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Should suicide be a taboo topic?

To date, we don't have any taboo topics - subjects that may not be freely raised and discussed. (Sure, we have rules about how the questions are asked and answered, we expect questions to be asked ...
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Are political questions on-topic?

We just got the question "Is Obama going to shutdown the internet?" and despite the title there is a more or less objective question in there, namely if there are any plans to create a "kill-switch" ...
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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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The porn question

I'd like to see the porn question re-opened. I agree the question could use some citation and editing, but because it's closed I cant offer suggestions. I think it's an interesting question, and ...
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What are the attributes of a good comment?

Some comments made on Skeptics.SE are appropriate and helpful. Some aren't. What are the qualities that a good Skeptics.SE comment would have? Ground rules: One quality per answer Provide a brief ...
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Should we really delete obvious questions?

I think some of my questions are deleted because it's "too obvious" which one is right and wrong. The truth is I was not trolling. While I think it's obvious, others do not find it obvious. People ...
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Policy on profanity

I just noticed that we have no meta question about profanity yet. We have strict rules about attacks or insults on other users here. But what about general use of profanity and insults against other ...
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Are statements by artificial intelligence constructs notable?

The Stack Exchange Network has been abuzz recently over the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) chat bots such at ChatGPT to generate content suitable for posting as answers. Some sites, notably Stack ...
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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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What topics are in and out of scope of Skeptics.SE?

The FAQ page for Skeptics.stackexchange.com gives some brief guidance to what questions are on-topic and off-topic: Skeptics - Stack Exchange is for skeptics, rationalists, free thinkers, or anyone ...
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Are etymology claims off-topic?

I read the faq : it's for researching the evidence behind the claims you hear or read. So why was my question, about a rumor I heard about the etymology of a word, closed ? The point of this ...
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Should questions about "motivation" of organizations, rather than individuals, be considered OT?

I've just had my question Was Aeroflot SU2074 intended target in MH17 shooting? closed with reason "This question is about motivations, as such, it's off topic.". This of course refers to Politics, ...
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What sort of skepticism is on-topic?

I ask this question because of the number of questions which could (and should, I think) be considered off-topic, because the crux of the question is not skepticism. This question about statistics is ...
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Are legal questions on-topic?

Are specific questions regarding law and the interpretation thereof on topic? I can see it both ways. On the one hand, there are some widespread, but incorrect beliefs about some laws which I think ...
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Does verification to rumor like stories have a place in this forum?

In Was there ever a cannibalistic butcher/meat pie/restaurant... shop?, I tried to ask a question regarding a topic that did not seem to have any factual basis but just because it was a possible ...
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