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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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Is this site for doing philosophy or discussing philosophy? [duplicate]

Does this community intend to support and engage in potentially original philosophical inquiry, or are we going to limit ourselves to discussing previously published philosophies and/or philosophers? ...
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Should we restrict this site to academic questions only, or target a more casual audience?

One of the issues that other Stack Exchange sites (such as Mathematics and Computer Science) have faced in defining the scope of their site is whether to allow questions from the casual reader/...
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Subjective answers and questions stimulating subjectiveness

(Scroll down for a short version.) I'm wondering how we should deal with clearly very subjective answers. An example. Most of the time, you can't really blame the answerer: the question asks for an ...
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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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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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How to determine in which cases is it strictly necessary to add citations to reliable sources that support my assertions?

This might be considered as a further elaboration on my previous question Users acting as authorities, in the sense that, similarly to that question, I want to clarify for myself some existing nowhere ...
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FAQ for Philosophy.SE

Community FAQ For Philosophy.SE, a site in the Stack Exchange 2.0 network You may also wish to review the community FAQ for all sites in the StackExchange network. Content Asking questions What ...
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Must every answer contain a source? Which kind of sources are accepted and why? [duplicate]

On this answer, I received a comment from virmaior that it should be "sourced in philosophy (roughly as defined in academic philosophy)". Other answers involving the subjectivity of morality were ...
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Users acting as authorities

I participate in several SE sites, and nowhere have I seen so many users acting as authorities (prescribing to other users what they should do, discussing questions/answers from the point of view of ...
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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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The Official Vote Regarding Subjective Questions

Greetings All, It's time to officially vote on some of proposed solutions we discussed to handling Subjective questions here. Whatever YOU, the community, decides on this matter is how we will proceed ...
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Should we explain downvotes?

I know that downvotes are anonymous, but I wonder if it would be good practice for people who downvote questions or answers to provide some explanation or suggestions for improvement? I ask because ...
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Are amateur users that have little knowledge about philosophy not “ideal” for philosophy.SE?

After hanging out in philosophy.SE I can easily tell the expectations of the community. Generally sophisticated questions and answers are the ones that are wanted rather than shallow, mediocre ...
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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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What is considered off topic?

What is one domain or example question that you consider to be off topic? (Please post just one per answer.) Return to FAQ index
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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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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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How should we tag questions?

How should we tag questions? What tags and tagging strategies might be useful? What tags are specifically unhelpful for this kind of site? Return to FAQ index
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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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Should opinion-based questions always be allowed on the philosophy board?

I understand why opinion-based questions are not allowed on most of the Stackoverflow boards, however it makes no sense to me that questions can be put on hold or closed for being opinion based on a ...
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Vote early, Vote often

I would like to echo a post that Scott Morrison made on Meta.Tex.SE: I'm a moderator from MathOverflow, and this "question" is actually unsolicited advice, based on our experience from the initial ...
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How can we encourage asking questions and increase the rate of new questions?

Well, it appears that our visitor stream is gently ticking upward from the early days of the public beta. I implore everyone to remember that welcoming new users into the community is a critical ...
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An Easy Guide to Earning Downovtes

I would like to suggest forming an easy guide to earning downvotes. I'm not super familiar with meta, but I'll give one answer and hopefully others have some too.
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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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Are we allowed to express our own opinions?

Wikipedia has a fairly strict policy requiring all articles to be written from a neutral point of view (NPOV). In fact, this is one of the five fundamental principles of their site: Wikipedia is ...
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How can we promote our apparent goal of getting well-sourced answers?

I've been away from Phil.SE for a while, aside from the occasional lurking, and I recently noticed something. There are (more than I remember) a large number of answers that don't attempt to provide ...
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What can be done to get less rubbish answers?

I have the impression many low quality questions don't get closed or not fast enough. I'm talking mainly about primarily opinion-based questions, as they attract a load of low quality answers, ...
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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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Is thinking (and discussion) disallowed on the Philosophy site?

I've been informed that I've been laboring under a mistaken presumption about what people think they're doing here. I thought that it's a site for thinking about and discussing philosophy, but I've ...
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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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It's Plato week! [closed]

Plato week has ended, but you can still see the details below if you're interested. A couple weeks ago, we kicked off a series called "Philosopher Week" in order to build up the content we have about ...
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How can we promote Philosophy Stack Exchange?

Now that we're out of private beta, it is very important that we "hit the ground running", so to speak, and increase participation on the site as much as possible. I've emailed my former classmates ...
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Do we do peer reviews here?

In light of this meta-question: Do the people that closed this post totally understand the subject matter of formal proofs of mathematical logic? I think it might be a good idea to spell out our ...
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Add a close reason for zero effort homework?

It's pretty common for us to get homework questions here. I don't see anything automatically wrong with that per se. But sometimes there's no demonstrated effort whatsoever. I think we should add a ...
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“Not in comments please” — How to handle interesting discussions

I see a lot of parenthetical "discussions" taking place in comments section of this site. That raises an interesting question — Comment-discussions are typically deleted as off-topic, but how ...
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Should this site be restricted to academic answers only?

If this site is intended for discussion of philosophy, then perhaps it would be appropriate to strive for academic answers to questions, even when the questions are not academic themselves. However, ...
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Introducing the Stack Exchange Research Support and Fellowship Program

The mission of Stack Exchange is to make the internet a better place to get expert answers to your questions. The Stack Exchange Fellowship Program aims to support students conducting research in ...
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Philosophy Question Challenge: Ethics

This challenge was over on 9/5/2014. But you can still read about it below if you like! It's time for the second in an ongoing series of question challenges! Please consider joining us for a midweek ...
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Are basic philosophy questions “primarily opinion-based” (and therefore we close them)?

My question is in relation to close votes on the recent question: What created the universe? The question presently has three close votes on the basis that it is "primarily opinion-based". At the ...
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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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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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Congratulations, Philosophy is graduating!

It's a big day. You've been cleared for graduation by the Stack Exchange Community Team! Philosophy met our threshold for graduation-worthy sites and after a review, the Community Team determined that ...
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Do we have the best tagline for this SE?

The tagline for this SE is "For those interested in logical reasoning". Could we come up with a better one, or is the current one ideal? TFD defines philosophy as "The study of the nature, causes, ...
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Are questions about literature on-topic?

The community was recently asked an interesting question about the meaning of a line from Joyce. Is this question on topic? How about questions on literature in general? So more generally, do we ...
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Professional philosophers on Philosophy SE

I have a feeling there is lack of professional - academics - philosophers on this web site. Is anything being done to invite those people to use this web site?
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Is Philosophy SE being trolled, and why exactly aren't these questions closed?

So I went onto Philosophy SE main looking for good substantive questions, and Instead I find: Is Gravity The Fundamental force? The question seems like an obvious joke, so I said, and scrolled down....
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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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Should we have a homework policy?

Background There has been some ongoing discussion regarding whether it makes sense to have a "no-effort homework" close reason. A recent question asks whether we should add a close reason for zero ...
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Philosophy Self-Evaluation: How ARE You Doing? [closed]

There are lots of metrics we can use to "measure" a site, and we do, but none of them matter as much as having a healthy and happy site full of interesting questions and expert answers. So, let's ...

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