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Friday, October 15, 2010

help design a new site dedicated to philosophical discussion

If you're familiar with StackOverflow then you likely know how valuable it is for programmers. Its great advantage seems to be how it handles reputation and how that impacts the quality of Q&A.

Anyhow, this is a proposal to create a similar site for philosophy. If you commit to it, it's more likely to happen and you can have some impact on how the community is formed.


Carl said...

I'm not really sure what I think about this. Does philosophy need voting and karma and short pithy answers? I guess such a forum would be helpful for some people, but I also think it would tend to attract trolls. Plato was probably right when he said it was bad that nowadays young people are attracted to philosophy and old people ignore it. The young (and especially the young, male internet user) have the wrong moral dispositions for doing real philosophy.

Mike said...

Those young, male internet users will become old eventually.

I was thinking particularly of things I dislike about reddit about programming Q&A and how they seem better on StackOverflow. But that won't necessarily carry over.

To be valuable it would need a good number of academic philosophers contributing to it I'd think or people with that level of commitment and education. I don't actually think it would need to be real philosophy though, just a place to get better direction on very particular questions. That seems to be what the on-topic sample questions are like so far.