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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 ...
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Is voting being underutilized?

Compared with other SE boards, there seems to be somewhat of a deficient use of voting on both questions and answers. Is this accurate? Are there any available statistics to do this comparison ...
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Wikipedia vs Philosophy

Question proper: Serious answers are mostly not liked. And those most like the Wikipedia articles are highly-favored. Is this so? How this statement is to be understood is, underneath, indicated or ...
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General Philosophy StackExchange Questions

I study computer science and intend to work in that, so I'm more frequently on anything closely related to StackOverflow, which might be more core to StackExchange than this particular area of the ...
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Why was the question about Socrates' possible influence on Jesus closed?

I'm having trouble understanding why Did Jesus try to copy Socrates? got closed. I read it as a question about the influence of a philosopher on 'something else' (and that 'something else' is ...
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(REOPENED) How to not confuse people about what I'm asking [with Adorno/culture q]?

On this question, I ask a specific question how is Adorno suggesting we respond to culture, to regain out particularity? But the question was closed. The moderator first claimed to not ...
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Can a question be too broad even if it asks a specific not broad question?

Can a question be too broad even if it asks a specific not broad question? e.g. If Christian ethics are poison to Nietzsche's higher types -- what about conventional aesthetics? seems not to be ...
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Moderator advancing their own agenda?

This editing of my post is completely ridiculous. The claim stands and has citation of reference in support of the claim: https://philosophy.stackexchange.com/a/42152/23399 Keelan is insisting ...
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Can I help with the commuity wiki?

Can I help with the commuity wiki? Should I? I think what does X mean for Y questions would be a great addition, for philosophy.stackexchange E.g.: What is "intuition" for Kant?
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Titles that ask “X on Y”?

Titles that ask "X on Y", are they permitted? Two recent examples: Nietzsche on the idea of Alienation and Quine on higher set theory
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user was removed

I received a message saying "user was removed" that was accompanied by a change in reputation and I would like to see what was removed. How can I do that?
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How do I phrase my concern so that it suitable for the forum?

I want to solicit ideas how to create a theory of a "transcendental space" where nonlinear models for such things as the weather, neurodynamics, semiotics, memetics, love, and Jungian archetypes can ...
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Is this question too psychological to ask?

There's I suppose some overlap with cognitive therapy, but it may have some (it probably doesn't) philosophical interest? How to believe: are there rules of thumb? e.g. don't believe what everyone ...
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Counterfactuals on philosophy.stackexchange?

One of the mods said something I found curious Migrated to History, but now that I think about it maybe counter-factual really isn't appropriate anywhere on SE -- outside possibly worldbuilding?...
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How clear do we have to be about the use of a term to ask a question that contains it?

According to Confucius, can non-virtue be learned ... This is an interesting idea, but it seems like we first need to (a) know whether virtue can be learned, (b) know what Confucians would ...
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How to get away from “what have you found out so far” comments but also not confusing people as to what the question is?

How to get away from "what have you found out so far" comments but also not confusing people as to what the question is? This question seems to be a good example of what I mean. I ask my question in ...
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Is there anything up with users asking a lot of questions?

Is there anything up with users asking a lot of questions? What about questions that go unanswered? Is this bad stackiquette?
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Quit voting the person who asks the question

This question, which inludes some nice trivia (i.e. is clearly researched), is clear, and could even prompt some interesting replies, got downvoted, with no explanation. This question about ...
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What is wrong with my question about needing help understanding Deleuzian realism?

Check out this post. Why is this still on hold after I have modified it to bring it in line with the editors' expectations?
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Why are there so few women in the philosophy SE, or are there?

I came across this blog post about how philosophy has lagged behind other disciplines when it comes to gender parity and diversity. It then struck me that I've always assumed that the vast majority ...
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Is the use of the word “philosophy” a topic for philosophy SE?

The present question has been inspired by a question in philosophy SE which has been put on hold as off topic, to my surprise. My question is however general in character, and does not pertain to one ...
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Why the definition of life isn't a question of philosophy?

I wrote a question asking what is the definition of life about 2-3 weeks ago. It got first put on a hold, I pledged it's a legitimate question but nobody heard me and it eventually got deleted. The ...
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Possible resolution of conflict

After watching the incendiary situation regarding a certain question (here and here), I was wondering if I could pose a solution. I was thinking that if I or someone else asked the question on the ...
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How is this not a “serious” question?

Also, if this is an example of "pushing a personal agenda" then how can it be reworded such that the philosophical investigation is allowed? "Do Genes Dream Of Djinni's?" Are genes adequate for ...
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The rush to label

As an example of rhetoric which pigeon-holes an author with a label instead of examining a position, I find this answer typical of responses in this community: Then you appear to be either a moral ...
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Why was the question about set-theoretic polytheism closed?

I'm having trouble understanding why this question was closed: https://philosophy.stackexchange.com/questions/41307/what-might-be-traditional-monotheisms-responses-to-set-theoretic-polytheism To me, ...
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Questions if arguments or interpretations are correct

On math.SE, a “question and answer site for people studying math at any level and professionals in related fields”, it's no problem to post your own solution of a problem and ask if it is correct. On ...
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Can we downvote for close reasons? Vice versa?

I was somewhat annoyed that this question seems to have gotten a downvote for reasons which are included in the close option. specifically, for being too broad. Are those sorts of downvotes suitable? ...
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Do I need to explain every word I use so that someone with no prior knowledge of the question can answer it? [duplicate]

Do I need to explain every word I use so that someone with no prior knowledge of the question can answer it? e.g. Is every mistake or reactionary form of Marxism "substitutionalist"?
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How do we tell when we're asking questions without answers?

How do we tell when we're asking questions without answers? I think this is what I've been doing, intransingently. https://philosophy.stackexchange.com/questions/40937/how-do-atheists-discuss-the-...
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How does the 'bumped to the homepage' algorithm work?

Occasionally I see the a question marked: bumped to the homepage by Community♦ 20 hours ago This question has answers that may be good or bad; the system has marked it active so that they can ...

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