Robert Cartaino
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Was the spirit of the narwhal question off topic?
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Either way you pose your question, it would be closed as "off topic." In your first version — Questions are considered an issue of "skepticism" when you are questioning the accuracy of a public ...

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Should "downvotes" require comments to actually count at Skeptics?
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Really, on Skeptics? — I'm having a hard time understanding the logic that an up-vote should be taken at face value while a down-vote somehow requires some type of justification… ...

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How much trust can we put in an answer on a website where people vote on the answers?
6 votes

As with anything you read, there is a degree of responsibility on the part of the reader. If it turns out that the sky really isn't blue, no amount of voting is going to rout that out. Voting isn't a ...

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Cross posting on different SE sites: faux pas?
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There are somewhat rare cases where you may benefit by asking different groups of users a similar question, because the context of their expertise will provide a different perspective. But if you ...

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When People submit a question, does StackExchange have a method of checking duplicates like Digg?
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Sure! Try it for yourself. When you type in the title of your question, the system automatically suggests a list of possible duplicates. It's pretty slick. As a matter of fact— Super-Secret ...

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If not enough traffic is generated will skeptics.SE be shutdown?
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Just to build on (and add an exclamation point to) Borror0's answer — AI was NOT closed because of a lack of traffic. The the AI blog post discusses that it wasn't the size of the site that was ...

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Is there *really* a reason why so many questions *really* need to include the word 'really'?
32 votes

Whether it is inadvertent or intentional, what the author is doing is adding a bias to the question. In courtroom parlance, that is called "leading the witness." It's a way to guide those being ...

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Too much censorship in this community?
27 votes

The "quality content" you were excited about comes from the hard work of this community behind the scenes. It doesn't just happen spontaneously. This site is brand new. It would be nice if ...

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Pick one: Vaccines or Anti-Vaccination?
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12 votes

The subject of those questions is vaccines. Saying anti-vaccination doesn't suggest a different subject; It only asserts a position on the issue, which should be avoided. Otherwise, the whole tagging ...

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Too broad tags like science and pseudo-science
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3 votes

Yes, certainly. Remove these types of tags. There are two types of tags which are explicitly discouraged: meta-tags and redundant tags. Meta-tags are a problem because they do not tell you what the ...

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FAQ: When is it appropriate to "be a dick" on Skeptics?
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119 votes

"Bunch of dicks" equals a failed site. It's really as simple as that. Be nice. Treat others with the same respect you’d want them to treat you. We’re all here to learn together. Be tolerant ...

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