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How should we deal with claims that only appear in article headlines?

A common occurrence that we commonly encounter on Skeptics† is when the headline of a newsaper or magazine article contains a claim that is not supported by the rest of the article. † ...
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Is the claim in the question that democrats watch more porn?

The question Do democrat voters watch more porn than republicans? is currently on hold. In the original question I assumed that clam in the title was what a typical reader would take from any of the ...
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Is it OK for tag-wiki excerpts to promote political bias

Currently two tag wikis are at odds because they want to transport a political opinion. The tag for circumcision reads: Use this for male circumcision. For female genital mutation, use "female-...
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Questions that start with good sources for a claim

I had a question put on hold. Did the Constitution of the Confederate States of America ban the slave trade? I provided some sources for the claim. Oddthinking replied "I went to include all of your ...
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Reopen “white people crimes” question

This question: "White people" crime? was closed as duplicate of this one: Are white people more likely to commit mass murder in the United States? They are clearly two very different ...
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Please flag trollish questions

Skeptics.SE, along with some other stack exchanges such as history, receives some trolling questions, generally in the form of holocaust denial. They're by users with only 1 reputation, and they're ...
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How can this question be closed?

Would a full scale Thermonuclear War create centuries of Nuclear Winter? This question has been closed as duplicate of this question: Do we have enough nuclear weapons to wipe out all of humanity? ...
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New top bar breaks layout with extra blank line

As shown in the picture there's an extra white band (I guess where the old top bar used to be).
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Should we have a question sandbox?

Some stack exchange sites, such as World Building, have question sand boxes where users may work on questions and get feedback before posting it on the main website. Given that several questions on ...
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Myanmar: A viable topic?

There are plenty of questions surrounding the conflict with the leader of the country claiming some of the pictures we have seen are staged elsewhere, claims that village fires were started by the ...
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Where is the line between primarily opinion based and not

This question about the reliability of RationalWiki was closed as primarily opinion based. If a similar question were asked about Wikipedia, I think that question could have a definite fact-based ...
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Can we reopen the Trump Tower wiretapping question?

I asked Did Obama's administration bug Trump Tower?, and it was immediately put on hold because there was allegedly an ongoing investigation by "a court of law, government, or other similar ...
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Should we stop adding [fluoride]?

Should we get rid of one of fluoride and fluoridation, and if so, which one? fluoridation has a tag wiki and has 20 questions, while fluoride lacks a wiki, and has 6 questions. Of the six questions ...
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Flagging question as duplicate when the original was migrated to another site

This question was recently posted to our site. Particularly, the question cites this paper and is asking about the validity of the study. Another question in the same format regarding the same paper ...
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How to cite a claim made in a non-public domain movie?

I heard a statement that I wanted to ask the site about. However, I heard the claim in a movie, and therefore I cannot link to the scene in question (due to copyright issues, etc). Would an honest ...
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Why was my recent question about Jewish CEO's deleted?

Recently I asked a question and then forgot about it. But I found that it was deleted by mods. Why was it deleted? The mods didn't give any reason.
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Questions about James Damore's claims about biological differences in distribution of traits among genders

This is a call for questions about the claims made in the "Google Manifesto". I'm posting this in Meta because the claims should probably be split into multiple questions. This would be a good place ...
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If Sklivvz was elected moderator in an election, why doesn't he hold the Sheriff badge?

I just noticed that the Sheriff badge holders does not include Sklivvz. This badge is described as: Served as an elected moderator for at least 1 year. From what I see, he was elected in the 2012 ...
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Could a question on trump blocking people on twitter work?

I'm skeptical that Trump has blocked many of the people reporting it, or that he even reads any messages on twitter at all, could a question here work asking about this? Here is an article full of "...
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New SE site for the skeptics in well received opinion (not Fact)

Are questions below fit here : What are the benefits if we have no moon ? What are the positives if Axis win WWII ? What are the good things that mosquitoes bring to human life ?. I think not, ...
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Would a question about seemingly contradictory sources for voter fraud be on topic?

With all that's been made of President Trump's voter fraud panel in the news recently, I was looking around the internet when I stumbled upon two seemingly contradictory sources regarding cases of ...
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Deletion of my answer on the EPA Particulate Matter question

I want to preface this by saying that I have spent about a week on this board, and much of that time has been spent on the meta, trying to understand this board's unique rules and requirements for ...
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Can someone try answering this question?

Is "blue scorpion venom" a legitimate treatment for cancer? I was going to try, but the amount of information and lack of understanding about most of this stuff was too much for me. I found ...
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Should articles “Just Asking Questions” be considered notable claims?

RationalWiki defines the phrase "Just Asking Questions" as: Just asking questions (JAQ-ing off) is a way of attempting to make wild accusations acceptable (and hopefully not legally ...
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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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Change link in 'Notable claim' off topic close reason?

The first off-topic close reason has a link titled unreferenced notable claims pointing to FAQ: Must all questions be notable?: Shouldn't the link text be notable claims? The way it is formatted now ...
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Are scientific skeptics always correct?

If scientific skeptics indeed use empirical investigation and the application of the scientific method to determine truth....does that mean we're always right? If so, can this be repeatedly ...
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How else could this have been answered, if not by logic?

There is this question about an elementary property of Quranic verse numbers. The question was put on hold (rightly so, I believe, because it's arithmetic). What astounds me is that below the answer ...
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Can you reopen the “Gotthard Base Tunnel Opening Ceremony” question?

Can you reopen this question? IMO it can be reopened. It is not asking people to watch and comment on a 50-minute video ... it's asking people to reference any official explanations (i.e. more ...
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Is my question OK for the site?

I read about people taking a drug and seeing the same hallucination ("Sex, Drugs, Einstein, and Elves"). I became skeptical and wonder if seeing the same hallucaination for different people at ...
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Should the gender tag be split?

I think the gender tag is currently serving more than one purpose, but I don't have a clear statement of what the appropriate tags should be. Also, I am looking for some sort of community support, so ...
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Answering “Can you achieve immortality through yoga?”

Re: Can you achieve immortality through yoga? One approach to answering this question is to use the statistical evidence regarding the Maximum Reported Age at Death (MRAD): https://www.nature.com/...
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Can we enable TeX?

Please feel free to edit this question! At current this question needs examples of existing posts and how they could be improved. Additionally, more links to related resources could be helpful. ...
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Answer moved to comment by mod

I joined a community today because I had something unique to add to a question. There already was a decent answer, but mine was talking about points not mentioned in it. While my answer was a bit ...
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What does “low quality contributions” mean?

What does the the following message mean? This account is temporarily suspended because of low-quality contributions. What does "low-quality contributions" mean? Does it mean too many "Please send ...
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Are conspiracy theory based questions allowed here?

There are lots of conspiracy theories out there. These conspiracy theories are backed by lots of thought-provoking theories which can make anyone skeptical. For example, "Earth is Flat" is backed by ...
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Are we being invaded?

In this question: criticism of down-voting for question? There are no less than four accounts, all created today, all with let's just call them "congruent" points of view. Perhaps I'm cynical, ...
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Are moderators ruling out good answers based on basic physical principles and facts as theoretical?

I have a serious concern that good answers are being ruled out by moderators as theoretical even though they are based on a basic understanding of simple physical processes. My concern is based on how ...
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Is it possible to retrieve old answers to deleted questions?

There is a live question about whether global warming will cause an oxygen shortage. I remember writing a (controversial because of original research) answer to a question about how long atmospheric ...
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Should information about the notability of a claimant/claim not be put in comments?

If someone questions the notability of a claim, or the claimant, and someone else wishes to assert the notability of the claim/claimant, should they avoid adding a comment, and instead edit the ...
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Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism - 29 JUN to 2 JUL 17

Sorry I am remiss in posting this. I will be at NECSS again this year. I am presenting a workshop, and I will be working the conference. I'd love to see some of you there.
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Restore clickbait title due to clickbait claim

This question originally had the clickbait title of: Did the UK government kill a baby with mitochondrial depletion syndrome against the parents' wishes? This use of the word "kill" was ...
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Rules around the daily reputation limit

Having recently experienced (for the first time I remember) the daily reputation limit, I wanted to clarify one of the rules. When the daily reputation limit is in force, is is just that further ...
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Do we need an update on “what constitutes original research”?

I'm not here to kick up a fuss (I'm well aware of the fear of that whenever someone questions a decision to close or delete their answer) but I think maybe the "What constitutes original research" ...
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How do we deal with doubt about an original source for a [quote] question?

In many cases, quote questions can be answered by finding sources or direct evidence for the quote in question, and that ends the matter. But some of the time, it all comes down to one source ...
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Assuming good faith vs answering the (in my opinion) actual underlying intent of a question [duplicate]

Some extended conversation going on about this question: Did Einstein say this about Jesus? On its face, this is a question about the accuracy of a quote. It was immediately answered by the original ...
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Interpretation, misleading claims, and literalism [duplicate]

I have looked through the various questions and answers on meta regarding this, and have not found anything solid. The nearest can be found here, and the mod's answer is at odds with the highest-voted ...
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Should we burninate the alternative-medicine tag?

Given that the very reason for it being called "alternative" medicine rather than just medicine is because it doesn't work, it seems like a waste of time having this rubbish polluting our site. ...
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Deletion of an answer without good reason

I provided an answer to this question, in which I pointed out that the "profit per customer" can be defined two different ways, and considering that the question is given the context of how they can ...
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When a question asks about the validity of a single source, are outside references strictly required

An answer I gave was deleted by a moderator. The question asked specifically about the validity of a single source, which claimed to be a clinical study of an alternative medicine treatment. My ...

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