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Is it allowed to ask if a certain measurement index is reliable?

I'd like to ask about how valid HDI (Human development index) is. I mean, if what they use for making the index, is more and less valid (obviously there can be errors, but at least it uses a good ...
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Questions about predictions in sacred texts

There have been several questions along the lines of “are values of important constants in the Bible”. Would it be within the spirit of the site to treat these as X Y problems in that the X (...
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Power user Edit(orializing) controversial questions to make them weaker?

I had a strange experience with having my question on a controversial topic edited by a power user. In some ways the question was improved by adding more details, but also subtly changed the meaning, ...
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Add a "landfill" tag to the sites tags (withdrawn)

A user recently suggested in a comment that we have a "landfill" tag: I just think we also need to explicitly label unreliable sites as unreliable/conspiracy/etc. instead of letting people ...
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How to deal with re-surfaced old questions that don't meet today's standards?

I've noticed a number of old questions that have resurfaced as active due to edits either to the questions or to answers. Many of them don't meet the contemporary criteria for on-topic questions as ...
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Request to undelete mod-deleted "Transgender" question

@MadScientist deleted this question: "Do Trans people want to change "their biological sex"? Is that impossible?" He apparently also suspended the account for a day. While the &...
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Are questions about product warnings on-topic?

We currently allow questions about product claims in advertisements. Would questions about claims made in product warnings be similarly acceptable if they are otherwise reasonably clear and notable? I ...
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Should we have a tag for crazy law questions?

"Crazy laws" (also known as "stupid laws", weird laws", "unusual laws" or similar) are a pop culture phenomenon going back at least to the 1990's that consist of ...
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Deriving a well elaborated question on a delicate and difficult historical/actual topic

I've come across a thing/claim which is quite unpleasant but it comes from a blogger I have used to trust for a long time, he has also a considerable audience, and I've also double checked the ...
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Transparency and proper procedure: why are moderators and their duties so mocked and tainted on SkepticsSE, leaving users clueless and powerless?

What's going on here? First a moderator gets just (re)-appointed, without any election? Note: this is not against the actual person getting that job then, but it is firmly against this example of ...
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Standard for (not) closing Russia-Ukraine war questions [duplicate]

Right now it seems rather haphazard: Did a Turkish cargo ship get bombed in the Black Sea during the Russian invasion of Ukraine? NOT closed (also answered). Did a Ukrainian woman tell a Russian ...
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Propaganda Questions

I noticed on Politics Meta that a recent post was made about protecting the site from propaganda questions related to current events surrounding Ukraine and was wondering if anything like that was ...
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How should we handle questions about the 2022 war in Ukraine?

There will doubtless be hundreds of questions from old and new users about claims about the war in Ukraine, and it might be good to discuss how to handle them before it gets out of hand. Personally I ...
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Premature comment deletion on a non-answer exacerbating HNQ-badness; mods seem to refuse to act upon answer quality despite terrible content, again

Again we see the HNQ issues on a 'popular' Covid question without any proper answers. Is there an unusual distribution of adverse events by lot number for COVID-19 vaccines? And the comments under ...
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The first link on this help page needs to be fixed

The first link on this help page needs to be fixed: https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic It links to: https://meta.skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/864/when-in-doubt-ask-for-a-citation ...
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2021: 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 preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Improving the question regarding 'surgery results based on gender'

The question is not mine, yet something I find interesting: Are women 32% more likely to die if operated on by a male surgeon? The Question is closed due to being unfocused. As I see this: It has ...
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Incorrectly and arbitrarily deleted answer for being alleged as "theoretical"

My answer to this question was arbitrarily deleted by a mod. It was sourced, and was not (despite the allegations) theoretical. I carefully read the definitions of "theoretical answers" and ...
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We can't blame the British. How can we fix the Israeli cat question?

This recent question has been through a few edits (at the time of writing - I am hoping it gets some more). The original title was "Is Israel's stray cat problem due to the British?" I ...
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What makes a UFO question a good UFO question?

"UFO" and "Unidentified" are unclearly defined The term UFO has two separate meanings. The more formal meaning is exemplified by Wikipedia's definition: An unidentified flying ...
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Can notability be scientifically quantified?

There is a discussion about whether it is appropiate to source racist sources, see Antisemitic or Racist Sources. On one hand it may be problematic to indirectly promote hateful content and subject to ...
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Antisemitic or Racist Sources

I have never written a post like this before, because I generally do not care how StackOverflow is moderated or run. I apologize if this is overly wordy. There is an active question which asks about ...
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What to do with information that doesn't fully answer a question, but may help?

It sometimes happens that I start researching a question and find some information or source that is potentially useful, but doesn't by itself resolve the question completely. If I don't have the ...
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Why would pointing out that there is no evidence offered in a claim considered "opinion"?

The question was "did X do this?" In my answer, I pointed out that the referenced claim offers no evidence of any kind of involvement by X. Answer was deleted by Oddthinking as opinion and ...
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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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