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First, I sympathise with anyone who wants but can't get access to the scientific literature because it is locked up behind a paywall. Arguments for citing research I think we are looking for well-reasoned answers. Many of the questions on this site can best be answered with reference to empirical research that has explicitly examined a particular ...


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I think that Jeromy Anglim makes some good points and provides good exceptions for not citing research. I think there are more. For example, sometimes the answer is well entrenched research. It's OK to expect naīve readers to be able to do an internet search on something like, "Stroop effect," as long as it's use is generally clear. However, I am a bit ...


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I read your post, but I wasn't entirely clear about what your question is, but I'll focus on your main title question: "Is cognitive sciences stack exchange scientific?" The site is scientific in several respects: most of the users with the most reputation have scientific qualifications in cognitive sciences answers that get upvoted tend to have a ...


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Regarding referring to personal experience in answers: I've seen answers which incorporate personal experience along with stronger scientific sources, resulting in a stronger, more palpable answer overall. However, I have yet to encounter a valid answer which solely refers to personal experience. In essence, this would also contradict the Q&A format, ...


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There's no need to transfer the comment or make a new answer; the old, edited answer can be restored, though it requires a moderator. Just flag the deleted post to be undeleted, explain in the flag (use the Other) option that you think you've fixed the problem which caused the post to be deleted. You can't personally undelete an answer deleted by a ...


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I am glad to see this question brought up. I would like to take the opportunity to emphasize that our site is the Cognitive Sciences site on the Stack Exchange Network. Running the risk of stating the obvious here, this means two things: It's a Scientic Site For one, as the sciences are part of the name of the site, both, answers and questions should ...


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I think the object is to provide correct answers. The fact that an answer has passed the "peer review" of intelligent people like ourselves should give credence to the fact that it is indeed correct to the best of our understandings. If there is a particular point in which someone has doubt or it is suspected that someone else may have doubt, that point ...


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It is my opinion, speaking as a community member and not as a moderator, that duplicate answers are OK as long as they are indeed two separate individual contributions and were both posted independently of each other in a relatively short timespan, or, if the later answer adds a significant contribution which the earlier answer does not have. To quote some ...


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Good point. I think Biology SE has a higher level of 'scientificness' in that the users actively encourage the use of citations in answers by downvoting those that don't. Also, consistently commenting on those answers that lack proper citations helps. Promoting the use of citations to articles and not wiki pages (although admittedly I use wikipedia pages in ...


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As a new user, you have unfortunately seen some of your posts been scrutinized, put on hold, or even deleted altogether. At the time of this writing you haven't received any badges yet on the main site, and for a struggling new user like you it's definitely time to earn the informed badge. All you have to do is go through a quick tour. It's going to be ...


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Wikipedia maintains a list of academic databases and search engines, including the topic areas covered by this stack. Additionally, it may be beneficial to describe how to determine if a given source is valid. Valid sources should be: Evidence-based. The easiest example of this are primary sources, such as scientific (peer-reviewed) journal articles ...


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What about Wikipedia? Some express that Wikipedia should only be used as supportive resources, as it is volatile for edit and frequently circularly referenced. However, for terminology questions, I feel that it is suffice. Frequently such questions are asked from non-professional, and citing journal papers may be overkill. In this example question, the OP ...


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I wanted to add to the discussion from the point of view of an amateur to psychology. In some of my questions, I have described a certain logical reasoning, mentioned a hypothesis that I reached, and then asked for a verification (or refutation) of the hypothesis posed. Now, while answering with research papers and references is great, but in their ...


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The first rule is that you should quote and attribute any direct quotations. There may also be limits on what size of quotation represents fair use. These two issues are important from an ethical and legal perspective. Attribution is also useful to the reader. Then there is the perspective of what makes a good answer. In general, the voting mechanism sorts ...


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Beta statistics I don't think this influences the site's beta statistics. I think the rule is that a question has an "answer" for beta purposes if it has one literal answer with net votes of +1 or more. Personal thoughts about accepted answers Personally, I'm not too fussed about whether OPs accept answers or not. Ultimately, I think that votes are a ...


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New answer notification proposal: I tried to keep the lengths identical (8 lines). Thanks for contributing an answer to Cognitive Sciences - Stack Exchange! The best response to a Cognitive Science - Stack Exchange question answers the question, the whole question, and nothing but the question. Please consider these questions: Is my response a self-...


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These sites are reputable and I would use as a reference. I have made this a Community Wiki Answer, please edit to include more. Note that this is not a whitelist. This is just suggestions if you need a site and want to know that at least one other person approves. Please use citation not inline link style. Although the NHS do very good reviews of research, ...


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Unscientific Opinion: The problem with opinion should be obvious: Everyone has one, and that doesn't help users get answers. We already ban questions that solicit opinions, so it stands to reason that we should ban opinion-based answers. One question that has come up is: Why are the opinions of experts more valid than the opinions of lay people? The answer,...


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As our site grows, so will the number of questions that overlap. That's fine, and they deserve their own place in our site. If they are near exact copies, however, they need to be closed as dupes. In the comments I see you advocate for leaving them open, hence I conclude you think they are different. If they are different indeed, then they deserve a ...


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I don't know why that post was edited in that I cannot see inside the head of the moderator who edited it, but I can see one possibility: your joke could have been (I would presume unintentionally) perceived as insulting to some individuals who might pursue the activities mentioned to relieve anxiety, because "procrastination" has almost exclusively a ...


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I think we try and clean up the bad answers as we would with current questions with poor answers. It may well increase our unanswered questions stats, but the answers provided here will be good answers which can be relied upon.


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Thank you for highlighting this, Ooker! I looked at all the questions you linked to, and personally find them sufficiently different. However, "Why we forgot what we read when we sit in the exam?" should be closed regardless, since it violates many of our minimum expectations. Certainly, it could be considered a duplicate, but the OP hardly provided any ...


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I agree that this issue needs sorting in some way, but there is a problem using the low-quality flag approach when we have answers upvoted by others as the low-quality flag isn't given as an option. The question arises whether a separate flag can be created in the first selection list for sites like us and MedicalSciences without affecting non-scientific ...


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No, we don't want copy-and-paste answers, especially if they are links to wikipedia. If your answer is just a copy-and-paste of wikipedia or the abstract of an article then just give that link as a comment, not as an answer. Copy-and-pastes are almost never good answers (with the exception of asking what some historical figure thought on something, or a ...


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As @JeromyAnglim pointed out, a case that's literally of the sort you've described poses legal problems. I assume Meta Stack Overflow has its own policy about plagiarism, and I hope the moderators here know it and know (better than I would) what to do if they see plagiarism. As for users like me, I'd say it's sort of a matter of personal discretion whether ...


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I agree. I'd like to make this a red flashing warning on all scientific boards. After some accident I'd make that a flashing <H1> on chemistry.stackeschange.com where wrong advice can kill you if you're naive enough to trust it.


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