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Questions tagged [faq]

These questions are the most frequently asked and answered questions on Meta.

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FAQ: Should I ask if something is “authentic”?

There are many questions (as of now) using the words "authentic" to ask a question, however I was told that my question is unclear because of it. What is the correct usage of the word "authentic"?
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FAQ: What are theoretical answers?

Answers which are wholly based on a theoretical model are generally downvoted and may be deleted. What are the characteristics that (dis-)qualify an answer as theoretical?
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FAQ: What constitutes original research?

Answers which are wholly based on "original research" are generally downvoted and may be deleted. What are the characteristics that (dis-)qualify an answer as original research? How should these ...
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What is a 'notable' claim?

Throughout the Skeptics.SE site, there are demands for claims to be 'notable'. For example: in Close Reasons, and in several places in the FAQ. 'Notable' isn't a common word and isn't always clear. ...
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FAQ: Welcome to New Users

I am a new user here on Skeptics.SE. What do I need to know?
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How should we enforce notability?

We require questions here on Skeptics to be about notable claims. This restriction is necessary to keep the site somewhat focused, despite the fact that we essentially accept questions about pretty ...
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FAQ: My question was put 'on hold' or has been 'closed', what does it mean?

Why are some questions closed? Is it like deletion?
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FAQ: Should questions be asked with an impartial tone?

Wikipedia has a very precise policy on tone: Impartial tone Wikipedia describes disputes. Wikipedia does not engage in disputes. A neutral characterization of disputes requires presenting ...
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Guidelines for Inadequately Referenced Answers

The Skeptics.SE community has had high expectations of its answers; that they be based on science and not conjecture. In particular, this means providing references to empirical evidence (that can be ...
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FAQ: What makes an answer good on Skeptics.SE?

What does a good Skeptics.stackexchange.com answer look like? What are the qualities that a perfect Skeptics.SE answer would have?
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FAQ: On the use of a non-metric system

This answer was down voted because of the choice of units. The answer was giving a calculation in imperial units, rather than SI units. Can we get a consensus on the use of units of measurement, ...
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What are all the different FAQs and Help pages?

There are a number of different FAQ pages provided by the StackExchange software that drives this site. How do they all fit together? How do I get changes made?
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What topics are in and out of scope of Skeptics.SE?

The FAQ page for Skeptics.stackexchange.com gives some brief guidance to what questions are on-topic and off-topic: Skeptics - Stack Exchange is for skeptics, rationalists, free thinkers, or anyone ...
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FAQ: What are the attributes of a good question?

What does a good Skeptics.SE question look like? What are the qualities that a perfect Skeptics.SE question would have? Ground rules for answering this meta-question: One quality per answer Provide ...
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FAQ: Must all questions be notable?

One of the key themes of Stack Exchange right from the start has been that you can't have a site about everything. Each SE site has a topic, users who are devoted to that topic, and who will ...
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How to cite books?

In this question, my answer references dead tree books. In at least one important case, the book is listed on Google Books with no preview. In all cases, the author and title will be enough to ...
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FAQ: When is it appropriate to “be a dick” on Skeptics?

There has been a long-standing issue in the Skeptics community that has been recently re-raised and re-branded by Phil Plait's TAM8 talk. It concerns traditionally hostile and/or mocking responses to ...
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FAQ: Must all answers be referenced?

How strict should we be about references? When someone makes a claim, should we require them to support that claim with a source? If so, to what extent should we go? Must all claims be referenced or ...