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How to deal with re-surfaced old questions that don't meet today's standards?

I've noticed a number of old questions that have resurfaced as active due to edits either to the questions or to answers. Many of them don't meet the contemporary criteria for on-topic questions as ...
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Are we ignoring quality problems blissfully if we see a chance to fight some strawmen from 'the other camp'?

We see a lot of substandard questions here. Some are more troublesome than others. Some good questions get deplatformed for being mistaken as "push" or whatever. This meta post is about ...
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What should our SkepticsSE policy be on removal of bounties?

If a user puts a bounty on a question, that has several effects. The one best advertised is "to draw attention". Less well known: Relevant here is that 'community moderation' is restricted ...
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Why do we lose a reputation if we down-vote a not-useful answer to our post?

I have read somewhere (I don't remember where) that the OPs lose a reputation if they down-vote a bad answer to their post. Why should it be in this way? A low-quality and sometimes incorrect answer ...
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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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What should I do about a huge compiled list of claims?

So, I just read an article (on cracked.com) that has between 20 and 100 claims, depending on how granular one goes, most of which at first glance seem interesting enough to want to test them for ...
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Site's background causing strange effect on question title

I've opened this question, and I noticed a strange effect on the last two words of the title: At first I thought about a rendering glitch, but then I noticed the other marks and realized (at least I ...
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Title shown in Google search is not complete

If I search Google for "apple cider vinegar for heartburn" or "apple cider vinegar for acid reflux", this question doesn't show up in any of the first 10 pages of Google results. If I search ...
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Should we specifically discredit hate and racist sites as notable sources? [duplicate]

This question is receiving downvotes: https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/q/37424/5337 Needless to say, the claim in question is extremely offensive and stupid. I find myself hovering over the ...
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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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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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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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Do history questions belong on skeptics?

Are questions tagged history more appropriate for History.SE? Yes, there are a lot of questions tagged as history on Skeptics.SE. Especially when it concerns historical matters involving religion, it'...
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Request support with this question: Do US vaccines increase the risk of cancer?

I asked this question: Do US vaccines increase the risk of cancer? It was put on hold by Oddthinking with a request that I focus on one claim at a time. That's a clear and reasonable request, so ...
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Should we limit [quote] questions?

I'm tired and grumpy, but not sleepy. Probably not a good time to exercise mod powers. So, instead, I will have a bit of a whinge here, to see if anyone else agrees with me, or has suggestions on ...
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Should I put NSFW on some question titles?

I have asked two questions with disturbing content. Should I warn viewers with NSFW? Did the Free Syrian Army take a (pictured) toddler hostage? Is ISIS beheading children in Mosul, Iraq?
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Our tags need your attention!

Skeptics, our tags need your attention! There are a few tags which are vastly misused and need cleaning up. These tags are quite invariably being used as meta-tags or have such a generic meaning that ...
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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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The Dragon question: rescuable?

The question Did dragons exist? eventually got closed as not being a very scientific question. I thought it might be interesting to test whether it was rescuable by posing a different version https:/...
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Why was the evolution of sex question closed?

I noticed that the question "Do we know why animals have evolved to have sex for reproduction?" was closed by the community. I am curious why this is the case, as I can't see any comments explaining ...
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Are questions of the "Did X say quote Y" on-topic?

Are quote/misquote attribution questions of the "Did X really say quote Y" kind on-topic for Skeptics SE? Examples Or are they more appropriate for https://history.stackexchange.com/ or https://...
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Please remove "really" from questions via a database update?

In relation with this question: Is there *really* a reason why so many questions *really* need to include the word 'really'? "Really" is a totally abused adverb here on Skeptics. I routinely ...
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Standard text for asking people to provide references etc

I have seen some of the diamond mods provide good quality comments that ask people to provide references or to let someone know that they need to improve their post etc. Can I please get the exact ...
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War on terrible questions

When I read Jeff's answer to this question today I had a minor brain tremor and quickly pulled out my trigger happy down voting finger to relieve the rage. Here's a quote: I think this site has ...
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Moving Questions from Atheism

Atheism was closed after 94 days in beta. I'm sure there is a lot of crossover between content. What is the best way to import appropriate question from Atheism.SE? If possible it would be good to ...
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Handling current events

How should the community handle the following problems related to current events? Questions might become inaccurate/obsolete/wrong Answers might become inaccurate/obsolete/wrong (even when heavily ...
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Where did all the activity on this question come from?

The question Do bigger or more monitors increase productivity? was asked yesterday, has 10k views, and is one vote away from being the highest voted question on the site (47 at the moment). Where did ...
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Are legal questions on-topic?

Are specific questions regarding law and the interpretation thereof on topic? I can see it both ways. On the one hand, there are some widespread, but incorrect beliefs about some laws which I think ...
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How to ask a question requesting criticism of a specific resource?

I would like to ask for general criticism or scrutiny of a book (most searches result in sales), but am unsure how to keep it from being too general. The book makes a handful of claims, and to keep ...
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Migrating questions from Skeptic Exchange

This proposal was created as an SEv2 of http://www.skepticexchange.org Can we/should we/how do we migrate content over to skeptics.SE.
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