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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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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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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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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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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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This would make sense, but I think the idea is that a site is supposed to be in beta only so long and then eventually reach a point relatively on-par with the other sites in terms of population/voting. Your point is compelling as some sites — even those that have graduated — may inherently attract a larger audience than others. At any rate, while I think ...


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Well, just in passing -- feature requests that might indicate platform-level changes belong more properly on meta.SO, and you'll likely get a much more directed/focused response there. That said I'm not sure I really see a whole lot of value around altering badge thresholds for smaller sites. Note that many if not most badges are still reachable. The few ...


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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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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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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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It doesn't exist as far as I know. Please do let me know if you think there's some action you think we might want to take in this particular case. Just in passing, generally speaking feature requests for the platform itself really belong on meta.SO by the way -- where core functional things about the system itself are being discussed and evaluated every day....


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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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