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What is "The Friendly Philosophers Guide to Philosophy SE: A Framework and First Principles?"

What is "The Friendly Philosophers Guide to Philosophy SE: A Framework and First Principles?" (The intent of this question is to serve as a landing place for providing guidance to newbies to ...
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Why should Fitch style logic questions be off-topic?

I've noticed a lot of questions about Fitch style logic getting off-topic close votes. But I couldn't see this decision that they're off-topic in Meta. A couple of examples: fitch proof chapter 13 (...
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Deleted answer, edited/discussion

I had an answer deleted. I edited it. Has the edit been rejected? Or is that it now, I cannot post to the question? I don't feel I made any statement that can't be fully referenced. How can I get ...
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Can I view my answer, to a question that was deleted?

I have had a look for answers, couldn’t find one quite right.. Someone posted a fairly bad question, but it made me summarise my views on the topic in answering, and I'd really like to be able to view ...
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Is the edit history for a given question available?

I commented on something that I really think was in a post. Later it was not there. Now the poster is making a point of calling me a liar. I consider this terribly rude. But I do actually have ...
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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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What actually is this question asking?

I read the question Does knowledge exist outside human consciousness?. I was so confused. I couldn't figure out what the question was. I think that sometimes the best person at explaining what a ...
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Procedure for Asking a Question about a Extremely Controversial Topic

There is a question I want to ask, but it is about an extremely controversial position in sexual ethics. I think there is a technical error in the logic one prominent philosopher uses to support this ...
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Should I use philosophy stackexchange?

Sometimes I have a philosophical question. So I want to ask it in philosophy stackexchange. Then I type something in the title line and there are similar questions, that makes me question my own ...
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Is defining scientific concepts a part of philosophy?

I'm new to philosophy stackexchange. So I'm confused as to what is acceptable. May I know how to improve this question? (It's getting downvoted) https://philosophy.stackexchange.com/questions/68664/...
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What's a good way to insert Latex math onto this site?

I understand LaTeX math is not supported. I'm looking for a recommendation on how to take math expressions, render them, and insert them into an answer on this site.
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Is Philosophy ever going to have a design?

I love designing SE sites, though I am not exactly hired by SE. All I do is make custom styles and let anyone think about it. In that case, after looking around, this Stack Exchange site is the oldest ...
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Are "pop philosophy" questions on topic?

E.g. there was a recent question here on what it means to "be yourself", which is a buzzword in many self-help books and in some popular-culture contexts (and slightly more seriously in some ...
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Is educating yourself much more difficult than being educated? Why? Is it just a motivation thing?

Is educating yourself much more difficult than being educated? Why? Is it just a motivation thing? I hope that's OK to ask. Anyone who uses this site frequently probably has an interest in learning, ...
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Are quote identifications on-topic?

In particular, is the below question on-topic? The quote "Always go too far, because that's where you'll find the truth" has been attributed to Albert Camus in various places on the ...
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For Reference (and discussion if you want): Comparison 2019-2020 Review Queues

After seeing 2020 Year in Moderation I've taken the liberty of comparing it to last year's Review. Specifically, what draws my attention was the comparison of the Review Queues. Thought if I was ...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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Friends, we are not philosophers

I wanted to try to make something of a positive statement about our definition and scope, since admittedly it can be somewhat difficult to get your arms around. It was certainly difficult enough for ...
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Should there be a "reopen/undelete suggestions" thread on meta?

There's a thread - actually, series of threads - on math.stackexchange for people to nominate questions/answers for reponening/undeletion as appropriate. I think the same type of thread would be ...
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What really does make a question on topic?

I see people asking questions about topics which philosophers really do ask about, and not just in populist terms. Though admittedly framed in a personal way, that's not "pushing a personal ...
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Why close/delete questions about simulations?

Recently today two questions about simulations that I worked on were closed/deleted. Is this just a coincidence or is somebody going around removing questions about simulations because they disagree ...
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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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Friends, how is it that a one line answer can have 22 votes, and another can be deleted for low quality?

Is it because it contains capitals? I didn't add any references, but then I'd say about 2% of the content here does so, at least in any useful sense. It answers the question and is not just an opinion ...
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Yechaim Weiss, Might I Address Your Answer?

(I'm still experimenting with this site, so I'm trying out alternatives for having discourse within the confines of the current technology. I have created a tag 'experimental'. It is my belief that in ...
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Friends, should we not adopt a rubric for Q&A?

Paul Ross in a response suggested that a rubric might be in order. Friends, what exactly is the difference between 'being a philosopher' and 'being a philosophy SME'? He suggested as ...
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Friends, how do we deal with near-meaningless use of language in low-quality answers?

I think Philosophy SE has lost the plot. I know there are numerous Phi SE regulars who know their stuff (Quite brilliant if I add), how does this pass through? Since it's here I will put this here too:...
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Friends, Are We Not Philosophers: Is This Place a Bazaar or a Cathedral?

Ladies, Gentlemen, and everyone in between, but particularly PhilSE: Moderators, I have now been gleefully contributing for a year, experimenting with the psychology and technology at play in this ...
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Are questions about educational tools relating to philosophy on-topic?

I'm given this note of the page Autonomy in Moral and Political Philosophy from Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. I would like to know how to access it from the main page. Is this kind of question ...
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Need recommendation for a beginner-friendly philosophy forum

As you may or may not have seen, a metaphysics problem has long been plaguing me, and while I asked that question on this site, the ensuing answers really demanded a longer form of back and forth for ...
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Are questions about religious constructions on topic?

I was recently wondering about the possible philosophical thought journey that led religious scholars to create some religious concepts (such as Heaven). I am not interested in the religious part of ...
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What can we learn from a practical exercise of simple questions and closure?

Introduction As an exercise I initiated in order to stimulate dialogue about the nature of how affairs happen and are governed here most notably the sequence below, I introduced a simple question with ...
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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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What to do with multiple posting?

After posting various questions (that are similar, but different - during the time frame permitted by the community, with a space of 40min between each), I received the following comments With 4 ...
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Would a question such as this about moral choices made by elected politicians be on-topic and potentially answered here?

In Politics SE I'd posted the reference-request, political-theory and political-science tagged question Writings advising elected politicians on how to make hard choices which dropped to -4 votes ...
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Friends, what exactly is the difference between 'being a philosopher' and 'being a philosophy SME'?

Much as the synthetic-analytic divide, which is certainly a stroke of metaphysical genius entreats us to take propositions and dichotomize them, so too do Quine's attacks on that distinction force us ...
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What is the current state of health of Philosophy SE?

I'm asking this question on account of the recent meta post: Is everything OK at Stack Exchange now? and in continuance of the dialog in : What's going on with our lack of nominations? which ...
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How far should questions or answers be edited from the original?

Consider theis post: Is philosophy a science and can it prove facts like science? Originally it was about the difference between eastern and western thought. That got closed as too broad but after a ...
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Friends, are we currently deleting too many questions and answers?

Perhaps it's my imagination, but it seems like there has been a sharp uptick in the number of deleted questions and answers, lately, and that both are being deleted when they could better be edited, ...
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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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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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Friends, what is our mission statement?

What is the core mission or "elevator pitch" of this site? What is a concise statement of what it is about? Return to FAQ index
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Questions related to references of reproducibility of scientific results

I'm looking for reading on a problem within life-sciences regarding collecting more data, and not designing better experiments. This is a sandboxing question, and also I wonder about appropriateness ...
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Friends, Are We Philosophers and What is the Purpose of This Site?

Is this site for philosophical questions or questions about philosophy? I asked a philosophical question (what is an author) and it got closed, since it was “off topic”. I thought the site was for ...
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Friends, what are the criteria for marking answers as correct?

The Stack Exchange network suggests, as one of the criteria to determine the health of a beta site, that you should have answers accepted with a good frequency. I worry that this may not happen much ...
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Where is the appropriate place to ask about Shahab al-Din Yahya ibn Habash Suhrawardi, cited as founder of the philosophy of illuminationism?

This is the gentleman I am referencing:-- (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shahab_al-Din_Yahya_ibn_Habash_Suhrawardi) This is an example of his philosophy and/or theology:-- "Whoever knows ...
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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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Is this formal logic topic more appropriate at math.stackexchange?

There are a number of questions on this site of the form, "How do I prove X in Y deduction system?" (especially Fitch). While this is a topic which arises (for good reason) in many philosophy classes ...
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Would "Wherefore does the universe exist?" be an acceptable question for stack philosophy?

The question Wherefore does the universe exist? Is about metaphysics - the nature of being and reality And I would evaluate it on the following constructive questions criteria as: inspire answers ...
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Deletion Of Posts Concerning Epoché And Trance In Phenomenology

Recently I learned about the deletion of my posts that I submitted about an year ago. To me it meant loss of knowledge that the answers and comments provided. What are the reasons for deletion of ...
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Why's HLA Hart “unhappy” about “objective” and “subjective”?

https://philosophy.stackexchange.com/q/73330 got deleted before I can reply to Joseph Weissman♦'s comment? I was wondering if you might be able to clarify this a little: are you looking for an ...

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