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What’s up with this cargo cult style of answers?

I mean phrasing your answer in a weird pseudo-neutral, pseudo-detached, cumbersome and guarded way … also pondering and avuncular … this faux “academic overview” style. (Of course I don’t mean ...
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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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Can't we just accept that there are philosophical questions that people ask that aren't from reading a book?

Can't we just accept that there are philosophical questions that people ask that aren't from reading a book? As it stands these questions are either closed or trend. Is there no middle ground?
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Why am I not allowed to ask for clarification?

Why do you have a meta site if you don't allow people to ask questions?
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Why Might Answers be provided as Comments?

I am curious why sometimes answers are provided in the comments section. I think comments are great for q&a on context, clarification, reshaping the question .. etc. But answers sometimes come in ...
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Are we getting worse questions since the rep changes?

The front page of question scores for me reads 0 -1 0 0 1 0 bump -1 0 0 So we're in negative figures for the past few questions. Are we getting worse questions since the rep changes? Why?
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Is this question too much about life?

There seems to be a tension between having moral beliefs, real knowledge or not, and how people who don't share in them are more likely to get what they want. This in turn undermines my belief in the ...
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2019: 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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Fess up if the same person is downvoting so many of my questions

Fess up if the same person is down-voting so many of my questions. Thanks. I very rarely get coherent comments explaining down-votes.
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When do we need to clairify terms?

I've received 3 negative votes on this question, and no comments that aren't nonsense Can missing times concretely exist? Am I meant to define every term I use which anyone at all could struggle ...
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How can I improve my question?

I'm new to philosophy stackexchange. So I'm confused as to what is acceptable. May I know how to improve this question? (It's getting downvoted) Locality in quantum gravity? Edit: The question has ...
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How can I best ask ontological engineering questions?

I try to bring up things such as the incoherence of trying to construct the notion of a set containing itself from the perspective of ontological engineering and get voted down on a non-ontological ...
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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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Why was this closed?

How do you motivate morally that children should support themselves when they reach adulthood? Here are few similar questions where people ask for a moral or ethical evaluation of different ...
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Is my question problematic? If so, why?

The following was commented on my post: Please be aware that questions are subject to editing and closure, and that reflects the site's policies on acceptable questions and NOT a personal ...
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How is this question opinion based

Is any philosopher in particular associated with there being no conception of change without one of stasis, and vice versa? Is the answer just "no-one"?
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Would questions posed about philosophies of non-philosophers be appropriate?

A prime example for my question would be the Communist Manifesto (where I believe Marx would be considered a philosopher) and Mein Kampf (where I do not believe Hitler to be considered a philosopher). ...
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How to reconcile that physicists and science educators use the word “theory” incompatibly?

How to reconcile that physicists and science educators use the word "theory" incompatibly? "This question may already have an answer here: Is there an alternative to the scientific ...
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Serially deleting the same answer

Is there any way to constrain the behavior on Is there a philosophy that suggests a motive to achieve great things which is deeper than one's own self?, demonstrated by https://philosophy....
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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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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 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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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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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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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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