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FAQ: When is it appropriate to "be a dick" on Skeptics?

There has been a long-standing issue in the Skeptics community that has been recently re-raised and re-branded by Phil Plait's TAM8 talk. It concerns traditionally hostile and/or mocking responses to ...
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FAQ: Welcome to New Users

I am a new user here on Skeptics.SE. What do I need to know?
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Pseudo-answers are the enemy

From time to time, the best answer will be decent, but not outstanding. It answers the question, but the question could have been answered in much greater depth. That's alright. You can't win them all....
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Discussion on FAQ Question: What are the attributes of a good answer?

What does a good Skeptics.SE answer look like? What are the qualities that a perfect Skeptics.SE answer would have? Ground rules: One quality per answer Provide a brief explanation of why it is ...
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FAQ: Must all answers be referenced?

How strict should we be about references? When someone makes a claim, should we require them to support that claim with a source? If so, to what extent should we go? Must all claims be referenced or ...
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List of useful sources for Skeptics.SE

The goal of this post is to contain a long number of sources, sorted by topic, to help users find sources for their answers. It's Community Wiki so that everyone can edit add new sources.
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Do I need to reference known undisputed historical facts?

For example, If I say WWI erupted in 1914 as response to the murder of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria in Sarajevo or In 1922 the League of Nations and the british separated transJordan ...
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What are the attributes of a good comment?

Some comments made on Skeptics.SE are appropriate and helpful. Some aren't. What are the qualities that a good Skeptics.SE comment would have? Ground rules: One quality per answer Provide a brief ...
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Does 'authoritative' mean something?

Various comments made elsewhere include: In other words, the standards for what is authoritative clearly depend on the claim being supported. (Link) We require references to be of a certain ...
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Should there be a guideline to inline URLs?

One of the most common edits I make is to turn ugly URLs into clean textual references. For example: https://www.google.com.au/webhp?ie=UTF-8#safe=off&hl=en&sclient=psy-ab&q=URL+...
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How much background information is required, how much is too much?

After spending an hour answering a yes or no question, Is carbon-14 still increasing in the atmosphere?, I am concerned that I spent too much time giving insufficient background on a complex topic ...
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Negative/critical answers preferred?

Maybe I don't get the purpose of this site quite yet, but is negative information the preferred information. I provided an answer that was supportive of a theory and immediately got downvoted, so it ...
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Can we add something about how to properly ask and answer a question to the FAQ

We are getting more new users here and the quality of the questions and answers is taking a hit. I think a short blurb in the FAQ on how to ask a good question and the requirements for a good answer ...
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Where are the rules?

So apparently this site has some strict rules about answers. As best I can tell they are something like some of these lines: Answers must include references. Answers must include citations. Citations ...
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Why are answers deleted?

Answers may be deleted by the moderators, for various reasons: Some reasons are obvious to everyone (e.g. spam) Some reasons are obvious to the regulars of this site (e.g. no references) Some reasons ...
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