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Atribute the reputation of an answer to someone

How can I attribute the gained reputation of an answer to someone that has already posed the solution in a comment?
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Red Hot subjects and agit-prop

Some issues that are very current and very hot, come up here on occasion — fortunately much less often than on politics-SE but still it does happen. Is it of any use? To anyone or cause? Repeating ...
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Request to Enable MathJax/LaTeX Rendering on Philosophy Stack Exchange [duplicate]

I am ready to formally propose we enable this on this site to whoever has the power to enable it. I actually could not find information about that with a little Googling. Can a moderator please ...
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Recurrent Question Type (RQT): “Is X ethical?”

Compile all known examples of such questions as links in a community wiki answer to this post. Offer an analysis in paragraph or bullet form about what you think the questions have in common. Suggest ...
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General chat for philosophy SE seems very inactive

Should something be done to improve the responses from chat room? It could be helpful for friendly discussion or some relief in anxious or confused moment. Unfortunately the room is very non ...
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Is it possible to reform the method of downvoting?

I was just downvoted for no apparent reason and I have just about had it with PSE. When I vote to close a post, my name becomes public to a lot of people and, in most instances, I have to give a ...
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Can we please get math notation, once and for all?

I hope I don’t need to make a persuasive case for this, but I will if requested. Let’s get math notation like math.stackexchange has. Immediately. (It is like drawing a picture with a cast on, trying ...
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Please color links on meta

I have seen the links are black in the meta site and they are just underlined. Please make them colored like other per-site metas on SE. A link should be different than the rest of the words so that ...
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Disabling answer ban by editing old answers

I got a answer ban for I used different language in SE. I believe that I some edit these. This ban will disabled as automatic by my forum contributions. I have 9 point :/. What am I missing or doing ...
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MathJax or logical symbolsets? [duplicate]

Could we enable MathJax or a subset of it to support logical explication?
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Could we get more options/reasons for closing questions?

Recently I posted a question on the PSE that initially gathered quite a few interesting responses and many cogent comments. I thanked contributors and approved the response I found the most precise ...
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Breakdown of repuation points by questions answered and questions asked

I'm assuming that the reputation points have some other value than personal gratification. I believe a person whose reputation is built by primarily by asking questions only is not an expert in ...
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Is there a way to filter individuals

Suppose, hypothetically, there is a person on this site who asks many questions every day. I would like a way to view new questions, but filter out particular posters so it's a bit more readable. Is ...
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The problem with deletions

I saw lots of bot answers deletions and it's good that mods clean this GPT stipidity from site. But there are drawbacks as well. Pretty often some useful answers are deleted with comments etc. So mods ...
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Is there a way to recommend someone for wider Stack Exchange infractions?

Hypothetically, if a user has decided to troll the philosophy stack exchange with (say) personal harassment and deliberately aggressive answers, but has an active presence on other, non-philosophy SE ...
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First answers queue and questions with closing votes

I just gained access to the "First answer" queue and reflected on something. It seems that questions which are borderline, that is, have received some negative feedback (I am not able to see ...
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Could we rename "Close" to "Flag for Review"?

So it seems people get annoyed when their question is "Closed". The reasoning behind closing a question is generally to maintain a certain "answerability" requirement, without ...
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The Winter Bash hats. Why?

I have been issued several new hats. I do not like them because they are pointless. I would like to opt out.
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How can one improve downvoted content? [duplicate]

For improving the quality of content downvoting is useless if the downvoter does not tell what is wrong with the question or answer. How can I improve my content if I don't know what is wrong? ...
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Lack of clarity in a VTC option

So one of the "reasons that can be given" here for a VTC is: While this question may be related to philosophy or occur in a philosophical context, the question itself doesn't seem to be ...
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How Do I Go about Securing a Change in the Bounty Mechanism If Possible?

During my periods of contribution, I frequently find myself editing posts to stave off closure. This is incentivized with the Copy Editor badges. An example of that is defending the notion that '...
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Is there an option to have pinned posts on the main site?

I know this might need to be a feature request on Meta.SE but I wanted to know if there might already be some option to do this. I'm thinking of how we can have information available for new (and not-...
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Friends, how can we shift from meta Q&A to action?

In a prior meta Q&A, it was suggested that moderators would benefit from clarifications from the community. Certainly, our moderators currently are even-handed, but there seems to me to be a myth ...
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What does removal from site for reasons of moderation mean

When I went to search for this question: https://philosophy.stackexchange.com/questions/74217/is-equality-as-a-political-goal-meaningless/74227#74227, which had earlier been closed, I was confronted ...
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Friends, how could a question about an idea with its own article in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy be closed as off-topic?

1) Why was the following post closed? What does "disposition" mean in a philosophical context? It's clearly a question of analytic philosophy related to the philosophy of mind and indirectly ...
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low-quality answers

I get that answering on Philosophy SE doesn't require a degree, but shouldn't the answers be at least slightly academic? I won't link the question here because it could be considered a conflict of ...
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Can we have an option to close a question for being easily answerable?

We often have on this site questions that are very easily answered in the comment (even so simple that it could've been sorted with a quick google search). I wouldn't go into examples as there are ...
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How can I best ask ontological engineering questions?

I try to bring up things such as the incoherence of trying to construct the notion of a set containing itself from the perspective of ontological engineering and get voted down on a non-ontological ...
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Vote-to-close reasons

I never exercise my vtc And then this question came along and I did. And was disappointed to find no reason strong enough – I wanted to say "Because you're bullshitting". Evidently you cant. ...
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Can we have a Frequently Asked Philosophical Questions Meta post?

There are recurring philosophical questions that generate duplicates, as well as "basic" philosophical questions that are often being asked in the SE. There are Meta questions that discuss this (...
Yechiam Weiss's user avatar
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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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Can we add a new description to the "off-topic because" list?

I just noticed Joseph close a question What can suffice as a scientific proof for God? to what domain can such a proof belong to? as "not constructive" with an excellent description: As it ...
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Do edits really need to bump a post in the "active tab"?

A few minutes ago I changed one word in an answer from years ago and I noticed the post (which was closed, in fact) was bumped to the top of the active tab. Is that something that's really desirable ...
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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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Make "move conversation to chat" easier from the very beginning of the discussion

When a discussion starts in the comments, it's not easy to open a chat room and copy all the comments to it. It's easier to wait for that message about "moving the conversation to chat", that does ...
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Can questions with "Quantum", "Entanglement", "Wave function" and "Superposition" go straight to a moderator for review?

I'm noticing that questions that involve lots of QM jargon tend to also be very poor and subjective, and seem to be adding to the overall noise level on the site. Is there a way that such questions ...
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Can we remove "theology" from the scope of philosophy.SE?

The SE communities already include Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Islam and there is even a Biblical Hermeneutics community. Anyone posting theological questions can consult those communities. ...
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migration suggestions missing?

Didn't there used to be an option to add the url of a more appropriate forum for a question to be asked in? What is the procedure for suggesting a more appropriate forum? If there is not an option to ...
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can we prohibit erasure of comments?

comments often respond to other comments. if the latter are deleted, the former make no sense. my view is that once you've said it, you should be prepared to take the consequences. erasure of ...
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'Missing context' close reason: remove 'other details'?

We currently have a close reason that was originally intended for zero-effort homework and now reads: This question is missing context or other details. Please improve the question by providing ...
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Updating Philosophy.SE practices to allow for Rebuttals and edits

I would like to offer a suggestion to improve the Standard Practices for administration of the Philosophy.SE. I see that it is not irregular for hasty down-votes and closes, and that this is causing ...
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Can we add options to closing questions as off-topic when the question belongs on another SE site besides our own Meta?

Many questions asked on Phil SE seem to be better fits for other SE sites, e.g. Math, Physics, Biology, Cognitive Sciences, History, Law, Skeptics, sometimes even Sci-Fi/Fantasy or Worldbuilding. ...
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Has anyone asked for a "suggest edit" button, or is the rollback feature enough?

I would like to edit e.g. this, but it seems a bit impertinent when the asker is active, as well as general users with more reputation than me. Would it be OK to request a "suggest edit" button for ...
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Close reason for 'blatantly off topic' / 'philosophical problem unclear'

We're getting quite some questions that are closed with a custom close reason. Over the past 90 days, we closed 234 questions, 40 (17%) with a custom reason. Looking through the list of custom close ...
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Is there some more compelling way we can invite people to search for duplicate questions?

I think newcomers miss out on a lot of good existing answers because we don't rather forcefully suggest they look for duplicates when they ask a question. How good is the question search, and could ...
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Policing overzealous members and moderators

We should aim for meritocracy but encourage participation and discourage demeaning action (downvotes) which drives away participants. Those voting 68.26% or more in either direction should be ...
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Should downvotes be justified? [duplicate]

This is a group of philosophy. Made by and for philosophers. Philosophy means a taste, a fondness for knowledge; a will to go out and seek knowledge. So, if someone downvotes the question or answer ...
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Subjective Questions: Deciding what we want as a community

Introduction Greeting, fellow lovers of wisdom! I apologize for the length, but this is an important topic that has come up repeatedly, one that has never been completely addressed, and I feel the ...
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no tag present for moral philosophy

I wanted to place a tag equivalent to "moral philosophy" on my question, but there was none. I used "practical-ethics", but I do not feel ethics is the same as moral philosophy. Though it is similar, ...
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Starring an Answer

Is it possible? Why not? I would like to star one for bookmarking. It is very much down below original question so it will be much easier to just star an answer.
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