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Community Bot Deletions

There has been a whole slew of answers being deleted by Community Bot recently. I can't see anything obviously wrong with them. Is the bot misbehaving, or is something else going on? Examples: ...
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Can question X be on-topic, question Y be off-topic, and X be closed as a duplicate of Y?

I asked two questions X and Y, namely: X: Does Intelligent Design fulfill the necessary criteria to be recognized as a scientific theory? Y: What are philosophical arguments for the position that ...
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Closing and reopening of a question

This question was recently closed: Would a teleogenetic standpoint be more useful in discovering certain possibilities about life origins than the theory of abiogenesis? I understood why -- some of ...
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Rename this SE to philology

The question: “ What is the logical function of “and/or”? “ was closed with the excuse: “While this question may be related to philosophy or occur in a philosophical context, the question itself doesn'...
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What does removal from site for reasons of moderation mean

When I went to search for this question: https://philosophy.stackexchange.com/questions/74217/is-equality-as-a-political-goal-meaningless/74227#74227, which had earlier been closed, I was confronted ...
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What can I do in my specific case to show my positive contribution to the site to get my question ban lifted?

What can I do in my specific case to show my positive contribution to the site to get my question ban lifted? I just asked this question several different ways on the SE meta site and the answer ...
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Can we have an option to close a question for being easily answerable?

We often have on this site questions that are very easily answered in the comment (even so simple that it could've been sorted with a quick google search). I wouldn't go into examples as there are ...
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Is this formal logic topic more appropriate at math.stackexchange?

There are a number of questions on this site of the form, "How do I prove X in Y deduction system?" (especially Fitch). While this is a topic which arises (for good reason) in many philosophy classes ...
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Is defining scientific concepts a part of philosophy?

I'm new to philosophy stackexchange. So I'm confused as to what is acceptable. May I know how to improve this question? (It's getting downvoted) https://philosophy.stackexchange.com/questions/68664/...
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Vote-to-close reasons

I never exercise my vtc And then this question came along and I did. And was disappointed to find no reason strong enough – I wanted to say "Because you're bullshitting". Evidently you cant. ...
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Why is this question unclear?

I'm just intrigued why this question is unclear. Could you clarify that? Cheers!
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Student assignments

I believe that blatant student-assignment questions like this one should be closed, but I don't think that any of the current reasons for closing apply clearly to this case. How is this situation ...
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Are basic philosophy questions "primarily opinion-based" (and therefore we close them)?

My question is in relation to close votes on the recent question: What created the universe? The question presently has three close votes on the basis that it is "primarily opinion-based". At the ...
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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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Questions if arguments or interpretations are correct

On math.SE, a “question and answer site for people studying math at any level and professionals in related fields”, it's no problem to post your own solution of a problem and ask if it is correct. On ...
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Do I need to explain every word I use so that someone with no prior knowledge of the question can answer it? [duplicate]

Do I need to explain every word I use so that someone with no prior knowledge of the question can answer it? e.g. Is every mistake or reactionary form of Marxism "substitutionalist"?
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'Missing context' close reason: remove 'other details'?

We currently have a close reason that was originally intended for zero-effort homework and now reads: This question is missing context or other details. Please improve the question by providing ...
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When should I (not) use the close option "This question belongs on another site in the Stack Exchange network"?

I've seen this close reason: But if I click on it, I can only select Philosophy Meta. When should I use this option, and when not?
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Should we have a homework policy?

Background There has been some ongoing discussion regarding whether it makes sense to have a "no-effort homework" close reason. A recent question asks whether we should add a close reason for zero ...
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Downvotes for asking a question you didn't mean to ask [closed]

I just wondered if I was getting downvotes and close votes for (IMHO the entirely spurious) reason that surely that's not the right question. Is this a valid reason for the vote? The question you ...
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Close reason for 'blatantly off topic' / 'philosophical problem unclear'

We're getting quite some questions that are closed with a custom close reason. Over the past 90 days, we closed 234 questions, 40 (17%) with a custom reason. Looking through the list of custom close ...
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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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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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The Official Vote Regarding Subjective Questions

Greetings All, It's time to officially vote on some of proposed solutions we discussed to handling Subjective questions here. Whatever YOU, the community, decides on this matter is how we will proceed ...
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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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Closing questions deemed "Polling"

This question was closed for alleged "polling": What are the reasons for human conflict? Yet the questions listed below, and numerous others along similar lines, are allowed to stand. I sense some ...
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"Who said ..." and "What did X meant by ..." questions

Is it acceptable to ask a question about origin of a statement or about statement's meaning (what author meant)? Jeff Atwood added this close reason: General reference: this question is too basic; ...
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Thoughts for our moderation policy?

What are your thoughts for a serious moderation policy for this site? In particular, what questions would you like answered at the meeting?
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Editing a question and then voting to close

The following two questions of me: Were there any pre-enlightenment philosophical considerations of the naturalistic fallacy or related concepts? What are the main points of criticism of the ancient ...
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What steps can we take to improve accessibility and friendliness?

There have been comments in chat and a question on meta reacting primarily to the perceived hostility of the site at this point. Of course it's beta and we have to be ruthless in pursuing a robust ...
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Can we change the "Subjective and Argumentative" close reason to "Not Constructive"?

Several people, both in the formative phase of this site and more recently, have expressed varying degrees of confusion, consternation, and irony over the fact that one of our close reasons is labeled ...
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Should questions be closed in cases other than duplication?

There are four non-duplication-related reasons to suggest closure of a question: off topic subjective and argumentative not a real question too localized Should questions ever be closed for any of ...
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