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How does quoting the opinions of other philosophers support a theory?

I read this today in a comment on someone else's question-answer: 'Stack Exchange is not a network for exchanging opinions, but rather factual information. This answer essentially isn't more than ...
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Why does it seem like there are many restrictions regarding asking questions?

It feels like the only acceptable questions I can write are those that fit to a narrow ideal outlined by the website administrators. Why does it seem like there are many restrictions regarding asking ...
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Is this site dying?

OK so the title is obviously way too serious, but hear me out. I've joined Phil.SE about 2 years ago, and had a whole lot of fun learning philosophy through it, with some very well-educated and fun ...
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Who are the moderators, and what if they run amok?

I've noticed that some of the users on this site have a diamond (♦) after their user name. Apparently the diamond means they're a moderator, but what does that mean? Who are the diamond moderators? ...
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Do questions have to be answerable?

If one were to post a thought-provoking question which there might not be an answer to, other than "there is no answer and could never be and here's why", should this question be seen as off-topic? I'...
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Sample/ Guide: What is the name of fallacy: A implies B. Therefore C?

The sample below is a guide for fallacy questions I want to know the name of a fallacy. Here's the text: Blah blah blah blah blah Note that the title includes a basic description of the fallacy -- ...
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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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Why are comments not for discussion?

Comments are often used on this site for discussion, quick hints and even sometimes even more-or-less fully-baked answers. But this is not actually great! In fact, comments are not for discussion. ...
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Can we please have a “Why do things matter?”/“What is the meaning of life?” question?

So, I ask myself the question: "What is the meaning of life?" Since I've been on SE for a few days, even before joining the philosophy branch I'm fully aware that this is a bad subjective question. ...
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2016 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

In connection with the moderator elections, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to pose questions to the candidates on the topic ...
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Should we be a bit less quick to close and a bit more proactive with third-party editing?

I've noticed that we get a lot of questions from first time visitors to Philosophy.SE which are just very confused and in need of serious editing. Often, the confusion is hopeless, or the question off-...
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Evaluating the feasibility of allowing a subset of maldefined and overly broad questions

Following up with this discussion, I'd like to get the community's opinion on whether you think we should allow questions that are overly broad, poorly defined, lack any real scope, and are ...
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Theology tag equivalence

About this question around the statement God is good. I am no theologian, and question seemed about theology so I let it be. I noticed that a subsequent edit removed the theology tag. So assuming ...
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I recently deleted the following answer

Recently, the question: Are the Efforts to Fuse Philosophy and Pop Culture Superficial? received the following answer: I'm not sure if philosophy is often used as a conduit for pop culture, but I ...
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Should we have a Silly Season?

Summer is a slow season for us. School is out; people are taking vacations, or doing retreats or sabbaticals... I also think our audience may skew a little younger over summer. We catch a lot of ...
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Down voting with no comment [duplicate]

Some people downvote a question or an answer but don't comment on what's wrong with it. This is problematic. Either the downvoter is wrong or the downvoted answer is wrong and there is no way to tell ...
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2018 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

Philosophy is scheduled for an election next week, October 1st.In connection with that, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to ...
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What can we do? The site seems to stagnate

Looking at the current Area 51 stats... we need some work: only 3.1 questions per day, where 15 is a healthy beta. What can we do to gain more activity on the site?
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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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Weekly Topic Challenge

A few years back we tried a question asking contest on Philosophy and History. The format was somewhat flawed, but I think the basic concept is sound. Having a specific suggestion of a type of ...
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Is it off topic to ask a question that isn't about philosophy but philosophers have asked?

Is it off topic to ask a question that isn't about philosophy but philosophers have asked? Why I'm asking Very obviously, philosophers like Marx have studied what money and wealth are, and how e.g. ...
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What's the difference between “ask/answer philosophical questions” and “do philosophy”?

I've been told that "this site is not a site for doing philosophy. It’s a stack exchange site for answering questions about philosophy." I just can't see any difference between asking/answering ...
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2019: 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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The Great Philosophy.SE Tag Cleanup of 2012

The tags have grown a bit messy. Let's get together and clean them up! Please find a list below of meta-tag candidates for cleanup. Feel free to suggest others in answers! I'll plan to keep the list ...
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Is over conformity an issue on philosophy stackexchange?

Is over conformity an issue on philosophy stackexchange? I think so, that people are downvoting because that's not what they want to see on the site, rather than poor research. Almost nothing I ask ...
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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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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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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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A non-nietzsche deleted answer— how to fix?

Here is an answer to a different question: To what extent does our knowledge derive from the senses? . This answer is straightforward computational view of the mind, which is Turing's and shared by ...
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What's it going to take for people to sort out their erratic voting habits

I have lost count at the number of erratic and irrational votes on my questions, it probbaly numbers in the 1000s by now. e.g. Does anyone claim freedom toward death is not for me, but for others? ...
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Should answers be cited?

Should a source be cited for the major claims in an answer? Is this something that Philosophy.SE thinks might improve answer quality in general? Or could it stifle some of the "good subjective" ...
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What steps can we take to improve accessibility and friendliness?

There have been comments in chat and a question on meta reacting primarily to the perceived hostility of the site at this point. Of course it's beta and we have to be ruthless in pursuing a robust ...
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I will be leaving as a moderator

I will be leaving as a moderator as soon as SE-the-company reacts to my request. The immediate reason for this decision is a network-wide discussion; see this MSE thread for context. But for several ...
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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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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, in ...
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Accusation of personal attack, resolving dispute on nietzsche questions

Cody Gray has all but said that I am calling him a fascist here. I had no intent of doing so, and I am 100% sure that he isn't. I was only calling nietzsche a fascist. I don't want to engage in name-...
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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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Community get-to-know Q&A

As user @YechiamWeiss suggested in a comment here, there may be good reasons to use the excellent questions of the moderator questionnaire for the election for another purpose: To get an impression ...
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NOT READY FOR PUBLIC BETA — What is this site about?

We decided to keep the Philosophy Stack Exchange in PRIVATE beta a bit longer until we can get a clear statement (and enforcement) of one major issue: What is this site about? In particular, there ...
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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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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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2018 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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Should I post a new answer to a question that already has an accepted answer?

Is it useful and appropriate to answer questions for which an answer has already been selected as the right one? To get a better feeling of how this site works, I started to browse old questions. ...
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Do logic questions belong in Philosophy SE or Math SE?

It was my understanding that questions concerning formal logic (classical, propositional, predicate, etc.) were welcome in the Philosophy SE. Counter to my intuition, this question regarding how to ...
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If Continental philosophers can be idiosyncratic and cryptic, why can't SE posts be the same?

Very often questions posted using polemic and subjective terms are flagged as "primarily opinion based" and "unclear what you are asking" and closed. Given the idiosyncratic and cryptic style of ...
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Beta status report?

How are we doing along the way to graduating Beta? I know that certain things are required and that if they aren't met the site simply closes. When is our "deadline" (if I understand correctly that ...
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2017 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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Why do we answer questions based off philosophers from the past (i.e. Aristotle, Socrates, Plato, etc.)?

I've noticed on the Philosophy Exchange that all questions are answered with references to secure a more logical and strengthened argument (which is sensible), but why do we assume that these ...
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A contest where we pit two competing theories/ideas against each other

Expanding on this meta post about a "super question asking contest", what do you think about a contest where the objective is to ask questions about two competing philosophical theories/ideas? More ...
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Antagonistically quoting someone`

This is more information for moderators, than a question. I am going to start marking comments that directly quote what I said elsewhere, or allude pointlessly to previous arguments, with the obvious ...

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