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How can I ask this "am I right question": any ideas?

My philosophy acquaintances are busy and or bored When the future now will end the past now will not (FN =/= PN) The present now will have ended when some past now will end (PN -> TN) When the ...
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high-end font and design

Recently, the font of this site has changed to a more advanced level, and the logo seems to have changed as well. Who is changing this? The font:
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Your new site design is live!

As you can see, the new design just went live! At this point, we are done with major revisions to the design (although you can still report CSS/styling bugs by starting a new post and tagging it with ...
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Re-opening a question which appears to be inappropriately closed

Here is a question which has been closed based on being "off topic": What would reality be like without causality? I at least consider this question to be entirely central to philosophy. I ...
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Discussion on the appropriateness of edits

Recently, there have been a number of disputes about the appropriate extent of editing a post and which sources to add, if any. I would like to use this thread to enable people to add their views in ...
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Is it ok to down vote an answer because you disagree with something it said?

Is it ok to down vote an answer because you disagree with something it said? I assumed it was, and that people were up voting because they agree with something it says.
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I believe I may have identified the very first instance of an anti PSE conspiracy (not bots)

All I get on my Facebook feed is entirely fabricated quotes, now. Nietzsche, Marcus Aurelius, Socrates, etc. (I'm still waiting for Rochefoucauld, but then aren't we all...) It's a real industry. I ...
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Feeling a little bullied etc. by a moderator

Is it OK for mods to lock things merely because they have invested enough time in the site to be a mod? No of course not! Isn't that exactly what CriglCragl has said here? Humanity is vermin: prove me ...
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How has this question been edited?

Can an infinite process be discontinuous? I'm not complaining, even if it hasn't, but it says on the front page that Haxor modified it and I cannot see how. Cheers.
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are these things "not... really related in any way"

By pop philosophy, I suppose I mean wikipedia, this site, newspaper reports on the 20th century, opinions of the "masses" - with or without Marxism - in general, 'militant atheism' and so on....
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Why is the question about structuralism and categorization unclear?

Question in question: What is the relationship between categorization and structuralism? It is closed for being unclear without further guidance. Can you explain more?
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Clear unambiguous questions vs asking someone to prove their question should be asked

Clear unambiguous questions vs asking someone to prove their question should be asked. Which are you looking for here? The latter seems like a foolish errand (no I am not going to prove that, nor the ...
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Do all local site moderators have access to everyone's email address

Do all local site moderators have access to everyone's email address? I'm not especially worried, as I'm not a troll, but wondered if there was room for abuse, and whether moderators have any contract ...
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When is the "literary theory" tag appropriate for a PhilosophySE post?

The IEP article on literary theory says: By literary theory we refer not to the meaning of a work of literature but to the theories that reveal what literature can mean. Literary theory is a ...
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If a question involves presuppositions with which we disagree, are expressions of said disagreement appropriate as answers?

Suppose you were on the PhysicsSE and asked a question about string theory, such as, "Why does string theory involve 10500+ 'parallel universes'/'landscapes'/'vacua'?" Perhaps, in specifying ...
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Site design and logo — Draft

👋 I'm Simon, a designer at Stack Overflow and I've been working on designing a theme for this community! Your site design As mentioned in our first post - below you'll find the site design I came up ...
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Is it possible to introduce a Gandhi tag?

I recently asked a question and realized there is a Foucault tag but no Gandhi tag. Is it possible to introduce a Gandhi tag?
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Custom Philosophy SE design and logo - Information gathering

Congratulations Philosophy SE community! We’re going to be creating a custom site design for you that we hope will represent your subject and we want you all to really love it. You’ve been waiting ...
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Is the question on why Incest is immoral and illegal on-topic?

In Why do we prohibit incestual relationships? I was downvoted for the question and told to ask in an Anthropology SE site and not a Philosophy one. I have seen no issue when reading the help pages. ...
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Why was my original answer to a question on the distinction between metaphysics and mysticism deleted?

I answered this question on the differences between mysticism amd metaphysics was deleted three years ago by a mod without any acknowledgement to me that this had been done. Why? I only discovered it ...
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Does this question belong on this site?

Does this question belong on this site? Rovelli's preferred emergent frame - A new stance on "Newton's bucket vs Leibniz relationals"? The commenter seems think not? I personally ...
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Why was this answer to "In category theory, why do we meet more left adjoints than right adjoints?" deleted?

This answer was converted to a comment and deleted. In category theory, why do we meet more left adjoints than right adjoints Yes, philosophy has an answer. Our universe is contingent. There are many ...
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Is this a good question?

Which branch combines solipsism and monism? Which branch of philosophy builds upon and whole-heartedly accepts that only self exists and the universe is the part/creation of self by eliminating the ...
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How can I incentivize the conversion of some of these comments to answers?

So for far too many questions I've asked I have received answers but in the form comments. While I am truly grateful, I am also fearsome that these comments can be lost (by deletion)? And I think it ...
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Why do people keep deleting my answers on this question (and without notifying me)

Are there moral theories that don't care about free will and agency? I'm really confused. The first time, the answer took some time to write. My answers to this question did not obviously ...
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2021: 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 preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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What to do with COVID comments/answers

This question gets a lot of activity that is not philosophic in nature: Is it ethical to convince someone to get vaccinated? I believe it has seen multiple rounds of deletions, but people still join ...
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What should I be "informed" about to cast votes?

Apparently, I need to be "informed" to cast a vote. Or should be The question is, is it informed, and that's an empirical question. But before I lay bare your "expertise", I want ...
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What is bad with my questions and how I can improve them?

I made some questions, that had no being very well recived. I would like some suggetions about how to improve it, and some explanations/hypothesis of why is no being well recived. Questions: Could ...
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Does extra-, intra-polation fall under abduction, induction or deduction?

I have a question about my Philosophy Stack Exchange post: Does extra-, intra-polation fall under abduction, induction or deduction? Why was this closed? How can I edit it to reopen it?
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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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