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Why was this question about logic migrated to the mathematics SE?

I am puzzled why this question tagged with 'logic' was migrated to the mathematics stack exchange: https://math.stackexchange.com/q/3345150/312852 The question was about arguments in natural language ...
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Do logic questions belong in Philosophy SE or Math SE?

It was my understanding that questions concerning formal logic (classical, propositional, predicate, etc.) were welcome in the Philosophy SE. Counter to my intuition, this question regarding how to ...
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"You have no idea how X works"

I intend to start labeling this particular statement as rude or offensive. Would that be outside the rules? I do not find it personally degrading, but in my experience, it is the beginning of the end ...
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Should we have a chat box linking to the Symposium?

Many custom pages like SciFi & Fantasy have chatrooms permanently linked directly in their sidebar. As not many of you will remember, we actually do have a general chatroom in philosophy as well: ...
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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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'Missing context' close reason: remove 'other details'?

We currently have a close reason that was originally intended for zero-effort homework and now reads: This question is missing context or other details. Please improve the question by providing ...
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Community blog?

We've now acquired a pretty solid group of 'avid users' of the site and I wanted to take a temperature check around the possibility people might be interested in contributing to a community blog, ...
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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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Philosophy Self-Evaluation: How ARE You Doing? [closed]

There are lots of metrics we can use to "measure" a site, and we do, but none of them matter as much as having a healthy and happy site full of interesting questions and expert answers. So, let's ...
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Accusation of personal attack, resolving dispute on nietzsche questions

Cody Gray has all but said that I am calling him a fascist here. I had no intent of doing so, and I am 100% sure that he isn't. I was only calling nietzsche a fascist. I don't want to engage in name-...
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2016 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

In connection with the moderator elections, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to pose questions to the candidates on the topic ...
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Friends, Are We Not Philosophers: Is This Place a Bazaar or a Cathedral?

Ladies, Gentlemen, and everyone in between, but particularly PhilSE: Moderators, I have now been gleefully contributing for a year, experimenting with the psychology and technology at play in this ...
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Why Might Answers be provided as Comments?

I am curious why sometimes answers are provided in the comments section. I think comments are great for q&a on context, clarification, reshaping the question .. etc. But answers sometimes come in ...
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Is it better to publish an unfinished draft or wait until the answer is absolutely complete?

If I know how to answer the question, I start writing--and usually I'm not satisfied until editing the answer multiple times. (I write answers the same way I write essays and papers.) Generally, ...
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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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Community Promotion Ads - 2017

It is a bit late into this new year, being that we're already in the second month, but we are now cycling the Community Promotion Ads for 2017! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion ...
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Canonical Question Requests?

Let's start thinking about ideas for canonical Q&As! The community gets some questions over and over again. This is a signal that we aren't answering the question as effectively as possible, ...
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Are questions searching for a better exposition of a personal philosophical thought appropriate here?

I'm not sure if these kinds of questions would be tedious. For instance, my current belief about emotions and reason is that different emotions motivate reason to proceed in a specific direction, and ...
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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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Are questions that are "just" about Christianity on-topic?

I have migrated this question to Christianity.SE where it has (already!) been edited into shape and has received several upvotes, which I think is a better fate than it would likely have received on ...
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Since when is this OK?

This "question" is simply the author's attempt to put as many ideas unique to me in one place as he easily can, and label them stupid. There is such a thing as simple abuse and this man has crossed ...
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Is it appropriate to leave comments just saying "I vote to reopen"?

Are comments of the following form appropriate here? I vote to reopen[, because of reasons mentioned by user]. If not, how should we handle them?
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What other sites are available for debating issues?

The Philosophy.SE site has fairly strict guidelines regarding the types of questions that should be asked. In particular, open-ended questions that elicit discussion fall outside the scope of this ...
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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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Are confirmation of analysis questions desirable?

I have a major essay coming up in my philosophy class, and our teacher has asked us to consider what we want to write about before we actually get the details of the assignment. The general idea, he ...
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Should this site be restricted to academic answers only?

If this site is intended for discussion of philosophy, then perhaps it would be appropriate to strive for academic answers to questions, even when the questions are not academic themselves. However, ...
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Should there be a "reopen/undelete suggestions" thread on meta?

There's a thread - actually, series of threads - on math.stackexchange for people to nominate questions/answers for reponening/undeletion as appropriate. I think the same type of thread would be ...
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Can we ask about best translations or critical/scholarly editions here?

I'm often at a loss as to which translation of a text I should read, if I haven't been specifically recommended an edition by a professor. For instance these two questions of mine hinged on bad/...
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I have trouble understanding why some questions are closed

For example this: Difference between a sentence and a proposition in philosophy For me that's a perfectly good and interesting question and a typical puzzle for beginners in philosophy. And it also ...
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New to Philosophy and learning how to ask good questions

I've asked a few questions recently and am posting the ones with no upvotes and some query in the comments under them about whether they are on topic. I know it's not usual to post and dissect ...
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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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Why is there a "Philosophy" tag?

I just noticed that there are 7 questions tagged with philosophy. Is it just me, or is this a terribly ambiguous tag? Should this tag not be removed, so that all questions will have at least a ...
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Suggestions for contests and other programs for Philosophy.SE?

The philosopher of the week program was definitely an interesting experiment. I wanted to open the floor for some feedback on the effort so far -- and perhaps suggestions for any other interesting ...
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Is this site appropriate for questions about the current state of the human condition?

Are questions like: "What is the state of monogomy in western culture?" or "What is the current culturally normal image of a man or woman?" appropriate for this site. Are these questions too social ...
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Can we please have a "Why do things matter?"/"What is the meaning of life?" question?

So, I ask myself the question: "What is the meaning of life?" Since I've been on SE for a few days, even before joining the philosophy branch I'm fully aware that this is a bad subjective question. ...
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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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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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Asking early and often

Building on an earlier post about voting (early and often), I wanted to reach out and get some thoughts from the community on how to increase the utilization of the 'ask question!' button by a larger ...
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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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Should question's be forced to have a set of premises?

Today is the first day I've seen the philosophy stack exchange. I'm casually interested in the topics here, but my main problem with participating is that most people don't provide a premise or ...
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Evaluating the feasibility of allowing a subset of maldefined and overly broad questions

Following up with this discussion, I'd like to get the community's opinion on whether you think we should allow questions that are overly broad, poorly defined, lack any real scope, and are ...
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Stack Exchange Fellowship and Grant Program: Looking for reviewers to assess thesis proposals

Stack Exchange will be introducing a Fellowship Program awarding grants for original and independent research projects. Undergraduate Honors Theses, Independent Study Projects, Masters Theses, and ...
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Friends, how is it that a one line answer can have 22 votes, and another can be deleted for low quality?

Is it because it contains capitals? I didn't add any references, but then I'd say about 2% of the content here does so, at least in any useful sense. It answers the question and is not just an opinion ...
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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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What can we do to use chat for community-building?

I've been talking with the mods and we've come to the conclusion that it's time we liven up the community chat. As you all (I hope) know, we have the Phil.SE chat rooms, including the general chat ...
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Are questions regarding the personal history of philosophers allowed?

Often times, to better understand a philosopher's position, it helps to understand their circumstances. To what extent is it acceptable to ask about the history of philosphers? For example, I know ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, in ...
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Help Us Create an Anthropology/Sociology SE!

If any of you would be interested in a Anthropology/Sociology SE please check out the proposal on Area51. It would be great if any of you could post some example questions or critique the ones 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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Would questions posed about philosophies of non-philosophers be appropriate?

A prime example for my question would be the Communist Manifesto (where I believe Marx would be considered a philosopher) and Mein Kampf (where I do not believe Hitler to be considered a philosopher). ...

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