We decided to keep the Philosophy Stack Exchange in PRIVATE beta a bit longer until we can get a clear statement (and enforcement) of one major issue:
What is this site about?
In particular, there seems to be two types of questions asked on this site:
- Questions about the branches of philosophy and its principles.
- Questions posed as philosophical arguments or declarative sentence which would then be answered by an argument in logic.
There have been a few meta posts bandied about this issue, but the threads were far from conclusive. Some seem to feel that it should be one or the other, but not both:
Academia means studying Philosophy at degree level or beyond. If the site concentrates on these very specific questions only, I can see it dying very quickly. If it allows more generalized questions then it can cater for both worlds.
Encouraging "philosophizing" over academic philosophy would be huge mistake, creating another Yahoo Answers-like site in its wake. Have you ever read "mainstream" philosophy forums?
Before we can move forward, we need to define the purpose of this site as clearly and concisely as possibly (supported by voting).
Define this site and its scope; What types of questions will be on-topic and which should be closed — and vote up (or down) to show your support.