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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 ...
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List of useful sources for Skeptics.SE

The goal of this post is to contain a long number of sources, sorted by topic, to help users find sources for their answers. It's Community Wiki so that everyone can edit add new sources.
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Discussion about requiring references for all claims

Our current policy on requiring references can be found at the following link: FAQ - Must all claims be referenced? This question contains the discussion that lead to the adoption of the current ...
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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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How do we know that our references are reliable?

I fail to understand how other people know what sites are reliable or not and how much. Making a sort of example, let's think in percentages: how do I know if a site is 50% reliable and another one ...
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Are references enough?

There are many posts here in meta, and in the main site regarding the requirement to reference each substantial claim. Thus, answers without references, but with relevant details or analysis are ...
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Prepared response to retort that web-pages referenced might be bogus

I have now seen several answer writers produce answers without references, get asked to provide references, only to retort that web-sites are unreliable, and anyone could throw one together to support ...
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Math does not need to be cited or sourced

In this answer: Is one in two hundred men a descendant of Genghis Khan? The OP is simply trying to establish a mathematical basis for the credibility of the assertion in the question -- a "back of ...
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“citation needed” header

Should answers, which allegedly lack references be "decorated" with following header? This post does not cite any references or sources. Please help improve this answer by adding citations to ...
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How should questions with an impossible negation be handled?

Questions that can be verified yes or no (inclusive) make perfect Skeptics questions because an answer can definitively answered one way or the other. The evidence decides; the answer is accepted; ...
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Have quality standards for answers been increasing over time?

Have the quality standards for answers been increasing over time? I'm not so much referring to the average quality of what gets posted as an answer (there's no stopping for new inexperienced novice ...
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Is logic enough?

Is offering a reference absolutely necessary, or is a logical answer enough?
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Is Mythbusters “ancedotal evidence”?

After reading the question Is anecdotal evidence sufficient for answers? I realized that Mythbusters is basically just that - video-taped experiments meant to prove or disprove some hypothesis. It's ...
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Does SE.Skeptics specifically require “scientific” references?

I'm a new user on this site. I recently provided an answer and linked to several online articles. However, my answer was downvoted 2x because two people didn't like that I used a non "scientific ...
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Why are we converting “uncited” posts to community wiki?

I see from this search: https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/search?q=%2B"Please+help+improve+this+article"+is%3Aanswer We are apparently now adding faux wikipedia style editorial messages to answers ...
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Must references be available online?

jwenting said: I've had more than a few answers deleted and downvoted for referencing printed books, complete with page numbers, ISBN (if available), etc. because "it's not online so we can't ...
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If a question is challenging high-school level facts, are references required to support them?

In the frequently referenced FAQ question, Must All Answers Be Referenced there is an exemption: There are some types of questions that we can safely answer without needing references, however, ...
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Should a claim of “consensus” require evidence?

We seem to throw around "consensus" more and more as time goes on with skeptics. However it also seems that a claim of "consensus" is the one claim that does not require a reference. Should a claim ...
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Unreferenced answers in comments

In my question about Asbestos in Chinese manufactured goods a user posted the following unreferenced claims in a comment: Not only is there not one "asbestos" but several (at least 4) different ...
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Should claims made in comments be supported by a reference?

I've seen a wide range of claims made in comments, some reasonable enough, some outrageous. Should any claim made in a comment be supported by a reference? Examples: If heard the claim that girls ...
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Are books not considered good references?

Referring to this answer, there is a 'not enough references' tag: https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/a/8503/7871 The book Good Calories, Bad Calories has its own bibliography. A quick Google Scholar ...
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What constitutes reasonable evidence for questions with an impossible negation?

My question was inspired by this question here. Essentially for questions with an impossible negation it was advised that the best approach is to say we don't know or simply give a summary of current ...
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How should references be handled vs original research?

This is part of discussion brought up during 2013 election, and it have been a hot topic before. Rather than keeping discussion in comments of OddThinking's nomination I feel this is a better place ...