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There is a broad question here which has been touched on by meta-questions before, including another recent meta-question: What is the best way to treat spurious claims from sources that regularly produce spurious claims? Let me tackle that broader question, and present the arguments from both sides: Why to ban such discussion: There are many reasons to ...


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On this questions and answers site we expect all answers to provide links or pointers to solid, verifiable evidence -- especially if your answer goes against commonly accepted history. In particular, Nazi revisionism is (for all I know) anti-historical, and hence completely inappropriate here. I might be wrong, though. If so, edit your answer, provide ...


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There's a very large grey line between a legitimate question and the trolling kind of nonsense you're talking about. Making a policy to try and weed out those trolling questions will create more problems than fix. After all the prime effort of trolling is to post something offensive while still obeying the rules. Further there's no reason to be scared of ...


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Your question asks if Twitter has a double standard. The substance of the deleted answer was some details about a research project nicknamed "Truthy" from Indiana University, that tried to detect misinformation on Twitter. It had nothing to do with Twitter's moderation policies. The answer in no way addressed the question, and off-topic answers aren't ...


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I was not involved in the act, however I want to publicly support it. The post was not answering the question, at least not directly. Maybe the OP wanted to show evidence that Truthy had an influence on Twitter and that the influence was statistically significant, and that there are no other similar "influencers" with different political biases compensating....


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By massively deleting flawed, downvoted or wrong answers, you're taking away the opportunity for the answerer to improve their answer if there is a dissenting viewpoint that someone may not have initially addressed in their question, or in the community voted answer. Disagree. We have no mechanism way of "closing" an answer in a way that other people can ...


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Skeptics.SE, like a number of Stack Exchange websites, has roomba, which will automatically delete many low quality questions. If the question is more than 30 days old, and ... has −1 or lower score has no answers is not locked If the question is more than 365 days old, and ... has a score of 0, or a score of 1 in case of deleted owner ...


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Let's start with the focus of this site. It isn't for subjective discussion.. It isn't for sharing political opinions.. If your answer is based around what option is better, or what social ill is most important, it doesn't belong here. Subjective discussions and political opinions are important too. But, they aren't on-topic here. Please do have them, ...


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Two years later - Yes, it feels like it. (Answering in an answer, because apparently I can't tell the difference. Amidoinitrite.) It would be nice (SE-wide) to have a user-notification of this. I can believe that at least some of my 'output' that's been deleted deserved it, but it could be useful (really - comforting yes, but also useful) to know what ...


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In this case I think the answer did provide additional evidence that's helpful and I would support undeleting it. Research itself isn't bad and questions about whether or not a image is real just don't have peer reviewed papers that you can cite.


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Another suggestion, if it's your question or answer, is to perform an edit on it to address any particular weaknesses brought up. Once that is done you can also post on meta, and hopefully someone can address it for you. :)


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How do you successfully challenge a moderators deletion of a question/answer? Post a meta discussion describing the question/answer (remember, not everyone will have sufficient reputation to see the original), and ask whether it should be undeleted. You can then post an answer to your meta question, outlining why you think it should be undeleted. Quite ...


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To address one of your concerns If they hadn't intervened and simply commented, I would have had the opportunity to address any concerns and improve my answer. You still have the opportunity to address the concerns, and improve your answer. The only difference is that while you're doing so, in a deleted state, you will not accumulate negative votes.


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Answers in Genesis is not a reputable source. We know that for certain for topics like evolution, there are plenty of posts on this site and others that show this. A random website is not a reliable source, and Answers in Genesis is actually worse than a random website as we know of plenty of wrong claims made on that site. It's a website that is well-...


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The idea is to stop nuking comments as soon as the question gets out of the HNQL (that is, hopefully soon). I've tried to leave one constructive comment now, let's see if that works! My expectation though is that as people post less constructive stuff, and it gets nuked, we will be accused of bias, but I'd love to be proven wrong :-) To give you an idea of ...


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As the author of one of the deleted answers: My answer didn't address specific merits of fracking but focused on the point that fracking increased the oil supply to a degree which made it a global game changer; or rather, a global game perpetuation mechanism. That claim was actually referenced with a direct quote from a IAEE publication. The real ...


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In general I agree with you. I'd like to point out that this should not be a unilateral moderator action, but a community action. we have 25+ users that can vote to delete questions. They should be doing so. When moderators close posts, the community at large can still discuss and reopen. Deleting posts basically ends the discussion, beyond 10,000+ ...


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I've reviewed the deletion. While I disagree with the other moderator that your post does not answer the question, I think it has other big issues that you need to address before I am willing to restore it: None of your sources address correlation explicitly, but you conclude that "she's quite possibly right". You need to support that with a reference. The ...


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Your answer contains a lot of text, but the actual answer you give is only contained in the first paragraph: Yes, we have manuscript evidence of the New Testament originals. They are physically spread out in multiple libraries (e.g. Chester Beatty, American theological seminaries and university libraries such as Duke and Princeton) and private collections ...


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I was the moderator that removed all three answers. The whole issue was brought up by one moderator in our chat room, that moderator didn't declare which action they favor (deletion was one of the possible actions they brought up). I wrote that I would tend to remove all the answer because they're original research, and later another moderator recommended to ...


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An answer like yours is a model of how the system works. That means: if the model is applicable, then the answer is correct. What is missing is proof that the model is applicable with any generality. In order to prove that one could... go and measure the emitted radiation -- which is all that is needed to answer the question, coincidentally. Of course I am ...


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Your answer starts with: It all depends on how you measure "profit per customer". and then proceeds to explain the difference between "calculating it based on total profit vs total passengers" and "Unit Contribution Margin", which is also linked to its Wikipedia definition. Nowhere in your answer you touch specifically on the subject of US Airlines ...


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This question has quickly spiralled into discussions of tone, how people reacted, how other questions were answers, etc., which I want to avoid if I can, and come back to basics. The question is not "How can that be true if they still make profit when offering cheaper fares?" The in-scope questions here are practically always the same: Is this notable claim ...


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This site is different than the other SE sites. This site is not about a specific topic, but about a certain way of answering questions. Pretty much anything can be on-topic here, which is part of the strength of this site, but also it's greatest weakness. We don't have experts for everything here on the site, this makes the usual mechanism of dealing with ...


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Just to present the opposite opinion and allow actual community consensus to be formed here: You're absolutely right. Wrong answers should get elaborate comments by active users (such as the other moderators answering here) explaining why they are wrong. The community should next vote to the best of it's ability in deciding what they think of the answer, ...


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Here's the full motivation, hope it helps you fix your answer. This question had a factual, referenced answer. Now it has a deleted, factual, referenced answer. It had an answer with 3 links, of which two to wikipedia and one to an opinion blog post followed by 157 people. This cannot possibly support 10 paragraphs of text, where you present five ...


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You say that: People delete answers they do not agree with for political or religious reasons. Then going on saying that: My answer was based on that research and my own but was deleted for obvious reasons. You are claiming that moderators delete posts because they go against their religion and political affiliation. That is absolutely wrong and I ...


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I think it is better to leave it closed and undeleted, because then anyone can see and edit it, if they have a notable source.


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