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Can we do away with the mass comment purges?

Comments are essential to healthy skeptics questions and answers. For example, this answer about COVID-19 response has an incorrect supporting statement: Health care access has never been prevented ...
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Is Media Bias Fact Check a reliable site?

I use Media Bias Fact Check very often to check articles and their sources when I find them on social media and generally when I'm reading news or doing "whatever" research. I find it to be ...
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2020 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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How many users are barred from nomination here due to consequences of The Fall-19 (MonicaGate)?

We saw the fallout of The_Fall-19, also known initially as Monicagate, mainly on MetaSE. But this is also: the very reason why we need an election now, as two moderators resigned from SkepticsSE in ...
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2020 Community Moderator Election

The 2020 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks, ...
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When to use the various flagging options?

When flagging a question, you are offered these options1: spam Exists only to promote a product or service, does not disclose the author's affiliation. rude or abusive A reasonable person would find ...
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Downvote first, think later

I think that soon my account will be banned due to several harshly downvoted questions. I doubt I will be back, but when I look at the Sites questions in general, there are not many new questions, and ...
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2020 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it here. Skeptics is scheduled for an election next week, June 22, 2020. In ...
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“Checking” an already very reliable source

There is a question about expectation of police killing of African American males. The statements the asker would like verified can be addressed by reference to an article in the Proceedings of the ...
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Resources debunking false coronavirus claims in languages other than English

I recently came across a facebook post claiming that 5G causes COVID-19, and that vaccines against the virus will contain microchips. I found it very hard to find Spanish-language resources debunking ...
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Definition of “scientific skepticism”

What is it that's meant by "scientific skepticism?" Do you mean skepticism about what are supposed to be scientific facts, or do you mean skepticism which is in some sense "scientific?" If the ...
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Please configure display texts for custom close reasons

As of several weeks ago, questions closed as off-topic on skeptics.SE display a banner indicating that they are off-topic but without any information on exactly which custom off-topic close reason the ...
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Is asking a question to validate/verify the real world origins of the practice of being a “Soupeur” appropriate for this site?

First, I hope nobody who is reading this has just eaten… Okay, I was chatting with some friends and the topic of the “Soupeur” came up. Apparently this is a word used in France to describe the ...
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Moderator Election - Community Interest Check

We had two moderators step down in 2019 (only one was publicly announced), which leaves us as a community running with just 2 moderators. For the most part, we run pretty much fine with two ...
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How should we support multilingual answers?

We have long supported questions about claims made in other languages and answers referencing sources written in other languages, but the body of the question and answer needs to be in English to be ...
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Post DELETED (no, not closed) for no reason

My name is Ankit and I joined Skeptics Stack Exchange yesterday. I want to preface this by saying that I’m not trying to vent anger or rant about a problem, I legitimately want to get this fixed so ...
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My question is marked as duplicate although it was not

I have a question about my Skeptics Stack Exchange post: Can you prove a plane hit Pentagon on September 11, 2001? Although my question was not same, it was marked as duplicate. In my question, I ...
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Can the US not process more than some maximum of unemployment claims?

What 'details or clarity' are needed for Can the US not process more than some maximum of unemployment claims? This question needs details or clarity. It is not currently accepting answers.
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Are questions about supposedly haunted places or objects on-topic?

There are a fair number of claims about supposedly haunted places or items, and some of these claims have been documented in articles and documentaries with somewhat specific claims (e.g. here) of ...
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My new close reason: “the claim itself is too vague (and unremarkable)”

I've always had qualms about "unclear what you're asking" being a bit problematic on Skeptics because it's not clear who is "you" in there. Due to the Skeptics question format, which is about ...
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My question has been closed because of it being duplicate and it isn't

This is the question: Did Derren Brown use subliminal messages in this trick? My question is nothing like the question it is redirecting too. That question asks for a different thing and my question ...
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Why are such low-quality Covid-19 questions being allowed?

Perhaps I need an explanation regarding what is considered a notable claim. I was under the impression that the claim should come from a source that has at least the appearance of being reliable, and ...
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What is this site for?

"Scientific skepticism" doesn't sound like an adequate explanation to me. Is it like a Q&A factcheck regardless of the topic?
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Have these COVID-19 questions with thousands of views not been HNQ'd?

I've looked at the timeline and edit history of Is COVID-19 more dangerous than typical annual coronavirus variants? which has 4K views presently, but I see no HNQ note anywhere. So what explains the ...
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Does the [COVID-19] tag include related behaviour, such as panic-buying?

I've added to covid-19 to the question Are New Yorkers lining up in front of gun shops? But that question is not at all about the disease, or the virus that causes the disease. It is about (alleged) ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2020

2020 has come! But… oops, where did the time go? It’s already March! Belated as it is, it’s time for a refresh of Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Political campaigning to influence a presidential election on Skeptics, no one cares?

Once I read here that Sorry, but we don't care about your political opinions But are we indeed so careless as to allow blatant political campaigning? We witnessed a non-skeptical question on HNQ ...
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May I question the past findings of a tribunal or investigative body?

One of our standard close reasons is Questions about unresolved current events and issues currently under investigation by a court of law, government, or other similar investigative body are off-...
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Adding detail to highly-upvoted answer at a later date

I rolled the dice and answered this (not-super-great) question relating to CO2 emissions, and my answer is now sitting at +131: Have China and India more than doubled carbon emissions since 2000 ...
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how do skeptics respond to skeptics skeptical of the value of the exchange

Today, I found out about this Skeptics exchange. I was excited to show it to my friend who is undoubtedly a skeptic as I thought to myself, "he has found his people!" However, I have known him for ...
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How can non-moderators suggest a better duplicate target without flagging?

I posted a flag to this question suggesting a better duplicate target. The response I got was "helpful - You are able to edit in additional dupe targets". However, when I tried clicking on the "edit" ...
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2019: 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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Can Stack Exchange do a better job of detecting sockpuppets in this site?

I have a strong suspicion that most if not all of the low-quality, bad-faith trolling questions about the Holocaust and Jews are done by the same person using multiple user accounts. A lot of ...
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Should we increase the required question length of the quality filter to deal with Holocaust trolling?

A lot of the trolling questions about the Holocaust (currently, I'm of the opinion it's by one person) have very short question bodies: Did Soviets build a fake chimney in Poland? : One sentence in ...
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Question about a dog collar

I have a question about what evidence there is for claims made by a company for a dog collar that treats certain things affecting your dog. I think on the Pet SE (for pet owners, breeders, caretakers, ...
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Questions with context vs. isolating question from context, and conduct

In this question I took a claim I came about in an environmental essay, which I found intriguing -- "Did the 2018 drought in Europe result in 2019 worldwide grain crop not meeting demand?" ...
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Does featuring a question regarding propaganda on HNQ help do its work?

There's a question featured on HNQ at the moment. The question asks if a headline from a website named Sputnik News is true. As soon as the premise is examined it quickly falls apart and is easily ...
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Why do I have a -2 rep today for “User was removed”

I saw in the reputation dropdown a -2 for this site. On inspection my reputation tab looks as follows. Both of my positive reputation entries come from approved edits - how can these be affected by ...
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How to answer a question when the process of answering the question would reveal personal details of a semi-private figure?

Recently, Was Lt. Col. Vindman a registered Democrat? was asked. I did some research and can come up with a sourced answer, but it involves exposing more information about the Lt. Col. than just his ...
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Limited in what I can do to investigate a suspicious question

For this question, I was extremely suspicious about the question, but I felt like I couldn't justifiably flag it as "Rude and abusive". Is the claim likely to be complete nonsense? Yes, quite ...
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What should I do if I uncover new evidence on a question that I answered that invalidates my previous answer?

I recently answered Is “US Military Intelligence report EW-Pa 128” real? with some information from a forum post. The evidence wasn't great, and I fully admitted it in the answer. However, given the ...
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Why does Google search first display “Are neo-Nazis calling for the murder and torture of Stack Exchange members”?

On multiple, unrelated, computers/networks, on different days, without being logged in to Google, search results for Skeptics Stack Exchange prominently display: Are neo-Nazis calling for the ...
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How to deal with a question where the “notable claim” turned out to be invalid?

Recently, this question was asked and answered. The original version of the question did not have the source of the notable claim provided. When pressed, OP provided a link to a hour-long podcast ...
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Rude/abusive comment left on a now-deleted question; what can be done about it?

Earlier this morning, I came across this question. As well as multiple downvotes, it had attracted a comment consisting of a rather blunt answer followed by "Do your homework". I responded suggesting ...
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Why are questions about Trump often closed?

Why are most questions whose subject is what The President presumably said or did always treated with distrust on this site? Ending up inevitably on hold, closed, deleted etc. Is it an invitation to ...
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I'm resigning as a moderator

As a moderator, I have to help this community thrive and also to represent it towards Stack Exchange. I am convinced that many of SE's recent choices: ads, CoC changes, license changes, are actively ...
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Where should quote-hunting questions go?

Skeptics.SE regularly receives on-topic questions of the form "Did Person X say Quote Y?" The answers fall into a few categories: Yes, they said it at Event Z. No, Person A said it, at Event Z. ...
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sceptics.stackexchange.com should redirect to the site [duplicate]

In British English, “skeptic” is spelled “sceptic”. However http://sceptics.stackexchange.com does not redirect to https://skeptics.stackexchange.com. For the sake of our friends across the pond, can ...
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Let’s fill [lead-poisoning] full of [lead]!

There are currently four questions tagged lead and five questions tagged lead-poisoning, one of which is tagged with both. All of the questions tagged with lead are about lead poisoning, which means ...
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Was there anything wrong with this question about Boris Johnson or its answer?

My question Has Boris Johnson ever referred to any of his opponents as “traitors”? has (perhaps aptly) devolved into a debate about propriety rather than the issues, so I'd like to get a second ...

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