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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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Do logic questions belong in Philosophy SE or Math SE?

It was my understanding that questions concerning formal logic (classical, propositional, predicate, etc.) were welcome in the Philosophy SE. Counter to my intuition, this question regarding how to ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2017

It is a bit late into this new year, being that we're already in the second month, but we are now cycling the Community Promotion Ads for 2017! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion ...
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Are we required to do exegetical work?

Consider this question: How can effects be thinkable without a law of causality?. This is a pretty interesting question, which I would very much like to discuss with others. The question is, however, ...
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Where does this belong to 'flaws in my mantra'?

I wanted to ask a question to detect flaws in a mantra. But I am not entirely sure wether this(mainsite) is the place to ask it. To be conrete, the mantra would be: 'Consume only things that you can ...
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Antagonistically quoting someone`

This is more information for moderators, than a question. I am going to start marking comments that directly quote what I said elsewhere, or allude pointlessly to previous arguments, with the obvious ...
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Downvotes via reasoning from analogy

Are downvotes via reasoning from analogy really justified? I don't think so, that it just shows laziness, if not ignorance. e.g. this question seems to be being downvoted on the grounds that it is ...
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Want to ask a question about Creationism and Evolution

What are the rational objections raised against Creationism? Creationism is the belief that the universe was created in six days as some interpret is stated in the Bible. I have been following the ...
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How does Kant's view apply to military intervention in the affairs of another state?

Need to frame this question, proceeding from the meta question here. Is this question ready for asking on the Real Philosophy stackex (not meta?) I have briefly read through and viewed some ...
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Do we need to explain why we are asking a question on philosophy.stackexcange?

Do we need to explain why we are asking a question on philosophy.stackexcange? I ask because I think that's why this question generated some annoyance.
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What percent of votes do you think are actually correct?

Roughly what percent of votes, on philosophy.stackexchange, up down or to close, do you think are actually correct? I'm guessing about 1/2. As an example of incorrect voting e.g. I have this, which ...
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I asked this question in Politics, is it acceptable to ask it here?

This question seems to be directly related to Kant morality. Is there anything I need to change in the question to ask it in Philosophy? https://politics.stackexchange.com/questions/14091/in-the-...
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Do we accept answers based on sacred texts (on theological questions)?

Lately there have been some flags on answers citing sacred texts to theological questions. Examples include this and this, but it is not restricted to western religions (this for instance). At first, ...
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Can I ask multiple questions in one go?

Say I've read a philosophical book and I formulate some questions about this book about the reasoning the philosopher uses. Specific questions like: The philosopher puts forth these arguments ..., ...
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Since when is this OK?

This "question" is simply the author's attempt to put as many ideas unique to me in one place as he easily can, and label them stupid. There is such a thing as simple abuse and this man has crossed ...
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Any way we can further eliminate cognitive biases in voting and commenting behaviour?

Questions and answers are meant to be clearly expressed and referenced. This should be immune to cognitive bias, in all but extreme examples. But I feel that every other interaction on this subsite (...
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flag/close reasons: trollery?

the reason I want to flag/close a question is because it is simply incoherent, and possibly the work of a troll. but none of the options available cover this. can we add something along these lines ...
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Socratic Discussion

Seeing how I do not have the reputation points to ask this on meta. Would this site be eligible to have a Socratic Discussion? I have been looking through the purpose of this site, and found that ...
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can we do something about libelous comments?

is there anything we can do about libelous remarks? I have recently been viciously attacked in starkly libelous terms. ok this is the web, you takes your chances, but I think a line must be drawn if ...
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Peer Pressure Badge

I have to admit that I find it to be very humiliating to be the recipient of a peer pressure badge and I have lost some respect for myself over it. Is there anyone else who feels this badge should be ...
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I just want to draw attention to a sarcastic and annoying exchange i've had [closed]

6-8 people dislike the question within 2 hours: why? Good question for meta IMO. One answer has 7 upvotes, but it is not specific. A comment tries for something more specific, and it has 5 votes. I ...
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Can I ask a question to answer it, instead of pushing a personal philosophy?

Can I ask a question to answer it, instead of pushing a personal philosophy? i.e. to see if my answer is a good one, by looking at votes and comments.
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How is this answer not “good subjective”?

This answer https://philosophy.stackexchange.com/posts/38028/revisions, was labelled with the "citations needed" type flag and the comment here was made Asymmetry of consciousness?. According the the ...
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Is the description of the site appropriate? [duplicate]

The short description next to the philosophy site reads.. For those interested in logical reasoning. Isn't this a somewhat limiting description of philosophy with a strong analytical bias?
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Is this the right attitude to asking questions: teach the reader something?

I've been puzzled by a slew of downvotes, and I think the issue is that I am writing to someone who might be able to answer the question. Rather than to a reader who doesn't know the answer, but might ...
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How can the site police the “Questions should refer to actual philosophers” policy without restricting questions from non-philosophy students?

Having recently asked a question which clearly fell foul of the above rule, I would like to point out the difficulties in policing it and see if any improvements can be made in this regard for new ...
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6-8 people dislike the question within 2 hours: why?

Can a question be bullshit? anyone at all want to say why this question is so bad? Obviously enough people have read and disliked it for someone to answer. I don't see what's unclear about it, ...
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Should we not ask questios we're fairly sure don't have an answer in philosophical literature?

Should we not ask questions we're fairly sure don't have an answer in philosophical literature?
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Is over conformity an issue on philosophy stackexchange?

Is over conformity an issue on philosophy stackexchange? I think so, that people are downvoting because that's not what they want to see on the site, rather than poor research. Almost nothing I ask ...
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Are questions on reasoning & argumentation on-topic here?

For example, I believe that the particular passage from Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers contains faulty reasoning (obviously I might be wrong): The striking thing about Ericsson’s study is that he and ...
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Tags like libertarianism

So we have here certain very confusing tags, like rationalism or even worse libertarianism. Tags become confusing if they lack a description (usage guidance). So what should the well-meaning person ...
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Would it be better to show some amount of humbleness considering close votes?

It occured to me that there is a tendency to close questions rather fast. The two cases I think of are here and here. My own view is introduced in the comments to these questions. I think that there ...
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2016 Community Moderator Election Results

Philosophy's first moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the 3 new moderators are: They'll be replacing the pro tempore crew shortly — please thank everyone ...
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Can I ask this question: what recent philosophers should I be reading?

Can I ask this question: what recent philosophers should I be reading? I would (am?) adding context: that I would prefer analytic work about science; but am also interested in general aesthetics ...
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After getting an idea across, can an ethical syllogism be capable of an infinite amount of answers?

I am asking this for an answer providing deductive statements about some specific school of ethics: Kantian categorical imperative, Peter Singer's preference utilitarianism, etc. If asking for a brief ...
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Is it better to publish an unfinished draft or wait until the answer is absolutely complete?

If I know how to answer the question, I start writing--and usually I'm not satisfied until editing the answer multiple times. (I write answers the same way I write essays and papers.) Generally, ...
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2016 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 ...