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I do not like some uses of [Facebook]

Some questions tagged with facebook are merely tagged that way because the claim is being spread via a Facebook meme or picture, such as Is this a photo of a rough sleeper who froze to death? . As per ...
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Answer stated question but deleted by mod

My question was deleted by a mod for not answering the primary question. Access to water It is the last question and has a question mark. How is it not a valid answer to address that point?
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Are questions about claims that can be empirically verified, but not at this time, on topic?

One of the basic requirements on this site is that questions must be empirically verifiable. If a claim is notable, and could in theory be subject to empirical verification, but the likelihood of ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2018 [duplicate]

It's almost February in 2018, which isn't supposed to be the proper time to cycle these, but for this year it'll be once again, so we'll be refreshing the Community Promotion Ads for this year now! ...
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Theoretical answers: Where to draw the border? [duplicate]

According to this meta post, it is community consensus that theoretical answers should be deleted as off-topic. The reasoning is that [o]ne of the premises of skepticism is the application of the ...
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Are claims made by product advertisements on-topic?

I saw Do Tide Pods laundry detergent have 10 times the cleaning power of other liquid bargain brands? and it got me thinking about this. As is the case in that question, advertisements making dramatic ...
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Someone deleted all but one answer to my question

I asked my first question last night, Are 19.6 pounds of CO2 produced from burning a gallon of gasoline?, which has gotten quite a response. I'm really grateful to everyone who contributed. This ...
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How specific do claims have to be?

I recently posted a question that references what I believe to be a commonly held belief based on numerous variations of it that I've heard people throughout the US and Western Europe make. Because it'...
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Accepting “we don't have enough research to know” answers

I asked a question last week, and the only answer so far gives a summary of "[t]his is emerging science, and it is too soon to know one way or the other". It is a well-written answer which lays a lot ...
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Is an answer that shows there is a peer-reviewed study that makes a claim satisfactory as an answer to whether the claim is credible?

This question has emerged again: Will global warming reduce available oxygen?. The accepted and significantly upvoted answer basically concludes that the claim has been made in a peer review journal. ...
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Are answerable claims about political questions harder than other controversial topics?

So I asked this questions: Do voters refuse to believe accurate accounts of Republican tax plans? It was very rapidly put on hold as: "Please focus this down to a specific claim and quote it. ...
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Houston, we have a problem with [anatomy]

The tag anatomy refers to astronomy (which already has the tag astronomy), rather than the discipline of medicine or biology. Unfortunately, I can't blank out the description (the site doesn't allow ...
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Answer 16 minutes after the question was closed?

How is this possible?
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Why was this question deleted?

My question was not extremely off topic nor rude, and thus, although I understand why it was closed, it should not have been deleted. This was my question: https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/...
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Should standard, or non-standard vocabulary take precedent, neither?

Given any question/answer is it not important to use standard language? This question relates to the following question/answer exchange : Does the fossil fuel industry benefit from trillions of ...
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What's a good way to determine if a journal is reputable?

I'm (probably pointlessly) trying to persuade an antivaxxer that vaccines do not cause autism. They pointed to this link that references "OVER 50 PEER REVIEWED SCIENTIFIC Studies from the US National ...
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Speaking at CLSxItaly

I will be speaking as part of a panel on how to moderate online communities at CLSx Italy on November 25th. If anyone is interested in attending, I have a discount code just for Skeptics.SE. Please ...
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Site's background causing strange effect on question title

I've opened this question, and I noticed a strange effect on the last two words of the title: At first I thought about a rendering glitch, but then I noticed the other marks and realized (at least I ...
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Why was my question about bitcoin closed?

The question was: Is the cryptocurrency Bitcoin a pyramid scheme? It was a re-work of another closed question: Is bitcoin a pyramid scheme? Pyramid schemes are defined quite well and have certain ...
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Can we have some moderation restraint, please?

When one down-votes or votes to close, you're supposed to offer a comment so people know why. Kind of a worthless request that people do so if the mods are just going to go and delete the comments ...
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Wash away the nutrients - is not a notable claim!

Why the question "Is drinking water during a meal bad for you?" wasn't closed as it doesn't offer any notable claim? Can someone explain why this question was so up-voted if it doesn't offer any ...
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Is migrating these kind of questions to other Stack Exchange sites a good idea?

In the question Did the murder of Ernst von Rath partly provoke the events of "Kristallnacht"? , it's being proposed to migrate the question to History.SE . This has happened already with at ...
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Is it acceptable to refer to people as “nutters”, in terms of the “Be Nice” policy?

I had a comment-flag declined, and thus I am posting on meta. With the "Be Nice" policy in mind, I flagged the following statement. Most conspiracy nutters neglect the fact that nearly 25% of the ...
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Have we cottoned on to [organic-food] needing to be renamed?

organic-food should be renamed to organic-farming to cover farming that doesn't involve food, such as cotton farming. Previous meta questions about organic farming: Tag merge request: 'organic&#...
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Title shown in Google search is not complete

If I search Google for "apple cider vinegar for heartburn" or "apple cider vinegar for acid reflux", this question doesn't show up in any of the first 10 pages of Google results. If I search ...
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May I post a series of questions to fact-check a book by a supposed quack?

I am now holding the original, Polish edition of a book called "The Hidden Therapies - What your doctor won't tell you" authored by Jerzy Zięba, who is widely considered to be a quack by medical ...
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How should we deal with claims that only appear in article headlines?

A common occurrence that we commonly encounter on Skeptics† is when the headline of a newsaper or magazine article contains a claim that is not supported by the rest of the article. † ...
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Is the claim in the question that democrats watch more porn?

The question Do democrat voters watch more porn than republicans? is currently on hold. In the original question I assumed that clam in the title was what a typical reader would take from any of the ...
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Is it OK for tag-wiki excerpts to promote political bias

Currently two tag wikis are at odds because they want to transport a political opinion. The tag for circumcision reads: Use this for male circumcision. For female genital mutation, use "female-...
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Questions that start with good sources for a claim

I had a question put on hold. Did the Constitution of the Confederate States of America ban the slave trade? I provided some sources for the claim. Oddthinking replied "I went to include all of your ...
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Reopen “white people crimes” question

This question: "White people" crime? was closed as duplicate of this one: Are white people more likely to commit mass murder in the United States? They are clearly two very different ...
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Please flag trollish questions

Skeptics.SE, along with some other stack exchanges such as history, receives some trolling questions, generally in the form of holocaust denial. They're by users with only 1 reputation, and they're ...
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Should we have a question sandbox?

Some stack exchange sites, such as World Building, have question sand boxes where users may work on questions and get feedback before posting it on the main website. Given that several questions on ...
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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 ...
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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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