A recent spate of vague questions under the tag suggests that it may be worth clarifying the purpose of the tag by ruling out a certain type of questions explicitly. These are questions that offer "vague philosophizing" rather than posing a question in the philosophy of mathematics. Such a change will not necessarily stop the vague questions but it may give a clearer justification for their immediate closure. Should a ban on philosophizing be explicitly included in the excerpt giving the tag description?

  • $\begingroup$ The technical term is "excerpt". $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Apr 17, 2018 at 9:40
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    $\begingroup$ I think what we want is to clarify the extent of the tag. (I made a minor edit to this question accordingly.) $\endgroup$ Apr 17, 2018 at 13:04
  • $\begingroup$ OK, thanks, but should the excerpt state that this is not for vague philosophizing or something of that order? @AndrésE.Caicedo $\endgroup$ Apr 17, 2018 at 13:36
  • $\begingroup$ I am guessing that @Andrés means that if we clarify the extent of the tag itself, then it will be much easier to determine the content of the excerpt. I'd expect that the answer would be "vague philosophizing is out of the scope of this website", in any case. $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Apr 17, 2018 at 13:54
  • $\begingroup$ I agree that a clarification would be useful. I am not sure what the precise wording should be. $\endgroup$ Apr 17, 2018 at 14:06
  • $\begingroup$ How about "this tag excludes questions that contain free-wheeling philosophizing"? $\endgroup$ Apr 17, 2018 at 14:08
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    $\begingroup$ Maybe just a reminder: this is not an opinion forum, this is not a discussion forum. $\endgroup$
    – GEdgar
    Apr 18, 2018 at 12:13


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