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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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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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