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On the recent closing of a question, moderator Fabian wrote the following: "Medical questions unrelated to skepticism are off-topic here, I'm closing this question therefore."

Firstly, I agree that the question should be closed. Still, there's a problem here. What is "skepticism" defined so that question-askers may understand what is on topic and what's not on topic?

I have continued to ask for a definition of "skepticism" from members of this community, and have been given none. It seems like there is an understood version lurking in member's minds, where Skepticsm allows questions that seem appropriately "bizarre" or "untraditional" in some sense. I think a bad consequence of this undefined and murky construction of "skepticism" is that it'sits leads to leading questions, where "skepticism" becomes anything that is refutable by self-described skeptics.

So let me throw out some concrete examples: Is a question asking whether homosexual orientation is attributable to genetic influences less skeptical than another debunking of intelligent design? What about a question from anarcho-capitalists, who might wonder if the assumption behind government necessity in various issues is warranted by the evidence?

To be honest, my problem is I don't really understand the definition of "Skepticism" as a subject that derives from what I presume is its root word, "skeptical." I think it's appropriately "skeptical" to simply ask a question about any old thing, but some of those things are clearly off-topic here by member consensus.

What is Skepticism?

On the recent closing of a question, moderator Fabian wrote the following: "Medical questions unrelated to skepticism are off-topic here, I'm closing this question therefore."

Firstly, I agree that the question should be closed. Still, there's a problem here. What is "skepticism" defined so that question-askers may understand what is on topic and what's not on topic?

I have continued to ask for a definition of "skepticism" from members of this community, and have been given none. It seems like there is an understood version lurking in member's minds, where Skepticsm allows questions that seem appropriately "bizarre" or "untraditional" in some sense. I think a bad consequence of this undefined and murky construction of "skepticism" is that it's leading questions, where "skepticism" becomes anything that is refutable by self-described skeptics.

So let me throw out some concrete examples: Is a question asking whether homosexual orientation is attributable to genetic influences less skeptical than another debunking of intelligent design? What about a question from anarcho-capitalists, who might wonder if the assumption behind government necessity in various issues is warranted by the evidence?

To be honest, my problem is I don't really understand the definition of "Skepticism" as a subject that derives from what I presume is its root word, "skeptical." I think it's appropriately "skeptical" to simply ask a question about any old thing, but some of those things are clearly off-topic here by member consensus.

What is Skepticism?

On the recent closing of a question, moderator Fabian wrote the following: "Medical questions unrelated to skepticism are off-topic here, I'm closing this question therefore."

Firstly, I agree that the question should be closed. Still, there's a problem here. What is "skepticism" defined so that question-askers may understand what is on topic and what's not on topic?

I have continued to ask for a definition of "skepticism" from members of this community, and have been given none. It seems like there is an understood version lurking in member's minds, where Skepticsm allows questions that seem appropriately "bizarre" or "untraditional" in some sense. I think a bad consequence of this undefined and murky construction of "skepticism" is that its leads to leading questions, where "skepticism" becomes anything that is refutable by self-described skeptics.

So let me throw out some concrete examples: Is a question asking whether homosexual orientation is attributable to genetic influences less skeptical than another debunking of intelligent design? What about a question from anarcho-capitalists, who might wonder if the assumption behind government necessity in various issues is warranted by the evidence?

To be honest, my problem is I don't really understand the definition of "Skepticism" as a subject that derives from what I presume is its root word, "skeptical." I think it's appropriately "skeptical" to simply ask a question about any old thing, but some of those things are clearly off-topic here by member consensus.

What is Skepticism?

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Has "Skepticism" been defined?

On the recent closing of a question, moderator Fabian wrote the following: "Medical questions unrelated to skepticism are off-topic here, I'm closing this question therefore."

Firstly, I agree that the question should be closed. Still, there's a problem here. What is "skepticism" defined so that question-askers may understand what is on topic and what's not on topic?

I have continued to ask for a definition of "skepticism" from members of this community, and have been given none. It seems like there is an understood version lurking in member's minds, where Skepticsm allows questions that seem appropriately "bizarre" or "untraditional" in some sense. I think a bad consequence of this undefined and murky construction of "skepticism" is that it's leading questions, where "skepticism" becomes anything that is refutable by self-described skeptics.

So let me throw out some concrete examples: Is a question asking whether homosexual orientation is attributable to genetic influences less skeptical than another debunking of intelligent design? What about a question from anarcho-capitalists, who might wonder if the assumption behind government necessity in various issues is warranted by the evidence?

To be honest, my problem is I don't really understand the definition of "Skepticism" as a subject that derives from what I presume is its root word, "skeptical." I think it's appropriately "skeptical" to simply ask a question about any old thing, but some of those things are clearly off-topic here by member consensus.

What is Skepticism?