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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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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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Answering one's own question for reference purposes?

What's the community's take on asking a question in order to answer it so that it will serve as a future reference? This might be tied to the meta question, Should we expect original research to occur ...
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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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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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Shoutout to moderators: stop deleting flawed, downvoted and wrong on-topic answers

Note: This question does not aim to devalue the hard work and time moderators are devoting for this site. Moderators will always have my respect (and this community's); however this question aim to ...
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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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Why is my answer deleted using mod powers because the mod that asked it didn't like it?

There was a question about StackOverflow productivity: Has Stack Overflow saved billions of dollars in programmer productivity? I answered it to the best of my ability. Rather than asking a question, ...
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Original research policy doubts

Having read this question I have to raise doubts what essential difference there is between posting elementary research on skeptics.SE or publishing it on some random blog and next referencing it here....
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Does 'authoritative' mean something?

Various comments made elsewhere include: In other words, the standards for what is authoritative clearly depend on the claim being supported. (Link) We require references to be of a certain ...
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How to answer scientific claims?

TL;DR An answer saying "Those reliable scientific articles say that yes" is enough for this site. Assuming the articles, or sources are shown to be of high quality and reliability. If you ...
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Where did some of the answers to my question go?

I usually like to go through my questions and answers and edit them, and make sure that they are up to date. I was going through my skeptics.se questions, and in this question, Does a webpage with a ...
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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 ...