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Adding a reason for deleting answers

Far too often, I see answers that are one-liners, wholly unsupported throwaways and downright terrible answers to questions of an OP. These questions fall far short of our community's "Show your work"...
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Why was my question about Source Criticism and the Doctrine of Atonement deleted?

My question "Do source-criticism scholars think the doctrine of Atonement originated after the Crucifixion?" was just deleted, with the reason given that "When a doctrine in a particular form ...
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Q&A discipline - Specifying hermeneutic principles for answers

Christianity SE is quite rigorous in requiring questioners to specify the context of one or more specific Christian traditions within which they wish their question to be answered. Why does BH not ...
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Can I ask "what are the topmost difficult verses for translators?"

It appears to be open ended, but this question is open ended too Which 'modern' English translation of the Bible is considered the 'closest' or most accurate translation? Is my ...
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Should I answer off-topic questions?

I have been told at one point that I should not answer a question that is obviously off topic and will be imminently closed or deleted, but it has not yet recorded enough votes. However, this ...
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Can we encourage those posing questions to tag more appropriately with tweaked help text?

When questions are posted, the system demands they have at least one tag. These are typically used responsibly and well. However, in a significant number of cases, they aren't. For example: some ...
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Feature Inquiry: Recommending a Change to the Author, not Peer Review

After a point contributors with enough reputation can modify a question through peer review (or even directly). However is it possible to recommend the change directly to the author and wait for ...
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Would this question about Aramaic be on topic?

Which modern day dialect of Aramaic is the closest one to the dialect that Jesus of Nazareth spoke in Palestine some 2000 years ago? Would this question be on topic on the main site? If not, where ...
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Is simply quoting from a commentary considered a good answer?

Questions concerns this thread: https://hermeneutics.stackexchange.com/a/23338/862 I commented to the person answering: Commentaries are certainly recommended, but not to form an entire answer. ...
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Is there a Trinitarian bias in voting?

There seem to be people who down vote questions based on their Trinitarian bias. As as result the questions, which are valid and important, tend to be neglected. I'm seeking a few volunteers to review ...
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User answers question but does not upvote question

Is there any logical basis for the practice of a user answering a question but not upvoting the same question? It seems to me that if you answer a question, then it implies that you believe it meets ...
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Are puns disallowed in Biblic Hermeneutics meta?

I had a post with the word 'prophetable' in it, but this was changed to 'profitable'. Is this because the person who read it didn't find it funny, had heard that one before, or just didn't get the ...
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de Lubac's Medieval Exegesis online?

Question probably self-evident from the title but wondering if anyone knows of an online copy of de Lubac's Medieval Exegesis (in English trans.) Thanks!
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Should Hermeneutics Stack Exchange have a Section for the Protestant Faith Only?

Apologies if I'm asking the wrong thing here, I'm not sure how to reach the moderators ... but I'm wondering if Hermeneutics Stack Exchange would provide a better service if it had a section designed ...
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A day after earing 'electorate' badge(600 votes cast), profile page still shows total votes as 594

I am a regular visitor to this site. I have been voting good questions from long time. I have cast 600 votes & earned electorate badge as well. But my profile page shows total votes as 594 only.
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Why did my answer receive three downvotes in less than half an hour after it was posted?

Where does “by the mercy shown to you” belong in Romans 11:31? is a question that is principally an expression of wonderment over why a verse is rendered by, in the words of the questioner, "nearly ...
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Is the scope of BH.SE too narrow to make the site fully viable?

Biblical Hermeneutics is one of the most popular Stack Exchange sites to be still in its 'Beta' phase. Our stats as a network (as of 28-Mar-2016) are as follows: Whilst we're great in the majority of ...
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Who is responsible for the anonymous yellow box messages?

Why is this message: Some of the information contained in this post requires additional references. Please edit to add citations to reliable sources that support the assertions made here. Unsourced ...
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What was the reason for the "Consider the lillies" answer mod-deletion?

One of the answers on "What species of flower might Jesus have been referring to when he said, “Consider the lilies”?" has been mod-deleted, but I can't see any reason why this should be — there wasn'...
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Should we add a "methodology" tag and refine the "hermeneutical-approaches" tag?

There has been discussion about changing the hermeneutical-approaches tag here and some weakness of the tag name noted here (also some confusion on what exactly "hermeneutical approaches" means as an ...
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Is there disconnect between what you say and what you do when moderating?

Posting this here, I also posted this as an answer to a question linked below, so people could see the screenshots. My point in posting here is to ask this question: Do the people who moderate this ...
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Is the unofficial welcome message unique to hermeneutics.stackexchange.com

As a regular user of technical sites like Stack Overflow, Ask Ubuntu and more, I have a feel for how the various SE sites work. I notice the hermeneutics.stackexchange.com site is still in Beta so ...
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Topicality of a Textual Question related to a Group with a Specific Doctrinal Commitment

This is a question about the topicality of this question on BH.SE: Do any scholars argue a textual theory where the NT text was edited to make the autographa? Which, as of this writing, is "on hold" ...
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What is the Anatomy of a Good BH.SE Answer?

This question has a different focus than What are we looking for in answers?, but is related. There is an explicit one for questions (What makes a good/bad question?), which itself links to the more ...
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What is the point of answering questions here if some self appointed expert just deletes whatever they do not understand?

What is your problem ? Why do you post questions and then just delete answers you do not agree with or understand. What a huge waste of time
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Verse level search capability?

Assuming the BH.SE site ever gets out of BETA, is there any chance that part of the customization of the site could include a specialized "search" feature, so that one can do verse level searching? ...
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Which standard for transliterating/transcribing Hebrew should we use, if any?

For the sake of uniformity, should we incorporate a standard (when editing and/or composing a question) for transliterating or transcribing Hebrew? For example, ISO 259, which if I am not mistaken, is ...
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Should we hyperlink book/verses that direct to Bible websites? [duplicate]

For example, which is preferable? 1 In John 1:1, it it is written, Ἐν ἀρχῇ ἦν ὁ λόγος καὶ ὁ λόγος ἦν πρὸς τὸν θεόν καὶ θεὸς ἦν ὁ λόγος 2 In John 1:1, it it is written, Ἐν ἀρχῇ ἦν ὁ λόγος καὶ ὁ ...
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Is this an example of a good question?

@Susan posed this question “High and lifted up” in Isaiah for the members to consider. I would like some feedback about it. Is it a good question? If you think so, 12 people do so far, then can you ...
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What level of downvotes would constitue serial downvoting?

After I had asked this question, Why aren't downvotes removed when the reason for giving them no longer exists?, I received a message saying that serial downvoting had been removed - today! This drew ...
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Why aren't downvotes removed when the reason for giving them no longer exists?

To @Dan specifically, because his comments are being presented here, but generally, to all who behave in like manner. Here are Dan's comments attached to my answer concerning Interpretations of Elihu ...
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Why was my answer to the question, "Does the original Hebrew support the NLT of Genesis 6:3?", deleted?

The moderator, Caleb, said: This answer only presents an argument from authority: scholars were involved in the translation ergo their translation must be good. My answer did not contain any ...
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Should the translation-methodology and translation-philosophy tags be synonyms?

We currently have translation-philosophy described as: The philosophical basis that grounds the work of translators. Questions about specific translation problems should instead be tagged hebrew, ...
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Proposal for a new site [closed]

I understand that BH wishes to keep a narrow focus, and there are good reasons to do so. However, there have already been questions tried here that could have merit in a more broadly-based forum. ...
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Is it ok to ask since when a particular teaching/doctrine was known?

I'd like to ask the question since when the doctrine of the rapture was known (or rediscovered). But I feel that this is not technically a hermeneutic question. So, is it possible to ask this question ...
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What should we do with questions about tools used in Biblical scholarship?

This question arose yet again, this time in reference to this question that, at the time of this writing, remains open on Main: What do the "Goodrick-Kohlenberger" numbers represent? What ...
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Why 14K views about concubines?

How are concubines different than wives? I notice that most of the questions on this site get a few hundred views but the question about how wives differ from concubines has 14,000 views. How might ...
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Are questions on the pseudepigrapha on-topic?

Are questions about pseudepigraphic works, such as Jubilees, on topic here?
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Clarification on use of edits

I am new to StackExchange. I recently suggested an edit to add context (i.e. surrounding bible verses) to a question because the title of the question implied a broader context than the question ...
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On the value of VTDs

Here on Biblical Hermeneutics, we love flags. We get excited when we see your flags. We want more of them. This is just an itty bitty tiny gripe pertaining to flags on answers, primarily those raised ...
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Could we revise the help center explanation of what’s on topic?

We have a section in our help center called What topics can I ask about here? and another called What types kinds of questions should I avoid asking? The latter contains generic SE guidelines that ...
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Does the site name assume expectations of Christian doctrine and possible proselytizing?

The Name Biblical Hermeneutics, which directly means - the branch of knowledge that deals with interpretation, especially of the Bible or literary texts. So if I am going to discuss biblical texts, ...
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Should we reword the "off-topic" close reasons to reflect more the intent of the site in the wording

Caleb's finding of this meta post on Code Review, and his analysis that "this makes sense" also makes sense to me. So even though we just finished a round of changing the "off-topic" close reasons, ...
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Help asking about the spirit and the body (on topic?)

Is this question on topic? If so, what are some appropriate tags? The phrasing of this question on Christianity.SE has me thinking. According to the Bible, is man spirit and flesh, or does man have a ...
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How to deal with Rhetorical Fallacies?

Question: How do you deal with Rhetorical Fallacies, where "Trollism" may be suspected, (i.e., the flagrant use of rhetorical fallacies, ignoring feedback/suggestions to correct the issue)? Instead ...
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External Tools to Edit Questions and Answers

Question: What external tools are there to edit your own Questions and Answers To minimize the number of edits submitted to the site, are there any plugins, practices, or other ways to minimize the ...
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Questions about the field of textual criticism without reference to a particular text

I just asked this question: Textual criticism of the Hebrew bible and the rule of the ‘lectio difficilior' I imagine it should be on topic because I have a sense that local expertise is ...
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What does it mean for a question to "start from the text"?

A proposed close reason states that for an exegetical question to be on-topic, it needs to "start from the text." I am wondering if we can bring more clarity as to what this phrase means. What are ...
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What does "Excellent Answers" mean?

"There are a large number of "Excellent" votes on questions here that have nothing but sucky answers." Good Point!- illustrated by Caleb. On a recent Site Evaluation there appears a 'disconnect' ...
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Piggybacking - how close is too close? The case of Matthew 28:17

I have an interest in the translation of Matthew 28:17b and would like to hear the wisdom of BH.SE on it - 17 καὶ ἰδόντες αὐτὸν προσεκύνησαν, οἱ δὲ ἐδίστασαν. [SBLGNT] There is an existing question ...

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