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How notable does a claim have to be for questions about it to be considered on-topic? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: FAQ: Must all questions be notable? I know there have been a bunch of Meta discussions about whether answers to questions need to be referenced, and how good the references ...
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Why is this question closed and yet similar questions are okay? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: FAQ: Must all questions be notable? https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/6964/is-there-any-scientific-evidence-regarding-measurable-adverse-effects-if-any-o A ...
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Why are only questions allowed that are related to a specific, notable claim? [duplicate]

I now know what a notable claim is, but why are we only allowed to ask, if the question is directly related to a specific, notable claim? Let's say you live in a very small town and there's a new ...
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FAQ: What are the attributes of a good question?

What does a good Skeptics.SE question look like? What are the qualities that a perfect Skeptics.SE question would have? Ground rules for answering this meta-question: One quality per answer Provide ...
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What is a 'notable' claim?

Throughout the Skeptics.SE site, there are demands for claims to be 'notable'. For example: in Close Reasons, and in several places in the FAQ. 'Notable' isn't a common word and isn't always clear. ...
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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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Why a question regarding whether mom's genes solely affect son's intelligence gets closed for being “unclear”

I am referring to this question: Do the mother's genes almost exclusively determine the sons' intelligence? This question currently garners 9 votes, 1.3K++ views, which shows that this is a good, ...
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What should our new off-topic close reasons be?

All close reasons are going to be significantly changed in the very near future, and we're getting the ability to define our own off-topic subreasons. There is one extremely obvious close reason that ...
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Questions about shopping: are they on-topic?

It's easy to ask questions about shopping: Company A says that their product is better than company B's. Is that true? Company C says their product does X. Is that true? Product D costs more than ...
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Improve the question on “If life happened by chance, why can't scientist create life …”

There is a question on Skeptics.SE as follows: If life happened by chance, why can't scientist create life in controlled laboratory experiments? If life could spontaneously exist by chance, then ...
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FAQ: My question was has been 'closed', what does it mean?

Why are some questions closed? Is it like deletion?
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Must every questioned 'notable claim' include a referenced citation with a quote?

FAQ: Welcome to New Users links to How should we enforce notability? in which the accepted answer includes the following: It is not required to have an explicit cite for a claim in questions, ...
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How to deal with perceived admin abuse?

Following a discussion in the comments for the answer to the Is the Earth 6000 years old? question, I asked https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/8833/is-understanding-of-chemistry-entirely-...
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Change the 'unclear what you're asking' text

After this answer and its subsequent comments, I propose a change to the "Why should this question be closed?" dialog, which is currently as follows: unclear what you're asking Please clarify ...
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My friend says…

We appear to be getting a splurge of skeptics questions in the form of "My friend says...", "I heard...", etc. where the only evidence that a claim has been made is the person saying they heard it. ...

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