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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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Should we have a homework policy?

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

I guess I don't understand the problem because the whole point of the SE design is that users are the authorities. Even with almost no rep everyone has the power to vote up/down questions which alters ...
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Why are comments not for discussion?

From the help center: When should I comment? You should submit a comment if you want to: Request clarification from the author; Leave constructive criticism that guides the author in improving the ...
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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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Is this site dying?

I think we could realise the StackExchange model (mind, "Experts answer your questions") more rigorously. The real question ever since I joined this site is: Do we want to? I remember several tries ...
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Is this site dying?

A general problem with philosophy.SE indeed is that humanities work kind of differently compared to, say, mathematics or programming. The main problem is that the kind of questions which arise in ...
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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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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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Ideas for annual cleanup?

Fix headlines so they are questions This data explorer query shows questions without question marks at the end of their title. It would be great to try to fix a lot of them at once. Another thing ...
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Updating Philosophy.SE practices to allow for Rebuttals and edits

If the proposal is to change Philosophy.SE settings to be a bit more forgiving of automatic deletion of posts, then yes, I'd be all for that. Understandably, it makes sense to give new users a chance ...
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Should we have a homework policy?

No, we should not adopt a homework policy, and the close reasons list should stay as-is.
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Does acquiring sufficient reputation to participate in this community get harder the longer it exists?

Generally speaking , it could be true, but not for the reasons you cite. If you look at the reputation tables for each year, the number of reputation points gained by the top ten users for that year ...
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Is this site dying?

One thing that hasn't been mentioned is the review queues. That's where the community can exercise its moderating power in a more systematic way. Currently, the review queues are dominated by 2-3 ...
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Is this site dying?

Serious matters are raised here. I offer a few observations. The question about security cameras and miracles plainly has no place but how representative is it ? What proportion of our questions is ...
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Is it Okay to Say Goodbye?

It's impossible to do philosophy without inciting arguments. Philosophy is meant to convince people of the 'rightness' of given ideas through the process of argumentation. If you do not get some ...
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Ideas for annual cleanup?

To systematically go through the list of unanswered questions, to see if questions should be edited, closed or maybe to answer them is a good way to increase the answered% (which counts towards the ...
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Canonical Question Requests?

Another one in need: the impact of QM on free will ... also more generally, we need guidelines for how to manage questions that mix muddled science and philosophizing.
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On which stack exchange site should I ask this question?

I voted to close the question because I could not tell what you were trying to ask. To help understand why, consider the current first sentence: Could someone systematically, methodologically, ...
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On which stack exchange site should I ask this question?

SE.EnglishLanguageLearners. I fail to understand what intuitive means on "what’s on- and off-topic is not always intuitive". You can ask questions about basic English at the English ...
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Suggestions for the Community get-to-know questionnaire

You might ask things such as the following: Where did you receive a formal education? What topics did you study? What books are you currently reading? What publications do you have to your credit? ...
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Why are comments not for discussion?

This is a partial answer. The reason the comment section is used rather than chat is because there is a comment link, "add a comment", below each question and answer, but there is no link to "discuss ...
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Community get-to-know Q&A

I will answer as both a (current) moderator and a user of this site. How would you delimitate "philosophy" as the subject matter of this site? Is every more or less "deep" thought philosophy or ...
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Has the peculiar nature of Philosophy SE, wrt other SE's, been defined?

Since philosophy can be highly opinionated, the quantity of assertions may dominate facts. To prevent this from happening, I can see how one might take a slightly different approach to questions and ...
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Canonical Question Requests?

Also in need of a canonical: The Gödel question (at least the general one) Godel's Incompleteness Theorem Do Goedel's incompleteness theorems have any consequences for epistemology?
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