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A claim is 'notable' when a significant number of people believe it is true. Claims of the kind "I once heard" or "my friend told me" are not notable if your friend is the only one actually believing the claim. Naturally, a notable claim will have many mentions doing a quick Google search. When Google does not seem to return examples of it, we need to ...


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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 ...


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The general rule for answers is that: Every answer should be suitable for review and voting by our community of experts in evaluating evidence. Answers which require non-trivial specialist expertise or are anecdotal in nature are not acceptable due to the nature of this community. One of the premises of skepticism is the application of the scientific ...


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The general rule for answers is that: It is up to the answerer to provide valid, verifiable and potentially replicable evidence, and to show convincingly that it is relevant to the question. Every answer should be suitable for review and voting by our community of experts in evaluating evidence. Answers which require non-trivial specialist expertise or are ...


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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.


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I'd say there should be one exception to the use of metric units: when the question or answer is inherently tied to a non-metric system of measurement. For example, someone asking about the US recommendation of "8 8-fluid-ounce glasses of water a day" would not need to translate it into "8 235 ml glasses of water" before asking, and an answer to a question ...


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