I think discussing language without philosophy is meaningless. What’s your opinion?

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    Can you give some examples of what such questions might be about?
    – mdewey
    Jan 18, 2022 at 13:31
  • @mdewey Subjectivity of English words. “How far can we describe something as “it’s tall” or “it’s short”?”
    – user09827
    Jan 18, 2022 at 14:53
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    That question is far too open-ended and would be closed as "opinion-based".
    – gotube Mod
    Jan 19, 2022 at 7:36
  • @gotube You know it’s just a preview.
    – user09827
    Jan 19, 2022 at 13:55
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    @user09827 I'm unclear what you mean by "preview". Regardless, there won't be general agreement on creating a new tag unless you can provide a list of clearly on-topic example questions for it, or even better, a handful of existing questions that would be improved if they had the tag.
    – gotube Mod
    Jan 19, 2022 at 19:12
  • @gotube Okay, I’ll keep it in mind.
    – user09827
    Jan 20, 2022 at 2:06

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The purpose of ELL is not to "discuss language". We answer questions about English. Not just any questions though—practical, answerable questions. Philosophical questions are inherently unanswerable (in Stack Exchange terms), and are unsuitable for this format.

If you want to discuss philosophical questions, that belongs in one of the chat rooms, not on the Q&A pages.


I do not think this would add very much over and above the existing tag on the main site which currently has 50 questions. Admittedly that tag does not have a wiki yet suggesting it is not a very clear tag either.

  • Though, I wonder why some people ignore questions by saying “it’s a question about philosophy!” even though the posts are tagged “semantics”
    – user09827
    Jan 18, 2022 at 15:09
  • Actually, there's an answer to that. Most users ignore the tags, which are arbitrary and useless. They might work for stack overflow and C++, but not in learning English. Feb 11, 2022 at 1:05

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