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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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Is "Is this foodstuff harmful?" harmful?

I saw a question about a specific claim that a particular food is harmful (or unhealthy or worse than another food). It seems to have received a negative reaction from the community, and hasn't been ...
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Why are answers deleted?

Answers may be deleted by the moderators, for various reasons: Some reasons are obvious to everyone (e.g. spam) Some reasons are obvious to the regulars of this site (e.g. no references) Some reasons ...
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Improve the About page

Further to Can the About page be improved? I suggest adding something like the following content to the page. The purpose of this site is to question whether notable claims are true. In general any ...
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What is the history of Skeptics.StackExchange?

As a new contributor on this website, I often wonder how this community got to where it is, and how important conventions were established. After getting a lot of feedback from experienced users, I'm ...
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How should we, as skeptics, determine a theory's credibility, or lack thereof?

One of the questions I posted up awhile back was "Is the endurance running hypothesis of human evolution credible?"1 (10k users or moderators only) which to me seems like it should have been a simple ...
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Should there be a guideline to inline URLs?

One of the most common edits I make is to turn ugly URLs into clean textual references. For example: https://www.google.com.au/webhp?ie=UTF-8#safe=off&hl=en&sclient=psy-ab&q=URL+...
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Can we add something about how to properly ask and answer a question to the FAQ

We are getting more new users here and the quality of the questions and answers is taking a hit. I think a short blurb in the FAQ on how to ask a good question and the requirements for a good answer ...
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May we use non-English languages on this site?

English is not the only language of the Internet, and it certainly isn't the only language of our users. How should we deal with questions, answers, claims and references that are not in English?
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When is it appropriate to migrate a question to another site?

Our site allows questions about notable claims on almost any topic. It is therefore unsurprising that we need to have a well specified migration policy. What are the conditions under which we should ...
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Discussion on FAQ Question: What are the attributes of a good answer?

What does a good Skeptics.SE answer look like? What are the qualities that a perfect Skeptics.SE answer would have? Ground rules: One quality per answer Provide a brief explanation of why it is ...
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What is a good answer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Discussion on FAQ Question: What are the attributes of a good answer? What is a good answer? And what is a "bad" answer, within the context of this forum? What are we looking ...
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How notable does a claim have to be for questions about it to be considered on-topic? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: FAQ: Must all questions be notable? I know there have been a bunch of Meta discussions about whether answers to questions need to be referenced, and how good the references ...
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Proposed FAQ question: Why was I downvoted?

Sample: Why was my post downvoted? I ... have a lot of experience/am an expert in this field posted a thoughtful answer and/or know that I'm right ... and I came to this community to contribute....
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Politics, beliefs and motivations questions should not be allowed here.

These questions should be made off-topic because they are not answerable based on available evidence. In other words, there is nothing scientific in the investigation of the evidence. Also, they may ...
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Is Wikipedia a valid reference?

Wikipedia is a very useful resource, but: sometimes it has unreliable information. sometimes it changes. Should Wikipedia be used as a reference to support claims in answers?
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Are religious questions on-topic?

At some point we will have to decide if religious questions are on-topic, and where exactly we will draw the line to off-topic questions. There is a significant overlap between the skeptic and atheist ...
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