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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: What are the attributes of a good question?

What does a good Skeptics.SE question look like? What are the qualities that a perfect Skeptics.SE question would have? Ground rules for answering this meta-question: One quality per answer Provide ...
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Should off-the-cuff claims by Donald Trump be considered notable without evidence that people actually believe them?

At the risk of offending EVERYONE of all political spectrums, should we really accept tweets by Trump as "notable" without explicit evidence that people actually believe them and don't just treat them ...
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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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Claims involving personal information about notable people

This is relevant to the question https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/31738/does-emma-watson-have-adhd I don't dispute that this is a claim made by an notable source, and that Emma Watson is ...
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Should we limit [quote] questions?

I'm tired and grumpy, but not sleepy. Probably not a good time to exercise mod powers. So, instead, I will have a bit of a whinge here, to see if anyone else agrees with me, or has suggestions on ...
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Is humor and satire acceptable for notable claims?

This question - Can science explain how bicycles work? - was based off of a claim made by Cracked.com a site for satire and humor. To me I would think it obvious that sites like Cracked and The Onion ...
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Can a certain numbers of "likes" or "shares" establish a notable claim (or: Are memes notable)?

The question Is the crime rate for undocumented immigrants “considerably lower” than that of Trump campaign staffers? has received a close vote with a comment saying that likes on Facebook do not ...
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Can you reopen the "Gotthard Base Tunnel Opening Ceremony" question?

Can you reopen this question? IMO it can be reopened. It is not asking people to watch and comment on a 50-minute video ... it's asking people to reference any official explanations (i.e. more ...
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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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FAQ: My question was has been 'closed', what does it mean?

Why are some questions closed? Is it like deletion?
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How notable does a claim need to be?

We have recently enforced that questions on this site need to be about claims of a certain notability, mainly to limit our scope and prevent that off-topic questions can be rephrased in the manner "I ...
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Must every questioned 'notable claim' include a referenced citation with a quote?

FAQ: Welcome to New Users links to How should we enforce notability? in which the accepted answer includes the following: It is not required to have an explicit cite for a claim in questions, ...
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Why is my goverment-whatsapp-eavesdrop question "subjective"?

While I was previewing my question, I stopped because the system indicated that my question was probably "subjective". The title of my question under construction was: Do government ...
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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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Why is the Charlie Brown question closed?

Why is https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/q/28207/2703 closed by @LarianLeQuella? It apparently passed @Sklivvz's inspection with only a title edit. Should I have not answered it, and flagged or ...
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Do we need a "widely believed" filter for claims made by celebrities? [duplicate]

Currently almost everything a celebrity says qualifies as notable here. The only exceptions that I've seen applied (until yesterday) are: what a celebrity says in fiction (e.g. in a magician's show ...
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What happened to my Ken Bone question?

I asked a question about Ken Bone and his newly acquired Internet fame, and whether Anderson Cooper, the moderator of the second presidential debate, intentionally selected Bone to ask the last ...
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What is this site for?

"Scientific skepticism" doesn't sound like an adequate explanation to me. Is it like a Q&A factcheck regardless of the topic?
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Why was my recent question about Jewish CEO's deleted?

Recently I asked a question and then forgot about it. But I found that it was deleted by mods. Why was it deleted? The mods didn't give any reason.
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Is a private communication from a celebrity notable?

One of our foundational rules on notability is that claims made by celebrities are automatically, ipso facto considered notable by the very fact that they were made by celebrities. Most of the ...
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The question is incorrectly flagged as duplicate despite valid clarifications in my comments

I have a question about my Skeptics Stack Exchange post: How does fasting affect your immune system when you are having infection? The question is incorrectly flagged as duplicate despite valid ...
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Question edited to alter meaning

I'm new to this particular SE subsite, so maybe there's something I don't understand. This question was edited by a different user in a way that fundamentally alterred its meaning. The asker of the ...
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Should we give more exact definition on what can actually be asked?

I know how this sound. Say I saw a page like this http://thegoodlordabove.com/god-talks-several-trump-supporters-need-safe-space/ And I asked whether God actually created the page. The claim is ...
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Should I ask this question here?

I've asked this question regarding Presidential record of personal ties with the power of pardon practice but it seems to be off-topic on the Politics SE community. The question to me seems political ...
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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 ...
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Is "belief in the claim" part of notability time constrained?

I was reading a Meta question about "Flat Earth" question, and the answers (at least one) seem to be predicated on a time constraint: Several people believe (note present tense) the claim I think ...
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Would it be on topic to use skeptics.se when ever I have a question no other SE site would fit for?

I just asked my self: Imagine I come across a question which doesn't fit on any SE site. (What not happens often, but it happened 1 or 2 times so far...) So when I phrase my question into a claim and ...
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Is notability a sufficient (not just a necessary) condition to ask a question here?

Stemming from this meta-exchange and also in view of some recent disputes on a q, is notability a sufficient (not just necessary) condition to ask a question here? As defined A claim is 'notable' ...
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Why are only questions allowed that are related to a specific, notable claim? [duplicate]

I now know what a notable claim is, but why are we only allowed to ask, if the question is directly related to a specific, notable claim? Let's say you live in a very small town and there's a new ...