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Question Analysis 1: Pollution and its resulting damage

Skeptics.SE is unique from the model "meant" for other SE sites [citation needed]. Thus, if I may say, questions and answers on this site are an acquired taste. What does this mean? That any FAQ on ...
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Can survey results be notable claims?

The question Does illegal immigration in the usa strain social services? quotes survey results, asks Is this true?, then follows up with the more specific question What is the impact in the USA of ...
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Petition to reopen a temporarily closed question from 2014

I'd like to petition for reopening of the question Was there an electoral fraud during the referendum for the independance of Scotland? which was temporarily closed. A comment from a diamond-mod ...
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The National Republican Congressional Committee is now asserting Beto is a furry

Is that enough to re-open this question https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/43435/is-beto-a-furry ? Here's the assertion with some type of photographic evidence. https://twitter.com/NRCC/...
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Do we really want titles like this?

I'm getting tired of the clickbait titles when users ask questions about quotes from famous people. Current examples from the front page: Did Paul Offit, MD, write or say this exact quote? Did Martin ...
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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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My answer was deleted as original, non verifiable research. That wasn't the case

I wrote an answer to the following question. Did Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez or her office write and publish this draft version of a resolution? It was deleted as "Original Research". However, the only ...
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Why would you approve a revision to a copy and paste quote?

This edit modified the words of a direct quote, why would/should it get approved? https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/revisions/42710/5 Source no harmful equipment would occur on and around the ...
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Climate change question: not a duplicate I say!

My question... Is the recent pause in global warming due to cosmic rays? ...was marked as a duplicate of... Do the recent CLOUD results have significant implications for global warming? . But the ...
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Common sense vs. scientific evidence: on topic?

The question "Do spoilers increase enjoyment of a work?" quotes a university website on which recent empirical research from the field of psychology is summarized. The author of the question appears ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2019

2019 is here! And with the new year, as usual, comes a new iteration of Community Promotion Ads! Let’s refresh these for the coming year :) What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Why was my comment deleted? (And questions about policy.)

Was the wheel invented before the wall? is trivially answerable by looking up the history of "Wheel" and "Wall" on Wikipedia. That is why I -- providing those links, plus a link to the "Wall of ...
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Oddthinking has 100k reputation!

We've just reached a milestone: User Oddthinking has reached an incredible 100k reputation! I would like to congratulate Oddthinking with this major achievement and his unparalleled contribution to ...
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Diamond moderator closehammers should override the rest of the community only in exceptional circumstances

As much as possible, closing of questions should be done by the community in general contributing one closevote each, rather than diamond moderators using their closehammers. (When I say "closehammers"...
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What type of question can help expose a quack doctor?

Picture this: Doctor X claims Y and is selling Z. And there are some reputable websites that question the credentials of Dr X, refute the claims Y or debunk the cures Z. Folks can search the web for ...
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2018: 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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What to do about moderators?

What can be done about moderators who delete reasonable comments and answers, simply because conflict with the moderator's personal prejudices? Or perhaps because they dislike the person posting the ...
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Does a notable claim remain notable if notable sources remove the claim?

Consider the situation: A notable source posts an article including an incredible claim. Someone links to the source as a notable claim, asking a question on Skeptics. At some point in the future, ...
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How can I change an erroneously cast vote?

I have cast an erroneous vote on a question but cannot rectify my mistake. The tooltip says my vote is "locked in" and I can only change my vote, when the question is edited. Why ? Can I do something ...
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Is settled court cases on topic for this site? [duplicate]

Say a person is accused of murder. Say we doubt he really did it. Is that on topic? It's notable. Definitely. It's answerable based on evidence. So it seems like it's a model question. It's on ...
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What is the purpose of the “Miracle” tag?

A recent question used the tag miracle for a claim that a religious person improbably escaped from a maximum security prison. Based on the links the question provides, it seems that the event is ...
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Skeptics updated site theme is ready for testing!

As part of implementing the new unified themes across the network, we're gradually rolling out updated site themes for each site. As of today, we have enabled your updated site theme for testing. If ...
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Would my question fit on this site?

I'd like to know: Why do people repeat certain typing mistakes? I'm from Lebanon, the "Lebanese" way of saying yes is "eh", people keep making the same mistake, typing "rh", never ever "wh", I ...
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“No theoretical answers” rule strikes (again) [duplicate]

Again the "no theoretical answers" rule has deleted a — in my opinion — very valid answer. (See previous request to change from "theory" to "speculation"). Also I object to that the post was ...
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Should there be stronger notability criteria for non-public figures?

Related questions: Should there be stronger notability criteria for claims about living people? and Claims involving personal information about notable people and Victims of crime In Did a man get ...
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Request undelete my answer

I made an answer this morning to "Does 'The Fossil Record' Support Evolution?" Moderator @Oddthinking removed my answer, citing lack of references and a primarily theoretical core argument. This is ...
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Is answering with fundamentally a recitation a third-party analysis of a claim acceptable?

Background and motivation So, I saw this question on a edited video of an interaction between journalist Jim Acosta and a White House intern: Was the video Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted out against ...
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How to confront meaningless woo?

I've been active on a couple of questions where "science woo" claims are being challenged. The trouble with this kind of woo is that so many of the claims don't mean anything. Does a vortex affect ...
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Notable claim made on BBC News channel, how might I find the exact wording?

A claim was made by a BBC News reported in a TV broadcast on the BBC News channel. I would consider that notable, but the broadcast is not available on BBC iPlayer, and not repeated in their web ...
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Is it appropriate to tag questions with “sovereign-citizens” or “OPCA”?

OPCA (Organized Pseudolegal Commercial Arguments) is a family of legal conspiracy theories, chiefly about avoiding paying tax. Sovereign Citizens are the most well known movement. Would it be ...
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When should a statement made in a fictional work be considered a notable claim? [duplicate]

This question asks about something stated in a recent episode of Doctor Who. Although it was in a fictional context the statement sounded like a statement of fact (and indeed turned out to be true). ...
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How should we deal with the Marianas Web question?

There has been some dispute over the best way to deal with the following question: Is there any evidence of a secret level of deeply-hidden web-pages called "Marianas Web"? In particular: ...
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Some old answers on a specific question need attention

I was going to point out exactly what's pointed out on this meta question from six years ago: These old answers need some attention The following question (still?) has some questionable answers. ...
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Does asking about a factual claim act as endorsement of the claim's context?

In my question Do an overwhelming majority of rapes not involve relatives? , I asked about a factual claim (about who engages in sexual abuse) which has been used to support an abhorrent opinion (that ...
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Tags: health vs environmental-health vs public-health vs healthcare vs medical-science

All of these tags have issues in use. The health tag doesn't even exist. Perhaps it was prohibited because of overuse. As alternatives, the environmental-health (203 question) and public-health (54 ...
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Using skeptics.SE as a personal, political blogging platform

This user has recently posted a number of questions here on Skeptics about controversial recent political events, sometimes concurrently cross-posting on Politics.SE, sometimes self-answering. Most of ...
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What's the best way to deal with off-topic comments

Unlike some other SE sites, I've noticed (and sometimes contributed to) a good deal of discussion in the comments here at skeptics. Sometimes these back-and-forth comments are about problems with an ...
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Are answers based on personal (but documented) experience acceptable on skeptics?

I would like to know if I could contribute by either asking questions or supplying answers that are based on my personal but documented experience. Obviously, I cannot prove anything scientifically, ...
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Found an error in an old, protected answer. How to suggest an edit?

Related to this question, but refering to a specific post. I have 6 reputation so far, but would like to leave some sort of remark (comment, another answer) at an old, accepted answer. How can I do ...
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Are we supposed to flag these kinds of questions?

This question is poorly written, and doesn't meet the site requirements for a notable claim, as I understand them. It's also a Holocaust denial question. Should we treat the question just like any ...
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What is the best practice for referring to an online text that is subject to subtle changes

This is somehow related to Future broken Links and Best practice for dealing with link rot?. In a recent answer I referred to an online article that was very sloppily written when it was posted. ...
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What sort of sources work on Skeptics Stack Exchange?

Also do ALL sources have to be credible? For example, there is evidence that may be weak by itself. However, combined with other strong evidence it qualifies. Should all the weak evidence be removed?...
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Enabling mods to really act as users: make “different hats” more visible?

Everyone here should interact with everyone else with respect. That includes interactions between regular users and interactions between regular users and moderators. There seems to be a problem ...
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Can a certain numbers of “likes” or “shares” establish a notable claim (or: Are memes notable)?

The question Is the crime rate for undocumented immigrants “considerably lower” than that of Trump campaign staffers? has received a close vote with a comment saying that likes on Facebook do not ...
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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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Questions(s) which are really about (unpublished) counter-theory

I noticed today a question, which was only lightly edited by a mod, so apparently there was nothing blatantly wrong with it, but which to me seems to fit the following pattern: quote notable claim ...
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Are notable claims of the past, claiming to predict a future event whose time has now passed, on-topic?

A notable Fringe Science researcher, using his purported m4d 1337 math, astronomy, and geography skillz, published a claim back in the 1990's predicting that there would be an astronomical alignment ...
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Why was my referenced answer deleted?

In Neil Armstrong: “One small step for man” or “one small step for a man”? I posted an answer stating Whether he was meant to say "a man" or not, he definitely said "That's one small step for ...
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Should we evolve out of the tags [intelligent-design] and [young-earth-creationism]?

Currently we have the tags young-earth-creationism and intelligent-design. The questions aren’t used for questions that are about those movements, but to categorise claims that are made by those ...
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Do we need a “widely believed” filter for claims made by celebrities? [duplicate]

Currently almost everything a celebrity says qualifies as notable here. The only exceptions that I've seen applied (until yesterday) are: what a celebrity says in fiction (e.g. in a magician's show ...