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Would it be better to show some amount of humbleness considering close votes?

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 ...
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I'm just commenting on an unfair instance in the Philosophy s.e. about a question about lyrics in a rock song

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 (...
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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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What can be done to get less rubbish answers?

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):...
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What can be done to help users improve their questions?

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 ...
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Answering, then voting to close

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 ...
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Would it be better to show some amount of humbleness considering close votes?

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 ...
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I'm just commenting on an unfair instance in the Philosophy s.e. about a question about lyrics in a rock song

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 ...
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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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I'm just commenting on an unfair instance in the Philosophy s.e. about a question about lyrics in a rock song

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 ...
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What can be done to help users improve their questions?

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 ...
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Cue with red dot

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 ...
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What can be done to help users improve their questions?

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 ...
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What can be done to get less rubbish answers?

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 ...
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