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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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2018 Community Moderator Election Results

Philosophy's third moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the new moderator is: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them 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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Can we ask questions about feminism?

There's no Feminism SE, and Philosophy seems to be the closest Wissenschaft to the topic. But I've refrained from asking questions about feminism since it seemed like they would get flagged as off ...
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Should we have a homework policy?

Background There has been some ongoing discussion regarding whether it makes sense to have a "no-effort homework" close reason. A recent question asks whether we should add a close reason for zero ...
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Why Philosophy Stack Exchange is so bitter? [closed]

Today I came to register to Philosophy Stack Exchange, I naively thought that only StackOverflow was all negative because of mature age of the system and users with 5+ years under their belt getting ...
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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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Add a close reason for zero effort homework?

It's pretty common for us to get homework questions here. I don't see anything automatically wrong with that per se. But sometimes there's no demonstrated effort whatsoever. I think we should add a ...
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Sample/ Guide: What is the name of fallacy: A implies B. Therefore C?

The sample below is a guide for fallacy questions I want to know the name of a fallacy. Here's the text: Blah blah blah blah blah Note that the title includes a basic description of the fallacy -- ...
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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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'Where do I start...' Questions. Should we encourage them?

It seems to me there are a lot of 'Where do I start if I'm interested in X?' or 'What authors should I read if I want to get into Y?' questions. For example: Where can I start to learn about the ...
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Do we want a custom "sensitive topic" notice?

Some sites have a custom notice to remind people that the topic is sensitive, that they should be nice and that comments are to improve a post, not for debates. The notice was introduced here and can ...
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Are amateur users that have little knowledge about philosophy not "ideal" for philosophy.SE?

After hanging out in philosophy.SE I can easily tell the expectations of the community. Generally sophisticated questions and answers are the ones that are wanted rather than shallow, mediocre ...
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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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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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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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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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Do questions have to be answerable?

If one were to post a thought-provoking question which there might not be an answer to, other than "there is no answer and could never be and here's why", should this question be seen as off-topic? I'...
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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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How far should questions or answers be edited from the original?

Consider theis post: Is philosophy a science and can it prove facts like science? Originally it was about the difference between eastern and western thought. That got closed as too broad but after a ...
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Questions about cranks

How should we handle questions like this (Is the Universe real or complex?)? The question seems very blatantly to be about the work of a crank. Here is an article on Estakhr's website where he claims ...
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How do we deal with questions that cram in too much?

I've seen questions once in a while that cram in too much, rather than asking a specific question orientated to a text. How do we suggest that they try to edit it down and cut out 'buzzwords', and ...
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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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Questions if arguments or interpretations are correct

On math.SE, a “question and answer site for people studying math at any level and professionals in related fields”, it's no problem to post your own solution of a problem and ask if it is correct. On ...
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Scope of the tag "logic"

In the last 24 hours, several have had the tag "logic" removed from them. There seems to be a "logic" about this, but I'm not sure I follow it in every case. First, several where I agree: Is this a ...
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Obviously punitive voting with no explanations

This is the convergence of two different issues -- excessive, patterned downvoting is the primary issue. But that issue could be resolved if we knew what the motivation behind the downvotes was. ...
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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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APIs, Scripts, Browser Add-Ons, and PhilSE Backend

2020-11-07: Since asking, I've found a link to https://stackapps.com/ in another post. Arrrrgh, Unfurling of Flag In the spirit of shared ownership, I'm seizing this ghost ship (read inactive post) to ...
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New Beta Theme Launched

Your site looks a bit different today. Yes, we are getting rid of the 'Sketchy' look and replacing it with a more-polished and finished design for sites in beta. You can read more about the redesign ...
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Merge "knowledge" and "epistemology" tags?

What is the consensus on merging or symlinking knowledge and epistemology? Are there any reasons why we should need both tags? Although I was in favour of retaining epistemology at first (probably ...
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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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Policy on Older Questions

Many questions on this stackexchange are years old (such that the OP probably no longer checks for new answers, no longer needs an answer, or no longer cares). Many of these abandoned questions are so ...
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Is this formal logic topic more appropriate at math.stackexchange?

There are a number of questions on this site of the form, "How do I prove X in Y deduction system?" (especially Fitch). While this is a topic which arises (for good reason) in many philosophy classes ...
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If Continental philosophers can be idiosyncratic and cryptic, why can't SE posts be the same?

Very often questions posted using polemic and subjective terms are flagged as "primarily opinion based" and "unclear what you are asking" and closed. Given the idiosyncratic and cryptic style of ...
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"Can I understand" questions

We've recently gotten a few "can I understand" questions. For instance, Can a beginner in Philosophy understand the following books? (In this particular question's case, I think there's a separate ...
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Why are comments not for discussion?

Comments are often used on this site for discussion, quick hints and even sometimes even more-or-less fully-baked answers. But this is not actually great! In fact, comments are not for discussion. ...
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QM, Causation, and the Double Slit Experiment

We seem to get endless variations on the same question on the SE about QM and causality. I'm not really sure whether they're duplicates, near duplicates, or somehow different but I figured at a ...
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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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Policy on asking and answering one's own question

If the intent of this site is to be a Q&A site, primarily for people to ask questions and get responses, and also provide a place where people can view previously asked questions and find answers (...
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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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Which kinds of Philosophy.SE questions should be taken from (or tolerated in) the HNQ bar to represent our community?

In reference to the recent changes to the Hot Network Question Bar it had been recommended to shape the new rights of moderators per meta discussions: Moderators [now] have the ability to remove ...
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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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What should happen to highly upvoted but non-philosophical answers?

In several of our more popular (by vote count) questions, answers without sources and largely not based in philosophy get massively upvoted and sometimes selected by the OP as answers. Should there ...
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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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Should I post a new answer to a question that already has an accepted answer?

Is it useful and appropriate to answer questions for which an answer has already been selected as the right one? To get a better feeling of how this site works, I started to browse old questions. ...
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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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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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"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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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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"Not in comments please" -- How to handle interesting discussions

I see a lot of parenthetical "discussions" taking place in comments section of this site. That raises an interesting question — Comment-discussions are typically deleted as off-topic, but how ...

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