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Yes, we should adopt a homework policy and introduce a new "no-effort homework" reason to close a question.


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Option 2: Continue what we do now, but focus on answers Let's continue to edit the subjective questions we can to make them work for our site and continue to use the reference-request tag. Questions which do not meet our Subjective Questions guideline will be closed. In addition, answers without sources, references, or citations will be challenged and ...


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Option 1: Continue what we do now Let's continue to edit the subjective questions we can to make them work for our site, continue to use the reference-request tag, and do not require answers to have citations. Questions which do not meet our Subjective Questions guideline will be closed. Pros No change from what we do now No strict citation requirement ...


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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 mean that every mathematical question arising in a philosophy class is on-topic for this site. In particular, while I don't know exactly where to draw the ...


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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 primary sources of knowledge. Maybe on occasion people will in the process of answering a question give some new novel insight or pose a question that leads to a ...


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Just look at this help center page. You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face. Chatty, open-ended questions diminish the usefulness of our site and push other questions off the front page. Your questions should be reasonably scoped. If you can imagine an entire book that answers your question, you’re asking ...


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I saw the same problem several months ago and added a generic off-topic close reason (esp. because the default one automatically attempts to migrate the question to another site). However, it needs another moderator to approve it and I believe at the time I was unable to get the attention of the other mods so it fell by the wayside. We can definitely spice ...


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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 identify, and critique, the assumptions we hide from ourselves. This is a process of dialog, with others both interactively, and by research into prior ...


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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, provided they meet minimum standards over there. In any event, they should be closed over here. I write separately because I fear that, in a few months or years, users ...


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I didn't vote to close this, but I can see how some users might see it as "unclear". The following suggestions to improve clarity come from reading How do I ask a good question?: https://philosophy.stackexchange.com/help/how-to-ask Be specific. Note that this question had four questions in the first paragraph, three in the second and three in the third ...


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First of all (and this should be the lesson to be learned), you should respect/acknowledge the fact that two people obviously were inclined to think that you are just pushing a personal philosophy. And that not a single person disagreed enough to vote for reopening yet. The main problem I see with the question as it (still) stands are two things tied ...


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There's several things that intrigue me in your question here. First, you're calling the philosophy.SE "the philosophy board". That sounds like you view this as BBS or forum. I think that alone indicates a fundamental misunderstanding of how philosophy.SE functions (or should function). This is first and foremost an SE -- meaning that it is a place for ...


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No, we should not adopt a homework policy, and the close reasons list should stay as-is.


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Question: "What can I do in my specific case to show my positive contribution to the site to get my question ban lifted?" Answer (part one): Look for questions that make reference to philosophical literature on topics that interest you. Carefully read the cited philosophical literature, or at least the most important parts of it, and apply your ...


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Very basic questions (or homework questions) are often closed with this close reason: This question is missing context. Please improve the question by providing additional context, which ideally includes your thoughts on the problem and any attempts you have made to solve it. This information helps others identify where you have difficulties and helps ...


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I am one of those who voted to close this question after seeing it appear in the "Close Votes" review queue. You may have enough reputation to participate on these review queues: click the icon with the check mark in the banner to see what review queues are available for you. You can then have impact on what questions get closed or not. I might have made ...


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(This is the same reply moved from the other thread) John Slegers, I'm sorry you are having difficulties with a moderator. I hope we can get over that little hiccup soon, as we really do want you to participate here and not scare you away. I do want to comment on your statement though with regards to what philosophy is "all about": Philosophy is all ...


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TLDR: I wouldn't close the questions on the ground that it requires opinion-based answers, but because it aims to settle an open research question on Philosophy.SE. The question is a legitimate research question about aesthetic judgements from the viewpoint of experimental philosophy. Since we don't preclude any philosophical discipline, and experimental ...


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We put a strong emphasis on answerability because it ties together a lot of the issues around subjectivity. Questions should be structured so that they have a specific answer -- in other words, should reflect an actual problem you're facing in your study of philosophy. One key here is that as a network it is important to try to avoid mostly opinion questions ...


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