I am a user (read reader) of many SE sites and what I like about every SE site is that over time, the cream rises to the top. By that I mean that the people who are most knowledgeable in their respective fields and the ones who are inclined to help each other become the top answerers.
The same thing has happened here at Islam.SE as well but one thing is quite different from other sites: At other sites, normally the people who ask questions are the ones who are a little low on points which means that normally these are the users who are learning things and are getting advised by professionals. This is a normal trend and is perfectly logical. The different things here that I have been noticing for last 2-3 weeks here at Islam.SE is that the questions are being posed by top users and being answered by top users as well.
This brings me to my main concern. Most of these questions are asking for explanations about certain beliefs of other top users' sects. We cannot say that these questions are entirely useless however, if a newbie visits the site, he sees a very worrying front page. Look at the following image: Four out of the eight questions are exactly what I am talking about. I am pretty sure that this kind of front page will stop new users asking questions because they will consider it a site that promotes sectarianism.
Can't we as a Muslim community stop doing this? And instead welcome people who are less knowledgeable about Islam to this site?
Here is what I suggest:
- Answer the questions explicitly stating that to which sect this point of view belongs.
- Don't downvote other sect's answer just because it doesn't adhere to your beliefs.
- Avoid commenting on another sect's answer based on your own beliefs.
- Let people know about different views of Islam and let them decide themselves.
- Don't mock or belittle another sect's beliefs.
I know this is more of a suggestion than a question but for the health and prosperous future of this site, we need some radical steps like this.