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Are there many bots at work?

How much of this site is currently AI? New accounts keep appearing and answering several questions, very quickly (anyway it takes me longer than 3 minutes to write an answer), without references (...
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Community Bot Deletions

There has been a whole slew of answers being deleted by Community Bot recently. I can't see anything obviously wrong with them. Is the bot misbehaving, or is something else going on? Examples: ...
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The practise of closing questions on this website infers that a kind of dictatorship is accepted as a norm here

I have had numerous questions closed because somebody thought the question didn't fit the website or they just didn't like it. I find this process very undemocratic and dictatorial. Isn't this website ...
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What is the point of downvoting?

Why do people downvote other members' content for no reason at all? No-one can improve their content without knowing what is wrong with it. Downvoting without a constructive comment makes no sense. No-...
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If interpreting Conifold is on-topic, should interpreting GPT-4 also be on-topic?

Not much to add to the title. This question is on-topic: How, in layman's terms, should this Conifold argument against illusionism be interpreted? But my recently asked question is getting close ...
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Are we (not) logicians?

This is an inquiry with several specific questions to answer: Can questions about logic be answered wholly with rhetoric? Do questions about logic need to be phrased symbolically and formally? How/...
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Why is there no Cybernetics site on stackoverflow?

I was wondering why there was no cybernetics site on here given that we have sites for hardware, firmware, software, even wetware (medical sci). It seems to me like we have all the prerequisites from ...
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Can question X be on-topic, question Y be off-topic, and X be closed as a duplicate of Y?

I asked two questions X and Y, namely: X: Does Intelligent Design fulfill the necessary criteria to be recognized as a scientific theory? Y: What are philosophical arguments for the position that ...
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Closing and reopening of a question

This question was recently closed: Would a teleogenetic standpoint be more useful in discovering certain possibilities about life origins than the theory of abiogenesis? I understood why -- some of ...
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A question that might genuinely satisfy "occurs in a philosophical context but is not itself philosophical"

I've had my doubts about that VTC parameter, but unfortunately I seem as if I might've proven by doubts wrong. So, while trying to zip together some themes in my notes on set theory, I got to where I ...
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Are questions regarding subliminal messages appropriate?

Subliminal messages are usually associated with psychology but using AI with photo editing software creates the ability to be very creative with visual messages. Is this an appropriate topic for the ...
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Do you welcome attempts at creative questioning here or not?

Do you welcome attempts at creative questioning here or not? That's what I am trying to do, and I seem to have met a heap of hostility for it. Is it outside the remit of the site, at least for heavy ...
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Who is in control of community bot?

Is it automated? It seems to have lost its mind. I quote a series of texts to make my point. The very clever may have noticed I do make an unreferenced claim (that happiness is less under control than ...
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What do you find unclear?

I am confused by why people are finding my questions unclear. In my last question, I asked whether A believes B is the case, and I gave reasons I believe B. I also quoted instances of A discussing B, ...
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Is it considered to be bad form to update a question to address objections raised in answers?

Is it considered to be bad form to improve the original question (addressing the objections raised in these answers) making the original answers no longer apply? Is this a more unequivocal way to make ...
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Why was this post deleted and no reason given? [duplicate]

Why was this post deleted and no reason given? Here is the original question: Is Kurt Gödel's Incompleteness Theorem a "cheap trick"? Wittgenstein seems to think that Gödel's G (...
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What was this post deleted and no reason given?

What was this post deleted and no reason given? Here is the original question: Is Kurt Gödel's Incompleteness Theorem a "cheap trick"? "We are therefore confronted with a ...
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Bot like random phrase comments

I have been seeing comments to questions from user @AgentSmith in this forum that seem unrelated to the question or other comments, and too nonsensical to me to appear like jokes. E.g. today in Why do ...
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Are design philosophy questions appropriate for this forum

A concept like form follows function is a design philosophy that covers several fields. What is the most appropriate forum to ask design philosophy questions if not in the Philosophy SE?
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Are there lower standards for what answers are not nonsense than there are questions?

Are there lower standards for what answers are not nonsense than there are questions? I feel the onus has been put on someone asking a question to show they know what they are talking about. That is ...
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Why does it seem that the philosophy of Atheism is the sieve by which all questions must be filtered?

The Philosophy SE site allows users to make egregious and outlandish statements about Theism (and Christianity) and allows proponents of Atheistic philosophies (Atheism. Naturalism, Secularism, etc.) ...
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Surely chat GPT is more reliable that your unreferenced opinions?

Under which meta-ethical theories can we forfeit any rights? what gives?
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How should spammy posts be handled?

I recently encountered this question. Its title has little to do with the actual content of the question, and the OP never really answers a question. It mostly appears to be an attempt to promote ...
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Are questions about ethics too subjective for this site?

Completely wrong (though I suppose in some sense that's subjective so who cares right?) to close this Epistemic failure and blaming others Are questions about normative judgments too subjective for ...
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Finding answers to my own OPs

While looking for articles on "antiset theory," I have found answers to both of the following questions, that I myself posted: Whether universal sets are contradictory (not for Russell/...
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When do we need to answer our own questions for clarity purposes?

When do we need to answer our own questions for clarity purposes? I mean, when do we need to explain our "motivation" beyond the question itself? Is there some sense we need to be relatable ...
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Is stackexchange a good place for questions

It should be, in theory it should be. But it isn't, and I don't think it's just a gap in in expertise. On my last question, which when you google the terms of throws up quite a few OUP book chapters, ...
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Why not delete answers that are opinions rather than questions that are difficult to answer without them?

Are conspiracy theories evil? I don't see why anyone would read this question to be asking for anyone's opinion, but it was closed for that reason. It's probably true that most discussion about ...
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An I being downvoted because people think I'm evil?

Is there a state, individual or communal, perhaps a virtue, that cannot be touched by any tragedy? I find that idea very unsettling; I can assure you I am not evil! Why not just downvote anyone who ...
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What's wrong with this question?

I just asked this question and it got downvoted, however no commentary was provided on how to improve it, so, unless it's spam, could anyone please provide me with feedback on what is wrong with it? ...
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Why don't we close, merge MORE questions as duplicates?

I bewildered at finding so many questions that nobody closed or merged as duplicates, as acknowledged by Mauro Allegranza. Why do we shun closing and merging? The original is How can we reason about &...
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Need someone who can read deleted comments

I am not sure if I said something really stupid in response to this question How does "if p, then q" compare to "p only if q"? dunno if it would be a typo (I tend to think of them ...
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Close and merge these science vs. philosophy duplicates?

What is the relationship between philosophy and science? appears to be the mother thread. Many users have flagged the following as duplicates that have yet to be closed and merged. Conifold Are ...
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2022: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Legitimate opinions is legitimate in philosophy?

So I'm under 10 views and already received a vote to close (under opinion based). While I do agree this is well opinion based. I was under the impression having legitimate opinions was legitimate in ...
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Not sure there's anything to be done about it, but it's discouraging just the same

This isn't the first time this has happened, to me or to other posters here. I realize there's probably not much that can be done about it, but I wonder if further contributions to this site, on my ...
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Why so little voting?

I see many questions and answers with a vote score of zero, even after years. (I see this on other SE sites also.) Sometimes I see -1 scores, so I know people are downvoting. But why don't they vote ...
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Is the issue that my questions are vulgar or that they are difficult?

Here's an example Does the existence of eudemonia today depend on a certain level of wealth or monetary income? It is vulgar, we're all interested in what the answer is, but then the "answer"...
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Why this question and not this

The philosophy of the snob Is there a philosophy of stupidness? Is it just how it is tonally phrased?
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Are moral dilemmas within the scope of philosophy stackexchange?

Are moral dilemmas within the scope of philosophy stackexchange? Which philosophers would allow the rape of their lover, in order to lower the possibility of some global political evil? If it's ...
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Many recent Questions asking for a stronger basis

I recently started using Philosophy SE and wanted to ask about what seems to be many questions asking for more basis for correct answers in Philosophy. For example, in a recent one about the Principle ...
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“Who is more at fault, the one who started it or the one who did the most damage?”: Is this on-topic?

I would like to ask a question along the lines of “Who is more at fault, the one who started it or the one who did the most damage?” I would like to know if this is considered within the scope of this ...
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Why has no-one deleted this answer

It is obviously meant in an insulting way, and the fact you get the joke (it's not a difficult one to make) does not make it funny. Has anyone described etc. Ataraxia from not asking needless ...
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Rename this SE to philology

The question: “ What is the logical function of “and/or”? “ was closed with the excuse: “While this question may be related to philosophy or occur in a philosophical context, the question itself doesn'...
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Is this really just a sociological question?

What does it mean to "fetishise" someone else's race? My question was closed because someone felt that racial fetishisation was just a "social skills" question, nothing to do ...
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My posts are being deleted for no good reason [closed]

Please excuse the woefully insufficient academic quality of my words. My deleted answer: What are the philosophical implications of the Halting Problem? [...] Your post is based on an insufficient ...
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How can I ask this "am I right question": any ideas?

My philosophy acquaintances are busy and or bored When the future now will end the past now will not (FN =/= PN) The present now will have ended when some past now will end (PN -> TN) When the ...
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high-end font and design

Recently, the font of this site has changed to a more advanced level, and the logo seems to have changed as well. Who is changing this? The font:
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Your new site design is live!

As you can see, the new design just went live! At this point, we are done with major revisions to the design (although you can still report CSS/styling bugs by starting a new post and tagging it with ...
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Re-opening a question which appears to be inappropriately closed

Here is a question which has been closed based on being "off topic": What would reality be like without causality? I at least consider this question to be entirely central to philosophy. I ...
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