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Should there be a question about the collapse of the Twin Towers?

Such a question already exists. Is there anything inexplicable about how the WTC Twin Towers collapsed? However, this question is marked as a duplicate with the following note from the OP. NEXT DAY......
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Can statistics from this site be used to show that conservatives make a majority of fallacious and misleading claims?

I get most of my news from the Google newsfeed, figuring it's a pretty balanced place because the feed is a collection of news sources and I know their respective biases; Google, I assume, doesn't ...
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Should there be a question about the UAF WTC7 study?

As some of you might remember, I asked a question about the University of Alaska Fairbanks study on 7 World Trade Center, which claimed that fires did not bring it down. It was downvoted, and IIRC ...
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Unpinning the accepted answer

It seems that Stack Overflow is getting a change and is no longer going to pin the accepted answer at the top and will now default to sorting by post score alone. In the post announcing this they ...
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Reinstatement as a moderator

I recently asked SE to reinstate me as a moderator here on Skeptics and the request was approved. I was one of the original pro-tem moderators when the site was created and became an elected moderator ...
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What's the probability that if a POTUS name appears in the question title, it will reach HNQ?

POTUS = President of the United States. HNQ = Hot Network Questions. I'm curious how much "clickbait" HNQ-"guarantee" does a US president's name confer to Skeptics SE questions. ...
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Those edits from me flooding the feed

As some of you may have noticed, edits to this question is getting bumped to the top repeatedly. This is because, due to the unreliablility of the autosave feature, I was forced to post an aswer in ...
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The "Welcome to New Users" page (linked to from the Tour page) makes Chrome complain that "Your connection is not private"

On the Tour Page of skeptics (https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/tour), there is a blurb at the top of that page: If you are familiar with Stack Exchange, but a new user on Skeptics.SE, we have an ...
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Is there any policy about revisiting old questions?

Skeptics is already a pretty old site (by Internet standards), there are questions here that are over 10 years old. Science advances all the time and new research is conducted which can lead to ...
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Why was my question downvoted?

I have a question about my Skeptics Stack Exchange post: Why did Biden make a strategic mistake and create a crisis by leaving Afghanistan? Why was it closed?
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users down vote with bad faith

I have a question about my Skeptics Stack Exchange post: Linoy Ashram - Did she not miss the flag، and still win a gold medal at "the Olympic Games!"? Why do users vote negatively with bad ...
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Are we ignoring quality problems blissfully if we see a chance to fight some strawmen from 'the other camp'?

We see a lot of substandard questions here. Some are more troublesome than others. Some good questions get deplatformed for being mistaken as "push" or whatever. This meta post is about ...
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Some basic skepticism tips when reading the news, and applying this to answers

I've railed against politics questions on this site in the past. I ran for moderator partly on the promise to address the issues with politics specifically. Mostly, my ire is toward the answers, that ...
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Has there ever been a notable claim that justifies a question that starts with "Has there ever been"?

I saw a Youtube video about Geraldine Elizabeth Carmichael, a convicted fraudster that happened to be transgender. The narrator in the video mentioned that Some People claim that people might ...
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Is a private communication from a celebrity notable?

One of our foundational rules on notability is that claims made by celebrities are automatically, ipso facto considered notable by the very fact that they were made by celebrities. Most of the ...
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Is a notable discussion/debunking of a claim enough notability to ask a question about the claim itself?

If a question only cites a notable news report, a debunking, or some other discussion about a claim (rather than someone making the claim), is that enough to satisfy our notability requirement and ask ...
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What was wrong with this edit suggestion?

I submitted this suggested edit to replace "amount of guns" (which is grammatically incorrect as "gun" is a countable noun) with "number of guns", but it was rejected ...
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Community Ads for 2021

September update: Community Ads are now live network-wide. Since none of ad proposals on this site made it past the score thresholds, none will be displayed — go to the main post on MSE for a list of ...
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Why is my goverment-whatsapp-eavesdrop question "subjective"?

While I was previewing my question, I stopped because the system indicated that my question was probably "subjective". The title of my question under construction was: Do government ...
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Is this question based on a straw man argument?

This question is a follow-up from a PoliticsSE answer, essentially asking to what extent the content of the cited quote is based on truth. Let me be clear: I don't question OP's or anybody's ...
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Handling Push Questions

When we run across questions that appear to pushing for a certain answer ether by the way the question was written or the way they attack given answers what is the appropriate close reason for it? An ...
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Closed because it lacks focus. But there's only one question. What to do?

The question about the Arizona 2021 recount is closed and the message says: Update the question so it focuses on one problem only. I am finding it challenging to make the question more focused than ...
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Disinformation! Quote taken out of context in Google Snippet

It's not a good day when you see this: * Red “disinformation” stamp not included on actual Google seaches! (Note the NSFW topic! All links are academic discussions of this.) You can do the same ...
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How do I counter inadequacies in answers to my question if more than a comment is needed?

This concerns answers to my question Biden 'fake' interview: video of Biden's hands appearing the wrong side of microphones The most up-voted answer gives as evidence a Snopes article Was ...
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Way to retract bad edit in review queue?

I realized after I submitted an edit that it sucked. It was held for review due to my lack of privileges. I wasn't able to find a way to undo it from the UI I can get at, is there a way for me to undo ...
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When do we consider questions not useful?

The alt-text of the downvote button gives 3 reason why a question should be downvoted: The question does not show any research effort. The question is unclear. The question is not useful. The first ...
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Are newspapers considered to be notable/reputable sources?

While there is the "gutter press", when reading anything in newspapers, I understand that there are differing standards between which paper reports the news. But invariably I have seen that ...
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Does applying basic maths needs a citation from a reputable source?

This question originates from this question, where my answer tries to clear a purely mathematical misunderstanding that OP seems to have. Now to me the key advantage of this is that you don't need to ...
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If I adjust my question this way, would it be on topic?

I have a question about my Skeptics Stack Exchange post: Are women breasts more attractive to men in most parts of the world, when compared with women's attraction to men's chest? I have gone through ...
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What is the right way to format a mathematical formula?

The question "Did Euler make the elementary mistake […]" sees something like a micro edit war centered around the formatting of the title. The original post used pseudo-math mode to ...
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Do moderators edit people's questions and answers here?

And close topics they don't agree with?
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Why does spam have to "not disclose the author's affiliation"?

The spam flag says that the question or answer "Exists only to promote a product or service, does not disclose the author's affiliation." The question that provoked me to ask this question ...
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Is asking "was the typo in the headline on this picture of a news site genuinely made" on-topic?

There is a picture circulating on social media of a BBC headline from 2017 about a major UK political figure with an unfortunate typo: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Es5oYlpWMAYbvLg.jpg. I want to ask ...
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Should questions asking to verify a disproportionate statistic be allowed without meeting certain criteria?

My question is motivated by questions such as: Are black people disproportionately shot more than other people in America? Are African Americans victims of a disproportionate number of police ...
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Why are/should questions about the verification process itself be out of scope?

Disclaimer: my question was just closed as being out of scope. OK, fair enough. But what I wonder is - why is it out of scope and should the scope perhaps be widened to include it? To recap: my ...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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What does it take to prove that statement on a data website is notable?

For example, Schmuddi argues that Knoema.com is "not notable". If I google for "Spain number of deaths", it's in the first page of hits on Google (4th ranged link): which is ...
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Should we have a post notice warning against political downvotes?

Background Post notices are banners that can be added by mods to the top of a question. There are only a short list of them available, the list is site-specific, and they require Stack Exchange ...
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Is notability a sufficient (not just a necessary) condition to ask a question here?

Stemming from this meta-exchange and also in view of some recent disputes on a q, is notability a sufficient (not just necessary) condition to ask a question here? As defined A claim is 'notable' ...
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Should we distinguish between "Did a person make a claim?" and "Is the claim true?"

There is an issue that has popped up a few times on the site, and often seems to lead to conflict and wasted effort. When we get a question of the form: Did person X say that Y is true? and an ...
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Should I ask this question here?

I've asked this question regarding Presidential record of personal ties with the power of pardon practice but it seems to be off-topic on the Politics SE community. The question to me seems political ...
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How can I reword my question about addiction and fasting such that it no longer triggers people?

I asked this question: Can any addiction be overcome by fasting?. This time I ensured that the claim can be scientifically investigated, and as such the question is definitely on-topic, yet it has ...
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Do we need to remind people how the site works when contentious questions about the US election are being asked?

I've noticed that many questions about the 2020 US elections are attracting many downvotes and sometimes close votes, and I'm not the only person who has noticed as the meta question New poster - ...
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Should Skeptics.SE censor claims?

In this question, I paste a graphic which has this text-content That one time I went to a mortuary and some cute mortician girls gave me a butt plug. Seriously. This is to prevent post mortem leakage....
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If a question may not have much direct research, are answers that infer from related evidence acceptable?

In a recent question, I left a comment saying that the actual topic of the question probably doesn't have much direct research, but that answers which provide research in similar areas could be ...
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How to flag question as belonging on another site?

If I flag a question as needing improvement, I'm presented with this choice: If I select the last one (belongs on another site), I get Hobson's choice: Only one site is offered, the wrong one where ...
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Why was the veal q removed from HNQ?

I see that the veal q was also removed from HNQ https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/posts/49953/revisions Why?
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Can a/the mod explain why the quadrillion question was removed from HNQ?

https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/posts/49969/revisions Is it really that bad of a q? Why?
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Reasonable answer deleted on unreasonable grounds

Oddthinking deleted this answer single-handedly. While I understand his reasons for doing so, his reasons do not conform to any valid philosophy of science. That much I can easily demonstrate on ...
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Can I cite a book?

Can I cite a book here? Because the new book "When Time stopped" by ariana Newman, while purporting to be a holocaust survivor account actually has a tirade about Jewish collaborators in the ...

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