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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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Is this site appropriate for questions about the current state of the human condition?

Are questions like: "What is the state of monogomy in western culture?" or "What is the current culturally normal image of a man or woman?" appropriate for this site. Are these questions too social ...
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Are experimental questions with a strong bearing on philosophy acceptable?

I posted this question on the main site yesterday and (although this is likely in part because it has had a grand total of 20 views in that time) it has lingered on 0 votes, having been neither up or ...
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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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'Where do I start…' Questions. Should we encourage them?

It seems to me there are a lot of 'Where do I start if I'm interested in X?' or 'What authors should I read if I want to get into Y?' questions. For example: Where can I start to learn about the ...
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Should questions be closed in cases other than duplication?

There are four non-duplication-related reasons to suggest closure of a question: off topic subjective and argumentative not a real question too localized Should questions ever be closed for any of ...
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Mystified at why a bunch of my questions have been closed

OK guys I know it's fashionable to close stuff aggressively now, especially in the early stages of a site, but frankly I can't see why a bunch of my questions have been closed (the reason given is ...
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“Who said …” and “What did X meant by …” questions

Is it acceptable to ask a question about origin of a statement or about statement's meaning (what author meant)? Jeff Atwood added this close reason: General reference: this question is too basic; ...
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Should we get rid of the name-that-claim tag?

There is one question with the name-that-claim tag. I really don't think that is a useful tag at least in part because of the sort of question that it will encourage. I was about to remove it from the ...
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Thoughts for our moderation policy?

What are your thoughts for a serious moderation policy for this site? In particular, what questions would you like answered at the meeting?
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Can we change the “Subjective and Argumentative” close reason to “Not Constructive”?

Several people, both in the formative phase of this site and more recently, have expressed varying degrees of confusion, consternation, and irony over the fact that one of our close reasons is labeled ...
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Editing a question and then voting to close

The following two questions of me: Were there any pre-enlightenment philosophical considerations of the naturalistic fallacy or related concepts? What are the main points of criticism of the ancient ...
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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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history and history-of-philosophy tags: which or both? What of philosophy-of-history?

I'd tagged a few questions with history-of-philosophy before I noticed that there was a history tag. (I overlooked the giant clue in the UI.) history strikes me as insufficiently specific because it ...
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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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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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