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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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Moderator Election - Community Interest Check

We had two moderators step down in 2019 (only one was publicly announced), which leaves us as a community running with just 2 moderators. For the most part, we run pretty much fine with two ...
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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 measuring ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Should we close question about claims taken from reputable peer-reviewed publications?

I'm seeing an increase in questions that cite as their source of claim an article that would itself count as a reputable source for this site. It's from a reputable source, it's peer reviewed, or it ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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