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What about claims that are well referenced? For example, you can often find a lot of medical references for any kind of popular diet, but skepticism would happen because it conflicts with a lot more medical references.

For example, the Atkins diet claims that fat does not make one fat or cause heart problems. While it has a basis for a lot of those claims, it flies in the face of other stronger medical research.

So how much research has to be done on a claim before it no longer qualifies as a Skeptics SE question?

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There is no such limit, for example we accepted the following questions which are skeptical of basic, well supported science:

The wording in the FAQ is a bit misleading. The claims do not need to be referenced, but they also do not need to be UNreferenced.

  • The moon walking does seems to be a biased claim, as the same people providing evidence for it are the ones getting funding for such projects :) But I see what you mean.
    – Muz
    Commented Feb 25, 2013 at 1:50

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