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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, ...
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Is there something wrong with the way questions on ethics are asked?

Just recently a spate of questions on ethics have been put on hold; Is it ever acceptable to go by the principle of "guilty until proven innocent"? Why is invasion of privacy necessarily a ...
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Reputational Voting Wars on Stack Exchange

Has it happened that two people with opposing philosophical views destroyed each others' reputations on Stack Exchange, after a voting war? I mean, one person could have cosmological presuppositions, ...
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What can be done to help users improve their questions?

I had a look at the question closure statistics (link for 2k+ users) and the following strikes me as potentially bad: We close about 1/4th of our questions. Of those, for roughly 40% it should be ...
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Why has this question not been closed?

Recently this question blew up in terms of traffic and voting comparatively to our average amount on the site but I am honestly perplexed as to why the question has stayed open. (I apologize in ...
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I just want to apologise [closed]

I'm really sorry, I just can't stop arguing badly about everything. Hope I'm not offensive. Is this question OK to ask? I've been part of this community.
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Why is no-one approving my edit. which was requested?

Why is no-one approving my edit. which was requested? It takes a few people, I guess, but I imagine it can be done in about 12 concerted clicks, which alone anyway I can do in a few seconds. It's ...
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Do we have a list of users who have taught adults philosophy? [duplicate]

I was pleased to read in reply to one question (about ethics) an answer from someone who had taught both community college and in higher education. I'm asking because the site makes no sense to me, ...
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What does it take to answer a question?

What does it take to answer a question? Is it sufficient to think you understand the question, where it's coming from, and to think you know the right answer? Or would you discourage answers from ...
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Are moderators etc. focusing on trying to get better questions, when they should be focusing on getting better answers?

Are moderators etc. focusing on trying to get better questions, when they should be focusing on getting better answers? Seems to me that'd be a misallocation of resources. I believe virmaior was the ...
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How are we to ask broad questions about heterogenous groups?

First I'd just like to say asking broad questions about heterogeneous groups is fine, or at least it can be. This isn't an attack on any specific user, but it is prompted by the recent several ...
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Why aren't you “pointing out flawed arguments and schemas”?

Wanna-be-philosophers really hate when you point their flawed arguments and schemas. This was the somewhat salty comment to my answer (I know) on meta about how we need more references in answers. ...
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Isn't deleting answers too fast equal to censorship?

We have a system of upvote/downvote. How long an answer should remain on the site to be analyzed by the maximum number of users, before being finally deleted (preferably after a certain amount of ...
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How is it most appropriate to credit a post of the philosophy stack-exchange?

How to credit a post of the philosophy stack-exchange? I ask this question since in a homework essay I submitted I provided in the reference a link to a post of the user @Conifold that I found ...
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What are the rules of this site on definitions?

What are the rules of the site on definitions? I asked a question on how four terms are different, and it was swiftly closed, despite having enough context to make sense. There's probably hundreds ...
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What's the difference between “ask/answer philosophical questions” and “do philosophy”?

I've been told that "this site is not a site for doing philosophy. It’s a stack exchange site for answering questions about philosophy." I just can't see any difference between asking/answering ...
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2017 Community Moderator Election Results

Philosophy's second moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the new moderators is: He'll be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank him for volunteering, ...
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Just wanted to discuss trivial answers

So, I asked a question about homosexuality, was it an illness, and was a tiny bit annoyed to receive three comments and an answer saying only that it was just because psychologists said it was. I ...
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Specific question about duplicate question

I have been thinking about asking a summer-silliness question for the past week or so but couldn't seem to find the right one. Eventually during a conversation with someone, I remembered the debate ...
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Is it OK to ask questions just because it may make for a good answer?

Would you trust philosophy.stackexchange to unequivocate something you just read? It seems like these are the better questions. But maybe we're aiming too high. Is it OK to ask questions just ...
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What's going on with our lack of nominations?

So, I like this site, but I'm not an active user, more of a 'drop by and read cool questions and answers about philosophy so as to find interesting works to read' kinda guy. That said, I figured that ...
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Inappropriate comment?

I got a return comment from this member: former user no. 26880. It seems to be conspiracy theory type stuff. It seems possibly anti-Semitic to me. I didn't know where to report this so I am reporting ...
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What sort of clarity are we being asked for here?

Could a Marxist claim that interpreting the world is all that a Marxist vanguard can do (but that the working class can still change it)? It was claimed that this question was "unclear", an idea that ...
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2017 Community Moderator Election

The 2017 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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2017 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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In tag excerpts how to treat philosophical views fairly?

500 characters are not much to describe a philosophical view without “lack of demarcation” and still treat it fairly. The current libertarianism tag excerpt (written by me): A political philosophy ...
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2017 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

Philosophy is scheduled for an election next week, July 24th.In connection with that, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to ...
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Could we have a silly season - again?

Last Summer, the idea was floated around that we have a silly season, were people could ask fun or humorous questions? Can we try that this year?
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How can I know what reasons my questions are closed for, if I don't agree with it at all?

I've had so many of my questions closed. 100? Maybe a little shy. I won't list questions, at least while people have consistently closed my questions without giving reasons. Just the latest example of ...
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Etymological questions on philosophy.stackexchange — suitable?

Ah yeah this is an idea. Or are they suitable, here, on philosophy.stack
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When questions contain an error about philosophy, do we downvote, comment, or vote to close?

When questions contain an error about philosophy, do we downvote, comment, or vote to close? e.g. the following question Is philosophy a good fit for stackexchange? which is on meta, so maybe a bad ...
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Why am I not being notified of downvotes on philosophy.meta.stackexchange

Why am I not being notified of downvotes on philosophy.meta.stackexchange? Can I lose question privileges due to these downvotes? Are too many questions being closed because of how they are phrased? ...
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What does the “not useful” downvote mean on philosophy.stackexchange?

What does the "not useful" downvote mean on philosophy.stackexchange? Perhaps I'm not getting it. Seems like there's a broad consensus on what sort of questions we don't want to answer. Does that ...
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Can I stop someone answering my questions?

Can I stop a specific person answering my questions?
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Are too many questions being closed because of how they are phrased?

Are too many questions being closed because of how they are phrased? I don't mean questions that are un-understandable, what are they even asking, but one's which people think are a bad fit for the ...
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Does acquiring sufficient reputation to participate in this community get harder the longer it exists?

The longer a Stack Exchange site has existed, the more questions have been asked, and had good answers given, the harder it is to find questions which are not duplicates of questions that have already ...