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How notable does a claim need to be?

We have recently enforced that questions on this site need to be about claims of a certain notability, mainly to limit our scope and prevent that off-topic questions can be rephrased in the manner "I ...
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Please add all instances of “good for” and “bad for” to the filter

Today, a new user posted another "Is X good for Y?" type of question: Is classical music good for a pregnant woman and her baby Questions like that are a problem because they are too vague to be ...
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Links are styled identically to surrounding text (many instances)

This issue was mentioned in the Election Results meta post, but I keep running into it so I think it deserves a post of its own. It seems to be a widespread bug in the new design that links are ...
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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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Remove numbers above navlink titles in upper right corner?

The small numbers above the words in the upper right (shown in the screenshot in George Chalhoub's answer on the "Site design updates are live!" post) are confusing: they seem like they're indicating ...
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Why was the evolution of sex question closed?

I noticed that the question "Do we know why animals have evolved to have sex for reproduction?" was closed by the community. I am curious why this is the case, as I can't see any comments explaining ...
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Not enough contrast on Skeptics logo in some places

Sometimes when our logo shows up some places without enough contrast. Example 1 - from here. Example 2 - from chat. While I'm talking about our logo, this is how our logo shows up here, I think it ...
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How to deal with questions which an off-site search can answer?

How should we handle questions for which a quick Google or Wikipedia search would provide a great answer? This question was asked on StackOverflow.meta. The response was to answer it anyway, with the ...
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Correct way to ask questions about claims involving the supernatural or the metaphysical?

I'm really struggling to get a question re-opened (it was open for a while but I changed the title a little bit, @Oddthinking didn't like the change and closed the question as off-topic, then I ...
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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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Is the scope of this site unlimited?

I have a difficulty with trying to understand which questions would be off-topic on this site. I understand questions have been closed because they were written in a way that would degenerate into ...
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Is this answer about illegal immigrants supported by its evidence?

I had an interesting discussion with the poster of a popular answer that has been in the Hot Network Questions for a couple of days. I think the discussion is important, so I'm copying it here to ...
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Skeptics.SE Literature Reviews

As Skeptics.SE grows, there are some topics that clearly cause concern and have been richly mined with questions and answers. While tags link many of these questions together, it can be difficult to ...
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What are some good initiatives for skeptics to cross with?

Let's put together some ideas on how our content can be used and cross-marketed with other initiatives. StackExchange has put forward the idea that we do political fact checking by partnering with ...
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What is, and isn't, a meme?

Every now and again, someone posts a viral image containing a claim - generally a photo with some white text written on it, and someone refers to it as a meme, and then a whole argument ensues about ...
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Why aren't you running in the Community Moderator election? [closed]

To all-users-with-more-than-300-rep-who-care-about-our-community: We have enough candidates to fill all the moderator positions, but, at the time of writing, we don't have enough for a robust ...
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Should answers without links be automatically marked as unreferenced?

This is simply a proposal for discussion. The problem I'm trying to solve is the following. Many new users simply post without reading our site first and familiarizing with our rules. The consequence ...
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Why was an answer about fracking deleted?

I posted this question, Can fracking help reduce CO2?. It got 3 interesting answers, all of which provided some useful information, from users LShaver, Brythan, and Randy Orrison. Since then, it ...
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Can a US-based skeptic help us out with a Charlie Chaplin question?

I posted this as a comment to the answer I edited, but I'm hoping to get someone to volunteer here. The question about Charlie Chaplin entering a look-alike contest and losing has an answer that ...
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Can we please discourage drawing absolute conclusions from single studies?

I've noticed a lot of answers tend to cite a single study, and from this draw an absolute conclusion that something is or is not true. I will update this question with examples as I come across them. ...
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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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How about some minimal effort when asking a question?

I encountered this question: https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/16758/does-deutronomy-2213-21-say-that-non-virgin-wives-will-be-executed. The claim is that Deuteronomy 22, 13-21 claims that ...
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Where can we report misleading claims to authorities?

Sometimes skeptics come across statements that are not merely mistaken or misguided, but are dangerous or criminal. Most countries have limits to how far they take extend the concept caveat emptor: ...
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Better term for “Gish Gallop”?

The term Gish Gallop has been used a few times on the site, including by me. It is a useful term to describe a style of debating or writing that is troublesome to skeptics because it takes a lot of ...
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Community Evangelism Team - Skeptics in the Pub

StackExchange is hiring a Community Evangelism Team and it is up to the community to decide what help they need. (Listen to Podcast #6 for more detail discussion) I (as many of you are also) a ...
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How should questions with an impossible negation be handled?

Questions that can be verified yes or no (inclusive) make perfect Skeptics questions because an answer can definitively answered one way or the other. The evidence decides; the answer is accepted; ...
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How to deal with answers seen as liabilities by some, reasonable by others?

How should the community handle responses that some see as patently wrong to the point of dangerous, but others see from some other position? To use a hypothetical posting situation with respect to ...
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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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Evaluate Your Site — A Check for Quality [closed]

One of the most important aspects of being a Stack Exchange site is quality. Yes, there are lots of metrics that one can use to "measure" a site, but we don't really care about those as much as we ...
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“Original research” - multiplying 15 by 30?

My answer to Do cheetahs die after sprinting for 30 seconds? was downvoted because "This answer is based on original data analysis or non-verifiable data". The answer cites a published paper, pulls ...
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How should I answer a question about the authenticity of a quote?

One recent question was asking if a quote is authentic: Did Gandhi say "The most violent weapon on earth is the table fork"? If I could find a reference for this quote then life is perfect....
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FAQ: My question was has been 'closed', what does it mean?

Why are some questions closed? Is it like deletion?
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Is the website about.com a reputable resource for medical related information?

Every now and then somebody has a question about a medical condition or about health in general. I see that all of their medical-related content is posted by a doctor or a similar professional in ...
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Tags for medical/health questions

I've asked a few medical questions, those have been kindly retagged with health or medicine. Those terms certainly don't mean the same thing, but I think there is a significant grey area between them. ...
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Should there be stronger notability criteria for claims about living people?

Borrowing from Wikipedia's Biographies of Living People policies, should there be a be stronger notability criteria for claims about living people? I'm worried that skeptics could be used for ...
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Original research policy doubts

Having read this question I have to raise doubts what essential difference there is between posting elementary research on skeptics.SE or publishing it on some random blog and next referencing it here....
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How can we personalize our How to Ask page?

This is a follow up to How can we get users to write more elaborate questions? Each Stack Exchange site has its own How to Ask page which is displayed to every new users. The page was written for ...
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Is cryptozoology a pejorative tag that should be replaced with zoology?

Is the cryptozoology tag a pejorative tag, along the lines of the burninated conspiracy theories? Does "cryptozoology" basically say "the people studying this are cranks who should be ignored"? ...
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Is chain mail a notable claim?

When checking a claim notability, does the fact the claim was perpetuating via chain mail (or several chain mails) make the claim notable? (Example question: Is "self-CPR" effective?)
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Dealing with claims from Poe's Law sites

Poe's Law states: Without a winking smiley or other blatant display of humor, it is impossible to create a parody of fundamentalism that someone won't mistake for the real thing. If someone links ...
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Effective solutions to persistent bad content in an otherwise good answer?

Situation: You see an answer The answer is generally good. Extensive research, in-detail review of the claim topic, references, etc... However, one small aspect of the answer is awful - doesn't have ...
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How is photographic evidence “theoretical” and not “empirical”?

I was very surprised to have a popular answer unilaterally deleted by a moderator. This is an answer based purely on a theoretical model. We expect answers to be based on empirical evidence rather ...
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Clarifying the use of the [statistics] tag

The statistics tag has been used more and more to refer to any question that has a quantitative element to it. I think the tag should be used only about questions that are fundamentally about ...
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What should we write in our “about” page?

There's a new "about" page available here: https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/about The top bit is editable by moderators. It currently says: Skeptics is a question and answer site for applying ...
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Design: “Add Comment” and “start a bounty” look out of place

Under each question there are two links that I think need some TLC. These two poor links are all alone in a sea of whitespace. They are clearly an odd couple: They don't line up and they have ...
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Vote Early, Vote Often

From the TeX meta: Every Stack Exchange site will eventually end up with a different "base level" of voting --- that is, the expected number of upvotes for a question of a given level of ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, in ...
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Can we help you moderate more?

Community elected moderators on this site are very active. This is mostly due to a fact that our rules do require a lot of moderation. However, this does not mean that everything needs to be done by ...
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Change the “How to ask” section

If you ask a question there is a section on how to ask in the sidebar, currently this looks like the following: How To Ask Is your question about scientific skepticism? We prefer questions ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2013 [duplicate]

Y'all apparently never got one of these. I thought I covered you in the sweep, but, whoops. Well, let's get you off to a fresh start at a full cycle instead of midway, then, at least. What are ...

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