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On removing offensive and aggressive speech in comments

Is it possible to mark comments as spam, aggressive or offensive; in the same way that posts can be? There's one I've just noticed that is a good candidate simply by the use of language ie words ...
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Flagging user's profile picture

Spent a few minutes looking around for something on the profile page to flag a user's profile picture for potentially inappropriate content. Is there any way to do this?
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Anyone using a philosophy-rich dictionary for iPhone?

I've discovered the iPhone/mobile version of stack exchange a fantastic way to follow my favorite subjects. A dictionary with more philosophical terms would make the experience even more engaging. ...
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Paraphrases in the modern dialect of the language of the original

User 'ChristopherE' has my eternal, infinite thanks for (supernally) generously and helpfully introducing the Early Modern Texts site developed by Philosopher Jonathan Bennett. So I thought to ...
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Did the policy on ordering of questions change?

I noticed recently that questions go to the top of the queue (under Questions link) whenever an edit is made to any of the answers, or when there is a new answer. But then they quickly disappear from ...
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Any guidelines on (deconstructive) reading of literarture?

Is it OK to post a deconstruction of fictional literature? What would make it a philosophical question, rather than mere exegesis?
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How far can we go with editing a (closed) post?

I'm thinking of this example in particular, but have seen it happening before: How to improve critical thinking? First version by the OP: What are the proven methods that boost critical thinking in a ...
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Is there a better way of describing/etc. the "Logic" tag?

I don't really have any concrete suggestions, but it seems that a lot of the questions where people not entirely familiar with the purpose of the subreddit who are asking general "philosophical ...
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Do we really need the 'concept' tag?

Is not every question about some concept? I'm wondering if this is not way too unspecific to be a useful tag at all. It's a bit like having a 'numbers' tag on Math.SE. I could see the use of 'number-...
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Downvotes for asking a question you didn't mean to ask [closed]

I just wondered if I was getting downvotes and close votes for (IMHO the entirely spurious) reason that surely that's not the right question. Is this a valid reason for the vote? The question you ...
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How can people be encouraged to suggest edits to questions

Seems like a lot (most?) badly received / asked questions can be really improved with a few suggestions. And there is the will there to help the wording of questions. So there should be something ...
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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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Book Recommendations / Catalogues of Books: Yea or Nay

Looking at this question, Best books on philosophy of mind and/or consciousness?, I don't think we yet have a policy on these sorts of questions. What do we want to do with "bibliography" questions?
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Need recommendation for a beginner-friendly philosophy forum

As you may or may not have seen, a metaphysics problem has long been plaguing me, and while I asked that question on this site, the ensuing answers really demanded a longer form of back and forth for ...
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Should we have some rules about mathematical logic problems?

A recent question: Calculus for Higher Order Logic has me wondering (and I honestly don't have a strong opinion on it either way). We do answer a lot of questions with the logic tag here on ...
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I'm just commenting on an unfair instance in the Philosophy s.e. about a question about lyrics in a rock song

I wrote a question about the A.C.D.C. lyrics 'who made who ' and many comments where made between other users. I commented on some challenges to my position then one user started debating points ,I ...
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Where may I post questions about taught study?

I have a question about studying philosophy, and don't know where it could go. The question is about what makes someone a very poor (formally taught), or I suppose very good, philosophy student. ...
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Is the a bias here in closing / voting on questions

I really do think there is, but really it's on a case by case basis (oh look another question closed etc. for unclear or unsound reasons) so it's very nebulas. I'd really like to hear what people ...
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Should questions include citations when they include quotes?

Recently, we had a question on the philosophy stackexchange: Wittgenstein and Husserl that included two quotes from the Tractatus. I had suggested the references be added. This led to the following ...
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Would this question have been acceptable on this stack?

Or would it have been closed for some reason?
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Are contest-like questions fair game?

https://philosophy.stackexchange.com/questions/25076/can-you-tell-me-plianly-what-is-the-difference-between-truth-and-fact As far as I can tell, the OP is looking for short answers (as in "number of ...
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When is a question not a question?

I tried to ask a question: Can we say 'you think therefore you are?' http://www.britannica.com/topic/cogito-ergo-sum but I got this: Wait! Some of your past questions have not been well-received, ...
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As a Philosophy stack I think we should be unique

I believe with metaphysics being a large part of philosophy, we should have a meta-meta stack. I am not quite sure if we can find a concrete purpose for it. One possible idea I had was that it ...
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I've added a simple tag

Meant for questions that should be easily understandable by all speakers of a language used. I've asked a question I think fits it. My hope is that it will be used for keeping both questions and ...
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When is a question about "definitions"?

I often see questions such as this one that are downvoted because: Questions on the definitions or semantics of words or phrases are off-topic here as they are already well-answered elsewhere. ...
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Multiple Accounts

Do we have a policy on multiple accounts (for a single user)? I'm assuming they are banned, since they subvert the SE model. Obviously one might not know if a single user has multiple accounts, but ...
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This question, is it ok?

https://philosophy.stackexchange.com/questions/24871/primum-non-nocere I would like to know if this question is acceptable, and if not, how it can be improved. I'd prefer to have the feedback here ...
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Ordering of answers on existing questions

Take this question and answer set into consideration : Why is there something instead of nothing? The content is irrelevant in this case, my question is why is the highest voted answer not listed ...
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Help Center Text vs Practice

Right now, the help center states: "With your help, we're working together to build a library of detailed answers to every question about philosophy." Is that really what we are doing? Should we ...
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Close reason for 'blatantly off topic' / 'philosophical problem unclear'

We're getting quite some questions that are closed with a custom close reason. Over the past 90 days, we closed 234 questions, 40 (17%) with a custom reason. Looking through the list of custom close ...
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What does one have to do to get banned?

Suppose there is a user who repeatedly Writes low-Q answers that often need to be removed Asks off topic questions that need to be closed Doesn't want to improve his posts because he thinks they're ...
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Could we get someone to curate the fallacies tag?

It was asked at one point: "What fallacy is this?" - on topic or off topic? Accepting that we will consider these to be in principle on topic, could we curate these entries in some way to ...
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Is there some more compelling way we can invite people to search for duplicate questions?

I think newcomers miss out on a lot of good existing answers because we don't rather forcefully suggest they look for duplicates when they ask a question. How good is the question search, and could ...
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When to Delete for Low-Quality?

When working through the Low Quality Post queue, I will come across answers to questions that strike me as simply "not good" - they're too short, don't support the point, or something like that, but ...
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Why is Quantum Mechanics on the table, but not Engels?

It is beginning to bother me that we allow a lot of time thinking about what quantum physics or computational theories mean about our world, but we generally quickly decide to write off considering ...
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Complications of words

When I came to this website, I wanted to see logic debates, which I saw immediately. However, people use such complicated words and terms, including programming like terms, that I have no idea how to ...
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The history of philosophy [duplicate]

Questions about philosophical personalities - are closed Questions about the domain of past philosophy - are closed Questions about history - are lapped up Which is fine but the rules say ...
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Can someone define questions that are "not useful"?

Can someone define a bad question especially a question that is "not useful"?
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History or philosophy subsites?

Are historical questions about philosophy like - What social forces were at work in forming early greek philosophy Why do most people today disagree with ritual human sacrifice Who invented the ...
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Why or when are threads deleted by community

It's not clear why this thread was deleted - no explanation was given: I was trying to edit the question to ask if: when some manifest coercion is itself sufficient reason to reasonably assume the ...
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I have the answer: only upvotes on questions

What is the justification for having downvotes and not just close votes - on questions? How can a question that fits within the remit of the site, have -ve value? I'm not being facetious, I just don'...
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What is the preferred way to reference own material?

When I write something that could be clarified or improved by a reference or a quote from an earlier post of mine, here or elsewhere, what is the preferred way to do so?
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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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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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How to ask a useful question?

I always wonder how to ask a useful question? the question should be useful to both readers and answer providers? what are the characteristics of a good question
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Questions that appear to be 'homework' based questions

I think a legitimate reason to close a question is if it appears to be a homework question; for all we know it may be a take-home exam question. We're not helping them by answering the question for ...
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Can philosophy legitimately start with an intuition?

Your "intuitions" should seem decidedly irrelevant if you're thinking honestly about questions of sexual assault as opposed to merely playing semantics Assuming I understood the comment (made on ...
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Please someone explain the "opinion" close rules

I do not understand why this thread will only generate opinions, not answers? Because no-one knows the answer, or because I expressed an opinion in the question?
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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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Closing questions that draw opinion-based answers

Building on some recent posts here such as Keelan's "What can be done to get less rubbish answers?" (and new found super powers), I wanted to put up to the community an idea I was ...

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