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  • Why do you think FAQs is a common way to document things?
    – d-b
    May 1, 2020 at 21:41
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    @d-b Q&A is the StackExchange way to document things. It is the very core idea of the network to have a database of questions and good, well-founded, and exhaustive answers.
    – Philip Klöcking Mod
    May 2, 2020 at 10:36
  • Exactly. You can't apply the same standards for a question about programming and a question about philosophy. A programming question might be unclear on a certain detail that can be clarified by editing it. However, a philosophy question is much more vague and can't be clarified with a simple edit, instead it NEEDS a discussion back and forth. And often a consensus can't be reached so it is up to the reader to determine what(s)he thinks about the clarification. Hence, a discussion shouldn't be move to chat.
    – d-b
    May 2, 2020 at 12:27
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    @d-b I am certainly aware of all that. But a) the discussion is still available even if in chat and b) it's not like the basic premises of the model of StackExchange were up to debate here. As several meta posts here point out, these tensions are the reason for this site not being the place for doing or discussing philosophy, but rather for asking and answering questions with rather precise scope and expectations.
    – Philip Klöcking Mod
    May 2, 2020 at 15:43

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