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How can we educate new users about our site distinctives?

Experienced users frequently remark that we attract a lot of first-time answers that significantly miss the mark. Answers from new users are often pure opinions, or tangential discussions that don't ...
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What are we looking for in answers?

There have been a lot of meta discussions in the last 18 months about specific aspects of, or handling of, answers (annotations, voting, editing, doctrine, etc). It was pointed out by the Community ...
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What does "show your work" mean in the context of exegesis?

As a result of recent debate over whether certain answers would be considered acceptable on this site, we posed the question "What are we looking for in answers?". In my foray into the issue, I noted ...
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How much tangential information should we allow in answers?

One of the key advantages of Stack Exchange is that it encourages real answers to real questions. We do a lot to discourage and delete answers that are little more than opinion, free association, and ...
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What is a good source?

The following represents the community's standing practices (based on meta votes) for citing sources in answers: Should it be a requirement to cite sources in answers? No, but it is strongly ...
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Should we require answers to cite sources?

Over on the Skeptic site, they have a rule that all answers include references to sources. It's a hugely different site than ours, so such a rule isn't necessarily appropriate here. But there are ...
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What should we do with quote-only answers?

Previously this meta has addressed the issue of unattributed sources as answers. This answer, however, is a bit of a different issue. What I see going on here is that the user's entire answer is a ...
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Can the Quran be used to explain Biblical verses?

I have seen here the NT being used to explain or elaborate the OT verses , its fair seeming to allow users to use the Quran which Muslims consider the FT (Final Testament) to explain and elaborate ...
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Are Inductive Bible study answers welcome on this site?

I have been drawn to this site because of the academic knowledge represented here. This site is not afraid to handle difficult questions that often get glossed over or tossed aside unanswered in the ...
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What to do about copied/unattributed quotes as answers?

A question from Jan 2012 about the placement of a comma in Luke 23:43 attracted this answer: The understanding of Luke 23:43 is influenced by the punctuation used by the translator. There was no ...
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Is assuming that the Bible doesn't have to be self-consistent an appropriate position for answers on this site?

Note that this is not a complaint, and definitely not about any particular person or posting. An answer to Did the disciples go out preaching to "Jews only"? is based on: The problem with ...
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How are we to deal with non-mainstream positions with regards to methods and linguistics?

I have been active for a while here now, and it is a growing concern of mine that this site is not always capable of highlighting quality answers through vote counts. In other words, I'm worried that ...
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