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Why is this question “POB?

I asked the following question Do British people think they are losing face on Brexit? asking to confirm or deny what, according to some articles, appears to be an emerging concern about reputation. ...
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My answer deleted for downvotes… better answer deleted on a misunderstanding

I recently wrote an answer to "Did people and dinosaurs see each other?" that got deleted, with the note that if I wanted to write an additional answer instead I ought to undelete my first answer (and ...
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How can I change an erroneously cast vote?

I have cast an erroneous vote on a question but cannot rectify my mistake. The tooltip says my vote is "locked in" and I can only change my vote, when the question is edited. Why ? Can I do something ...
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Is it acceptable to ask a question about general methodology?

For example, this answer makes the following statement: What is true is that [vaccine effectiveness] in people aged 65 or older is 9%, with a 95% confidence interval that spans from -84% to 55%. ...
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Understanding Skeptics rules!

Why was this question Did Trump say “going loco”? closed as off-topic for for “not challenging notable claims such as pseudoscience”, while the following one was not? Did Barron Trump wear a “I'm ...
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Using skeptics.SE as a personal, political blogging platform

This user has recently posted a number of questions here on Skeptics about controversial recent political events, sometimes concurrently cross-posting on Politics.SE, sometimes self-answering. Most of ...
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Was my question offensive?

I posted the following question and I received a series of comments that appeared to take the issue more on the sensititive side rather than on the rational one. In doubt I chose to remove it, but ...
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What's the best way to deal with off-topic comments

Unlike some other SE sites, I've noticed (and sometimes contributed to) a good deal of discussion in the comments here at skeptics. Sometimes these back-and-forth comments are about problems with an ...
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Are we supposed to flag these kinds of questions?

This question is poorly written, and doesn't meet the site requirements for a notable claim, as I understand them. It's also a Holocaust denial question. Should we treat the question just like any ...
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What is the best practice for referring to an online text that is subject to subtle changes

This is somehow related to Future broken Links and Best practice for dealing with link rot?. In a recent answer I referred to an online article that was very sloppily written when it was posted. ...
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Are questions about skeptics on topic? [duplicate]

I want to ask a question about skeptics, but not about a specific claim. Is that allowed?
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Flagging up a user

Earlier today a number of old questions have been brought up again by a user called EDtreatment. The questions A, B and C all relate to erectile dysfunction as does his user name and user profile. ...
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Answer 16 minutes after the question was closed?

How is this possible?
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How can this question be closed?

Would a full scale Thermonuclear War create centuries of Nuclear Winter? This question has been closed as duplicate of this question: Do we have enough nuclear weapons to wipe out all of humanity? ...
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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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Are conspiracy theory based questions allowed here?

There are lots of conspiracy theories out there. These conspiracy theories are backed by lots of thought-provoking theories which can make anyone skeptical. For example, "Earth is Flat" is backed by ...
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Is it possible to retrieve old answers to deleted questions?

There is a live question about whether global warming will cause an oxygen shortage. I remember writing a (controversial because of original research) answer to a question about how long atmospheric ...
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Rules around the daily reputation limit

Having recently experienced (for the first time I remember) the daily reputation limit, I wanted to clarify one of the rules. When the daily reputation limit is in force, is is just that further ...
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Should possible/partial answers be edited out of a question?

This question quotes a critique in the question text. It is my understanding* that this should be edited out. Is that correct? I can't find this on meta yet. * First comment under my question here
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Is there a way to flag/delete extremely offensive user names?

I don't want to see "modified 1 hour ago [extremely offensive username]". Is there a way to eliminate this? Right now people are seeing the N-word and an anti-gay slur when they go to the default ...
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When you first visit skeptics SE there is a cover picture with a flying saucer

How to you get back to that picture?
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“Abusing the flagging system” - really?

On this question Was it harder for Syrian Christians to immigrate to the US than Muslims? , comments were as shown below: While the question is on topic, it seems of little importance. – Sklivvz♦ ...
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Why was my question closed as “Primarily Opinion Based”?

This question was closed as Primarily Opinion Based. What does that mean on a site about skepticism? On what grounds was my question a POB one? How could it be improved and made on-topic according to ...
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How are we supposed to use tags associated with a person?

The description for the "donald-trump" tag is: for questions where the claim is about Donald Trump. Do not use this tag for questions about stuff Trump claims. When I posted the question Did a ...
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Delete/undelete protocol: bug or by design?

I deleted my own answer to this question: Does the Quran say in its verse 4:89 that "Those who reject Islam must be killed"? while the question was on IslamSE . Then my answer was somehow ...
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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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Questions about multiple claims present in a single article/meme/event [duplicate]

If an article/meme/event has multiple claims in it, then should I ask them all in one question or split them? If I do split them, how many claims should I include in a single question? And I still ...
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How to discuss the deletion of my answer?

My answer to this question has been deleted by a moderator on the grounds of being based on original research. I read the guidelines here, and I can argue that the answer still fits on Skeptics. The ...
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I found a question with what seems like a bad answer, I'm not an expert, what should I do?

I'm trying to figure out the scientific merits of Sensory processing sensitivity/Higly sensitive person, because my SO thinks she has it. Skeptics has one question on the topic so far. Highly ...
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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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Merging of accounts?

So at one point I had made an account here, but over the course of log in attempts, moving around, job, etc. I totally lost track of it. So I made a new account (this one), and have been happily ...
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Are correcting / removing informal logical fallacies found within a question or answer appropriate edits?

I am coming across quite a few. For example: Although it isn't obvious from the site. It appears to be backed by the Population Research Institute who clearly has a political (pro-life, anti-...
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Are “what is this?” questions on topic?

What is the source for the supposed "sound of hell"? This question asks, and gets an answer for, the question: what is the origin of this sound? Is this type of question on topic? If so,...
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Who has access to my email address?

Does anyone on this site have access to my email address? Do moderators? Do employees? What can they use it for? I get this message unless I include this message: This question body does not meet ...
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Why was my answer deleted so fast?

My answer to a question was deleted within minutes of posting. It was commented on in an extremely obnoxious manner mere seconds after posting by the same person. May I know why?
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Why do mods censor questions on this site?

Here is an example of a question that the mods would not open, despite the linked question not being a duplicate, multiple requests to re-open, and several days of waiting to re-open. https://...
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Bannered answer clean up (2011-2012)

I've deleted the following old answers as unreferenced as abandoned. I've only removed answers which had absolutely no references, or completely inadequate references (e.g. "the sun is yellow [ref: ...
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2012 questions clean up

As part of cleaning up the site, I'm deleting multiple closed and abandoned questions from 2011 where I think they have no historical significance. Please review the following list, if there is any ...
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2011 questions clean up

As part of cleaning up the site, I'm deleting multiple closed and abandoned questions from 2011 where I think they have no historical significance. Please review the following list, if there is any ...
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FAQ: Should I ask if something is “authentic”?

There are many questions (as of now) using the words "authentic" to ask a question, however I was told that my question is unclear because of it. What is the correct usage of the word "authentic"?
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Help us with a little clean up!

I went ahead and deleted a bunch of questions which were either closed, downvoted and unsalvageable or were closed, with no answer and abandoned since 2012. Please review my work by going through and ...
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Skeptics.SE now an unofficial URL Shortener

There is no doubt that them term skeptics.se, which stands shortly for Skeptics Stack Exchange (skeptics.stackexchange.com) is very commonly used on this site, many times I have typed skeptics.se on ...
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Why doesn't this question show up in the Unanswered Questions list?

The Unanswered Questions list is supposed to show all questions "with no upvoted or accepted answers". This question only has one answer with a negative score and it has not been accepted. So why ...
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“This post does not cite any references or sources” while it does?

My answer to question Do desktop computers catch fire (often)? has one reference: No very much, I agree (and I clearly state that other figures are assumptions). Is this an auto-generated flag with ...
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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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Any followup to bad edit approvals?

This edit, made by an anonymous user, is just junk. All it consisted of was making the title worse. Yet two out of three editors who saw it approved it. Is there any kind of followup that can be ...
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How should I edit my question (that you closed as too broad), so as it could be reopened?

This question: Does drinking water after eating watermelon cause cholera? has been closed by you. I am not aware of the rules and policies of this website--neither I want to know them. So please tell ...
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FAQ: What are theoretical answers?

Answers which are wholly based on a theoretical model are generally downvoted and may be deleted. What are the characteristics that (dis-)qualify an answer as theoretical?
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Why was my answer deleted as original research whereas the other one stands?

Putting aside my questions regarding the original research policy, both answers to this question present a lot of original research. The only difference I can see is that one answer requires logical ...
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Effect on updated research on questions

For example, as regards Has increased computer use led to increased myopia?, this was published 2 months later: http://edition.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/06/01/myopia.causes/. How might this affect the ...