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Can we? sure. Should we? no. We already have 300+ questions tagged Theology, including one of top ten highest voted questions. By construction, the nature of what is or is not on-topic for a given SE is determined by sociological considerations, not formal semantic ones -- an SE is what the users choose it to be. Given the number, and relatively high ...


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My two cents: even for questions that are phrased in a subjective way, what ends up mattering more on this site is whether answers are given in an objective or subjective manner. I can imagine, for example, a philosophy professor posing many "subjective" questions we get on this site, but clearly the response the professor would expect would be "objective" ...


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There is currently no way of "starring" an answer that I know of (in the same way you can favorite a question). I just use a bookmarks folder in my toolbar and drag questions and answers to it. In this case, you can drag the "Share" link to your browser bookmarks toolbar or whichever place suits you.


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I saw the same problem several months ago and added a generic off-topic close reason (esp. because the default one automatically attempts to migrate the question to another site). However, it needs another moderator to approve it and I believe at the time I was unable to get the attention of the other mods so it fell by the wayside. We can definitely spice ...


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Firstly, these are mechanisms that are deeply embedded in the StackExchange platform, so there is no way for us to handle it differently just for one site. This leads us to Meta.StackExchange - and we can see that this idea has a long history there (you should read the comments to the answers, including follow-ups, as well). In short, this has been ...


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What does it mean for a question to be removed for "reasons of moderation?" Why was this entire question, its answers and comments to all removed? There are basically two ways for a question to be removed: voluntarily by its author, and for reasons of moderation. That's a very broad indication; one of the reasons may be that the question was ...


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To be honest, we do have such a mechanism: Open a Meta discussion, offer several (diametrical or at least competing) views in answers, and count the votes. The art of using meta that way is to have a particular proposal in the OP (answers basically being "Yes", "No", or "Yes, but with this change/addition") or in answers, where ...


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That’s why the scoring system, edits, flags etc. exist. They are the mechanism to manage content quality. These are the tools we have to improve the quality of the site.


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Very basic questions (or homework questions) are often closed with this close reason: This question is missing context. Please improve the question by providing additional context, which ideally includes your thoughts on the problem and any attempts you have made to solve it. This information helps others identify where you have difficulties and helps ...


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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 to update posts to something that fits with what we're trying to build here, and encourage new users in the process. If the proposal is for participants to ...


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Not an answer, but a summary so far: It seems that from James' and Keelan's answers (and the people who upvoted them), we will just not really allow subjective questions on the site at all, however their solutions differed. James suggests we go after what he sees as the larger issue, which is the subjective, ill-cited answers. Keelan suggests we rephrase ...


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My opinion reflects why I generally find this SE-philosophy frustrating and therefore avoid the site. Questions that show no effort at research. Questions that are not grounded in the practice of systematic thought. There is often too much asymmetry between the effort behind the question and the effort required to provide a useful answer. Too many ...


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Voting is anonymous and completely up to the user. We do a few things to encourage voting and downvoting on questions, but we generally don't worry about the ratio of upvotes to downvotes. Downvoting answers carries as small reputation penalty, so we find the voting on sites (including Philosophy) skews positive: (The graph includes deleted posts. I linked ...


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In general, I agree with you on this; I myself have had to write answers where a comment would have been appropriate because I didn't have enough rep (on other sites). However, I think the idea is that 50 rep is just the right level where it takes just enough effort to discourages most spammers yet not hard enough for a person to obtain in one day (even one ...


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Click again on "close". The box for "Why should this question be closed?" will appear. Bottom right is a button: "Retract Close Vote" (where the button: "Vote To Close", were before you clicked so hastily:)


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I'm not sold on the difference you outline in the comments, it seems like you're begging to find the tiniest difference when none really exists in common usage. And even if there is in fact some notable difference between the two, I feel like it would be too minor to warrant the use of a separate tag. The point of the tag system is to organize questions into ...


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Seeing as we've only had 8 questions closed as duplicate in the past 3 months (access to stats requires 2k rep), I'd say this is unnecessary. Regardless, an FAQ for the big questions would not be a good idea. The community doesn't have the required expertise, and there are other resources available for that purpose, such as SEP and IEP.


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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 ...


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Some people have figured out that closing questions is costless whereas downvoting has a cost albeit small. So it's come about that misuse of close-vote for down-vote is rampant. Since down-voting costs a reputation point I prefer flagging questions and answers or voting to close questions. This action sends the post to a review queue or to a moderator. I ...


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It's entirely possible to reopen questions that have been closed. Just vote to reopen. I've done it successfully for many closed questions. When I cast a reopen vote on the question referenced here, it was the first such vote, suggesting that others are complaining but not voting --a problem not unique to here. It's problematic if there's a moderator who is ...


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I made the case in the comments that ontological engineering questions that are ontological in nature seem perfectly acceptable. If you wanted to say, how does OWL relate to such and such a notion in a metaontological framework, then that makes sense. But if you are pushing technical questions related to the implementation of engineered ontologies proper, ...


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Ironically I was about to post a duplicate of this question when I found it. It may be an Idea whose time has come? For instance this Does god know what comes after his death? which does raise an interesting issue, but I think there are two responses likely from the model user: "Ugh, not this again, close it as duplicate, to broad etc!" and "It is ...


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