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Does MythBusters count as a credible scientific source?

I see several answers here use MythBusters as a reference, but Adam Savage himself has said: We will absolutely revisit when we think we screwed up the results. We won't stand by our results—you ...
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Where is the skepticism?

Skepticism is supposed to be about challenging truth and dogma. Applying a critical eye. Yet looking at the site I see. lots of snopes style questions. answers challenging dogma are ...
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What is the difference between Skeptics and Snopes?

If this is a duplicate, let me know but I looked around Meta and couldn't quite find this exact question. When I first dropped into this site, I was unsure of what it was. Then I started reading some ...
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Design ideas for Skeptics

After 90 days in beta, Stack Exchange Inc. takes evaluates our site's performance. If they think we're ready for graduation because we meet the right metrics, then we get out of beta. When that ...
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Links in promotion ads are black on black, thus invisible

I have just noticed this: There are links in there, clickable and everything but not shown due to the site theme. It should be something like this: (taken from different site in the network) ...
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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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Should comments be respected and kept as much as possible?

Everyone came to this site with expectation, and if he/she leaves, there must be something disappointing here, albeit other positive things exist as well. In most cases, when one leaves a comment, it ...
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How to deal with the “decline effect”?

How do we reliably identify the decline effect and bring its implications to bear on existing Q&A on this site? I would think maybe the answer is almost too obvious: write an updated answer. But ...
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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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Censure vs. Assist

I choose to use this question as an example arguing for assistance. We're a relatively small community and I think we may be at risk of driving off people who will be productive users by being too ...
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Should suicide be a taboo topic?

To date, we don't have any taboo topics - subjects that may not be freely raised and discussed. (Sure, we have rules about how the questions are asked and answered, we expect questions to be asked ...
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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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Skeptics.SE Literature Reviews

As Skeptics.SE grows, there are some topics that clearly cause concern and have been richly mined with questions and answers. While tags link many of these questions together, it can be difficult to ...
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Tags for medical/health questions

I've asked a few medical questions, those have been kindly retagged with health or medicine. Those terms certainly don't mean the same thing, but I think there is a significant grey area between them. ...
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Better term for “Gish Gallop”?

The term Gish Gallop has been used a few times on the site, including by me. It is a useful term to describe a style of debating or writing that is troublesome to skeptics because it takes a lot of ...
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Effective solutions to persistent bad content in an otherwise good answer?

Situation: You see an answer The answer is generally good. Extensive research, in-detail review of the claim topic, references, etc... However, one small aspect of the answer is awful - doesn't have ...
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2012 Community Moderator Election

The 2012 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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Why are we converting “uncited” posts to community wiki?

I see from this search: https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/search?q=%2B"Please+help+improve+this+article"+is%3Aanswer We are apparently now adding faux wikipedia style editorial messages to answers ...
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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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What’s the “elevator pitch” for our site?

From The 7 Essential Meta Questions of Every Beta: Imagine you’ve just gotten on an elevator with a friendly stranger. You have precisely one floor to describe your community to them. What ...
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Add a “more citations needed” notice

Currently, the commonly-used citations needed notice reads "This post does not cite any references or sources..." Given the way it is used in practice, I think there should be another notice that ...
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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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How to deal with perceived admin abuse?

Following a discussion in the comments for the answer to the Is the Earth 6000 years old? question, I asked https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/8833/is-understanding-of-chemistry-entirely-...
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Was this question downvoted because the asker is perceived to be a creationist?

The question What medical treatment advances have cited the theory of evolution as being necessary to make the advance? has received 5 downvotes, and 4 close votes. By contrast, Does the theory of ...
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Should FAQ topics be tagged as discussions?

[Triggered by a mild protest by another user over at a meta-question which was uninvolved in this issue.] All meta-questions must be tagged one of: bug feature-request discussion support FAQ ...
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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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Are stereotypes and tropes notable claims?

There's been more than one question asking about whether a stereotype or a trope correspond to reality. Example imaginary questions: Do African Americans speak in gangsta lingo? Do nerds wear black ...
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Are down-votes being misused?

I'm amazed about the mood on this StackExchange site. Where people are so nervous and use down-votes as a gun. I wonder if some tuning shouldn't be made to the logic of down-votes.
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How can I help as a developer?

I'm a Java developer. I want to help the community pro bono, please point me in the direction of a relevant project or people.
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Improve formatting of headlines

The in-text headlines created by #, ##, ###, <h4> and <h5> (and turned into h1, h2 and h3 HTML tags or kept as is) are too large in the current design and are followed by too much vertical ...
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Must references be available online?

jwenting said: I've had more than a few answers deleted and downvoted for referencing printed books, complete with page numbers, ISBN (if available), etc. because "it's not online so we can't ...
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Can we ban 9/11 conspiracy stuff?

Seriously. Questions about alien visitations on earth have more credibility than this stuff. It would darned near require a conspiracy of every person on earth other than the conspiracy believers to ...
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Should question titles be bowdlerised?

Over on English Language & Usage, the policy is that questions about offensive language are of course on topic, but that such language should be excised from question titles, on the basis that ...
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Is downvoting answers for not addressing the point left unspecified/vague by the question a good idea?

Specific example: Does US Intelligence have built-in interfaces in major social networking sites that allow them to browse personal information at will? Sklivvz objected to the answer (and someone - ...
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What is the stance on biased answers?

What is the stance of this website and community concerning answers that are 1. accepted and 2. biased? If the answer has no credible sources to confirm a claim then it is by definition a bias ...
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Add “is from fake news site” to list of close flags (distinct from “no notable claim”)

Obviously this means we'd have to maintain a list of such sites. Yes, I'm aware of what's called the genetic fallacy, but things have changed since rhetoric was invented. We now must deal with ...
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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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I believe a moderator on this SE site (“Oddthinking”) is overstepping their authority as a mod on the site [closed]

I hate posting meta things like this because I honestly doubt it changes much, but I just want to bring Oddthinking’s behavior on a question I posted nothing short of bullying behavior on a part of a ...
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Why was my answer on the Israel/Palestine question deleted?

Could someone please explain why this answer was deleted? Is it merely because my answer was critical of Israel -- a country that myself and others demonstrated kills children? So one mod deleted it ...
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Do we want hats?

Last year around Christmas time arQAde had an awesome promotion in which they awarded hats for gravatars for completing basic tasks around the site. If you don't remember it, here is a link the promo ...
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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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Claims involving personal information about notable people

This is relevant to the question https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/31738/does-emma-watson-have-adhd I don't dispute that this is a claim made by an notable source, and that Emma Watson is ...
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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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Too many links in a first timer's answer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Remove number of links restriction for new users So my wife likes to debunk the whole Roswell UFO non-sense, and she tried to make an answer. When she hit submit, the site ...
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The Amazing Meeting 2013 - Sponsorship Proposal

The Amazing Meeting (TAM) is coming on Jul 11-14, 2013. 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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Another Moderator Pro Tempore fresh from the fryer

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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I am disappointed by the hostility of this community

As a novice I asked a question - “E Numbers” list - is the bad reputation justified? - and I was answered with hostility. I have largely edited the question after the first wave of criticism and I ...
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Should we stop adding [fluoride]?

Should we get rid of one of fluoride and fluoridation, and if so, which one? fluoridation has a tag wiki and has 20 questions, while fluoride lacks a wiki, and has 6 questions. Of the six questions ...
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Answering unanswered questions

Recently, we've been doing outstanding. The traffic is stellar, the quality of questions is impressive and increasing day by day, bad posts are being marginalized, etc. There is however one place ...
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Promoting Skeptics.SE

After the public beta begins, we should promote this site to increase our number of experts and get some more traffic. A good starting point would be to promote the site to skeptical bloggers and on ...

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