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Friends, we are not philosophers

Just to clarify --as with the "Brothers, we are not Christians" post --the point is not that none of us are philosophers (which would be false), it is that we are not here in our capacity as ...
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Do we do peer reviews here?

No The stack exchange system is not designed to provide anything like "peer review." First off, reputation is not a formal system for vetting who is an expert in a subject area like ...
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Sin-and-guilt preaching...

Proselytizing is definitely inappropriate — but my first thought is just applying SE guidelines. If a comment isn’t helpful in clarifying the question, then flag it for removal. Just in general, ...
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Is this formal logic topic more appropriate at math.stackexchange?

My current opinion is the following: While there is definitely some crossover between math and philosophy and some mathematics (especially mathematical logic) is relevant to philosophy, that doesn't ...
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Is thinking (and discussion) disallowed on the Philosophy site?

What that user told you is basically correct. This site is for Q&A about philosophy, and not for discussion. The site is modeled on stackoverflow (and owned by the same company). There, users ...
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Do we accept answers based on sacred texts (on theological questions)?

I can't speak as intelligently about eastern religions, but as far as Christianity goes: the Bible is hard to interpret. It is hard to know what framework to use, and within a particular framework it ...
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Is thinking (and discussion) disallowed on the Philosophy site?

In a comment to Eliran's answer, you write "it's not a very good idea to learn philosophy under such absurd restrictions." But these restrictions are on this site, not on on learning philosophy ...
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What can I do in my specific case to show my positive contribution to the site to get my question ban lifted?

Stack Exchange sites are rarely an appropriate place to "try out" new or eclectic theories. Like Wikipedia, Stack Exchange sites are only meant to be secondary sources, quoting and linking to the ...
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Should we have a Silly Season?

Mi Yodeya does this with their purim-torah-in-jest tag for a few days each year. Not being Jewish, I cannot say how well said tag is accepted, but as someone who wanders past their SE every now and ...
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Asking a series of questions to create an online resource

I think one should not try to develop a kind of commentary for the whole book. But what seems fine to me and in fact a very good idea is trying to ask questions based on the text that adress all ...
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I have trouble understanding why some questions are closed

I am not quite sure why that question was closed myself. It doesn't strike me as too broad, but I can imagine why the question would seem too broad given a certain background. And I can imagine how an ...
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Add a close reason for zero effort homework?

Note: See this as a perspective from a relatively active user at the Biology-SE site Several science-oriented SE-sites has some sort of "homework" close reason, for instance Bio-SE, Chemistry-SE and ...
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When is a question about "definitions"?

Questions that are basically "What does X mean?", even if X is a philosophical term/concept frequently fall into a mix of too broad and insufficient research. If a viable answer is "read the SEP ...
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Is the use of the word "philosophy" a topic for philosophy SE?

My response in the most general terms is: while there are philosophical questions about "philosophy" (quoted to demark it as the term rather than the subject), this does not make every question about "...
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Can we ask about best translations or critical/scholarly editions here?

There are a number of (not closed!) questions regarding the best translation/edition, including on Kant, Hegel, Chinese philosophy or several dialogues of Plato. Just search for "translation" or "...
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Is thinking (and discussion) disallowed on the Philosophy site?

Thinking is allowed here, but the format is a question and answer site, not a discussion forum. Posts should be brief and clear and an exercise in rhetorical persuasion. You want to convince people ...
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Is this formal logic topic more appropriate at math.stackexchange?

Having answered a few of these questions on Philosophy.SE, and a few similar questions on Math.SE, I agree with you. "Prove a statement" questions are likely more at home on Math.SE, ...
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What can I do in my specific case to show my positive contribution to the site to get my question ban lifted?

Phil SE exists because the "work from first principles only" paradigm DOES NOT WORK! It is the nature of humans to be blind to their own unexplored pre-conceptions. We NEED other humans to help us ...
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Friends, what is our mission statement?

Alternate proposed answer based on the four years that have passed since the last one: Proposed Answer This site is for (1) people to ask questions about philosophy understood broadly but generously ...
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I've added a simple tag

Let's leave aside the meta-ness of the simple tag. The other problem with it is that every question and every good answer to every question should be "simple" - it should not contain superfluous ...
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Why was the question about Socrates' possible influence on Jesus closed?

It seems to me that the question, as worded, is about Socrates's influence on Jesus's life, as opposed to, say, his thought. As such, it doesn't have much to do with philosophy. I do agree that a ...
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Aren't non-religious posts about God's epistemology on topic?

I have not closed the question myself, even if I probably would have done so if I had handled a flag. The reason is not that it is about Christianity, certainly not. The reasons, for me, would be ...
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Is learning an issue here?

Just as we are not here to do philosophy, StackExchange, in general, and Philosophy.SE, in particular, is not a good place to learn a subject. StackExchange has a very concisely defined purpose: ...
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Asking a brand new question that has never been answered before counts as a bad question?

The reason your question attracted downvotes is already explained here on meta and in the comments: The title question has nothing to do with the body of the question The body of the question mixes a ...
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Friends, Are We Philosophers and What is the Purpose of This Site?

Philosophical questions and questions about philosophy are hard to disentangle at times, but as a rule of thumb, it is definitely more correct to say that the site is indeed suitable for questions ...
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Questions about philosophy of physics

I read the question as a raw physics question, which had the following history: Was posted on physics.SE. Was closed there Was brought to philosophy.SE Was closed here. 1 and 2 are the business of ...
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Regarding unhelpful and weird comments by some user with a big reputation

From that question you mention, it seems jobermark posted an answer to the question which you did not like. The first sentence was originally not very tactful ("I refuse to answer this question. I ...
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