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Are too many questions being closed?

I have a feeling that too many questions seem to be getting closed, and I can't seem to make sense of why they were closed. The standard closed as not a real question does not really say what the ...
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Is Mythbusters “ancedotal evidence”?

After reading the question Is anecdotal evidence sufficient for answers? I realized that Mythbusters is basically just that - video-taped experiments meant to prove or disprove some hypothesis. It's ...
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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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How to deal with medicine questions and the like

Case example would be this question: Is it dangerous to have several vaccines at the same time? I think that's a perfectly valid question. It has received 5 up votes, and yet one close vote as off ...
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Why is the mass-shooting question locked/closed?

The following question is currently under a temporary lock, and I expect it to be closed soon. https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/28146/what-are-the-rates-of-mass-shootings-in-various-...
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Change the caveat banner on posts

I know that we’ve had the discussion before – repeatedly. However, now that we’ve had the current system for a few months it’s time to re-evaluate it. In my opinion, the system has failed. The ...
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Remove the capital letter on every word (except the first) from the titles?

Although I liked the new designed I have a suggestion, can we remove the lead capital on each word? Like just to preserve the original input. For instance: Remove The Capital Letter On Every Word (...
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How to answer a question when the process of answering the question would reveal personal details of a semi-private figure?

Recently, Was Lt. Col. Vindman a registered Democrat? was asked. I did some research and can come up with a sourced answer, but it involves exposing more information about the Lt. Col. than just his ...
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It's too unclear which vote arrows are selected here on Meta

These post buttons are too unclear I think, and I've gotten confused into thinking that I had upvoted a post I disliked and vice versa. It's tricky to show what the highlighted state is when the ...
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Bounty timer too short?

Q: Is the bounty timer of 1 week too short for Skeptics? I recently offered a bounty on a question i am interested in, but the answers provided were not good enough by the time the bounty expired. I ...
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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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Why were some answers deleted on the question about Earth being covered by oceans?

Moderators cleaned up four answers on the Was the Earth one big ocean once? question after leaving a few days to the authors for fixing. While these answers were interesting and sometimes highly ...
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Tag badges are indistinguishable from normal badges

On other SE sites, tag badges usually have a distinct look, they don't look identical to the other badges, see Gaming.SE as an example here: Here on Skeptics, they look identical: The tag badges ...
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Skeptics.SE Facebook page

As requested during the Skeptics election, we now have a Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/skeptics.se The page is maintained by the community, and is not officially endorsed by StackExchange....
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Is logic enough?

Is offering a reference absolutely necessary, or is a logical answer enough?
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FAQ: What are the attributes of a good question?

What does a good Skeptics.SE question look like? What are the qualities that a perfect Skeptics.SE question would have? Ground rules for answering this meta-question: One quality per answer Provide ...
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Discussion on FAQ Question: What are the attributes of a good answer?

What does a good Skeptics.SE answer look like? What are the qualities that a perfect Skeptics.SE answer would have? Ground rules: One quality per answer Provide a brief explanation of why it is ...
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2020 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it here. Skeptics is scheduled for an election next week, June 22, 2020. In ...
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Random claims from fantasy stories and movies

Here is a question from a TV-series, if I read the comments right: https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/q/6058/24 (Charmed). Well - we can ask whether it is possible to dive into a bath of golden ...
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If a question is challenging high-school level facts, are references required to support them?

In the frequently referenced FAQ question, Must All Answers Be Referenced there is an exemption: There are some types of questions that we can safely answer without needing references, however, ...
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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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Topic of the Week - Discontinued

Discontinued :-) Thank you all for participating. We did succeed in raising the questions per day over 5, so the "topic of the week" was useful! The data is fake. I made it up. Original ...
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Improve the Answer box by explaining what an “Answer” is.

I've been a little bit disappointed by some behavioral patterns I've seen among users posting answers on this site. We all know that gaining dedicated users is one of the primary metrics for measuring ...
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Handling current events

How should the community handle the following problems related to current events? Questions might become inaccurate/obsolete/wrong Answers might become inaccurate/obsolete/wrong (even when heavily ...
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Are questions of the “Did X say quote Y” on-topic?

Are quote/misquote attribution questions of the "Did X really say quote Y" kind on-topic for Skeptics SE? Examples Or are they more appropriate for https://history.stackexchange.com/ or https://...
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Are questions about offensive claims allowed?

Are questions about offensive claims allowed, so long as they otherwise meet Skeptics SE criteria? For example, are questions about holocaust denial, denial of the Armenian genocide, 9/11 trutherism, ...
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How to answer a question when the only possible path of research leads to a dead end?

Recently, @Gerrit posted the question Did an American kindergarten teach children the alphabet using corporate logos? Everything seems to be in order with regards to the question, with @Gerrit ...
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Asking questions about things everyone has heard but there are no studies for

So my first question was put on-hold because it didn't fit site guidelines about there needing to be a published study making the claim I'm asking about. The mod is right--there aren't a lot of ...
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Shoutout to moderators: stop deleting flawed, downvoted and wrong on-topic answers

Note: This question does not aim to devalue the hard work and time moderators are devoting for this site. Moderators will always have my respect (and this community's); however this question aim to ...
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Is humor and satire acceptable for notable claims?

This question - Can science explain how bicycles work? - was based off of a claim made by Cracked.com a site for satire and humor. To me I would think it obvious that sites like Cracked and The Onion ...
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Closing is replacing downvoting

I appreciate that the site has high standards of evidence and that therefore a lot of questions are closed because they don’t admit a clear answer. That’s a good thing. But things are sometimes ...
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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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What's wrong with “hoax” questions?

We occasionally get questions with a title like "Is [Product Name] a hoax?" (or equivalently "Is [Product Name] a scam?" Those questions tend to attract major edits. Why?
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Are referenced answers truly correct?

Because this site asks questions that cover a wide variety of scientific backgrounds I would like to discuss our process of answering questions and how likely the information we are providing is wrong,...
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Should translated quotes be bilingual?

In this question I quoted several paragraphs of French, and translated it. Is it always better to quote the original as well as giving the translation? Even if the passage being quoted is quite long (...
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Should suicide be a taboo topic?

To date, we don't have any taboo topics - subjects that may not be freely raised and discussed. (Sure, we have rules about how the questions are asked and answered, we expect questions to be asked ...
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Is there a way to save an “unfinished” answer and come back to it later to finish, without posting it?

I am not suttisfied with the provided answers to the question Is this map of Israel-occupied territory accurate? , and want to write an answer. I've done all the research and collected all the ...
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Sock-puppetry versus personal friends?

So, my best friend and daughter are members on this site. Generally they "stalk" me, and I appreciate their votes and such, however I am afraid that they may appear as "sock-puppets" to others. ...
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Who are our experts?

I have been noticing more and more of a split between what the target audience of Skeptics.SE is. I am under the impression that Stack Exchange sites are built around the idea of attracting experts on ...
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Petition to reopen a temporarily closed question from 2014

I'd like to petition for reopening of the question Was there an electoral fraud during the referendum for the independance of Scotland? which was temporarily closed. A comment from a diamond-mod ...
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“Evidence for Gun Control” question needs rethink

We have a few peripheral questions about gun control. Are more people accidentally killed by doctors than accidentally killed by guns and traffic combined? Are there more guns in America than people? ...
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Disproving a real life event with pure maths

The question Did Kim Jong-il Score 11 holes in one in golf? received an answer, that has since been deleted in response to flags. The justification for the deletion seems to have been disputed in the ...
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May we use non-English languages on this site?

English is not the only language of the Internet, and it certainly isn't the only language of our users. How should we deal with questions, answers, claims and references that are not in English?
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Vindictive Downvoting?

So I was looking at my profile, and noticed that I had lost a couple of reputation point. I didn't remember having recently downvoted any questions or answers. So it got me thinking about other ...
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Is sexist humor occurring in the Skeptics SE community?

I've come across comments like this in a question about hymens and girls' virginity: If a girl puts out, you can be reasonably sure of her virginity. and this one in a question about rape: [6 ...
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What's the best reading level for answers on Skeptics.StackExchange?

I've been wondering whether my answers would be more successful if I changed the reading level to a lower level. If I reduce the complexity of my language, while maintaining the robustness of my ...
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What sort of skepticism is on-topic?

I ask this question because of the number of questions which could (and should, I think) be considered off-topic, because the crux of the question is not skepticism. This question about statistics is ...
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Why was the recent question about Democrats inciting riots put on-hold WITH comments disabled?

So this question: https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/q/35561/21907 ...was asked over in Politics SE and migrated here, but the migration was rejected, and it was put on-hold, but the comments were ...
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Do moderators delete too many answers?

I noticed that all answers to this question have been deleted. IMO at least one of those answers was better than nothing (i.e. arguably imperfect but shouldn't/needn't have been deleted). Assuming ...
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Skeptics Podcast - Ep. 2 is out!

In this episode: The moon and its myths and legends Hot questions Top users You can download from or listen at SoundCloud, or follow on TuneIn. A podcast RSS feed is also available.

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