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Why has my comment that a claim is apparently not serious been deleted?

I pointed out under this Q that prominently-posted rules of that subreddit appear to prohibit the very post made there. YSKs regarding Reddit, Facebook, Twitter or any other social media are NOT ...
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Why are the parts of this answer offering a (IMHO original) legal analysis on-topic, even if that's not even solicited by the Q, and probably wrong?

This (accepted) answer offers its own legal opinion on whether driving out Jews from various Arab countries was genocide, even though: That's not part of the Q, and answers trying to provide similar ...
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Are flags on this meta handled at all?

I know the queues for meta-flags are separate from the ones for the main site. Is any mod here handling the former? There was a (IMHO) rambunctious exchange between two [other] users here under one of ...
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Should my answer, which addresses implications in the framing of a question, have been deleted?

My answer to this question has been deleted, despite providing a skeptical discussion of the meme posted. It was respectfully written. At time of deletion, the answer had 8 upvotes, and no comments ...
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Let's define "a large number of people"

We have a policy that states The idea here is that once a large number of people are exposed to the claim, it is of general interest to validate the claim and either confirm or refute it. I have a ...
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Can online petitions be used to substantiate notability, ie "a large number of people must be exposed to the claim"?

This is bit bizarre to me, but we have one user arguing that our policy on notability which specifies, The idea here is that once a large number of people are exposed to the claim, it is of general ...
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Are answers saying a claim is possible allowed?

Are answers that state themselves as partial answers and only address if a claim is possible acceptable on this site? My understanding is that an answer needs to address the claim itself and be ...
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2023: a year in moderation

It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here might be ...
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Discourage Recommending Politics.SE for questions

I have noticed from time to time when a bad question gets asked on the main site that there is a suggestion to ask it on Politics.SE even though it would also be considered bad and closed on that site....
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Should AI Generated Answers Be Allowed - New Banner Options

It seems there is a new feature that lets sites enable a banner to let users know that AI answers are not allowed or need to be properly cited when used. Do we have a stance and want to enable one of ...
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Why was the definition of the NGO "Breaking the Silence" removed from my question?

I asked this question related to the rules of engagement in the Israel-Hamas war. The source of the question is a claim by an Israeli NGO named "Breaking the Silence". In the question I ...
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Why was my question about tanks in Ukraine closed?

I have a question about my Skeptics Stack Exchange post: In 2024 why are there only 14 abrams in ukraine? Why was it closed?
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Answers to the current issues that considered on-topic are helping to promote propaganda rather than clarify

One of the reasons I believe the current unconfirmed issues should be closed (deleted) ASAP is that answer to such questions are so weird and it helps to promote propaganda quickly instead of clarify ...
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(IMO) There are inconsistencies between Skeptic On-topic criteria and some existing questions

In this meta post, It has been explained that (about Hamas-Israel War of course) Your questions must contain a specific claim that can be empirically answered from available evidence. (As I am new ...
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How should we answer questions which can be answered both yes and no?

I always accept answers/posts that are logical (mathematically or philosophically). But here (and in some other forums or generally in non-exact sciences) there are questions that you can almost prove ...
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Why isn't my question labeled with "edited"?

I recently asked a question and after a minute I edited it. But the question doesn't say "edited x minutes ago" above my user card. What's the reason?
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It's okay to take a break from Skeptics

Some of us (myself included) need this reminder from time to time. Sometimes a topic pops up that heat us up. Things like elections, the pandemic, vaccination, etc, etc. And, we are passionate folks - ...
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Links to scanned books and "fair use"

In my answer I have used a book source. A commenter helpfully provided a link to a scanned version of that book. I'd like to put that link in my answer, but as far as I can tell (by the copyright ...
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Why is the word skeptics between two brackets in our logo?

Why is the word skeptics between two brackets in the logo? Is it because we use to write link texts between brackets and in this site sources are so important?
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Is this question suitable for the site? "Did Gaza have the potential to become a 'Singapore' in the Middle East?"

I have seen claims by pro-Israeli commentators that, after Israel disengaged from Gaza in 2005, Gaza was no longer occupied and could have become a “Singapore” of the Middle East if the international ...
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What makes a good question about the 2023 Israel-Hamas War?

As of October 2023, the 2023 Israel-Hamas War is attracting a lot of interest with many questions under the israel-hamas-war tag. Several have been closed; others are close to it. Meta-questions ...
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Should we be more vigilant about closing Israel-Hamas conflict questions where reliable information doesn't exist?

There seems to be many inflammatory claims being made about actions by both sides in this conflict. Due to the nature of the situation it seems like many if these will be hard to verify or debunk. The ...
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What should I do when I believe an invalid answer is upvoted for political reasons?

Consider this question: Were babies found with their heads decapitated in Israel after the Hamas attack? and specifically, the current top-voted answer. You'll notice it has a number of upvotes and ...
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What are the criteria for having an entire tag just for one person?

Whenever I see a tag that is used for only one question, it catches my eye. Recently I noticed that benjamin-netanyahu was only used for one question, namely: Did Netanyahu recently say "We will ...
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Does Skeptics.SE presuppose methodological naturalism?

Does Skeptics.SE presuppose methodological naturalism—i.e., the claim that everything can be explained by natural processes or that there is no such thing as miracles?
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Are archive-links allowed?

A way to bypass paywall to journals and other online publications is internet archive. Are these links allowed on Skeptics? Pro: Enable access for everyone to check if the quote/reference is valid. ...
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Have we lost most of our best contributors?

I was surprised to see that Users Reputation by Year - Skeptics Stack Exchange shows that I'm in the top 10 users on this site by reputation for the current year, yet (no false modesty here) there's ...
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Do the requirements of an old claim change if the claim relates specifically to current events in that time period and not timeless scientific fact?

I know that generally, old claims need to still be notable today to be allowable here. This makes a whole lot of sense in that it isn't worth debunking obsolete scientific theories that haven't been ...
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Headline on answers to questions?

Is there a reason that we don't make a point of putting a headline 1-5 word answer on all answers? Given the proportion of questions that boil down to "Is this claim accurate/true/real", ...
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Should extensive edits reset vote counts?

Poorly written question is voted into oblivion. Later extensive edits improve the quality, yet if voted users don't bother to revisit the votes the improved question remains unseen. A solution: Add ...
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Feedback on question "Is present discrimination the only remedy for past discrimination?"

Is present discrimination the only remedy for past discrimination? is closed as off-topic. I'm asking for feedback on reasons, please? Why I'm confused: The quote seems to fulfill the notability ...
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Questions that ask about polling in totalitarian/authoritarian countries

Related to Qs like this. I'm pretty sure I can find some piece of propaganda that says that [almost] everyone in China adores Xi Jinping as their president, and likewise for North Korea or even ...
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Is the existence of a regulation an implied claim that it is effective?

There are a lot of laws, regulations, etc. out there that seem to imply without stating that they are effective, with the argument being that the legislature, regulatory agency, or other authority ...
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Feedback on downvotes on my answer. Fixing my errors

In a recent answer I got 3 down-votes. If people disagree with me or dislike the content, that's perfectly fine. I understand and respect their decision. However, seeing as it's 3 out of 7 voters, I'm ...
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What needs to be done to reinstate my deleted answer?

A question here raised scepticism about a news report of how the US sabotaged the Nordstream pipeline in Europe - Did the CIA blow up the Nordstream 1 pipeline? As @Joe-w pointed out in the comment, I ...
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Shouldn't this question on a current event be closed?

A question here raised scepticism about a report from a former (?) journalist of how the US sabotaged the Nordstream pipeline in Europe - Did the CIA blow up the Nordstream 1 pipeline? This is a ...
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What exactly does "Essentially unreferenced" mean when references were provided?

A moderator posted the following regarding this Answer: I have deleted your answer now because it is essentially unreferenced. A YouTube video by Stefan Molyneux is not a reliable reference. This ...
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To what extent is a notable claim of "we don't know" in scope?

I follow some YouTube channels on classic video gaming (retrogaming). Several of these channels have published videos on a certain product that was hyped in the marketplace in the early 1990's as an ...
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Skeptics Stack Exchange, and its relationship with "Poisoning the Well"

Question What ought to be the relationship between "Skeptics" and those "Skeptics" who intentionally go out and "poison the well", particularly on behalf of other people'...
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Claims involving personal information about notable people - Part2 (7 years later)

So what's the verdict here? Claims involving personal information about notable people about https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/31738/has-emma-watson-stated-or-been-credibly-reported-to-have-...
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What is to be done about a mis-attributed image?

This answer to the question, "Did JK Rowling ever describe Harry Potter goblins as 'hook-nosed'?" is built around an illustration that is claimed to be from the original 1974 publication of ...
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Can we reopen "Did Jeffry Epstein kill himself?"?

It has been a minute. This controversial question here: Did Jeffry Epstein kill himself? Is nearly three years old, and is beginning to be forgotten about. Before that happens, and before things ...
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2022: 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 preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Is a claim that a public figure is transgender an acceptable claim?

I have recently encountered a claim that a certain well-known public figure/celebrity that has publicly denied being transgender is, in fact, transgender. The claim appears plausible and mentions some ...
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Are statements by artificial intelligence constructs notable?

The Stack Exchange Network has been abuzz recently over the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) chat bots such at ChatGPT to generate content suitable for posting as answers. Some sites, notably Stack ...
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Can we ask a question that its claim can't be debunked or confirmed?

On two occasions we can't debunk or approve a claim: It's not mentioned in the sources. The claim is very new; so there are no sources about the matter. How can we deal with these questions here?
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Is asking about a controversial matter on-topic here?

For instance, think about the cause of death of a famous person. Some claim it was a suicide and some claim it was a murder. Can I ask about it? For example, "Did X commit suicide?" or "...
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Is it a problem when the original claim has ambiguities?

I've seen this happen a few times on this site, most recently with my own question Are 20% of automobile drivers under the influence of marijuana? . Some users asked me about whether I expected an ...
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Should we allow links to personal Google Docs?

I recently edited an answer where the OP had taken some data from a large site, simplified it, and presented it in a personal Google sheet. Should that be allowed? [I removed it pre-emptively, but I ...
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If it's a daft idea is the author no longer notable?

On Skeptics there is currently a question, whether the sun revolves round the earth. This idea was floated by someone I never heard of, who is, apparently, a "notable source". Perfectly good ...
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