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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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Philosophy Topic of the Week: Plato!

NOTE: The weekly challenges are suspended until further notice (probably at least until the new year.) You can see the rules and outstanding list of thinkers below. Please feel free to continue to ...
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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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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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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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2018 Community Moderator Election Results

Philosophy's third moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the new moderator is: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them for ...
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We want hats, right?

SE is planning to run another "dash for hats!"-style promotion this year, but this time for all the sites. Here's some example hats from last year: Now, it's totally opt-in, both on a per-site and ...
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Scope of the tag “logic”

In the last 24 hours, several have had the tag "logic" removed from them. There seems to be a "logic" about this, but I'm not sure I follow it in every case. First, several where I agree: Is this a ...
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Obviously punitive voting with no explanations

This is the convergence of two different issues -- excessive, patterned downvoting is the primary issue. But that issue could be resolved if we knew what the motivation behind the downvotes was. ...
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Happy holidays, Philosophy!

Happy holidays, everyone! Well, it's been a long and wonderful year! I just wanted to say that I'm really thankful for the community here, and that I continue to be excited to be part of it as it ...
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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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Have we achieved Elite Status on Philosophy.SE today?

Have we acheived 'leet status here on Philosophy.SE? I have as evidence:
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New Beta Theme Launched

Your site looks a bit different today. Yes, we are getting rid of the 'Sketchy' look and replacing it with a more-polished and finished design for sites in beta. You can read more about the redesign ...
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Merge “knowledge” and “epistemology” tags?

What is the consensus on merging or symlinking knowledge and epistemology? Are there any reasons why we should need both tags? Although I was in favour of retaining epistemology at first (probably ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Help Us Create an Anthropology/Sociology SE!

If any of you would be interested in a Anthropology/Sociology SE please check out the proposal on Area51. It would be great if any of you could post some example questions or critique the ones that ...
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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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How is it most appropriate to credit a post of the philosophy stack-exchange?

How to credit a post of the philosophy stack-exchange? I ask this question since in a homework essay I submitted I provided in the reference a link to a post of the user @Conifold that I found ...
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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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Community blog?

We've now acquired a pretty solid group of 'avid users' of the site and I wanted to take a temperature check around the possibility people might be interested in contributing to a community blog, ...
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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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Do the 'Causality' and 'Causation' tags differ?

Inexperienced in philosophy, I do not know the differences between these two terms.
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Post of Gratitude

Knowing the frequency and quantity of my questions, I thought to communicate my continued thanks for everyone who has aided and educated me, and for this SE's kind, welcoming attitude (that other SE ...
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Sharing interesting information?

I was thinking about sharing interesting information (The philpaper survey came to my mind) concerning philosophy, and whether it is in the scope of this site and if so, where the right place would be ...
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What would you like to see in a Philosophy.SE site theme?

Not that I think graduation is on the immediate horizon, but I thought it might not be the worst idea to start a conversation about interesting design elements for a post-graduation theme. Also ...
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One-boxing for the SEP in our chat?

SEP doesn't seem to have an API, so presumably the integration would be somewhat 'messy' (involve scraping the page) -- but this would be a really nice-to-have feature in our stack's chat space. A few ...
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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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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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Should we try to reduce the number of unanswered questions by direct effort?

We have an annual cleanup which basically only turns the title to a question in a grammatical sense, independent from their status (accepted answer). I looked a bit through the unanswered questions ...
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Make “physics” a tag synonym to “philosophy-of-physics”

I think that physics should be a synonym to philosophy-of-physics, similarly to how the tags mathematics and science have been treated (they are now synonyms). This would be most consistent with ...
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Philosophical questions vs. questions about philosophical views

This seems pretty open-and-shut for some of the other SE sites, but I'm not quite familiar with how Philosophy.SE works yet so forgive me if this is a poor question or has been discussed previously (I ...
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Tag monitoring?

So I've been on a bit of a re-tagging kick lately. I've been mostly removing inappropriate tags, like the [logic] tag which people tend to apply to anything that even references an argument. Now, I ...
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Introducing Philosophy.SE University Ambassadors Program: calling students and teachers

StackExchange is looking for students and teachers who might be interested in helping us kick off/formalize a university pizza ambassador-type program. Philosophy.StackExchange would like to sponsor ...
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What is our elevator pitch?

Suppose you have exactly ten seconds to describe this community to a stranger. What exactly do you say? What is it that we are all about? What's our motto, our tagline? I'm very interested in ...
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Description of Philosophy SE — Why hasn't it been changed yet? Can we get it changed now?

Philosophy.SE's current short description is "Q&A for those interested in logical reasoning". I don't think this is a good description. The question of changing the description has already ...
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Could we have a silly season - again?

Last Summer, the idea was floated around that we have a silly season, were people could ask fun or humorous questions? Can we try that this year?
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Announcement: I am stepping down as moderator

I do not want to give a big speech, but I am stepping down as moderator. I have not been nearly as invested in this site or its maintenance as I once was, and my activity has been dwindling. For a ...
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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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How are we doing on Accessibility and Friendliness?

Slightly over three years ago, Joseph Weissman asked the question of what we might do to improve the accessibility and friendliness of the Philosophy S.E. How do users of the site generally think it ...
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how do I edit a mis-spelled tag?

I inadvertantly added a '#' to the tag 'chinese-philosophy' when I was creating the tag; I don't see any immediate way to get rid of it; how do I do this?
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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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Let's chat about Locke

In keeping with our first Philosopher Week contest, I thought it might be an interesting experiment to try to execute a brief brainstorming and general discussion session in the chat space. The idea ...
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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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Is there a sandbox at Philosophy SE or is Meta good enough for that?

I've found out at WorldBuilding SE that if I have a very complicated question which needs to be fine tuned but I fail to do so myself, there is a sandbox. My question is actually more or less a ...
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Is it on topic to ask how to consider everyday topics?

I have a couple of areas that Id putting a more considered lens to might be of value. I thought they may be applicable to Philosophy SE but based on the description and the Q&A I've seen I'm not ...
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Lists questions and community wiki's

I am wondering if a specific question which basically asks for a list of references that would sufficiently cover a topic would be considered on topic for the site or if it would be closed as ...
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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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Specific question about duplicate question

I have been thinking about asking a summer-silliness question for the past week or so but couldn't seem to find the right one. Eventually during a conversation with someone, I remembered the debate ...
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Is it OK to ask questions just because it may make for a good answer?

Would you trust philosophy.stackexchange to unequivocate something you just read? It seems like these are the better questions. But maybe we're aiming too high. Is it OK to ask questions just ...
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2017 Community Moderator Election

The 2017 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...

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