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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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Do we need a “widely believed” filter for claims made by celebrities? [duplicate]

Currently almost everything a celebrity says qualifies as notable here. The only exceptions that I've seen applied (until yesterday) are: what a celebrity says in fiction (e.g. in a magician's show ...
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Suggestion for an improvement to the “No Theoretical Answers” rule

(Making this a separate post on suggestion from Sklivvz) I have an issue with the "No Theoretical Answers" rule, because in its present wording, if I for instance refer to gravity and hinge my ...
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Are people with the trusted users privilege allowed to vote to delete unreferenced answers?

Diamond moderators regularly delete answers on the grounds that they are unreferenced. (Ironically enough, I can find a FAQ stating that answers must be referenced, but couldn't find any post saying ...
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Are questions about skeptics on topic? [duplicate]

I want to ask a question about skeptics, but not about a specific claim. Is that allowed?
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Recommendations for Promotion at Conferences

I'm visiting from the far off, foreign land of Politics.SE. I'll be attending a political science conference later in the year and I wanted to discuss Politics.SE with some of the attendees, who ...
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Why are there no mechanisms in place to avoid obviously false answers from being upvoted and coming off as legitimate?

Many people get their facts from this site. Many people also do not do properly read and understand the answers they read, but merely mindlessly look at the upvote count and figure it must be true. ...
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Flagging up a user

Earlier today a number of old questions have been brought up again by a user called EDtreatment. The questions A, B and C all relate to erectile dysfunction as does his user name and user profile. ...
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I believe a moderator on this SE site (“Oddthinking”) is overstepping their authority as a mod on the site [closed]

I hate posting meta things like this because I honestly doubt it changes much, but I just want to bring Oddthinking’s behavior on a question I posted nothing short of bullying behavior on a part of a ...
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Can a notable claim be implied? [duplicate]

In the UK there are laws that required attendance at school in which non-attendance can result in parents can get fined for missing a day of school. My assumption is that these laws are in place to ...
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Is this question on a claim made by TempleOS’s creator better suited here rather than on an actual security site?

So I posted this question on the Security SE site: “Are PS/2 devices a risky piece of hardware for modern point of sale devices to be using?” I wrote that late triggered by this question here on ...
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Help me edit my recent question, please

My recent question was received with mixed feelings: Why do children commit mass murder in their schools? It has a +3/-3 score, and it was even closed, reopened, and now has three new close votes. ...
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What does an answer to an “Economics” question look like?

Occasionally we get questions about whether a model or estimate proposed by an economist is accurate. Here are some examples: Do US Pharma firms have an incentive to develop useless cancer drugs? Do ...
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How to handle these answers based upon a perverse interpretation of the claim? [duplicate]

I'm not a Skeptics user, but I click through from the Hot Network Questions section on Stack Overflow. Twice now, that I can recall, I've come across a question where the following are all the case: ...
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What should I do about a huge compiled list of claims?

So, I just read an article (on cracked.com) that has between 20 and 100 claims, depending on how granular one goes, most of which at first glance seem interesting enough to want to test them for ...
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Are doubts about news about future plans of companies on-topic?

The question Is Microsoft going to produce an operating system based on Linux? asks whether Microsoft plans to develop a Linux-based operating system. It references an article from source that appears ...
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Is indirect notability important?

A recent question can essentially be reduced to "Is the claim made in this BBC article true?" In particular, a BBC article included a claim about something that Linus Pauling allegedly said. An edit ...
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How to give the answer “There is no evidence for that, and it seems impossible”?

Here we go again: we have another question of the sort "Is this claim true, or a myth", where the answer is "No evidence for its truth, and theoretically impossible". The question is: Does stacking ...
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About the claims about MH370

Regarding the question Does Google Earth show missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 with “bullet holes”? Sklivvz, even if I did edit the other answer I could not vote to have it undeleted because ...
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What to do with off-topic answers?

This question is about Russia's chemical weapons in general. However, its highest-rated answer specifically talks about the Novichok nerve agent, even though that is not mentioned at all by the asker. ...
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Is the question “Is Gina Haspel wanted in Europe?” sufficiently improved to re-open?

The question Is Gina Haspel wanted in Europe? was closed for lacking a notable source. I've edited it to trace how the claim in question came to my attention. Is this sufficient to get the question re-...
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How am I supposed to improve this question?

THis one, put on hold currently: Does decline of mainstream Christian beliefs correlate with the rise of superstitious, magical, neopagan or New Age practices? I get it that it is not considered a ...
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Is creating a figure based on referenced data original research?

I was thinking about creating and adding a figure to one of my answers. I'd use data from a referenced source to create that figure, which would probably take the form of a bar chart or something ...
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When a edit is rejected, is a reason provided?

Reading this question Approve edits that only add a conclusion? I thought that if someone proposes an edit to a question and that edit is rejected after peer review, a reason for the rejection is ...
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How are we to discuss improvements when comments on contentious posts are being “nuked without warning”?

A recent question on whether videogames cause US school shootings seems to have caused quite a row, as the sole comments on the question and most highly voted answer are moderator notes with this ...
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Why was my comment asking for clarification of data in an answer deleted?

Though it's a niggling thing, it seems so out of the blue that I'd like to know why. I commented on this answer to this question asking for clarification about the time frame some of the graphs ...
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Revisiting the “no theoretical answers” rule: how does Skeptics SE define “theory”?

Just now an answer of mine was closed with reference to the "No theoretical answers" rule. I have a big problem with that, because this implicates that Skeptics SE operate on the on the "It's just a ...
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Should we get rid of the tag [sex-perverts]?

The tag sex-perverts has recently been created. Should we get rid of it? From a purely classification point of view, it’s hard to agree upon what is or is not perverted. On a more serious note, the ...
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I do not like some uses of [Facebook]

Some questions tagged with facebook are merely tagged that way because the claim is being spread via a Facebook meme or picture, such as Is this a photo of a rough sleeper who froze to death? . As per ...
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Answer stated question but deleted by mod

My question was deleted by a mod for not answering the primary question. Access to water It is the last question and has a question mark. How is it not a valid answer to address that point?
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Are questions about claims that can be empirically verified, but not at this time, on topic?

One of the basic requirements on this site is that questions must be empirically verifiable. If a claim is notable, and could in theory be subject to empirical verification, but the likelihood of ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2018 [duplicate]

It's almost February in 2018, which isn't supposed to be the proper time to cycle these, but for this year it'll be once again, so we'll be refreshing the Community Promotion Ads for this year now! ...
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Theoretical answers: Where to draw the border? [duplicate]

According to this meta post, it is community consensus that theoretical answers should be deleted as off-topic. The reasoning is that [o]ne of the premises of skepticism is the application of the ...
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Are claims made by product advertisements on-topic?

I saw Do Tide Pods laundry detergent have 10 times the cleaning power of other liquid bargain brands? and it got me thinking about this. As is the case in that question, advertisements making dramatic ...
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Someone deleted all but one answer to my question

I asked my first question last night, Are 19.6 pounds of CO2 produced from burning a gallon of gasoline?, which has gotten quite a response. I'm really grateful to everyone who contributed. This ...
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How specific do claims have to be?

I recently posted a question that references what I believe to be a commonly held belief based on numerous variations of it that I've heard people throughout the US and Western Europe make. Because it'...
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Accepting “we don't have enough research to know” answers

I asked a question last week, and the only answer so far gives a summary of "[t]his is emerging science, and it is too soon to know one way or the other". It is a well-written answer which lays a lot ...
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Is an answer that shows there is a peer-reviewed study that makes a claim satisfactory as an answer to whether the claim is credible?

This question has emerged again: Will global warming reduce available oxygen?. The accepted and significantly upvoted answer basically concludes that the claim has been made in a peer review journal. ...
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Are answerable claims about political questions harder than other controversial topics?

So I asked this questions: Do voters refuse to believe accurate accounts of Republican tax plans? It was very rapidly put on hold as: "Please focus this down to a specific claim and quote it. ...
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Houston, we have a problem with [anatomy]

The tag anatomy refers to astronomy (which already has the tag astronomy), rather than the discipline of medicine or biology. Unfortunately, I can't blank out the description (the site doesn't allow ...
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Unusually long username (possibly) causing comments to extend outside the the comments box

I happened upon this question (from the HNQ list). Most of the comments have extended beyond the comments box, and overlapped with the HNQ list. Gut feeling: The super long username (apparently ...
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Answer 16 minutes after the question was closed?

How is this possible?
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Why was this question deleted?

My question was not extremely off topic nor rude, and thus, although I understand why it was closed, it should not have been deleted. This was my question: https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/...
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Should standard, or non-standard vocabulary take precedent, neither?

Given any question/answer is it not important to use standard language? This question relates to the following question/answer exchange : Does the fossil fuel industry benefit from trillions of ...
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What's a good way to determine if a journal is reputable?

I'm (probably pointlessly) trying to persuade an antivaxxer that vaccines do not cause autism. They pointed to this link that references "OVER 50 PEER REVIEWED SCIENTIFIC Studies from the US National ...
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Speaking at CLSxItaly

I will be speaking as part of a panel on how to moderate online communities at CLSx Italy on November 25th. If anyone is interested in attending, I have a discount code just for Skeptics.SE. Please ...
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Site's background causing strange effect on question title

I've opened this question, and I noticed a strange effect on the last two words of the title: At first I thought about a rendering glitch, but then I noticed the other marks and realized (at least I ...
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Why was my question about bitcoin closed?

The question was: Is the cryptocurrency Bitcoin a pyramid scheme? It was a re-work of another closed question: Is bitcoin a pyramid scheme? Pyramid schemes are defined quite well and have certain ...
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Can we have some moderation restraint, please?

When one down-votes or votes to close, you're supposed to offer a comment so people know why. Kind of a worthless request that people do so if the mods are just going to go and delete the comments ...
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So your answer was deleted… don't panic

My initial answer (and first answer written on here) was deleted, but has thankfully been re-instated. I've never had an answer deleted before in 7 years or using various StackExchange sites, so it ...

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