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“Explain to me” questions are not on-topic here

The following passage from the Skeptics FAQ has always bothered me: However, if your motivation is “I would like others to explain __ to me”, then you are probably OK. While that's perfectly ...
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Should I ask a question if I am already highly suspicious of the source?

Someone linked this article on facebook today. Looking at it I think it is very likely bunk (also called woo, apparently?), and not just because it links the Daily Mail as its one-and-only source. ...
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Are political questions on-topic?

We just got the question "Is Obama going to shutdown the internet?" and despite the title there is a more or less objective question in there, namely if there are any plans to create a "kill-switch" ...
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Is writing code to parse data original research and therefore inappropriate as an answer?

This answer includes a Python script to parse data. The data source itself is linked. The answer is getting upvoted, presumably because people view it as a helpful contribution. The relevant help ...
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Change the caveat banner on posts

I know that we’ve had the discussion before – repeatedly. However, now that we’ve had the current system for a few months it’s time to re-evaluate it. In my opinion, the system has failed. The ...
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Skeptics.SE Facebook page

As requested during the Skeptics election, we now have a Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/skeptics.se The page is maintained by the community, and is not officially endorsed by StackExchange....
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Who are our experts?

I have been noticing more and more of a split between what the target audience of Skeptics.SE is. I am under the impression that Stack Exchange sites are built around the idea of attracting experts on ...
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May we use non-English languages on this site?

English is not the only language of the Internet, and it certainly isn't the only language of our users. How should we deal with questions, answers, claims and references that are not in English?
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Improve the Answer box by explaining what an “Answer” is.

I've been a little bit disappointed by some behavioral patterns I've seen among users posting answers on this site. We all know that gaining dedicated users is one of the primary metrics for ...
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Remove numbers above navlink titles in upper right corner?

The small numbers above the words in the upper right (shown in the screenshot in George Chalhoub's answer on the "Site design updates are live!" post) are confusing: they seem like they're indicating ...
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Should translated quotes be bilingual?

In this question I quoted several paragraphs of French, and translated it. Is it always better to quote the original as well as giving the translation? Even if the passage being quoted is quite long (...
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Please add all instances of “good for” and “bad for” to the filter

Today, a new user posted another "Is X good for Y?" type of question: Is classical music good for a pregnant woman and her baby Questions like that are a problem because they are too vague to be ...
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If a question is challenging high-school level facts, are references required to support them?

In the frequently referenced FAQ question, Must All Answers Be Referenced there is an exemption: There are some types of questions that we can safely answer without needing references, however, ...
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Vote Early, Vote Often

From the TeX meta: Every Stack Exchange site will eventually end up with a different "base level" of voting --- that is, the expected number of upvotes for a question of a given level of excellence....
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How about some minimal effort when asking a question?

I encountered this question: https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/16758/does-deutronomy-2213-21-say-that-non-virgin-wives-will-be-executed. The claim is that Deuteronomy 22, 13-21 claims that ...
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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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What is, and isn't, a meme?

Every now and again, someone posts a viral image containing a claim - generally a photo with some white text written on it, and someone refers to it as a meme, and then a whole argument ensues about ...
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Can we please discourage drawing absolute conclusions from single studies?

I've noticed a lot of answers tend to cite a single study, and from this draw an absolute conclusion that something is or is not true. I will update this question with examples as I come across them. ...
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How is photographic evidence “theoretical” and not “empirical”?

I was very surprised to have a popular answer unilaterally deleted by a moderator. This is an answer based purely on a theoretical model. We expect answers to be based on empirical evidence rather ...
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Why aren't you running in the Community Moderator election? [closed]

To all-users-with-more-than-300-rep-who-care-about-our-community: We have enough candidates to fill all the moderator positions, but, at the time of writing, we don't have enough for a robust ...
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Pros & Cons of SE system for TRICKY skeptical questions?

Up front, imo the SE system is better for skeptical questions than whatever i saw on the web. There are some obvious PROS, that i will not describe further... BUT reading here for a while, there are ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2016

It's 2016 now, and we've made some changes to the sidebar size. As such, we can now restart the Community Promotion Ads for 2016! Keep in mind, we have updated some of the guidelines compared to ...
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How much research do we expect before someone asks a question?

How much research should we expect before someone asks a question? Originally, the early consensus for StackOverflow was almost none: There seems to be a knee-jerk reaction to "easy" questions ...
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What should be done with answers that commit the “obvious maths” fallacy - should they get a “sources needed” banner?

From What constitutes non-trivial analysis of available data? The "obvious maths" fallacy The discriminating factor is certainly not the level of mathematics, but the level of expertise needed ...
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Some font sizes are too small

In skeptics fashion, here's a peer-reviewed scientific literature article. Type size, as reported in Table 8, was found to be a significant main effect. (F (2,104) = 6.582, p = 0.002). This result ...
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Redirecting SkepticExchange.org traffic

I own the domain SkepticExchange.org (and .com). This was the original SEv1.0. I'd like to redirect any traffic to http://skeptics.stackexchange.com when it goes public. I was able to do this ...
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Is “Is this foodstuff harmful?” harmful?

I saw a question about a specific claim that a particular food is harmful (or unhealthy or worse than another food). It seems to have received a negative reaction from the community, and hasn't been ...
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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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For what reasons was my fully referenced answer deleted?

I'm huge fan of Skeptics@SE, and although I am far from having tremendous reputation level (because I rarely contribute), I frequently visit the site and believe to have good knowledge of what an ...
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Should a claim of “consensus” require evidence?

We seem to throw around "consensus" more and more as time goes on with skeptics. However it also seems that a claim of "consensus" is the one claim that does not require a reference. Should a claim ...
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Template of email for contacting notable Skeptics

I am working on contacting notable Skeptics to ask them to support our site. Can you please review the email template and suggest enhancements? Skeptics http://sstatic.net/skeptics/img/logo.png ...
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Moderator nominations [closed]

And now for the last question from The 7 Essential Meta Questions of Every Beta, who should our Pro Tempore moderators be? The issue of holding fair elections is largely technical. The long-term ...
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Unreferenced answers in comments

In my question about Asbestos in Chinese manufactured goods a user posted the following unreferenced claims in a comment: Not only is there not one "asbestos" but several (at least 4) different ...
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Is it time to do another topic of the week?

Before we graduated, I proposed a "topic of the week" to focus the community on specific topics to increase the number of questions on the site. Asking questions is always healthy but I think we ...
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Are books not considered good references?

Referring to this answer, there is a 'not enough references' tag: https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/a/8503/7871 The book Good Calories, Bad Calories has its own bibliography. A quick Google Scholar ...
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Citing holocaust denial sites in answers is regarded as acceptable by moderators

This answer cites the Institute for Historical Review, a holocaust denial organisation. I flagged the answer, and got declined - a moderator reviewed your flag, but found no evidence to support it ...
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Should I put NSFW on some question titles?

I have asked two questions with disturbing content. Should I warn viewers with NSFW? Did the Free Syrian Army take a (pictured) toddler hostage? Is ISIS beheading children in Mosul, Iraq?
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Answer becomes Community Wiki?

I've just spent several hours researching and crafting an answer to Did journalist Amber Lyon claim that the US Government paid CNN to control content? I've spent a great deal of time learning about ...
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Best practice for dealing with link rot? [duplicate]

I was editing an old answer today to add some information, and discovered that almost all of my meticulously chosen links now lead nowhere. Some of this seems to be due to sites taking old content ...
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What makes a good “the answer is unknown” answer?

In some cases the status of a claim is objectively unknown, e.g. if research indicates that we definitively do not know the answer, or if research leads to no information one way or the other (these ...
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Will anyone be attending the NECSS Conference in April 2013?

So, a few people up here at StackHQ have been talking about possibly attending this scientific skepticism conference! If any of you are planning on attending please reply to this post! We could send ...
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Design: Contrast is not correct in the new design

Contrast should be used to make useful UI elements easy to find, and blend in less important elements. In the current design, contrast is all backwards. It makes all the unimportant UI elements stick ...
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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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Should claims made in comments be supported by a reference?

I've seen a wide range of claims made in comments, some reasonable enough, some outrageous. Should any claim made in a comment be supported by a reference? Examples: If heard the claim that girls ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2018 [duplicate]

It's almost February in 2018, which isn't supposed to be the proper time to cycle these, but for this year it'll be once again, so we'll be refreshing the Community Promotion Ads for this year now! ...
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Help us divide the medicine tag in an helpful way

Yesterday, Jeff felt our medicine tag was too large: This is problematic, because you now have 328 things tagged medicine to the point that it's far and away the #1 tag on the site ... this is ...
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How should we deal with cases where official reports by governments are fabricated to fit their agenda?

There are lots of governments (including mine) that deliberately fabricate data, statistics, investigation reports to advance their agenda. How should we examine these claims?
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Is it time for Moderators to let the community decide on which questions should be closed?

In my opinion, a lot of questions being closed at the moment are quite controvesial (http://skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/3029/was-the-2003-invasion-of-iraq-due-to-oil-security) and I think ...
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Creating a dr-mercola tag?

**Subset of: Should we allow "name" tags? I receive Dr. Mercola's newsletter and have used his posts to create a number of posts. I wondered about creating a dr-mercola tag. I'm open to suggestions ...
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Skeptics, News, and Politics

As far as I understood it (so far), Skeptics.SE is essentially about science in the broadest meaning of the term, or rather, for answering questions about "pseudoscience and biased results". Ref. Has "...

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