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Can we remove "theology" from the scope of philosophy.SE?

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 ...
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Subjective Questions: Deciding what we want as a community

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 ...
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Starring an Answer

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 ...
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Close reason for 'blatantly off topic' / 'philosophical problem unclear'

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 ...
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Should downvotes have explanations?

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 ...
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What does removal from site for reasons of moderation mean

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 ...
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Friends, how can we shift from meta Q&A to action?

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 ...
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low-quality answers

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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Can we have an option to close a question for being easily answerable?

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 ...
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Updating Philosophy.SE practices to allow for Rebuttals and edits

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 ...
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Policing overzealous members and moderators

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 ...
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Subjective Questions: Deciding what we want as a community

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 ...
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Subjective Questions: Deciding what we want as a community

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 ...
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Friends, how could a question about an idea with its own article in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy be closed as off-topic?

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, ...
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no tag present for moral philosophy

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 ...
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Retracting a close vote?

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 ...
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Do edits really need to bump a post in the "active tab"?

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 "...
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Can we have a Frequently Asked Philosophical Questions Meta post?

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 ...
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Friends, how could a question about an idea with its own article in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy be closed as off-topic?

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 ...
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How can I best ask ontological engineering questions?

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 ...
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Can we have a Frequently Asked Philosophical Questions Meta post?

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 ...
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Can we remove "theology" from the scope of philosophy.SE?

Background I don't generally sympathize with the logical positivism style blanket rejection of metaphysics; a pov which questioners like this one carry. However... When I see questions like this ...
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