Oddthinking
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FAQ: Welcome to New Users
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This answer is written for new users of the Skeptics - Stack Exchange (or Skeptics.SE, for short) - especially those who have just asked or answered their first question, and have been surprised by ...

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Is "alt-facting" less defamatory than "lying"?
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I believe it is being used as a politically-charged way of calling someone a deliberate liar, so I am going to take action to edit it out, but I acknowledge I could be misreading a new word, so I have ...

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Non notable claims, made only on hate and or conspiracy sites, should be deleted
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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 ...

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What is a 'notable' claim?
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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 ...

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I'm resigning as a moderator
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I don't want to write a eulogy for a friend I hope to still see around the traps, but I do want to thank you for: setting the stage here for a successful community, training me up as a moderator, for ...

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If a claim is commonly accepted, does questioning it require a notable counter-claim?
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TL;DR: We should only demand evidence of notability in one direction, and accept genuine disbelief of the claim by the OP as being sufficiently notable in the other. Underlying your question is an ...

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Random claims from fantasy stories and movies
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I am not sure that a hard-and-fast "close all claims in movies" rule is appropriate here. Upon reflection, I think the issue is whether the writers of the movie are truly making the claim. I would ...

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Do moderators edit people's questions and answers here?
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Welcome to Skeptics Stack Exchange! Like all Stack Exchanges, editing of questions and answers is encouraged for all users, not just moderators. The tour explains: Our goal is to have the best ...

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Are men more likely to delete a post because a woman answered?
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I suspect you are not entirely genuine in your motives, but I am answering so other people reading can see that there is nothing behind this claim. You have answered a total of two questions on this ...

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FAQ: Must all questions be notable?
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I would suggest our policy is similar in principle to Wikipedia: Skeptics.SE is about addressing notable claims. References in questions are unlike references in answers: References in answers are ...

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Should we get rid of the tag [sex-perverts]?
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I agree. I edited it out of the question. I believe it will be automatically cleaned up, eventually, if it isn't used.

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Those edits from me flooding the feed
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Pushing questions and answers to the top of the feed with trivial edits is frowned upon. There are mechanisms to warn moderators when it is happening, and we can take a number of actions, including ...

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Permanently banning user/question?
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Further to @Sklivvz's response: Please do flag the post as rude or abusive or spam (as appropriate). Six votes from the community will nuke the question (delete and lock) and ban the IP ...

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[donald-trump], you're fired!
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My first reaction to this was: we should use tags to help people to deliberately search for questions that interest them and to have serendipitous discoveries of other related questions. I have used ...

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How to confront meaningless woo?
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Please do NOT merely assert that something is meaningless woo. There are many sites that permit people to stridently assert their unreferenced opinions on the scientific status of claims. Skeptics.SE ...

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How come there isn't a section on here for the paranormal? But there's one for skepticism?
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This question wasn't on topic on Skeptics.StackExchange.com, so I moved it to Meta. However, it isn't really on topic here either! Your question has three parts. (1) A question about why there is ...

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Does ten year network wide bans involve consultation with other moderators?
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The network-wide suspension was not performed by the moderators of this site. We do not have the power to inflict network-wide suspensions. It was performed by Community Managers working for Stack ...

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Anti-semitic question in hot questions list
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Your question touches on a lot of related issues. Are there taboo topics for Skeptics.SE? None have been found yet and race questions are explicitly permitted by the community. The question should ...

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Community Promotion Ads - 2014
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Moderator is allowing name calling without intervention
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Comment posted: 2020-10-16 19:46:22Z Flag raised: 2020-10-16 19:47:34Z Meta-Question posted: 2020-10-17 03:54:53Z Comment deleted: 2020-10-17 05:39:49Z Ten hours is a perfectly acceptable response ...

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May I cite a single article?
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Here's how personally I see it: We have a range of sources of information, in which we put a differing amount of trust. Here is a rough ordering. (I am sure it could be debated and enhanced, but it ...

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Why does spam have to "not disclose the author's affiliation"?
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I suspect (without providing any evidence) this wording is a hangover from StackOverflow, where they wanted to avoid: The best library for embedding Rust in your COBOL is COBOLᴙUST. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ It does ...

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Should we distinguish between "Did a person make a claim?" and "Is the claim true?"
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I think this question is about a balance between two competing issues: We don't want people using the site to subtly push their political/commercial agendas in a way that evades proper scrutiny. We ...

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How to prove notability when addressing a claim very common within an internet subculture that doesn't have a clear notable person making the claim?
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There are several reasons for the requirement for notability. We don't want to waste our time on claims invented by a couple of drunk guys at a bar. "My buddy reckons a tiger could beat a ...

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Add "is from fake news site" to list of close flags (distinct from "no notable claim")
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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 ...

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Biblical claim isn't notable? Really?
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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 the purpose of the Skeptics area on Stack Exchange?
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Mmmm, I loved the smell of trolling in the morning. The help page, which you should have read before you posted explains what we are about. The Welcome to New Users page, which is commonly found ...

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Community Promotion Ads - 2014
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