Linked Questions

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Handling news questions about current events

We keep on getting asked questions on ISIS. I have no problem with the subject, but most of these questions are about current news, have little-to-no evidence and are all around receiving weak or ...
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6answers
477 views

“Checking” an already very reliable source

There is a question about expectation of police killing of African American males. The statements the asker would like verified can be addressed by reference to an article in the Proceedings of the ...
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3answers
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Do we apply scientific skepticism at Skeptics.SE?

There was a lot of vigorous debate in the comments on a recent meta-question. A substantial part of it seemed to be arguing about a particular sub-question. This is an attempt to draw out the sub-...
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3answers
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How do I know that the information posted in this site is reliable?

Skeptics from Stack Exchange is a site used to correct or validate ideas, facts or knowledge in some form. How do I know that any post there (here) are not adulterated by any kind of organization ...
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3answers
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How should “conspiracy theory” claims be addressed?

(Related, but not quite the same as, How should unfalsifiable claims be handled?) What standards should be used when attempting to debunk "conspiracy theory" claims? Consider as an example Has the ...
9
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1answer
211 views

How to deal with the “decline effect”?

How do we reliably identify the decline effect and bring its implications to bear on existing Q&A on this site? I would think maybe the answer is almost too obvious: write an updated answer. But ...
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2answers
260 views

Is this site about scientific skepticism or fact-checking?

According the this site's tour, skeptics is a question and answer site for applying scientific skepticism, and I understand that this skepticism must be applied to notable claims. These are clear and ...
9
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2answers
192 views

How do we deal with doubt about an original source for a [quote] question?

In many cases, quote questions can be answered by finding sources or direct evidence for the quote in question, and that ends the matter. But some of the time, it all comes down to one source ...
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2answers
202 views

How to determine level of evidence required in information-rich world

With such a high volume of information in our daily lives, what are useful principles or heuristics for determining how much, or which kinds of, investigation are required for making an evaluation of ...
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2answers
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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 ...
2
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0answers
145 views

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 ...
3
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1answer
51 views

Is an answer that shows there is a peer-reviewed study that makes a claim satisfactory as an answer to whether the claim is credible?

This question has emerged again: Will global warming reduce available oxygen?. The accepted and significantly upvoted answer basically concludes that the claim has been made in a peer review journal. ...
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1answer
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How do we know we're being skeptical enough? (Applied Skepticism and Applied Free-Thinking)

How do we know where to draw the line at skeptics.SE? In other words, what tests can we use to know we are 1) being skeptical enough, as in sufficiently skeptical (a "not too cold, not too hot, but ...
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1answer
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When a question asks about the validity of a single source, are outside references strictly required

An answer I gave was deleted by a moderator. The question asked specifically about the validity of a single source, which claimed to be a clinical study of an alternative medicine treatment. My ...
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1answer
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Deletion threshold for inconclusive answers

there is some disagreement between me and several people over this answer: https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/a/44989/50610 Others say that I did not provide enough evidence to meet the standards of ...