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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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The Official Vote Regarding Subjective Questions

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 ...
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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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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 ...
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The Official Vote Regarding Subjective Questions

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 ...
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Sample/ Guide: What is the name of fallacy: A implies B. Therefore C?

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 ...
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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 ...
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Are questions searching for a better exposition of a personal philosophical thought appropriate here?

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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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How does quoting the opinions of other philosophers support a theory?

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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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 ...
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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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Why Philosophy Stack Exchange is so bitter?

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 ...
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Why Philosophy Stack Exchange is so bitter?

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 ...
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An Easy Guide to Earning Downovtes

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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Down voting with no comment

This has been addressed many times, the bottom line is that the admins feel the current system is the best option and mods of individual sites have no power to change things like this. At best it ...
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An Easy Guide to Earning Downovtes

Overstating a claim through the use of universal or superlative language: No philosopher believes ... [followed by view held by many philosophers] Or It is never unethical ... [followed by highly ...
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