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What's the flying saucer image on the Skeptics.SE error page?

Through this meta question I discovered that there's a funny picture of a mock flying saucer crash scene on this site's error page: I'm guessing the Stack Exchange design budget doesn't stretch as ...
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How to prove notability when addressing a claim very common within an internet subculture that doesn't have a clear notable person making the claim?

There is a very specific claim I want to run through skeptics. This claim is very common within an internet subculture. I would like to get a through and definitive answer to it, but I'm having ...
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Should we give more exact definition on what can actually be asked?

I know how this sound. Say I saw a page like this http://thegoodlordabove.com/god-talks-several-trump-supporters-need-safe-space/ And I asked whether God actually created the page. The claim is ...
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Should doxxing be allowed here?

In the comments of this question, the poster gave what he seems to think is the real name of one of our moderators. Personally, I'm not terribly well hidden here, but pseudonyms are allowable, and ...
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Does this site merit the name? [duplicate]

"Skeptics" are generally people who don't take conclusions drawn from evidence presented. Legitimate reasons to question conclusions is both lack of credulity of the premises and logic flaws in the ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2017 [duplicate]

It is a bit late into this new year, being that we're already in the second month, but we are now cycling the Community Promotion Ads for 2017! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion ...
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Is “alt-facting” less defamatory than “lying”?

In a recent question, the questioner, the answerer and a commenter all used variants of a new coinage: "alternative fact-ing", "altfacting", "alt-facting". That posed a challenge. If they had said ...
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Reopen question about Obama vs Trump immigration bans

I asked this question and it was closed as a dupe of this question. I think these questions are not duplicates because one asks if Obama took immigration actions in 2011, and the other asks are the ...
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“Abusing the flagging system” - really?

On this question Was it harder for Syrian Christians to immigrate to the US than Muslims? , comments were as shown below: While the question is on topic, it seems of little importance. – Sklivvz♦ ...
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Are questions about becoming a better skeptic/researcher on topic?

When examining a claim, you must understand the claim and the sources. You must then research the sources, see if the claim is skewing those sources or if those sources are themselves faulty. You must ...
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Is pointing to a part of a picture indeed non-trivial research?

In this moderator-deleted answer of mine, I observed that Trump's twitter background picture was cropped from a getty image original just at a line which cut out the copyright watermark. I showed the ...
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Sorry, but we don't care about your political opinions

This is a reminder of an issue that has come up before - around the last US election: Are political comments a problem? If your comment is little more than tribal markings to indicate the US ...
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Why was my question closed as “Primarily Opinion Based”?

This question was closed as Primarily Opinion Based. What does that mean on a site about skepticism? On what grounds was my question a POB one? How could it be improved and made on-topic according to ...
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Did I do original research?

In my answer to the question Were 48% of American billionaires Jewish in 2014? I gave an answer regarding the 2016 numbers. Since it wasn't enough for the OP I went on and did more research and found ...
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Why did this question about the veracity of a photo get voted down?

I posted this question: Is this picture of a man in Colorado Springs nearly being blown away, genuine, or a hoax? I figured it met the guidelines, but I'm wondering why the downvotes. Could I improve ...
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Non notable claims, made only on hate and or conspiracy sites, should be deleted

The question Did Benjamin Netanyahu say this about Christian Zionists? cites as the sources of the claim sites/blogs which are straight up from the darkest corners of the web. All those sites are ...
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What should be done with answers that commit the “obvious maths” fallacy - should they get a “sources needed” banner?

From What constitutes non-trivial analysis of available data? The "obvious maths" fallacy The discriminating factor is certainly not the level of mathematics, but the level of expertise needed ...
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We should get rid of the stage-magic tag

The stage-magic tag has a problem. All of the questions tagged with it, except for one question (Is it reasonable to assume that volunteers in stage-magic shows are aides?), ask about whether a piece ...
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Should the stage-magic tag include tricks not performed for audiences?

Can you predict a number that is "randomly" chosen by a person better than chance? Should this question have the stage magic tag? Here are some opinions by @Sklivvz "why not? it's ...
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Please reopen: How is it true that the English are practical, and 'maintain an empiricist and pragmatic disposition'?

I have tried to elucidate and refine my question, but please feel free to edit it if I have not succeeded.
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Is this site about scientific skepticism or fact-checking?

According the this site's tour, skeptics is a question and answer site for applying scientific skepticism, and I understand that this skepticism must be applied to notable claims. These are clear and ...
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Should this objectively falsified question/answer be reopened?

Does the Quran say in its verse 4:89 that "Those who reject Islam must be killed"? This is clearly a case of people falsely adding "Those who reject Islam must be killed" where it doesn't ...
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Does asking questions about fact checking Trump's tweet go against the purpose of this site? [closed]

IMSoP told me: Other than "let's fact check every one of Donald Trump's tweets" (a fun game, but not the purpose of this site) what exactly are we being skeptical about? I checked: https://...
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Are claims by Muslims automatically off topic?

I just had my question locked and all comments deleted after George Chalhoub insisted that I have a non-Muslim source of the claim. Also, moderators banned many of my sources, which were very notable ...
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How should we deal with cases where official reports by governments are fabricated to fit their agenda?

There are lots of governments (including mine) that deliberately fabricate data, statistics, investigation reports to advance their agenda. How should we examine these claims?
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Permanently banning user/question?

Recently, we had a user who asked the same anti-semitic, off-topic, and frankly just absurd question multiple times (at least four or five that I have seen, but I would assume that I also missed ...
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Biblical claim isn't notable? Really?

So there's this question: Could a man survive in the belly of a fish for 3 days? It was closed for not being "notable enough". Apparently not enough people in the world believe in a literal ...
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Winter Bash 2016 Skeptics challenge!

As you might have noticed, some user avatars have funny hats or masks. As every year, for Christmas, the Stack Exchange team creates a fun competition to get hats awarded for completing fun (or secret)...
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In the spirit of the holidays

I've noticed a few threads have become a little heated as of late. Since the days are getting shorter up here in the northern hemisphere in preparation for all the solstice themed holidays, and a few ...
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Should off-the-cuff claims by Donald Trump be considered notable without evidence that people actually believe them?

At the risk of offending EVERYONE of all political spectrums, should we really accept tweets by Trump as "notable" without explicit evidence that people actually believe them and don't just treat them ...
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Why was question about Celler family deleted?

As an American of partial Jewish ethnic heritage, like Emanuel Celler, I am personally offended that Stack Exchange deleted my answer and the corresponding question about this family so important to ...
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Why does Stack Exchange prevent the author of an accepted answer from deleting her own answer?

Sometimes the author of an answer realizes it's wrong, but doesn't know the right answer or can't fix it immediately. Other times a question is edited so it no longer matches the accepted answer. ...
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Updating the [Judaism] tag

The judaism tag currently has the description: the monotheistic religion of the Jews. Judaism has a several meanings: a religion, an ethnic group/nationality, and a a culture. You can be ...
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Republican / Democrat ideological swap question should be reopened

The following question was closed by a community vote: "Did the Republican and Democratic parties swap ideologies at one point?" The problem is that this seems to be well within the scope of the site ...
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How should we deal with major changes to formerly deleted questions?

We've had a few cases of this situation: A poor questions is asked. Based on feedback, the original poster deletes their own question. The original poster edits the question dramatically, to be about ...
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How convince people who are extremely skeptical of science, statistics, and expert authority in general, that science is not always bunk?

I'm thinking here of some kind of primer, blog, etc. for the general public on how these fields can be trusted, but skeptically, and not a review of statistics, etc. I raise this from frustrations ...
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Questions about multiple claims present in a single article/meme/event [duplicate]

If an article/meme/event has multiple claims in it, then should I ask them all in one question or split them? If I do split them, how many claims should I include in a single question? And I still ...
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Answer on my post should not have been deleted

I posted this question: Does Twitter censor content with a double standard? To which K Dog answered. There's reasons to down vote the answer, but it was a legitimate answer nonetheless. Though it is ...
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A “boiling” question

I just stumbled over the thing again today, so I did some search and came to nothing conclusive, thus I thought about asking here on Skeptics. But, first, I'd like to know if it is a question that can ...
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Resources on which sites are fake news providers

Are there any resources on which websites are generators of fake news? In this context, I mean sites which are scammers with a purely financial motive, not websites that have strongly held ...
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[donald-trump], you're fired!

Questions should not be tagged based on the claimant, i.e. the person or organisation making a claim. It's not possible to have expertise on claims by a certain person. To be an expert on claims by ...
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Old question: what happens

So what happens if you recently answer an old question, and the questioner is no longer around to accept it. After a certain time or vote received threshold is it auto accepted?
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Answer was deleted - how can I challenge the reason?

I had an answer deleted with the reason given that it "didn't answer the question" which I disagree with. Is there a way I can respond/chat with the person who deleted it to question their reasoning? ...
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Why was my answer edited?

My answer to this question was heavily edited and I'm not sure why. The OP seems to be asking if the "paper" somehow disproves man-made climate change and pointing out biases and logical falicies in ...
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Which flag should I use for unreferenced answers?

If an answer has no references, should I use the "Very Low Quality" flag, or "in need of moderator attention" flag?
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Are moderators allowed to decline flags about their own behaviour?

If I flag behaviour by a moderator, is the same moderator allowed to decline the flag, or do they have to have it assessed by another moderator? Related question: Restraining from moderator actions ...
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What should we do when the accepted answer is incorrect?

I was lurking around Skeptics.SE recently, as I usually do, and I found a question that triggered some thinking on my side. Let me put out a (not-so-much) hypothetical question. Let's suppose we ...
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What is, and isn't, a meme?

Every now and again, someone posts a viral image containing a claim - generally a photo with some white text written on it, and someone refers to it as a meme, and then a whole argument ensues about ...
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Referencing large documents [duplicate]

Is it acceptable practice to cite a large document as a reference, without explaining which part of the document supports the claim being made or quoting the relevant section? For example, this ...