7 votes

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 ...
Dave's user avatar
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5 votes

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 ...
Philip Klöcking's user avatar
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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 ...
Philip Klöcking's user avatar
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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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4 votes

The problem with deletions

We do not need nor want your spam. Those answers are, without exception, posted in a violation of our Terms of Service and their usefulness is questionable without proper references and including half-...
Philip Klöcking's user avatar
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3 votes

The Winter Bash hats. Why?

Go to the "snowflake" icon in the top bar. Click on it. At the bottom of the popup, there will be a button saying you want no hats. This will turn off Winter Bash entirely. You will get no ...
Mary's user avatar
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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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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.
Dave's user avatar
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3 votes

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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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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LateX/WebteX availability?

Made an edit earlier this evening to this question converting LaTeX to a Mathjax output: Axioms for modal logics based upon counterfactuals I used the following technique: Copy each LaTex code ...
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LateX/WebteX availability?

You can use this AutoHotkey script to convert LaTeX input into Unicode characters. "Ctrl+Alt+Shift+U" toggles it on and off (look at the bottom right icon to see it's in suspense mode (icon S) of ...
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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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Is there a way to filter individuals

This feature has been discussed for as long as over 14 years. The long and short story of it is that since SE is a content-driven and not a social site, this will probably not be possible. Ever. There ...
Philip Klöcking's user avatar
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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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2 votes
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Could we get more options/reasons for closing questions?

There is a big problem with what you suggest: closed questions are less useful for other users because they may not show and may be subject to automatic deletions. The more elegant solution in such a ...
Philip Klöcking's user avatar
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1 vote

Breakdown of repuation points by questions answered and questions asked

I judge expertise by the ability to answer questions or solve problems. The statistics you request are altogether useless for that purpose, since they are mere aggregates of how others (mostly random ...
Iñaki Viggers's user avatar
1 vote

Lack of clarity in a VTC option

If a question is not about philosophy, even though it is philosophy adjacent, why would this not be the entirely appropriate tag?
Dcleve's user avatar
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1 vote

Is there an option to have pinned posts on the main site?

It is not possible to pin questions from the main site, but there are two mechanisms to "pin" questions from the meta site in a way that makes the visible on the main site (at least in ...
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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 ...
J D's user avatar
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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 ...
christo183's user avatar
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1 vote

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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