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Procedure for Asking a Question about a Extremely Controversial Topic

There is a question I want to ask, but it is about an extremely controversial position in sexual ethics. I think there is a technical error in the logic one prominent philosopher uses to support this ...
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Is there an option to have pinned posts on the main site?

I know this might need to be a feature request on Meta.SE but I wanted to know if there might already be some option to do this. I'm thinking of how we can have information available for new (and not-...
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Should I use philosophy stackexchange?

Sometimes I have a philosophical question. So I want to ask it in philosophy stackexchange. Then I type something in the title line and there are similar questions, that makes me question my own ...
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Is Philosophy ever going to have a design?

I love designing SE sites, though I am not exactly hired by SE. All I do is make custom styles and let anyone think about it. In that case, after looking around, this Stack Exchange site is the oldest ...
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Are "pop philosophy" questions on topic?

E.g. there was a recent question here on what it means to "be yourself", which is a buzzword in many self-help books and in some popular-culture contexts (and slightly more seriously in some ...
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For Reference (and discussion if you want): Comparison 2019-2020 Review Queues

After seeing 2020 Year in Moderation I've taken the liberty of comparing it to last year's Review. Specifically, what draws my attention was the comparison of the Review Queues. Thought if I was ...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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What actually is this question asking?

I read the question Does knowledge exist outside human consciousness?. I was so confused. I couldn't figure out what the question was. I think that sometimes the best person at explaining what a ...
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Should there be a "reopen/undelete suggestions" thread on meta?

There's a thread - actually, series of threads - on math.stackexchange for people to nominate questions/answers for reponening/undeletion as appropriate. I think the same type of thread would be ...
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Why close/delete questions about simulations?

Recently today two questions about simulations that I worked on were closed/deleted. Is this just a coincidence or is somebody going around removing questions about simulations because they disagree ...
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Friends, should we not adopt a rubric for Q&A?

Paul Ross in a response suggested that a rubric might be in order. Friends, what exactly is the difference between 'being a philosopher' and 'being a philosophy SME'? He suggested as ...
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Friends, how can we shift from meta Q&A to action?

In a prior meta Q&A, it was suggested that moderators would benefit from clarifications from the community. Certainly, our moderators currently are even-handed, but there seems to me to be a myth ...
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Yechaim Weiss, Might I Address Your Answer?

(I'm still experimenting with this site, so I'm trying out alternatives for having discourse within the confines of the current technology. I have created a tag 'experimental'. It is my belief that in ...
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Friends, how do we deal with near-meaningless use of language in low-quality answers?

I think Philosophy SE has lost the plot. I know there are numerous Phi SE regulars who know their stuff (Quite brilliant if I add), how does this pass through? Since it's here I will put this here too:...
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Friends, how is it that a one line answer can have 22 votes, and another can be deleted for low quality?

Is it because it contains capitals? I didn't add any references, but then I'd say about 2% of the content here does so, at least in any useful sense. It answers the question and is not just an opinion ...
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Are questions about religious constructions on topic?

I was recently wondering about the possible philosophical thought journey that led religious scholars to create some religious concepts (such as Heaven). I am not interested in the religious part of ...
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Are quote identifications on-topic?

In particular, is the below question on-topic? The quote "Always go too far, because that's where you'll find the truth" has been attributed to Albert Camus in various places on the ...
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Are questions about educational tools relating to philosophy on-topic?

I'm given this note of the page Autonomy in Moral and Political Philosophy from Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. I would like to know how to access it from the main page. Is this kind of question ...
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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 to do with multiple posting?

After posting various questions (that are similar, but different - during the time frame permitted by the community, with a space of 40min between each), I received the following comments With 4 ...
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Would a question such as this about moral choices made by elected politicians be on-topic and potentially answered here?

In Politics SE I'd posted the reference-request, political-theory and political-science tagged question Writings advising elected politicians on how to make hard choices which dropped to -4 votes ...
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What is the current state of health of Philosophy SE?

I'm asking this question on account of the recent meta post: Is everything OK at Stack Exchange now? and in continuance of the dialog in : What's going on with our lack of nominations? which ...
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What is "The Friendly Philosophers Guide to Philosophy SE: A Framework and First Principles?"

What is "The Friendly Philosophers Guide to Philosophy SE: A Framework and First Principles?" (The intent of this question is to serve as a landing place for providing guidance to newbies to ...
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What can we learn from a practical exercise of simple questions and closure?

Introduction As an exercise I initiated in order to stimulate dialogue about the nature of how affairs happen and are governed here most notably the sequence below, I introduced a simple question with ...
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Friends, what exactly is the difference between 'being a philosopher' and 'being a philosophy SME'?

Much as the synthetic-analytic divide, which is certainly a stroke of metaphysical genius entreats us to take propositions and dichotomize them, so too do Quine's attacks on that distinction force us ...
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Friends, Are We Not Philosophers: Is This Place a Bazaar or a Cathedral?

Ladies, Gentlemen, and everyone in between, but particularly PhilSE: Moderators, I have now been gleefully contributing for a year, experimenting with the psychology and technology at play in this ...
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Friends, Are We Philosophers and What is the Purpose of This Site?

Is this site for philosophical questions or questions about philosophy? I asked a philosophical question (what is an author) and it got closed, since it was “off topic”. I thought the site was for ...
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Questions related to references of reproducibility of scientific results

I'm looking for reading on a problem within life-sciences regarding collecting more data, and not designing better experiments. This is a sandboxing question, and also I wonder about appropriateness ...
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Friends, how could a question about an idea with its own article in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy be closed as off-topic?

1) Why was the following post closed? What does "disposition" mean in a philosophical context? It's clearly a question of analytic philosophy related to the philosophy of mind and indirectly ...
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Would "Wherefore does the universe exist?" be an acceptable question for stack philosophy?

The question Wherefore does the universe exist? Is about metaphysics - the nature of being and reality And I would evaluate it on the following constructive questions criteria as: inspire answers ...
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Deletion Of Posts Concerning Epoché And Trance In Phenomenology

Recently I learned about the deletion of my posts that I submitted about an year ago. To me it meant loss of knowledge that the answers and comments provided. What are the reasons for deletion of ...
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Why's HLA Hart “unhappy” about “objective” and “subjective”?

https://philosophy.stackexchange.com/q/73330 got deleted before I can reply to Joseph Weissman♦'s comment? I was wondering if you might be able to clarify this a little: are you looking for an ...
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How to draw a truth table on Stack Exchange?

I need to draw/input tables, such as truth tables in order to ask and answer questions about logic. Can someone please instruct me on how to make a truth table on this site. My goal is to make a truth ...
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low-quality answers

I get that answering on Philosophy SE doesn't require a degree, but shouldn't the answers be at least slightly academic? I won't link the question here because it could be considered a conflict of ...
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Why should Fitch style logic questions be off-topic?

I've noticed a lot of questions about Fitch style logic getting off-topic close votes. But I couldn't see this decision that they're off-topic in Meta. A couple of examples: fitch proof chapter 13 (...
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Is there a "philosophy overflow" website?

There is math stack exchange, and there is also mathoverflow, which is for more advanced math questions. And although it is not on the stack exchange family of websites, there is also a ...
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How to get clarity on the reason for question closure so that question can be improved?

How can I find out why a question was closed so as to improve the question? I just had a question closed here. The reason given is that it "needs more focus." At the bottom I reproduce what ...
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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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Asking a brand new question that has never been answered before counts as a bad question?

Is Haskell Curry's unconventional way of defining True(x) incorrect? Closed. This question is opinion-based. It is not currently accepting answers. Update the question so it can be answered with ...
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After I asked this question I was blocked from asking questions

What is there about this question that is so bad that I should be blocked from asking questions? Is Haskell Curry's unconventional way of defining True(x) incorrect?
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Is it Okay to Say Goodbye?

Before asking a question to justify this post I'd like to take the opportunity to mention that I'm leaving and thank everybody for the interesting discussions. I didn't want to just walk away. For me ...
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Why would this answer be voted down?

Two dogmas of empiricism - logical vs analytic truths... is there really a distinction?
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Is it possible to express an argument and ask for feedback on that argument or would that be "primarily opinion-based"?

Is it possible to express an argument and ask for feedback on that argument or would that be "primarily opinion-based"? If such questions are not allowed, can someone recommend another venue for ...
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https://philosophy.stackexchange.com/questions/70435/what-is-a-both-sufficient-and-necessary-condition-for-not-treating-people-merely

I am trying to understand why the now editted question is still off-topic. I am looking for a necessary and sufficient condition to classify some/any arbitrary treatment as a treatment merely as a ...
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How do we know the intent of a question asked?

I have seen this Question asked here: Why are you on the internet while you could be outside enjoying the weather It is closed as being of Topic. Most likely this is due to the notion of the ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2020

2020 has come! But… oops, where did the time go? It’s already March! Belated as it is, it’s time for a refresh of Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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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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As requested: how can I improve this question?

Is dying in a simulation like dying? How can I improve this question and get it reopened? If no-one can be bothered reopening the question then I'm just done, and won't be back: the site serves no ...
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A plea for tolerance

I have generated over 10,000 reputation here, but accidentally deleted my account. Also, certain users seem to have it in for me / get a bit excited about down voting. Can whoever routinely downvotes ...
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What’s up with this cargo cult style of answers?

I mean phrasing your answer in a weird pseudo-neutral, pseudo-detached, cumbersome and guarded way … also pondering and avuncular … this faux “academic overview” style. (Of course I don’t mean backing ...

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