Reviewing recent questions tagged hermeneutical-approaches, I couldn't help but notice that quite a few of them have been marked "on-hold." Some are closed as "primarily opinion-based" while others are marked "off-topic." A couple of my own were marked on-hold, but I noticed some others as well that I was surprised to find off-topic:
In one a comment says, "Ask questions about specific passages."
In another, the asker was told, "On this site, topics (which are not attached to specific biblical texts) are, necessarily 'off-topic'. Such is the nature of hermeneutics."
However, our help pages clear list questions about hermeneutical approaches as being on topic and these questions do not strike me as fundamentally different from old well-accepted questions asking about the hermeneutical process itself on the site like:
Neither do these questions seem to run afoul of our don't ask guidelines. They're not "What's your favorite hermeneutical approach" type questions.
I have a number of other theory questions I'd like to ask concerning context and its effects and relation to texts, but I don't want to ask them if they are no longer welcome here.
My theory, though, is that there is confusion created by the off-topic close reason #1 which says, "Questions about biblical topics but without a specific Bible passage are off-topic as hermeneutical methods cannot be applied when no text is referenced." I have long understood this close reason as intended to guard against questions like, "Can God see the future?" or "Is Hell a real place?" But it seems to have been interpreted as saying all questions that aren't directly exegetical questions are off-topic.
Are questions about hermeneutical-approaches still welcome? And if so, is the existing close reason a source of confusion? And if so, are there suggestions for how we can clarify it?