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Three thoughts on this: If you're getting into comment wars with people who try to answer your questions, then at least one of the parties is misunderstanding the StackExchange format. Your comment (with part I'm thinking of highlighted) in response to Keelan is revealing about a misunderstanding on this point: If the question is off topic why did so ...


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Ooker. I have undeleted the question and apologise that your request for migration was not acted on. I suggest that in view of the cumulative delay in my contacting Psychology mods, waiting for a reply, and if and when I receive one then informing you, it might be best for you to post your question directly on the Psychology site. The Psychology mods will ...


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Yes, we should have such threads Sometimes good posts (questions and answers alike) are forgotten and never appear in the review queue after closure or deletion (there needs to be at least one vote for reopening/undeletion for that). And even if it is in the review queue, this queue in particular rarely gets the attention it deserves so that we rarely have ...


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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 about philosophy, with a given textual context. That's not because we dislike philosophical discussion or original ideas, but because these simply do not fit well ...


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tl;dr 12 hours does not seem like a long time at least to me for us to think about whether what's there is now on-topic. Further Thoughts But there are some things you're posting here that suggest other reasons your question should be closed. Cross Posting You're not supposed to post essentially the same question in multiple SEs. Or at least that's how I ...


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I don't see a specific problem with using rock lyrics or material from any other art form - poetry or film - to help form a question; I tend to think of it as an element of style (though there are other angles). But there needs to be a philosophical question and intent in the question; and not be a question that will prompt discussion, debate or comment-...


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A few quick responses. (This is a great discussion to have and I hope others weigh in too!) Question-closure is important for indicating the on-topic line "negatively". It sends a signal to new users about what the community thinks is within its sphere -- but is also important even beyond the scope of just this stack, since it sends signals to users of ...


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What can be done to help users improve their questions? The site should insist on precision and brevity. The positive message could be that such qualities improve the site for everyone and advance the progress of philosophical inquiry. There could be a set of Author's Guidelines with the section, "Why was my question closed?" followed by a list of common ...


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Another criterion to consider, is "what would the accepted answer look like"? Ideally, Stack Exhanges can provide the asker with an answer that solves his/her problem (that's what the accepted answer button is for). I do not see this question as aligning well with with concept/aspect of the site, which is an additional facet of why it is closed beyond what ...


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A few hopefully useful comments from someone who was not particularly involved: Questions of the format: "Here's some of my ideas, do they seem right?" are generally not well received. There is a reason for this: it has been observed that Internet posts of that format tend to lead to endless discussions, flamewars, etc. However, you can ask almost exactly ...


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I think this is much better as written. I have nominated it for reopening. Note that when you wrote: When one tries to explain and understand the origins of the universe, one always backs into the 'but where did that come from' wall. we philosophers usually refer to this concept as an "infinite regress". A quick Google search of this term will lead ...


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Your question appears to be as on-topic as the following analogous question: Let ψ be a function from entities (e.g. humans, laptops) to {0,1}. ψ assigns to 1 those and only those entities that are able to feel pain; the rest get mapped to 0. A less confusing way of putting that would be to say that ψ(x) is the predicate "x is able to feel pain"....


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Interesting you came up with this. Recently, there has been an argument between a user and me, for he felt my edit in a question was too major (and rendered his answer useless). As far as I know, you're the only one here who edited more posts than me. But of all the edits I proposed, I would probably reject the most now for being "too minor". I think it is ...


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I think it made and makes sense to close your question. The particular reason is always a hard one when closing certain types of questions, but as I commented there: As written,your question is really long and seems primarily to mention what you're not asking. Can you whittle this down to just the question and make clear what the question is about ...


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I voted for off-topic, because quantum gravity is an open problem in physics. Even so there might be philosophers who have an opinion on those matters, it would mostly be guesswork about physics, not philosophy.


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I can't speak to the other voters, but it looks like your question might be a better fit in Physics SE due to the highly technical nature of locality. Prima facie, it seems like it might be after edit a legitimate philosophical reference request; my sense is some of those who voted against it might not be in the analytical school and see the question as too "...


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I strongly agree with Not_Here. I don't think what you're suggesting works on several fronts. Let's consider the proposal: Are we prepared for some fresh air in the forum by admitting opinion-based questions but requiring that the answers are supported by sound arguments? There's two initial issues that make this problematic: forum -- as Not_Here and ...


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I'll turn my comments into an answer since they seemed to have some support. I do not think that we should allow the type of questions you are talking about and I'll explain why by addressing your closed question as an example. First, I would reject the characterization that all philosophical positions are opinions. I think that is along the same line as ...


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Sinn und Bedeuting, wie ich lieb' Frege Ja, ich weiß viel mehr als du. Brennt einen Sehnsucht in unserer Logik Zwei und zwei immer macht 'deux'. — Fritz Lang, German metaphysician Thank you for asking the question, Doragon! While I'm a new contributor (only a year or so), this is a most excellent question, and from around Beta this and several tangential ...


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I think allowing opinion-based questions here would be a serious mistake, because it would allow the collective philosophical biases of the community free rein. Although true objectivity is not possible here, having non-content-based standards around answerability makes it less likely that unpopular points of view will be downvoted or deleted based solely ...


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I am not the mod who deleted the question, so I can only give a partial answer: The usual process for mods, if they are asked to migrate or think it in order themselves, is asking the mods of the receiving community whether they think the question appropriate as it is or at least mendable to become a good fit. Depending on the answer (if there ever happens ...


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I agree with Joseph here, I suspect (and we are limited to guesswork in this) that the reason why the questions on hold are not edited is that the questioner's have no interest in asking a question that is within the scope of the site and they had simply mistaken what the site is about, such questions simply need cleaning out. The problem is with Joseph's ...


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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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