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Should we favor [social-media] tag over individual social media names, like Twitter or Facebook?

We have social-media, facebook, and twitter tags. Many questions about the named site contain the more generic social-media tag as well. Should we burn named tags or the social-media tag? Is there a ...
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Does trolling count as “rude and abusive”?

If I come across a question that I perceive as trolling, is it ok to flag it as “rude and abusive”? For example, this question (since deleted, but not blanked out) isn’t stating that a particular ...
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Should we follow the international date format standard?

Recently, a question title was edited to change the date from United States format (m-d-Y) to European format (d-m-Y). The reason given was Let's use international standards, tyvm There are ...
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Question worded to force ufologists and skeptics to provide the best UFO evidence = downvotes

I have a question about my Skeptics Stack Exchange post: Is there definitive proof that general UFO phenomenon is fake or real? I would like to invoke readers to provide the closest thing to proof ...
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How notable must doubt be?

Skeptics requires questions to be about notable claims. The burden of proof is on the question to provide evidence that the claim is notable. Must the question also provide evidence that there is a ...
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Should this question have been edited to provide positive spin?

I asked a question here which was edited by User DJ Clayworth to give the question a more positive spin. I edited to a more neutral spin, but he insists on leaving the positive spin version there. As ...
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Should the first letters of tag text be capitalized?

A user recently went through a bunch of the country tags and changed the text, deleting the first few words from those that already had text. As a result, the tag text now starts with an ...
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Are self-answers that give general “how to evaluate” guidance welcome here?

The skeptics SE gets a lot of questions related to interpretation of crime statistics in one way or another. Each of the ones that I can see refers to a specific statement, but the same kind of issues ...
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Closure: 'Do Tempur-pedic mattresses differ in material? '

I know little about mattresses. How can Do Tempur-pedic mattresses markedly differ in material? be revised to be on-topic please? Thanks.
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After what time / at what relational distance is an event history and not current events?

I'd like to ask about the limpet mines supposedly used on the oil tankers, but i think this might run afoul of the 'no current events' rule. So my question here: Is there a way to phrase my disbelief ...
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How to answer a question when the only possible path of research leads to a dead end?

Recently, @Gerrit posted the question Did an American kindergarten teach children the alphabet using corporate logos? Everything seems to be in order with regards to the question, with @Gerrit ...
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Can we add to tagging instructions not to tag on claimant?

Is it possible, in the instructions for tagging, to state that tagging ought to be on the subject of the claim, rather than on the claimant? It’s understandable that the average user won’t browse ...
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On what basis were the answers classified as original research?

Two answers (one of which I wrote) to this question on the commonest boys names in England were recently deleted on the basis they constituted "original research". I would like to understand why this ...
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Comment on deleted question

This question of mine just got deleted for "not notable, disturbing and as political propaganda. No thanks", before I could answer the comment by Oddthinking: A common form of anti-abortion ...
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When did explaining definitive sources become original research? [duplicate]

One of the moderators has decided to delete two answers to the question on the popularity of boys names in the UK (this one Is Muhammad one of the most popular names for boys in England and Wales?) on ...
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Could we undelete the atomic alert answer please

This question has been present on the site for several years, and the top answer has been there four years. I'm aware that it's first hand information, but it does provide useful information. I'm ...
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Asking for sources

Skeptics is a great place to get information on reliable sources and facts. Usually, one posts a claim (one is skeptical about) and the community comes back with really good links or citations for ...
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Help writing good, on-topic questions

I have problems with writing good, on-topic questions and would like to know what went wrong with some of my questions and how to improve them. If something is clearly obvious to you, it might not ...
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Should moderator decisions be more visible to the community?

It's extremely difficult to find out what decisions moderators are making when it comes to deleted answers: either your answer is deleted (which is hopefully rare among upstanding members of this ...
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Does the source of a claim need to be freely accessible?

A millionaire football club owner of a smaller local team in Belgium claimed in an interview that champagne makes grass grow better (he frequently waters his own castle grounds using the drink), and I ...
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Is writing code to parse data original research and therefore inappropriate as an answer?

This answer includes a Python script to parse data. The data source itself is linked. The answer is getting upvoted, presumably because people view it as a helpful contribution. The relevant help ...
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Should we close question about claims taken from reputable peer-reviewed publications?

I'm seeing an increase in questions that cite as their source of claim an article that would itself count as a reputable source for this site. It's from a reputable source, it's peer reviewed, or it ...
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Questions about myth origins vs the myth itself

I recently asked a question about the accuracy of the popular origin story of a myth, but it has been flagged as a duplicate of the question that asks if the myth itself is true. The user who raised ...
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Why was an answer about fracking deleted?

I posted this question, Can fracking help reduce CO2?. It got 3 interesting answers, all of which provided some useful information, from users LShaver, Brythan, and Randy Orrison. Since then, it ...
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Do we need to deal with [brexit]?

Some questions tagged brexit are about claims that are being made by pro or anti Brexit figures, sometimes making a claim about the status quo of Britain's involvement in the EU, but do not appear to ...
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Is this valid syntax?

You've earned the "Enlightened" badge (First to answer and accepted with score of 10 or more) for "Did Aaron Levenstein say 'Statistics are like bikinis'?". "First to answer and accepted"???
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Tag synonym proposal: [archeology] and [archaeology]

Please make archeology and archaeology tag synonyms. Otherwise a single word is represented twice with variant spellings.
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How to increase font size and use bolds?

How to increase font size and use bolds? And other formatting?
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Question Analysis 1: Pollution and its resulting damage

Skeptics.SE is unique from the model "meant" for other SE sites [citation needed]. Thus, if I may say, questions and answers on this site are an acquired taste. What does this mean? That any FAQ on ...
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Black hole question needs moderators intervention!

Was credit for the black hole image misattributed? My question was about using the algorithm to create a black hole image. The moderator Mad Scientist locked my question because they dont agree to ...
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Can survey results be notable claims?

The question Does illegal immigration in the usa strain social services? quotes survey results, asks Is this true?, then follows up with the more specific question What is the impact in the USA of ...
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Petition to reopen a temporarily closed question from 2014

I'd like to petition for reopening of the question Was there an electoral fraud during the referendum for the independance of Scotland? which was temporarily closed. A comment from a diamond-mod ...
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Are encyclopedias a good source?

Are encyclopedias (e.g. the Encyclopedia Britannica, the World Book Encyclopedia) a good source? Why or why not? I have read this sentence from here: References should have credibility in the ...
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The National Republican Congressional Committee is now asserting Beto is a furry

Is that enough to re-open this question https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/43435/is-beto-a-furry ? Here's the assertion with some type of photographic evidence. https://twitter.com/NRCC/...
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Do we really want titles like this?

I'm getting tired of the clickbait titles when users ask questions about quotes from famous people. Current examples from the front page: Did Paul Offit, MD, write or say this exact quote? Did Martin ...
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Discussion deleted and labeled as “worthless”

As far as I can tell, evaluating the truth of notable claims involves quite a lot of discussion of philosophical points of contention, such as: Questions of definition: Many claims being asked about ...
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Require questions about the Holocaust to receive moderator approval before publishing

If a low reputation user posts a question about the Holocaust, rather than being immediately posted, it should receive a notification telling the user that the question will remain visible (and ...
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My answer was deleted as original, non verifiable research. That wasn't the case

I wrote an answer to the following question. Did Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez or her office write and publish this draft version of a resolution? It was deleted as "Original Research". However, the only ...
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Why would you approve a revision to a copy and paste quote?

This edit modified the words of a direct quote, why would/should it get approved? https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/revisions/42710/5 Source no harmful equipment would occur on and around the ...
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Climate change question: not a duplicate I say!

My question... Is the recent pause in global warming due to cosmic rays? ...was marked as a duplicate of... Do the recent CLOUD results have significant implications for global warming? . But the ...
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Common sense vs. scientific evidence: on topic?

The question "Do spoilers increase enjoyment of a work?" quotes a university website on which recent empirical research from the field of psychology is summarized. The author of the question appears ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2019

2019 is here! And with the new year, as usual, comes a new iteration of Community Promotion Ads! Let’s refresh these for the coming year :) What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Why is this question “POB?

I asked the following question Do British people think they are losing face on Brexit? asking to confirm or deny what, according to some articles, appears to be an emerging concern about reputation. ...
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Why was my comment deleted? (And questions about policy.)

Was the wheel invented before the wall? is trivially answerable by looking up the history of "Wheel" and "Wall" on Wikipedia. That is why I -- providing those links, plus a link to the "Wall of ...
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Oddthinking has 100k reputation!

We've just reached a milestone: User Oddthinking has reached an incredible 100k reputation! I would like to congratulate Oddthinking with this major achievement and his unparalleled contribution to ...
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Diamond moderator closehammers should override the rest of the community only in exceptional circumstances

As much as possible, closing of questions should be done by the community in general contributing one closevote each, rather than diamond moderators using their closehammers. (When I say "closehammers"...
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What type of question can help expose a quack doctor?

Picture this: Doctor X claims Y and is selling Z. And there are some reputable websites that question the credentials of Dr X, refute the claims Y or debunk the cures Z. Folks can search the web for ...
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My answer deleted for downvotes… better answer deleted on a misunderstanding

I recently wrote an answer to "Did people and dinosaurs see each other?" that got deleted, with the note that if I wanted to write an additional answer instead I ought to undelete my first answer (and ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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What to do about moderators?

What can be done about moderators who delete reasonable comments and answers, simply because conflict with the moderator's personal prejudices? Or perhaps because they dislike the person posting the ...

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