Hot answers tagged

4

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 ...


3

No. Or maybe to be more specific, we can only answer questions based on "how they are phrased." And when questions are worded in ways that invite open-ended answers or belie deep ambiguities about what would constitute a good answer, these questions should be placed on hold until clarified into something that can be answered. If clarification is ...


3

Below each answer is a "share" link. If you click on it you can copy a URL that is a link to that particular answer. BTW, this is a good way to cite another user's answer in your own responses. v pretty much right below this !


3

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 ...


2

Meta Meta has long discussions of this feature, see The problem with automatically bumping edited posts and its predecessors, including its use for spotting malicious edits, complaints about "deliberately bumping posts", and requests for "minor edit" marker that would prevent the bumping. Here is Servy's surmise: "If people don't want to look through ...


1

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 ...


1

I guess one thought would be that edits on meta don't really have the same meaning as editing a question or answer on the mainpage. And of course you always can request somebody make their post CW if you think it could really benefit from community input. Otherwise comments/answers are probably the way to participate in generating consensus around things on ...


1

The original question wasn't answerable as it had no philosophical content; I answered the edited version as an exercise in free composition; mainly because of how the question was phrased: 'votes for critical thinking already by its title'; even though strictly speaking, it still had no real philosophical content. I don't tend to edit questions; if I spot ...


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