Linked Questions

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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 theoretical answers?

Answers which are wholly based on a theoretical model are generally downvoted and may be deleted. What are the characteristics that (dis-)qualify an answer as theoretical?
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Diamond moderator closehammers should override the rest of the community only in exceptional circumstances

As much as possible, closing of questions should be done by the community in general contributing one closevote each, rather than diamond moderators using their closehammers. (When I say "closehammers"...
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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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Is writing code to parse data original research and therefore inappropriate as an answer?

This answer includes a Python script to parse data. The data source itself is linked. The answer is getting upvoted, presumably because people view it as a helpful contribution. The relevant help ...
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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 ...
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Is user translation of Non-English languages considered Original Research?

This question is being asked on behalf of @lvc, who had the concern triggered by a question where another user helpfully improved a machine translation. Back in 2012, I gave this answer to a question: ...
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Do moderators delete too many answers?

I noticed that all answers to this question have been deleted. IMO at least one of those answers was better than nothing (i.e. arguably imperfect but shouldn't/needn't have been deleted). Assuming ...
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How should I answer a question about the authenticity of a quote?

One recent question was asking if a quote is authentic: Did Gandhi say "The most violent weapon on earth is the table fork"? If I could find a reference for this quote then life is perfect....
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“Original research” - multiplying 15 by 30?

My answer to Do cheetahs die after sprinting for 30 seconds? was downvoted because "This answer is based on original data analysis or non-verifiable data". The answer cites a published paper, pulls ...
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Oddthinking has 100k reputation!

We've just reached a milestone: User Oddthinking has reached an incredible 100k reputation! I would like to congratulate Oddthinking with this major achievement and his unparalleled contribution to ...
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What should be done with answers that commit the “obvious maths” fallacy - should they get a “sources needed” banner?

From What constitutes non-trivial analysis of available data? The "obvious maths" fallacy The discriminating factor is certainly not the level of mathematics, but the level of expertise needed ...
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What constitutes non-trivial analysis of available data?

If a question asks whether A is bigger than B, and someone posts reliable sources that provide the size of A and the size of B, and says that since the source for A provides a larger number than the ...
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Has the definition of a “theoretical answer” been revised?

On reading this excellent answer it made me wonder why that answer is allowed but this one was deleted. Why is one "theoretical", and rapidly deleted, and the other not? Or has something changed about ...
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Do we need an update on “what constitutes original research”?

I'm not here to kick up a fuss (I'm well aware of the fear of that whenever someone questions a decision to close or delete their answer) but I think maybe the "What constitutes original research" ...

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