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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 answers be referenced?

How strict should we be about references? When someone makes a claim, should we require them to support that claim with a source? If so, to what extent should we go? Must all claims be referenced or ...
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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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FAQ: What constitutes original research?

Answers which are wholly based on "original research" are generally downvoted and may be deleted. What are the characteristics that (dis-)qualify an answer as original research? How should these ...
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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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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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Deletion of an answer without good reason

I provided an answer to this question, in which I pointed out that the "profit per customer" can be defined two different ways, and considering that the question is given the context of how they can ...
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How is photographic evidence “theoretical” and not “empirical”?

I was very surprised to have a popular answer unilaterally deleted by a moderator. This is an answer based purely on a theoretical model. We expect answers to be based on empirical evidence rather ...
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Suggestion for an improvement to the “No Theoretical Answers” rule

(Making this a separate post on suggestion from Sklivvz) I have an issue with the "No Theoretical Answers" rule, because in its present wording, if I for instance refer to gravity and hinge my ...
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Theoretical answers: Where to draw the border? [duplicate]

According to this meta post, it is community consensus that theoretical answers should be deleted as off-topic. The reasoning is that [o]ne of the premises of skepticism is the application of the ...
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How to give the answer “There is no evidence for that, and it seems impossible”?

Here we go again: we have another question of the sort "Is this claim true, or a myth", where the answer is "No evidence for its truth, and theoretically impossible". The question is: Does stacking ...
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Question Analysis 1: Pollution and its resulting damage

Skeptics.SE is unique from the model "meant" for other SE sites [citation needed]. Thus, if I may say, questions and answers on this site are an acquired taste. What does this mean? That any FAQ on ...
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Revisiting the “no theoretical answers” rule: how does Skeptics SE define “theory”?

Just now an answer of mine was closed with reference to the "No theoretical answers" rule. I have a big problem with that, because this implicates that Skeptics SE operate on the on the "It's just a ...
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Why was my answer deleted with no reason given?

My answer to this question was deleted: Does a mobile plugged in to the charger produce more EM radiation? No explanation given. The answer does not have a negative score, has references and is ...
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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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