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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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What does it mean if the appearance of an answer is dim compared to others?

What information is being conveyed about an answer by doing this?
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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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i received a negative “point” for a question I didn't even ask, answer or comment on! Why would that be?

I'm referring to this question: Who were the Hellenistic and Hebraic Jews of Acts 6:1?
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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 can't I migrate a question to the Christianity.SE [duplicate]

How come I am unable to migrate a question to the Christiany Q&A site? Or any site really?
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Feature request - Please add the ability to see who gave you an up or down vote

And maybe require a reason for the vote.
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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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Unanswered questions are all answers

If I click on the "Unanswered" button I see a bunch of questions, all or most of which have been answered. ?
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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 asking for bible reference/Bible translation

Before I ask, I just want to confirm if these are on topic here: Questions asking for references Questions on a biblical character's idea on something Questions on translations/original text in Greek ...
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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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Please can we have a custom close reason “…doesn't start from the text…”?

I don't know the stats but I think all our current close reasons are used regularly, so we don't want to change them. However there has also been significant support for having a close reason that ...
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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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Reopen question about Jesus Sayings in Mark and Q

I’ve been asked to post here my request to reopen the question about scholarly consensus on the relative reliability of Jesus sayings in Mark and Q. It’s evident from the comments under the question ...
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Let's get critical: Apr 2015 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Biblical Hermeneutics Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from ...
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Dead Sea Scrolls to purchase for home reading

I have been reading up quite a bit the last couple days on the reliability and difference between the Septuagint (LXX) and the Masoretic Text (MT), and have found so much interesting information that ...
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Why was my answer deleted?

My answer to this question was deleted by Caleb 2 John 1:7 - Jesus Coming in the Flesh? and there appears to be no reason for doing so. So why was this deleted?
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Should these old questions be closed/deleted?

This site is geared toward understanding the meaning of biblical texts. Therefore, questions not based on a specific text are closed. But there's some older questions hanging around, asked before this ...
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Marking answers down

I am concerned that answers given can be marked down without users having to give any reason for why they have done so. This seems counter productive. If one of my answers is marked down I want to ...
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Questions about actual or perceived contradictions in the biblical texts

I'd like to get some clarification/insight from the community concerning posts asking perceived or actual contradictions in the biblical texts. I think it is helpful to divide this into a few ...
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When is a question deemed to be based on systematic theology?

I recently posted this question How does the reader of Isaiah and Daniel reconcile these end-time prophecies? and it was put on hold because "Questions regarding systematic theology are off-topic. ...
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The false dichotomy between “faith-based” hermeneutics and “let the text speak for itself” hermenuetics

This "gripe" is not unfamiliar to contributors to biblical hermeneutics beta, and frankly it is probably as old as the hills. Ages ago when I was taking undergraduate courses in theology, I ...
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Can I edit my own answer in a way that changes its meaning?

This site appears to have a consensus about guidelines for editing others' answers: "Edits are to improve and fix posts, not to change them." But there's an answer to an old question that I want to ...
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Clarification on Questions About the Original Languages Without Seeking to Understand a Specific Text

I've previously asked Are questions about the languages themselves (without referencing a specific text) on topic?, but since asking it the list has been updated by me and other users with more ...
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How can we get more participation on our site?

BH.SE is a cool site. We're set up to handle hermeneutics and exegesis discussions well. These kinds of discussions are happening every day all around the world. Yet... we really don't have much ...
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Migrate questions to Christianity.SE; don't just recommend it

Today we had yet another example of someone accidentally asking a question on BH.SE that actually belonged on Christianity.SE. "dæn" ;-) recommended to the OP that he ask it over on Christianity.SE, ...
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Could we have a “Marked for Deletion” feature

I am a total noob to BH.SE but I respect a need for rules. I think I am following the rules and I find out that I am somehow not able or not qualified to answer a question when I thought I was doing ...
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“Can't we all just get along?”

This "Famous Quote" was uttered by an otherwise ordinary man who was seen being tasered on video; the consequence then became the LA Riots in which after the policemen were found innocent, a riot ...
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To BH-SE friends and Scholars

I am heading off the forum. My account was actually scheduled to be deleted last night, but it was not, presumably because I was still lingering in here. As many of you know, I have deliberated ...
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How to better ask my question over at C.SE here?

How better to rework my question over at C.SE, which I reproduce below, so that I may get one other authoritative interpretation other than the plain reading of the text? I would like the ...
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Can we get rid of the exegesis tag? [duplicate]

This problem was predicted in the early days of the site and dealt with a few years ago but has come up again. There are only 30 questions now tagged exegesis, an apparently random bunch among the ...
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Broken tags, no question preview, and “silent fail”

There are a few bugs I am encountering with this site today: It appears the tagging system is broken, making it very difficult to ask questions, which may explain the low question rate on this site. ...
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Is this question asking for contemporary writers on topic?

Question: To Interpret Koine Greek, which contemporary writers can be used for comparison? The following have been proposed by various community members thus far: This is a list question and thus ...
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To Interpret Koine Greek, which contemporary writers can be used for comparison?

Question: Which contemporary writers can be used for comparison with the Septuagint and New Testament Texts to help guide and inform translations and interpretations? For example, Greeks certainly ...
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We need to downvote more

DISCLAIMER: Allow me to begin with a caveat: SE users are free to vote however they please. The only 'official' criteria for voting on questions are: It shows research effort It is useful It is clear ...
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Is the New Covenant question on-topic?

What is the new covenant made with Jews/Israel in Jeremiah 31:31 This question has five sub-questions: What is this new covenant that is forged with Jews/Israel but not with non-Jews/non-Israel? Do ...

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