52

Then do us the same courtesy If you don't care about our political opinions (and you shouldn't; this isn't Politics.SE!), then please ensure that we're not being asked to care about (or silently tolerate) yours. This answer makes a good case in point. A diamond mod has: Taken it upon themselves to completely rewrite the original (and already accepted) ...


35

I just wanted to add a counterpoint to the other answer: I think the moderators have been doing an exceptional job keeping things on track under difficult circumstances. (I do not envy them this job.) Thanks, mods.


14

Let's note that there is a dictionary definition for this word: not false or copied; genuine; real: an authentic antique. having the origin supported by unquestionable evidence; authenticated; verified: an authentic document of the Middle Ages; an authentic work of the old master. entitled to acceptance or belief because of agreement with known ...


9

If a meme is generally circulated and is accepted as a fact or true by a significant number of people then, yes, it should be acceptable as a notable claim. For example, if Jon Stewart makes a joke about something on The Daily Show and the audience believes it, then it would appropriate for this site to have a question asking if that claim was actually true, ...


9

I think most of the ISIS questions are getting good-quality answers. Did Snowden reveal that ISIS is a USA-Israel tactic? has received three answers. One with 20 upvotes and +75 for bounty (unawarded?), one with 5 upvotes and an acception, and one with 3 upvotes from a user with a history of so-so answers Is ISIS beheading children in Mosul, Iraq? has one ...


9

One of the sites you link in the comments gives useful advice. I propose we follow it. Advice for digital media 1 Sources Apply extra vigilance when using online sources for a suicide story. Speculation about a death or the circumstances surrounding a person dying can easily be misreported or wrongly repeated as fact. The instantaneous and ‘viral’ ...


8

It's a bit complex to ask questions here, with our requirements of notability and questioning real claims. Let's prepare some clear and simple material, like a walkthrough or some other form of aid, on how to ask questions so we can refer new users to it instead of having to use comments and chat. If it is effective we can then ask the SE staff to add ...


7

I personally don't expect all that much research to be done before asking, we're not a typical SE site and I don't think "easy" questions hurt this site all that much. The big differences that matter here are: We have a very low question volume compared to sites with similar traffic. We don't get overwhelmed by trivial support questions like other sites do. ...


7

As agreed in that answer, it is essential that a claim be notable. It is important, but not essential, that the claim be represented with an example. For all the reasons you give, and more, it is important to have a notable reference: Makes the question more specific, which in some cases it's necessary Helps identify strawmen, where the OP has ...


6

If your answer is the best one, accept it. It doesn't give you reputation, however.


6

Topic: Claims from this week's media Why: Journalists, despite their skeptical training, continue to be a major vector for incorrect information. It would be an interesting exercise for each of us to pick up a local newspaper or magazine, and ask about some of the scientific claims made. Ideally, claims should be more sciency ones than just claims about ...


6

For the moment, I can’t think of any reason against the question. I think it’s a justified question, it fits the site, and it’s reasonably researched. Unless you want to answer the question yourself, or the claim is truly trivial, you’re not required to research the answer yourself. What you need to do is research a notable claim, and make it apparent in ...


6

Certainly yes! Add the question, and, if you will, the answer, supported by references. Etiquette for answering your own question Just post your answer immediately after you post the question. Like you say, phrase it as a request for comments to improve your solution. Your intentions are clear --- I wouldn't think you were trying to generate ...


6

Ooh, tricky one! Let's go back to our motivations for the rule here, to see if they help. One reason for asking for notability references is to demonstrate it isn't just a speculative idea of the poster from the equivalent of a drunk discussion in a bar. The problem with those types of questions is: (a) there is an infinite supply of them. If we accepted ...


6

I was the moderator who did the "major" edit. I am sorry to hear you were unhappy with it. Let me explain some of the edits, in more detail than would fit in a comment, so you can see they were made in good faith. The title was "Hinduism and the Sun becoming a red giant" which had three separate issues. Each was minor, but together they triggered me to edit ...


6

I think this is a special case of what was once called "Too localized." That is to say, the evidence available in determining the answer changes rapidly. What appears to be the correct answer today may be proven wrong by information discovered tomorrow. Would it therefore be appropriate to put a ban on current events questions? Of course, that would ...


6

Wow. I am normally in a distant timezone to the bulk of our users. This affords me the luxury of editing slowly. In this case, I was awake at an unusual hour. I didn't realise there would be so much activity! I was browsing on my phone, on the way to my desktop, when I first saw the question. I put the first version of the question on hold, and planned to ...


6

I have some guesses as to why the community might be reacting this way, and some suggestions, but please just take them as guesses and suggestions, not mod directives. Very Active You have been very active, with lots of questions over a short period. I think that's great - and the velocity of your reputation growth is impressive. However, I fear some of ...


5

As suggested in another question, let's leverage the US elections to do political fact checking. Election Factcheck - For the People, By the People. Can our platform harness political passion to create a resource for political fact?


5

Let's create monthly topics (e.g. "ancient egyptians") and ask questions on those. Other sites have done so succesfully.


5

Rationale: why do we close questions? There are really two ways to do moderation. If you've been on any of the .moderated newsgroups you'll be well aware that to get a post on there, it needs to undergo a review process first and be accepted. The aim is to keep problem discussions from arising. SE is slightly different - it works the other way. Anyone can ...


5

I believe these to hold truth: The comments are disabled because rejected migrations are automatically locked. This is an entirely automatic system. Further to that: closing the question here sends it back to Politics, where the comments are still present and active. There's no point having the same stuff over here


5

Trump is the object of the claim, in other words what the claim is about, and this means that the tag is appropriate. If Trump were the subject of the claim, in other words the claimant, then the tag should not be used. Trump said that the Earth is flat (DO NOT USE) Is trump a reptilian? (USE) Trump said he is a reptilian, is it true? (USE) Compare with ...


4

We should use the units more familiar to an international audience. Wikipedia claims "SI is the world's most widely used system of measurement" However, units in quotations from other sources should be left alone to preserve their integrity. Conversions to metric units can be provided outside the quotation.


4

Topic: The Moon Why: The moon has played a big part in culture over the years, gaining legends about triggering strange behaviour, affecting crops and, of course, conspiracy theories about the moon landing. Example: Are more children born on the full-moon than other times of the month?


4

Topic: Herbalism Why: Because there are thousands of herbs, some of them work and some of them don't. And because there are thousands of sites like this... Example: Does basil prevent vomiting?, Does bay leaf help with cramps?, Does ginseng slow the ageing process?...


4

Topic: Ancient Egyptians Why: From mummies to pyramids to movies it seems that Ancient Egypt is rife with myths and legends. How many are true? Example: Tuthankhamun's curse: is it true that many of the people that opened Tut's tomb were killed in suspicious circumstances in a relatively short time frame?


4

The claims allowed are those that are notable now. If the claim still has a lot of people believing in it, then it's ok. If the claim is now only believed by an handful of people, then it's no longer a notable claim anymore. The actual date of the claim does not matter as long as it's still notable now. The policy regarding notability is in place to ...


4

The guideline, here, is the plausibility of belief (or disbelief). It's entirely possible that someone believes a call can only be traced if the caller does not hang up or even that an image can be enhanced. On the other hand, I'm highly skeptical anyone believes that English people go to work wearing bowler hats. It's clearly an exaggeration of reality. ...


4

The relevant FAQ entry about motivation questions is here and the discussion about it is here. Personally, I don't have a problem with your question, but if it is causing people to (mis)read it as question about motivations, you could tweak it to replace: Can anyone shed some light on whether or not it is actually banned, and if so, what the actual ...


Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible