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I don't care whether it's serif or sans-serif. I would like it to be BIGGER. :) Here's what I see: In the comment to that question, I added: I'd settle for any CSS font stack that yielded a larger point size for Hebrew; Ezra SIL is the "largest"; the Taamey Culmus fonts are roughly the same x-height as SBL Hebrew. I guess the problem is targetting the ...


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OP: Far too often, I see answers that are one-liners, wholly unsupported throwaways and downright terrible answers to questions of an OP. Since this is tagged discsussion, I'll add in another related matter, prompted by this observation. My practice -- at least since being chastened in a previous Meta.Hermeneutics Q&A -- has been to (a) comment (from ...


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I doubt SE will ever implement something like this as in has so little impact on their bottom line, but this actually wouldn't be hard to implement ourselves. Man handle a copy of the data dump onto somebody's local machine. Use a reference parser to find every verse mentioned. It's not that hard to find verse references in any format, ranges included. ...


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Absolutely, and unequivocally NO! 'Catholic' questions, Protestant questions, Jewish questions, Mormon questions(concerning the bible) are MORE THAN WELCOME, providing that they are asking about the meanings of biblical texts, and not various church doctrines. I have answered several 'Catholic' questions myself-here is an example. I believe the 'main issue'...


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I started an open source project on Github as a place to house a community driven implementation of this. Anyone with ideas is invited to submit them as issues or discuss existing ones. Anyone with the chops to code any of this up is invited to fork and hack away.


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This has been brought up many times and discussed ad nauseam at various times on every SE site. I understand why it comes up, as do the folks at SE (the commercial entity behind the QnA engine this site runs on) but the suggestion is fundamentally at odds with the way the system works. Voting is supposed to be anonymous. Anything you do to try to turn it ...


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Since Caleb's answer indicates this may be more plausible than I thought, and even sooner than I might have expected (depending on support), perhaps some answers about how this might function are in order as well, since this is a "discussion." I would like to see a prioritizing of the search like so (some of which may make constructing the search a bit more ...


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The "answer selection process" has two parts. One part is only ever controlled by the asked of the original question when they select which answer they perceive as helping the most. The other part is voting and the resulting scores and sorting. This always in the community's hands. Moderators get one vote each. Users get one vote each. The original poster ...


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This feature exists; it's called Suggested Tags but the algorithm isn't deemed effective enough for a smaller Stack Exchange site like Biblical Hermeneutics: The training corpus should be at least around 20k questions. (source; @balpha is a former Stack Overflow developer) There are currently 8.5k questions on the main site, so that's way below the ...


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I agree the close reason is sometimes miss-used, and would be incorrect applied to that question, but that doesn't mean it's actually an invalid close reason. Questions "about Biblical topics" is meant to cover abstract doctrinal questions. Questions about the application of hermeneutics itself as a field are of course on topic and should not have this ...


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We can help you out with this, though not quite in the way Susan requested in her earlier answer. Sorry about that... we probably weren't as clear as we could have been when we talked to you about this before. The content you're requesting looks fine, the issue is a system limitation our end. Basically, we can make changes to the "How To Tag" ...


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If we put together a short bullet list to replace or augment the existing text, this apparently can be done. Below is a proposed bullet-list that is minimally altered based on the request above; please comment or edit to improve this. Current: How To Tag A tag is a keyword or label that categorizes your question with other, similar questions. ...


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No, this is not currently possible. And this is by design. The SE system is designed around the concept of peer review, collaborative editing, and the community being the ultimate judge of useful vs. not useful content. This is a paradigm shift that takes some getting used to, but the concept is worth striving towards. Adding features that encourage the ...


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How about just plain Hermeneutics -- a site for Christianity and Judaism. Because technically the field of hermeneutics could apply to any text, and we are not a place to study the Qur'an or Homer or anything else. That would be a very different set of experts than we are attempting to cater too. Hermeneutics already is our shout name that we go by in URL's,...


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A Simple Suggestion StackExchange could improve the Hebrew font rendering quickly simply and (IMO) signficantly by using this "font-stack". This is the body CSS for BH.SE: body { line-height:1; text-align:center; color:#444; font-family:'Helvetica Neue',Arial,sans-serif; font-size:13px; background-color:#fdfdfd; line-height:1.3; min-width:...


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Moderator note: It seems like discussion on this issue has run its course and this proposal had the best support and the most fine tuning. The site's close reasons have been duly updated. Any further discussion should probably happen in a new meta post. — Caleb Background Incorporating ideas from Davïd's answer here, as well as his answer elsewhere, ...


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In the last 90 days, here are the close reason statistics: Name Closed Closed->Edited Closed->Reopened Cl->Ed->Re ------------------------------------------ ---------- -------------- ---------------- ---------- duplicate 17 3 2 ...


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The purpose of voting is to provide a crowd-sourced ranking mechanism of questions and answers. Showing the identity of the voter may discourage honest voting based on the quality of the post and encourage the introjection of inter-personal favoritism and conflict into the voting apparatus. This has been suggested: Revealing Identity of those who Vote Up or ...


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The OT is the only scripture here which all of us agree to being a revealed text. Additionally the Muslims believe the Gospels to be revealed text (on case by case basis). If this was really the case then there would seem to be a valid reason for this site including the Qur'an from the beginning. However, unless Wikipedia is completely wrong on the subject, ...


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I understand where you're coming from. This is a highly repetitive task for mods on this site. That being said this would require significant changes to the core SE engine that just aren't relevant to other sites and not likely to happen. I would suggest that we add a closure reason if possible and attach an automatic banner First, you seem to be ...


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Questions about hermeneutical approaches are unambiguously allowed by the help center even when not based on biblical passages. Questions that do not arise from a Biblical text are off-topic unless they are about hermeneutical approaches. Not sure? You can find much more detail and all the nuances on our meta site. It seems to me that the enforcement of ...


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I agree the URL is long and unwieldy. I don't much like "her" or "he" because they are English words on their own. In contrast, "herm" is fairly unambiguous. (Especially if you think the sort of people who like this site are also the sort who might be drawn to hermitages. But I also think it will mean less to outsiders than "hermeneutics" does. Personally, I ...


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I see where you are coming from here, but I have an idea this would create more problems than it solves. Such a feature with a delete timer is bound to create quite a bit more drama surrounding the deletion process. On the other hand I don't think it actually solves anything. Intervention would still be required in order to abort the delete process. In the ...


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Prerequisite knowledge is required A similar question was asked on meta SO (the main meta for the whole SE network), asking for a sort of 'grace period' for new users to help them 'learn the ropes.' Here was Jeff Atwood's reply (Jeff is the co-founder of the SE network): If you want to walk into a college Calculus class, you need knowledge of Algebra, Pre-...


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A very similar question was just raised on Christianity SE by Nathaniel: How can we encourage high quality new answers to old questions?. He proposed (and created) a chat room to bring such posts to the attention of a broader audience. It seems like a really good idea to me, so I pass it on here in case BH SE members would like to make use of it and/or ...


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Unfortunately no, to my knowledge. The good news is that voting will help distinguish answers' usefulness and thus serve to help distinguish the best answers. Even though no answer may be accepted, the answer(s) with the most votes are ones the community clearly finds the most useful, and users can even award bounties on others' questions to attract more/...


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Yet another option: ̶Q̶u̶e̶s̶t̶i̶o̶n̶s̶ ̶w̶h̶i̶c̶h̶ ̶f̶a̶i̶l̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶f̶o̶c̶u̶s̶ ̶o̶n̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶b̶i̶b̶l̶i̶c̶a̶l̶ ̶t̶e̶x̶t̶ ̶o̶r̶ ̶h̶e̶r̶m̶e̶n̶e̶u̶t̶i̶c̶a̶l̶ ̶a̶p̶p̶r̶o̶a̶c̶h̶e̶s̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶i̶t̶ ̶a̶r̶e̶ ̶o̶f̶f̶ ̶t̶o̶p̶i̶c̶.̶ Tweak: Questions which fail to focus on the interpretation of the biblical text or hermeneutical approaches to it are off topic. I ...


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The 'hermeneutics' title (and structure) was necessary to avoid founding a website that would be open to undisciplined debate, argument and strife. Establishing the site solidly on an hermeneutics basis gives a very strong foundation on which to administer voting control and moderation. I don't think we should be embarrassed about the description and I ...


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This is not a good idea for this case. It's quite common to mention a Biblical book that is not actually the focus or core of the question. A dumb scan for book names would clutter the tag in a way that makes them nearly useless as a taxonomy. If you want every question that mentions a book, you can search for it instead.


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