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sceptics.se should redirect to skeptics.se

The URL http://sceptics.stackexchange.com (currently dead) should redirect to the page http://skeptics.stackexchange.com; all /path URLs should likewise redirect. (Sceptics is the Commonwealth ...
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Oddthinking has 100k reputation!

We've just reached a milestone: User Oddthinking has reached an incredible 100k reputation! I would like to congratulate Oddthinking with this major achievement and his unparalleled contribution to ...
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Can we enable TeX?

Please feel free to edit this question! At current this question needs examples of existing posts and how they could be improved. Additionally, more links to related resources could be helpful. ...
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High rep users should be able to add and remove post notices

As you know we use a lot of post notices on this site. I think they are very useful and work very well, but only moderators can add and remove them. I see no reason why that should be the case. I ...
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Entirely remove the tags from the HTML title

I've been looking at some of our questions and how they appear in Google, and I noticed that the tag that is prepended to every question title is pretty much always useless to a user seeing it in ...
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Speaking at CLSxItaly

I will be speaking as part of a panel on how to moderate online communities at CLSx Italy on November 25th. If anyone is interested in attending, I have a discount code just for Skeptics.SE. Please ...
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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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Tag badges are indistinguishable from normal badges

On other SE sites, tag badges usually have a distinct look, they don't look identical to the other badges, see Gaming.SE as an example here: Here on Skeptics, they look identical: The tag badges ...
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Can we help you moderate more?

Community elected moderators on this site are very active. This is mostly due to a fact that our rules do require a lot of moderation. However, this does not mean that everything needs to be done by ...
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Not enough contrast on Skeptics logo in some places

Sometimes when our logo shows up some places without enough contrast. Example 1 - from here. Example 2 - from chat. While I'm talking about our logo, this is how our logo shows up here, I think it ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Change the “How to ask” section

If you ask a question there is a section on how to ask in the sidebar, currently this looks like the following: How To Ask Is your question about scientific skepticism? We prefer questions ...
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So your answer was deleted… don't panic

My initial answer (and first answer written on here) was deleted, but has thankfully been re-instated. I've never had an answer deleted before in 7 years or using various StackExchange sites, so it ...
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Please flag trollish questions

Skeptics.SE, along with some other stack exchanges such as history, receives some trolling questions, generally in the form of holocaust denial. They're by users with only 1 reputation, and they're ...
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The Amazing Meeting 2014 - Sponsorship Proposal

The Amazing Meeting (TAM) is coming on Jul 10-13, 2014. Based on my experience with NECSS and what I learned there, I'd like to promote the Skeptical community at the largest skeptical conference in ...
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Link to submit moderation election nomination is invisible

As per the title, I had a hard time finding it. The link should be underlined as everywhere else.
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Can Stack Exchange do a better job of detecting sockpuppets in this site?

I have a strong suspicion that most if not all of the low-quality, bad-faith trolling questions about the Holocaust and Jews are done by the same person using multiple user accounts. A lot of ...
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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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Skeptics.se podcast #3

This episode focuses on Climate Change. We have a lot of questions on the site about it, but we are missing some canonical content. This is an opportunity for the community to look at some old one and ...
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Tag Synonym: cell-phone -> mobile-phones

Didn't there use to be an interface to propose synonyms? I can't find it now. Anyway, cell-phone and mobile-phones should be merged. Wikipedia prefers Mobile phone. As an Australian, I'm biased to ...
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The Venn diagrams on our about page should have a different colour

https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/about It's clearly an aesthetic call, but I think that having the Venn diagrams in four shades of yellow is not pleasing or readable at all. Can we use different ...
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Why my answer was deleted?

My answer has been deleted with a pretty strange reason: Did planes crash into the WTC on 9-11? This is a theoretical answer, but we expect answers to be based on facts - not to make a ...
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Is a claim published on the letters page of a newspaper notable?

I recently asked about a claim that I saw on the letters page of a national newspaper. There was a comment that this wasn't a notable claim. I've asked questions on previous occasions about claims I'...
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Podcast # 6 - Quotes

This episode focuses on Quotes. Although we do allow it on Skeptics, generally this kind of questions is hard to answer. They are too often false claims, and it is a case of trying to assert a ...
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Increase amount of reviewers per review

Right now when something is reviewed, it's reviewed by ONE person only, then it's done. Instead that number should be increased to something like THREE. Example: User1234 posts his first answer ...
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2012 Moderator Election: Town Hall Chat - Friday the 4th at 0:00 UTC / Thursday the 3rd at 8pm EDT

In connection with the moderator elections, we will be holding a Town Hall Chat session with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to pose questions to the ...
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FAQ updated: request for comment

I've updated our FAQ to include a link to our "Must all answers be referenced?" post and our "Welcome to New Users" post. In practice this Skeptics - Stack Exchange is for challenging unreferenced ...
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The question excerpts take too much vertical space

The question excerpts shown e.g. on the list of newest questions look unusually large to me, it seems that fewer questions fit onto my screen than with other SE site designs. I checked this using the ...
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Are any Skeptics users attending the NECSS Conference this year?

At least one Stack HQ staffer will be attending the Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism on April 21-22 in New York City and we would like to know if you will be attending as well! We can ...
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Why was the tag 'spiders' merged with 'entomology'?

I was editing some questions yesterday and adding the tag spiders to them. Today I noticed that the tag spiders got merged with entomology. This merging confused me and I'm not sure if it is ...
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After what time / at what relational distance is an event history and not current events?

I'd like to ask about the limpet mines supposedly used on the oil tankers, but I think this might run afoul of the 'no current events' rule. So my question here: Is there a way to phrase my disbelief ...
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Why would you approve a revision to a copy and paste quote?

This edit modified the words of a direct quote, why would/should it get approved? https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/revisions/42710/5 Source no harmful equipment would occur on and around the ...
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We should get rid of the stage-magic tag

The stage-magic tag has a problem. All of the questions tagged with it, except for one question (Is it reasonable to assume that volunteers in stage-magic shows are aides?), ask about whether a piece ...
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Podcast #5 - The military

This episode focuses on the Military Throughout the world, we are inundated with images and stories about militaries, their exploits and capabilities, but are these claims really true. This presents ...
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Tweet Me at TAM13

I am currently attending The Amaz!ng Meeting. I will be live tweeting the event as it goes along, so feel free to follow me @LarianLeQuella. Also, if you look over the schedule of events, and see a ...
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Automatically tell new users to reference their answers

Being very active on skepitcs.se last week, I realized this site gets too many unreferenced answers, this will cause answers to get deleted or make the moderators comment on the answer and asking the ...
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Anyone else going to NECSS 2015?

Registration just opened for the North East Conference on Science and Skepticism. I have already put in my registration, so as to make sure that I go! I will be going to workshops as well as the main ...
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Change background so that site does not look like a modal dialog

The current background has an opacity which makes it look like a modal dialog. This creates confusion when using the site, as it looks like a pop-up. As well, it creates the sensation that the site is ...
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Improve “This question is protected” banner text

Questions can be protected to prevent new users from answering them. The resulting banner reads in part: This question is protected to prevent "thanks!", "me too!", or spam answers by new users. ...
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Links in post notices are invisible

There are six links in the following image: Except for the user name, all those links are invisible. This was reported in the past and fixed, but it seems the links are invisible again.
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Virtual Skeptics Episode #48

Another bit of advertising for Stack Exchange in Episode #48 of Virtual Skeptics. If you notice the shirt Tim is wearing (especially pointed out at 50:50), that was something that I gave him (also, ...
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Reorganizing the medicine and health tags

We've had some discussions on the medicine tag and how to split it up into smaller categories. The current problem is that the tag was applied to broadly, not only to questions directly related to ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2019

2019 is here! And with the new year, as usual, comes a new iteration of Community Promotion Ads! Let’s refresh these for the coming year :) What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Please review this - I do not believe it was a duplicate

https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/26599/is-bat-gen-a-viable-technology?noredirect=1#comment97719_26599 Just because the question used "thermodynamic law" when I wrote it, does not make it ...
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Should we increase the required question length of the quality filter to deal with Holocaust trolling?

A lot of the trolling questions about the Holocaust (currently, I'm of the opinion it's by one person) have very short question bodies: Did Soviets build a fake chimney in Poland? : One sentence in ...
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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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The design has a bad top padding

The logo is cut on main and meta. .container has a paddding-top of 30px but on Skeptics that should be 60px.
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Are claims made by product advertisements on-topic?

I saw Do Tide Pods laundry detergent have 10 times the cleaning power of other liquid bargain brands? and it got me thinking about this. As is the case in that question, advertisements making dramatic ...
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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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Have we cottoned on to [organic-food] needing to be renamed?

organic-food should be renamed to organic-farming to cover farming that doesn't involve food, such as cotton farming. Previous meta questions about organic farming: Tag merge request: 'organic&#...

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