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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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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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Should Skeptics.SE be moved to the 'Science' section?

As of 25 May 2015, skeptics.se is not considered in the science section of Stack Exchange: Don't you think it ought to be? (This topic has been already brought to meta.stackexchange.com)
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May I cite a single article?

If I think a single research is meticulous enough to clarify a subject, is it right to only cite that one article? The one I'm interested in references previous work, so there would be different ...
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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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Why is the mass-shooting question locked/closed?

The following question is currently under a temporary lock, and I expect it to be closed soon. https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/28146/what-are-the-rates-of-mass-shootings-in-various-...
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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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How do we know that our references are reliable?

I fail to understand how other people know what sites are reliable or not and how much. Making a sort of example, let's think in percentages: how do I know if a site is 50% reliable and another one ...
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What is meant by the word "scientific" in this site's "scientific skepticism"?

What does "scientific" mean in the context of this site? A commitment to the scientific method as per this entry in wikipedia? updated Okay, now that I'm in the right place ... how much of the past ...
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What claims can be debunked or confirmed by pure logic or theory?

Following Do we apply scientific skepticism at Skeptics.SE? I'm left with a curiosity, but I'd like to learn more. Can you help me out? According to some we are not using all tools allowed in ...
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Should the question asking instructions be referring to "scientific skepticism"?

The "How to Ask" has "Is your question about scientific skepticism?" (as does the default for the question title), and the FAQ has "Skeptics - Stack Exchange is for skeptics, rationalists, free ...
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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 ...