Linked Questions

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Is Wikipedia a valid reference?

Wikipedia is a very useful resource, but: sometimes it has unreliable information. sometimes it changes. Should Wikipedia be used as a reference to support claims in answers?
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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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Community Promotion Ads - 2013 [duplicate]

Y'all apparently never got one of these. I thought I covered you in the sweep, but, whoops. Well, let's get you off to a fresh start at a full cycle instead of midway, then, at least. What are ...
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Is Mythbusters “ancedotal evidence”?

After reading the question Is anecdotal evidence sufficient for answers? I realized that Mythbusters is basically just that - video-taped experiments meant to prove or disprove some hypothesis. It's ...
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Is Penn Teller's Bullshit a reliable source?

I love James Randi, The Skeptics Guide and Penn Point about as much as Bullshit!. And I love how on the last one they pick very heated topics to mostly defend their own (and maybe just apparently) ...
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What is the purpose of the Skeptics area on Stack Exchange?

I just opened up Skeptics Stack Exchange, and expected some sort of science-based questioning. (A vaccine question led me here.) Instead, I'm faced with the same sort of randomness I see on Quora. ...
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How do we know that our references are reliable?

I fail to understand how other people know what sites are reliable or not and how much. Making a sort of example, let's think in percentages: how do I know if a site is 50% reliable and another one ...
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Can biased studies be considered valid source?

There are some studies performed by political organizations or NGOs with sole role of validating their point of view or getting their hands on taxpayers' money. These studies are heavily biased and ...
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How can users who do not subscribe to scientific journals contribute?

In trying to answer several questions, I find that I am often stymied by the fact that most of the specific information on the subjects that I am researching are locked up behind an expensive paywall (...
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How to do my own research

This is almost a meta question, but I think that it's interesting and valid for the main site. Given a particular topic (for example: Is the Alexander Technique valid, or just snake oil?), where do I ...
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Reputable Sources for a given topic

My answer to the question Is the New Testament significantly corrupted from its originally intended form? was deleted today by a mod. The comments section is locked because of this, so I turn to meta. ...
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Should we undelete these answers?

On the "Is the Earth 6000 years old?" question, there are a few deleted answers which, while wrong, are, technically speaking, supported by references. The issue is that they are supported by ...
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Do history questions belong on skeptics?

Are questions tagged history more appropriate for History.SE? Yes, there are a lot of questions tagged as history on Skeptics.SE. Especially when it concerns historical matters involving religion, it'...
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FAQ: What makes an answer good on Skeptics.SE?

What does a good Skeptics.stackexchange.com answer look like? What are the qualities that a perfect Skeptics.SE answer would have?
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Are references enough?

There are many posts here in meta, and in the main site regarding the requirement to reference each substantial claim. Thus, answers without references, but with relevant details or analysis are ...

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