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sceptics.stackexchange.com should redirect to the site [duplicate]

In British English, “skeptic” is spelled “sceptic”. However http://sceptics.stackexchange.com does not redirect to https://skeptics.stackexchange.com. For the sake of our friends across the pond, can ...
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Can we add to tagging instructions not to tag on claimant?

Is it possible, in the instructions for tagging, to state that tagging ought to be on the subject of the claim, rather than on the claimant? It’s understandable that the average user won’t browse ...
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Require questions about the Holocaust to receive moderator approval before publishing

If a low reputation user posts a question about the Holocaust, rather than being immediately posted, it should receive a notification telling the user that the question will remain visible (and ...
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Enabling mods to really act as users: make “different hats” more visible?

Everyone here should interact with everyone else with respect. That includes interactions between regular users and interactions between regular users and moderators. There seems to be a problem ...
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So your answer was deleted… don't panic

My initial answer (and first answer written on here) was deleted, but has thankfully been re-instated. I've never had an answer deleted before in 7 years or using various StackExchange sites, so it ...
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Can we enable TeX?

Please feel free to edit this question! At current this question needs examples of existing posts and how they could be improved. Additionally, more links to related resources could be helpful. ...
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Add “is from fake news site” to list of close flags (distinct from “no notable claim”)

Obviously this means we'd have to maintain a list of such sites. Yes, I'm aware of what's called the genetic fallacy, but things have changed since rhetoric was invented. We now must deal with ...
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More options for `This question belongs on another site`

When making a vote to close a question there's the option to vote This question belongs on another site in the Stack Exchange network. Currently this feature only allows the user to declare the ...
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Please replace the blue link colour used in Skeptics Main with a colour with higher contrast

Skeptics recently adopted a link colour that's an especially bright blue. I find it very uncomfortable to read, and I enjoy reading Skeptics questions quite a lot, so this is unfortunate. (Skeptics is ...
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Prevent 101 rep users from voting and commenting until 105 rep

The problem As a site, we slightly diverge from the SE standards: We have unique rules regarding voting, for example unreferenced questions should be downvoted to zero no matter how much we agree ...
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Should Skeptics.SE be moved to the 'Science' section?

As of 25 May 2015, skeptics.se is not considered in the science section of Stack Exchange: Don't you think it ought to be? (This topic has been already brought to meta.stackexchange.com)
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Automatically tell new users to reference their answers

Being very active on skepitcs.se last week, I realized this site gets too many unreferenced answers, this will cause answers to get deleted or make the moderators comment on the answer and asking the ...
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Add “Are you sure you want to navigate away from this page?” when writing a comment

When I'm writing a comment on skeptics.se, it takes a lot of time to create it and fix it and I use all the characters allowed that it looks like a small paragraph. Many times, my browser went back ...
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Viewing edit diffs

Here are three views of an edit (screenshot of my Windows desktop Chrome browser). I'm posting these as a sample because DVK said he sees all of them as a wall of red/green text. Post an answer (or ...
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Change background so that site does not look like a modal dialog

The current background has an opacity which makes it look like a modal dialog. This creates confusion when using the site, as it looks like a pop-up. As well, it creates the sensation that the site is ...
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How to Handle Questions Starting with “Why” or “How”?

I do not believe that any questions in scope for this site begin with "Why" or "How"; this community has limited itself to "Who", "What", and "When" questions. I think we could reduce the likelihood ...
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Should answers without links be automatically marked as unreferenced?

This is simply a proposal for discussion. The problem I'm trying to solve is the following. Many new users simply post without reading our site first and familiarizing with our rules. The consequence ...
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Suggestion: Make block-quotes stand out more

The background of block quotes is light pink and it is not easy to tell if I'm reading the main body of the text or a block quote. I suggest changing it to a darker color.
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Improve “This question is protected” banner text

Questions can be protected to prevent new users from answering them. The resulting banner reads in part: This question is protected to prevent "thanks!", "me too!", or spam answers by new users. ...
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Posting questions from answers written in Open Office

I have written a very nice answer to a question in Open Office and would now like to post it but the copy paste function does not work properly. I'm having problems with inserting tables. Any help ...
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sceptics.stackexchange.com should redirect [duplicate]

Sceptics is a common spelling in the UK. It should redirect to the US spelling with a 'k'. I am asking this question from a phone at a Skeptics event after a newbie tripped over it. I only mention ...
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Changes instant edits to suggested edits

Users with 2000 or more rep can instantly make edits without going through the review process. No one should be able to do that, since the review phase is a good chance for quality assurance, that all ...
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Increase amount of reviewers per review

Right now when something is reviewed, it's reviewed by ONE person only, then it's done. Instead that number should be increased to something like THREE. Example: User1234 posts his first answer ...
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Should we increase the penalty for downvoted answer

If an answer is downvoted, the person who wrote it gets only -2 rep, while an upvote gives +10 rep, which means that in order to negate the upvotes and encorage the poster to delete/edit their answer ...
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Change the “How to ask” section

If you ask a question there is a section on how to ask in the sidebar, currently this looks like the following: How To Ask Is your question about scientific skepticism? We prefer questions ...
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Remove 50 rep requirement for comments

I have seen it more than once that 1 rep uses want to comment, but since they lack the option of doing so, they instead answer the question, but still just comment on the question. Remove the 50 rep ...
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Move Skeptics from Culture/Recreation to the Science category

The footer with the list of sites looks like it is going to be updated, at least there is a new version of it visible on Meta.SO. In that version, the sites are separated according to the Area 51 ...
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Is there a way to get notified if a post I down-voted gets edited?

I have seen on this site questions, mainly by new users, that "forget" to put a reference to a notable claim, and some answers that forget to their credible sources. Those posts get down-votes, as ...
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Is there a way to save an “unfinished” answer and come back to it later to finish, without posting it?

I am not suttisfied with the provided answers to the question Is this map of Israel-occupied territory accurate? , and want to write an answer. I've done all the research and collected all the ...
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FAQ change about “explaining”

Currently the FAQ says: If your motivation for asking the question is "I would like to participate in a discussion about __ " then you should not be asking here. However, if your motivation is "I ...
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Bounty timer too short?

Q: Is the bounty timer of 1 week too short for Skeptics? I recently offered a bounty on a question i am interested in, but the answers provided were not good enough by the time the bounty expired. I ...
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How should we deal with questions which can't have a single universal answer?

Questions are sometimes asked where there isn't a single universal answer but often provoke answers that read as though there is. Two examples recently bubbled to the front page that illustrate what i ...
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Lose the [statistics] tag?

The statistics tag appears to be a popular meta-tag, which is to be be avoided. Should it be deleted and banned?
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High rep users should be able to add and remove post notices

As you know we use a lot of post notices on this site. I think they are very useful and work very well, but only moderators can add and remove them. I see no reason why that should be the case. I ...
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How should we deal with duplicates when the closed question contains the best answers?

Closing questions that are basically duplicates is obviously good. But, though the questions and their content are linked in perpetuity, there is no process for merging the best parts of each. This ...
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Tag Synonym: cell-phone -> mobile-phones

Didn't there use to be an interface to propose synonyms? I can't find it now. Anyway, cell-phone and mobile-phones should be merged. Wikipedia prefers Mobile phone. As an Australian, I'm biased to ...
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Add a review queue for posts with a “citation needed” notice

We're using the "Citation Needed" notices a lot since they were introduced, but there is no really efficient workflow for removing them later. We rely pretty much on the community to flag posts that ...
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The “Ask question” page should make it easy to write sensible questions for newbies!

At the moment, when asking a question, users are confronted with a relatively complex UI, full of relatively unimportant details but completely lacking features that benefit Skeptics.SE. This impacts ...
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sceptics.se should redirect to skeptics.se

The URL http://sceptics.stackexchange.com (currently dead) should redirect to the page http://skeptics.stackexchange.com; all /path URLs should likewise redirect. (Sceptics is the Commonwealth ...
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Never remove “nofollow” from links in questions

Marking a link as nofollow indicates to search engines that they shouldn't use this link to determine their rankings of search results. This is meant to prevent spam that artificially increases the ...
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Add option for “No notable claim” when flagging for mod attention

Thought this might help the mods: When flagging for mod attention is it possible to add this as an option? Example question (like you need it!): Instant, painless amputation via high-pressure steam
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Add a “more citations needed” notice

Currently, the commonly-used citations needed notice reads "This post does not cite any references or sources..." Given the way it is used in practice, I think there should be another notice that ...
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Can we adjust the privilege/reputation levels?

I understand the site has gone live and so the reputation needed for privleges is in line with the other SE sites. My concern is that the vast majority of the users on the site do not have anywhere ...
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The Ask Question Button is too big

See Jeff Atwood's comment regarding a proposed design with a big "ask question" button. ask question should never be featured, because the easiest way to poison a Q&A community is to enable a ...
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Choice of colours in the new design does not represent our brand

Any colour palette should respect the following principles: Be functionally appropriate and support UI usage Increase legibility Support brand values I realise that I am making an aesthetic ...
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The “ASK QUESTION” animation is too long

The main site "ASK QUESTION" looks pleasing the first time you use it, but if you use the site a lot (like moderators, high rep users and aficionados do), it quickly becomes boring and "over the top". ...
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The Venn diagrams on our about page should have a different colour

https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/about It's clearly an aesthetic call, but I think that having the Venn diagrams in four shades of yellow is not pleasing or readable at all. Can we use different ...
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Design: orange vs yellow?

In addition to my previous suggestions, I also want to suggest orange color over yellow: NOTE: changes are to the main site (not meta) Changes made: Logo colors (white text, orange brackets) Tags ...
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Remove the capital letter on every word (except the first) from the titles?

Although I liked the new designed I have a suggestion, can we remove the lead capital on each word? Like just to preserve the original input. For instance: Remove The Capital Letter On Every Word (...
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Change the caveat banner on posts

I know that we’ve had the discussion before – repeatedly. However, now that we’ve had the current system for a few months it’s time to re-evaluate it. In my opinion, the system has failed. The ...