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Should we add a “Homework” Tag?

We have community accepted rules both on phil.SE and SE in general that regard how homework questions should be handled. Here we voted overwhelmingly to agree that homework questions that do not show ...
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What if your question is closed for being unclear and actual experts understand it and may know the answer?

What does it mean if your question is closed for being unclear and actual experts understand it and may be able to answer it? This has happened to me!
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How can I fit this question about class into the site remit?

Is there anything analogous to the withdrawal of labour in a mass strike, on the internet? Obviously, Marxists talk about the internet. And e,g. this paper I haven't read (I lack library access) on ...
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Questions that are not authentic questions

Sometimes, not only on philosophy stackexchange but also on other sites on the SE network, we usually have ideas that are not exactly questions to be answered, but rather topics to discuss with other ...
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Questions about God

Isn't the knowledge of the non-existence of "God" objective? This question has attracted answers that would make it a good reference for a whole range of related (and not very good) ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2019

2019 is here! And with the new year, as usual, comes a new iteration of Community Promotion Ads! Let’s refresh these for the coming year :) What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Again I am blocked from asking questions

I asked this question after long time of being blocked . Is harming others always considered bad? By the way the above Question is not closed or flagged . But I am blocked again , Is there any ...
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Surely questions about class struggle are “on topic”?

Is this off-topic? Is there anything analogous to the withdrawal of labour in a mass strike, on the internet?
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Are philosophical questions about non-academic literature on topic?

Prompted by: What did Frank Herbert mean when he said “humans do not have equal ability”, concerning equality? No subject matter can be said to be the exclusive purview of its own academic domain. ...
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Should we edit the “on topic” site of the help center?

The policy regarding on-topic There are some recent questions on meta that ask for the actual policy on subjective or not perfectly formed questions and answers. Obviously, this is still a bit ...
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Are we currently deleting too many questions and answers?

Perhaps it's my imagination, but it seems like there has been a sharp uptick in the number of deleted questions and answers, lately, and that both are being deleted when they could better be edited, ...
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Aren't non-religious posts about God's epistemology on topic?

Placing this post on hold seems inconsistent with guidance provided in Philosophy Meta (examples: here and here) as well as other posts relating to God and epistemology which are not getting closed (...
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Is there hats data from previous years?

I got a new hat today and put it on and started looking around on the Winter Bash 2018 pages. There's more there than I realized. There is a home page where (if you log in) you can see your hats ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Am I attracting negative votes due to my popularity?

I can't make sense of why questions like Does the pessimistic meta-induction say that best scientific theories may be untrue, or merely not true about reality? are being downvoted and voted to ...
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When should a post be deleted?

This question was inspired by this deleted answer: https://philosophy.stackexchange.com/a/59184/4555 . The answer was both correct, and sourced with a link. In fact, it was better than the existing ...
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Is there a way to see statistics on this site's usage?

After a recent question about Reddit, I was wondering whether we have current data to site statistics such as the one linked to in this answer from Joseph Weissman to an old question about promoting ...
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Why are we far less popular than /r/askphilosophy?

As of Dec 23 2018, https://www.reddit.com/r/askphilosophy/top/ has 85,610 readers (i.e. subscribed Redditors) and 270 users online. Why are we less popular? How can we be more popular?
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Questions when one has done a LOT of reading and thinking already

I am looking for posting advice. Phil SE encourages quesitioners to do a lot of reading beforehand, and post the reading they have done, when asking or assistance in answering a question. Now, I ...
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Is there a difference between an unclear question and being unclear as to why you believe something?

Is there a difference between an unclear question and being unclear as to why you believe something? It's not obviously the same thing; there's a difference between asking if I am a teapot, and not ...
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How best to welcome new users?

This post is a reminder of the review queues and to ask a question: How best to welcome new users? Here is how to find the review queues: If you can see the icon that I expanded in the image, you ...
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Admitting opinion-based questions with answers supported by arguments?

I follow this forum on philosophy since several years. Sometimes I am a bit tired of reading again and again questions and answers from the history of philosophy: What did philosopher A claim ...
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Is this a suitable question? “Can you solve this existential problem for me?”

Is this a suitable question for this SE? Can you solve this existential problem for me? Being moral is so easy (about as difficult as hitting capslock) that it seems pointless, yet most people ...
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Why is this question unclear?

I'm just intrigued why this question is unclear. Could 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 ...