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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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