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New users currently get mixed messages and have to hunt around to learn about our site distinctives and guidelines. This is an attempt to put it all in one place. This post was inspired by a similar post on C.SE, and also uses some of that content. 1) We are a Q&A site—not a forum! As our site tour states, This site is all about getting ...


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My own brief period of active participation on BH.SE prompts me to attempt a development of points 2) "... we study the Bible", and 4) "This is a university...” from another answer. We desire consistency and clarity in our "mode of discourse" Every interpretative approach, or means of analysis, or hermeneutical method, etc., brings with it its own set of ...


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Acronyms Q&A — question and answer. The main purpose of this site. UV — upvote. This refers to voting positively (up) on someone else's post (i.e. you found that post to be useful). DV — downvote. This refers to voting negatively (down) on someone else's post (i.e. you did not find that post to be useful). OP — original poster. ...


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Site association bonus rep (100) and hidden community. Users with site association bonus rep will start with 101 rep on new site. If you are an experienced Stack Exchange network user with 200 or more reputation on at least one site, you will receive a starting +100 reputation bonus to get you past basic new user restrictions. This will happen ...


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Jon's epic multi-year post on mSO is well worth a read for some thoughtful background on why folk contribute at all. It's also a great bit of history about Jon's personal involvement ;) For me, it's the Q&A and sometimes the reputation system that gets people interested at first, and then the community that keeps them coming. I advocate the following (...


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In the document to which you frequently link (and by which you are using this site as a means of advertising what you clearly admit is a novel thesis) you assert that the Greek conjunctive και, kai, has adverbial properties (you call it an 'adjunctive' in certain places, places which you, yourself, can discern) and you then claim that this adverbial property ...


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Background I have found that if one tries to view this as a "'secular' Biblical Studies site," one will be disappointed. Rather, as the tour states, at BH.SE the goal is that We welcome Jewish, Christian, Atheist and other viewpoints as long as they take seriously the process of understanding the Biblical texts. So rather than secular, the site is ...


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I know it has happened to me that when I asked a question about what I thought was a bug I was told the answer was dependent on my rep on another SE site. There was a comment saying that the commenter could not see my linked accounts so it is possible that someone has linked accounts that you don't see. Has the user asked or answered questions? 103 would ...


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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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As has been pointed out in the comments, there is a widespread issue with this kind of behaviour across most of the SE sites. The platform is already designed to limit user contribution types to give them all a fair chance to adjust to the norms of the site before engaging fully, which helps more than we usually realise. In theory, we could make new users ...


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One example of doctrinal bias on this site is your question What is the purpose of personification at Ephesians 4:30? in which you assume without justification that Paul was personifying a non-personal spirit of god. This kind of question is not appropriate to ask at this site. If you want to ask how people who share your assumptions/beliefs interpret ...


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I have only seen or participated in a handful of your questions, but I think it may be a mistake to conclude that the issues you're encountering are more to do with doctrinal positions than hermeneutics. You're not the first user to experience trouble writing on-topic questions, and it's great that you've come over to Meta to ask more about it. Personally, ...


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If a question is about a passage which can be clearly identified, and which is in just one part of the Bible, I think you're right that we should edit the question to explicitly mention it. But I don't think we should necessarily do that for the Gospels. What you have written above implies that for a passage like the transfiguration each Gospel is ...


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Consider what people see when they visit this site: Notice that the only significant difference between this site and most of the other SE sites is the "Biblical Hermeneutics" name. There is nothing, nothing at all, to indicate what the site is about, or what kind of questions are suitable, or …. This problem is common throughout SE. It appears to ...


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