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Is this site dying?

OK so the title is obviously way too serious, but hear me out. I've joined Phil.SE about 2 years ago, and had a whole lot of fun learning philosophy through it, with some very well-educated and fun ...
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On which stack exchange site should I ask this question?

Where should I ask Language and Sociology?
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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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Suggestions for the Community get-to-know questionnaire

You may be aware of this thread. Obviously, the questions are tailored to ask of (future) moderators to express their views. This may not be completely identical with the needs of "getting to know" ...
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Community get-to-know Q&A

As user @YechiamWeiss suggested in a comment here, there may be good reasons to use the excellent questions of the moderator questionnaire for the election for another purpose: To get an impression ...
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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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Why are comments not for discussion?

Comments are often used on this site for discussion, quick hints and even sometimes even more-or-less fully-baked answers. But this is not actually great! In fact, comments are not for discussion. ...
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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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Does acquiring sufficient reputation to participate in this community get harder the longer it exists?

The longer a Stack Exchange site has existed, the more questions have been asked, and had good answers given, the harder it is to find questions which are not duplicates of questions that have already ...
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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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Updating Philosophy.SE practices to allow for Rebuttals and edits

I would like to offer a suggestion to improve the Standard Practices for administration of the Philosophy.SE. I see that it is not irregular for hasty down-votes and closes, and that this is causing ...
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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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Ideas for annual cleanup?

We are hovering very close to our graduation goals, so it might be a good idea to have another round of yearly housekeeping. Historically we have done things like cleaning up tags, but it would be ...
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Canonical Question Requests?

Let's start thinking about ideas for canonical Q&As! The community gets some questions over and over again. This is a signal that we aren't answering the question as effectively as possible, ...
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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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what happened to the monthly game / competition?

I remember there was a prize for the best ethics question, but I can't find anything like that now? Is it not running anymore?
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Philosophy Question Challenge: Ethics

This challenge was over on 9/5/2014. But you can still read about it below if you like! It's time for the second in an ongoing series of question challenges! Please consider joining us for a midweek ...
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Philosophy Question Challenge: Aesthetics

This challenge is over as of 8/29/14. But you can still read about it below if you want! Let's kick off another question challenge! Background Just in terms of proportion of questions, this is ...
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Why Philosophy Stack Exchange is so bitter? [closed]

Today I came to register to Philosophy Stack Exchange, I naively thought that only StackOverflow was all negative because of mature age of the system and users with 5+ years under their belt getting ...
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Community blog?

We've now acquired a pretty solid group of 'avid users' of the site and I wanted to take a temperature check around the possibility people might be interested in contributing to a community blog, ...
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Let's wake up chat and meta!

We're at an interesting point in terms of our site growth and community development. I just thought I'd talk a little bit about where we are and why we should try to start making an extra effort to be ...
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What should the chat space be called? [closed]

In June 2012, Physics.SE changed the name of their chat space to The h Bar (after the reduced Planck constant). In similar spirit, it might be interesting to explore the oppourtunity a new name for ...
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What would you like to see in a Philosophy.SE site theme?

Not that I think graduation is on the immediate horizon, but I thought it might not be the worst idea to start a conversation about interesting design elements for a post-graduation theme. Also ...
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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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Happy holidays, Philosophy!

Happy holidays, everyone! Well, it's been a long and wonderful year! I just wanted to say that I'm really thankful for the community here, and that I continue to be excited to be part of it as it ...
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We want hats, right?

SE is planning to run another "dash for hats!"-style promotion this year, but this time for all the sites. Here's some example hats from last year: Now, it's totally opt-in, both on a per-site and ...
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Summer of Love (of Wisdom): How to drive friendliness?

There's been some global network discussion about how to improve the SE community's response to newcomers. I just wanted to pose a question in the context of Philosophy.SE about how we should read the ...
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Happy birthday, Philosophy.SE!

Well, friends, it's been a whole year since we kicked off Philosophy.SE! I wanted to take a moment to reflect on our achievements and consider the road ahead. I'd love to hear about your favorite ...
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FAQ for Philosophy.SE

Community FAQ For Philosophy.SE, a site in the Stack Exchange 2.0 network You may also wish to review the community FAQ for all sites in the StackExchange network. Content Asking questions What ...
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Suggestions for contests and other programs for Philosophy.SE?

The philosopher of the week program was definitely an interesting experiment. I wanted to open the floor for some feedback on the effort so far -- and perhaps suggestions for any other interesting ...