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Reopen “white people crimes” question

This question: "White people" crime? was closed as duplicate of this one: Are white people more likely to commit mass murder in the United States? They are clearly two very different ...
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How can this question be closed?

Would a full scale Thermonuclear War create centuries of Nuclear Winter? This question has been closed as duplicate of this question: Do we have enough nuclear weapons to wipe out all of humanity? ...
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Where is the line between primarily opinion based and not

This question about the reliability of RationalWiki was closed as primarily opinion based. If a similar question were asked about Wikipedia, I think that question could have a definite fact-based ...
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Can users close questions regardless?

Is the community of users allowed to vote to close a question for no particularly good reason? For example if a lot of people see a question they don't like (and want to close it), and none of the ...
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Biblical claim isn't notable? Really?

So there's this question: Could a man survive in the belly of a fish for 3 days? It was closed for not being "notable enough". Apparently not enough people in the world believe in a literal ...
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Request support with this question: Do US vaccines increase the risk of cancer?

I asked this question: Do US vaccines increase the risk of cancer? It was put on hold by Oddthinking with a request that I focus on one claim at a time. That's a clear and reasonable request, so ...
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Two similar questions, one closed, one open, why?

Here are two very similar questions (and even used the same picture): Is this a photo of Margaret Hamilton standing next to Apollo Project code that she wrote? Was this pile of code written by a ...
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Can we reopen my question about ISIS and antimuslim backlash?

My Question "Is an anti-Muslim backlash an explicit policy goal of ISIS?" is on hold as of now. The story so far: I asked the question in a similar form, it was put on hold as too broad (or so). ...
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Why my UFO question has been closed and removed?

My question: I've found UFO on Google Maps, what is it? has been closed as off-topic. It seems there are lot of questions about UFO here, like: Is this a genuine UFO sighting or a hoax? (which is ...
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Why is the Charlie Brown question closed?

Why is https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/q/28207/2703 closed by @LarianLeQuella? It apparently passed @Sklivvz's inspection with only a title edit. Should I have not answered it, and flagged or ...
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Why is the mass-shooting question locked/closed?

The following question is currently under a temporary lock, and I expect it to be closed soon. https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/28146/what-are-the-rates-of-mass-shootings-in-various-...
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Why is this question on hold and marked as primarily opinion based?

This question related to sound from the Sun is on hold for primarily opinion based. I have provided multiple articles which are discussing the subject. Could you please explain what it makes an ...
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Asking questions about things everyone has heard but there are no studies for

So my first question was put on-hold because it didn't fit site guidelines about there needing to be a published study making the claim I'm asking about. The mod is right--there aren't a lot of ...
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Close reason for medical advice questions

It sometimes happens that people mistake Skeptics for a medical forum, and ask medical advice. While this doesn't happen that often, if we had a custom reason, we could make sure all these questions ...
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How to improve 'Do you learn, remember, and understand more from reading on paper than on screen?'

I wrote the question so am necessarily biased. Would someone more experienced here and more learned in writing advise on rewriting or perhaps edit it directly, with the goal of having this question ...
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How was it decided that this question is non-notable? [closed]

https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/q/22831/5582 This question is basically non-notable... As far as I can tell, it meets our standards of notability.
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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 should our new off-topic close reasons be?

All close reasons are going to be significantly changed in the very near future, and we're getting the ability to define our own off-topic subreasons. There is one extremely obvious close reason that ...
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How should we define a question as “too localized”?

Recently there was a question about a quote made by Adria Richards that I objected to on two grounds, one being the notability and the other being (more subtly at first) that the question is too ...
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Republicans racism, study correlation Democrats sound,

There have been some interesting actions taken by the Moderators on this forum regarding this question. Is racial resentment towards African Americans correlated with Republicans support of VoterID? ...
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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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Should we allow the Santa question?

The Santa question was closed without making the reason explicit in the comments: should the Santa question be allowed here? If not - why not?
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Random claims from fantasy stories and movies

Here is a question from a TV-series, if I read the comments right: https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/q/6058/24 (Charmed). Well - we can ask whether it is possible to dive into a bath of golden ...
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Should Skeptics.SE have a more refined process for revising / modifying / closing a question?

Recently I am humbled and had to acknowledge my mistake to make the question more attention-grabbing than is necessary, and deviating from the original claim, the latter of which I believe is ...
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Closing “how significant” questions?

According to Skeptics' standards, the question is an answer already, as the research in question is made by [a] most respectable institution and published as peer-reviewed paper in respectable journal....
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Delete or close non-constructive questions

Recently Borror0 deleted a couple questions (one he has posted and one I had). My question asked whether economic bubbles could be predicted, and his was whether the extinction of bees would cause the ...
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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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Creating energy out of air/nothing

Ought the following two questions be deemed to be identical for the purposes of Skeptics? Did Tesla say that one could get or transmit energy through thin air Are there technologies that provide ...
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How are the Fukushima questions “too localized”?

The questions Is Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster "on par" with Chernobyl? and Can a "second Chernobyl" happen at the nuclear reactors damaged by the tsunami in Japan? were ...
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Questions involving groups of people - when do they have answers?

Questions about groups of people can be vague to fallacious -- the fallacy being that a group can be treated as an individual... Consider: Are religious people happier? What does this mean: Who is ...
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Why is the “not a real question” close reason unavailable?

I was going to close this question as "not a real question": not a real question: It's difficult to tell what is being asked here. This question is ambiguous, vague, incomplete, overly broad, or ...