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What should one do about misspelled tags?

There is a new tag, "etthics". It is a misspelling of "ethics". I suggested that "etthics" be a synonym for "ethics", but, now that I think about it, that is not what I would like to see happen ...
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Fallacy “big list” community wiki question?

We have a problem with fallacy questions. There are a lot of them, they are often duplicates or near duplicates, and they often aren't very good. This question proposes a sample/guide for fallacy ...
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What are the differences between détournement and deconstruction?

Why was What are the differences between détournement and deconstruction? closed? I added an opening sentence to repeat the title.
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Should people be down-voting questions that incorporate an assumption they disagree with on philosophy SE

I'm guessing that's why this question was down-voted. The down-voter disagreed with the opinion expressed in it. Acute or chronic suffering and pain: does anyone talk about their difference? But, in ...
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Can we ask questions oriented about philosophy in academies and books?

Can I ask questions about academic/books issues regarding philosophy? What I mean is can I ask a question not primarily about philosophy but about how philosophy is done in an academic setting ...
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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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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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I created a chat room : Epistemology

The intention of the room is to fit there any question that would not fit the Q/A of the site regarding, in particular, to epistemology.
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Regarding questions in stack exchange

How to formulate a question here in this site?? If I don't have questions to ask how do I find one? How to make my mind search for questions? I want to ask questions but they don't come to mind right ...
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Pointers for questions about self-determination?

I'm currently struggling on how to approach certain questions systematically given that I don't have a philosophy background. Here's an example of such question. Imagine a hypothetical future where ...
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Lists questions and community wiki's

I am wondering if a specific question which basically asks for a list of references that would sufficiently cover a topic would be considered on topic for the site or if it would be closed as ...
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Student assignments

I believe that blatant student-assignment questions like this one should be closed, but I don't think that any of the current reasons for closing apply clearly to this case. How is this situation ...
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Are basic philosophy questions “primarily opinion-based” (and therefore we close them)?

My question is in relation to close votes on the recent question: What created the universe? The question presently has three close votes on the basis that it is "primarily opinion-based". At the ...
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Peak down-voting insanity?

I have been on a number of stackexchange sites, and the level of down-voting (and reluctance to up-vote) on philosophy.SE is just bonkers. Recently I received a down-vote on an answer to a question ...
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Is asking for the best joke one has heard about philosophy appropriate for this site?

I am curious whether people consider the recent question about jokes What is the best philosophy joke you have heard. to be fitting for this site. It appears to me to be broad and primarily ...
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Is there any data available on user demographics of Philosophy Stack-Exchange?

I recently read this article regarding the demographics of Reddit users. It would be interesting to see similar data for this forum. Particularly it would be insightful to see data on: location, age,...
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Can we ask about best translations or critical/scholarly editions here?

I'm often at a loss as to which translation of a text I should read, if I haven't been specifically recommended an edition by a professor. For instance these two questions of mine hinged on bad/...
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Why my questions are being stalled by bullying users?

I have been asking 6 questions in the last weeks most of them even popular ones have been immediately downvoted and asked to be closed by moderators. It is perfectly normal that we don't like ...
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Help create a Greek SE!

Ancient Greek is germane to Philosophy.
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Help Us Create an Anthropology/Sociology SE!

If any of you would be interested in a Anthropology/Sociology SE please check out the proposal on Area51. It would be great if any of you could post some example questions or critique the ones that ...
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Acceptable to Promote Are51 Proposal on Meta?

Is it acceptable to promote a related Area51 proposal on the meta here? The proposal is for a sociology/anthropology page
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Do we want a custom “sensitive topic” notice?

Some sites have a custom notice to remind people that the topic is sensitive, that they should be nice and that comments are to improve a post, not for debates. The notice was introduced here and can ...
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Reason comment was removed

I added a comment to the question on Why is a lion not evil?. There was already a "Comments are not for extended discussion;" link there when I added my comment. My comment was a direct question to ...
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Is the community avatar a mod?

I've noticed that the community avatar has a diamond next to itself. Does this mean that it can act like a mod? If so, what are its actual mod duties?
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'Test My Theory' style questions

What is the community's approach to 'Test My Theory' style questions? It is worth considering that this style of question often garners opinionated discussion rather than factual response, which ...
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Calumny, mockery and silly threats

I have been engaged in a lot of exchanges lately in comments where people are not arguing but instead are using mockery, or distorting the truth to put one side or the other in a bad light. This is ...
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Questions about the profession of Philosophy

The guidelines for questions in the Philosophy Stack Exchange clearly state that the questions must be directly to do with Philosophy. On one interpretation, this states that the questions must be ...
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What happened to McCean's question?

A member McCean (I hope I have his name right) asked for suggestions this morning (EST) regarding ethical systems, secular humanism, or something like that. I am sorry I can't remember the exact title ...
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Why my following question was closed?

This question of mine has been closed. Can I know the reason?
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Are there two Zenos?

zeno zeno-of-elea Users with more than 1250 reputation and a total answer score of 5 or more on the tag, can suggest tag synonyms. Users with a total answer score (total upvotes minus total ...
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Can we please have a “Why do things matter?”/“What is the meaning of life?” question?

So, I ask myself the question: "What is the meaning of life?" Since I've been on SE for a few days, even before joining the philosophy branch I'm fully aware that this is a bad subjective question. ...
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Why bother down voting?

When I think of the alternatives to down voting, I wonder if there is any reason to down vote anything. If one encounters abusive or spam-like posts one can flag them. If one thinks a question is ...
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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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Why are comments not for discussion?

Comments are often used on this site for discussion, quick hints and even sometimes even more-or-less fully-baked answers. But this is not actually great! In fact, comments are not for discussion. ...
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Why is tex formatting not working? [duplicate]

Why is tex formatting not working in this site? Is it because mathematical notations are not much important for this site? May be tex formatting might not be useful for other purposes (not sure about ...
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Questions about cranks

How should we handle questions like this (Is the Universe real or complex?)? The question seems very blatantly to be about the work of a crank. Here is an article on Estakhr's website where he claims ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2018 [duplicate]

It's almost February in 2018, which isn't supposed to be the proper time to cycle these, but for this year it'll be once again, so we'll be refreshing the Community Promotion Ads for this year now! ...
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Why can I only edit a comment 5 minutes after it was posted?

Is there a reason temporal constraint in editing comment is more important than thoughtfulness, on this site? Better for my plodding mind to be precise than fast, isn't it?
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Are questions about the nature, scope, and limits of academia reasonable on Philosophy.SE?

For instance, I would consider the question "can people still be world class scholars in more than one field" a valid question, essentially falling into "philosophy of academics."
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Should we have a chat box linking to the Symposium?

Many custom pages like SciFi & Fantasy have chatrooms permanently linked directly in their sidebar. As not many of you will remember, we actually do have a general chatroom in philosophy as well: ...
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Is the Philosophy SE a reasonable place to ask about research methods?

I have been trying to find a good fit for a question about meta-analyses. The validity of general scientific research methods seems to be either a question suited for "academia" though apparently that ...
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What is an on topic question?

I just wondered what is on topic on philosophy.stackexchange I've had quite a few questions closed etc. for this very reason, so obviously it's not clear what it amounts to, as I'm not here to annoy ...
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Scope of the tag “logic”

In the last 24 hours, several have had the tag "logic" removed from them. There seems to be a "logic" about this, but I'm not sure I follow it in every case. First, several where I agree: Is this a ...
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Why not change the name of the site to phobosophy? [closed]

In the quest for knowledge, one will necessarily find that religions are nothing but mythologies. I mean, opposing religions cannot be right at the same time. But they are not supposed to "be right", ...
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How on earth is the level of editing on this question acceptable?

Was looking at Different theistic religions contradict each other and it's evolving into a potentially interesting on-topic question, but it's not at all clear that this has anything to do with what ...
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Politically charged answer incorrectly deleted by mod

In my opinion this answer was incorrectly deleted: https://philosophy.stackexchange.com/a/46670/4555 The main objectional part of it was the last line, which was easily edited out. The rest of the ...
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Will we get troll bots?

I was reading this article, and it occurred to me, given that philosophy.stackexchange is such a hotbed of international mystery and so forth, will it begin to attract political opponents? I mean ...
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Are a lot of people deleting their own accounts, are are we banning them

About every other week I see negative points against some old question of mine because someone's account has been deleted. This makes me kind of worry about what is going on. What are the reasons ...
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Questions that answer themselves

I remember seeing multiple times a moderator or other regular user of our site comment on a question that asks a question and then goes on to supply an answer within the body of the question. ...
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Should we delete answers that are in context, but not actually addressing the question, more rigorously?

This is really just a practical thing. We get flags like "not an answer" quite often. Actually, we have some of those flags open for some time right now for e.g. this answer and this one. Obviously, ...