Linked Questions

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Should we restrict this site to academic questions only, or target a more casual audience?

One of the issues that other Stack Exchange sites (such as Mathematics and Computer Science) have faced in defining the scope of their site is whether to allow questions from the casual reader/...
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What is considered off topic?

What is one domain or example question that you consider to be off topic? (Please post just one per answer.) Return to FAQ index
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Vote early, Vote often

I would like to echo a post that Scott Morrison made on Meta.Tex.SE: I'm a moderator from MathOverflow, and this "question" is actually unsolicited advice, based on our experience from the initial ...
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How can we promote Philosophy Stack Exchange?

Now that we're out of private beta, it is very important that we "hit the ground running", so to speak, and increase participation on the site as much as possible. I've emailed my former classmates ...
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How can we promote our apparent goal of getting well-sourced answers?

I've been away from Phil.SE for a while, aside from the occasional lurking, and I recently noticed something. There are (more than I remember) a large number of answers that don't attempt to provide ...
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Friends, what are the criteria for marking answers as correct?

The Stack Exchange network suggests, as one of the criteria to determine the health of a beta site, that you should have answers accepted with a good frequency. I worry that this may not happen much ...
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Should answers be cited?

Should a source be cited for the major claims in an answer? Is this something that Philosophy.SE thinks might improve answer quality in general? Or could it stifle some of the "good subjective" ...
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Is thinking (and discussion) disallowed on the Philosophy site?

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 ...
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Are we allowed to express our own opinions?

Wikipedia has a fairly strict policy requiring all articles to be written from a neutral point of view (NPOV). In fact, this is one of the five fundamental principles of their site: Wikipedia is ...
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Friends, what is our mission statement?

What is the core mission or "elevator pitch" of this site? What is a concise statement of what it is about? Return to FAQ index
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Who are the moderators, and what if they run amok?

I've noticed that some of the users on this site have a diamond (♦) after their user name. Apparently the diamond means they're a moderator, but what does that mean? Who are the diamond moderators? ...
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How should we tag questions?

How should we tag questions? What tags and tagging strategies might be useful? What tags are specifically unhelpful for this kind of site? Return to FAQ index
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Are amateur users that have little knowledge about philosophy not "ideal" for philosophy.SE?

After hanging out in philosophy.SE I can easily tell the expectations of the community. Generally sophisticated questions and answers are the ones that are wanted rather than shallow, mediocre ...
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Do questions have to be answerable?

If one were to post a thought-provoking question which there might not be an answer to, other than "there is no answer and could never be and here's why", should this question be seen as off-topic? I'...
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Should this site be restricted to academic answers only?

If this site is intended for discussion of philosophy, then perhaps it would be appropriate to strive for academic answers to questions, even when the questions are not academic themselves. However, ...

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