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Are we getting bogged down in comments?

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Are we allowed to express our own opinions?

Officially we're here to give objective answers, and to keep our own opinions out of it. However, I think we all know none of us do that 100% of the time. So is it possible for there to be a "right" ...
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How far should questions or answers be edited from the original?

The broad subject matter of a question shouldn't be changed, even by the OP. I think in almost every circumstance it would be better they ask a new question. However even if the broad subject matter ...
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Are we getting bogged down in comments?

On my view, there is a certain social contract. One should: Vote based on strengths of response (citations, clarity, factual content) and not agreement. Avoid down-voting without some form of ...
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Why does it seem that the philosophy of Atheism is the sieve by which all questions must be filtered?

The difference between most (there are many rightfully closed ones as well) questions on atheist positions and the questions you name is simple: While these questions are actual questions asked in ...
Philip Klöcking's user avatar
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What to do with multiple posting?

I guess there is no written rule against this as it is an unlikely event, more typically happening with blatantly off-topic spam. It is also generally good to open separate questions rather than ...
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Defference of a Biology/Taxonomy question to Philosophy

Sorry for the very short answer, which is due to my limited time available, but a question to that effect has already been asked and answered here: What essential properties make us human?
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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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Are we getting bogged down in comments?

The occasionally barbed and combative comments are for me part of the vibrancy of the site. I would find PSE a much duller place if it were policed by heavy-handed mods to the point of being in ...
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Are we getting bogged down in comments?

In my view, one of the issues with this is that the 'right' answer isn't always based in philosophy, or some philosophical text. So there's a kind of blurry line between what's allowed as an answer, ...
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Defference of a Biology/Taxonomy question to Philosophy

In my head ideally this is a reference request to major works in the philosophy of biology that might deal with some of these questions. I would try to pose the specific problem you're facing in terms ...
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Why does it seem that the philosophy of Atheism is the sieve by which all questions must be filtered?

After almost 4 years of participation, I'll share with you my thoughts. Once or twice a year, a true believer comes to this site, not equipped to engage in general philosophical discourse, but starts ...
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Would this question on karma and rape from Hinduism SE be accepted on this site?

I'd say that since the very point you are making could be made with less extreme an example, you actually should use something less offensive. As I understand it, you attempt some kind of reductio ad ...
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Would this question on karma and rape from Hinduism SE be accepted on this site?

The reason why there is no karma tag is perhaps because no one with 150 reputation has created one for a question. Or possibly someone had created the tag in the past but only one question was created ...
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Are questions about ethics too subjective for this site?

The problem is that if questions like these are posed as open questions, not restricted to particular ethical frameworks or authors, they indeed tend to invite opinions. Without something particular ...
Philip Klöcking's user avatar
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Why not delete answers that are opinions rather than questions that are difficult to answer without them?

When you follow the link in the notification, you can find more elaborate descriptions of and the rationales behind the close-reasons. For this close reason, that which the voters see is the following:...
Philip Klöcking's user avatar
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What is the meaning of the light red background in a question?

These are questions that feature a tag that you are watching. In the case of the picture you provided, you can see a small eye in front of the "philosophy-of-mathematics" tag, meaning that ...
Philip Klöcking's user avatar
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Defference of a Biology/Taxonomy question to Philosophy

This is a good question, because it highlights the idea that science and philosophy are not two crisp classes with no overlap in activity. Every science has a body of philosophy in it (and in fact, ...
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Is this a suitable question? "Can you solve this existential problem for me?"

I suspect the question would be closed because it is too broad and primarily opinion-based, however, I can see why it is an important question. Because of that it could be a motivator for many ...
Frank Hubeny'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 ...
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