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Original research policy doubts

Having read this question I have to raise doubts what essential difference there is between posting elementary research on skeptics.SE or publishing it on some random blog and next referencing it here....
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Is the scope of this site unlimited?

I have a difficulty with trying to understand which questions would be off-topic on this site. I understand questions have been closed because they were written in a way that would degenerate into ...
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Is anecdotal evidence sufficient for answers?

Related meta questions: Should we expect original research to occur on this site? Pseudo-answers are the enemy Must all claims be referenced? I was spurred to ask because of this ...
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FAQ: Should questions be asked with an impartial tone?

Wikipedia has a very precise policy on tone: Impartial tone Wikipedia describes disputes. Wikipedia does not engage in disputes. A neutral characterization of disputes requires presenting viewpoints ...
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What questions can I ask at Skeptics SE?

I'm interested in making this site a better place and I want to make sure that if I'm asking a question this is the right place for it. My main angst comes from trying to understand exactly what is ...
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What is the history of Skeptics.StackExchange?

As a new contributor on this website, I often wonder how this community got to where it is, and how important conventions were established. After getting a lot of feedback from experienced users, I'm ...
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Future Broken Links

Many answers, including some of my own, provide sources with implicit links, like this. That works fine, but in the long term, links decay: URLs change, sites close down, content moves. The better ...
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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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Creating an orderly tagging structure

Stack Overflow is a huge site. It gets about 3.4k questions a day. As such, people need to filter out questions by tags. Otherwise, they won't be able to find questions they can answer, or at the very ...
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High school science and referencing every claim [duplicate]

I'm confused about what references are always required. This answer was deleted by a moderator (Borror0). It was in reply to this question. I transcribe it for you below. My confusion is that in ...
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Anti-semitic question in hot questions list

Are American media controlled mostly by Jews? is an act of hatred, just by the title. The fundamental assumption, that 'Jews' are a category of people who could or would act in concert to 'control ...
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What is with the Zionist censorship of skeptics.se? [closed]

I've given examples to substantiate any of the opinions I've used in my answer and they're all being censored. What gives? You apparently can't stay Zionists are nationalists. Even though the damn ...
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I'm resigning as a moderator

As a moderator, I have to help this community thrive and also to represent it towards Stack Exchange. I am convinced that many of SE's recent choices: ads, CoC changes, license changes, are actively ...
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What is “No. 79378”?

The new site design1 has as part of the background image this: It appears just to the left of Questions, Tags, Users, etc., at least for me. It appears to be a hand-written case-number or something ...
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Common Sense: incompatible with skepticism?

I find this problem reoccurring in many skepticism-based (or just skepticism-flavored) web forums or generally, any discussions. In the most basic (and most annoying) form, it goes like this. Someone ...
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Restraining from moderator actions in issues you're involved in

Wikipedia has a rather strict rule that administrators should not take an administrative action in an issue they are involved in. As in, if administrator is in discussion over i.e. neutrality of an ...
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Too much censorship in this community?

I was very excited with the quality content of the questions and answers when I first looked at this site, referred to me by a friend. I love the broad subjects discussed and the level of academia. ...
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Add a review queue for posts with a “citation needed” notice

We're using the "Citation Needed" notices a lot since they were introduced, but there is no really efficient workflow for removing them later. We rely pretty much on the community to flag posts that ...
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How can we get users to write more elaborate questions?

We have a large amount of low quality, one paragraph questions: Will the comet Elenin cause significant disruption to life on Earth? Why was Andrew Wakefield's Paper retracted by The Lancet? Crystal ...
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Suggestion for an improvement to the “No Theoretical Answers” rule

(Making this a separate post on suggestion from Sklivvz) I have an issue with the "No Theoretical Answers" rule, because in its present wording, if I for instance refer to gravity and hinge my ...
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Should we close questions challenging specific ads?

This question was closed immediately as not satisfying the site criteria. The single closer (Hi Joel!) expressed the thought that this might be spam, and I certainly considered that too. I think that'...
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Someone deleted all but one answer to my question

I asked my first question last night, Are 19.6 pounds of CO2 produced from burning a gallon of gasoline?, which has gotten quite a response. I'm really grateful to everyone who contributed. This ...
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Can we stop being rude?

I gave a controversial answer to a recent question. In all response, in the comments, I have been: called a douchebag been insulted for being a SE employee been called out as "admitting I don't know ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2015

The dawn of a new year, 2015, now approaches, or has already approached, either way it means that it is now time to reset our Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community ...
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Prevent 101 rep users from voting and commenting until 105 rep

The problem As a site, we slightly diverge from the SE standards: We have unique rules regarding voting, for example unreferenced questions should be downvoted to zero no matter how much we agree ...
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Can the quality of a question be judged by the first word in the title?

Summary I did an experiment, using the Skeptics.SE question database, to test a conjecture. I made a claim in a comment to a newbie about the sorts of questions that work well here. I decided that I ...
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2013 Community Moderator Election

The 2013 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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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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Should there be stronger notability criteria for claims about living people?

Borrowing from Wikipedia's Biographies of Living People policies, should there be a be stronger notability criteria for claims about living people? I'm worried that skeptics could be used for ...
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“There exist X” claims

Based on the discussion here: Is xenoglossy a scientifically verified phenomenon? It seems we no longer accept questions of the form "People believe that X exist. Do X exist?" Instead, if you're ...
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Warning message if post (question or answer) contains no hyperlink

The problem: On Skeptics, the absence of hyperlinks in a post is a good indicator of a low quality question or answer: If the post is a question, then linking to examples of people actually arguing ...
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Philosophical discussions about skepticism

Our FAQ states that this site is not for philosophical discussions about skepticism We got some questions that were about skepticism itself, so I think there is some disagreement on whether those ...
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What kind of questions should receive upvotes?

This is similar to THIS, "Vote early, vote often." I'd like to ask something a bit different. What, exactly, are the criteria for upvoting questions? The FAQ doesn't specify. Hovering over voting ...
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What is the Skeptics' standard with regard to bias and neutrality?

The comments on this answer intrigue me. As of this writing, four people have upvoted a comment that defended an answer opening with "Basically it's creationist bushwah." I don't understand this ...
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Improving the FAQ

The first two paragraph of our FAQ read like this: Skeptics - Stack Exchange is for skeptics, rationalists, free thinkers, or anyone who questions pseudoscience. Skeptics is about applying skepticism ...
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Are rebuttals of specific scientific papers on-topic on Skeptics Stack Exchange?

I've read a paper by a prominent (and controversial) researcher in psychology, which has seen significant discussion on the net. In the paper, he proposes an explanation regarding the low intelligence ...
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Lose the [statistics] tag?

The statistics tag appears to be a popular meta-tag, which is to be be avoided. Should it be deleted and banned?
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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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Should we maintain or expand the reasons for deletion of an answer?

This question is related to Should we increase the penalty for downvoted answer. I'm separating out the issue of expanding the deletion policy from the question of changing the reputation penalties ...
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Is the “Citation Needed” name off the table?

We've had a discussion about the site name a long while ago, and the favorite of quite a few people was "Citation Needed" (see also Do you guys think "Citation Needed" would be a great name ...
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Permanently banning user/question?

Recently, we had a user who asked the same anti-semitic, off-topic, and frankly just absurd question multiple times (at least four or five that I have seen, but I would assume that I also missed ...
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My friend says…

We appear to be getting a splurge of skeptics questions in the form of "My friend says...", "I heard...", etc. where the only evidence that a claim has been made is the person saying they heard it. ...
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Too broad tags like science and pseudo-science

I just removed the science and pseudo-science tags from one question. Those tags apply to nearly all questions and are therefore pretty much useless. I think we should remove them from any question ...
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How are the Fukushima questions “too localized”?

The questions Is Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster "on par" with Chernobyl? and Can a "second Chernobyl" happen at the nuclear reactors damaged by the tsunami in Japan? were ...
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How should we deal with claims that only appear in article headlines?

A common occurrence that we commonly encounter on Skeptics† is when the headline of a newsaper or magazine article contains a claim that is not supported by the rest of the article. † ...
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Is logic enough?

Is offering a reference absolutely necessary, or is a logical answer enough?
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404, Error, and Captcha Images: Suggestions Welcome

In response to Sklivvz request, we can update the 404, Error, and captcha images as part of site update, but I could use some help brainstorming images that better represent the community. Please post ...
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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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Links are styled identically to surrounding text (many instances)

This issue was mentioned in the Election Results meta post, but I keep running into it so I think it deserves a post of its own. It seems to be a widespread bug in the new design that links are ...
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Are questions of the “Did X say quote Y” on-topic?

Are quote/misquote attribution questions of the "Did X really say quote Y" kind on-topic for Skeptics SE? Examples Or are they more appropriate for https://history.stackexchange.com/ or https://...

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