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Why are my questions related to spiritual experiences downvoted?

Here some of my questions: one, two, three. 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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2020 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it here. Skeptics is scheduled for an election next week, June 22, 2020. In ...
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“Checking” an already very reliable source

There is a question about expectation of police killing of African American males. The statements the asker would like verified can be addressed by reference to an article in the Proceedings of the ...
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Resources debunking false coronavirus claims in languages other than English

I recently came across a facebook post claiming that 5G causes COVID-19, and that vaccines against the virus will contain microchips. I found it very hard to find Spanish-language resources debunking ...
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Definition of “scientific skepticism”

What is it that's meant by "scientific skepticism?" Do you mean skepticism about what are supposed to be scientific facts, or do you mean skepticism which is in some sense "scientific?" If the ...
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Is asking a question to validate/verify the real world origins of the practice of being a “Soupeur” appropriate for this site?

First, I hope nobody who is reading this has just eaten… Okay, I was chatting with some friends and the topic of the “Soupeur” came up. Apparently this is a word used in France to describe the ...
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Moderator Election - Community Interest Check

We had two moderators step down in 2019 (only one was publicly announced), which leaves us as a community running with just 2 moderators. For the most part, we run pretty much fine with two ...
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How should we support multilingual answers?

We have long supported questions about claims made in other languages and answers referencing sources written in other languages, but the body of the question and answer needs to be in English to be ...
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Post DELETED (no, not closed) for no reason

My name is Ankit and I joined Skeptics Stack Exchange yesterday. I want to preface this by saying that I’m not trying to vent anger or rant about a problem, I legitimately want to get this fixed so ...
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My question is marked as duplicate although it was not

I have a question about my Skeptics Stack Exchange post: Can you prove a plane hit Pentagon on September 11, 2001? Although my question was not same, it was marked as duplicate. In my question, I ...
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Can the US not process more than some maximum of unemployment claims?

What 'details or clarity' are needed for Can the US not process more than some maximum of unemployment claims? This question needs details or clarity. It is not currently accepting answers.
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Are questions about supposedly haunted places or objects on-topic?

There are a fair number of claims about supposedly haunted places or items, and some of these claims have been documented in articles and documentaries with somewhat specific claims (e.g. here) of ...
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My new close reason: “the claim itself is too vague (and unremarkable)”

I've always had qualms about "unclear what you're asking" being a bit problematic on Skeptics because it's not clear who is "you" in there. Due to the Skeptics question format, which is about ...
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My question has been closed because of it being duplicate and it isn't

This is the question: Did Derren Brown use subliminal messages in this trick? My question is nothing like the question it is redirecting too. That question asks for a different thing and my question ...
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Why are such low-quality Covid-19 questions being allowed?

Perhaps I need an explanation regarding what is considered a notable claim. I was under the impression that the claim should come from a source that has at least the appearance of being reliable, and ...
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Does the [COVID-19] tag include related behaviour, such as panic-buying?

I've added to covid-19 to the question Are New Yorkers lining up in front of gun shops? But that question is not at all about the disease, or the virus that causes the disease. It is about (alleged) ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2020

2020 has come! But… oops, where did the time go? It’s already March! Belated as it is, it’s time for a refresh of Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Political campaigning to influence a presidential election on Skeptics, no one cares?

Once I read here that Sorry, but we don't care about your political opinions But are we indeed so careless as to allow blatant political campaigning? We witnessed a non-skeptical question on HNQ ...
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May I question the past findings of a tribunal or investigative body?

One of our standard close reasons is Questions about unresolved current events and issues currently under investigation by a court of law, government, or other similar investigative body are off-...
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Adding detail to highly-upvoted answer at a later date

I rolled the dice and answered this (not-super-great) question relating to CO2 emissions, and my answer is now sitting at +131: Have China and India more than doubled carbon emissions since 2000 ...
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how do skeptics respond to skeptics skeptical of the value of the exchange

Today, I found out about this Skeptics exchange. I was excited to show it to my friend who is undoubtedly a skeptic as I thought to myself, "he has found his people!" However, I have known him for ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Can Stack Exchange do a better job of detecting sockpuppets in this site?

I have a strong suspicion that most if not all of the low-quality, bad-faith trolling questions about the Holocaust and Jews are done by the same person using multiple user accounts. A lot of ...
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Should we increase the required question length of the quality filter to deal with Holocaust trolling?

A lot of the trolling questions about the Holocaust (currently, I'm of the opinion it's by one person) have very short question bodies: Did Soviets build a fake chimney in Poland? : One sentence in ...
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Question about a dog collar

I have a question about what evidence there is for claims made by a company for a dog collar that treats certain things affecting your dog. I think on the Pet SE (for pet owners, breeders, caretakers, ...
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Questions with context vs. isolating question from context, and conduct

In this question I took a claim I came about in an environmental essay, which I found intriguing -- "Did the 2018 drought in Europe result in 2019 worldwide grain crop not meeting demand?" ...
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Does featuring a question regarding propaganda on HNQ help do its work?

There's a question featured on HNQ at the moment. The question asks if a headline from a website named Sputnik News is true. As soon as the premise is examined it quickly falls apart and is easily ...
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How to answer a question when the process of answering the question would reveal personal details of a semi-private figure?

Recently, Was Lt. Col. Vindman a registered Democrat? was asked. I did some research and can come up with a sourced answer, but it involves exposing more information about the Lt. Col. than just his ...

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