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I am a scripting language connoisseur, regular expression aficionado, network geek, general lover of Linux and a frequent contributor to open source software. I transitioned to programming from other work because I was too busy automating my own work environment to actually do the other work. I have a hobby interest in cartography. For more see my personal site. Most importantly, my life is defined by the grace of God given to men through Jesus Christ. It is my ambition that everything I do would reflect His glory and point people towards Him.


Jun
17
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Avid student of Scripture or not, my observation is that you have been a less than avid student of how this site works. You have 5 times more declined flags than accepted ones (and not very many of those) and no meta participation to speak of. Your post and comment history (esp deleted) don't show much evidence that you understand or accept how this site works. Those are normal for very low participation member but not for a prospective moderator. On what basis would this community want to trust you with enforcing guidelines that you have not shown a propensity to follow yourself?
Jun
17
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You've obviously been learning a lot here and your question and other activity is appreciated—yet I have to wonder if you are the best person to hold the tiller in these dicey waters. Sometimes even basic terminology used by Christians goes over your head and the nuances of the different traditions you'd have to deal with are often important. Since you don't believe any of the things any group of Christians do, what makes you think you would be able to really empathize with their strong held beliefs and at the same time convince them what constructive participation here has to look like?
Jun
17
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Your avatar does not do the bulk of your contributions or the role you have played here justice. I think fully 1/3 of all reviews have been done by you and your prolific comments and meta posts have been profoundly formative for users both new and old. I would be thrilled to have you join as a mod—although you would leave some shoes to fill in the user ranks!
Jun
16
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Dan's flag count here may be low but I can say from handling them that they are always spot on. In fact his declined flag count is lower that my own ;) He clearly grasps what things are actionable issues, and from my experience with him on BH I know how much effort he invests in communicating to bring the community on board. I would be pleased to work with him here too!
Jun
16
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Dealing with the sort of issues that regularly come up on this site—particularly with the ongoing influx of new users that don't get our scope—takes some serious hands on action and sometimes even hand-holding. Everything I've seen leads me to believe you're a decent sensible fellow and could do the job, but your lack of participation on meta to date make me wonder how interested you are in that aspect of this job. Care to comment (or expand your nomination with why you are interested in the role)?
Jun
16
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1 flag and 1 review just doesn't count as «showing participation»; that was what I was commenting on. Asking candidates to respond to areas of apparent weakness or uncertainly is par-for-the-course in elections. You're asking the community to put you in a position that requires extra trust—expect some probing along the way. Besides, having a diamond after your name is like having a bullseye on your back: you will be first in line for all the worst criticism of every disgruntled site visitor. How gracefully you weather a bit of criticism now is telling of how you might handle being a moderator.
Jun
16
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Our review queues almost perpetually have items in them. And you'll never convince me (of all people) that everything that needs to be flagged is getting flagged. Without ever participating on meta, how much are you aware of our long standing discussions over the issues with framing questions and the various things we've done to mitigate common issue, both failures and successes? Also just a suggestion, but is «other candidate X is worse off than me» really the platform you want to run on here?
Jun
16
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So I know you know how SE works from your other experience and I know sort of what kind of chap you are, but 1 helpful flag? What have you to say for yourself? Surely I havn't declined a couple hundred others on you. How are we to know your are really interested in taking out our trash if the dumpster has never seen your face?
Jun
16
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You have just 1 helpful flag, 1 review and virtually no experience on our meta site. If you haven't been doing any of the janitorial and community service related things you already have access to what makes you think you are really interested in this position? And more importantly, how are we to trust that you know how this community works and how best to deal with our sometimes unique problems?
Jun
16
comment What would the Catholic Church's hierarchy look like without the Vatican?
What if such a catastrophe were to occur when the cardinals were already convened for some reason—say the selection or inauguration of a new Pope. Are you saying some cardinals are kept physically separate to avoid such an occurrence or just that it is unlikely as they are normally not together? This seems like an incomplete treatment of the theoretical issue.
Jun
14
comment Why is there such an emphasis on Jesus's suffering - particularly by the Catholic Church?
@Peter Is there really significantly different to warrant a separate question from another perspective. Your own comments seem to indicate not. How would the current top answer here not be a one-to-one match with the other question?
Jun
13
comment Biblical basis for non-practice of Kiss of Peace
I'm not sure how "obviously a metaphor" this would have been in the first century middle east but this fails to make a convincing case beyond citing western cultural assumptions. Where I live the default assumption is quite the opposite because a litteral kiss (on the cheek) is standard greeting practice.
Jun
12
comment What is the relation between Christianity and Islam
This is still FAR too broad for a single question on this site.
Jun
12
comment What is the relation between Christianity and Islam
See also: Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God?
Jun
11
comment Which Bible verses support adult-only baptism?
@bruisedreed The argument generally made from this is weak against the opposing view because instead of addressing the actual position it addresses a straw-man caricature of the opposing view and presents an argument against that. Additionally the verse itself is weak support for the case made with it because it does not actually do what you just paraphrased it as doing. The question posed was not a general one that can be said to explicitly address all cases, the eunuch was asking about his particular case. If that distinction does not register, maybe you could ask on Biblical Hermeneutics.
Jun
7
comment Are we saved by grace or works?
Verses are good, I cannot think of a single Christian group of whom this way off connecting the dots would be representative. What doctrinal position are you perporting to speak for here?
Jun
6
comment In Genesis, how did the first language come to be?
@LCIII Rather than responding to comments in comments, you really should incorporate any clarifications you think would be helpful into your answers.
Jun
6
comment When did the Catholic Letters get called the Catholic Letters
Mod Notice: <comments removed> Hey knock it off both of you! @david if you want to answer the question, answer the full question. In the mean time reserve the comment section for suggesting improvements or requesting clarification on posts — they are not for discussing issues (or even less constructive past-times).
Jun
6
comment What is the basis for not believing sola-scriptura?
+1, even though I personally believe some of the premises used here are shaky and the conclusion misguided, this certainly correctly identifies the primary argument against sola scriptura and does a good job representing it. Would that all answers gave their content such a fair shake.
Jun
4
comment According to Two Kingdom theology, could a man hold both secular and spiritual office?
This does not answer my question. I am not asking about Calvin's views, I am asking specifically about the modern Two Kingdom theological movement. This may or may not be the same as Calvin's views, that would be something an answer would have to establish, which this does not do yet. Perhaps you could edit to cover that, but as it stands it does not even touch on my question. Now Horton's own views might speak to this, but what you quoted seems to be him talking about Calvin not him talking about what he believes.