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Incubator Q&A

Welcome to the staging ground for new communities! Each proposal has a description in the "Descriptions" category and a body of questions and answers in "Incubator Q&A". You can ask questions (and get answers, we hope!) right away, and start new proposals.

Questions, answers, and articles tied to current proposals. Ask questions and post articles as you would post them on the "live" site. This "incubator" is how we develop proposals and their scope.

Because some proposals include article-based categories alongside Q&A, we've enabled them here. This means you'll need to choose question or article when posting in this category.

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Why are many bond ETFs just like a worse-performing S&P?

There is a common notion that bonds and stocks hedge each other: When business is not going well, companies borrow money to make up for sales and investments drying up, and government (especially K...

0 answers  ·  posted 5d ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  edited 5d ago by matthewsnyder‭

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What is the impact of potential cap gains exposure for a retail ETF investor?

Apparently, ETFs have a "potential cap gains exposure" in that, when the ETF buys and sells some underlying asset, it is subject to capital gains tax. Supposedly, this leads to things like buying a...

0 answers  ·  posted 5d ago by matthewsnyder‭

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How do I search for d6 dice with a blank 6th face?

I haven't found what I'm looking for online, so I'm wondering if there is a specialist term for this type of dice that would give me better luck. What I'm seeking I'm looking for dice that are id...

2 answers  ·  posted 7d ago by trichoplax‭  ·  last activity 5d ago by Olin Lathrop‭

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Do laws determine societal norms, or vice versa?

When society creates laws to govern themselves, do they simply codify what has already been established practice in society? For example, when a law is written that forbids theft, is this because s...

2 answers  ·  posted 11d ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  edited 9d ago by matthewsnyder‭

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What is the point of police?

Philosophically, what role does police serve in society? Today, virtually every society has a police force. So, it seems like there must be some compelling reason to have one, i.e. police must ser...

1 answer  ·  posted 11d ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  last activity 11d ago by Lundin‭

Question philosophy
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Do laws matter without police?

Do laws only matter if there is a police force enforcing them? Police in the modern sense is a recent development. Before the 19th century, police forces as today were very rare. But people have m...

0 answers  ·  posted 11d ago by matthewsnyder‭

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Do Large Language Models "reason"?

There is a lot of debate about the "cognitive" capabilities of LLMs and LLM-based chatbots, like ChatGPT. It's common to see statements like "these models just apply statistical pattern matching" a...

2 answers  ·  posted 1mo ago by pbloem‭  ·  last activity 22d ago by mr Tsjolder‭

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Current record for minimally clued 7x7 Hidato (16 clues)

Note: I checked that the solution is in fact unique using this Picat program created by SE user Bubbler. Background So back in March, I posted this question on the Puzzling Stack Exchange asking ...

0 answers  ·  posted 25d ago by CrSb0001‭

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Book recommendations on intentional community building

What books (or other sources) would you recommend for folks wanting to learn about intentional community building?

1 answer  ·  posted 1mo ago by da5nsy‭  ·  last activity 25d ago by matthewsnyder‭

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Is there a specification meta-language for logics?

Is there a specification meta-language for logics? A formal language which can express, “a logic with variable symbols, unary predicates, and connectives”?

1 answer  ·  posted 4mo ago by Julius H.‭  ·  last activity 27d ago by Derek Elkins‭

Question philosophy logic
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How do I find a good dumb TV?

A lot of TVs on the market these days are "Smart TVs" which I don't want. I've had smart TVs in the past and found that I don't use any of their features. Further, the software is often laggy, bugg...

2 answers  ·  posted 3mo ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  last activity 1mo ago by Spamalot‭

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What is "strength axis" on OSB boards?

OSB boards often have a stamp that says "strength axis" with an arrow, usually parallel with the longer dimension of the board. What is this strength axis? Should it be parallel or perpendicular t...

1 answer  ·  posted 10mo ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  last activity 1mo ago by Spamalot‭

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What are the drawbacks of leaving wood unfinished?

I've mostly worked with pine wood, because it's cheap and easy to work with. I've had some projects where I finished it (polyurethane coat, sometimes a stain) and other projects where I didn't (jus...

1 answer  ·  posted 11mo ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  last activity 1mo ago by Spamalot‭

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How to fix spade bits wobbling in drill press?

I have a cheap drill press and a set of cheap spade bits. Some of the spade bits wobble, the tip makes a circle of as much as 5 mm in diameter for some of them. Others wobble less, 1-2 mm. Since t...

1 answer  ·  posted 11mo ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  last activity 1mo ago by Spamalot‭

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Calculating load for OSB flooring

I have a 1/2in OSB board with "32/16" stamped on it. This means that when used as flooring, it the supporting joists must be spaced 16in or denser (32 is for roofing). However, if I did put it on ...

1 answer  ·  posted 10mo ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  last activity 1mo ago by Spamalot‭

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Where can I find a simplified Railways of the World map for player reference?

I've just gotten a copy of Railways of the World after playing and enjoying a few games. The eastern-US map is physically very large and "artistic". I and some of my friends have vision problems ...

1 answer  ·  posted 11mo ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 1mo ago by Michael‭

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Am unable to solve Minesweeper variant puzzle I created 6 months ago.

So 6 months ago, I posted this puzzle on Puzzling Stack Exchange that was part of my "Filling in an 8x8 minesweeper grid with mines" puzzle series. This specific one was based on Day 30 of the Mine...

0 answers  ·  posted 1mo ago by CrSb0001‭

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Can I set up a regular machine like the Steam Deck?

The Steam Deck comes with an OS which is basically a customized Arch, plus Steam, Plasma and some extra programs. The Steam Deck mounts most system dirs as read only, so for example it's not possi...

1 answer  ·  posted 6mo ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  last activity 2mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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What battery type has the least environmental impact?

Common general-purpose battery types available on the market today are: Disposable batteries, usually with some sort of zinc chemistry Older, generic rechargeable batteries, usually nickel chem...

0 answers  ·  posted 3mo ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  edited 2mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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What can I do with used disposable batteries?

What can I do with used up disposable batteries, such as AA/AAA? It used to be that these had to be separated so they can be put through a special remediation process. However, apparently that was...

1 answer  ·  posted 3mo ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  last activity 2mo ago by Lundin‭

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One cert with many domains, or one domain per cert?

I've noticed that it's possible to use DNS Name multiple times, so that a TLS certificate will cover multiple domains. Alternatively, you could generate a separate cert for each domain. What are ...

1 answer  ·  posted 3mo ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  last activity 3mo ago by Michael‭

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Can you always interpose an intermediate effect into any causal chain?

Consider the following claim: In any causal relationship X -> Y, it is always possible to find an intermediate effect A such that X -> A -> Y. This is a claim about nature, not our c...

1 answer  ·  posted 3mo ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  edited 3mo ago by Peter Taylor‭

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Proper way to create your own TLS certificates

What exactly are the steps to creating your own TLS certificates such that they create minimal error messages for users? For example, a simple self-signed certificate will trigger a lot of errors ...

1 answer  ·  posted 3mo ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  last activity 3mo ago by Michael‭

Question Webmasters tls
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How does science generalize local results to global scale?

Science tends to discover knowledge by performing experiments in the lab. For example, suppose we have a hypothesis that a volume V of atmospheric air, when compressed quickly to a certain ratio, ...

0 answers  ·  posted 3mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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How does climate change research establish causality?

How does climate change research establish causality? For example, when it is said that human activity causes global warming, what sort of logic is used to justify this claim? Let's not get into t...

0 answers  ·  posted 3mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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Where do I get a high-quality, ergonomic mouse with a dedicated middle click button?

Where can I get a high-quality, ergonomic mouse with a dedicated middle click button? I use "ergonomic" loosely, in the sense of "doesn't hurt to use all day". It doesn't have to have a special ...

1 answer  ·  posted 3mo ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  last activity 3mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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Is the historical method a scientific method?

Is the historical method a scientific method? When I was a child in grade school, I learned that "The Scientific Method" had the following steps: Observe a phenomenon: find things by curious ex...

2 answers  ·  posted 3mo ago by Conrado‭  ·  last activity 3mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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What type of contractor does flooring?

If I'm looking to pay someone to replace my floors (eg. carpet, laminate, hardwood), what is this service called? Would I be looking for a contractor, handyman, floorer or something else? I am ask...

1 answer  ·  posted 3mo ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  last activity 3mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Can you summarize any explanation?

When explaining a piece of knowledge, sometimes the explanation is short and simple and other times it is long and complex. Some people put the burden on the explainer, and demand that they make i...

2 answers  ·  posted 4mo ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  last activity 3mo ago by Michael‭

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What happens to TLS name constraints when the client does not support them?

I only have a working knowledge of TLS. TLS today supports name constraints, to restrict which domains a CA can issue certs for: https://www.rfc-editor.org/rfc/rfc5280#section-4.2.1.10 I've seen ...

1 answer  ·  posted 3mo ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  last activity 3mo ago by Peter Taylor‭

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How to mitigate the risk of self-signed root CA?

Since self-signed server certs are discouraged nowadays, often people create their own root CA and sign server certs with that. Obviously client apps won't trust the root CA, so the admin must the...

0 answers  ·  posted 3mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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Has anyone published a definitive argument regarding a "positive correlation fallacy"?

I think there may be a common fallacy which I do not know if it has been given a name and a fully developed, possibly mathematical, argument. The idea is something like a basic fallacy of assuming...

0 answers  ·  posted 4mo ago by Julius H.‭  ·  edited 4mo ago by Julius H.‭

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Is Kant's categorical imperative applicable to Q&A sites like Codidact?

On sites like Codidact, the question often arises about what rules should be imposed on user behavior. What is a good question? What is a good answer? What behaviors are desirable and which are not...

1 answer  ·  posted 4mo ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  last activity 4mo ago by Julius H.‭

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What is the modern view on the Socratic method?

Socrates was fond of engaging in philosophical discourse where he would simply ask questions and not make any statements or assertions. This created a situation where all the conclusions come from ...

1 answer  ·  posted 4mo ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  last activity 4mo ago by Julius H.‭

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Could a philosophical zombie verify that it is a philosophical zombie?

A philosophical zombie is an entity that is externally, behaviorally indistinguishable from some conscious entity, but lacks inner conscious experience, a.k.a. qualia. See articles “Zombies” and “...

0 answers  ·  posted 4mo ago by Julius H.‭  ·  edited 4mo ago by Julius H.‭

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What can I do with humans captured in pal spheres?

I've discovered that I can capture syndicate thugs in pal spheres. I can then have them fight for me or work in my base like regular pals. The thugs I caught (around level 10) seemed pretty useles...

0 answers  ·  posted 4mo ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  edited 4mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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Is there a consequence to catching humans in pal spheres?

I've discovered that I can capture syndicate thugs in pal spheres. It appears that I can then summon them to fight for me or work in my base like other pals. The message when I capture says that "...

0 answers  ·  posted 4mo ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  edited 4mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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How do you build a Fluffy Pal Bed?

To upgrade my base, I need to build 2 fluffy pal beds. However, in the tech tree, I can't find this building. Some techs are locked because "I haven't caught the right Pal yet", but which Pal do I...

1 answer  ·  posted 4mo ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  last activity 4mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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What's the deal with content farms?

In the last 5-10 years, I've noticed that many searches (especially Google) about technical or semi-technical questions, have the results clogged with "content farm" results. It's hard to precisel...

0 answers  ·  posted 4mo ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  edited 4mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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What is a common infinite and decidable set of axioms?

a formal system is a system of axioms equipped with rules of inference, which allow one to generate new theorems. The set of axioms is required to be finite or at least decidable, i.e., there mus...

1 answer  ·  posted 4mo ago by Julius H.‭  ·  last activity 4mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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What is the definition of ‘decidability’?

In order to understand Gödel’s theorems, one must first explain the key concepts essential to it, such as “formal system”, “consistency”, and “completeness”. Roughly, a formal system is a system ...

0 answers  ·  posted 4mo ago by Julius H.‭

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Is there an explicit law that you can reject being elected President (in the US)? If so, which law?

In the following scenario: A person is not running for President of the U.S. Somehow, they receive a large number of votes as a write-in candidate, and secure the election victory. They decline ...

1 answer  ·  posted 4mo ago by Julius H.‭  ·  last activity 4mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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What theoretical frameworks have been proposed to mediate the possible mutual exclusivity of privacy and free knowledge?

From what conceptual framework could one derive self-consistent ethical principles about how to distinguish between situations in which people’s right to privacy enables them to choose what data ot...

1 answer  ·  posted 4mo ago by Julius H.‭  ·  last activity 4mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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Comcast internet went down for small business. Can we have our losses offset?

In a small call center which handles many calls, the internet suddenly went down. This led to major workplace disruptions the entire day, lost business, and stress. A small business depends on thei...

1 answer  ·  posted 4mo ago by Julius H.‭  ·  last activity 4mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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Why is Schopenhauer's definition of intentionality not generally accepted by philosophers?

The following is cross-posted from Stack Exchange for catching my eye: Schopenhauer already defined "intentionality". There is a part in his philosophy where he separates representation into subj...

0 answers  ·  posted 4mo ago by Julius H.‭

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Is colonialism bad?

It is common nowadays for the term “colonialism” to have a default morally negative connotation. But, what really is colonialism, and is it always bad? Why/why not?

0 answers  ·  posted 4mo ago by Julius H.‭

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When is it ethical to kill?

What are some developed ethical theories and frameworks regarding killing? For example, is it ever ethically justified to kill? When, under what circumstances, and why?

0 answers  ·  posted 4mo ago by Julius H.‭

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What is a good, simple way to send electronic updates to a small group?

What is a good way to send occasional updates (like meeting times) to a small group of people (5-20) electronically? I see a lot of groups like this create a Facebook page and post updates on ther...

2 answers  ·  posted 7mo ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  last activity 5mo ago by Michael‭