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Limited in what I can do to investigate a suspicious question

For this question, I was extremely suspicious about the question, but I felt like I couldn't justifiably flag it as "Rude and abusive". Is the claim likely to be complete nonsense? Yes, quite ...
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What should I do if I uncover new evidence on a question that I answered that invalidates my previous answer?

I recently answered Is “US Military Intelligence report EW-Pa 128” real? with some information from a forum post. The evidence wasn't great, and I fully admitted it in the answer. However, given the ...
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Why does Google search first display “Are neo-Nazis calling for the murder and torture of Stack Exchange members”?

On multiple, unrelated, computers/networks, on different days, without being logged in to Google, search results for Skeptics Stack Exchange prominently display: Are neo-Nazis calling for the ...
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How to deal with a question where the “notable claim” turned out to be invalid?

Recently, this question was asked and answered. The original version of the question did not have the source of the notable claim provided. When pressed, OP provided a link to a hour-long podcast ...
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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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Why are questions about Trump often closed?

Why are most questions whose subject is what The President presumably said or did always treated with distrust on this site? Ending up inevitably on hold, closed, deleted etc. Is it an invitation to ...
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I'm resigning as a moderator

As a moderator, I have to help this community thrive and also to represent it towards Stack Exchange. I am convinced that many of SE's recent choices: ads, CoC changes, license changes, are actively ...
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Where should quote-hunting questions go?

Skeptics.SE regularly receives on-topic questions of the form "Did Person X say Quote Y?" The answers fall into a few categories: Yes, they said it at Event Z. No, Person A said it, at Event Z. ...
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Let’s fill [lead-poisoning] full of [lead]!

There are currently four questions tagged lead and five questions tagged lead-poisoning, one of which is tagged with both. All of the questions tagged with lead are about lead poisoning, which means ...
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Was there anything wrong with this question about Boris Johnson or its answer?

My question Has Boris Johnson ever referred to any of his opponents as “traitors”? has (perhaps aptly) devolved into a debate about propriety rather than the issues, so I'd like to get a second ...
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Deletion threshold for inconclusive answers

there is some disagreement between me and several people over this answer: https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/a/44989/50610 Others say that I did not provide enough evidence to meet the standards of ...
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Question about site policy, determined by vote count or chosen answer?

I recently asked a question: Did Hunter Biden launder 3 million dollars of Ukrainian money? That question has a comment that says, Voted to close since "questions about unresolved current events ...
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Skeptics, News, and Politics

As far as I understood it (so far), Skeptics.SE is essentially about science in the broadest meaning of the term, or rather, for answering questions about "pseudoscience and biased results". Ref. Has "...
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Should we favor [social-media] tag over individual social media names, like Twitter or Facebook?

We have social-media, facebook, and twitter tags. Many questions about the named site contain the more generic social-media tag as well. Should we burn named tags or the social-media tag? Is there a ...
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Does trolling count as “rude and abusive”?

If I come across a question that I perceive as trolling, is it ok to flag it as “rude and abusive”? For example, this question (since deleted, but not blanked out) isn’t stating that a particular ...
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Should we follow the international date format standard?

Recently, a question title was edited to change the date from United States format (m-d-Y) to European format (d-m-Y). The reason given was Let's use international standards, tyvm There are ...
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Question worded to force ufologists and skeptics to provide the best UFO evidence = downvotes

I have a question about my Skeptics Stack Exchange post: Is there definitive proof that general UFO phenomenon is fake or real? I would like to invoke readers to provide the closest thing to proof ...
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How notable must doubt be?

Skeptics requires questions to be about notable claims. The burden of proof is on the question to provide evidence that the claim is notable. Must the question also provide evidence that there is a ...
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Should this question have been edited to provide positive spin?

I asked a question here which was edited by User DJ Clayworth to give the question a more positive spin. I edited to a more neutral spin, but he insists on leaving the positive spin version there. As ...
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Should the first letters of tag text be capitalized?

A user recently went through a bunch of the country tags and changed the text, deleting the first few words from those that already had text. As a result, the tag text now starts with an ...
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Are self-answers that give general “how to evaluate” guidance welcome here?

The skeptics SE gets a lot of questions related to interpretation of crime statistics in one way or another. Each of the ones that I can see refers to a specific statement, but the same kind of issues ...
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Closure: 'Do Tempur-pedic mattresses differ in material? '

I know little about mattresses. How can Do Tempur-pedic mattresses markedly differ in material? be revised to be on-topic please? Thanks.
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After what time / at what relational distance is an event history and not current events?

I'd like to ask about the limpet mines supposedly used on the oil tankers, but i think this might run afoul of the 'no current events' rule. So my question here: Is there a way to phrase my disbelief ...
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How to answer a question when the only possible path of research leads to a dead end?

Recently, @Gerrit posted the question Did an American kindergarten teach children the alphabet using corporate logos? Everything seems to be in order with regards to the question, with @Gerrit ...
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On what basis were the answers classified as original research?

Two answers (one of which I wrote) to this question on the commonest boys names in England were recently deleted on the basis they constituted "original research". I would like to understand why this ...
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Comment on deleted question

This question of mine just got deleted for "not notable, disturbing and as political propaganda. No thanks", before I could answer the comment by Oddthinking: A common form of anti-abortion ...
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When did explaining definitive sources become original research? [duplicate]

One of the moderators has decided to delete two answers to the question on the popularity of boys names in the UK (this one Is Muhammad one of the most popular names for boys in England and Wales?) on ...
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Could we undelete the atomic alert answer please

This question has been present on the site for several years, and the top answer has been there four years. I'm aware that it's first hand information, but it does provide useful information. I'm ...
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Asking for sources

Skeptics is a great place to get information on reliable sources and facts. Usually, one posts a claim (one is skeptical about) and the community comes back with really good links or citations for ...
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Help writing good, on-topic questions

I have problems with writing good, on-topic questions and would like to know what went wrong with some of my questions and how to improve them. If something is clearly obvious to you, it might not ...
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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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Does the source of a claim need to be freely accessible?

A millionaire football club owner of a smaller local team in Belgium claimed in an interview that champagne makes grass grow better (he frequently waters his own castle grounds using the drink), and I ...
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Is writing code to parse data original research and therefore inappropriate as an answer?

This answer includes a Python script to parse data. The data source itself is linked. The answer is getting upvoted, presumably because people view it as a helpful contribution. The relevant help ...
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Should we close question about claims taken from reputable peer-reviewed publications?

I'm seeing an increase in questions that cite as their source of claim an article that would itself count as a reputable source for this site. It's from a reputable source, it's peer reviewed, or it ...
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Questions about myth origins vs the myth itself

I recently asked a question about the accuracy of the popular origin story of a myth, but it has been flagged as a duplicate of the question that asks if the myth itself is true. The user who raised ...
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Do we need to deal with [brexit]?

Some questions tagged brexit are about claims that are being made by pro or anti Brexit figures, sometimes making a claim about the status quo of Britain's involvement in the EU, but do not appear to ...
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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"...