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All posts must be directly relevant to ethics or be removed.
/r/Ethics is for research and academic work in ethics. To learn more about what is and is not considered ethics, see our FAQ. Posts must be about ethics; anything merely tenuously related or unrelated to ethics, including meta posts, will be removed unless pre-approved. Exceptions may be made for posts about ethicists.
Submissions which posit some view must be adequately developed.
Submissions must not only be directly relevant to ethics, but must also approach the topic in question in a developed manner by defending a substantive ethical thesis or by demonstrating a substantial effort to understand or consider the issue being asked about. Submissions that attempt to provide evidence for or against some position should state the problem; state the thesis; state how the position contributes to the problem; outline alternative answers; anticipate some objections and give responses to them. Different issues will require a different amount of development.
Questions deemed unlikely to have focused discussion will be removed. All questions are encouraged to be submitted to /r/askphilosophy as well or instead.
/r/Ethics is for discussion about ethics. Questions may start discussion, but there is no guarantee answers here will be approximately correct or well supported by the evidence, and so, many types of questions are encouraged elsewhere. If a question is too scattered (i.e. too many questions or question is unrelated to problem), personal rather than abstract (e.g. how to resolve something you're dealing with) or demands straightforward answers (e.g. homework questions, questions about academic consensus or interpretation, questions with no room for discussion), it will be removed.
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