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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 philosophers, but in our capacity as subject matter experts about the field of philosophy. Our task is to answer questions about philosophy, not philosophy questions ...


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There's a significant portion of non-academics here. And I think that's great. The more philosophy encloses on itself, the more neurotic it becomes. There is lot of toxicity in the professional academic discipline of philosophy -- maybe most important in this context its forbidding welcome to minority voices. This exclusionary logic plays itself out as an ...


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Not as far as I know ... As far as I am aware, we've had the following users who are graduate students or PhD holders in philosophy: commando (PhD student) [currently a moderator] Johannes (PhD Student) Hunan [not currently active on the site] (logic) ChristopherE (Full-time philosophy faculty member) shane (Post Doc, medieval philosophy) virmaior (PhD, ...


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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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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 philosophy. Reputation comes from getting upvotes, asking questions, and a variety of other tasks. None of these provide the same sort of basis for considering someone ...


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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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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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The answer here addresses a common issue with fallacy questions One problem that many fallacy questions suffer from is a very strong desire to name the fallacy. This is not the most important thing with fallacies. First off, it's important to understand that a fallacy in philosophy is an error in the reasoning of an argument. There are two basic kinds of ...


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I agree with you that there's at least some tendency on this site to close prematurely. My personal policy as a user has always been to err on the side of caution and cast a close vote only when a question is seriously problematic/incoherent/etc. Now, here's the thing: it takes five users to close a question, but my anecdotal memory is that most questions ...


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In general we prefer academic-style questions about known philosophers and that have definite answers. However, we do certainly accept questions that are more personal as long as they remain sufficiently focused. What we don't like is: Questions that show no research effort or thought from the asker (show us that you've thought about it) Questions asked ...


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Feminism had quite an impact in philosophy as I take it, especially in ethics. There are entries on SEP and Wikipedia that deal specifically with touching points/topics between philosophy and feminism. The point to be held in mind would nevertheless be that the questions should be on and answerable in the boundaries of philosophy. It is quite possible that ...


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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, content in Q+A should be as neutral point-of-view as possible. For comments this is less important. But bounds of reason apply and “be nice” ethos is in effect ...


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Generally, renowned philosophers do not give opinions but produce arguments. Citing a philosopher is not supporting one's opinion with someone else's, it's refering to an argument in the literature.


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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 post specific technical questions about programming and get answers that fit their needs. You might analogously say that stackoverflow is not for learning ...


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Just gut reactions: On-topic, probably. Almost certainly off-topic. Borderline non-constructive; definitely off topic without more context. Off-topic; Seems like a politics question almost. "Would it make sense to enact some particular policy" in general doesn't seem like a constructive question-type for this community, anyway. Off-topic. Potentially on-...


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So, I'm a mid-rep user who gave you a down vote. I did leave a rather short comment explaining why, though I did not use the "-1" convention. In this case I thought you had not answered the question at all. Anyway, some reasons... Inquisitive comments on questions are very common here, especially if your question is very short. Personally I welcome them, ...


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I also have given you a downvote here or there. I'm sorry if you felt hurt by anything I wrote. I think one of the challenges with philosophy.se is that the word "philosophy" has quite a few meanings running about. Philosophy as an academic discipline (which is what I take us to mean here at philosophy.se) has a very long history and is, in my experience, ...


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Purposely resist a non-substantive change suggested in comments that removes an invective or suggests adding a qualifier. Of course, all people who disagree with me are morons Suggestion: remove this part of your answer and it will be great Response: extended argument in chat. OR Atheism is the null hypothesis Suggestion: explain that this is one form of ...


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From the help center [bolded mine]: Voting up a question or answer signals to the rest of the community that a post is interesting, well-researched, and useful, while voting down a post signals the opposite: that the post contains wrong information, is poorly researched, or fails to communicate information. The more that people vote on a post, the more ...


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My favorite source of reading on this site are these old questions. I approach them by picking a tag or by searching with a keyword (that I might later turn into a tag). This gives me access to many years of accumulated answers by people, some very intelligent people, who are no longer here. There are some stack exchange badges that encourage this behavior. ...


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The way that you've been using higher-order-thinking makes it look like a meta tag. The reason meta-tags are a problem is that they do not describe the content of the question. They describe some other aspect of the question, like the author’s skill level, or the author’s motivation for asking it, or generally what “kind” of question it is (poll, how-to, ...


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If you use meta just to complain about your questions being closed, it's unlikely to accomplish much - and, as you've apparently experienced, such metas are likely to be downvoted and/or closed for not being a productive use of anyone's time. However, you can certainly use it to ask others why your post was closed, and ask for improvements. People might be ...


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I think no one in their right minds would say that this kind of question does not exist or is not asked. The problem is not about whether we accept that people ask these questions. It is not like we had a choice, do we? The problem is about whether these questions are asked in a fashion which suits the StackExchange model. What many new and not-so-new ...


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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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I've only joined recently but I feel that reference requests are an essential and specific part of any academic community, and are moreover concretely answerable (not open-ended). The tag lets people know that the asker is fine with doing the reading on his or her own, as opposed to looking for a quick-summary answer, which helps to guide the format of the ...


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