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Topic of the Week - Discontinued

Discontinued :-) Thank you all for participating. We did succeed in raising the questions per day over 5, so the "topic of the week" was useful! The data is fake. I made it up. Original ...
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Some of the answers to the moon question seem too philosophical

The "Has man walked on the moon question" seems to have received many philosophical answers. This includes some of the highest voted answers: 1, 2. In my opinion, this is one of the worst possible ...
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Two Wrong Posts Don't Make A Right

I have noticed on a number of occasions that people complain that their question or answer has received attention from people asking them to fix it up, when there are other questions that are just as ...
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Are magic tricks in scope?

Background It is common to get questions related to magicians and magic tricks, both by self-described illusionists and scammers. These come in diverse forms: Questions about whether "magic is real"...
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On Not-Safe-For-Work images

This is just an FYI to avoid the appearance of censorship. I am happy to hear feedback if you think I handled this incorrectly. Recently, a question was asked about diseased scrotums. The question ...
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Is the new design a keeper?

There have been some fairly negative comments on the new design, some constructive and some less. I think the following purely aesthetical question is therefore warranted: Do you like the new design?...
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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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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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How to deal with questions which an off-site search can answer?

How should we handle questions for which a quick Google or Wikipedia search would provide a great answer? This question was asked on StackOverflow.meta. The response was to answer it anyway, with the ...
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What are all the different FAQs and Help pages?

There are a number of different FAQ pages provided by the StackExchange software that drives this site. How do they all fit together? How do I get changes made?
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Are moderators ruling out good answers based on basic physical principles and facts as theoretical?

I have a serious concern that good answers are being ruled out by moderators as theoretical even though they are based on a basic understanding of simple physical processes. My concern is based on how ...
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FAQ: On the use of a non-metric system

This answer was down voted because of the choice of units. The answer was giving a calculation in imperial units, rather than SI units. Can we get a consensus on the use of units of measurement, ...
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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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How to deal with medicine questions and the like

Case example would be this question: Is it dangerous to have several vaccines at the same time? I think that's a perfectly valid question. It has received 5 up votes, and yet one close vote as off ...
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Is humor and satire acceptable for notable claims?

This question - Can science explain how bicycles work? - was based off of a claim made by Cracked.com a site for satire and humor. To me I would think it obvious that sites like Cracked and The Onion ...
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How notable does a claim need to be?

We have recently enforced that questions on this site need to be about claims of a certain notability, mainly to limit our scope and prevent that off-topic questions can be rephrased in the manner "I ...
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How can we personalize our How to Ask page?

This is a follow up to How can we get users to write more elaborate questions? Each Stack Exchange site has its own How to Ask page which is displayed to every new users. The page was written for ...
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Questions on black people (or other colour) should be allowed ?

After reading this question, I was astonished that no one really comment about the unscientific nature of the question, as well as the insidious door it opens. How can we accept such a title ? Black, ...
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The porn question

I'd like to see the porn question re-opened. I agree the question could use some citation and editing, but because it's closed I cant offer suggestions. I think it's an interesting question, and ...
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Pick one: Vaccines or Anti-Vaccination?

There is a currently a vaccines and anti-vaccination. It seems useless to have both. Which one should be used?
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Suggest dynamic help text for new answerers

This was just posted on Meta.SO by Jeff Atwood: We now have dynamic answer help that pops up for new users (< 100 rep) when they focus the answer box. Thanks for contributing an answer to $...
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What topics are in and out of scope of Skeptics.SE?

The FAQ page for Skeptics.stackexchange.com gives some brief guidance to what questions are on-topic and off-topic: Skeptics - Stack Exchange is for skeptics, rationalists, free thinkers, or anyone ...
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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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Answers providing tangential/related information but not an actual answer?

I recently answered a question HERE concerning the long term efficacy of "personal development seminars." When I saw the question, I was reminded of information I ran across some time ago and posted ...
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Does 'authoritative' mean something?

Various comments made elsewhere include: In other words, the standards for what is authoritative clearly depend on the claim being supported. (Link) We require references to be of a certain ...
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Remove number of links restriction for new users

New users with less than 10 reputation can only add one link per post. As we want to encourage users to cite their claims, this restriction can be counterproductive sometimes. It would be nice if ...
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90 days are up - How are we doing?

The first 90 days of our beta phase are over, this is the time where a beta site is evaluated the first time. At this moment our statistics on Area 51 look like this: I'd say the statistics look ...
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How should unfalsifiable claims be handled?

Sometimes claims are made that are unfalsifiable. Evidence could conceivably produced to show the claim is true, but no meaningful test could be produced to show the claim is false. A silly example ...
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The best posts of Skeptics!

It would be very useful to have a list of great posts to showcase our site to prominent skeptics. The idea is to get our site endorsed by influential skeptical bloggers and tweeters. Without ...
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Should Skeptics.SE be moved to the 'Science' section?

As of 25 May 2015, skeptics.se is not considered in the science section of Stack Exchange: Don't you think it ought to be? (This topic has been already brought to meta.stackexchange.com)
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Do claims have to be written or verbal?

Sometimes I will see TV advertisements or warnings or some other media which makes a claim visually, rather than explicitly with words. If there is no ambiguity or differing interpretations about ...
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Should off-the-cuff claims by Donald Trump be considered notable without evidence that people actually believe them?

At the risk of offending EVERYONE of all political spectrums, should we really accept tweets by Trump as "notable" without explicit evidence that people actually believe them and don't just treat them ...
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Choice of colours in the new design does not represent our brand

Any colour palette should respect the following principles: Be functionally appropriate and support UI usage Increase legibility Support brand values I realise that I am making an aesthetic ...
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Should we allow the Santa question?

The Santa question was closed without making the reason explicit in the comments: should the Santa question be allowed here? If not - why not?
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“Untruthable” Questions

I have noticed a number of questions of the following basic form:   What evidence is there that this [insert reasonable claim] is false? (A recent example of such a question could have ...
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Do we apply scientific skepticism at Skeptics.SE?

There was a lot of vigorous debate in the comments on a recent meta-question. A substantial part of it seemed to be arguing about a particular sub-question. This is an attempt to draw out the sub-...
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US Election 2012 & Skeptics. We need your input!

Stack Exchange is thinking about rolling out a US Election 2012 site, and I'm trying to gauge the level of interest for such a site here at Skeptics, the site that most resembles what we're trying to ...
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Handling claims that are implied, rather than explicit

If a claim is implied, rather than explicitly stated, is it acceptable to ask about the claim on Skeptics.SE? In the question Is a giant wolffish the result of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident? ...
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Are questions about offensive claims allowed?

Are questions about offensive claims allowed, so long as they otherwise meet Skeptics SE criteria? For example, are questions about holocaust denial, denial of the Armenian genocide, 9/11 trutherism, ...
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Live Tweeting NECSS

FYI, I will be at the North East Conference on Science and Skepticism (NECSS). I will have my tablet with me, and assuming the wireless is good, I will be live tweeting the event. I will be using a ...
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On adding the FAQ tag to questions

In the next few days, we'll start applying the faq to some of the questions on meta. The nature of meta is that heavily upvoted posts become law. It's the vehicle by which the community decides what ...
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Require questions about the Holocaust to receive moderator approval before publishing

If a low reputation user posts a question about the Holocaust, rather than being immediately posted, it should receive a notification telling the user that the question will remain visible (and ...
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Site design updates are live!

Based on the recent design pitch and your feedback, site design updates are now live. Along with the new design, we've made other less apparent changes that allow us to: update the site's CSS to a ...
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Site design updates are on the way!

My name is Kurtis and I'm a product designer at Stack Exchange. Recently, as we prepared to convert the Skeptics site to a new LESS framework, we conducted a design review based on all of your ...
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Are political comments a problem?

I live in Australia, not the USA. Party politics seem to be less divisive here than in the USA. I notice that there seems to be a tendency for questions related even tenuously to politics or ...
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Skeptics Brand Concept and Site design - Revised Design

Thanks for your great feedback and input. I wanted to start a fresh post, and share the changes with you. Major changes No conspiracy theory looking stuff Images are of actual scientific docs, ...
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[donald-trump], you're fired!

Questions should not be tagged based on the claimant, i.e. the person or organisation making a claim. It's not possible to have expertise on claims by a certain person. To be an expert on claims by ...
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What sort of skepticism is on-topic?

I ask this question because of the number of questions which could (and should, I think) be considered off-topic, because the crux of the question is not skepticism. This question about statistics is ...
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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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