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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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Site-specific badge conditions?

EDIT: I asked this question on the StackOverflow Meta. I recently took a look at the badges overview and it seems to me that a lot of the gold badges are literally or nearly impossible to earn on ...
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The Koan: What should have been asked?

This is the question I want you to be thinking about, when examining and reviewing questions on your deep-dives through the database. If a question is problematic, figure out what's conditioning the ...
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Phil.SE Veterans: Does usage decline in the summer?

I've noticed two things in the last month or so. There seems to be less activity from a lot of our more veteran/expert users as well as a seeming decrease in site activity more generally. Is this ...
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Retracting a close vote?

Is there any way to retract a close vote? I know that you can get rid of downvotes (and upvotes, for that matter), if the post has been edited. In fact, I recently made a trivial edit (adding a comma ...
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Let's get critical: Jul 2013 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Philosophy Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from Google, what ...
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Great news: "closed" overhauled

See http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2013/06/the-war-of-the-closes/ “On hold” will replace “closed” on newly closed posts New close reasons are nicer and clearer “not constructive” and “not a real ...
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Closing questions deemed "Polling"

This question was closed for alleged "polling": What are the reasons for human conflict? Yet the questions listed below, and numerous others along similar lines, are allowed to stand. I sense some ...
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Can't we come up with a 404 philosopun?

Many SE sites have a funny 404 page. We don't. Can't we come up with some philosopun for the 404 page?
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Changing the Gödel-tag

Although the name is sometimes written without the umlaut as Godel , proper German orthography is to write it Goedel if the dots are omitted. Wikipedia Assuming that [tag:gödel] doesn't work, could ...
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What should the chat space be called? [closed]

In June 2012, Physics.SE changed the name of their chat space to The h Bar (after the reduced Planck constant). In similar spirit, it might be interesting to explore the oppourtunity a new name for ...
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Why was the question about the application of the term "philosopher" closed?

I’m posting here in meta about this question: Has formalized philosophy become stagnant and obsolete?. It was not my question, but I don't think it was closed for the right reason. The first ...
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Subjective answers and questions stimulating subjectiveness

(Scroll down for a short version.) I'm wondering how we should deal with clearly very subjective answers. An example. Most of the time, you can't really blame the answerer: the question asks for an ...
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Reflecting on usage patterns on Philosophy.SE

Questions. I'm somewhat concerned about the quality of questions and answers recently on Philosophy.SE. In particular, I am concerned that my own level of participation is a symptom, or perhaps even ...
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How to handle possible frivilous or retaliatory downvoting?

What should I do if I suspect someone of engaging in retaliatory down-voting? I was engaged in a rather heated discussion with a particular individual and I have noticed recently that this individual ...
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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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How does one hyperlink to a URL that contains an umlaut?

For example: Übermensch doesn't seem to work, although there is an attempt at hyperlinking to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Übermensch there.
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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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What if an interesting question found somewhere but is not open to accept new answers

I was surfing web and found a good philosophical question in a Physics forum (and was not open to new answers) which actually belonged here. Since I want to answer it as one of those who participate, ...
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How often have closed questions been reopened?

Does anyone have any stats on how many closed questions have been reopened? From my time here it seems that this rarely, if ever, happens. I'm just curious if this impression is accurate. Wouldn't be ...
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Time for a careful review?

We are getting to a point with our question base (almost 1.4k!) that it might serve us well to go deep-diving, particularly with older questions, and identify "broken windows" -- questions, for ...
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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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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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Allowed topics?

I am new to this site and I am a bit confused about allowed topics. You say in the about page that you should not ask 'primary opinion-based' questions. Are you not allowed to ask value and policy ...
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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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Should you answer questions that you think should be closed?

So, I recently gave an answer to a question that was poorly phrased and worthy of being closed pending editing. Admittedly, I didn't answer the question asked, but rather the question in the vicinity ...
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Vote to close vs. Downvote?

Something that just occurred to me is that I'm not sure when a vote to close a question should be used as opposed to a downvote. It seems that every case where I would downvote (the question is vague ...
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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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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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Are questions of the following form appropriate?

Consider a question of the following form. I have an idea about XXX... ---Description of Idea--- Can you spot anything incoherent, illogical, or especially problematic about this idea? ...
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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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How does Philosophy.SE deal with abusive users?

I have noticed that there are a few users who seem to raise trouble. These are users whose only questions have received a number of downvotes. All of their questions are clearly (and knowingly) ...
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Definition and Scope

Definition and Scope Indicate research and reflection. Without recourse to another thinker or text, I need more explanation that the concern is topical. Context matters a student of philosophy can ...
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Would this philosophy-of-science question be on-topic on Philosophy.SE?

A questions on Physics SE just got closed as off-topic for being a philosophy question: Is the idea of dividing the universe into particles anything more than an untrue convenience? Would this ...
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Is Buddhism on-topic here?

Corresponding to the question concerning atheism/agnosticism: Do we consider practical questions on Buddhism like this one on-topic here? I don't mean to ban every question on Buddhism, many of ...
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Tags: Jurisprudence vs. Philosophy of Law

I would like to have a philosophy-of-law tag. Firstly, I think that jurisprudence and philosophy of law aren't nearly the same thing (I could elaborate on this, but I doubt anyone would be interested ...
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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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Should we explain downvotes?

I know that downvotes are anonymous, but I wonder if it would be good practice for people who downvote questions or answers to provide some explanation or suggestions for improvement? I ask because ...
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Can any moderators tell me what is going with my question?

In this question, there was at one point an answer from RParadox. I pointed out some problems with his answer and he got rather hostile. I flagged the inappropriate comments and they were removed (I ...
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Low Number of Questions with Accepted Answers?

I am a bit troubled, based on my other .SE experience, with the apparently low percentage of questions with accepted answers. Do some of the mods have access to the stats, and do these stats compare ...
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soliciting exegesis of aphorisms or other exerpts from texts?

In particular I have in mind aphorisms from Nietzsche. I can personally say this would be of significant benifit to myself and my studies. I would envision a question taking such a form as: Does ...
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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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Friends, we are not philosophers

I wanted to try to make something of a positive statement about our definition and scope, since admittedly it can be somewhat difficult to get your arms around. It was certainly difficult enough for ...
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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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Are time travel and parallel timelines questions welcome on this site?

Do time travel, parallel timelines, time loop questions fit this site, or is there another SE site which is better suited for those kinds of questions? Here is my question: In a recent movie Looper, ...
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Where lies the distinction between "whatenever I am thinking about" and "proper" philosophy?

In the comments of a question I asked on veganism, there was some discussion on whether my question was philosophical. User Rex Kerr wrote in a comment: Well, I know that there are philosophers who ...
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Should questions on Zen thinking be allowed in philosophy.stackexchange?

According to many famous practitioners and writers of Zen, Zen is not strictly a philosophy in the sense of the word. There is something extra-logical about the nature of Zen thinking. However, ...
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'open' questions

In an 'open' question like this one, should I accept any answer at all? I called it an 'open' question because I ask "what are some books generally regarded as good for a general introduction on ...
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How to proceed with splitting question?

Oh my, I hope I'm not wasting anybody's time here. I posted this question quite some time ago, it didn't get any answers and by now I am ready to answer them myself (which I would gladly do). By now ...
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How's this stackexchange doing in terms of usage and audience?

Aside from the more detailed self-evaluations, there are some interesting stats on the usage of philo.sx out there. Here's the Qantcast data about philosophy.stackexchange.com. Please note: It seems ...

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