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Discussion on FAQ Question: What are the attributes of a good answer?

What does a good Skeptics.SE answer look like? What are the qualities that a perfect Skeptics.SE answer would have? Ground rules: One quality per answer Provide a brief explanation of why it is ...
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How should unfalsifiable claims be handled?

Sometimes claims are made that are unfalsifiable. Evidence could conceivably produced to show the claim is true, but no meaningful test could be produced to show the claim is false. A silly example ...
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Downvoting is good for you (and for the site)!

High quality answers are the life and blood of our site. If we continually produce high quality content, we'll attract more experts who will want to help fellow skeptics. On the other hand, if low ...
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Are a lot of comments being deleted on this SE?

I suspect that comments are being deleted more frequently here than at other sites. Can anyone confirm whether there used to be a comment in this answer alleging that @Borror0 was guilty of ...
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Is anecdotal evidence sufficient for answers?

Related meta questions: Should we expect original research to occur on this site? Pseudo-answers are the enemy Must all claims be referenced? I was spurred to ask because of this ...
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Improve the Answer box by explaining what an “Answer” is.

I've been a little bit disappointed by some behavioral patterns I've seen among users posting answers on this site. We all know that gaining dedicated users is one of the primary metrics for ...
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How should new users get started with Skeptics?

I am a new user to skeptics (1 day!) and found the forum rules to be very restrictive and frustrating. Luckily, I was able to quickly pass my trial by fire, so now I have some reputation and am able ...
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How should questions with an impossible negation be handled?

Questions that can be verified yes or no (inclusive) make perfect Skeptics questions because an answer can definitively answered one way or the other. The evidence decides; the answer is accepted; ...
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Should “downvotes” require comments to actually count at Skeptics?

An upvote has a an inherent "I concur" value here at Skeptics or at least an "I like this question or answer". I believe that a user should be required to leave a note (and thereby take ownership) of ...
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Accepting “we don't have enough research to know” answers

I asked a question last week, and the only answer so far gives a summary of "[t]his is emerging science, and it is too soon to know one way or the other". It is a well-written answer which lays a lot ...
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Answers providing tangential/related information but not an actual answer?

I recently answered a question HERE concerning the long term efficacy of "personal development seminars." When I saw the question, I was reminded of information I ran across some time ago and posted ...
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Should we allow unreferenced answers as comments?

Lately, I have increasingly seen this behavior on the main site: some users, especially high reputation ones, posts pseudo-answers as comments on questions. Is this something that we want, as a ...
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How can we personalize our How to Ask page?

This is a follow up to How can we get users to write more elaborate questions? Each Stack Exchange site has its own How to Ask page which is displayed to every new users. The page was written for ...
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FAQ: What makes an answer good on Skeptics.SE?

What does a good Skeptics.stackexchange.com answer look like? What are the qualities that a perfect Skeptics.SE answer would have?
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Repeated comment by Moderators.

I find this post by the Moderators really really annoying. And I see it for almost all the new users answers. Welcome to Skeptics! We expect answers to provide references for all significant ...

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