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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 ...
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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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How come there isn't a section on here for the paranormal? But there's one for skepticism?

Why isn't there a paranormal slanted section for stackexchange? This site is so awesome for so many reasons and I think it would be great if those of us who study ufology and spirits could bring ...
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Approve edits that only add a conclusion?

I recently bumped into two edits that only added a boldfaced Very unlikely and Yes, roughly to the beginning of the answer. Personally, I'm in favor of this clarity (especially with long answers), ...
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When is a single person's claim notable?

If Donald Trump makes a claim it is notable. If my grandfather does, it is not. Unless my grandfather is Donald Trump (he was not). How notable does an individual need to be before we accept that ...
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Can moderators unaccept answers that don't actually address the question?

Here is an example of a question with an accepted answer that should not have actually been accepted: How bitter is Robert Lustig's "Bitter Truth" about sugar? Granted, the question ...
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What proof that a claim exists is needed to post a question?

What proof, if any, do I need to provide that a claim exists. For instance, what if I hear from a friend that the moon is made of cheese? Can my question just indicate that I heard it from a friend? ...
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At which level of digging do we decide that a source is acceptable?

Consider the following, if given as evidence in an answer: In a 2005 Example.com interview of renowned ornithologist George Credibleopoulos, George explicitly stated that snipes do indeed migrate ...
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What makes a good “the answer is unknown” answer?

In some cases the status of a claim is objectively unknown, e.g. if research indicates that we definitively do not know the answer, or if research leads to no information one way or the other (these ...
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Merge usa and united-states tags

The site has both tags: usa and united-states. I can't think of a reason to have both. I think a merger is better because deletion would not prevent the likelihood of it being created again. I favor ...
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Would this question be on-topic?

On public (and other) buildings which have extensive glass walls, you sometimes see the silhouettes of flying birds affixed to the glass. My understanding is: This is intended to deter birds from ...
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How to proceed when implicit and explicit claims diverge

I have seen a number of instances of the following pattern. Someone says something that absolutely explicitly states X and also clearly implies Y. Y, of course, is more outrageous than X. In typical ...
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Can users close questions regardless?

Is the community of users allowed to vote to close a question for no particularly good reason? For example if a lot of people see a question they don't like (and want to close it), and none of the ...
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Victims of crime

Further to this chat, I find topics about non-notorious individual victims of crime distateful. I understand it may be in the public interest, and/or relevant to public policy (e.g. because of police ...
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Should we routinely move more comment threads to chat?

Should skeptics.SE be more aggressive about moving comment threads to chat? I have spent some time recently on workplace.SE, and just like skeptics.SE, comment threads can get long and sometime off-...
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Should possible/partial answers be edited out of a question?

This question quotes a critique in the question text. It is my understanding* that this should be edited out. Is that correct? I can't find this on meta yet. * First comment under my question here
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Why was this question about the sexuality of a historic figure closed?

The question Did the first Mughal emperor of India, Babur, write love poems for men? was closed by a moderator on the ground of "unclear what you're asking" which seems strange to me, the question is ...
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Should we specifically discredit hate and racist sites as notable sources? [duplicate]

This question is receiving downvotes: https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/q/37424/5337 Needless to say, the claim in question is extremely offensive and stupid. I find myself hovering over the ...
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Is there a way to flag/delete extremely offensive user names?

I don't want to see "modified 1 hour ago [extremely offensive username]". Is there a way to eliminate this? Right now people are seeing the N-word and an anti-gay slur when they go to the default ...
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What's the flying saucer image on the Skeptics.SE error page?

Through this meta question I discovered that there's a funny picture of a mock flying saucer crash scene on this site's error page: I'm guessing the Stack Exchange design budget doesn't stretch as ...
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How to prove notability when addressing a claim very common within an internet subculture that doesn't have a clear notable person making the claim?

There is a very specific claim I want to run through skeptics. This claim is very common within an internet subculture. I would like to get a through and definitive answer to it, but I'm having ...
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Should we give more exact definition on what can actually be asked?

I know how this sound. Say I saw a page like this http://thegoodlordabove.com/god-talks-several-trump-supporters-need-safe-space/ And I asked whether God actually created the page. The claim is ...
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Should doxxing be allowed here?

In the comments of this question, the poster gave what he seems to think is the real name of one of our moderators. Personally, I'm not terribly well hidden here, but pseudonyms are allowable, and ...
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Does this site merit the name? [duplicate]

"Skeptics" are generally people who don't take conclusions drawn from evidence presented. Legitimate reasons to question conclusions is both lack of credulity of the premises and logic flaws in the ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2017 [duplicate]

It is a bit late into this new year, being that we're already in the second month, but we are now cycling the Community Promotion Ads for 2017! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion ...
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Is “alt-facting” less defamatory than “lying”?

In a recent question, the questioner, the answerer and a commenter all used variants of a new coinage: "alternative fact-ing", "altfacting", "alt-facting". That posed a challenge. If they had said ...
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Reopen question about Obama vs Trump immigration bans

I asked this question and it was closed as a dupe of this question. I think these questions are not duplicates because one asks if Obama took immigration actions in 2011, and the other asks are the ...
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“Abusing the flagging system” - really?

On this question Was it harder for Syrian Christians to immigrate to the US than Muslims? , comments were as shown below: While the question is on topic, it seems of little importance. – Sklivvz♦ ...
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Are questions about becoming a better skeptic/researcher on topic?

When examining a claim, you must understand the claim and the sources. You must then research the sources, see if the claim is skewing those sources or if those sources are themselves faulty. You must ...
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Is pointing to a part of a picture indeed non-trivial research?

In this moderator-deleted answer of mine, I observed that Trump's twitter background picture was cropped from a getty image original just at a line which cut out the copyright watermark. I showed the ...
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Sorry, but we don't care about your political opinions

This is a reminder of an issue that has come up before - around the last US election: Are political comments a problem? If your comment is little more than tribal markings to indicate the US ...
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Why was my question closed as “Primarily Opinion Based”?

This question was closed as Primarily Opinion Based. What does that mean on a site about skepticism? On what grounds was my question a POB one? How could it be improved and made on-topic according to ...
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Did I do original research?

In my answer to the question Were 48% of American billionaires Jewish in 2014? I gave an answer regarding the 2016 numbers. Since it wasn't enough for the OP I went on and did more research and found ...
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How are we supposed to use tags associated with a person?

The description for the "donald-trump" tag is: for questions where the claim is about Donald Trump. Do not use this tag for questions about stuff Trump claims. When I posted the question Did a ...
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Why did this question about the veracity of a photo get voted down?

I posted this question: Is this picture of a man in Colorado Springs nearly being blown away, genuine, or a hoax? I figured it met the guidelines, but I'm wondering why the downvotes. Could I improve ...
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Non notable claims, made only on hate and or conspiracy sites, should be deleted

The question Did Benjamin Netanyahu say this about Christian Zionists? cites as the sources of the claim sites/blogs which are straight up from the darkest corners of the web. All those sites are ...
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What should be done with answers that commit the “obvious maths” fallacy - should they get a “sources needed” banner?

From What constitutes non-trivial analysis of available data? The "obvious maths" fallacy The discriminating factor is certainly not the level of mathematics, but the level of expertise needed ...
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Add “is from fake news site” to list of close flags (distinct from “no notable claim”)

Obviously this means we'd have to maintain a list of such sites. Yes, I'm aware of what's called the genetic fallacy, but things have changed since rhetoric was invented. We now must deal with ...

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