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Myanmar: A viable topic?

There are plenty of questions surrounding the conflict with the leader of the country claiming some of the pictures we have seen are staged elsewhere, claims that village fires were started by the ...
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Where is the line between primarily opinion based and not

This question about the reliability of RationalWiki was closed as primarily opinion based. If a similar question were asked about Wikipedia, I think that question could have a definite fact-based ...
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Can we reopen the Trump Tower wiretapping question?

I asked Did Obama's administration bug Trump Tower?, and it was immediately put on hold because there was allegedly an ongoing investigation by "a court of law, government, or other similar ...
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Should we stop adding [fluoride]?

Should we get rid of one of fluoride and fluoridation, and if so, which one? fluoridation has a tag wiki and has 20 questions, while fluoride lacks a wiki, and has 6 questions. Of the six questions ...
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Flagging question as duplicate when the original was migrated to another site

This question was recently posted to our site. Particularly, the question cites this paper and is asking about the validity of the study. Another question in the same format regarding the same paper ...
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How to cite a claim made in a non-public domain movie?

I heard a statement that I wanted to ask the site about. However, I heard the claim in a movie, and therefore I cannot link to the scene in question (due to copyright issues, etc). Would an honest ...
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Why was my recent question about Jewish CEO's deleted?

Recently I asked a question and then forgot about it. But I found that it was deleted by mods. Why was it deleted? The mods didn't give any reason.
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Questions about James Damore's claims about biological differences in distribution of traits among genders

This is a call for questions about the claims made in the "Google Manifesto". I'm posting this in Meta because the claims should probably be split into multiple questions. This would be a good place ...
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Could a question on trump blocking people on twitter work?

I'm skeptical that Trump has blocked many of the people reporting it, or that he even reads any messages on twitter at all, could a question here work asking about this? Here is an article full of "...
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New SE site for the skeptics in well received opinion (not Fact)

Are questions below fit here : What are the benefits if we have no moon ? What are the positives if Axis win WWII ? What are the good things that mosquitoes bring to human life ?. I think not, ...
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Would a question about seemingly contradictory sources for voter fraud be on topic?

With all that's been made of President Trump's voter fraud panel in the news recently, I was looking around the internet when I stumbled upon two seemingly contradictory sources regarding cases of ...
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Deletion of my answer on the EPA Particulate Matter question

I want to preface this by saying that I have spent about a week on this board, and much of that time has been spent on the meta, trying to understand this board's unique rules and requirements for ...
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Can someone try answering this question?

Is "blue scorpion venom" a legitimate treatment for cancer? I was going to try, but the amount of information and lack of understanding about most of this stuff was too much for me. I found ...
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Should articles “Just Asking Questions” be considered notable claims?

RationalWiki defines the phrase "Just Asking Questions" as: Just asking questions (JAQ-ing off) is a way of attempting to make wild accusations acceptable (and hopefully not legally actionable) by ...
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Questions about Christianity get down voted

I asked a couple of questions that contained references to Christianity. These questions got downvoted for the fact it included certain facts of Christianity or its values and not because it was a bad ...
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Change link in 'Notable claim' off topic close reason?

The first off-topic close reason has a link titled unreferenced notable claims pointing to FAQ: Must all questions be notable?: Shouldn't the link text be notable claims? The way it is formatted now ...
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Are scientific skeptics always correct?

If scientific skeptics indeed use empirical investigation and the application of the scientific method to determine truth....does that mean we're always right? If so, can this be repeatedly ...
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How else could this have been answered, if not by logic?

There is this question about an elementary property of Quranic verse numbers. The question was put on hold (rightly so, I believe, because it's arithmetic). What astounds me is that below the answer ...
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Can you reopen the “Gotthard Base Tunnel Opening Ceremony” question?

Can you reopen this question? IMO it can be reopened. It is not asking people to watch and comment on a 50-minute video ... it's asking people to reference any official explanations (i.e. more ...
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Should the gender tag be split?

I think the gender tag is currently serving more than one purpose, but I don't have a clear statement of what the appropriate tags should be. Also, I am looking for some sort of community support, so ...
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Answering “Can you achieve immortality through yoga?”

Re: Can you achieve immortality through yoga? One approach to answering this question is to use the statistical evidence regarding the Maximum Reported Age at Death (MRAD): https://www.nature.com/...
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Answer moved to comment by mod

I joined a community today because I had something unique to add to a question. There already was a decent answer, but mine was talking about points not mentioned in it. While my answer was a bit ...
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What does “low quality contributions” mean?

What does the the following message mean? This account is temporarily suspended because of low-quality contributions. What does "low-quality contributions" mean? Does it mean too many "Please send ...
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Are conspiracy theory based questions allowed here?

There are lots of conspiracy theories out there. These conspiracy theories are backed by lots of thought-provoking theories which can make anyone skeptical. For example, "Earth is Flat" is backed by ...
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Are we being invaded?

In this question: criticism of down-voting for question? There are no less than four accounts, all created today, all with let's just call them "congruent" points of view. Perhaps I'm cynical, ...
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Are moderators ruling out good answers based on basic physical principles and facts as theoretical?

I have a serious concern that good answers are being ruled out by moderators as theoretical even though they are based on a basic understanding of simple physical processes. My concern is based on ...
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Should information about the notability of a claimant/claim not be put in comments?

If someone questions the notability of a claim, or the claimant, and someone else wishes to assert the notability of the claim/claimant, should they avoid adding a comment, and instead edit the ...
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Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism - 29 JUN to 2 JUL 17

Sorry I am remiss in posting this. I will be at NECSS again this year. I am presenting a workshop, and I will be working the conference. I'd love to see some of you there.
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Restore clickbait title due to clickbait claim

This question originally had the clickbait title of: Did the UK government kill a baby with mitochondrial depletion syndrome against the parents' wishes? This use of the word "kill" was ...
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Do we need an update on “what constitutes original research”?

I'm not here to kick up a fuss (I'm well aware of the fear of that whenever someone questions a decision to close or delete their answer) but I think maybe the "What constitutes original research" ...
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How do we deal with doubt about an original source for a [quote] question?

In many cases, quote questions can be answered by finding sources or direct evidence for the quote in question, and that ends the matter. But some of the time, it all comes down to one source ...
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Assuming good faith vs answering the (in my opinion) actual underlying intent of a question [duplicate]

Some extended conversation going on about this question: Did Einstein say this about Jesus? On its face, this is a question about the accuracy of a quote. It was immediately answered by the original ...
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Interpretation, misleading claims, and literalism [duplicate]

I have looked through the various questions and answers on meta regarding this, and have not found anything solid. The nearest can be found here, and the mod's answer is at odds with the highest-voted ...
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Should we burninate the alternative-medicine tag?

Given that the very reason for it being called "alternative" medicine rather than just medicine is because it doesn't work, it seems like a waste of time having this rubbish polluting our site. ...
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Deletion of an answer without good reason

I provided an answer to this question, in which I pointed out that the "profit per customer" can be defined two different ways, and considering that the question is given the context of how they can ...
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When a question asks about the validity of a single source, are outside references strictly required

An answer I gave was deleted by a moderator. The question asked specifically about the validity of a single source, which claimed to be a clinical study of an alternative medicine treatment. My ...
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How come there isn't a section on here for the paranormal? But there's one for skepticism?

Why isn't there a paranormal slanted section for stackexchange? This site is so awesome for so many reasons and I think it would be great if those of us who study ufology and spirits could bring ...
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Approve edits that only add a conclusion?

I recently bumped into two edits that only added a boldfaced Very unlikely and Yes, roughly to the beginning of the answer. Personally, I'm in favor of this clarity (especially with long answers), ...
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When is a single person's claim notable?

If Donald Trump makes a claim it is notable. If my grandfather does, it is not. Unless my grandfather is Donald Trump (he was not). How notable does an individual need to be before we accept that ...
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Can moderators unaccept answers that don't actually address the question?

Here is an example of a question with an accepted answer that should not have actually been accepted: How bitter is Robert Lustig's "Bitter Truth" about sugar? Granted, the question ...
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What proof that a claim exists is needed to post a question?

What proof, if any, do I need to provide that a claim exists. For instance, what if I hear from a friend that the moon is made of cheese? Can my question just indicate that I heard it from a friend? ...
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At which level of digging do we decide that a source is acceptable?

Consider the following, if given as evidence in an answer: In a 2005 Example.com interview of renowned ornithologist George Credibleopoulos, George explicitly stated that snipes do indeed migrate ...
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What makes a good “the answer is unknown” answer?

In some cases the status of a claim is objectively unknown, e.g. if research indicates that we definitively do not know the answer, or if research leads to no information one way or the other (these ...
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Merge usa and united-states tags

The site has both tags: usa and united-states. I can't think of a reason to have both. I think a merger is better because deletion would not prevent the likelihood of it being created again. I favor ...
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Would this question be on-topic?

On public (and other) buildings which have extensive glass walls, you sometimes see the silhouettes of flying birds affixed to the glass. My understanding is: This is intended to deter birds from ...
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How to proceed when implicit and explicit claims diverge

I have seen a number of instances of the following pattern. Someone says something that absolutely explicitly states X and also clearly implies Y. Y, of course, is more outrageous than X. In typical ...
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Can users close questions regardless?

Is the community of users allowed to vote to close a question for no particularly good reason? For example if a lot of people see a question they don't like (and want to close it), and none of the ...
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Victims of crime

Further to this chat, I find topics about non-notorious individual victims of crime distateful. I understand it may be in the public interest, and/or relevant to public policy (e.g. because of police ...
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Should we routinely move more comment threads to chat?

Should skeptics.SE be more aggressive about moving comment threads to chat? I have spent some time recently on workplace.SE, and just like skeptics.SE, comment threads can get long and sometime off-...
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Should possible/partial answers be edited out of a question?

This question quotes a critique in the question text. It is my understanding* that this should be edited out. Is that correct? I can't find this on meta yet. * First comment under my question here