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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

We're almost halfway through 2021, and in case you missed it, Community Promotion Ads are gonna be a bit different this time! TL;DR: submit and vote for ad proposals before August 2nd! What are ...
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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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What makes a social media post notable enough to be the topic of a question?

Currently there is not really any guidance on here on what makes a claim notable. There's obviously "it was said by Trump/Biden/Johnson/Cook/Rihanna/insert A or B-list celebrity here" and &...
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Why was a chatroom frozen after a remark was made about Australia?

This is the chatroom: The Garden of Eden This is the remark: ...have you seen the latest heresy video posted by Veritasium on YouTube? To think he's supposed have a PhD in physics education really ...
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Sad to see that all comments have been deleted in an old interesting answer, what policies are there?

I happened to revisit an old interesting question in a contentious topic that generated some argumentation in the comments. Most of these comments in the question and the answers are still left which ...
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Many StackExchange sites wrongly claim you don't have to register to use them

The Skeptics.SE site has a welcome message: Welcome! This is a collaboratively edited question and answer site for scientific skepticism. It's 100% free, no registration required. All StackExchange ...
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Are very old claims on-topic?

The vast majority of questions on this site cover recent claims, but I have not been able to find anything in the Help Center or Meta saying that a claim becomes off-topic after a certain amount of ...
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New poster - getting downvotes but not sure why

I'm getting a few downvotes and no comments on a question and I'm not sure why. It's a politically contentious issue in the US. Usually when I post on new SE sites and get downvoted it comes with ...
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How can we better acknowledge events in the Skepticism community?

I was saddened to hear about the recent death of James Randi. The skepticism community owe him a great deal of gratitude. His contributions are too numerous to list here, but his work with his partner,...
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Why question about tax rate for top 1% deleted

A question was posted asking whether it's true that high income people don't pay much less in taxes than they did in the 1950s. The question was very poorly worded, and did not link to a source, but ...
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Moderator is allowing name calling without intervention

In this response, although flagged, moderator is condoning respondent calling me stupid. Are most US mass shooters Democrats? This is how moderator staff gets painted as partisan, because they are
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Why do I have a question ban after posting a well reccived question?

I recently had a question ban, because I asked two poorly formulated questions. I waited until the ban had expired, and then asked another question. This was relatively well received, with quite a few ...
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Incorporate today's SMBC into the site somehow

Today's Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal contains a proposed line from the keynote speech of a hypothesized "Skeptics Hall of Fame": If I have found more bullshit, it is because I have ...
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Why are my questions related to spiritual experiences downvoted?

Here some of my questions: one, two, three, four. Why are these questions so downvoted despite being on-topic? What insights should I gain from this for potential future questions I may want to ask?
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What should our SkepticsSE policy be on removal of bounties?

If a user puts a bounty on a question, that has several effects. The one best advertised is "to draw attention". Less well known: Relevant here is that 'community moderation' is restricted ...

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