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I agree with you that there's at least some tendency on this site to close prematurely. My personal policy as a user has always been to err on the side of caution and cast a close vote only when a question is seriously problematic/incoherent/etc. Now, here's the thing: it takes five users to close a question, but my anecdotal memory is that most questions ...


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Three thoughts on this: If you're getting into comment wars with people who try to answer your questions, then at least one of the parties is misunderstanding the StackExchange format. Your comment (with part I'm thinking of highlighted) in response to Keelan is revealing about a misunderstanding on this point: If the question is off topic why did so ...


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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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This is a big problem. I just recently joined. There are too many answers by people who have probably not studied philosophy at all. I'll just mention one example (I could pick any number of examples): Is there anything that is totally random? As far as I can see no answer even mentions algorithmic randomness, a theory where philosophy has had a role (see ...


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A few quick responses. (This is a great discussion to have and I hope others weigh in too!) Question-closure is important for indicating the on-topic line "negatively". It sends a signal to new users about what the community thinks is within its sphere -- but is also important even beyond the scope of just this stack, since it sends signals to users of ...


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What would appear to me to be inconsistent is if one flagged a question as rude or spam and also answered the question. The reason to flag such questions is to have them deleted not simply closed. I would not even leave a comment in such circumstances. Let the moderators handle it. Most questions are somewhat opinion based. If one answers the question using ...


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I feel like in some ways this gets into very general questions about StackExchange itself, but I will try to talk about how our community uses close votes. Some Quick Thoughts Close votes express a community member's idiosyncratic sense of the on-topic "line". They provide an important series of examples of questions that for whatever reason the community ...


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I don't see a specific problem with using rock lyrics or material from any other art form - poetry or film - to help form a question; I tend to think of it as an element of style (though there are other angles). But there needs to be a philosophical question and intent in the question; and not be a question that will prompt discussion, debate or comment-...


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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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A few hopefully useful comments from someone who was not particularly involved: Questions of the format: "Here's some of my ideas, do they seem right?" are generally not well received. There is a reason for this: it has been observed that Internet posts of that format tend to lead to endless discussions, flamewars, etc. However, you can ask almost exactly ...


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What can be done to help users improve their questions? The site should insist on precision and brevity. The positive message could be that such qualities improve the site for everyone and advance the progress of philosophical inquiry. There could be a set of Author's Guidelines with the section, "Why was my question closed?" followed by a list of common ...


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That means there are relatively many questions in the Close Votes review queue (compared to normal Philosophy.SE levels). 50, that's quite a lot for a site this size. More details on Meta Stack Exchange: How does the review-needed indicator work exactly?


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I agree with Joseph here, I suspect (and we are limited to guesswork in this) that the reason why the questions on hold are not edited is that the questioner's have no interest in asking a question that is within the scope of the site and they had simply mistaken what the site is about, such questions simply need cleaning out. The problem is with Joseph's ...


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I do think that this is a problem. But I suspect the low-quality questions are, at least in part, a result of the general public not having acquaintance with what philosophy actually does. If we stickied (can we do that here?) some questions that explain what philosophy is, how it works, who the important figures are etc. that might help to stem the tide of ...


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