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Questions tagged [answers]

This tag is for questions about answers: how to answer, whether specific answers are appropriate, and so forth.

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Are answers based on personal (but documented) experience acceptable on skeptics?

I would like to know if I could contribute by either asking questions or supplying answers that are based on my personal but documented experience. Obviously, I cannot prove anything scientifically, ...
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Are people with the trusted users privilege allowed to vote to delete unreferenced answers?

Diamond moderators regularly delete answers on the grounds that they are unreferenced. (Ironically enough, I can find a FAQ stating that answers must be referenced, but couldn't find any post saying ...
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Is creating a figure based on referenced data original research?

I was thinking about creating and adding a figure to one of my answers. I'd use data from a referenced source to create that figure, which would probably take the form of a bar chart or something ...
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Accepting “we don't have enough research to know” answers

I asked a question last week, and the only answer so far gives a summary of "[t]his is emerging science, and it is too soon to know one way or the other". It is a well-written answer which lays a lot ...
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Answering “Can you achieve immortality through yoga?”

Re: Can you achieve immortality through yoga? One approach to answering this question is to use the statistical evidence regarding the Maximum Reported Age at Death (MRAD): https://www.nature.com/...
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Answer moved to comment by mod

I joined a community today because I had something unique to add to a question. There already was a decent answer, but mine was talking about points not mentioned in it. While my answer was a bit ...
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Interpretation, misleading claims, and literalism [duplicate]

I have looked through the various questions and answers on meta regarding this, and have not found anything solid. The nearest can be found here, and the mod's answer is at odds with the highest-voted ...
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At which level of digging do we decide that a source is acceptable?

Consider the following, if given as evidence in an answer: In a 2005 Example.com interview of renowned ornithologist George Credibleopoulos, George explicitly stated that snipes do indeed migrate ...
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What makes a good “the answer is unknown” answer?

In some cases the status of a claim is objectively unknown, e.g. if research indicates that we definitively do not know the answer, or if research leads to no information one way or the other (these ...
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Sorry, but we don't care about your political opinions

This is a reminder of an issue that has come up before - around the last US election: Are political comments a problem? If your comment is little more than tribal markings to indicate the US ...
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Answer on my post should not have been deleted

I posted this question: Does Twitter censor content with a double standard? To which K Dog answered. There's reasons to down vote the answer, but it was a legitimate answer nonetheless. Though it is ...
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Answer was deleted - how can I challenge the reason?

I had an answer deleted with the reason given that it "didn't answer the question" which I disagree with. Is there a way I can respond/chat with the person who deleted it to question their reasoning? ...
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What should we do when the accepted answer is incorrect?

I was lurking around Skeptics.SE recently, as I usually do, and I found a question that triggered some thinking on my side. Let me put out a (not-so-much) hypothetical question. Let's suppose we ...
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Are questions about Hillary, Bill and Donald considered off-topic, at the moment?

I saw some contentious activity (questions, comments) earlier today, e.g., a user that wanted to verify the taped conversation of Trump's words about what he did / does to women because of his fame. ...
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Citing holocaust denial sites in answers is regarded as acceptable by moderators

This answer cites the Institute for Historical Review, a holocaust denial organisation. I flagged the answer, and got declined - a moderator reviewed your flag, but found no evidence to support it ...
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Can a negatively voted down answer be checked as the right one by the owner?

This question is answered by the same OP and although it is negatively voted down, the owner has accepted his own answer! Can these type of answers be removed or deleted even though the owner has ...
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Is saying “Woo!” makes apples falling from the sky? (what is the right answer to the groundless hypothesis?)

Is saying "Woo!" makes apples falling from the sky? This is obviously the wrong assumption, but most likely you will not be able to find any direct and trusted references that it does not. How the ...
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Do We Answer Claims or the Arguments They Come From?

I'm new to Skeptics.SE, coming from other .SE sites. Questions here often seem to have two components: a broad argument and a specific claim. My understanding is that a good answer authenticates or ...
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How should “conspiracy theory” claims be addressed?

(Related, but not quite the same as, How should unfalsifiable claims be handled?) What standards should be used when attempting to debunk "conspiracy theory" claims? Consider as an example Has the ...
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Bannered answer clean up (2011-2012)

I've deleted the following old answers as unreferenced as abandoned. I've only removed answers which had absolutely no references, or completely inadequate references (e.g. "the sun is yellow [ref: ...
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What claims can be debunked or confirmed by pure logic or theory?

Following Do we apply scientific skepticism at Skeptics.SE? I'm left with a curiosity, but I'd like to learn more. Can you help me out? According to some we are not using all tools allowed in ...
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Have quality standards for answers been increasing over time?

Have the quality standards for answers been increasing over time? I'm not so much referring to the average quality of what gets posted as an answer (there's no stopping for new inexperienced novice ...
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What is the stance on biased answers?

What is the stance of this website and community concerning answers that are 1. accepted and 2. biased? If the answer has no credible sources to confirm a claim then it is by definition a bias ...
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To what extent can OPs discredit sources in advance?

Current policy is that the reference/evidence given in an answer should be 'better' than the reference/evidence being questioned. To what extent should an OP be allowed to discredit (in their ...
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What to do with an answer which is bad except for one line where it gives a good source?

In this answer everything is bad, everything except for the last line which is a link to a good source is unrelated to the question. The first part is a rant against the NRA, and the second part is ...
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In answers are there connections between formatting, content, and neutrality?

What do you think of, how do practice, using bold text in answers? Or even UPPER CASE text? Here are recent comments (the bold text formatting, added to them for emphasis, is mine): All I can say ...
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Is my answer acceptable?

I would like to know if my answer at https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/a/23856/21485 is acceptable for this site. This is the first post I have made here. I greatly appreciate the existence of this ...
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FAQ: What are theoretical answers?

Answers which are wholly based on a theoretical model are generally downvoted and may be deleted. What are the characteristics that (dis-)qualify an answer as theoretical?
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Are answers relying on biased first-person supplied subjective information valid?

For a claim in the form of: Is the (potentially negative) fact F about a person P true? Is the following answer's conclusion considered valid? (and if not, what would be the conclusion that is ...
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Are answers about efficacy based on logic instead of efficacy testing valid?

For a question in the form of: Is XYZ effective in achieving goal ABC? Is it valid to post an answer in the form of: NO. This authoritative source lists N mechanisms (M1,... MN) for ...
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FAQ: What constitutes original research?

Answers which are wholly based on "original research" are generally downvoted and may be deleted. What are the characteristics that (dis-)qualify an answer as original research? How should these ...
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What is the best answer to an unstudied “pseudo-scientific” claim?

Sorry if this one has been discussed before; if it has, I could not find it (although it is related to several previous discussions. If we get a question like "Does homeopathy work?", we can point to ...
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Is Wikipedia a valid source? [duplicate]

For most professional citations, Wikipedia is frowned upon, but this answer defies all of those conventions.
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Answer “deleted” on thread and would like to get it undeleted

This is the thread: Does standing as opposed to sitting or lying improve brain activity? Here is the edited answer: 0 down vote "Research suggests that walking may not make you a genius but it ...
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New User - I'm a bit unclear about anecdotal answers

I've lurked here quite a bit and have read Is anecdotal evidence sufficient for answers?. I've only answered one question, and I'm still not sure if my answer is appropriate for the site. So I'm ...
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Where's the link error from?

I've noticed several times that someone will post a poorly researched answer, and someone will leave a comment that says: (e.g. here,here ,here, here, and here). Welcome to Skeptics Stack Exchange! ...
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Why my answer was deleted?

My answer has been deleted with a pretty strange reason: Did planes crash into the WTC on 9-11? This is a theoretical answer, but we expect answers to be based on facts - not to make a ...
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Posting questions from answers written in Open Office

I have written a very nice answer to a question in Open Office and would now like to post it but the copy paste function does not work properly. I'm having problems with inserting tables. Any help ...
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Can we stop being rude?

I gave a controversial answer to a recent question. In all response, in the comments, I have been: called a douchebag been insulted for being a SE employee been called out as "admitting I don't know ...
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May I cite a single article?

If I think a single research is meticulous enough to clarify a subject, is it right to only cite that one article? The one I'm interested in references previous work, so there would be different ...
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Topic of the week: Discontinued

As proposed by Sklivvz in this question we are going to be running a topic of the week. The main aim of this is three-fold To focus the community on specific topics to increase the number of ...
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Is it time to do another topic of the week?

Before we graduated, I proposed a "topic of the week" to focus the community on specific topics to increase the number of questions on the site. Asking questions is always healthy but I think we ...
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Should we increase the penalty for downvoted answer

If an answer is downvoted, the person who wrote it gets only -2 rep, while an upvote gives +10 rep, which means that in order to negate the upvotes and encorage the poster to delete/edit their answer ...
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How to prove or disprove claims of existence of certain laws?

Recently i asked Did Australia ban small-breasts pornography?. I'm interested, how should rumors about laws in different countries should be proved or disproved? What is the recommended method for a ...
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Is there a maximum amount of reputation one can earn from an answer?

Just noticed that I got a couple of upvotes on my "torture" answer, but no points were awarded. Is there a maximum number of points you can get over the life of an answer (or question)? Just found ...
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Is it ok to ask a question and provide your own answer?

Is it ok to ask a question that you already know the answer to, or plan to research the answer to? The only discussion I found was old, and possiblly out of date. Newer comments in multiple threads ...
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Are answers that address the (im)plausibility of a claim acceptable when proof cannot be obtained?

This recent question about a Korean orphan run-away is probably impossible to prove one way or another. The OP comments: ...if there was some documentation available that he lived in an orphanage ...
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Can we please discourage drawing absolute conclusions from single studies?

I've noticed a lot of answers tend to cite a single study, and from this draw an absolute conclusion that something is or is not true. I will update this question with examples as I come across them. ...
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What are our “words to watch”?

Our questions and answers should strive to be relatively neutral, non-leading and answerable. There are some words of phrases that are highly correlated with bad form and possibly bad content. For ...
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Is it polite to accept an answer you have provided to a question you asked?

It feels a little perverse or impolite to accept an answer if you both asked and answered a question. Is there any protocol for such situations? I feel as though the original questioner should be ...