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It would be cool if we started linking our own posts as standard reference materials

For example: Is infinity a concept or a word empty of meaning? I'm wondering if [[infinity]] is a concept. We know from experience that there are… This could either link to a Stack Exchange question ...
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Why was this question about logic deleted?

This question was deleted by a moderator (which prevents voting to undelete, hence we have to talk about it here instead). The question is all about logic, which is listed in the help center as a ...
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Am I missing active questions

At 23:48 GMT 16/04/24 Am I missing a disappearing (and reappearing) active question?
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Is it appropriate for moderators to take sides in an argument?

There is another user who frequently responds to me with passive-aggressive snotty answers. I sometimes reply to him with all of the respect he deserves, and then, mysteriously, my answers get removed ...
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Is it appropriate to downvote for quackery?

(I'm going to create my own examples so as to not make this question an accusation at anybody. Please consider these claims a representation of my own mostly-suppressed quackery, and not ...
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Are people voting to close for reasons of clarity just because they question isn't literate enough?

Wittgenstein's notorious paragraph: can axioms in natural language prove their own consistency? This question should be closed cos the phrase "analaytic language" is unclear. How is it ...
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Can we please undelete a question?

Here is my question asked 10 years ago: https://philosophy.stackexchange.com/questions/6319/how-belief-in-own-specialness-called How belief in own specialness called? Solipsism is a belief that ...
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Attempt at a "sociology of knowledge" based on SE experience

Based on a comment received on a recent PhilSE post I'm interested in discussing some "trends" in the way the two different populations act on SE. The said post has been asked the same day ...
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Inappropriate conversion of answer to comment

I recently posted a pithy answer to this question Does the "gradual brain replacement" thought experiment prove consciousness is independent of substrate? The answer was entirely apropos the ...
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Wikimedia Charter “community engagement”: April 2nd - 30th [closed]

I personally find this roughly “on-topic”. Philosophy Stack Exchange is kind of a “free knowledge repository” or “free knowledge community”. In some ways, there are parallels or similarities between ...
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Are poorly thought-out posts helpful?

The Stack Exchange prides itself on hosting a community of experts who volunteer their time and knowledge to assist others in understanding concepts they are inquiring about. In this, and other online ...
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Anyone want to defend Philosophy SE, against upbraidments at r/AskPhilosophy?

Our Frank Hubeny referred to https://www.reddit.com/r/AskPhilosophy, but they are upbraiding Philosophy S.E. Anyone keen to responding to these upbraidments? I don't want to focus on the formality ...
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Mysteriously deleted comments

In this answer ScottRowe and I had an on-topic comment exchange that was mysteriously deleted. As best I recall, this is what it contained: Scott asked about the chance that a God hypothesis would be ...
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Has the idea of splitting the philosophy stackexchange ever been discussed?

This stackexchange has been stormed by non-philosopher (in the academical sense). To some extent, this can be a great source of naïve and yet profound questions. However, as it is way easier to write ...
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Lots of really great questions recently

Which makes me suspicious tbh. Do y'all have access to beta editions of chat-gpt? I believe it is unlikely that the quality of the site has suddenly quadrupled+, not without LLM assistance. What do us ...
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References required vs Ism-dodges

In this (old) question on Was Math invented or discovered The accepted and highest rated answer says: "Intuitionists" believe that mathematics is just a creation of the human mind. In that ...
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Request to Enable MathJax/LaTeX Rendering on Philosophy Stack Exchange [duplicate]

I am ready to formally propose we enable this on this site to whoever has the power to enable it. I actually could not find information about that with a little Googling. Can a moderator please ...
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Recurrent Question Type (RQT): “Is X valid?”

1. Compile links to all known examples of such questions. Is this mathematical proof that moral relativism is contradictory valid? The validity of the definition of a valid argument Is this argument ...
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Do we have a genAI content policy? Should we have one?

Contrary to some sites and groups of people being quite openly hostile to the general use of generative AI to ask and answer questions, I have found philosophy SE refreshingly silent on that topic. I ...
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Recurrent Question Type (RQT): “Is X ethical?”

Compile all known examples of such questions as links in a community wiki answer to this post. Offer an analysis in paragraph or bullet form about what you think the questions have in common. Suggest ...
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Can I search for a user name? Cannot find them

I think their name was 'Olivia' or sjmilar? Can anyone link to the questions and answers? I can't recall exactly any question I can find that they answered.
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The leaderboard should reflect the best contributors

I’m not sure if there’s a word for something so obvious it’s almost tautological, and yet, it for some reason should still be explicitly said. Maybe a “truism”. I do like the “users” leaderboard as a ...
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Policy and standardized feedback for opinion-based ethic questions

Many new users posts questions which amounts to "is X ethical ?" (see for example "Would reincarnated prisoners...".) Without any mention of an ethical setting or another, answers ...
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General chat for philosophy SE seems very inactive

Should something be done to improve the responses from chat room? It could be helpful for friendly discussion or some relief in anxious or confused moment. Unfortunately the room is very non ...
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Check out Codidact, an open source, community oriented variant of Stack Exchange

I have proposed a philosophy site for Codidact here: https://proposals.codidact.com/posts/290730 I encourage contributors here to also join there as it gives people the freedom to try out new kinds of ...
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What is canonicity?

As opposed to answerability, canonicity to me seems to have something more to do with the truth-value of an answer. Maybe there is a loose analogy between answerability, with syntax, and canonicity, ...
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What is answerability?

I invite a discussion about what identifiable characteristics an “answerable” question has - which ideally has some level of convergence amongst moderators and editors. One obvious factor is, how many ...
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The “Is X justified/legitimate/reasonable?” question

Following up on my stated wish to collect recurrent question types, this post aims to focus on the question “Is X a good argument”? Here is one example, please add more via edits or comments: Is non-...
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Is it possible to reform the method of downvoting?

I was just downvoted for no apparent reason and I have just about had it with PSE. When I vote to close a post, my name becomes public to a lot of people and, in most instances, I have to give a ...
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Postmortem for a question about formal logic

Recently the question, "Computable Syntax", hit the Hot Network Questions sidebar. It has an accepted answer and lots of good commentary. Regardless, there's a couple glaring issues with the ...
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Moderator policy regarding answer

Why a moderator deleted an upvoted answer to a question?
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The ‘logic’ tag is problematically overused

Really excellent question from 12 years ago on this topic: More specific tags needed to cover questions in logic I have been regularly going through the highest scoring questions of all time under the ...
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Is this edit war over?

https://philosophy.stackexchange.com/questions/63736/how-is-wittgenstein-s-notorious-paragraph-about-the-gödels-theorem-not-obviou?rq=1 This is a really good question. I was hoping it could be ...
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Any statistics on how active this Meta site is compared to all the others?

This Meta site is pretty quiet. Surprised to see questions regularly getting about 6 'views'. How does it compare to other Meta sites? I know the general Meta Stack Exchange is extremely active. But ...
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More -1 votes today (6) than I can recall in 24 hours; quality has not dropped; voting reversed a couple of days ago

More -1 votes today (6) than I can recall in 24 hours; quality has not dropped; voting reversed a couple of days ago. I don't know if it's one person with it in for me, but I don't think it's helpful ...
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A deep justification for or against different meta-categories of tags

I'm looking for perspectives coming from deep within Stack Exchange moderation theory, and information science and categorization systems with a focus on human factors, usability, and user experience. ...
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Common kinds of questions?

I feel like there are certain recurrent questions in terms of form. I think it could be a good community wiki to collect them here and to maybe compile best practices and guidelines for moderating, ...
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Why was my question closed?

Is there a perfect duty against gatekeeping? Why was my question closed? In general, can we not rush to close question without reasons?
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2023: a year in moderation

It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here might be ...
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Can we remove these tag synonyms for "logic"?

Tag synonyms for logic The following tags will be remapped to logic: reasoning, contradiction and conditionals I would advocate removing all of these synonyms, as they function better as independent, ...
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Is there anything wrong with just using Wikipedia or another encyclopedia for a tag definition?

Here's the current info blurb for the logic tag on Philosophy SE: For questions about logic, whether it concerns syllogistic logic, mathematical logic or the nature of logic itself. This definition ...
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Can we please get math notation, once and for all?

I hope I don’t need to make a persuasive case for this, but I will if requested. Let’s get math notation like math.stackexchange has. Immediately. (It is like drawing a picture with a cast on, trying ...
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Too much chat-gpt?

I think that too many answers are written in the glib and deathly prose of LLM to keep using this site in goodwill. When someone shows a lack of insight into the question but a verbose and ultimately ...
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Are trolling/bullying comments moderated?

I have flagged a few times a user (won't name it assuming this is the correct behaviour) that comments on many posts, almost directly spamming the posts. The definition of spammy is: Unrelated-to-...
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What is the [natural] tag for?

There is a [natural] tag with one question (so far). Not sure what the tag is or could be for. Maybe worth deleting?
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Please color links on meta

I have seen the links are black in the meta site and they are just underlined. Please make them colored like other per-site metas on SE. A link should be different than the rest of the words so that ...
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What does it mean when someone's comments invalidate their question (or answer)

Does it suggest they are using a chat bot or that their question was just random noise or what exactly? I'm guesisng it could well be the former and they aren't great with chat-gpt, that they are ...
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Are we getting bogged down in comments?

I have seen many questions with no votes and accompanying answers with no votes, but many comments. Should we be answering and voting rather than indulging in often flippant and unhelpful comments? ...
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I have a hunch about ten of the high reach accounts here are the same person

I have a hunch about ten of the high reach accounts here are the same person. Am I right? They must be quite the polymath anyway, if so.
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Deleted answers

A moderator with 35K reputation, deleted my answer, with no negative points, and no voting. I cannot undelete, and I do not know the reason. The answer was well worked. The only way I can see this is ...
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