I've been informed that I've been laboring under a mistaken presumption about what people think they're doing here. I thought that it's a site for thinking about and discussing philosophy, but I've been informed that this is not the case. Here's what a longtime contributor told me "What I, or other users, think is for forums, not a Q&A site like SE".
This is not a very a very effective way for people to learn philosophy. It's a place where people can show off their supposed erudition by quoting or creating sterile (rather than progressive) dialogues. I've studied education; transmission and reception methods of "teaching" don't promote learning; they promote relatively incoherent teachings and some relatively more coherent ones, without any method whatsoever for determining degrees of coherency or encouraging people to actively consider what they've been told. It's a travesty of adult education and an insult to those who think deeply about things.
In my experience people learn philosophy by doing philosophy. Reading philosophy is a way to accumulate information, but doing philosophy is about justifying one's beliefs by thinking critically, and includes such practices as providing evidence and reasons for believing one thing rather than another, and comparing the applicability and the utility of various approaches (as I'm attempting to do here by stating my opinions; fortunately, I'm not asking anyone to assess my point of view on this!).
Is this person telling me that admitting and discussing our opinions is inappropriate in this in environment? Is that claim a correct one?