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Biblical claim isn't notable? Really?

Wikipedia explains the term "straw man": A straw man is a common form of argument and is an informal fallacy based on giving the impression of refuting an opponent's argument, while actually ...
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What is a good stack exchange where to learn about skepticism?

You are correct that this site is not for learning about scientific skepticism. In fact it's a place to apply it. However, scientific skepticism is different from rational debate. It is a discipline ...
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Should translated quotes be bilingual?

It's important to give both versions (i.e. including the original non-English version) in an answer, when the answer depends on the exact meaning or exact phrasing: for example here, here, and here. ...
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Can you reopen the "Gotthard Base Tunnel Opening Ceremony" question?

Title My first reaction on seeing the title 'Is there explanation other than “Satanic ritual” for the Gotthard Base Tunnel Opening Ceremony?' was that the form of the question in the title is not ...
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Why question about tax rate for top 1% deleted

The question would be perfectly fine, so long as notability and being fleshed out a bit was improved. The problem in this instance was the user. Verified by a few methods only available to moderators, ...
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9 votes

A request to remove a hold and stop a potential edit war

At the moment of writing, the question has been reverted, with a couple of changes. I think the original question was poorly written - hence my extensive edits. I explain the process here: The ...
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Is this question brutally gratuitous and therefore intolerable?

The question should stand. Its in scope and I can't support censorship just because a topic is potentially upsetting. See also the english.se policy on questions about profanity.
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Is this answer about illegal immigrants supported by its evidence?

I think this is an example of a very bad answer. In my opinion, this questions is important and hard, so it requires hard data to back up the answer. I have seen no such data. This is why I ...
9 votes

Should we follow the international date format standard?

The simplest option is to just write out the date as "[month name] [day], [year]" or "[day] of [month name], [year]", rather than following a standard that is ambiguous if you don't know the standard ...
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Answer on my post should not have been deleted

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 ...
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7 votes

Myanmar: A viable topic?

Apart from the normal requirements of a specific claim and notability (i.e. that many people believe the claim), we also have a restriction on events that are so recent that there has been ...
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Is writing code to parse data original research and therefore inappropriate as an answer?

Banning "Original Research" My impression is the community has (or should) scale back on the ban on "non-trivial" original research—it doesn't seem to be mentioned in the Help section, though there ...
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Is this question brutally gratuitous and therefore intolerable?

As the OP, I'll add my two cents. Sexual abuse is an unpleasant subject. It isn't the only unpleasant subject dealt with. For example, the holocaust has been the subject of some questions. If you ...
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Can we fix the Amish/Vaccination/Autism question?

So, now we have an answer eviscerating the Olmsted article... that wasn't part of the OP's question. We, as a community, added an article for notability, focussed the question on that answer, and then ...
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Answer on my post should not have been deleted

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 ...
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Biblical claim isn't notable? Really?

When there is a dispute that a question is notable or not, there's always an easy way to fix it. If a claim is notable, many people believe it. If many people believe it, some will be repeating this ...
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Incorrectly and arbitrarily deleted answer for being alleged as "theoretical"

I didn't delete the answer, but likely would have had I seen it first. The question was: Were 1 in 6 protesters at the 1968 DNC FBI agents? The only sourced part of your answer was that the FBI ...
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5 votes

Why is the mass-shooting question locked/closed?

The question According to the banner, the question is locked because there's "dispute over the content". I don't see how it's possible that the question's content is disputed, because the question......
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Is this answer about illegal immigrants supported by its evidence?

I'm going to answer a slightly different question. Not "Is this acceptable?" but "Why haven't I taken any moderator action to delete it?" The general policy on references is that they are required, ...
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Can the admin please check my account for an instance of serial down voting?

The serial downvotes have been invalidated.
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Biblical claim isn't notable? Really?

The Bible involves miracles. Of course with miracles anything could happen. The Bible isn't claiming that Jonah could survive in a fish without a miracle for 3 days any more than it is saying ...
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Is writing code to parse data original research and therefore inappropriate as an answer?

The programmer in me loves this answer. The skeptics mod hates it. You do indeed need to be an expert (in this case a programmer, and an expert on naming) to ascertain whether the method used is ...
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Improving the question regarding 'surgery results based on gender'

I am loathe to repeat the extensive explanation given in chat. But basically, there is no notable claim in doubt here. It appears that everyone agrees: There was a study. It found a correlation, not ...
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Why is the Charlie Brown question closed?

Chris, I personally closed it for lack of notability. I didn't see this as something widely believed to be an actual Peanuts comic by Charles Schultz. In all the instances of this picture being ...
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Why is this question on hold and marked as primarily opinion based?

The opinion comes in when you ask "Does this sound like AUM?" Some people may hear a similarity, and others won't. Like I commented on the question, all three samples in the video sound very different ...
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4 votes

Relevant comments keep disappearing

I wasn't a moderator involved - so I can't directly respond to motivations, but I can address some side issues. Was this "unilateral moderator action"? Well, in a way, all comment deletions are ...
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How should we fix the IDF children casualty question?

Given the current indecision on how to fix it, and that any choice will either invalidate some answers or invalidate some votes by changing its perceived meaning, I propose to close it as "unclear ...
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Is this question brutally gratuitous and therefore intolerable?

Apparently moderators don't object to the topic, so there's no use in flagging it. It's probably better to avoid closing topics for reasons that are idiosyncratic, especially without moderator ...
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Is this answer about illegal immigrants supported by its evidence?

I do not have an opinion on the question that triggered this meta question. Or, I do not wish to express an opinion on that here. I really do not have an opinion on the verity of the answer that ...
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Reopen question about Obama vs Trump immigration bans

I'm not strongly opposed to reopening (and if you get 4 more re-open votes, it will be done without me), but I am not excited by this question. It asks about "similarities", which is ultimately ...
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