The following passage from the Skeptics FAQ has always bothered me:

However, if your motivation is “I would like others to explain __ to me”, then you are probably OK.

While that's perfectly acceptable for other Stack Exchange sites, I don't think it is here. Simply put, we verify rather than explain. I don't think a single “I would like others to explain __ to me” type of question would ever fall as on-topic. Therefore, that section of the FAQ is misleading.

Can something be done about this?


How about the simple change of "explain __ to me" to "explain what the evidence says about __ to me" which changes the focus from the claim to understanding the evidence about the claim.

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