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How is this question off-topic?

I know this question will get down-voted to the underworld, as many often mistake my confusion and want to learn for arrogance. I am not saying my question was unrightfully put on hold, I'm simply ...
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I will be leaving as a moderator

I will be leaving as a moderator as soon as SE-the-company reacts to my request. The immediate reason for this decision is a network-wide discussion; see this MSE thread for context. But for several ...
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Fake users with fake questions?

It seems to me that this site is "infested" by "one-shot" users that ask questions about logic : very trivial, without any ref to textbook or similar, without context, without any interesting issue ...
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Is this site dying?

OK so the title is obviously way too serious, but hear me out. I've joined Phil.SE about 2 years ago, and had a whole lot of fun learning philosophy through it, with some very well-educated and fun ...
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Does anyone else find that using stackexchange generates lots of superficial questions in their own imagination?

Does anyone else find that using stackexchange generates lots of superficial questions in their own imagination? I should leave for good, so good luck :-) Apologies if everyone hated these accounts :...
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Would this question on karma and rape from Hinduism SE be accepted on this site?

A user asked this question on karma and rape on Hinduism SE but it was heavily downvoted by users, then closed and deleted. Users there argued that such questions justify rape. I on the other hand ...
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Translation between philosophy and physics?

So do not have a philosophy degree however I am trained for physics. I am quite interested in the stands philosophy takes given the degree of freedom in physics. However, I feel in this case ...
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On which stack exchange site should I ask this question?

Where should I ask Language and Sociology?
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Who are mods? Can mods access my posts in secret?

Who are mods? Can mods access my posts in secret? I only ask because one of my questions has -1 vote and 1 view (haha).
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How far should questions change from original

This : question Originally it was about the difference between eastern and western thought. That got closed as too broad but after a few brief answers. Then it was changed to "Can philosophy ...
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Is Philosophy SE being trolled, and why exactly aren't these questions closed?

So I went onto Philosophy SE main looking for good substantive questions, and Instead I find: Is Gravity The Fundamental force? The question seems like an obvious joke, so I said, and scrolled down....
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Why was this question about logic migrated to the mathematics SE?

I am puzzled why this question tagged with 'logic' was migrated to the mathematics stack exchange: https://math.stackexchange.com/q/3345150/312852 The question was about arguments in natural language ...
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Is this a suitable question (about wikipedia)

I did struggle to understand wikipedia articles in general when I first encountered it. These days I believe I can spot many of its confusions and errors. But whenever I see logical or mathematical ...
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Is revenge voting against the rules or just unhelpful?

Is revenge voting against the rules or just unhelpful? I suspect I am e.g. here. It's fine, I'm not pushing for a ban, at all. It's just that I've put a lot of time into the site, and have put up ...
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Am I misusing (this) stackexchange

I'm not really asking questions that I can't find the answer for. Instead, I'm asking questions to clarify what I am asking, testing the water to see if they're coherent, and also perhaps doing the ...
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What's happening with upvoted answers being deleted (then reappearing?)?

This question had a fair answer that has disappeared. It was at -2 but then got 2 upvotes, then I checked again soon after and it had gone. Also, this question on Palestine had two +5 answers appear ...
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Can we be as even handed and quick at reopening questions as we are at closing them?

Can we be as even handed and quick at reopening questions as we are at closing them? I think that would sort out a vast amount of umbrage about high rep users.
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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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Are “how do I begin with XYZ” questions on topic here?

Are "how do I begin with XYZ" questions on topic here? They have appeared before, but I'm not sure they're really suitable.
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Is there a sandbox at Philosophy SE or is Meta good enough for that?

I've found out at WorldBuilding SE that if I have a very complicated question which needs to be fine tuned but I fail to do so myself, there is a sandbox. My question is actually more or less a ...
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Theology tag equivalence

About this question around the statement God is good. I am no theologian, and question seemed about theology so I let it be. I noticed that a subsequent edit removed the theology tag. So assuming ...
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Defference of a Biology/Taxonomy question to Philosophy

What are the sufficient criteria that make an entity a living homo sapiens? [on hold] It is sadly common to see OPs not really understanding that terms definition is a question of philosophy. Unless ...
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Is everyone seeing how often I click on my own questions?

Is everyone else, other standard users of the site I mean, seeing how often I click on my own questions? Do those views show up, on the view count, for other (standard users of the site)? These views ...
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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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Are speculative questions allowed, such as what Marx would think about something that hadn't happened yet?

Are speculative questions allowed, such as what Marx would think about something that hadn't happened yet? What do Marxists make of contemporary technophobia?
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Should we vote down on answers that misunderstand the question?

Should we vote down on answers that misunderstand the question? What does 'require' mean in this statement of Danto's view on (institutional) art? is why I ask. Though it's been since ...
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Is educating yourself much more difficult than being educated? Why? Is it just a motivation thing?

Is educating yourself much more difficult than being educated? Why? Is it just a motivation thing? I hope that's OK to ask. Anyone who uses this site frequently probably has an interest in learning, ...
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Since I cannot answer to the last Top question, is ok to create a new Post to answer that question?

Rerefence: How can we justify the use of logic? Is quiet interesting question: All areas of all kind of subject create and have their own logic content that is used to defend many things about that ...
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What's it going to take for people to sort out their erratic voting habits

I have lost count at the number of erratic and irrational votes on my questions, it probbaly numbers in the 1000s by now. e.g. Does anyone claim freedom toward death is not for me, but for others? ...
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Answering, then voting to close

I've found myself in an awkward position. I wrote an answer to a question, but later became convinced that the question was primarily opinion-based and voted to close as such. On reflection, though, ...
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Are questions about philosophy education on-topic?

We have many questions on the main site on the philosophy of education - pedagogical imperatives, ethics of student discipline, etc. These are fundamentally philosophical questions that happen to be ...
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How to learn from philosophy stackexchange?

While the site seems to be functioning quite well as a question and answer site (lots of questions with answers) it still seems a lot more difficult to learn from than something like wikipedia, ...
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Where is the appropriate place to discuss epistemology of secondary sources and/or encyclopedic websites for philosophy?

Where is the appropriate place to discuss epistemology of secondary sources/encyclopedic websites such as: Wikipedia, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy; etc.? ...
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What does « answering a question » mean?

Since StackExchange is about asking and answering questions, I came up with this problem : what is the criterion of a valid answer ? I suppose it is a matter of the type of question you are asking, i....
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Is it unethical for SE users with more than 40K rep to leave without donating their rep?

Let me know if I'm wrong, but 25K of reputation unlocks all privileges, and is the maximum reputation level that can be accomplished. I picked 40K as the cutoff for this question, as I acknowledge ...
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Am I allowed to use meta.stackexchange to complain about my questions being closed?

Am I allowed to use meta.stackexchange to complain about my questions being closed? I've tried, and the questions on meta just get closed and downvoted. Is that misuse of meta.stackexchange and this ...
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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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Why did Nozik use differential (not different) in 'differential entitlements' and 'differential deserts'?

Can Why did Nozick use differential (not different) in 'differential entitlements' and 'differential deserts'? be salved? I've rewritten it to focus on Nozick's diction.
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Is it acceptable to ask for a question about the (possible) name of a philosophical concept?

I wonder if a particular philosophical concept/idea/thought experiment has a name. Since I have no idea where to begin with looking it up, can I describe what it's about in a question and expect an ...
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Can I ask if people can find any mistakes? [duplicate]

I have a question about my Philosophy Stack Exchange post: [Deductively sound formal proofs of mathematical logic?](Deductively sound formal proofs of mathematical logic?) I really need peer review. ...
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Would a “critique my philosophical view” Stack Exchange be a welcome idea?

(Apologies in advance if this isn't the correct place to put this, but I don't want to "jump the gun" and post to Area 51. I'd rather hear people's thoughts.) I see a lot of questions asked and ...
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Closing posts by people that lack required prerequisite knowledge?

I have a question about my Philosophy Stack Exchange post: Philosophy of Logic – Converting formal proofs to sound deductive inference What policy or guidance prevents people from closing posts as ...
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Do we do peer reviews here?

In light of this meta-question: Do the people that closed this post totally understand the subject matter of formal proofs of mathematical logic? I think it might be a good idea to spell out our ...
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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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Do high rep users on stackexchange have issues with philosophical questions that might relate to life?

Do high rep users on stackexchange have issues with philosophical questions that might relate to life? Do philosophers not ask those sorts of questions? Can't people here just vote on the basis of ...
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My question over problem building has been put on hold as unclear, is it clearer now?

My question on problematization has been put on hold. I've clarified and added references on problematization, i.e. problem/paradox building. Is it clearer now ?
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Why was my answer downvoted?

The answer here Unlike the other (upvoted) answer (which I commented on) it demonstrates no fallacious reasoning, nor is it rhetorically presented. Instead, it is clearly worded, referenced, worked ...
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Is the close on this question actually the answer?

This question was closed for being opinion based. I don't really mind, it's not a very diverting question. But I wondered whether that's an answer to the question: it's a matter of opinion how to tell ...
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Is thinking (and discussion) disallowed on the Philosophy site?

I've been informed that I've been laboring under a mistaken presumption about what people think they're doing here. I thought that it's a site for thinking about and discussing philosophy, but I've ...
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My argument against Stack Exchange philosophy forum

I have the following argument, and I would like to ask if my reasoning is sound: The Stack exchange has the following guideline for philosophy question: (1) Is your question about philosophy? We ...