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Are religious questions on-topic?
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I would personally consider pure religious question off-topic here. We can't extend our focus indefinitely, and many of those questions are more about faith than about science. Religion is a topic ...

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Should doxxing be allowed here?
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26 votes

The following section in the terms of service would apply here: Under no circumstances will Subscriber use the Network or the Service to (a) [...] (b) harass, threaten, stalk or abuse any person ...

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Remove number of links restriction for new users
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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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Discussion about requiring references for all claims
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I would personally not upvote answers that make significant claims that are completely uncited. I might make an exception for claims that I know to be true, but then I would probably add the reference ...

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FAQ: Must all answers be referenced?
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20 votes

Wikipedia has had a huge influence over the development of Stack Exchange. This is another instance where we steal page from Wikipedia's book. After all, why reinvent the wheel? The Wikipedia ...

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What is with the Zionist censorship of skeptics.se?
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The question is not about Zionism, the parts we moderators edited out are not relevant for the question. We did get multiple complaints about your post, and in response to them edited out the opinion ...

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I am disappointed by the hostility of this community
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I can understand why you feel that the reactions are hostile, but they are really not meant this way. Closing a question is not meant to be personal. The problem is just that your question is very ...

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List of useful sources for Skeptics.SE
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Reliable sources The following are sources that are accepted as valid sources to justify your statements, sorted by category. It is by no means an exhaustive list of the accepted sources. General The ...

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Politically motivated deletion of answer
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We require citations for all important claims in our answers, answers that do not fulfill this requirement are deleted. Usually we give you some time before deleting so that you can add the citations, ...

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Deletion of deep hot biosphere answer
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There are several problems with that answer: It uses the same source that is questioned to answer the question. The question is skeptical about Gold's claims, using his book to prove that he is right ...

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Are magic tricks in scope?
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I'd say it's only on-topic if the performing magician is claiming that it is not a trick. Uri Geller claims he has supernatural powers, debunking his tricks is clearly on-topic. Stage magicians that ...

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Too much censorship in this community?
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At this moment, 19 out of 166 questions are closed. This means that nearly 90% of the asked questions are following the rules, and we also have a very good ratio of answered questions at 96%. So we ...

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Can we ban 9/11 conspiracy stuff?
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Just add 9-11 to your ignored tags and set your account preferences to "hide ignored tags" if you don't want to see them. This will hide any 9/11 question from you. I don't think we should prohibit ...

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Math does not need to be cited or sourced
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The math itself does not need any reference, if it is trivial enough for lay people to follow, which I think is the case in the answer you mention. Though in most cases I would at least expect a ...

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What’s the “elevator pitch” for our site?
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[citation needed], shamelessly stolen from Wikipedia, could be part of our motto or tagline. Some part should reflect that we don't just want some answer, we want to see the evidence.

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Changes instant edits to suggested edits
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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 ...

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Is it ok to ask a question and provide your own answer?
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Answering your own questions is perfectly fine and even encouraged. But in addition to the general SE position on this, most communities are more critical of self-answered questions than otherwise. ...

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Questions on black people (or other colour) should be allowed ?
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Unfortunately many claims one might encounter are very vague and use imprecise terminology. It would be nice if all questions here would be well-defined and precisely formulated, but that is just an ...

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Should "downvotes" require comments to actually count at Skeptics?
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This gets asked on Meta.Stackoverflow roughly once every week (see one example here with links to other examples). The specifics vary, but every request to somehow force users to explain their ...

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Closing is replacing downvoting
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9 votes

The problem with leaving an unclear question open is that it accumulates answers that most likely won't fit anymore once the question is clarified. And changing a question in a way that makes existing ...

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Discussion about requiring references for all claims
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I think we should strongly encourage users to cite all significant claims they make in their answers. But I don't think we need citations for basic science, say around high school level. Citations are ...

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Skeptics updated site theme is ready for testing!
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So, what's the idea behind the new design? I don't like to be that negative, but the experience with our very first design has shown that holding back criticism of a new design only delays the ...

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How should we enforce notability?
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When is a claim notable? The definition of notable claims is provided by another FAQ answer. How should we enforce notability? The easiest way to demonstrate notability is to explicitly cite a notable ...

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Do links proving notability have to be in English?
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8 votes

I don't see any problems with this, though you should provide a translation of the important part containing the claim. You post needs to be understandable by someone only speaking english, but ...

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Vindictive Downvoting?
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8 votes

I'm only seeing 2 very recent downvotes, which amounts to only -4 reputation. If someone would serial-downvote your posts, we moderators could see that and intervene. We don't see specific votes, but ...

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Does asking about a factual claim act as endorsement of the claim's context?
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When asking about a particular claim here, we always present that claim to the audience here on the site, and sometimes also the entire SE network. We're essentially distributing the claim to more ...

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Promoting Skeptics.SE
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Bloggers: PZ Myers on Pharyngula Orac on Respectful Insolence Phil Plait on Bad Astronomer (already gave us coverage) Ben Goldacre on Bad Science Cory Doctorow on BoingBoing Skepchick Twitterers: ...

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Remove 50 rep requirement for comments
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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 ...

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My answer was deleted for lack of references
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We've reversed the burden of proof here on this site compared to the common expectation by Skeptics. We require our answerers to disproof even far-fetched claims, while Skeptics generally argue that ...

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So what happened with Hats? Did we opt out?
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7 votes

Hats are enabled for Skeptics, at least I see the Winter Bash link in the top left and some hats on user profiles. I'm not sure if you need to have at least one hat somewhere for this link to appear, ...

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