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Red Hot subjects and agit-prop

Some issues that are very current and very hot, come up here on occasion — fortunately much less often than on politics-SE but still it does happen. Is it of any use? To anyone or cause? Repeating ...
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How much does my high rep immunise me against bans?

How much does my high rep immunise me against bans? I have got quite a few downvotes recently, and I actually don't want to be banned.
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I wanted to apologize for some of my recent outbursts

My apologies for being weird and disturbed recently (I've been unwell). I should read some philosophy...
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Are you allowed more than one active account?

Are you allowed more than one active account? What should I do if I suspect accounts of being the same person (using chat-gpt)? What if one of them is banned (has rep 1 despite using the site)?
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Is there hostility to professional philosophy, on this site?

Is there hostility to professional philosophy, on this site? Maybe some of you are or were professional philosophers (Geoffrey Thomas e.g.), and it is not surprising, if you look at the way that most ...
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Deleting and re-asking the same question

There was this question. The asker themself deleted it. And then asked it again. When I tried to flag it as duplicate, the system said Cannot flag a deleted entity as a duplicate. Now it seems to me ...
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Bee in the Bonnet questioners

What is/should be the policy for "bee in the bonnet" questioners? eg. Polcott who is very personally offended by Mr. Gödel Thinkingman and his antiGod pro physicalist 100s of questions ...
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Trying to pinpoint the right question about life and existence and self-demise

I thought I post this in meta first because I'm not a philosopher and I wouldn't even know where to begin to look for sources for something like this. I'm trying to formulate a question that is more ...
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Should I report accounts that I believe is a returning banned LLM user?

Should I report accounts that I believe is a returning banned LLM user? I don't have enough evidence for it to warrant these accounts being banned, but it is really getting on my nerves, and I wonder ...
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Philosophy Zulip Chat: I’m accepting applications to be a moderator

https://plato.zulipchat.com See this site as an example of what I think a flourishing Zulip Chat can be modeled off of: https://categorytheory.zulipchat.com/ Mainly interested in moderators who are ...
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Why does this comment remain an 'answer'?

It seems that you consider humans a kind of prototype species in the universe... This 'answer' clearly is not an answer, but a comment. It should be not stand as answer. Why does it remain an answer?
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What makes this question about sexuality and social determinants of gender about philosophy?

See Is the notion that queer identities and sexuality are innate incompatible with the view that genders are socially molded? This seems like a science question question to me (perhaps biology, ...
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Why was this +10 answer deleted by a moderator (some time ago)?

I just saw that this answer of mine was deleted 4 months ago: Is it defensible to claim that religion is a personal relationship with God and therefore contains no claims? In that answer, I try to ...
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Why are so many upvoted questions with upvoted answers being deleted recently?

Just as a small sample, these questions have all been posted in the last few days, and subsequently deleted by the "Community" bot a few hours or days later: Is an explanation for ...
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Why has this question been closed by the Community Bot?

Why are the following question and its answers deleted by Community Bot? https://philosophy.stackexchange.com/questions/112528/is-an-explanation-for-consciousness-even-possible-if-not-what-are-we-...
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How identical does a "duplicate" question have to be?

How identical does a "duplicate" question have to be? There are a lot of examples of very similar questions cropping up again (since thinkingman this has been a trend even). e.g. this ...
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Tag for Linguistic Relativity

This question prompted this (meta) question. I added the tag "linguistic-relativity" But it could be called a number of other things Sapir-Whorf Whorfianism Linguistic Determinism ...
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Why was this question about logic deleted?

This question was deleted by a moderator (which prevents voting to undelete, hence we have to talk about it here instead). The question is all about logic, which is listed in the help center as a ...
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Am I missing active questions

At 23:48 GMT 16/04/24 Am I missing a disappearing (and reappearing) active question?
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Is it appropriate for moderators to take sides in an argument?

There is another user who frequently responds to me with passive-aggressive snotty answers. I sometimes reply to him with all of the respect he deserves, and then, mysteriously, my answers get removed ...
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Is it appropriate to downvote for quackery?

(I'm going to create my own examples so as to not make this question an accusation at anybody. Please consider these claims a representation of my own mostly-suppressed quackery, and not ...
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Are people voting to close for reasons of clarity just because they question isn't literate enough?

Wittgenstein's notorious paragraph: can axioms in natural language prove their own consistency? This question should be closed cos the phrase "analaytic language" is unclear. How is it ...
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Can we please undelete a question?

Here is my question asked 10 years ago: https://philosophy.stackexchange.com/questions/6319/how-belief-in-own-specialness-called How belief in own specialness called? Solipsism is a belief that ...
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Attempt at a "sociology of knowledge" based on SE experience

Based on a comment received on a recent PhilSE post I'm interested in discussing some "trends" in the way the two different populations act on SE. The said post has been asked the same day ...
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Inappropriate conversion of answer to comment

I recently posted a pithy answer to this question Does the "gradual brain replacement" thought experiment prove consciousness is independent of substrate? The answer was entirely apropos the ...
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Wikimedia Charter “community engagement”: April 2nd - 30th [closed]

I personally find this roughly “on-topic”. Philosophy Stack Exchange is kind of a “free knowledge repository” or “free knowledge community”. In some ways, there are parallels or similarities between ...
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Are poorly thought-out posts helpful?

The Stack Exchange prides itself on hosting a community of experts who volunteer their time and knowledge to assist others in understanding concepts they are inquiring about. In this, and other online ...
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Anyone want to defend Philosophy SE, against upbraidments at r/AskPhilosophy?

Our Frank Hubeny referred to https://www.reddit.com/r/AskPhilosophy, but they are upbraiding Philosophy S.E. Anyone keen to responding to these upbraidments? I don't want to focus on the formality ...
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Has the idea of splitting the philosophy stackexchange ever been discussed?

This stackexchange has been stormed by non-philosopher (in the academical sense). To some extent, this can be a great source of naïve and yet profound questions. However, as it is way easier to write ...
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References required vs Ism-dodges

In this (old) question on Was Math invented or discovered The accepted and highest rated answer says: "Intuitionists" believe that mathematics is just a creation of the human mind. In that ...
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Recurrent Question Type (RQT): “Is X valid?”

1. Compile links to all known examples of such questions. Is this mathematical proof that moral relativism is contradictory valid? The validity of the definition of a valid argument Is this argument ...
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Do we have a genAI content policy? Should we have one?

Contrary to some sites and groups of people being quite openly hostile to the general use of generative AI to ask and answer questions, I have found philosophy SE refreshingly silent on that topic. I ...
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Recurrent Question Type (RQT): “Is X ethical?”

Compile all known examples of such questions as links in a community wiki answer to this post. Offer an analysis in paragraph or bullet form about what you think the questions have in common. Suggest ...
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Can I search for a user name? Cannot find them

I think their name was 'Olivia' or sjmilar? Can anyone link to the questions and answers? I can't recall exactly any question I can find that they answered.
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The leaderboard should reflect the best contributors

I’m not sure if there’s a word for something so obvious it’s almost tautological, and yet, it for some reason should still be explicitly said. Maybe a “truism”. I do like the “users” leaderboard as a ...
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Policy and standardized feedback for opinion-based ethic questions

Many new users posts questions which amounts to "is X ethical ?" (see for example "Would reincarnated prisoners...".) Without any mention of an ethical setting or another, answers ...
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General chat for philosophy SE seems very inactive

Should something be done to improve the responses from chat room? It could be helpful for friendly discussion or some relief in anxious or confused moment. Unfortunately the room is very non ...
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Check out Codidact, an open source, community oriented variant of Stack Exchange

I have proposed a philosophy site for Codidact here: https://proposals.codidact.com/posts/290730 I encourage contributors here to also join there as it gives people the freedom to try out new kinds of ...
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What is canonicity?

As opposed to answerability, canonicity to me seems to have something more to do with the truth-value of an answer. Maybe there is a loose analogy between answerability, with syntax, and canonicity, ...
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What is answerability?

I invite a discussion about what identifiable characteristics an “answerable” question has - which ideally has some level of convergence amongst moderators and editors. One obvious factor is, how many ...
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The “Is X justified/legitimate/reasonable?” question

Following up on my stated wish to collect recurrent question types, this post aims to focus on the question “Is X a good argument”? Here is one example, please add more via edits or comments: Is non-...
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Postmortem for a question about formal logic

Recently the question, "Computable Syntax", hit the Hot Network Questions sidebar. It has an accepted answer and lots of good commentary. Regardless, there's a couple glaring issues with the ...
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Moderator policy regarding answer

Why a moderator deleted an upvoted answer to a question?
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The ‘logic’ tag is problematically overused

Really excellent question from 12 years ago on this topic: More specific tags needed to cover questions in logic I have been regularly going through the highest scoring questions of all time under the ...
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Is this edit war over?

https://philosophy.stackexchange.com/questions/63736/how-is-wittgenstein-s-notorious-paragraph-about-the-gödels-theorem-not-obviou?rq=1 This is a really good question. I was hoping it could be ...
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Any statistics on how active this Meta site is compared to all the others?

This Meta site is pretty quiet. Surprised to see questions regularly getting about 6 'views'. How does it compare to other Meta sites? I know the general Meta Stack Exchange is extremely active. But ...
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More -1 votes today (6) than I can recall in 24 hours; quality has not dropped; voting reversed a couple of days ago

More -1 votes today (6) than I can recall in 24 hours; quality has not dropped; voting reversed a couple of days ago. I don't know if it's one person with it in for me, but I don't think it's helpful ...
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A deep justification for or against different meta-categories of tags

I'm looking for perspectives coming from deep within Stack Exchange moderation theory, and information science and categorization systems with a focus on human factors, usability, and user experience. ...
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Common kinds of questions?

I feel like there are certain recurrent questions in terms of form. I think it could be a good community wiki to collect them here and to maybe compile best practices and guidelines for moderating, ...
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Why was my question closed?

Is there a perfect duty against gatekeeping? Why was my question closed? In general, can we not rush to close question without reasons?
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