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Why has my comment that a claim is apparently not serious been deleted?

I pointed out under this Q that prominently-posted rules of that subreddit appear to prohibit the very post made there. YSKs regarding Reddit, Facebook, Twitter or any other social media are NOT ...
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Should my answer, which addresses implications in the framing of a question, have been deleted?

My answer to this question has been deleted, despite providing a skeptical discussion of the meme posted. It was respectfully written. At time of deletion, the answer had 8 upvotes, and no comments ...
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What needs to be done to reinstate my deleted answer?

A question here raised scepticism about a news report of how the US sabotaged the Nordstream pipeline in Europe - Did the CIA blow up the Nordstream 1 pipeline? As @Joe-w pointed out in the comment, I ...
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What exactly does "Essentially unreferenced" mean when references were provided?

A moderator posted the following regarding this Answer: I have deleted your answer now because it is essentially unreferenced. A YouTube video by Stefan Molyneux is not a reliable reference. This ...
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Why would pointing out that there is no evidence offered in a claim considered "opinion"?

The question was "did X do this?" In my answer, I pointed out that the referenced claim offers no evidence of any kind of involvement by X. Answer was deleted by Oddthinking as opinion and ...
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Rude/abusive comment left on a now-deleted question; what can be done about it?

Earlier this morning, I came across this question. As well as multiple downvotes, it had attracted a comment consisting of a rather blunt answer followed by "Do your homework". I responded suggesting ...
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Should moderator decisions be more visible to the community?

It's extremely difficult to find out what decisions moderators are making when it comes to deleted answers: either your answer is deleted (which is hopefully rare among upstanding members of this ...
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Why was an answer about fracking deleted?

I posted this question, Can fracking help reduce CO2?. It got 3 interesting answers, all of which provided some useful information, from users LShaver, Brythan, and Randy Orrison. Since then, it ...
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Discussion deleted and labeled as "worthless"

As far as I can tell, evaluating the truth of notable claims involves quite a lot of discussion of philosophical points of contention, such as: Questions of definition: Many claims being asked about ...
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Why was my answer deleted with no reason given?

My answer to this question was deleted: Does a mobile plugged in to the charger produce more EM radiation? No explanation given. The answer does not have a negative score, has references and is ...
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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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How are we to discuss improvements when comments on contentious posts are being "nuked without warning"?

A recent question on whether videogames cause US school shootings seems to have caused quite a row, as the sole comments on the question and most highly voted answer are moderator notes with this ...
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Deletion of an answer without good reason

I provided an answer to this question, in which I pointed out that the "profit per customer" can be defined two different ways, and considering that the question is given the context of how they can ...
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When a question asks about the validity of a single source, are outside references strictly required

An answer I gave was deleted by a moderator. The question asked specifically about the validity of a single source, which claimed to be a clinical study of an alternative medicine treatment. My ...
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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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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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My answer was deleted for a bad reason

My answer to this question was removed on the basis that I didn't answer the question. The question asked to address the following statement: There is a correlation between the number of people in ...
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Why was this referenced answer deleted?

This question had a factual, referenced answer. Now it has a deleted, factual, referenced answer. A moderator wrote "I removed the references, and then deleted the answer as unreferenced." Why was ...
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Reputable Sources for a given topic

My answer to the question Is the New Testament significantly corrupted from its originally intended form? was deleted today by a mod. The comments section is locked because of this, so I turn to meta. ...
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Deleting question until references found

I have asked this question and it lacks references to notability. We had a chat with @Jamiec and I promised to update my question. Problem is I have heard this story it in one of audible lectures told ...
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Where should I put pointers for potential answers?

I sometimes have some ideas to confirm or deny a claim, but these ideas not complete enough to form an answer. As comments, they get deleted. As part of the question, they get cut. Is there no place ...
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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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How can you have a skeptics blog when people delete answers they do not agree with for political or religious reasons

I recently answered a question relating to events during WW2. My answer was based on extensive research I and others have done into post war claims and accusations made against the Germans which were ...
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Why was this question deleted? Could it be Un-deleted?

https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/26888/was-joesph-smith-a-prophet That's my question. Originally it was off-topic, but I edited it, and I think it should be undeleted. Is that possible? ...
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Shoutout to moderators: stop deleting flawed, downvoted and wrong on-topic answers

Note: This question does not aim to devalue the hard work and time moderators are devoting for this site. Moderators will always have my respect (and this community's); however this question aim to ...
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Original research policy doubts

Having read this question I have to raise doubts what essential difference there is between posting elementary research on skeptics.SE or publishing it on some random blog and next referencing it here....
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Do moderators delete too many answers?

I noticed that all answers to this question have been deleted. IMO at least one of those answers was better than nothing (i.e. arguably imperfect but shouldn't/needn't have been deleted). Assuming ...
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For what reasons was my fully referenced answer deleted?

I'm huge fan of Skeptics@SE, and although I am far from having tremendous reputation level (because I rarely contribute), I frequently visit the site and believe to have good knowledge of what an ...
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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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How do you succesfully challenge a moderators deletion of a question/answer?

This isn't in reference to any particular question, but to a comment from a moderator, "you are free to challenge my deletion on meta." Is there a process for undeleting a question/answer on Skeptics....
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Is there a way to view comments against a question/answer that was removed?

Earlier today I raised a question to enquire whether it may be possible to circumnavigate the globe over the poles by a balloon. Logging in after a few hours, the inbox widget advised there were two ...
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Where did the question about the first bug move, or do I remember wrong?

My impression is, that we once had a question, whether it is true, that the first bug in history was a real bug (the animal), but I can't find it. To be sure, I searched on Programmers too, but ...
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Why was my answer deleted?

I'm a long time contributor, on the first page of the repuation list, and I've read the FAQ, but I have no idea why my answer to this question was moderator deleted (Sklivvz). It was on-topic (the ...
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Deleting old closed questions

While we are in the process of doing some cleaning on this site, what should we do about old questions that are closed and not deleted? If I think they should be deleted should I vote to delete and ...
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Delete the closed question

My First question didn't fall in criteria of Skeptics and was closed. This helped me understand what should be asked here and what should be not. After a week or so, i still see my closed question ...
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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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Deletion of comment discussions

We all know that comments are inadequate for discussions, the chat should be used instead. True; but it often isn’t. Rather, length discussions do take place – after a fashion – inside the comments. ...
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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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Ending a discussion as community-wiki

This question in meta: Must all claims be referenced has been a controversial discussion. Now it is a community-wiki (CW in the following text), and my answer deleted. I don't know whether one action ...
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Are a lot of comments being deleted on this SE?

I suspect that comments are being deleted more frequently here than at other sites. Can anyone confirm whether there used to be a comment in this answer alleging that @Borror0 was guilty of ...
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