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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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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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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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I have editor privileges now! Should I use them?

In StackOverflow, editing a question or answer seemed a useful ability as a broken answer could sometimes become a great one with a little tweak or two. As a public service, editing seems a positive ...
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Should we get rid of the name-that-claim tag?

There is one question with the name-that-claim tag. I really don't think that is a useful tag at least in part because of the sort of question that it will encourage. I was about to remove it from the ...
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What is our elevator pitch?

Suppose you have exactly ten seconds to describe this community to a stranger. What exactly do you say? What is it that we are all about? What's our motto, our tagline? I'm very interested in ...
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What steps can we take to improve accessibility and friendliness?

There have been comments in chat and a question on meta reacting primarily to the perceived hostility of the site at this point. Of course it's beta and we have to be ruthless in pursuing a robust ...
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history and history-of-philosophy tags: which or both? What of philosophy-of-history?

I'd tagged a few questions with history-of-philosophy before I noticed that there was a history tag. (I overlooked the giant clue in the UI.) history strikes me as insufficiently specific because it ...
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How should we tag questions?

How should we tag questions? What tags and tagging strategies might be useful? What tags are specifically unhelpful for this kind of site? Return to FAQ index
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Logical particles & notation: Is an effort to standardize worth the trouble?

As the site grows we will probably be seeing more and more symbolic logic around the place. I wonder if it's worthwhile trying to standardize this from an early stage. Or is such a program simply too ...
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Could we get certain tags to link to Wikipedia in their wiki summaries?

I notice that many, if not all of the tags that so far exist have excellent associated Wikipedia articles. Would it make sense, or is it even possible, to automatically poll information about the ...
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Can we allow more space and possibly a larger font for comments?

(Good) Philosophical arguments are essentially back and forth exchanges of long, coherent and self-sufficient arguments. Thus, I think the character limit on comments is not enough for proper ...
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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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Should this site be restricted to academic answers only?

If this site is intended for discussion of philosophy, then perhaps it would be appropriate to strive for academic answers to questions, even when the questions are not academic themselves. However, ...
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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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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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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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Should questions be closed in cases other than duplication?

There are four non-duplication-related reasons to suggest closure of a question: off topic subjective and argumentative not a real question too localized Should questions ever be closed for any of ...
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Should religious discussions or those about God be allowed on Philosophy?

It seems that many people are trying to close my question (What is good and what is evil?) that makes explicit mention of God. For example, one of the commenters says: I think this question is ...
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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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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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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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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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