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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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. ...