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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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What are the criteria for flagging answers as “not answering the question”?

I flagged an answer because it does not answer the question asked. The flag option I selected states: This was posted as an answer, but it does not answer the question. It should possibly be an ...
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Let's run some challenges!

Building on the discussions we have been having about potential new programs, I am considering running a series of (probably weekly) challenges, without prizes (except of course reputation/bragging ...
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Is it regular practice to both close and remove questions?

I have to say I was shocked to find my closed question was removed. The FAQ states, Questions that are extremely off topic, or of very low quality, may be removed at the discretion of the community ...
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Why was my question on alternatives to Wittgenstein closed?

Which if any philosophers might be considered affiliated with Wittgenstein's school of thought or have expressed similar views? In my view, some of the moderators here on Philosophy SE seems to ...
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Suggestions for contests and other programs for Philosophy.SE?

The philosopher of the week program was definitely an interesting experiment. I wanted to open the floor for some feedback on the effort so far -- and perhaps suggestions for any other interesting ...
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Are questions concerning movies accepted?

Is it acceptable to open questions, perhaps community wiki-big list, such as asking for movies dealing with genre? To cite an example: I am unsure as to ask the question: What movies depict Cartesian ...
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Let's chat about Locke

In keeping with our first Philosopher Week contest, I thought it might be an interesting experiment to try to execute a brief brainstorming and general discussion session in the chat space. The idea ...
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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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If someone answers his own question with opposing viewpoint, will he be contradicting himself?

...AND is it a breach of etiquette? I do not think anyone has done so but I, for one, often thought of answering my own question in negative given the option is permitted. Will this be frowned upon?
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Why closing questions which could be answered differently but still correct

I saw this question an wondered why it was closed as the reason: closed as not a real question by Michael Dorfman, stoicfury♦ yesterday It's difficult to tell what is being asked here. This ...
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Help us call for proposals for the SE Fellowship on your blog, site or listserv

The SE Research Support and Fellowship Program launched recently with our very own experienced and highly respected users reviewing fellowship applications. To make the program a success, we need ...
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A contest where we pit two competing theories/ideas against each other

Expanding on this meta post about a "super question asking contest", what do you think about a contest where the objective is to ask questions about two competing philosophical theories/ideas? More ...
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Introducing the Stack Exchange Research Support and Fellowship Program

The mission of Stack Exchange is to make the internet a better place to get expert answers to your questions. The Stack Exchange Fellowship Program aims to support students conducting research in ...
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Why do some people say “.. [philosopher] might say..”

Reading through philosophy SE, many times I come across people stating what some other philosophers might say for example in How to avoid attachment to "attachment avoidance" in Buddhist ...
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“Mind, Metaphysics and Language” reading group interest?

I'd like to convene a reading and discussion group via this site, and I'm checking here to see if there are any readers interested in participating. The idea (so far, anyway) works along the following ...
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Should we have a “super-question” contest to entice users to ask more great questions?

It was recently suggested in chat that we take some kind of action to incentivize asking interesting and on-topic questions in order to drive participation and question quality. It could counter-...
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Stack Exchange Fellowship and Grant Program: Looking for reviewers to assess thesis proposals

Stack Exchange will be introducing a Fellowship Program awarding grants for original and independent research projects. Undergraduate Honors Theses, Independent Study Projects, Masters Theses, and ...
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How can I improve this question: “Could I, by determining my ”powers“ of creation, determine on the nature of my creator”?

i tried finding references to an idea (just because i'm thinking i am not the first one to have this kind of idea) and got shut down. here is the post's link and a private discussion here so my ...
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Introducing Philosophy.SE University Ambassadors Program: calling students and teachers

StackExchange is looking for students and teachers who might be interested in helping us kick off/formalize a university pizza ambassador-type program. Philosophy.StackExchange would like to sponsor ...
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Why was 'What is the maximum possible pain in the universe?' closed?

Please tell me why my question was closed: https://philosophy.stackexchange.com/questions/1359/what-is-the-maximum-possible-pain-in-the-universe It is obvious that the question is completely ...
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Unifying “this site is for…” descriptions?

After updating the FAQ, our 'this site is about...' description no longer matches the global SE site description (that has been with us since Area 51.) I would like to get all of them saying the same ...
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How to encourage moving comment-based discussion to chat?

Building on 'not in comments please!', what concrete steps can we take towards encouraging broader use of the chat functionality in favor of extended comment-based discussion? Note that comments are ...
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Questions migrated away from us still appear

The recent questions about a just and merciful god does seem more appropriate to christianity.SE, because there is little general theological philosophy in the question. But it still appears on phil....
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Are questions that are “just” about Christianity on-topic?

I have migrated this question to Christianity.SE where it has (already!) been edited into shape and has received several upvotes, which I think is a better fate than it would likely have received on ...
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Tagging famous books?

One thing other posts regarding tag usage haven't touched upon as far as I know is whether we should tag books. E.G. the-art-of-war for a post like this or critique-of-pure-reason for a post which ...
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How does the tag synonym system work?

With tags, it's possible to search questions via these tags, or categories, and this has a lot of purposes throughout the site, from searching, categorization, etc.. My question is: How exactly do ...
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Asking early and often

Building on an earlier post about voting (early and often), I wanted to reach out and get some thoughts from the community on how to increase the utilization of the 'ask question!' button by a larger ...
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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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Policy on asking and answering one's own question

If the intent of this site is to be a Q&A site, primarily for people to ask questions and get responses, and also provide a place where people can view previously asked questions and find answers (...
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How can I argue about a migration that I don't agree with?

Suppose someone migrates your question to another site, and you believe the question was misunderstood. The other site closes it down since it also doesn't fit. What is the most appropriate course of ...
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Where did community wiki go?

'Back in my day', so to speak, questions like this one used to be community wiki. Now the option to make a post community wiki seems to have vanished from the SE platform. If this is for the reasons ...
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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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What is the difference between variants of understanding of a term and variants of its manifestation in reality? (On-topic?)

Since it's read in FAQ that this QA is about logical reasoning, I'd like to hear your opinion how the following question fits this QA. In a nutshell, the question is: What is the difference ...
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Is this question accetable? “Experiments in cognitive science every philosopher of the mind should know.”

Right, so my previous question on cognitive science experiments garnered something of a mixed reception, and the question I have in mind may be even more controversial still, as it is directly asking ...
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Is this site appropriate for questions about the current state of the human condition?

Are questions like: "What is the state of monogomy in western culture?" or "What is the current culturally normal image of a man or woman?" appropriate for this site. Are these questions too social ...
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“Not in comments please” — How to handle interesting discussions

I see a lot of parenthetical "discussions" taking place in comments section of this site. That raises an interesting question — Comment-discussions are typically deleted as off-topic, but how ...
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Are experimental questions with a strong bearing on philosophy acceptable?

I posted this question on the main site yesterday and (although this is likely in part because it has had a grand total of 20 views in that time) it has lingered on 0 votes, having been neither up or ...
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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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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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Are questions regarding the personal history of philosophers allowed?

Often times, to better understand a philosopher's position, it helps to understand their circumstances. To what extent is it acceptable to ask about the history of philosphers? For example, I know ...
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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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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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“Who said …” and “What did X meant by …” questions

Is it acceptable to ask a question about origin of a statement or about statement's meaning (what author meant)? Jeff Atwood added this close reason: General reference: this question is too basic; ...
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'Where do I start…' Questions. Should we encourage them?

It seems to me there are a lot of 'Where do I start if I'm interested in X?' or 'What authors should I read if I want to get into Y?' questions. For example: Where can I start to learn about the ...
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What is this site about?

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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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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Thoughts for our moderation policy?

What are your thoughts for a serious moderation policy for this site? In particular, what questions would you like answered at the meeting?
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Editing a question and then voting to close

The following two questions of me: Were there any pre-enlightenment philosophical considerations of the naturalistic fallacy or related concepts? What are the main points of criticism of the ancient ...
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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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