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Subjective Questions: Deciding what we want as a community

Introduction Greeting, fellow lovers of wisdom! I apologize for the length, but this is an important topic that has come up repeatedly, one that has never been completely addressed, and I feel the ...
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Do we accept answers based on sacred texts (on theological questions)?

Lately there have been some flags on answers citing sacred texts to theological questions. Examples include this and this, but it is not restricted to western religions (this for instance). At first, ...
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How does quoting the opinions of other philosophers support a theory?

I read this today in a comment on someone else's question-answer: 'Stack Exchange is not a network for exchanging opinions, but rather factual information. This answer essentially isn't more than ...
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Reflecting on usage patterns on Philosophy.SE

Questions. I'm somewhat concerned about the quality of questions and answers recently on Philosophy.SE. In particular, I am concerned that my own level of participation is a symptom, or perhaps even ...
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What can be done to get less rubbish answers?

I have the impression many low quality questions don't get closed or not fast enough. I'm talking mainly about primarily opinion-based questions, as they attract a load of low quality answers, ...
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Why do we answer questions based off philosophers from the past (i.e. Aristotle, Socrates, Plato, etc.)?

I've noticed on the Philosophy Exchange that all questions are answered with references to secure a more logical and strengthened argument (which is sensible), but why do we assume that these ...
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What's going on with our lack of nominations?

So, I like this site, but I'm not an active user, more of a 'drop by and read cool questions and answers about philosophy so as to find interesting works to read' kinda guy. That said, I figured that ...
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Users acting as authorities

I participate in several SE sites, and nowhere have I seen so many users acting as authorities (prescribing to other users what they should do, discussing questions/answers from the point of view of ...
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Subjective answers and questions stimulating subjectiveness

(Scroll down for a short version.) I'm wondering how we should deal with clearly very subjective answers. An example. Most of the time, you can't really blame the answerer: the question asks for an ...
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Can I ask if people can find any mistakes? [duplicate]

I have a question about my Philosophy Stack Exchange post: [Deductively sound formal proofs of mathematical logic?](Deductively sound formal proofs of mathematical logic?) I really need peer review. ...
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How to determine in which cases is it strictly necessary to add citations to reliable sources that support my assertions?

This might be considered as a further elaboration on my previous question Users acting as authorities, in the sense that, similarly to that question, I want to clarify for myself some existing nowhere ...
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How is this answer not “good subjective”?

This answer https://philosophy.stackexchange.com/posts/38028/revisions, was labelled with the "citations needed" type flag and the comment here was made Asymmetry of consciousness?. According the the ...
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Can't we just accept that there are philosophical questions that people ask that aren't from reading a book?

Can't we just accept that there are philosophical questions that people ask that aren't from reading a book? As it stands these questions are either closed or trend. Is there no middle ground?
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Aren't non-religious posts about God's epistemology on topic?

Placing this post on hold seems inconsistent with guidance provided in Philosophy Meta (examples: here and here) as well as other posts relating to God and epistemology which are not getting closed (...
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Why not change the name of the site to phobosophy? [closed]

In the quest for knowledge, one will necessarily find that religions are nothing but mythologies. I mean, opposing religions cannot be right at the same time. But they are not supposed to "be right", ...
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How can the site police the “Questions should refer to actual philosophers” policy without restricting questions from non-philosophy students?

Having recently asked a question which clearly fell foul of the above rule, I would like to point out the difficulties in policing it and see if any improvements can be made in this regard for new ...
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Why my questions are being stalled by bullying users?

I have been asking 6 questions in the last weeks most of them even popular ones have been immediately downvoted and asked to be closed by moderators. It is perfectly normal that we don't like ...
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Why so many down / close votes

Is there any chance that people be obligated to leave a comment explaining their action? At least really encourage it? I've received a tonne, and TBH it's not ever very clear how anyone could do more ...
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Has the peculiar nature of Philosophy SE, wrt other SE's, been defined?

There are certain differences between the principles and practice of academic branches; among these Philosophy stands markedly apart. For one, Philosophy is self referential like no other discipline. ...
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How can we stop the trolls?

It seems pretty obvious that certain users are voting down questions etc. based on personal opinion and lack of perspective - i.e. dislike of certain other posters. How can we stop this, given the ...
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Should opinion-based questions always be allowed on the philosophy board?

I understand why opinion-based questions are not allowed on most of the Stackoverflow boards, however it makes no sense to me that questions can be put on hold or closed for being opinion based on a ...
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Just wanted to discuss trivial answers

So, I asked a question about homosexuality, was it an illness, and was a tiny bit annoyed to receive three comments and an answer saying only that it was just because psychologists said it was. I ...
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Is learning an issue here?

I found this, which doesn't apply to learning philosophy imo "Stack Exchange is about questions with objective, factual answers" It's objective and (sometimes) factual to quote people. It's just not ...
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Why the definition of life isn't a question of philosophy?

I wrote a question asking what is the definition of life about 2-3 weeks ago. It got first put on a hold, I pledged it's a legitimate question but nobody heard me and it eventually got deleted. The ...
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Do high rep users on stackexchange have issues with philosophical questions that might relate to life?

Do high rep users on stackexchange have issues with philosophical questions that might relate to life? Do philosophers not ask those sorts of questions? Can't people here just vote on the basis of ...
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Must every answer contain a source? Which kind of sources are accepted and why? [duplicate]

On this answer, I received a comment from virmaior that it should be "sourced in philosophy (roughly as defined in academic philosophy)". Other answers involving the subjectivity of morality were ...
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Opinion based questions, but with a clear purpose (Are there universally agreed masterpieces of art?)

Currently on the main philosophy page there is a question, Are there universally agreed masterpieces of art? The opening sentence of the question sums up the issue: "What do you consider examples of ...
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Are we required to do exegetical work?

Consider this question: How can effects be thinkable without a law of causality?. This is a pretty interesting question, which I would very much like to discuss with others. The question is, however, ...
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Definition and Scope

Definition and Scope Indicate research and reflection. Without recourse to another thinker or text, I need more explanation that the concern is topical. Context matters a student of philosophy can ...