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Why is this question about ET off topic?

Why is this question about https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/776/life-in-other-planets closed as off topic? Subjective & argumentative sure, but why off topic? Where would it be on ...
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Are applied mathematics questions on-topic?

This question currently has 2 votes to close. Hopefully I'm not asking this question prematurely, but are we to consider all future applied mathematics questions off-topic or on-topic? I see where ...
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Making health and food synonyms of medicine and nutrition

Fabian just proposed health as a synonym for medicine and food as a synonym for the nutrition. Those who have five or more upvotes on those tags can go vote to make them synonyms: Making health a ...
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The terms liberal and conservative.

So I asked a pair of questions about bias and liberal views on nukes, and got nuked myself. Apparently the words liberal and conservative are pretty loaded. Gallup polling indicates that Republicans ...
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My question seems reasonable but the moderators/those with high reps disagree. What are their roles?

My post seemed clear and appropriate to me, does group bias exist, and what are the agreed quantitative limits associated with calling a group biased. Borror didn't think it met the skeptic criteria, ...
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Should we promote cross referencing?

As Skeptic.SE deals with many topics/effect/procedures/conditions etc that people may not be aware of, should we promote (by edits etc) cross referencing to other questions? For instance, if I ...
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How can we be sure that answerers are neutral?

As this site can concern some private interests that may feel endangered by answers that go against what they say, and against their marketing policies, how can we be certain that people answering ...
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Should we ask questions that don't have answers?

Our FAQ states: You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face. Yet there are many questions that fall into our domain whose correct answer is: there is ...
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How can we personalize our How to Ask page?

This is a follow up to How can we get users to write more elaborate questions? Each Stack Exchange site has its own How to Ask page which is displayed to every new users. The page was written for ...
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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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Too much block quoting?

I've recently noticed a spate of answers submitted that are chock full of block quotes. Now, I think it's a very admirable quality and mark of how seriously this community is taking its mission that ...
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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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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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How should we cite scientific papers?

Should we adopt a common standard of citing scientific papers or should people decide on their own whether they just add a link or cite the paper like you would cite it in a scientific paper?
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How to handle cases of strongly opinionated OPs?

See for example: Was the golden ratio deliberately used for aesthetics in ancient or Renaissance times? Also: https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/221/what-medical-treatment-advances-have-...
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List of useful sources for Skeptics.SE

The goal of this post is to contain a long number of sources, sorted by topic, to help users find sources for their answers. It's Community Wiki so that everyone can edit add new sources.
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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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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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How to handle vague terms

Lots of questions with "Is xxx Harmful?" "How dangerous is xxx" "Will yyy hurt you" These are hard to answer and harder to debate. "Harm" and "Danger" are very subjective terms. Specifically ...
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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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Should “how to argue” questions be on-topic?

When I read "How to counter 'research shows what research is designed to show' arguments?", I was convinced it would have already several close votes on it. To my surprise, it had none. Not only that, ...
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What's the process on public beta?

Yesterday, I watched the counter at Skeptics @ Area51 go from "The site's Public Beta will begin in 4 minutes", to "The site's Public Beta will begin soon", which is the status it's been in since. ...
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Where and how to add an interesting link and quote to a question

Regarding this question: How do sugar pills work according to homeopaths? I saw a link today that did not actually say something new about this question, but sort-of drives the point home of the ...
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How to deal with medicine questions and the like

Case example would be this question: Is it dangerous to have several vaccines at the same time? I think that's a perfectly valid question. It has received 5 up votes, and yet one close vote as off ...
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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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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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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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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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Pseudo- or dummy-questions which aren't asked for real

I have problems with pseudo questions, where a skeptic person pretends to ask a question, which isn't meant honestly, but as a straw man, to have it easily disproven. Is there some kind of agreement ...
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What should be in our FAQ

We should start thinking about how our FAQ should look like. It would be nice to have a preliminary FAQ shortly after the start of the public beta. The general structure (from The 7 Essential Meta ...
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Do we need an alt-medicine and a medicine tag?

I think that alt-medicines is to medicine what anti-vaccination is to vaccines. Since we don't allow tags describing a position, shouldn't we make the [alt-medicines] tag a synonyms of the [medicine] ...
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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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*-denialism tags [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Pick one: Vaccines or Anti-Vaccination? We now have the aids-denialists tag on some questions. The same questions also have the aids tag. Essentially, we only need one of ...
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Should we expect original research to occur on this site?

Is it acceptable for users of this site to post un-referenced responses to questions which can be answered objectively? That is, are responses along the lines of "based on my experience and research, ...
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Are questions about pyramid schemes and other scams off-topic?

We have the following question on our site about a possible pyramid scheme: https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/232/multi-level-marketing-and-pyramid-schemes-how-to-recognise-pyramid-scheme-...
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Why is the “not a real question” close reason unavailable?

I was going to close this question as "not a real question": not a real question: It's difficult to tell what is being asked here. This question is ambiguous, vague, incomplete, overly broad, or ...
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How to deal with questions which an off-site search can answer?

How should we handle questions for which a quick Google or Wikipedia search would provide a great answer? This question was asked on StackOverflow.meta. The response was to answer it anyway, with the ...
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Critera for launch

There are many sites still in beta. Will Skeptics.SE have to reach these critera for 90 conceiving days to launch?
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Urban Myths - on topic?

Are urban myths on topic Should we allow an urban-myth tag?
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Are religious questions on-topic?

At some point we will have to decide if religious questions are on-topic, and where exactly we will draw the line to off-topic questions. There is a significant overlap between the skeptic and atheist ...
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Is Skeptics only for pseudoscience, or for pseudohistory and the like?

Most of the questions here are about pseudoscience, such as homeopathy and anti-vaccination. Are other forms of fringe theories, such as Gavin Menzies' 1421 on-topic?
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How to ask a question requesting criticism of a specific resource?

I would like to ask for general criticism or scrutiny of a book (most searches result in sales), but am unsure how to keep it from being too general. The book makes a handful of claims, and to keep ...
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Tag synonym and renaming proposals

At some point we should be creating tag synonyms, as soon as we have users with enough reputation or some pro-temp moderators. We should start to collect possible synonyms and discuss them. If you ...
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List of bad tags

This question contains a list of tags that are not useful and should be removed from any question should they appear again. This applies mostly to so-called meta tags, see also The Death of Meta Tags ...
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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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Markdown help doesn't explain [tag:] [closed]

You can mark StackExchange tags like so example, using [tag:]. This is not explained anywhere I can find in the Markdown help. This probably applies across StackExchange sites. Edited to add: Now ...
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Potentially libellous questions

I recently submitted an edit for a question asking "Is [medical technique] a hoax?" changing it to "Is [medical technique] efficacious?" Calling it a hoax suggests that the proponents are ...
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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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Tags for resources and references

We have a tag for resources, a tag for references and a tag resources-references. We should have no more than two of them, maybe even only one of them. Any thoughts which of those are the most useful?...
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In what manner are/n't questions about Logic or Logical Fallacies on-topic?

Culling the definition questions on Area 51, I just noticed there are no questions involving logic or fallacies thereof. Nonetheles, we have one. Should questions involving logic be considered on ...

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