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Does SE.Skeptics specifically require “scientific” references?

I'm a new user on this site. I recently provided an answer and linked to several online articles. However, my answer was downvoted 2x because two people didn't like that I used a non "scientific ...
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What is the purpose of the Skeptics area on Stack Exchange?

I just opened up Skeptics Stack Exchange, and expected some sort of science-based questioning. (A vaccine question led me here.) Instead, I'm faced with the same sort of randomness I see on Quora. ...
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Have quality standards for answers been increasing over time?

Have the quality standards for answers been increasing over time? I'm not so much referring to the average quality of what gets posted as an answer (there's no stopping for new inexperienced novice ...
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Is it the law here that “all answers must be referenced”?

Several 'top' users of this site are fond of commenting: "Please provide some references to support your claims." Alongside is usually provided a link to this Skeptics.meta question. Said meta ...
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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 ...
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Is deletion the appropriate action for answers lacking references?

I answered a question yesterday and my answer was deleted. There was a comment left by the moderator about it lacking references. I understand the rules of Skeptics.SE and the need for references ...
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How to handle answers based on «logic»?

There are a few answers popping up regularly based on «logic». The problem is obviously not the logic part, it is that the logic depends on uncited facts. Using logic to follow the consequences of ...
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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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Ending a discussion as community-wiki

This question in meta: Must all claims be referenced has been a controversial discussion. Now it is a community-wiki (CW in the following text), and my answer deleted. I don't know whether one action ...
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Some of the answers to the moon question seem too philosophical

The "Has man walked on the moon question" seems to have received many philosophical answers. This includes some of the highest voted answers: 1, 2. In my opinion, this is one of the worst possible ...
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Is logic enough?

Is offering a reference absolutely necessary, or is a logical answer enough?