The main point of this post is to gain consensus about how to tackle pseudoscience or questionable practices in the future, ideally without decimating new users.
I ask this out of personal experience:
My introduction to Psychology SE was a bit of a trial by fire. I genuinely did not realise that EFT or Emotional Freedom Technique was so controversial and was in the "pseudoscience" camp so to speak. The journal articles I referred to were retrieved from PubMed which I believed to be reliable.
While looking for help on Meta, I discovered that this debate on pseudoscience has reoccurred for several topics and it does not feel resolved to me:
- The issue whether Freud psychology should be considered a pseudoscience.
- Whether NLP should even have a tag as it may give NLP legitimacy - NLP tag "dispute" resolution.
Concretely, if we can can get some consensus on how to best handle pseudoscience questions, could we update or include this in the Code of Conduct or Expected Behaviour Guidelines?