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Is there something wrong with the way questions on ethics are asked?

Just recently a spate of questions on ethics have been put on hold; Is it ever acceptable to go by the principle of "guilty until proven innocent"? Why is invasion of privacy necessarily a ...
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Reputational Voting Wars on Stack Exchange

Has it happened that two people with opposing philosophical views destroyed each others' reputations on Stack Exchange, after a voting war? I mean, one person could have cosmological presuppositions, ...
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My bounty got awarded to a wrong answer automatically

I gave a bounty on this question here: Is my argument against Descartes's "I think, therefore I am", logically sound? The bounty of 75 reputation got awarded to an incorrrect answer ...
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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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Why has this question not been closed?

Recently this question blew up in terms of traffic and voting comparatively to our average amount on the site but I am honestly perplexed as to why the question has stayed open. (I apologize in ...
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I just want to apologise [closed]

I'm really sorry, I just can't stop arguing badly about everything. Hope I'm not offensive. Is this question OK to ask? I've been part of this community.
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Why is no-one approving my edit. which was requested?

Why is no-one approving my edit. which was requested? It takes a few people, I guess, but I imagine it can be done in about 12 concerted clicks, which alone anyway I can do in a few seconds. It's ...
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How do I remove community wiki from one of my answers

I don't know how one of my answers got designated community wiki? I must of hit something by accident but I don't understand how to take it off. The question I answered was, "Is satisfaction ...
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Can I follow users, and if not why not?

Can I follow users, and if not why not? Seems like it would be a beneficent site feature, anyway.
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Make “move conversation to chat” easier from the very beginning of the discussion

When a discussion starts in the comments, it's not easy to open a chat room and copy all the comments to it. It's easier to wait for that message about "moving the conversation to chat", that does ...
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Do we have a list of users who have taught adults philosophy? [duplicate]

I was pleased to read in reply to one question (about ethics) an answer from someone who had taught both community college and in higher education. I'm asking because the site makes no sense to me, ...
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What does it take to answer a question?

What does it take to answer a question? Is it sufficient to think you understand the question, where it's coming from, and to think you know the right answer? Or would you discourage answers from ...
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Are moderators etc. focusing on trying to get better questions, when they should be focusing on getting better answers?

Are moderators etc. focusing on trying to get better questions, when they should be focusing on getting better answers? Seems to me that'd be a misallocation of resources. I believe virmaior was the ...
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How are we to ask broad questions about heterogenous groups?

First I'd just like to say asking broad questions about heterogeneous groups is fine, or at least it can be. This isn't an attack on any specific user, but it is prompted by the recent several ...
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Why aren't you “pointing out flawed arguments and schemas”?

Wanna-be-philosophers really hate when you point their flawed arguments and schemas. This was the somewhat salty comment to my answer (I know) on meta about how we need more references in answers. ...
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Isn't deleting answers too fast equal to censorship?

We have a system of upvote/downvote. How long an answer should remain on the site to be analyzed by the maximum number of users, before being finally deleted (preferably after a certain amount of ...
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How is it most appropriate to credit a post of the philosophy stack-exchange?

How to credit a post of the philosophy stack-exchange? I ask this question since in a homework essay I submitted I provided in the reference a link to a post of the user @Conifold that I found ...
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What are the rules of this site on definitions?

What are the rules of the site on definitions? I asked a question on how four terms are different, and it was swiftly closed, despite having enough context to make sense. There's probably hundreds ...
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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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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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Just wanted to discuss trivial answers

So, I asked a question about homosexuality, was it an illness, and was a tiny bit annoyed to receive three comments and an answer saying only that it was just because psychologists said it was. I ...
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Specific question about duplicate question

I have been thinking about asking a summer-silliness question for the past week or so but couldn't seem to find the right one. Eventually during a conversation with someone, I remembered the debate ...
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What is the appropriate way to engage in a discussion on Meta

I'm sure simply opening a post even vaguely related to the recent heated comments will raise hackles, but I'm not interested in the inflammatory language here. What I'm interested in is the comment by ...
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Is it OK to ask questions just because it may make for a good answer?

Would you trust philosophy.stackexchange to unequivocate something you just read? It seems like these are the better questions. But maybe we're aiming too high. Is it OK to ask questions just ...
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What's going on with our lack of nominations?

So, I like this site, but I'm not an active user, more of a 'drop by and read cool questions and answers about philosophy so as to find interesting works to read' kinda guy. That said, I figured that ...
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Inappropriate comment?

I got a return comment from this member: former user no. 26880. It seems to be conspiracy theory type stuff. It seems possibly anti-Semitic to me. I didn't know where to report this so I am reporting ...
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What sort of clarity are we being asked for here?

Could a Marxist claim that interpreting the world is all that a Marxist vanguard can do (but that the working class can still change it)? It was claimed that this question was "unclear", an idea that ...
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Can questions with “Quantum”, “Entanglement”, “Wave function” and “Superposition” go straight to a moderator for review?

I'm noticing that questions that involve lots of QM jargon tend to also be very poor and subjective, and seem to be adding to the overall noise level on the site. Is there a way that such questions ...
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2017 Community Moderator Election

The 2017 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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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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In tag excerpts how to treat philosophical views fairly?

500 characters are not much to describe a philosophical view without “lack of demarcation” and still treat it fairly. The current libertarianism tag excerpt (written by me): A political philosophy ...
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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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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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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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How can I know what reasons my questions are closed for, if I don't agree with it at all?

I've had so many of my questions closed. 100? Maybe a little shy. I won't list questions, at least while people have consistently closed my questions without giving reasons. Just the latest example of ...
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Quesitoning if an action is ethical is offtopic?

Thread in question Are Laws crafted around personal/individual beliefs ethical? I had made edits prior to the On-Hold notice broadening the range of the question on ethics form being about a single ...
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Etymological questions on philosophy.stackexchange — suitable?

Ah yeah this is an idea. Or are they suitable, here, on philosophy.stack
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When questions contain an error about philosophy, do we downvote, comment, or vote to close?

When questions contain an error about philosophy, do we downvote, comment, or vote to close? e.g. the following question Is philosophy a good fit for stackexchange? which is on meta, so maybe a bad ...
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Why am I not being notified of downvotes on philosophy.meta.stackexchange

Why am I not being notified of downvotes on philosophy.meta.stackexchange? Can I lose question privileges due to these downvotes? Are too many questions being closed because of how they are phrased? ...
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What does the “not useful” downvote mean on philosophy.stackexchange?

What does the "not useful" downvote mean on philosophy.stackexchange? Perhaps I'm not getting it. Seems like there's a broad consensus on what sort of questions we don't want to answer. Does that ...
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Can I stop someone answering my questions?

Can I stop a specific person answering my questions?
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Are too many questions being closed because of how they are phrased?

Are too many questions being closed because of how they are phrased? I don't mean questions that are un-understandable, what are they even asking, but one's which people think are a bad fit for the ...
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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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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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Wikipedia vs Philosophy

Question proper: Serious answers are mostly not liked. And those most like the Wikipedia articles are highly-favored. Is this so? How this statement is to be understood is, underneath, indicated or ...
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Is it possible to invite another user directly to a chat, by notifying him somehow?

I sometimes saw that, by the system itself, I was invited to a chat, or that a moderator transformed a series of comments into a chat. But, is there a possibility for me to reach out directly to ...
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Link to a question directly targeting one of the answers

How is it feasible to make a link that targets directly a specific answer of a stack exchange question?
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Does there exist the possibility of a search for closed questions, collectively comprising all users?

Since I am here, I always liked those questions (mine and those of other users) most, which have eventually been closed. They always were the most interesting ones. While it is possible to look up ...
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Can I ask about philosophy similar to my ideas?

I have some ideas about how to describe what is commonly called "physical reality". I tend to think that these ideas are not something novel, but I am not quite sure. If I write (one or more) blog ...
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General Philosophy StackExchange Questions

I study computer science and intend to work in that, so I'm more frequently on anything closely related to StackOverflow, which might be more core to StackExchange than this particular area of the ...

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