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Clarify why this question is unclear?

I'm just intrigued why this question is unclear, can you clarify that? Cheers!
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What is the reason for deleting the answer to “What logical fallacy is “If you don't like it, move!”?”

Posted an answer to this question What logical fallacy is "If you don't like it, move!"? which was deleted. where given that this SE site is purportedly about philosophy, was reminded ...
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Why is fitch so popular?

I was wondering why almost every other first-order-logic question refer to fitch style deduction? What is so different about fitch-style deduction that it has to be specified? Regards.
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Is it off topic to ask a question that isn't about philosophy but philosophers have asked?

Is it off topic to ask a question that isn't about philosophy but philosophers have asked? Why I'm asking Very obviously, philosophers like Marx have studied what money and wealth are, and how e.g. ...
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Is it good practice to have multiple accounts?

Being on this site for a while I am becoming suspicious of users having multiple accounts. I have no proof but it seems some conversations in comments go a little too smoothly. I wonder if this is a ...
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Alternatives to Stackexchange Philosophy

Does anybody know any good alternatives to this site? I don't like how this channel is being moderated and the fact that your freedom of speech is not guaranteed. For a number of reasons I would ...
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Why was this answer deleted?

https://philosophy.stackexchange.com/a/57084/23399 It answers the question per site guidelines. I've recently read a book in which a certain sentence sparked a question in my mind: "the ...
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Why is the question about maladaptive thought deleted without migrated?

Is there any study about how half-baked philosophies encourage maladaptive thoughts? (deleted) At first I flagged the question to migrate it to Psychology, and it was closed without being migrated. ...
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Policy on Older Questions

Many questions on this stackexchange are years old (such that the OP probably no longer checks for new answers, no longer needs an answer, or no longer cares). Many of these abandoned questions are so ...
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What can we do to use chat for community-building?

I've been talking with the mods and we've come to the conclusion that it's time we liven up the community chat. As you all (I hope) know, we have the Phil.SE chat rooms, including the general chat ...
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Why was this question closed? I was bewildered that the reason was “it was dictionary level”

I am wondering why this question was closed. The reason one of the mods Swami Vishwananda gave was "I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because the question is asking about a difference ...
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Zealotry of moderator systematically asking for quotes?

NOTE: This post does NOT argue that this site should be a "place for moot philosophical debate". It raises an issue about the confusion between the role of a moderator on this site, and that of ...
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The validity of the moderator's election : Is it deteriorating?

I've been wondering recently why you guys here do not pay due attention that there are sooo few voters who actually voted albeit that there are so many eligible voters. This is happening at ELL also, ...
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Should this question have been reopened?

The question is Logic related to Cantor's Argument and I am wondering if in it's current state it should be open because I feel like it still has many of the problems it was closed for. I do not ...
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Why do we answer questions based off philosophers from the past (i.e. Aristotle, Socrates, Plato, etc.)?

I've noticed on the Philosophy Exchange that all questions are answered with references to secure a more logical and strengthened argument (which is sensible), but why do we assume that these ...
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2018 Community Moderator Election Results

Philosophy's third moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the new moderator is: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them for ...
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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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2018 Community Moderator Election

The 2018 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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2018 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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Can we have a Frequently Asked Philosophical Questions Meta post?

There are recurring philosophical questions that generate duplicates, as well as "basic" philosophical questions that are often being asked in the SE. There are Meta questions that discuss this (...
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2018 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

Philosophy is scheduled for an election next week, October 1st.In connection with that, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to ...
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What should one do about misspelled tags?

There is a new tag, "etthics". It is a misspelling of "ethics". I suggested that "etthics" be a synonym for "ethics", but, now that I think about it, that is not what I would like to see happen ...
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Fallacy “big list” community wiki question?

We have a problem with fallacy questions. There are a lot of them, they are often duplicates or near duplicates, and they often aren't very good. This question proposes a sample/guide for fallacy ...
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What are the differences between détournement and deconstruction?

Why was What are the differences between détournement and deconstruction? closed? I added an opening sentence to repeat the title.
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Should people be down-voting questions that incorporate an assumption they disagree with on philosophy SE

I'm guessing that's why this question was down-voted. The down-voter disagreed with the opinion expressed in it. Acute or chronic suffering and pain: does anyone talk about their difference? But, in ...
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Can we ask questions oriented about philosophy in academies and books?

Can I ask questions about academic/books issues regarding philosophy? What I mean is can I ask a question not primarily about philosophy but about how philosophy is done in an academic setting ...
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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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Should downvotes have explanations?

Firstly I know this is beating a dead horse. I'm not even going to link all the previous discussions. They are easy to find. But I would draw attention to a scenario presented to me by this: https://...
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I created a chat room : Epistemology

The intention of the room is to fit there any question that would not fit the Q/A of the site regarding, in particular, to epistemology.
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Regarding questions in stack exchange

How to formulate a question here in this site?? If I don't have questions to ask how do I find one? How to make my mind search for questions? I want to ask questions but they don't come to mind right ...
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Pointers for questions about self-determination?

I'm currently struggling on how to approach certain questions systematically given that I don't have a philosophy background. Here's an example of such question. Imagine a hypothetical future where ...
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Lists questions and community wiki's

I am wondering if a specific question which basically asks for a list of references that would sufficiently cover a topic would be considered on topic for the site or if it would be closed as ...
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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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Peak down-voting insanity?

I have been on a number of stackexchange sites, and the level of down-voting (and reluctance to up-vote) on philosophy.SE is just bonkers. Recently I received a down-vote on an answer to a question ...
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Is asking for the best joke one has heard about philosophy appropriate for this site?

I am curious whether people consider the recent question about jokes What is the best philosophy joke you have heard. to be fitting for this site. It appears to me to be broad and primarily ...
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Is there any data available on user demographics of Philosophy Stack-Exchange?

I recently read this article regarding the demographics of Reddit users. It would be interesting to see similar data for this forum. Particularly it would be insightful to see data on: location, age,...
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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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Why my questions are being stalled by bullying users?

I have been asking 6 questions in the last weeks most of them even popular ones have been immediately downvoted and asked to be closed by moderators. It is perfectly normal that we don't like ...
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Help create a Greek SE!

Ancient Greek is germane to Philosophy.
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Help Us Create an Anthropology/Sociology SE!

If any of you would be interested in a Anthropology/Sociology SE please check out the proposal on Area51. It would be great if any of you could post some example questions or critique the ones that ...
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Acceptable to Promote Are51 Proposal on Meta?

Is it acceptable to promote a related Area51 proposal on the meta here? The proposal is for a sociology/anthropology page
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Do we want a custom “sensitive topic” notice?

Some sites have a custom notice to remind people that the topic is sensitive, that they should be nice and that comments are to improve a post, not for debates. The notice was introduced here and can ...
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Reason comment was removed

I added a comment to the question on Why is a lion not evil?. There was already a "Comments are not for extended discussion;" link there when I added my comment. My comment was a direct question to ...
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Is the community avatar a mod?

I've noticed that the community avatar has a diamond next to itself. Does this mean that it can act like a mod? If so, what are its actual mod duties?
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'Test My Theory' style questions

What is the community's approach to 'Test My Theory' style questions? It is worth considering that this style of question often garners opinionated discussion rather than factual response, which ...
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Calumny, mockery and silly threats

I have been engaged in a lot of exchanges lately in comments where people are not arguing but instead are using mockery, or distorting the truth to put one side or the other in a bad light. This is ...
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Questions about the profession of Philosophy

The guidelines for questions in the Philosophy Stack Exchange clearly state that the questions must be directly to do with Philosophy. On one interpretation, this states that the questions must be ...
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What happened to McCean's question?

A member McCean (I hope I have his name right) asked for suggestions this morning (EST) regarding ethical systems, secular humanism, or something like that. I am sorry I can't remember the exact title ...