I've previously pointed out that the overwhelming majority of Biblical Studies scholars are empiricist in method.
Concerning epistemology, Biblical Studies emphasizes evidence, especially as discovered in experiments. All hypotheses and theories must be tested against observations of the natural world rather than resting solely on a priori reasoning, intuition, or revelation. Where this cannot be done (which is often the case in this field), empiricists will opt for skepticism rather than rationalism.
Another user has observed that
academic disciplines hold demonstrability and reproducibility as core values (and, in some disciplines, requirements for advancement and publication). The goal is not just the knowledge but the demonstration of methods to acquire that knowledge, methods that others can use to verify (or refute) your findings.
This site has also long affirmed (and recently reaffirmed) that
Answers should show their work. Part of what will differentiate a good quality answer from a shoddy one is the ability of other experts to review -piece by piece- the train of reasoning that brought us from the text to its meaning.
It is no secret that some hermeneutic methods are better at this than others. A user has previously even requested a list of allowed/disallowed hermeneutics, which was not received well by the community (although perhaps because of how it was asked). This post is not another attempt to produce a list of specific hermeneutic methods which are acceptable. Rather, it is an attempt at producing some helpful guidelines that users can reference when gauging how a specific hermeneutic may be received by the community. It is not meant to declare any hermeneutics as off topic / disallowed, merely to show that some may not be received as well as those that do follow these guidelines.
For the sake of simplicity, answers should refer to varying hermeneutic approaches as either 'good fit' or 'bad fit'. Some hermeneutics are bad fits for this site, this is not meant to be a prescriptive judgment on the hermeneutics utility outside of this site. This is only determining whether they are good or bad here.
So, what constitutes a 'good fit' hermeneutic method on this site?