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This has been changed, the limit for the number of links for new users is 50 on Skeptics right now instead of 2.


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I strongly disapprove of this suggestion. I only approve of the argument saying that 101 users should have the privilege to vote down. What is meant by "guest users" is users who just signed up on Skeptics Stack Exchange and got the 100 rep. association bonus. The problem is that the OP assumes that: All guest users (who just signed up and got the 100 ...


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First, you should clarify what you mean by "Fake News" sites. The "original" definition did not include The Onion, and certainly did not include CNN, however, people have recently co-opted the term to indicate any news article they believe (or wish) contained falsehoods. Generally, we avoid dealing with jokes, as they aren't notable claims. If someone ...


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This is a feature-request. It is worth understanding the status quo. First, we should understand that genuine, good faith, questions about the Holocaust are not taboo here. We have many examples, including at least one that goes directly to the claims of holocaust deniers: Has the Holocaust been exaggerated? That said, Skeptics.SE is not alone in the SE ...


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And any other 2k user can revert those edits. Any edit bumps the post to the frontpage, ensuring that it will be seen by other users. This works well enough that I don't see any reason to require explicit review by other users. This would just require a lot more work, with very little benefit.


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To be honest, I'm going to have to go against the grain and disagree on this one although with the caveat that I'm not sure that "Culture / Recreation" is the right category either. The reason why I don't think that "Science" is the best category is that while most of the focus of this site is on science related questions, we still welcome and address ...


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The limit is there intentional to discourage comments, and many previous requests to remove it have been declined by SE (e.g. this one). Most comments are not all that useful, lowering the barrier to comment would increase the number of comments, especially from users that don't really know much about the Q&A format. For a new user it isn't obvious when ...


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I agree with your proposal. Furthermore we should move philosophy to culture (philosophy is most certainly NOT a science).


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I use the statistics tag when someone is skeptical of statistical data. It doesn't look to me as it's a worse usage of a tag than, say, psychology, or alternative-medicine.


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Stack Exchange will actually periodically auto-save the last version of your answer and restore it when you re-visit the page. However, I wouldn’t rely on this mechanism. It’s mainly there as a security in case the browser crashes. In fact, I edit all my bigger answers in a text editor. Since the formatting is done in Markdown and is quite basic anyway, I ...


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I disagree: Skeptics is not about science. It covers a lot of topics. Sure, many of these topics are science, but there are also many that aren't. Out of the top 36 tags, at a glance, only half are related to science. More importantly, Skeptics.SE rejects a pure scientific approach. A pure scientific approach is explicitly off-topic on Skeptics.SE: “I did ...


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We can only edit the first section of the FAQ, all other sections are the same for all sites and we can't edit them. This sentence is not in the part of the FAQ that we mods can edit.


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Both of the examples you mention, do have a single answer, which is the one you just gave. They probably have multiple bad (partial) answers! I suggest in these cases to post a single answer merging the existing partial answers. Alternatively, edit the partial answers and make sure it is clear that it is a partial answer. For example "Relatively only to ...


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We're not going to be making any category changes at the moment. Our Area 51 categorization is admittedly a bit arbitrary, but I don't think Science makes any more sense for this site than Culture/Recreation does. Skepticism isn't really a science or an academic field. Rather it's a world view that happens to be really important to the scientific method. ...


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Personal contact might be more effective: less alienating, more explanatory - criticism, but constructive criticism. Personal contact (interaction with peers) is a reason why people post on the site. Personal contact lets you: Explain why a reference is necessary Hint at what sort of reference, or reference to what sort of fact, you want to see, for this ...


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I'm starkly against giving any topic special treatment unless there's a good reason to do so. "It's a sensitive topic, denialism is offensive", etc. is special pleading, not a reason to do this. Technical possibilities aside, I'd be in favor of this if targeting this topic (any topic, really) helped lower spam and trolling posts by a significant amount. We'...


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I agree with your proposal. It seems to me science describes this site better than culture or recreation.


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Anyone with at least 15 rep can "nominate" a post for deletion by flagging it. Mods won't necessarily oblige, but for truly abysmal answers it's a fair bet they'll at least take a hard look. Flags become part of an author's permanent record on the site - too many, and moderators may take action beyond just deleting bad posts. Anyone with at least 50 rep can ...


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I am limiting my discussion to answers posted on the main site. Answers posted on Meta, and questions on the main site having different meanings for downvotes. I don't have a strong opinion on this matter, but there are a few caveats that should be considered when evaluating the proposal above. Punitive to OP versus Warning to Others There is an ...


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One work-around is to publish the partial answer, and then delete it. You can continue to work on it in the deleted state (I believe) and then undelete it when ti is ready for viewing. In the deleted state, it will be visible to mods and to trusted users (>10 K rep), so even in this state, you should be careful not to include inappropriate content.


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I'm probably one of the "guilty" users, but I find the tag useful to note questions where the key evidence is or should be about the interpretation of statistical data. I don't think this makes it a meta-tag. Perhaps I just need to see a better explanation of why using it is a problem, or perhaps a better, clearer explanation of the concept of meta-tag. I ...


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While I agree with this proposal, the problem is it's been over five years and nothing's changed. That's why I'm going to give an answer for what you can do right now to help review posts with post notices. You can find all non-deleted answers with notices by searching hasnotice:yes is:a. Because this uses the regular search feature, you have different ...


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The list of questions that might already answer the question is important to find duplicates, I would not want to remove that one. It is certainly not perfect, but it works reasonably well in my experience. The huge number of questions you see in your screenshot is a known bug that was reported a while ago, that one obviously wasn't fixed here on Skeptics. ...


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One of the abilities Stack Exchange has as a platform is to raise informational banners for a given set of criteria, right? Similarly, we could probably do the check for links and pop up the informational banner then of "You have no links indicating references for your answer. We require references for answers here. If you have non-link references present, ...


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The better way to solve this in my opinion would be to enable the community to add and remove post notices themselves instead of relying on us diamond moderators. I have proposed a review queue for post notices already a while ago, and a similar queue for addition of post notices is the way I would solve this issue. What we could do automatically would be ...


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I agree with most, if not all, of that. In particular, one feature of Stack Exchange that has annoyed me since day 1 is the unchanging edit bar. Its content is relevant on Stack Overflow and other programming-related SEs. But nowhere else. In fact, people routinely abuse the `code` feature for quotation or emphasis. The UI shouldn’t encourage that. Rather, ...


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I agree with the Fabian's post and I totally disagree with what Konrad says in his answer here. The purpose of being a skeptic is to improve the net quality of information people are exposed to. Linking to pseudoscience, paranormal and other nonsense information gives that information a boost in Google and other search engines. This makes it more visible ...


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I've reversed the duplicates, as the closed question was older, had more votes and had an answer while the open one didn't have one. Moderators can merge questions, though that only makes sense if there are good answers on both duplicates.


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Good point. I too have had bounties expire. Given the exacting standards we have, it would be a good idea to see if we can expand the time-frame for bounties. Let me pass this along.


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