16 votes

Professional philosophers on Philosophy SE

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 ...
Joseph Weissman's user avatar
  • 9,582
14 votes

Professional philosophers on Philosophy SE

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 ...
virmaior's user avatar
  • 24.7k
14 votes
Accepted

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.
Joseph Weissman's user avatar
  • 9,582
13 votes

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 ...
virmaior's user avatar
  • 24.7k
11 votes
Accepted

Would it be better to show some amount of humbleness considering close votes?

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 ...
commando's user avatar
  • 7,339
11 votes

My posts are being deleted for no good reason

There are very good reasons to delete these posts and I am glad you found your way here so that we can properly discuss them. They miss the gist of the question. If the question asks for ...
Philip Klöcking's user avatar
  • 13.6k
10 votes

Can we ask questions about feminism?

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 ...
Philip Klöcking's user avatar
  • 13.6k
10 votes
Accepted

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, ...
Joseph Weissman's user avatar
  • 9,582
10 votes

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 ...
Noah Schweber's user avatar
9 votes
Accepted

Why bother down voting?

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 ...
Philip Klöcking's user avatar
  • 13.6k
9 votes

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 ...
E...'s user avatar
  • 6,466
8 votes

Policy on Older Questions

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 ...
Frank Hubeny's user avatar
  • 19.3k
8 votes

What is the justification for censoring my tags?

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 ...
curiousdannii's user avatar
8 votes

Am I allowed to use meta.stackexchange to complain about my questions being closed?

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 ...
V2Blast's user avatar
  • 113
8 votes
Accepted

Is revenge voting against the rules or just unhelpful?

Yes "revenge" voting is against the rules. Each vote should be made on the merits of the individual post in question. Unfortunately isolated cases cannot be distinguished from more ...
curiousdannii's user avatar
8 votes

Can't we just accept that there are philosophical questions that people ask that aren't from reading a book?

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 ...
Philip Klöcking's user avatar
  • 13.6k
8 votes

The practise of closing questions on this website infers that a kind of dictatorship is accepted as a norm here

This is probably better suited in Meta as it's not a question about philosophy but rather about the philosophy stack exchange. The "philosophy" of stackexchange in general seems to be that ...
haxor789's user avatar
  • 5,496
8 votes
Accepted

Are trolling/bullying comments moderated?

First off, they are moderated if the comments in question are flagged consistently. The system keeps track of the posts and comments flagged, too, so please flag the comments in question, not their ...
Philip Klöcking's user avatar
  • 13.6k
7 votes

Professional philosophers on Philosophy SE

One possibility to raise the level of the discussion on Philosophy SE is to pose challenging questions. Those who consider themselves professionals as well as the moderators could do this. As Joseph ...
Jo Wehler's user avatar
  • 28.8k
7 votes

I recently deleted the following answer

So, first off... it seems that the question itself isn't great based on the answers we got. Are the efforts superficial...? Well, how superficial qualifies? What makes such an effort superficial? How ...
James Kingsbery's user avatar
7 votes
Accepted

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 ...
James Kingsbery's user avatar
7 votes

Antagonistically quoting someone`

I have basically been ordered not to defend myself, but I am not being defended by anyone else. So I am going back to defending myself. That's not how things work on Stack Exchange. As our Be Nice ...
Jon Ericson's user avatar
  • 7,239
7 votes
Accepted

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 ...
SK19's user avatar
  • 171
7 votes

Closing posts by people that lack required prerequisite knowledge?

If your question is unclear to the community of Philosophy.SE users then it's sufficient reason for closure. The burden is on you to make it clear, not on us to figure out what you mean. But the real ...
E...'s user avatar
  • 6,466
7 votes

I will be leaving as a moderator

Limiting my comments to just here, it was a pleasure working with you and the other moderators on trying to get something functional here. The battle was/is ... constantly uphill. And the hill is ...
virmaior's user avatar
  • 24.7k
7 votes

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 ...
Philip Klöcking's user avatar
  • 13.6k
6 votes
Accepted

Is it appropriate to leave comments just saying "I vote to reopen"?

I would say that these comments are sometimes useful as rebuttals to the corresponding close comments. For example, I think there isn't much debate that this is a constructive comment: I vote to ...
James Kingsbery's user avatar

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible