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The Koan: What should have been asked?

This is the question I want you to be thinking about, when examining and reviewing questions on your deep-dives through the database. If a question is problematic, figure out what's conditioning the ...
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Can we ask questions regarding how philosophy has looked at sexuality?

I have a question, and I didn't find answers for it on the net. 'Are there rational reasons why most of people confine themselves to the monotonic, monogamic marital sex?' Sex can be taxonomized ...
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Look. It's a trap

The link to start an account deletion is available only when I am suspended, and then it does not work, because I am suspended. I have lost a major source of support. My stability is deteriorating. ...
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How many times can one accept or unaccept an answer?

What is the etiquette regarding accepting or unaccepting answer more than once? Actually, it deals with my question on large numbers. First I accepted an answer, then unaccepted it and accepted ...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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Are questions on reasoning & argumentation on-topic here?

For example, I believe that the particular passage from Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers contains faulty reasoning (obviously I might be wrong): The striking thing about Ericsson’s study is that he and ...
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Should we try to reduce the number of unanswered questions by direct effort?

We have an annual cleanup which basically only turns the title to a question in a grammatical sense, independent from their status (accepted answer). I looked a bit through the unanswered questions ...
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Can we add options to closing questions as off-topic when the question belongs on another SE site besides our own Meta?

Many questions asked on Phil SE seem to be better fits for other SE sites, e.g. Math, Physics, Biology, Cognitive Sciences, History, Law, Skeptics, sometimes even Sci-Fi/Fantasy or Worldbuilding. ...
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Make "physics" a tag synonym to "philosophy-of-physics"

I think that physics should be a synonym to philosophy-of-physics, similarly to how the tags mathematics and science have been treated (they are now synonyms). This would be most consistent with ...
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Philosophical questions vs. questions about philosophical views

This seems pretty open-and-shut for some of the other SE sites, but I'm not quite familiar with how Philosophy.SE works yet so forgive me if this is a poor question or has been discussed previously (I ...
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Tag monitoring?

So I've been on a bit of a re-tagging kick lately. I've been mostly removing inappropriate tags, like the [logic] tag which people tend to apply to anything that even references an argument. Now, I ...
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Introducing Philosophy.SE University Ambassadors Program: calling students and teachers

StackExchange is looking for students and teachers who might be interested in helping us kick off/formalize a university pizza ambassador-type program. Philosophy.StackExchange would like to sponsor ...
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What is our elevator pitch?

Suppose you have exactly ten seconds to describe this community to a stranger. What exactly do you say? What is it that we are all about? What's our motto, our tagline? I'm very interested in ...
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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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2018 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

Philosophy is scheduled for an election next week, October 1st.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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Can't we come up with a 404 philosopun?

Many SE sites have a funny 404 page. We don't. Can't we come up with some philosopun for the 404 page?
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Need recommendation for a beginner-friendly philosophy forum

As you may or may not have seen, a metaphysics problem has long been plaguing me, and while I asked that question on this site, the ensuing answers really demanded a longer form of back and forth for ...
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Should questions include citations when they include quotes?

Recently, we had a question on the philosophy stackexchange: Wittgenstein and Husserl that included two quotes from the Tractatus. I had suggested the references be added. This led to the following ...
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Peak down-voting insanity?

I have been on a number of stackexchange sites, and the level of down-voting (and reluctance to up-vote) on philosophy.SE is just bonkers. Recently I received a down-vote on an answer to a question ...
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How to determine in which cases is it strictly necessary to add citations to reliable sources that support my assertions?

This might be considered as a further elaboration on my previous question Users acting as authorities, in the sense that, similarly to that question, I want to clarify for myself some existing nowhere ...
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Lost 120 pts. 3 Users Removed Same Day

Three users were removed on May 7 (it looks to me like they were all removed on the same day) this seems very odd to me and raises some red flags about whether I want to continue to use this site. Can ...
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Antagonistically quoting someone`

This is more information for moderators, than a question. I am going to start marking comments that directly quote what I said elsewhere, or allude pointlessly to previous arguments, with the obvious ...
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Ideas for annual cleanup?

We are hovering very close to our graduation goals, so it might be a good idea to have another round of yearly housekeeping. Historically we have done things like cleaning up tags, but it would be ...
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Aren't non-religious posts about God's epistemology on topic?

Placing this post on hold seems inconsistent with guidance provided in Philosophy Meta (examples: here and here) as well as other posts relating to God and epistemology which are not getting closed (...
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Fallacy "big list" community wiki question?

We have a problem with fallacy questions. There are a lot of them, they are often duplicates or near duplicates, and they often aren't very good. This question proposes a sample/guide for fallacy ...
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'Test My Theory' style questions

What is the community's approach to 'Test My Theory' style questions? It is worth considering that this style of question often garners opinionated discussion rather than factual response, which ...
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Is "Stack exchange is not the place to learn first order logic" a correct statement?

The title is a quote from this answer: Stack exchange is not the place to learn first order logic, buy a book by Quine. Depending on the interpretation of this quote, it may even contain a grain ...
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What can we do? The site seems to stagnate

Looking at the current Area 51 stats... we need some work: only 3.1 questions per day, where 15 is a healthy beta. What can we do to gain more activity on the site?
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"-10 User was removed"?

So I just noticed in my reputation change listing the following item: "-10 User was removed". What does this indicate? Is the idea that there was a user who upvoted an answer of mine but who has ...
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A contest where we pit two competing theories/ideas against each other

Expanding on this meta post about a "super question asking contest", what do you think about a contest where the objective is to ask questions about two competing philosophical theories/ideas? More ...
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Why do some people say ".. [philosopher] might say.."

Reading through philosophy SE, many times I come across people stating what some other philosophers might say for example in How to avoid attachment to "attachment avoidance" in Buddhist ...
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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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Community Promotion Ads - 2016

You've graduated, and with graduation, as announced earlier, you get Community Promotion Ads to run on your site! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are community-vetted ...
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What sort psychoanalytic questions are permitted?

This was closed. It's a question about the intersection between epistemology and psychoanalysis, though at root it is for psychoanalysts to answer, not a philosopher per se. Is it off topic? What ...
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What to do about answers that are just opinions?

On a recent post, the user offered up his own opinion. Being new to the community, he probably just didn't know any better, but given feedback that he's acting outside of the community-established ...
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On removing offensive and aggressive speech in comments

Is it possible to mark comments as spam, aggressive or offensive; in the same way that posts can be? There's one I've just noticed that is a good candidate simply by the use of language ie words ...
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Are questions from new users more likely to get downvoted?

I've only been using Philosophy.SE for a couple weeks now. I've noticed a trend: when philosophical newbies ask a question, it tends to be downvoted by the "Philosophy.SE establishment" and the ...
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Starring an Answer

Is it possible? Why not? I would like to star one for bookmarking. It is very much down below original question so it will be much easier to just star an answer.
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Let's get critical: Jan 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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How to encourage moving comment-based discussion to chat?

Building on 'not in comments please!', what concrete steps can we take towards encouraging broader use of the chat functionality in favor of extended comment-based discussion? Note that comments are ...
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Answering, then voting to close

I've found myself in an awkward position. I wrote an answer to a question, but later became convinced that the question was primarily opinion-based and voted to close as such. On reflection, though, ...
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Should downvotes have explanations?

Firstly I know this is beating a dead horse. I'm not even going to link all the previous discussions. They are easy to find. But I would draw attention to a scenario presented to me by this: https://...
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Pointers for questions about self-determination?

I'm currently struggling on how to approach certain questions systematically given that I don't have a philosophy background. Here's an example of such question. Imagine a hypothetical future where ...
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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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Why was "Why are religious people..." migrated?

Why was https://cogsci.stackexchange.com/questions/13611/why-are-religious-people-seemly-unable-to-hypothesise-about-a-universe-without-g migrated? It seems like a clearly philosophical question.
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Help Center Text vs Practice

Right now, the help center states: "With your help, we're working together to build a library of detailed answers to every question about philosophy." Is that really what we are doing? Should we ...
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What is the preferred way to reference own material?

When I write something that could be clarified or improved by a reference or a quote from an earlier post of mine, here or elsewhere, what is the preferred way to do so?
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Bookmarking a question/answer

Is there a mechanism to save or bookmark a particular post for future reference? Something similar to a reddit "Save" and not bookmarking using one's browser.
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Why close/delete questions about simulations?

Recently today two questions about simulations that I worked on were closed/deleted. Is this just a coincidence or is somebody going around removing questions about simulations because they disagree ...
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Would this question on karma and rape from Hinduism SE be accepted on this site?

A user asked this question on karma and rape on Hinduism SE but it was heavily downvoted by users, then closed and deleted. Users there argued that such questions justify rape. I on the other hand ...

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