I recently tried an experiment--more on why below--and it may ultimately be unsuccessful. But if the only experiments conducted were those guaranteed to succeed, it wouldn't be much of an "experiment" would it?
I posted twin questions:
I gather that some did not appreciate my doing this. I would like to explain why I did this, but first I would like to understand whether this is frowned upon. If so, this would be a good opportunity for me to have my wrist slapped (gently would be preferred) so I know not to do it again and others can learn from my mistake.
Is posting questions that are essentially mirror images of each other:
A. a good idea
B. meh, we'll live with it (but maybe we think you're a little eccentric)
C. a bad idea
I have observed--and the veritable multitude of meta discussions about this means others have too--that all viewpoints are not equally popular on the site. In general I think we try to be open to talking to people who disagree with us, but we're all human and we've probably all strayed from time to time beyond the "theologically neutral" ideal for the site.
When a question is asked that carries significant theological implications (even if the question isn't explicitly about theology), I've see two common results:
The Shark Tank - answers quickly take a more combative, dogmatic tone, and heated exchanges are common. The result is often that thoughtful arguments that align with the theology of the majority are upvoted and thoughtful arguments that do not align with the theology of the majority are severely downvoted. (I'm not claiming I'm not occasionally guilty here too).
Control the Narrative - a few quick responses more-or-less representative of the same viewpoint are rolled out, and those who disagree find it isn't worth getting into the fray. The result is that only one viewpoint gets heard.
I could have simply asked about 2 Peter's authorship in general (merge the two questions), but I believe the results would have been similar to what was described above. I tried this in a previous experiment.
So I asked 2 questions, each delimited in such a way as to extract one viewpoint and not the other. Some may find one question or the other repulsive, but hopefully that means the opposite question provides a venue for presenting their views.
I asked the question because I'm interested in the topic and I'd like to see multiple viewpoints.
What think ye? Is this a practice that ought to be encouraged/used occasionally/discouraged/burned at the stake?