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Are questions from new users more likely to get downvoted?

I've only been using Philosophy.SE for a couple weeks now. I've noticed a trend: when philosophical newbies ask a question, it tends to be downvoted by the "Philosophy.SE establishment" and the ...
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Why are we far less popular than /r/askphilosophy?

As of Dec 23 2018, https://www.reddit.com/r/askphilosophy/top/ has 85,610 readers (i.e. subscribed Redditors) and 270 users online. Why are we less popular? How can we be more popular?
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Why bother down voting?

When I think of the alternatives to down voting, I wonder if there is any reason to down vote anything. If one encounters abusive or spam-like posts one can flag them. If one thinks a question is ...
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Please consider leaving comments if you routinely downvote the same person or people!

Please leaving comments if you routinely downvote the same person or people! Assume the person wants to learn if they keep asking questions Assume the person can learn if they are not banned due to ...
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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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Why was my comment removed?

My comment on this answer appears to have been removed. Is there some record of the reason it was removed that I can access? If not, I would appreciate if someone could provide me with an explanation ...
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How can we stop the trolls?

It seems pretty obvious that certain users are voting down questions etc. based on personal opinion and lack of perspective - i.e. dislike of certain other posters. How can we stop this, given the ...
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How should questions expecting truth values be handled?

One of the early questions on this site asked whether humans have souls: Do humans have souls? I lean towards Dan Dennett's views on souls in which humans don't have a soul that lasts forever. It ...
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Should we have a “super-question” contest to entice users to ask more great questions?

It was recently suggested in chat that we take some kind of action to incentivize asking interesting and on-topic questions in order to drive participation and question quality. It could counter-...
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Can I delete my account?

I don't want to have this site available anymore. It's not that I find people voting down my questions insulting, but it gets on my last nerve. People should not vote down questions that are a ...
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More specific tags needed to cover questions in logic

The comments posted are pretty useful, I think. I refactored my question to better reflect the problem I see with the current logic tag. I like the feature request linked, it could be elaborated as an ...
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Is Atheism/Agnosticism (proposal) on topic in Philoshophy (here)?

There is a proposal in Area 51 to create an Atheism/Agnosticism site that is going through the final checks to move forward in Area 51. Regardless of what you feel (this is important) about the ...
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What makes some questions go viral?

I hope that asking a question just to satisfy my curiosity isn't too self-indulgent, but does anyone know what it is about this question that stands out from the rest? It seems to have attracted a ...
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Philosophy Question Challenge: Aesthetics

This challenge is over as of 8/29/14. But you can still read about it below if you want! Let's kick off another question challenge! Background Just in terms of proportion of questions, this is ...
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Graduating from beta

We're now in a stage where there is only one thing that is not marked as excellent in our Area 51 stats - the number of questions per day (which is stuck recently at about 5.5). My question is: what ...
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Summer of Love (of Wisdom): How to drive friendliness?

There's been some global network discussion about how to improve the SE community's response to newcomers. I just wanted to pose a question in the context of Philosophy.SE about how we should read the ...
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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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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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“What fallacy is this?” - on topic or off topic?

Since I regularly post here, questions of the kind "What fallacy is this?" annoy me. For nothing is gained by answering them. The general form of those questions is this: In an argument with my ...
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2016 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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Canonical Questions and Answers

This is something that we have done on as ad hoc basis up until now, but I think we might need to take a step back and look at the problem again together. A quick recap. In certain instances, ...
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What other sites are available for debating issues?

The Philosophy.SE site has fairly strict guidelines regarding the types of questions that should be asked. In particular, open-ended questions that elicit discussion fall outside the scope of this ...
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Since when is this OK?

This "question" is simply the author's attempt to put as many ideas unique to me in one place as he easily can, and label them stupid. There is such a thing as simple abuse and this man has crossed ...
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Suggestions for contests and other programs for Philosophy.SE?

The philosopher of the week program was definitely an interesting experiment. I wanted to open the floor for some feedback on the effort so far -- and perhaps suggestions for any other interesting ...
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New to Philosophy and learning how to ask good questions

I've asked a few questions recently and am posting the ones with no upvotes and some query in the comments under them about whether they are on topic. I know it's not usual to post and dissect ...
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Should question's be forced to have a set of premises?

Today is the first day I've seen the philosophy stack exchange. I'm casually interested in the topics here, but my main problem with participating is that most people don't provide a premise or ...
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What can be done to help users improve their questions?

I had a look at the question closure statistics (link for 2k+ users) and the following strikes me as potentially bad: We close about 1/4th of our questions. Of those, for roughly 40% it should be ...
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2017 Community Moderator Election Results

Philosophy's second moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the new moderators is: He'll be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank him for volunteering, ...
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Does acquiring sufficient reputation to participate in this community get harder the longer it exists?

The longer a Stack Exchange site has existed, the more questions have been asked, and had good answers given, the harder it is to find questions which are not duplicates of questions that have already ...
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TAGS: “Language” vs. “Philosophy of Language”?

What is the difference between "language" (on a Philosophy site) and "philosophy of language"? Shouldn't these be tag synonyms?
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2017 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

Philosophy is scheduled for an election next week, July 24th.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 kind of logic questions or discussions belong on this site?

I'm someone with a sincere interest in logic and I self-study the subject. For example, I'm now reading Gensler's Introduction to Logic, and Language, Proof and Logic, and testing out ideas on my own....
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Is voting being underutilized?

Compared with other SE boards, there seems to be somewhat of a deficient use of voting on both questions and answers. Is this accurate? Are there any available statistics to do this comparison ...
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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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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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can we prohibit erasure of comments?

comments often respond to other comments. if the latter are deleted, the former make no sense. my view is that once you've said it, you should be prepared to take the consequences. erasure of ...
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Should religious discussions or those about God be allowed on Philosophy?

It seems that many people are trying to close my question (What is good and what is evil?) that makes explicit mention of God. For example, one of the commenters says: I think this question is ...
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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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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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Community Promotion Ads - 2018 [duplicate]

It's almost February in 2018, which isn't supposed to be the proper time to cycle these, but for this year it'll be once again, so we'll be refreshing the Community Promotion Ads for this year now! ...
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I have editor privileges now! Should I use them?

In StackOverflow, editing a question or answer seemed a useful ability as a broken answer could sometimes become a great one with a little tweak or two. As a public service, editing seems a positive ...
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Why was my question on IIT closed?

This question is on hold. I don't understand why. Rather than have a long comment thread, I'd rather discuss it here. It seems like there are two objections: The question is unclear. I don't ...
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Is “Stack exchange is not the place to learn first order logic” a correct statement?

The title is a quote from this answer: Stack exchange is not the place to learn first order logic, buy a book by Quine. Depending on the interpretation of this quote, it may even contain a grain ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2019 [duplicate]

2019 is here! And with the new year, as usual, comes a new iteration of Community Promotion Ads! Let’s refresh these for the coming year :) What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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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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Should people be down-voting questions that incorporate an assumption they disagree with on philosophy SE

I'm guessing that's why this question was down-voted. The down-voter disagreed with the opinion expressed in it. Acute or chronic suffering and pain: does anyone talk about their difference? But, in ...
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Fallacy “big list” community wiki question?

We have a problem with fallacy questions. There are a lot of them, they are often duplicates or near duplicates, and they often aren't very good. This question proposes a sample/guide for fallacy ...
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“-10 User was removed”?

So I just noticed in my reputation change listing the following item: "-10 User was removed". What does this indicate? Is the idea that there was a user who upvoted an answer of mine but who has ...
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Can someone who knows edit the “logic” tag wiki?

A questioner asked why reason is mapped to logic. Now I'm wondering the same thing. I think the easiest way to clear up the confusion is if someone in the know would edit the tag wiki to clear ...
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Aren't non-religious posts about God's epistemology on topic?

Placing this post on hold seems inconsistent with guidance provided in Philosophy Meta (examples: here and here) as well as other posts relating to God and epistemology which are not getting closed (...

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