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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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FAQ: Must all questions be notable?

One of the key themes of Stack Exchange right from the start has been that you can't have a site about everything. Each SE site has a topic, users who are devoted to that topic, and who will ...
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What is a 'notable' claim?

Throughout the Skeptics.SE site, there are demands for claims to be 'notable'. For example: in Close Reasons, and in several places in the FAQ. 'Notable' isn't a common word and isn't always clear. ...
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Asking questions about things everyone has heard but there are no studies for

So my first question was put on-hold because it didn't fit site guidelines about there needing to be a published study making the claim I'm asking about. The mod is right--there aren't a lot of ...
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Can we fix the Amish/Vaccination/Autism question?

The question, Do the Amish have a lower rate of autism? is looking like a road accident. This question is to explain what happened, and to invite suggestions on how to fix it. Let's work our way ...
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How should we enforce notability?

We require questions here on Skeptics to be about notable claims. This restriction is necessary to keep the site somewhat focused, despite the fact that we essentially accept questions about pretty ...
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What is minimum notability of claims for this site?

Recently there was a question that asked if a certain twitter quote was attributable to Adria Richards. In the comments do that question I raised the question of it was even a notable claim for the ...
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Change the 'unclear what you're asking' text

After this answer and its subsequent comments, I propose a change to the "Why should this question be closed?" dialog, which is currently as follows: unclear what you're asking Please clarify ...
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Should we tackle already-referenced claims?

I am torn on how we should treat cases where the claim is of the form: I read in this article that: Ninety percent of slithy toves gyre more than they gimble. (Andersen, 1980) Is it true that so ...
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How much we need to define in a question?

This question was "put on hold" because it was "unclear" that what I am asking. I was asked to define what I mean by "natural". Same happened with this question. I had to define the word "loyal". ...
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Would the question “Did Einstein actually say X?” be on-topic here?

Would it be on-topic to ask here: Did Einstein actually say: "Make everything as simple as possible, but no simpler?" By my reading of the FAQ, I would think not. Skeptiks is about: ...
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Update the example of the 2 Minute Tour

At the moment the tour refers to an example of the thread "Does hot water freeze faster than cold water?" The problem is that the thread wouldn't be allowed by today's standards. The question ...
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Improve the About page

Further to Can the About page be improved? I suggest adding something like the following content to the page. The purpose of this site is to question whether notable claims are true. In general any ...