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Are statements by a biased person in reference to situation related to themselves considered sufficient standard of proof?

When a question is posted in the form of: Is statement X true about a person Y? ... and the context of the question is "if it's true, it reflects negatively on person Y" (or more generically, ...
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Making Skeptics less strict or changing the name?

I'm probably going to get bashed here yet again, but I hope for this site to get a little bit more open rather than changing its name. I'll give few examples of what I mean that I quickly gathered ...
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Is asking a question on if a popular news story correctly conveys a new study on topic?

I was a little surprised when this question got partially poor reception Can phobias be genetic, but created in one generation and not by natural selection? The problem people had was that I was ...
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Should we accept questions on overly-literal interpretations of claims?

I asked a rather tongue in cheek question to demonstrate what I feel is a real problem on this site. A number of questions I've seen are based on what I feel is an overly literal interpretation of a "...
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Why is this question closed and yet similar questions are okay? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: FAQ: Must all questions be notable? https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/6964/is-there-any-scientific-evidence-regarding-measurable-adverse-effects-if-any-o A ...
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Why was my answer deleted?

My answer to this question was deleted by Borror0: I think that most answers will need to be referenced. I have only posted one answer so far that was not referenced. This answer pointed out ...
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Is asking a question on the authenticity of a quote off topic?

I came across a quote during my research, the source of which was not clear. I am pretty sure that the claim is well established, yet I am more interested if a certain personality ever stated a ...
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What should we do with questions not directed to a claim?

Are questions like What is the Atacama Humanoid? okay? If so, what is the notable source making the claim that should be linked to in this case? Or must all questions be of the form "Is [the claim] ...
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Should we evolve out of the tags [intelligent-design] and [young-earth-creationism]?

Currently we have the tags young-earth-creationism and intelligent-design. The questions aren’t used for questions that are about those movements, but to categorise claims that are made by those ...
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How should references be handled vs original research?

This is part of discussion brought up during 2013 election, and it have been a hot topic before. Rather than keeping discussion in comments of OddThinking's nomination I feel this is a better place ...
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Best practices for editing questions

I would like us to collect best practices for editing questions. Particularly, how should one know when a rephrased question is worth another attempt, and how should one proceed when making ...
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Removal of answer on “Do Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian kids?” [closed]

I want to bring up Evan Carroll's answer on Do Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian kids? His answer is using links to shocking videos and pictures. Linking to "Another disturbing video?" as he says in ...
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No expertise exists in the humanities, only opinions?

I'm a little confused as to why this question was closed: Is this list of Killings Ordered or Supported by Muhammad accurate? It's clearly a reasonable religious studies question and I answered it ...
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Why was my appearance vs health answer deleted?

I've improved my previous (deleted) answer by including fewer pics and more text & links, and as it's "impossible" to undelete that because it was deleted by a moderator, I've answered anew. I'm ...
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List of possibly unfalsifiable questions

The following questions have been identified as possibly unfalsifiable. How should we handle them? Instructions One unfalsifiable question per answer Include the question link and a short sentence ...
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Was it okay for a moderator to delete my answer?

I would like to start with the comment box a moderator added: This post does not cite any references or sources. Please help improve this post by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced ...
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Is the second half of this answer valid content on Skeptics.SE?

This answer to " Have prior U.S. Presidents used executive actions to change immigration policy " contains two halves: Analysis of prior executive actions on immigration policy (full disclosure: I ...
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Should we increase the penalty for downvoted answer

If an answer is downvoted, the person who wrote it gets only -2 rep, while an upvote gives +10 rep, which means that in order to negate the upvotes and encorage the poster to delete/edit their answer ...
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Why is my answer deleted using mod powers because the mod that asked it didn't like it?

There was a question about StackOverflow productivity: Has Stack Overflow saved billions of dollars in programmer productivity? I answered it to the best of my ability. Rather than asking a question, ...
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Duplicates should not be closed if not exact

I don't think that duplicates should be closed if the questions are different enough where the resulting answers and discussion will be different. The reason for closing is marked as "Exact ...
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Tag suggestion of 'Exopolitics'

Exopolitics is a new scientific discipline that focuses on the political aspects of interactions with extraterrestrial life. It studies the key individuals, institutions and political processes ...
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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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Why do mods censor questions on this site?

Here is an example of a question that the mods would not open, despite the linked question not being a duplicate, multiple requests to re-open, and several days of waiting to re-open. https://...
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Questions about Christianity get down voted

I asked a couple of questions that contained references to Christianity. These questions got downvoted for the fact it included certain facts of Christianity or its values and not because it was a bad ...
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I asked a aquestion whether women actually care if we love them or not

Lots of males spend chocolates and remember birthday because they think loving the women will improve their chance of getting laid. The question is, does it? It's deleted and I wonder why. How ...
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Should we have the Dawkins Foundation ad?

Regarding the following ad: The ad currently has 8 upvotes, and 2 downvotes (one of which is from me), which means it has enough net votes to be displayed. Richard Dawkin's comments about women, and ...

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