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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 (...
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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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When will Philosophy.stackexchange get a custom frontpage?

Are we still on beta? Most sites of the network have a custom design, which they got when they were out of beta.
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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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Is the comment privilege (i.e. needing to earn rep in order to comment) useful?

I suppose that privileges are no concern of moderators, and that therefore nobody from philosophy.se can change anything about that, but I was wondering if getting the privilege to comment that late ...
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what about a debating stackexchange?

I would love a debating site from stackexchange. If there is one already can you point it out? That would be very addicting. A site that has subcategories, like debate philosophy, debate history, ...
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Site-specific badge conditions?

EDIT: I asked this question on the StackOverflow Meta. I recently took a look at the badges overview and it seems to me that a lot of the gold badges are literally or nearly impossible to earn on ...
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Retracting a close vote?

Is there any way to retract a close vote? I know that you can get rid of downvotes (and upvotes, for that matter), if the post has been edited. In fact, I recently made a trivial edit (adding a comma ...
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Can't we come up with a 404 philosopun?

Many SE sites have a funny 404 page. We don't. Can't we come up with some philosopun for the 404 page?
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Should questions on Zen thinking be allowed in philosophy.stackexchange?

According to many famous practitioners and writers of Zen, Zen is not strictly a philosophy in the sense of the word. There is something extra-logical about the nature of Zen thinking. However, ...
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I request being able to give bonuses to answerers using my credits, if they have outstanding answers [closed]

It would be nice to be able to spend your credits rewarding those who go above and beyond answering questions, or to reward runners-up to the best answer. I've had some amazingly helpful people tell ...
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APIs, Scripts, Browser Add-Ons, and PhilSE Backend

2020-11-07: Since asking, I've found a link to https://stackapps.com/ in another post. Arrrrgh, Unfurling of Flag In the spirit of shared ownership, I'm seizing this ghost ship (read inactive post) to ...
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Resources to get started on Philosophy

I want to know if there is a possibility of having a sort of list of resources to get started on philosophy, both in general (which is what I am interested in right now) and in particular themes. I ...
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Please introduce $LaTeX$ to Philosophy SE [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: LateX/WebteX availability? It would really be helpful to have it in discussions concerning formal logic. Here's the most recent example I know of where it would be helpful: &...
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Why is there a "Philosophy" tag?

I just noticed that there are 7 questions tagged with philosophy. Is it just me, or is this a terribly ambiguous tag? Should this tag not be removed, so that all questions will have at least a ...
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Can someone who knows edit the "logic" tag wiki?

A questioner asked why reason is mapped to logic. Now I'm wondering the same thing. I think the easiest way to clear up the confusion is if someone in the know would edit the tag wiki to clear ...
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Can we modify the site's short description?

At http://stackexchange.com/sites, the short description under Philosophy is "Q&A for those interested in logical reasoning". I think this is somewhat misleading and diverts potential traffic away ...
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Unifying "this site is for..." descriptions?

After updating the FAQ, our 'this site is about...' description no longer matches the global SE site description (that has been with us since Area 51.) I would like to get all of them saying the same ...
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Is it useful to have a word limit on comments? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can we allow more space and possibly a larger font for comments? I was asking myself... Very often comments to questions/answers are used to in-depth analyze claims and ...
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Is there any way to make tags of proper names capitalized?

On StackOverflow and many of the other StackExchange sites, it makes sense to normalize tags to all lower case since there's no real distinction between, Perl and perl. (Some would argue there is a ...
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Could we get certain tags to link to Wikipedia in their wiki summaries?

I notice that many, if not all of the tags that so far exist have excellent associated Wikipedia articles. Would it make sense, or is it even possible, to automatically poll information about the ...
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Can we allow more space and possibly a larger font for comments?

(Good) Philosophical arguments are essentially back and forth exchanges of long, coherent and self-sufficient arguments. Thus, I think the character limit on comments is not enough for proper ...
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LateX/WebteX availability?

My computer savvy is minimal - so I don't really know who to address regarding this - but I think philosophy ought to have LateX availability in text input, because there are going to be a lot of ...
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