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Rude/abusive comment left on a now-deleted question; what can be done about it?

Earlier this morning, I came across this question. As well as multiple downvotes, it had attracted a comment consisting of a rather blunt answer followed by "Do your homework". I responded suggesting ...
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Was there anything wrong with this question about Boris Johnson or its answer?

My question Has Boris Johnson ever referred to any of his opponents as “traitors”? has (perhaps aptly) devolved into a debate about propriety rather than the issues, so I'd like to get a second ...
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Should we follow the international date format standard?

Recently, a question title was edited to change the date from United States format (m-d-Y) to European format (d-m-Y). The reason given was Let's use international standards, tyvm There are ...
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Comment on deleted question

This question of mine just got deleted for "not notable, disturbing and as political propaganda. No thanks", before I could answer the comment by Oddthinking: A common form of anti-abortion ...
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Is writing code to parse data original research and therefore inappropriate as an answer?

This answer includes a Python script to parse data. The data source itself is linked. The answer is getting upvoted, presumably because people view it as a helpful contribution. The relevant help ...
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Some old answers on a specific question need attention

I was going to point out exactly what's pointed out on this meta question from six years ago: These old answers need some attention The following question (still?) has some questionable answers. ...
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Found an error in an old, protected answer. How to suggest an edit?

Related to this question, but refering to a specific post. I have 6 reputation so far, but would like to leave some sort of remark (comment, another answer) at an old, accepted answer. How can I do ...
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Questions(s) which are really about (unpublished) counter-theory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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Help me edit my recent question, please

My recent question was received with mixed feelings: Why do children commit mass murder in their schools? It has a +3/-3 score, and it was even closed, reopened, and now has three new close votes. ...
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How am I supposed to improve this question?

THis one, put on hold currently: Does decline of mainstream Christian beliefs correlate with the rise of superstitious, magical, neopagan or New Age practices? I get it that it is not considered a ...
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May I post a series of questions to fact-check a book by a supposed quack?

I am now holding the original, Polish edition of a book called "The Hidden Therapies - What your doctor won't tell you" authored by Jerzy Zięba, who is widely considered to be a quack by medical ...
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Myanmar: A viable topic?

There are plenty of questions surrounding the conflict with the leader of the country claiming some of the pictures we have seen are staged elsewhere, claims that village fires were started by the ...
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Can we reopen the Trump Tower wiretapping question?

I asked Did Obama's administration bug Trump Tower?, and it was immediately put on hold because there was allegedly an ongoing investigation by "a court of law, government, or other similar ...
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Can you reopen the “Gotthard Base Tunnel Opening Ceremony” question?

Can you reopen this question? IMO it can be reopened. It is not asking people to watch and comment on a 50-minute video ... it's asking people to reference any official explanations (i.e. more ...
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Is my question OK for the site?

I read about people taking a drug and seeing the same hallucination ("Sex, Drugs, Einstein, and Elves"). I became skeptical and wonder if seeing the same hallucaination for different people at ...
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Answering “Can you achieve immortality through yoga?”

Re: Can you achieve immortality through yoga? One approach to answering this question is to use the statistical evidence regarding the Maximum Reported Age at Death (MRAD): https://www.nature.com/...
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Would this question be on-topic?

On public (and other) buildings which have extensive glass walls, you sometimes see the silhouettes of flying birds affixed to the glass. My understanding is: This is intended to deter birds from ...
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Reopen question about Obama vs Trump immigration bans

I asked this question and it was closed as a dupe of this question. I think these questions are not duplicates because one asks if Obama took immigration actions in 2011, and the other asks are the ...
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Biblical claim isn't notable? Really?

So there's this question: Could a man survive in the belly of a fish for 3 days? It was closed for not being "notable enough". Apparently not enough people in the world believe in a literal ...
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Can the admin please check my account for an instance of serial down voting?

I've been the target of serial down voting before, so I'm familiar with the auto-script that will undo it if triggered, but the exact trigger is not publicly known. I'm also familiar with the secrecy ...
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Answer on my post should not have been deleted

I posted this question: Does Twitter censor content with a double standard? To which K Dog answered. There's reasons to down vote the answer, but it was a legitimate answer nonetheless. Though it is ...
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Referencing large documents [duplicate]

Is it acceptable practice to cite a large document as a reference, without explaining which part of the document supports the claim being made or quoting the relevant section? For example, this ...
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Is this answer about illegal immigrants supported by its evidence?

I had an interesting discussion with the poster of a popular answer that has been in the Hot Network Questions for a couple of days. I think the discussion is important, so I'm copying it here to ...
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What happened to my Ken Bone question?

I asked a question about Ken Bone and his newly acquired Internet fame, and whether Anderson Cooper, the moderator of the second presidential debate, intentionally selected Bone to ask the last ...
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Are questions about Hillary, Bill and Donald considered off-topic, at the moment?

I saw some contentious activity (questions, comments) earlier today, e.g., a user that wanted to verify the taped conversation of Trump's words about what he did / does to women because of his fame. ...
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Why does this answer still have the “citation needed” notice?

This is regarding this answer. It was given a "citation needed" notice. The reason given in a comment was that the claim that her deputies were issuing licenses needed cited explicitly. Since then, ...
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Has the definition of a “theoretical answer” been revised?

On reading this excellent answer it made me wonder why that answer is allowed but this one was deleted. Why is one "theoretical", and rapidly deleted, and the other not? Or has something changed about ...
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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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Why were some answers deleted on the question about Earth being covered by oceans?

Moderators cleaned up four answers on the Was the Earth one big ocean once? question after leaving a few days to the authors for fixing. While these answers were interesting and sometimes highly ...
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How to handle circular dependency between claim and proof?

I have recently asked a question about a claim made by infosec.SE users which is, in simple words, "FBI can unlock an iPhone without Apple helping". This question was closed a a duplicate of this one, ...
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Should we undelete these answers?

On the "Is the Earth 6000 years old?" question, there are a few deleted answers which, while wrong, are, technically speaking, supported by references. The issue is that they are supported by ...
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What is a good stack exchange where to learn about skepticism?

Was the "Irish ghost video" staged? If so, how? The last comment of the video analysis explains how original research is not allowed. OR is not "disliked", but explicitly forbidden by ...
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Do the community sometimes need to redirect *all* comments to chat?

IMO at least the symptom if not the cause of a moderator's locking a question was that it was generating too many comments: Too many comments implies something controversial (therefore low quality?) ...
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Why is the Charlie Brown question closed?

Why is https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/q/28207/2703 closed by @LarianLeQuella? It apparently passed @Sklivvz's inspection with only a title edit. Should I have not answered it, and flagged or ...
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Why is the mass-shooting question locked/closed?

The following question is currently under a temporary lock, and I expect it to be closed soon. https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/28146/what-are-the-rates-of-mass-shootings-in-various-...
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Why is this question on hold and marked as primarily opinion based?

This question related to sound from the Sun is on hold for primarily opinion based. I have provided multiple articles which are discussing the subject. Could you please explain what it makes an ...
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Why was my question closed?

I don't usually have any issue with stack exchange moderators, but in this situation I really don't understand why my question was closed. The reason listed is "unclear what you are asking," but the ...
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A request to remove a hold and stop a potential edit war

I asked a question: How many people died at the Tulsa Race Riot? It was then edited almost beyond recognition. It was certianly an improvment to the question, so after I realized that, I quickly got ...
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Should translated quotes be bilingual?

In this question I quoted several paragraphs of French, and translated it. Is it always better to quote the original as well as giving the translation? Even if the passage being quoted is quite long (...
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Can we fix the Amish/Vaccination/Autism question?

The question, Do the Amish have a lower rate of autism? is looking like a road accident. This question is to explain what happened, and to invite suggestions on how to fix it. Let's work our way ...
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Why was this question re-opened?

Does Islam lead to higher crime rates? Why was it re-opened? It seems to have no notable claim evidence at all (and any notable knowledge on the subject is 100% contradictory to the claim, what ...
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Relevant comments keep disappearing

With regard to this question, what I consider relevant comments by another user keep disappearing by unilateral moderator action - one of mine too (probably by the time anyone checks this, more than ...
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Should I split this question into two?

Should I split my question (Is it almost impossible to find animals that are not contaminated by chemicals?) into two separate questions? I will need one answer moved and perhaps another split into ...
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Is my answer acceptable?

I would like to know if my answer at https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/a/23856/21485 is acceptable for this site. This is the first post I have made here. I greatly appreciate the existence of this ...
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How is photographic evidence “theoretical” and not “empirical”?

I was very surprised to have a popular answer unilaterally deleted by a moderator. This is an answer based purely on a theoretical model. We expect answers to be based on empirical evidence rather ...
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Is this question brutally gratuitous and therefore intolerable?

Research (background reading) for the question Are rape vans real? is unpleasant. I found evidence for an answer in the affirmative: Snopes and Wikipedia identifying (and/or narrating) a criminal ...
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How should we fix the IDF children casualty question? [closed]

The question Do Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian kids? has a mismatched body and title. As a result, answers differ in which of the two questions (body or title) they answer. DVK made a bold edit ...
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Do moderators delete too many answers?

I noticed that all answers to this question have been deleted. IMO at least one of those answers was better than nothing (i.e. arguably imperfect but shouldn't/needn't have been deleted). Assuming ...
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Is there a deep, hot biosphere?

The question Is there a deep, hot biosphere? attracted a troll recently who went on an all-out rant about sceptics in general and the question’s OP in particular. Behind all the vitriol and tantrum-...
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Is this question really bad?

I posted this question recently after looking at some of the interesting questions. It appears to be a decent question to me. Am I missing something here ? It has gotten 7 downvotes so far, with one ...