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Do moderators edit people's questions and answers here?

And close topics they don't agree with?
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Why does spam have to “not disclose the author's affiliation”?

The spam flag says that the question or answer "Exists only to promote a product or service, does not disclose the author's affiliation." The question that provoked me to ask this question ...
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Is asking “was the typo in the headline on this picture of a news site genuinely made” on-topic?

There is a picture circulating on social media of a BBC headline from 2017 about a major UK political figure with an unfortunate typo: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Es5oYlpWMAYbvLg.jpg. I want to ask ...
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Should questions asking to verify a disproportionate statistic be allowed without meeting certain criteria?

My question is motivated by questions such as: Are black people disproportionately shot more than other people in America? Are African Americans victims of a disproportionate number of police ...
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Why are/should questions about the verification process itself be out of scope?

Disclaimer: my question was just closed as being out of scope. OK, fair enough. But what I wonder is - why is it out of scope and should the scope perhaps be widened to include it? To recap: my ...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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What does it take to prove that statement on a data website is notable?

For example, Schmuddi argues that Knoema.com is "not notable". If I google for "Spain number of deaths", it's in the first page of hits on Google (4th ranged link): which is ...
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Should we have a post notice warning against political downvotes?

Background Post notices are banners that can be added by mods to the top of a question. There are only a short list of them available, the list is site-specific, and they require Stack Exchange ...
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Is notability a sufficient (not just a necessary) condition to ask a question here?

Stemming from this meta-exchange and also in view of some recent disputes on a q, is notability a sufficient (not just necessary) condition to ask a question here? As defined A claim is 'notable' ...
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Should we distinguish between “Did a person make a claim?” and “Is the claim true?”

There is an issue that has popped up a few times on the site, and often seems to lead to conflict and wasted effort. When we get a question of the form: Did person X say that Y is true? and an ...
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Should I ask this question here?

I've asked this question regarding Presidential record of personal ties with the power of pardon practice but it seems to be off-topic on the Politics SE community. The question to me seems political ...
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How can I reword my question about addiction and fasting such that it no longer triggers people?

I asked this question: Can any addiction be overcome by fasting?. This time I ensured that the claim can be scientifically investigated, and as such the question is definitely on-topic, yet it has ...
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Do we need to remind people how the site works when contentious questions about the US election are being asked?

I've noticed that many questions about the 2020 US elections are attracting many downvotes and sometimes close votes, and I'm not the only person who has noticed as the meta question New poster - ...
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Should Skeptics.SE censor claims?

In this question, I paste a graphic which has this text-content That one time I went to a mortuary and some cute mortician girls gave me a butt plug. Seriously. This is to prevent post mortem leakage....
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If a question may not have much direct research, are answers that infer from related evidence acceptable?

In a recent question, I left a comment saying that the actual topic of the question probably doesn't have much direct research, but that answers which provide research in similar areas could be ...
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Why was the veal q removed from HNQ?

I see that the veal q was also removed from HNQ https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/posts/49953/revisions Why?
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Can a/the mod explain why the quadrillion question was removed from HNQ?

https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/posts/49969/revisions Is it really that bad of a q? Why?
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Reasonable answer deleted on unreasonable grounds

Oddthinking deleted this answer single-handedly. While I understand his reasons for doing so, his reasons do not conform to any valid philosophy of science. That much I can easily demonstrate on ...
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Can I cite a book?

Can I cite a book here? Because the new book "When Time stopped" by ariana Newman, while purporting to be a holocaust survivor account actually has a tirade about Jewish collaborators in the ...
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What makes a social media post notable enough to be the topic of a question?

Currently there is not really any guidance on here on what makes a claim notable. There's obviously "it was said by Trump/Biden/Johnson/Cook/Rihanna/insert A or B-list celebrity here" and &...
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Why was a chatroom frozen after a remark was made about Australia?

This is the chatroom: The Garden of Eden This is the remark: ...have you seen the latest heresy video posted by Veritasium on YouTube? To think he's supposed have a PhD in physics education really ...
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Sad to see that all comments have been deleted in an old interesting answer, what policies are there?

I happened to revisit an old interesting question in a contentious topic that generated some argumentation in the comments. Most of these comments in the question and the answers are still left which ...
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Are very old claims on-topic?

The vast majority of questions on this site cover recent claims, but I have not been able to find anything in the Help Center or Meta saying that a claim becomes off-topic after a certain amount of ...
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New poster - getting downvotes but not sure why

I'm getting a few downvotes and no comments on a question and I'm not sure why. It's a politically contentious issue in the US. Usually when I post on new SE sites and get downvoted it comes with ...
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How can we better acknowledge events in the Skepticism community?

I was saddened to hear about the recent death of James Randi. The skepticism community owe him a great deal of gratitude. His contributions are too numerous to list here, but his work with his partner,...
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Why question about tax rate for top 1% deleted

A question was posted asking whether it's true that high income people don't pay much less in taxes than they did in the 1950s. The question was very poorly worded, and did not link to a source, but ...
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Moderator is allowing name calling without intervention

In this response, although flagged, moderator is condoning respondent calling me stupid. Are most US mass shooters Democrats? This is how moderator staff gets painted as partisan, because they are
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Why are my questions related to spiritual experiences downvoted?

Here some of my questions: one, two, three, four. Why are these questions so downvoted despite being on-topic? What insights should I gain from this for potential future questions I may want to ask?
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What should our SkepticsSE policy be on removal of bounties?

If a user puts a bounty on a question, that has several effects. The one best advertised is "to draw attention". Less well known: Relevant here is that 'community moderation' is restricted ...
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How to ask a question about alleged widespread SRA such that everyone is happy? [closed]

I asked this question. Originally the question was intended to be only about Ted Gunderson's claim, and as such it was very short and I actually received several upvotes at the beggining. ...
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I'm really disappointed with the moderation team

For: allowing such a ridiculously broad question to be posted (i.e. no closing it themselves). Where to begin addressing it? Some claimants say there's non-specific "satanic ritual abuse" ...
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Is it worth noting that a “contributor” is pretending to be a character from a TV show?

In particular, he's using the name and (slightly redacted) bio of the main character from the TV show Dark Justice.
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Are Sci-Hub links to references in answers welcome?

A recent answer uses Sci-Hub links to make the sources available to the readers. According to Wikipedia, Sci-Hub is a rather controversial service: Sci-Hub is a website that provides free access to ...
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How should “frame challenges” to claims be handled?

We sometimes get notable claims which explicitly say one thing, but which frame the statement as implying something larger. For example, this meme alleges that Black Lives Matter has failed to do ...
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What does this community consider to be a reasonable amount of time, for a moderator to decide on a simple flag?

Flags can take varying amounts of time to handle, for example a little bit is explained here: How long can a flag wait for review? I wonder about the case where the flag is something simple. Let's ...
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Style guide: Should bolded/emphasized portions of a long quote be noted as not belonging to the original source?

I often bold portions of long quotes so that skim readers can pick up the important parts quickly. I find it cumbersome to note that this formatting is not from the original source, but at the same ...
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Is Moderna a pump-and-dump?

How can Is Moderna a pump-and-dump? be edited, improved, to be re-opened? It was closed by merely 2 votes from Daniel R Hicks, fredsbend♦. But I'm uncertain if fredsbend♦'s comment is correct. It won'...
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Why do we lose a reputation if we down-vote a not-useful answer to our post?

I have read somewhere (I don't remember where) that the OPs lose a reputation if they down-vote a bad answer to their post. Why should it be in this way? A low-quality and sometimes incorrect answer ...
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Why was this answer converted into a comment?

About an hour ago, an answer was posted to this question by a 1-rep user. It wasn't the best answer, but to me it clearly was an attempt at answering the question. While it referenced the existing ...
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Correct way to ask questions about claims involving the supernatural or the metaphysical?

I'm really struggling to get a question re-opened (it was open for a while but I changed the title a little bit, @Oddthinking didn't like the change and closed the question as off-topic, then I ...
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Why do simple informational comments get deleted?

I posted a comment to this question, giving a link to a relevant and useful document. The comment was deleted by someone, without informing me of the reason. Why do such comments get deleted? Note ...
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2020 Moderator Election Results

Skeptics's third moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the two new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them for volunteering, ...
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Can I ask whether the events recounted in a Twitter thread could plausibly have happened and/or match up with reality?

https://twitter.com/archer_rs claims to be an author who is recounting a Brexit related tale (told in 2 parts, starting from https://twitter.com/archer_rs/status/1277505330885386240 and continuing at ...
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Can we do away with the mass comment purges?

Comments are essential to healthy skeptics questions and answers. For example, this answer about COVID-19 response has an incorrect supporting statement: Health care access has never been prevented ...
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Is Media Bias Fact Check a reliable site?

I use Media Bias Fact Check very often to check articles and their sources when I find them on social media and generally when I'm reading news or doing "whatever" research. I find it to be ...
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2020 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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How many users are barred from nomination here due to consequences of The Fall-19 (MonicaGate)?

We saw the fallout of The_Fall-19, also known initially as Monicagate, mainly on MetaSE. But this is also: the very reason why we need an election now, as two moderators resigned from SkepticsSE in ...
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2020 Community Moderator Election

The 2020 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks, ...
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When to use the various flagging options?

When flagging a question, you are offered these options1: spam Exists only to promote a product or service, does not disclose the author's affiliation. rude or abusive A reasonable person would find ...
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Downvote first, think later

I think that soon my account will be banned due to several harshly downvoted questions. I doubt I will be back, but when I look at the Sites questions in general, there are not many new questions, and ...

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