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As part of cleaning up the site, I'm deleting multiple closed and abandoned questions from 2011 where I think they have no historical significance.

Please review the following list, if there is any question that I've deleted by mistake, point it out in an answer.

Notes

  • "it's salvageable/can be fixed" is not a good reason to not delete at this point. These questions have been abandoned for a long time. If you think it's salvageable, fix it by editing first and then add an answer.

  • "migrate this" is also not a good reason -- we simply don't migrate old, possibly answered, closed questions to other sites. However, if you think a post would be a great question elsewhere ...ask it again on the new site!

  • only high-rep users and owners will be able to see the posts.

Deleted questions

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I don't agree with neither the deletion nor the closure of these questions:

https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/2131/does-the-cia-own-part-of-facebook

It has a good answer. It has been closed as too localized, but this question could be like general information. Facebook has billion of users, so they might be interested to know if CIA owns part of Facebook.

https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/7111/does-defragging-shorten-the-life-of-a-computer-hard-drive

It is a very good question with a notable claim. It has been closed because "claims that are not widely heard or read are off-topic", huh? I've heard this claim thousands of times. Note also that it has a good answer which shows a publication by Google.

Also, this question is on-topic and answered, wondering why it got purged:

https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/5310/can-we-see-the-curvature-of-earth-from-the-top-of-worlds-tallest-building

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  • Thanks for reviewing :-) Please use one answer per question. Also note: having an answer or us finding the questions useful does not make them about notable claims :-) – Sklivvz Jul 11 '15 at 9:56
  • @Sklivvz: You mean one question per answer? – Shougo Makishima Jul 11 '15 at 11:13
  • Yes, that's what I meant – Sklivvz Jul 11 '15 at 11:24
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    The first two lack evidence of a notable claim, can you add it? The third appears to be a made up claim. – Sklivvz Jul 12 '15 at 15:06
  • @Sklivvz: I'll try. – Shougo Makishima Jul 12 '15 at 18:53
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I think that the "Does house cleaning counts as exercise should stay. A simple google of "house chores exercise" gives planty of examples for this claim.

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  • Can you add some examples to the question then? The closest thing that I can find is the Daily Mail, but it also says " housework isn't a good form of cardiovascular exercise", which invalidates the claim imo. – Sklivvz Jul 12 '15 at 15:16
  • I will, I dont have time right now, maybe later today or in the next few weeks. – SIMEL Jul 12 '15 at 15:17
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The exploding laptop battary question is perfectly fine. It has an example of notability (the xkcd comic) and this claim can be found all over the internet (google "exploding laptop battary").

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  • Besides the XKCD comic, all the other linked examples actually state that a Li battery will not explode. The video shows people not exploding LiPo batteries etc. Your google search does not show examples of people claiming that a battery can be exploded (meaning: used as an explosive). – Sklivvz Jul 12 '15 at 15:12
  • A. I didn't actualy view the google results, just saw their titles. B. I think that xkcd is a noteble source by its own, and if all other sources say that it's impossible, then they should be sources in an answer. – SIMEL Jul 12 '15 at 15:16

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