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Is Philosophy SE being trolled, and why exactly aren't these questions closed?

So I went onto Philosophy SE main looking for good substantive questions, and Instead I find: Is Gravity The Fundamental force? The question seems like an obvious joke, so I said, and scrolled down....
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Defference of a Biology/Taxonomy question to Philosophy

What are the sufficient criteria that make an entity a living homo sapiens? [on hold] It is sadly common to see OPs not really understanding that terms definition is a question of philosophy. Unless ...
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Are questions about philosophy education on-topic?

We have many questions on the main site on the philosophy of education - pedagogical imperatives, ethics of student discipline, etc. These are fundamentally philosophical questions that happen to be ...
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Do we do peer reviews here?

In light of this meta-question: Do the people that closed this post totally understand the subject matter of formal proofs of mathematical logic? I think it might be a good idea to spell out our ...
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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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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 questions about logical arguments in cognitive therapy on-topic?

The question How to disprove a social anxiety fear? is closed on Psychology SE because it is about the behavior of an individual. However, reading that question I feel that it is fine to call it a ...
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Are philosophical questions about non-academic literature on topic?

Prompted by: What did Frank Herbert mean when he said “humans do not have equal ability”, concerning equality? No subject matter can be said to be the exclusive purview of its own academic domain. ...
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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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Questions when one has done a LOT of reading and thinking already

I am looking for posting advice. Phil SE encourages quesitioners to do a lot of reading beforehand, and post the reading they have done, when asking or assistance in answering a question. Now, I ...
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Can we ask about best translations or critical/scholarly editions here?

I'm often at a loss as to which translation of a text I should read, if I haven't been specifically recommended an edition by a professor. For instance these two questions of mine hinged on bad/...
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Can we please have a “Why do things matter?”/“What is the meaning of life?” question?

So, I ask myself the question: "What is the meaning of life?" Since I've been on SE for a few days, even before joining the philosophy branch I'm fully aware that this is a bad subjective question. ...
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Sin-and-guilt preaching…

Newbie (on Philosophy) here. I’ve been reading questions to get a feel for how this site works. I notice there’s at least one user who seems to take every opportunity to strongly preach a Christian ...
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Are questions about the nature, scope, and limits of academia reasonable on Philosophy.SE?

For instance, I would consider the question "can people still be world class scholars in more than one field" a valid question, essentially falling into "philosophy of academics."
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Is the Philosophy SE a reasonable place to ask about research methods?

I have been trying to find a good fit for a question about meta-analyses. The validity of general scientific research methods seems to be either a question suited for "academia" though apparently that ...
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What are the rules of this site on definitions?

What are the rules of the site on definitions? I asked a question on how four terms are different, and it was swiftly closed, despite having enough context to make sense. There's probably hundreds ...
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What's the difference between “ask/answer philosophical questions” and “do philosophy”?

I've been told that "this site is not a site for doing philosophy. It’s a stack exchange site for answering questions about philosophy." I just can't see any difference between asking/answering ...
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Could we have a silly season - again?

Last Summer, the idea was floated around that we have a silly season, were people could ask fun or humorous questions? Can we try that this year?
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Quesitoning if an action is ethical is offtopic?

Thread in question Are Laws crafted around personal/individual beliefs ethical? I had made edits prior to the On-Hold notice broadening the range of the question on ethics form being about a single ...
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Can I ask about philosophy similar to my ideas?

I have some ideas about how to describe what is commonly called "physical reality". I tend to think that these ideas are not something novel, but I am not quite sure. If I write (one or more) blog ...
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Why was the question about Socrates' possible influence on Jesus closed?

I'm having trouble understanding why Did Jesus try to copy Socrates? got closed. I read it as a question about the influence of a philosopher on 'something else' (and that 'something else' is ...
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Is the use of the word “philosophy” a topic for philosophy SE?

The present question has been inspired by a question in philosophy SE which has been put on hold as off topic, to my surprise. My question is however general in character, and does not pertain to one ...
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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 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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Migrating from another stack

There's a question that has been bouncing between Puzzling.SE and Worldbuilding.SE lately. I think it would be a good candidate for inclusion on this stack instead. Do you have thoughts about its ...
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Are questions on reasoning & argumentation on-topic here?

For example, I believe that the particular passage from Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers contains faulty reasoning (obviously I might be wrong): The striking thing about Ericsson’s study is that he and ...
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Should we have a Silly Season?

Summer is a slow season for us. School is out; people are taking vacations, or doing retreats or sabbaticals... I also think our audience may skew a little younger over summer. We catch a lot of ...
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Asking a series of questions to create an online resource

I am beginning to read 'Being and Nothingness' by Sartre and I am relatively new to philosophy and the text is obviously difficult. I was wondering if it is permitted on this site for me to ask ...
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Questions about philosophy of physics

This question Is the unobserved universe quantum mechanical? was closed as off-topic with the rationale in the comments that it is more about physics than philosophy. There were comments in the thread ...
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Add a close reason for zero effort homework?

It's pretty common for us to get homework questions here. I don't see anything automatically wrong with that per se. But sometimes there's no demonstrated effort whatsoever. I think we should add a ...
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I have trouble understanding why some questions are closed

For example this: Difference between a sentence and a proposition in philosophy For me that's a perfectly good and interesting question and a typical puzzle for beginners in philosophy. And it also ...
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Should we have some rules about mathematical logic problems?

A recent question: Calculus for Higher Order Logic has me wondering (and I honestly don't have a strong opinion on it either way). We do answer a lot of questions with the logic tag here on ...
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Where may I post questions about taught study?

I have a question about studying philosophy, and don't know where it could go. The question is about what makes someone a very poor (formally taught), or I suppose very good, philosophy student. ...
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Would this question have been acceptable on this stack?

Or would it have been closed for some reason?
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I've added a simple tag

Meant for questions that should be easily understandable by all speakers of a language used. I've asked a question I think fits it. My hope is that it will be used for keeping both questions and ...
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When is a question about “definitions”?

I often see questions such as this one that are downvoted because: Questions on the definitions or semantics of words or phrases are off-topic here as they are already well-answered elsewhere. ...
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History or philosophy subsites?

Are historical questions about philosophy like - What social forces were at work in forming early greek philosophy Why do most people today disagree with ritual human sacrifice Who invented the ...
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Are questions of this sort considered acceptable?

For instance, say I wanted to ask a question about problems associated with the usage of Mathematics in studies of human behaviour (Economics, Psychology etc..) Would this sort of question be ...
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Regarding unhelpful and weird comments by some user with a big reputation

I have recently asked a question about Physicalism and if there are any useful thought experiments against the concept , like Mary's Room and Searle's Chinese Room ; I think it was Jobermark who ...
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New to Philosophy and learning how to ask good questions

I've asked a few questions recently and am posting the ones with no upvotes and some query in the comments under them about whether they are on topic. I know it's not usual to post and dissect ...
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Should I delete my question?

So, I asked about psychics and auras. I figured it fit right in with the on-topic stuff about applied philosophy, specifically as applied argumentation, or at the very least, in the etcetera category. ...
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what about a debating stackexchange?

I would love a debating site from stackexchange. If there is one already can you point it out? That would be very addicting. A site that has subcategories, like debate philosophy, debate history, ...
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Are questions of the following form appropriate?

Consider a question of the following form. I have an idea about XXX... ---Description of Idea--- Can you spot anything incoherent, illogical, or especially problematic about this idea? ...
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Would this philosophy-of-science question be on-topic on Philosophy.SE?

A questions on Physics SE just got closed as off-topic for being a philosophy question: Is the idea of dividing the universe into particles anything more than an untrue convenience? Would this ...
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Is Buddhism on-topic here?

Corresponding to the question concerning atheism/agnosticism: Do we consider practical questions on Buddhism like this one on-topic here? I don't mean to ban every question on Buddhism, many of ...
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Is Atheism/Agnosticism (proposal) on topic in Philoshophy (here)?

There is a proposal in Area 51 to create an Atheism/Agnosticism site that is going through the final checks to move forward in Area 51. Regardless of what you feel (this is important) about the ...
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Friends, we are not philosophers

I wanted to try to make something of a positive statement about our definition and scope, since admittedly it can be somewhat difficult to get your arms around. It was certainly difficult enough for ...
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Where lies the distinction between “whatenever I am thinking about” and “proper” philosophy?

In the comments of a question I asked on veganism, there was some discussion on whether my question was philosophical. User Rex Kerr wrote in a comment: Well, I know that there are philosophers who ...
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Can I ask question about work politics and problems [closed]

I am having some problems at work regarding habits, short temper and patterns which is effecting my work progress and want to discuss/find out a way to get out of this mental state and wonder if I can ...
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