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Are region specific claims acceptable?

Up until now, most question have seen have been about universally known topic or person. However, I have been searching for a general rule about the universality of a question and did not found any. I ...
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Should I ask a question about a notable myth that I already know the answer to?

I encountered the myth about the space pen and NASA spending million dollars on its research while the USSR just used pencils: I wanted to check if it was true, so I checked it, and apparently that ...
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Is this the right site to posts a series of questions to collect evidence about the future of the internet, internet privacy and the liking?

I think it goes without saying that I'm new here (I already read the FAQ, and FAQ: Welcome to New Users). Currently I'm interested in collecting hard evidence on Internet Privacy; how it is under ...
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Is fiction an acceptable notable source? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Random claims from fantasy stories and movies We've had a couple of questions recently that source their "notability" from appearance in fiction. Do elephants like to get ...
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The “Ask question” page should make it easy to write sensible questions for newbies!

At the moment, when asking a question, users are confronted with a relatively complex UI, full of relatively unimportant details but completely lacking features that benefit Skeptics.SE. This impacts ...
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how can i ask a question about myths in skeptics?

can i ask questions about myths here? consider this example suppose i am asking about ghost hunting machines ,there will be myths and obviously research papers will be present, how can i ask a ...
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Is humor and satire acceptable for notable claims?

This question - Can science explain how bicycles work? - was based off of a claim made by Cracked.com a site for satire and humor. To me I would think it obvious that sites like Cracked and The Onion ...
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How much research do we expect before someone asks a question?

How much research should we expect before someone asks a question? Originally, the early consensus for StackOverflow was almost none: There seems to be a knee-jerk reaction to "easy" questions ...
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Was my question good?

I've had some pretty hit-and-miss questions, and have been doubting myself when it comes time to post a new question. I know some SE sites, if not all, require that some research be done before ...
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How to formulate my question?

I am interested in this guy Dr. John Virapen and his book Side Effects: Death. Confessions of a Pharma-Insider. IMHO it is a mindless conspiracy theory and Dr. Virapen is simply trying to get rich. ...
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Is a highly upvoted question discussed and answered on another SE enough to show notability?

This question is related to this question. Is a question asked on any other SE site that has generated upvotes and an accepted answer with upvotes enough for notability? Sometimes it can be hard (...
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Are stereotypes and tropes notable claims?

There's been more than one question asking about whether a stereotype or a trope correspond to reality. Example imaginary questions: Do African Americans speak in gangsta lingo? Do nerds wear black ...
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Asking a question that was asked on another stackexchange site?

Is it acceptable to ask a question on skeptics.SE if the same question was asked on another stackexchange site? I'm thinking about this question. There is an accepted answer, but it makes a few ...
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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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Topic of the Week - Discontinued

Discontinued :-) Thank you all for participating. We did succeed in raising the questions per day over 5, so the "topic of the week" was useful! The data is fake. I made it up. Original ...
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Do claims need to be current?

When it comes to notability, how old is too old for a claim to be considered notable? I ask because I had a claim from 1943 considered somewhat unsuitable, on the basis that people who believed the ...
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Guidelines on rewriting vs deleting?

What is the basic rule for rewriting a question, as opposed to deleting it and asking a different question?
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I have been told my question is unsuitable. I don't understand why

I have been told my question asking about facial features and nationality is unsuitable. This is after I did extensive cleaning up and editing. In the comments there is no question that the claim is ...
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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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How to bring up the “questions per day” metric?

According to Area51, the number of questions per day for Skeptics is 3.9. The comment says it all: Needs Work – 15 questions per day on average is a healthy beta, 5 questions or fewer per day needs ...
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Do claims have to be written or verbal?

Sometimes I will see TV advertisements or warnings or some other media which makes a claim visually, rather than explicitly with words. If there is no ambiguity or differing interpretations about ...
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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 ...
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Exactly what questions are allowed in the site?

This question was already asked concerning this but my question is inherently different. What can be asked here?Please read what follows. It seems to me that the site has lost its purpose or that I ...
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FAQ: Should questions be asked with an impartial tone?

Wikipedia has a very precise policy on tone: Impartial tone Wikipedia describes disputes. Wikipedia does not engage in disputes. A neutral characterization of disputes requires presenting viewpoints ...
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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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What is the difference between Skeptics and Snopes?

If this is a duplicate, let me know but I looked around Meta and couldn't quite find this exact question. When I first dropped into this site, I was unsure of what it was. Then I started reading some ...
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FAQ: On the use of a non-metric system

This answer was down voted because of the choice of units. The answer was giving a calculation in imperial units, rather than SI units. Can we get a consensus on the use of units of measurement, ...
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Is meta.skeptics the place to ask questions about teaching kids how to think like a skeptic ?

I asked the question "Do you know a joke or story, that teaches you something about being a skeptic ?" on Skeptics, but it was closed as being off-topic.
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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 kind of questions should receive upvotes?

This is similar to THIS, "Vote early, vote often." I'd like to ask something a bit different. What, exactly, are the criteria for upvoting questions? The FAQ doesn't specify. Hovering over voting ...
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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 I ask a question if I am already highly suspicious of the source?

Someone linked this article on facebook today. Looking at it I think it is very likely bunk (also called woo, apparently?), and not just because it links the Daily Mail as its one-and-only source. ...
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Clarity and usefulness: Where have I missed the point?

I was quite surprised to find that my question "Evidence-based medicine: Is there any evidence to support its use?" sitting at -1. (NB: This question has now been deleted as it wasn't suitable for ...
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I've got a deleted question. Why?

Here. I know it's not personal, and I understand the same question is already finished under meta. But why deleting a question that was already closed and had comments, back links, references and ...
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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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Questions with errors in scientific method and other trivialities.

Although questions like this are easily answerable, I feel very unsatisfied in answering them. There are several options. Answering the actual question. Easy but lazy. Answering a different question ...
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How does the StackExchange model work for Skeptical Analysis?

I feel like there might be a fundamental issue with the format of this website. Overview The StackExchange model works well for subjects where the question is posed for the purpose of helping the ...
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When People submit a question, does StackExchange have a method of checking duplicates like Digg?

Not sure how familiar you are with the way Digg did their analysis, but I see that the "related questions" when submitting a question here are poor matches to say the least. Hence why some may get ...
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Appropriate question: Are gold prices a bubble?

Is the question "Is price of gold a bubble?" appropriate for skeptics? My take is that skeptics is both an appropriate place to ask this question, and the best place to ask it of the available SE ...
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How can I improve my question to make it acceptable?

After receiving two upvotes and one interesting answer, my question, Are states fundamentally violent?, has been closed. I would like to know how I can improve it to make it acceptable. Here is my ...
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How do you skeptically investigate Hitler's religion?

I ran across the following question on main: https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/1821/hitlers-religion On one hand, the question is formally a skeptical question, on the other how can one ...
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Should questions regarding public perception of skeptic issues be allowed?

I suspect my question title is a little vague, but the issue I am questioning is based on the closure of this question: https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/1598/has-a-legal-case-ever-been-...
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Give me specificity, or give me breadth!

I limited my question regarding "male enhancement" techniques to just those of the "magic pill" variety not because I wasn't interested in how well the other techniques worked, but because I thought ...
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Why was this question closed?

This question was closed, and even though I have edited it, it still doesn't seem to be eligible for opening. Why?
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How to improve this question?

Is there a way this question can be improved ?
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What are the guidelines for referencing products and/or businesses in posts?

Should we close questions challenging specific ads? covers some of this but I'd like more input ( hypotheticals would be most helpful ). For example... Does eating three (product name) a day really ...
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What is “unSkeptical” about certain topics or questions?

Namely, this one? "Is democracy the most superior form of government in all countries?" This is the response of the moderator to the initial question: Welcome to Skeptics! This is not a forum; ...
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Should we close questions challenging specific ads?

This question was closed immediately as not satisfying the site criteria. The single closer (Hi Joel!) expressed the thought that this might be spam, and I certainly considered that too. I think that'...
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Warning message if post (question or answer) contains no hyperlink

The problem: On Skeptics, the absence of hyperlinks in a post is a good indicator of a low quality question or answer: If the post is a question, then linking to examples of people actually arguing ...