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Is there a sandbox at Philosophy SE or is Meta good enough for that?

I've found out at WorldBuilding SE that if I have a very complicated question which needs to be fine tuned but I fail to do so myself, there is a sandbox. My question is actually more or less a ...
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Is it on topic to ask how to consider everyday topics?

I have a couple of areas that Id putting a more considered lens to might be of value. I thought they may be applicable to Philosophy SE but based on the description and the Q&A I've seen I'm not ...
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Lists questions and community wiki's

I am wondering if a specific question which basically asks for a list of references that would sufficiently cover a topic would be considered on topic for the site or if it would be closed as ...
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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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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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Why are there so few women in the philosophy SE, or are there?

I came across this blog post about how philosophy has lagged behind other disciplines when it comes to gender parity and diversity. It then struck me that I've always assumed that the vast majority ...
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After getting an idea across, can an ethical syllogism be capable of an infinite amount of answers?

I am asking this for an answer providing deductive statements about some specific school of ethics: Kantian categorical imperative, Peter Singer's preference utilitarianism, etc. If asking for a brief ...
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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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Help us call for proposals for the SE Fellowship on your blog, site or listserv

The SE Research Support and Fellowship Program launched recently with our very own experienced and highly respected users reviewing fellowship applications. To make the program a success, we need ...
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Deleted answer, edited/discussion

I had an answer deleted. I edited it. Has the edit been rejected? Or is that it now, I cannot post to the question? I don't feel I made any statement that can't be fully referenced. How can I get ...
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Why should Fitch style logic questions be off-topic?

I've noticed a lot of questions about Fitch style logic getting off-topic close votes. But I couldn't see this decision that they're off-topic in Meta. A couple of examples: fitch proof chapter 13 (...
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Is everyone seeing how often I click on my own questions?

Is everyone else, other standard users of the site I mean, seeing how often I click on my own questions? Do those views show up, on the view count, for other (standard users of the site)? These views ...
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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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How can I fit this question about class into the site remit?

Is there anything analogous to the withdrawal of labour in a mass strike, on the internet? Obviously, Marxists talk about the internet. And e,g. this paper I haven't read (I lack library access) on ...
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I created a chat room : Epistemology

The intention of the room is to fit there any question that would not fit the Q/A of the site regarding, in particular, to epistemology.
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Can we add a new description to the “off-topic because” list?

I just noticed Joseph close a question What can suffice as a scientific proof for God? to what domain can such a proof belong to? as "not constructive" with an excellent description: As it ...
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Questions about the profession of Philosophy

The guidelines for questions in the Philosophy Stack Exchange clearly state that the questions must be directly to do with Philosophy. On one interpretation, this states that the questions must be ...
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What is an on topic question?

I just wondered what is on topic on philosophy.stackexchange I've had quite a few questions closed etc. for this very reason, so obviously it's not clear what it amounts to, as I'm not here to annoy ...
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Are a lot of people deleting their own accounts, are are we banning them

About every other week I see negative points against some old question of mine because someone's account has been deleted. This makes me kind of worry about what is going on. What are the reasons ...
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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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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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Can a question be too broad even if it asks a specific not broad question?

Can a question be too broad even if it asks a specific not broad question? e.g. If Christian ethics are poison to Nietzsche's higher types -- what about conventional aesthetics? seems not to be ...
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Can I help with the commuity wiki?

Can I help with the commuity wiki? Should I? I think what does X mean for Y questions would be a great addition, for philosophy.stackexchange E.g.: What is "intuition" for Kant?
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How does the 'bumped to the homepage' algorithm work?

Occasionally I see the a question marked: bumped to the homepage by Community♦ 20 hours ago This question has answers that may be good or bad; the system has marked it active so that they can be ...
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Where does this belong to 'flaws in my mantra'?

I wanted to ask a question to detect flaws in a mantra. But I am not entirely sure wether this(mainsite) is the place to ask it. To be conrete, the mantra would be: 'Consume only things that you can ...
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2016 Community Moderator Election

The 2016 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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The better the question, the worse the votes [halp]?

The clearer I phrase my question, the worse are the votes. Why?
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Recent edits to Questions asked long ago cause problems

I got a downvote recently on my answer to this question which was asked in 2011. I replied in late 2015 and someone edited the question down to one line a couple weeks later. What's up with that? If ...
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Adding comments on an iPhone doesn't always work

I've noticed a few times over the last month that occasionally adding comments to posts don't go through; this is on the iPhone. Has anyone else experienced this? I can tap the button, 'add comment';...
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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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If a Christmas question is aware of itself, would it be ethical close it on Philsophy meta on Christmas?

If a question was written to wish "Merry Christmas to all" on Philosophy meta, but was aware of its own existence and its ability to "die" if closed, would it be ethical to downvote it or close it? ...
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Would this question about philosophy of Math be on-topic?

There is a question on Math.SE :https://math.stackexchange.com/q/815718/103816 . It is put on hold there as off-topic. The question seems to be about the philosophy and history of Math. I flagged it ...
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Should chat be distinguished from discussion?

Chat is people hanging around in a room. Discussion is what is prompted by a question. However they're turfed into chat. If the points discussed are worthwhile it seems worth keeping them tied with ...
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Is the philosophy stack exchange obligated to feed the refugee academic with no access to libraries

I have met some academics who are refugees on temporary protection visas in Australia. They are not allowed to work or study and have a great need to keep relevant and up to date in thier fields of ...
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I [paused] a question and don't know how to “fix” it. What's good etiquette in this situation?

I asked a question here, but later felt that the question was imprecise and needed revision. So, I labelled it [paused] and wrote the following message at the top of the page. This question needs a ...
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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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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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Are questions about religious constructions on topic?

I was recently wondering about the possible philosophical thought journey that led religious scholars to create some religious concepts (such as Heaven). I am not interested in the religious part of ...
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Is Philosophy ever going to have a design?

I love designing SE sites, though I am not exactly hired by SE. All I do is make custom styles and let anyone think about it. In that case, after looking around, this Stack Exchange site is the oldest ...
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What actually is this question asking?

I read the question Does knowledge exist outside human consciousness?. I was so confused. I couldn't figure out what the question was. I think that sometimes the best person at explaining what a ...
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Friends, should we not adopt a rubric for Q&A?

Paul Ross in a response suggested that a rubric might be in order. Friends, what exactly is the difference between 'being a philosopher' and 'being a philosophy SME'? He suggested as ...
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What is the current state of health of Philosophy SE?

I'm asking this question on account of the recent meta post: Is everything OK at Stack Exchange now? and in continuance of the dialog in : What's going on with our lack of nominations? which ...
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What is “The Friendly Philosophers Guide to Philosophy SE: A Framework and First Principles?”

What is "The Friendly Philosophers Guide to Philosophy SE: A Framework and First Principles?" (The intent of this question is to serve as a landing place for providing guidance to newbies to ...
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Why's HLA Hart “unhappy” about “objective” and “subjective”?

https://philosophy.stackexchange.com/q/73330 got deleted before I can reply to Joseph Weissman♦'s comment? I was wondering if you might be able to clarify this a little: are you looking for an ...
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How to get clarity on the reason for question closure so that question can be improved?

How can I find out why a question was closed so as to improve the question? I just had a question closed here. The reason given is that it "needs more focus." At the bottom I reproduce what ...
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Is it possible to express an argument and ask for feedback on that argument or would that be “primarily opinion-based”?

Is it possible to express an argument and ask for feedback on that argument or would that be "primarily opinion-based"? If such questions are not allowed, can someone recommend another venue for ...
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https://philosophy.stackexchange.com/questions/70435/what-is-a-both-sufficient-and-necessary-condition-for-not-treating-people-merely

I am trying to understand why the now editted question is still off-topic. I am looking for a necessary and sufficient condition to classify some/any arbitrary treatment as a treatment merely as a ...
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As requested: how can I improve this question?

Is dying in a simulation like dying? How can I improve this question and get it reopened? If no-one can be bothered reopening the question then I'm just done, and won't be back: the site serves no ...
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Is this question too much about life?

There seems to be a tension between having moral beliefs, real knowledge or not, and how people who don't share in them are more likely to get what they want. This in turn undermines my belief in the ...
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How is this question off-topic?

I know this question will get down-voted to the underworld, as many often mistake my confusion and want to learn for arrogance. I am not saying my question was unrightfully put on hold, I'm simply ...

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