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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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Friends, we are not philosophers

I wanted to try to make something of a positive statement about our definition and scope, since admittedly it can be somewhat difficult to get your arms around. It was certainly difficult enough for ...
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How can we get mathematical formatting on Philosophy Stack Exchange?

I think Philosophy.SE ought to have LateX availability in text input, because there are going to be a lot of formal logic questions. How can we get LateX, or a comparable math typesetting feature, on ...
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Vote early, Vote often

I would like to echo a post that Scott Morrison made on Meta.Tex.SE: I'm a moderator from MathOverflow, and this "question" is actually unsolicited advice, based on our experience from the initial ...
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Congratulations, Philosophy is graduating!

It's a big day. You've been cleared for graduation by the Stack Exchange Community Team! Philosophy met our threshold for graduation-worthy sites and after a review, the Community Team determined that ...
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Professional philosophers on Philosophy SE

I have a feeling there is lack of professional - academics - philosophers on this web site. Is anything being done to invite those people to use this web site?
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Is this site for doing philosophy or discussing philosophy? [duplicate]

Does this community intend to support and engage in potentially original philosophical inquiry, or are we going to limit ourselves to discussing previously published philosophies and/or philosophers? ...
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Philosophy Topic of the Week: Plato!

NOTE: The weekly challenges are suspended until further notice (probably at least until the new year.) You can see the rules and outstanding list of thinkers below. Please feel free to continue to ...
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Should we restrict this site to academic questions only, or target a more casual audience?

One of the issues that other Stack Exchange sites (such as Mathematics and Computer Science) have faced in defining the scope of their site is whether to allow questions from the casual reader/...
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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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Can we change the "Subjective and Argumentative" close reason to "Not Constructive"?

Several people, both in the formative phase of this site and more recently, have expressed varying degrees of confusion, consternation, and irony over the fact that one of our close reasons is labeled ...
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FAQ for Philosophy.SE

Community FAQ For Philosophy.SE, a site in the Stack Exchange 2.0 network You may also wish to review the community FAQ for all sites in the StackExchange network. Content Asking questions What ...
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An Easy Guide to Earning Downovtes

I would like to suggest forming an easy guide to earning downvotes. I'm not super familiar with meta, but I'll give one answer and hopefully others have some too.
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Subjective Questions: Deciding what we want as a community

Introduction Greeting, fellow lovers of wisdom! I apologize for the length, but this is an important topic that has come up repeatedly, one that has never been completely addressed, and I feel the ...
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Do we accept answers based on sacred texts (on theological questions)?

Lately there have been some flags on answers citing sacred texts to theological questions. Examples include this and this, but it is not restricted to western religions (this for instance). At first, ...
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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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Reflecting on usage patterns on Philosophy.SE

Questions. I'm somewhat concerned about the quality of questions and answers recently on Philosophy.SE. In particular, I am concerned that my own level of participation is a symptom, or perhaps even ...
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Isn't everything helpful - except it isn't?

To me voting is a part of moderation, in that it separates good answers/question from not so good ones. Also it increases the helpfulness of this site: Without advocating a consensus-theory of truth, ...
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Let's wake up chat and meta!

We're at an interesting point in terms of our site growth and community development. I just thought I'd talk a little bit about where we are and why we should try to start making an extra effort to be ...
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What is considered off topic?

What is one domain or example question that you consider to be off topic? (Please post just one per answer.) Return to FAQ index
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Would it be better to show some amount of humbleness considering close votes?

It occured to me that there is a tendency to close questions rather fast. The two cases I think of are here and here. My own view is introduced in the comments to these questions. I think that there ...
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How can we promote Philosophy Stack Exchange?

Now that we're out of private beta, it is very important that we "hit the ground running", so to speak, and increase participation on the site as much as possible. I've emailed my former classmates ...
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It's Plato week! [closed]

Plato week has ended, but you can still see the details below if you're interested. A couple weeks ago, we kicked off a series called "Philosopher Week" in order to build up the content we have about ...
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What can be done to get less rubbish answers?

I have the impression many low quality questions don't get closed or not fast enough. I'm talking mainly about primarily opinion-based questions, as they attract a load of low quality answers, ...
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The Official Vote Regarding Subjective Questions

Greetings All, It's time to officially vote on some of proposed solutions we discussed to handling Subjective questions here. Whatever YOU, the community, decides on this matter is how we will proceed ...
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NOT READY FOR PUBLIC BETA -- What is this site about?

We decided to keep the Philosophy Stack Exchange in PRIVATE beta a bit longer until we can get a clear statement (and enforcement) of one major issue: What is this site about? In particular, there ...
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How can we promote our apparent goal of getting well-sourced answers?

I've been away from Phil.SE for a while, aside from the occasional lurking, and I recently noticed something. There are (more than I remember) a large number of answers that don't attempt to provide ...
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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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2016 Community Moderator Election Results

Philosophy's first moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the 3 new moderators are: They'll be replacing the pro tempore crew shortly — please thank everyone ...
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Should answers be cited?

Should a source be cited for the major claims in an answer? Is this something that Philosophy.SE thinks might improve answer quality in general? Or could it stifle some of the "good subjective" ...
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Friends, what are the criteria for marking answers as correct?

The Stack Exchange network suggests, as one of the criteria to determine the health of a beta site, that you should have answers accepted with a good frequency. I worry that this may not happen much ...
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Mystified at why a bunch of my questions have been closed

OK guys I know it's fashionable to close stuff aggressively now, especially in the early stages of a site, but frankly I can't see why a bunch of my questions have been closed (the reason given is ...
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Do we have the best tagline for this SE?

The tagline for this SE is "For those interested in logical reasoning". Could we come up with a better one, or is the current one ideal? TFD defines philosophy as "The study of the nature, causes, ...
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Changing the Gödel-tag

Although the name is sometimes written without the umlaut as Godel , proper German orthography is to write it Goedel if the dots are omitted. Wikipedia Assuming that [tag:gödel] doesn't work, could ...
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Sin-and-guilt preaching...

Newbie (on Philosophy) here. I’ve been reading questions to get a feel for how this site works. I notice there’s at least one user who seems to take every opportunity to strongly preach a Christian ...
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How should questions expecting truth values be handled?

One of the early questions on this site asked whether humans have souls: Do humans have souls? I lean towards Dan Dennett's views on souls in which humans don't have a soul that lasts forever. It ...
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Subjective answers and questions stimulating subjectiveness

(Scroll down for a short version.) I'm wondering how we should deal with clearly very subjective answers. An example. Most of the time, you can't really blame the answerer: the question asks for an ...
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How can we encourage asking questions and increase the rate of new questions?

Well, it appears that our visitor stream is gently ticking upward from the early days of the public beta. I implore everyone to remember that welcoming new users into the community is a critical ...
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Happy birthday, Philosophy.SE!

Well, friends, it's been a whole year since we kicked off Philosophy.SE! I wanted to take a moment to reflect on our achievements and consider the road ahead. I'd love to hear about your favorite ...
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We want hats, right?

SE is planning to run another "dash for hats!"-style promotion this year, but this time for all the sites. Here's some example hats from last year: Now, it's totally opt-in, both on a per-site and ...
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Friends, 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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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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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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Are we getting bogged down in comments?

I have seen many questions with no votes and accompanying answers with no votes, but many comments. Should we be answering and voting rather than indulging in often flippant and unhelpful comments? ...
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Are trolling/bullying comments moderated?

I have flagged a few times a user (won't name it assuming this is the correct behaviour) that comments on many posts, almost directly spamming the posts. The definition of spammy is: Unrelated-to-...
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Are questions about literature on-topic?

The community was recently asked an interesting question about the meaning of a line from Joyce. Is this question on topic? How about questions on literature in general? So more generally, do we ...
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More specific tags needed to cover questions in logic

The comments posted are pretty useful, I think. I refactored my question to better reflect the problem I see with the current logic tag. I like the feature request linked, it could be elaborated as an ...
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Vote to close vs. Downvote?

Something that just occurred to me is that I'm not sure when a vote to close a question should be used as opposed to a downvote. It seems that every case where I would downvote (the question is vague ...
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Friends, what is our mission statement?

What is the core mission or "elevator pitch" of this site? What is a concise statement of what it is about? Return to FAQ index
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Do questions have to be answerable?

If one were to post a thought-provoking question which there might not be an answer to, other than "there is no answer and could never be and here's why", should this question be seen as off-topic? I'...
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