel the need to do this specifically before new users post, it can be done anytime after they post as well.
Perhaps older, more established users could leave some sort of quick message to users when they do. What I would be looking for is some sort of short message that could be incorporated into comments to a question or answer that addresses the above points, as well as some sort of protocol for when or how it should be used.