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FAQ: Welcome to New Users

I am a new user here on Skeptics.SE. What do I need to know?
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FAQ: Must all questions be notable?

One of the key themes of Stack Exchange right from the start has been that you can't have a site about everything. Each SE site has a topic, users who are devoted to that topic, and who will ...
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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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Is there *really* a reason why so many questions *really* need to include the word 'really'?

This issue has been pointed out before--someone noted in a comment that any question can be made into a "skeptic's" question with the inclusion of "really". Right now, in the list of the 15 active ...
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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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Non notable claims, made only on hate and or conspiracy sites, should be deleted

The question Did Benjamin Netanyahu say this about Christian Zionists? cites as the sources of the claim sites/blogs which are straight up from the darkest corners of the web. All those sites are ...
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Are religious questions on-topic?

At some point we will have to decide if religious questions are on-topic, and where exactly we will draw the line to off-topic questions. There is a significant overlap between the skeptic and atheist ...
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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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Politics, beliefs and motivations questions should not be allowed here.

These questions should be made off-topic because they are not answerable based on available evidence. In other words, there is nothing scientific in the investigation of the evidence. Also, they may ...
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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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"Untruthable" Questions

I have noticed a number of questions of the following basic form:   What evidence is there that this [insert reasonable claim] is false? (A recent example of such a question could have ...
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Should we ask questions that don't have answers?

Our FAQ states: You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face. Yet there are many questions that fall into our domain whose correct answer is: there is ...
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Are questions about offensive claims allowed?

Are questions about offensive claims allowed, so long as they otherwise meet Skeptics SE criteria? For example, are questions about holocaust denial, denial of the Armenian genocide, 9/11 trutherism, ...
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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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