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Can survey results be notable claims?

The question Does illegal immigration in the usa strain social services? quotes survey results, asks Is this true?, then follows up with the more specific question What is the impact in the USA of ...
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Does a notable claim remain notable if notable sources remove the claim?

Consider the situation: A notable source posts an article including an incredible claim. Someone links to the source as a notable claim, asking a question on Skeptics. At some point in the future, ...
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Should there be stronger notability criteria for non-public figures?

Related questions: Should there be stronger notability criteria for claims about living people? and Claims involving personal information about notable people and Victims of crime In Did a man get ...
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When should a statement made in a fictional work be considered a notable claim? [duplicate]

This question asks about something stated in a recent episode of Doctor Who. Although it was in a fictional context the statement sounded like a statement of fact (and indeed turned out to be true). ...
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Can a certain numbers of “likes” or “shares” establish a notable claim (or: Are memes notable)?

The question Is the crime rate for undocumented immigrants “considerably lower” than that of Trump campaign staffers? has received a close vote with a comment saying that likes on Facebook do not ...
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Questions(s) which are really about (unpublished) counter-theory

I noticed today a question, which was only lightly edited by a mod, so apparently there was nothing blatantly wrong with it, but which to me seems to fit the following pattern: quote notable claim ...
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Do we need a “widely believed” filter for claims made by celebrities? [duplicate]

Currently almost everything a celebrity says qualifies as notable here. The only exceptions that I've seen applied (until yesterday) are: what a celebrity says in fiction (e.g. in a magician's show ...
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Is indirect notability important?

A recent question can essentially be reduced to "Is the claim made in this BBC article true?" In particular, a BBC article included a claim about something that Linus Pauling allegedly said. An edit ...
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Is the question “Is Gina Haspel wanted in Europe?” sufficiently improved to re-open?

The question Is Gina Haspel wanted in Europe? was closed for lacking a notable source. I've edited it to trace how the claim in question came to my attention. Is this sufficient to get the question re-...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Does the non-notable close reason apply to claims that already ostensibly provide evidence?

Are the top selling prescription drugs only effective for one in five patients? The claim has a link to an actual peer reviewed article that supports it. It is pointless to ask a question that ...
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Can we make a community decision regarding an “interestingness/consequence/relevance/etc.” test?

I have recently noticed users introducing an "interestingness" or "consequential" test in addition to or in place of our notability requirement. That result doesn't sound very interesting The claim [....
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Can a claim be made based on a URL of an article, even if meaningful information differs between the URL and the article text?

Can a notable claim be made based on a URL of an article, even if meaningful information differs between the URL and the actual claim in the article text? This just came up as a topic in comments, ...
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Is an opinion of supermodel considered “notable” without showing more people believe it?

Do "nightshades" and tomatoes cause inflammation? is a question that is based on a stated opinion of a supermodel. On one hand, it's likely that a lot of people know of that opinion, ...
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Why are strawman claims allowed to stand? [duplicate]

This question: Did Bernie Sanders never "earn a steady paycheck" before 40? Makes for a nice NHQ fodder, due to the topic. Except the "claim" it cites is 100% strawman. The question's "...
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Claims involving personal information about notable people

This is relevant to the question https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/31738/does-emma-watson-have-adhd I don't dispute that this is a claim made by an notable source, and that Emma Watson is ...
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Do rhetoric and hyperbole qualify as “notable claims?”

I've been curious about this question. The claims it quotes were made by persons during the course of political speech-making, and intended to illicit responses from those gathered to listen. In ...
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Can implied allegations be referenced without direct notability?

There are a number of very common implications I hear often that I may want to ask a question on, but which are just indirect enough to be a little harder to find quotes for. I'm wondering at what ...
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What should be done about properly answered non-notable old questions?

Example : Did Nazis use alternatives to Zyklon B? On one hand, it's NOT notable, by any stretch ("according to my dad"). On the other hand, it's already well-answered, a while back. So the main ...
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Is “belief in the claim” part of notability time constrained?

I was reading a Meta question about "Flat Earth" question, and the answers (at least one) seem to be predicated on a time constraint: Several people believe (note present tense) the claim I think ...
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Is there an inconsistency in notability requirements?

I have observed in the past moderators closing the question because it is not notable enough, specifically posted on blog/social media that doesn't show much viewership. However, others seem to be ...
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Is an answer on another SE site a good source for an answer?

This upvoted answer consists entirely of a quote from this Physics.SE answer. While I certainly don't doubt the correctness of the answer, does it meet the Skeptics requirement of providing answers ...
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Should there be stronger notability criteria for claims about living people?

Borrowing from Wikipedia's Biographies of Living People policies, should there be a be stronger notability criteria for claims about living people? I'm worried that skeptics could be used for ...
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How was it decided that this question is non-notable? [closed]

https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/q/22831/5582 This question is basically non-notable... As far as I can tell, it meets our standards of notability.
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How much controversy must surround a claim?

How much, if any, controversy must surround a claim in order for it to be on topic here? I've heard this worded as requiring that the question present a "real problem". What is our test for ...
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What if I don't have an online or easily accessible reference?

I have a question about something I'm skeptical about, and being a SE user, I naturally immediately checked the Help Center and FAQ. I found this FAQ post, and I'd like a bit of clarification for my ...
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Does a notable claim in a question have to be definite?

I've asked a few questions that got arguments that that the notable claim is non-definite. Does a claim which says maybe or probably X belong on this site?
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Should we routinely link to PubMed for biology questions?

Many discussions are instigated by peer-reviewed academic publications, which are subsequently covered by popular media (for example, here). In this situation, it seems obvious to me the question ...
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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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Must every questioned 'notable claim' include a referenced citation with a quote?

FAQ: Welcome to New Users links to How should we enforce notability? in which the accepted answer includes the following: It is not required to have an explicit cite for a claim in questions, ...
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What is minimum notability of claims for this site?

Recently there was a question that asked if a certain twitter quote was attributable to Adria Richards. In the comments do that question I raised the question of it was even a notable claim for the ...
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I don't understand how to ask questions on this site: notability and reliability of sources

I understand that you need to cite a notable source for the claim you wish to have verified/falsified, but if you can cite a notable source, isn't that enough to have found the answer to your ...
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Is a claim published on the letters page of a newspaper notable?

I recently asked about a claim that I saw on the letters page of a national newspaper. There was a comment that this wasn't a notable claim. I've asked questions on previous occasions about claims I'...
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Is fiction an acceptable notable source? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Random claims from fantasy stories and movies We've had a couple of questions recently that source their "notability" from appearance in fiction. Do elephants like to get ...
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Is humor and satire acceptable for notable claims?

This question - Can science explain how bicycles work? - was based off of a claim made by Cracked.com a site for satire and humor. To me I would think it obvious that sites like Cracked and The Onion ...
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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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Is chain mail a notable claim?

When checking a claim notability, does the fact the claim was perpetuating via chain mail (or several chain mails) make the claim notable? (Example question: Is "self-CPR" effective?)
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should claim, which is known and unquestioned fact, be considered notable? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: If a claim is commonly accepted, does questioning it require a notable counter-claim? I've voted to close question as "not a real question" on account, that the given claim is ...
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How to deal with perceived admin abuse?

Following a discussion in the comments for the answer to the Is the Earth 6000 years old? question, I asked https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/8833/is-understanding-of-chemistry-entirely-...
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How about a firm minimum threshold for notability?

This question was originally just idle curiosity, without any reference to a claim being made. I flagged this as non-notable, and 3yahoo answers were added as references to the claim, which seems to ...
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Is a highly upvoted question discussed and answered on another SE enough to show notability?

This question is related to this question. Is a question asked on any other SE site that has generated upvotes and an accepted answer with upvotes enough for notability? Sometimes it can be hard (...
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Are stereotypes and tropes notable claims?

There's been more than one question asking about whether a stereotype or a trope correspond to reality. Example imaginary questions: Do African Americans speak in gangsta lingo? Do nerds wear black ...
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If a claim is commonly accepted, does questioning it require a notable counter-claim?

When there is no doubt that a claim exists and is widely accepted/believed is it necessary to find an example of a notable counter-claim to question it? For example, it is widely accepted and ...
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Do atoms exist? - why not closed

I understand the question is popular, but I fail to understand why it is on topic. Is there any notable claim atoms DO NOT exist? Do atoms exist? The questions seems suitable for physics, but not ...