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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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Are political comments a problem?

I live in Australia, not the USA. Party politics seem to be less divisive here than in the USA. I notice that there seems to be a tendency for questions related even tenuously to politics or ...
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FAQ: What constitutes original research?

Answers which are wholly based on "original research" are generally downvoted and may be deleted. What are the characteristics that (dis-)qualify an answer as original research? How should these ...
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Moderator Election - Community Interest Check

We had two moderators step down in 2019 (only one was publicly announced), which leaves us as a community running with just 2 moderators. For the most part, we run pretty much fine with two ...
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Permanently banning user/question?

Recently, we had a user who asked the same anti-semitic, off-topic, and frankly just absurd question multiple times (at least four or five that I have seen, but I would assume that I also missed ...
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2020 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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Where is the skepticism?

Skepticism is supposed to be about challenging truth and dogma. Applying a critical eye. Yet looking at the site I see. lots of snopes style questions. answers challenging dogma are ...
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Should we allow the Santa question?

The Santa question was closed without making the reason explicit in the comments: should the Santa question be allowed here? If not - why not?
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Does featuring a question regarding propaganda on HNQ help do its work?

There's a question featured on HNQ at the moment. The question asks if a headline from a website named Sputnik News is true. As soon as the premise is examined it quickly falls apart and is easily ...
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How notable does a claim have to be for questions about it to be considered on-topic? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: FAQ: Must all questions be notable? I know there have been a bunch of Meta discussions about whether answers to questions need to be referenced, and how good the references ...
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2013 Community Moderator Election Results

Skeptics's second moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the three new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them for ...
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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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War on terrible questions

When I read Jeff's answer to this question today I had a minor brain tremor and quickly pulled out my trigger happy down voting finger to relieve the rage. Here's a quote: I think this site has ...
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Too many links in a first timer's answer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Remove number of links restriction for new users So my wife likes to debunk the whole Roswell UFO non-sense, and she tried to make an answer. When she hit submit, the site ...
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The best posts of Skeptics!

It would be very useful to have a list of great posts to showcase our site to prominent skeptics. The idea is to get our site endorsed by influential skeptical bloggers and tweeters. Without ...
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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 snopes a valid primary source?

Prompted by the difference between Skeptics and Snopes question. This question reminded me of our own Do you eat a certain number of spiders whilst you sleep?, where the accepted and heavily upvoted ...
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Skeptics or not

I am a new participant here and find the place somewhat frustrating. It seems that while most of the mods are rational there is a large percentage of participants who seem to have an agenda. These ...
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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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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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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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Entirely remove the tags from the HTML title

I've been looking at some of our questions and how they appear in Google, and I noticed that the tag that is prepended to every question title is pretty much always useless to a user seeing it in ...
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FAQ: On the use of a non-metric system

This answer was down voted because of the choice of units. The answer was giving a calculation in imperial units, rather than SI units. Can we get a consensus on the use of units of measurement, ...
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Is Wikipedia a valid reference?

Wikipedia is a very useful resource, but: sometimes it has unreliable information. sometimes it changes. Should Wikipedia be used as a reference to support claims in answers?
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“Checking” an already very reliable source

There is a question about expectation of police killing of African American males. The statements the asker would like verified can be addressed by reference to an article in the Proceedings of the ...
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Some of the answers to the moon question seem too philosophical

The "Has man walked on the moon question" seems to have received many philosophical answers. This includes some of the highest voted answers: 1, 2. In my opinion, this is one of the worst possible ...
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Move Skeptics from Culture/Recreation to the Science category

The footer with the list of sites looks like it is going to be updated, at least there is a new version of it visible on Meta.SO. In that version, the sites are separated according to the Area 51 ...
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What is the difference between Skeptics and Snopes?

If this is a duplicate, let me know but I looked around Meta and couldn't quite find this exact question. When I first dropped into this site, I was unsure of what it was. Then I started reading some ...
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Politics, beliefs and motivations questions should not be allowed here.

These questions should be made off-topic because they are not answerable based on available evidence. In other words, there is nothing scientific in the investigation of the evidence. Also, they may ...
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Can we stop being rude?

I gave a controversial answer to a recent question. In all response, in the comments, I have been: called a douchebag been insulted for being a SE employee been called out as "admitting I don't know ...
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Does a notable claim remain notable if notable sources remove the claim?

Consider the situation: A notable source posts an article including an incredible claim. Someone links to the source as a notable claim, asking a question on Skeptics. At some point in the future, ...
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My friend says…

We appear to be getting a splurge of skeptics questions in the form of "My friend says...", "I heard...", etc. where the only evidence that a claim has been made is the person saying they heard it. ...
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Use your flags!

We moderators can't be everywhere, we can't look at everything that is posted on this site. We need your help to moderate it. You can flag any post or comment for moderator attention. If you see ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2015

The dawn of a new year, 2015, now approaches, or has already approached, either way it means that it is now time to reset our Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community ...
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Skeptics Brand Concept and Site design - Revised Design

Thanks for your great feedback and input. I wanted to start a fresh post, and share the changes with you. Major changes No conspiracy theory looking stuff Images are of actual scientific docs, ...
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What is a good stack exchange where to learn about skepticism?

Was the "Irish ghost video" staged? If so, how? The last comment of the video analysis explains how original research is not allowed. OR is not "disliked", but explicitly forbidden by ...
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How are the Fukushima questions “too localized”?

The questions Is Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster "on par" with Chernobyl? and Can a "second Chernobyl" happen at the nuclear reactors damaged by the tsunami in Japan? were ...
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Answering one's own question for reference purposes?

What's the community's take on asking a question in order to answer it so that it will serve as a future reference? This might be tied to the meta question, Should we expect original research to occur ...
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“Untruthable” Questions

I have noticed a number of questions of the following basic form:   What evidence is there that this [insert reasonable claim] is false? (A recent example of such a question could have ...
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My answer was deleted as original, non verifiable research. That wasn't the case

I wrote an answer to the following question. Did Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez or her office write and publish this draft version of a resolution? It was deleted as "Original Research". However, the only ...
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How to handle answers based on «logic»?

There are a few answers popping up regularly based on «logic». The problem is obviously not the logic part, it is that the logic depends on uncited facts. Using logic to follow the consequences of ...
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Design ideas for Skeptics

After 90 days in beta, Stack Exchange Inc. takes evaluates our site's performance. If they think we're ready for graduation because we meet the right metrics, then we get out of beta. When that ...
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The Amazing Meeting 2013 - Sponsorship Proposal

The Amazing Meeting (TAM) is coming on Jul 11-14, 2013. Based on my experience with NECSS and what I learned there, I'd like to promote the Skeptical community at the largest skeptical conference in ...
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90 days are up - How are we doing?

The first 90 days of our beta phase are over, this is the time where a beta site is evaluated the first time. At this moment our statistics on Area 51 look like this: I'd say the statistics look ...
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How should we enforce notability?

We require questions here on Skeptics to be about notable claims. This restriction is necessary to keep the site somewhat focused, despite the fact that we essentially accept questions about pretty ...
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Links in promotion ads are black on black, thus invisible

I have just noticed this: There are links in there, clickable and everything but not shown due to the site theme. It should be something like this: (taken from different site in the network) ...
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Is our moderately low Answers-Per-Question ratio a sign of poor health?

Observation: Skeptics.SE has historically had a moderately low ratio of answers-to-questions. [Ref - currently 'Okay', but has been 'Needs-Work'] Hypothesis: Skeptics.SE tend to have well-researched ...
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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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I am disappointed by the hostility of this community

As a novice I asked a question - “E Numbers” list - is the bad reputation justified? - and I was answered with hostility. I have largely edited the question after the first wave of criticism and I ...
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Common Sense: incompatible with skepticism?

I find this problem reoccurring in many skepticism-based (or just skepticism-flavored) web forums or generally, any discussions. In the most basic (and most annoying) form, it goes like this. Someone ...

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