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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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Introducing the Stack Exchange Research Support and Fellowship Program

The mission of Stack Exchange is to make the internet a better place to get expert answers to your questions. The Stack Exchange Fellowship Program aims to support students conducting research in ...
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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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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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How does quoting the opinions of other philosophers support a theory?

I read this today in a comment on someone else's question-answer: 'Stack Exchange is not a network for exchanging opinions, but rather factual information. This answer essentially isn't more than ...
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I recently deleted the following answer

Recently, the question: Are the Efforts to Fuse Philosophy and Pop Culture Superficial? received the following answer: I'm not sure if philosophy is often used as a conduit for pop culture, but I ...
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Why can I only edit a comment 5 minutes after it was posted?

Is there a reason temporal constraint in editing comment is more important than thoughtfulness, on this site? Better for my plodding mind to be precise than fast, isn't it?
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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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Should religious discussions or those about God be allowed on Philosophy?

It seems that many people are trying to close my question (What is good and what is evil?) that makes explicit mention of God. For example, one of the commenters says: I think this question is ...
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Why do we answer questions based off philosophers from the past (i.e. Aristotle, Socrates, Plato, etc.)?

I've noticed on the Philosophy Exchange that all questions are answered with references to secure a more logical and strengthened argument (which is sensible), but why do we assume that these ...
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What kind of logic questions or discussions belong on this site?

I'm someone with a sincere interest in logic and I self-study the subject. For example, I'm now reading Gensler's Introduction to Logic, and Language, Proof and Logic, and testing out ideas on my own....
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Should we edit the “on topic” site of the help center?

The policy regarding on-topic There are some recent questions on meta that ask for the actual policy on subjective or not perfectly formed questions and answers. Obviously, this is still a bit obscure ...
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What exactly is the intersection of Physics and Philosophy?

I've asked a number of physics questions in philosophy, none of which included equations, and are determined by the larger, and as far as I can see philosophical questions about the natural world; ...
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What should we do about reference requests

reference-request-type questions (link) aren't really a good fit for our site based on our current guidelines, but historically the community (YOU) haven't really shown much interest either way (they ...
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Can I ask questions about political ideologies and forms of governments?

Are questions about political ideologies and forms of government considered on-topic for Philosophy.SE?
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Thoughts for our moderation policy?

What are your thoughts for a serious moderation policy for this site? In particular, what questions would you like answered at the meeting?
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How should we tag questions?

How should we tag questions? What tags and tagging strategies might be useful? What tags are specifically unhelpful for this kind of site? Return to FAQ index
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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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Possible resolution of conflict

After watching the incendiary situation regarding a certain question (here and here), I was wondering if I could pose a solution. I was thinking that if I or someone else asked the question on the ...
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When is a question about “definitions”?

I often see questions such as this one that are downvoted because: Questions on the definitions or semantics of words or phrases are off-topic here as they are already well-answered elsewhere. ...
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Down voting with no comment [duplicate]

Some people downvote a question or an answer but don't comment on what's wrong with it. This is problematic. Either the downvoter is wrong or the downvoted answer is wrong and there is no way to tell ...
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What to do with disrespectful and causelessly offensive behaviour?

I don't mind being called a telltale, for I've been committed to this site for quite a while now and don't mind some random person's caprices. What annoys me is that unless I flag the entire comments, ...
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Logical particles & notation: Is an effort to standardize worth the trouble?

As the site grows we will probably be seeing more and more symbolic logic around the place. I wonder if it's worthwhile trying to standardize this from an early stage. Or is such a program simply too ...
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Can I ask multiple questions in one go?

Say I've read a philosophical book and I formulate some questions about this book about the reasoning the philosopher uses. Specific questions like: The philosopher puts forth these arguments ..., ...
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can we prohibit erasure of comments?

comments often respond to other comments. if the latter are deleted, the former make no sense. my view is that once you've said it, you should be prepared to take the consequences. erasure of ...
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Asking a series of questions to create an online resource

I am beginning to read 'Being and Nothingness' by Sartre and I am relatively new to philosophy and the text is obviously difficult. I was wondering if it is permitted on this site for me to ask ...
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Questions about philosophy of physics

This question Is the unobserved universe quantum mechanical? was closed as off-topic with the rationale in the comments that it is more about physics than philosophy. There were comments in the thread ...
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When to Delete for Low-Quality?

When working through the Low Quality Post queue, I will come across answers to questions that strike me as simply "not good" - they're too short, don't support the point, or something like that, but ...
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Should I delete my question?

So, I asked about psychics and auras. I figured it fit right in with the on-topic stuff about applied philosophy, specifically as applied argumentation, or at the very least, in the etcetera category. ...
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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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Is there a published critique of X which does not have a corresponding response?

There's a couple posts on the SE, one of which I've closed and one of which I left open. I think it might be good to have a uniform policy for this type. Below here's the example of what it is: I've ...
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Book Recommendations / Catalogues of Books: Yea or Nay

Looking at this question, Best books on philosophy of mind and/or consciousness?, I don't think we yet have a policy on these sorts of questions. What do we want to do with "bibliography" questions?
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Is it acceptable to ask for a question about the (possible) name of a philosophical concept?

I wonder if a particular philosophical concept/idea/thought experiment has a name. Since I have no idea where to begin with looking it up, can I describe what it's about in a question and expect an ...
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Should we have a Silly Season?

Summer is a slow season for us. School is out; people are taking vacations, or doing retreats or sabbaticals... I also think our audience may skew a little younger over summer. We catch a lot of ...
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Are experimental questions with a strong bearing on philosophy acceptable?

I posted this question on the main site yesterday and (although this is likely in part because it has had a grand total of 20 views in that time) it has lingered on 0 votes, having been neither up or ...
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Is it Okay to Say Goodbye?

Before asking a question to justify this post I'd like to take the opportunity to mention that I'm leaving and thank everybody for the interesting discussions. I didn't want to just walk away. For me ...
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Theology tag equivalence

About this question around the statement God is good. I am no theologian, and question seemed about theology so I let it be. I noticed that a subsequent edit removed the theology tag. So assuming ...
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Is the Philosophy SE a reasonable place to ask about research methods?

I have been trying to find a good fit for a question about meta-analyses. The validity of general scientific research methods seems to be either a question suited for "academia" though apparently that ...
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Let's get critical: Oct 2014 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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Let's get critical: Oct 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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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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Should I provide a background for a question about metaphysics and software development?

I have a question about the relationship between metaphysics and a software development activity called "domain modeling". The metaphysics part of the question is very basic and must be quite simple ...
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Let's run some challenges!

Building on the discussions we have been having about potential new programs, I am considering running a series of (probably weekly) challenges, without prizes (except of course reputation/bragging ...
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“Mind, Metaphysics and Language” reading group interest?

I'd like to convene a reading and discussion group via this site, and I'm checking here to see if there are any readers interested in participating. The idea (so far, anyway) works along the following ...
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What steps can we take to improve accessibility and friendliness?

There have been comments in chat and a question on meta reacting primarily to the perceived hostility of the site at this point. Of course it's beta and we have to be ruthless in pursuing a robust ...
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Deleted comments - why, and how can we stop it happening?

Possibly related to can we prohibit erasure of comments?... On the thread Asserting that Atheism and Theism are both faith based positions, I posted an answer. There was a short exchange of ...
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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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“What are the most influential arguments …”

A recent question What are the most influential arguments for the existence of "real" external objects? asks "What are the most influential arguments for ..." I wonder if this is really a ...
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Is this community academically diversified enough?

I'm already expecting several downvotes on this questions and probably others... I've been perusing some answers on this community, and compared to others (e.g. Mathematics, Physics, Christianity, ...

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