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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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Pick one: Logic or Logical Fallacy?

Currently there are both a tag for logic and logical-fallacy. Which one should be used? Is it necessary that both should be used?
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Pick one: Vaccines or Anti-Vaccination?

There is a currently a vaccines and anti-vaccination. It seems useless to have both. Which one should be used?
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How to deal with answers seen as liabilities by some, reasonable by others?

How should the community handle responses that some see as patently wrong to the point of dangerous, but others see from some other position? To use a hypothetical posting situation with respect to ...
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What happens if/when Skeptic.SE gets sued?

The nature of this site will attract some very litigious people and organisations: British Chiropractic Association "Dr" Gillian McKeith Scientologists What happens when they sue, will Jeff and ...
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Tags for woo “celebrities”?

Should we allow/create tags for well known Woo-woos and snake-oil salesmen? jenny-mccarthy david-icke jim-humble Etc. They all have a proven track record in unsubstantiated claims and being able to ...
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What resources would you use to determine if something's real or woo?

If you've been told about something for the first time (for example ice circles from William Shatner's "Weird or What?"), what resources (eg specific websites) would you use to determine if it's real ...
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Too broad tags like science and pseudo-science

I just removed the science and pseudo-science tags from one question. Those tags apply to nearly all questions and are therefore pretty much useless. I think we should remove them from any question ...
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FAQ: When is it appropriate to “be a dick” on Skeptics?

There has been a long-standing issue in the Skeptics community that has been recently re-raised and re-branded by Phil Plait's TAM8 talk. It concerns traditionally hostile and/or mocking responses 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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Is there a skeptic.SE chat?

We don't have a chat link on our frontpage like the other SE sites. Don't we get one during the beta or what is the reason for that? I would think a chat would be very useful during these early days ...
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Are questions about the James Randi Educational Foundation on-topic?

As per the site description, this is about applied skepticism: Beta Q&A site for skeptics, rationalists, free thinkers anyone who questions woo and pseudoscience. Skeptics is aimed at applied ...
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FAQ: Must all answers be referenced?

How strict should we be about references? When someone makes a claim, should we require them to support that claim with a source? If so, to what extent should we go? Must all claims be referenced or ...
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The FAQ talks about applying skeptics

From the FAQ: Skeptics - Stack Exchange is for skeptics, rationalists, free thinkers anyone who questions woo and pseudoscience. Skeptics is aimed at applied skeptics; researching specific areas of ...
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Support for citations

One feature that I would like to see on this site would be some explicit support for citing scientific papers in the markdown syntax. In the simplest form this might be something like footnotes, in a ...
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Readable list of logical fallacies

There seem to be many different lists of logical fallacies available. Is there one that can be recommended for helping people who don't understand the nature of a logical argument. My goal here is ...
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Migrating questions from Skeptic Exchange

This proposal was created as an SEv2 of http://www.skepticexchange.org Can we/should we/how do we migrate content over to skeptics.SE.

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