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Site Rules


303 day(s) ago

The purpose of this site is to provide an open forum for discussion of all aspects of academic philosophy, including issues arising in the profession and in the philosophy blogosphere.

Moderation will be carried out with an extremely light touch. We reserve the right to delete or edit posts if necessary for the harmonious running of the site, but we hope to exercise this right rarely. If further clarifications are needed, they will be added here in due course.

Any requests for moderation should be confined to the dedicated thread.

The IP address of each post is temporarily recorded in order to block potential spammers etc. No other identifying information is recorded. IP addresses and other identifying information is regularly purged from our system (currently,every 24 hours) to protect the privacy of our users. Any information that is possessed about users will treated as confidential, to be used only as needed for the harmonious running of the site. In particular such information will not be communicated to third-parties unless we are obligated to do so by law.

A brief explanation of the nickname system: each user is randomly assigned a semi-persistent nickname from our database. This is handled by a cookie stored on your computer, which can easily be disabled or deleted in the usual ways by e.g. using incognito mode to browse the site. (Of course, if you don't allow the cookie, you won't be able to keep your nickname.) Your nickname can be reset at any time via the "Give up _____" button at the top right of the site; however, the cost of doing so is that you will lose your previous nickname, which will return to the pool.

We would like to hear from you with questions or comments. You can either post in the Site Improvements thread or feel free to email us at

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