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What is a good answer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Discussion on FAQ Question: What are the attributes of a good answer? What is a good answer? And what is a "bad" answer, within the context of this forum? What are we looking ...
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FAQ: When is it appropriate to “be a dick” on Skeptics?

There has been a long-standing issue in the Skeptics community that has been recently re-raised and re-branded by Phil Plait's TAM8 talk. It concerns traditionally hostile and/or mocking responses to ...
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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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Is Wikipedia a valid reference?

Wikipedia is a very useful resource, but: sometimes it has unreliable information. sometimes it changes. Should Wikipedia be used as a reference to support claims in answers?
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Pseudo-answers are the enemy

From time to time, the best answer will be decent, but not outstanding. It answers the question, but the question could have been answered in much greater depth. That's alright. You can't win them all....
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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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“citation needed” header

Should answers, which allegedly lack references be "decorated" with following header? This post does not cite any references or sources. Please help improve this answer by adding citations to ...
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List of useful sources for Skeptics.SE

The goal of this post is to contain a long number of sources, sorted by topic, to help users find sources for their answers. It's Community Wiki so that everyone can edit add new sources.
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How to cite books?

In this question, my answer references dead tree books. In at least one important case, the book is listed on Google Books with no preview. In all cases, the author and title will be enough to ...
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Can biased studies be considered valid source?

There are some studies performed by political organizations or NGOs with sole role of validating their point of view or getting their hands on taxpayers' money. These studies are heavily biased and ...
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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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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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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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Should we strongly encourage executive summaries in answers?

I have seen a great deal of questions which had very well researched answers referencing many studies etc... But getting to an actual answer to a question (e.g. "yes/no/depends on factor XYZ") ...
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Improving the FAQ

The first two paragraph of our FAQ read like this: Skeptics - Stack Exchange is for skeptics, rationalists, free thinkers, or anyone who questions pseudoscience. Skeptics is about applying skepticism ...

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