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How to handle 'arguments from authority'

When it comes to identifying the "argument from authority" fallacy, then there is one thing one needs to pay attention to: Is the author using the authority as a source for a fact or for an opinion? ...
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Should answers without references be removed by the mods?

No, answers should not be removed just because they lack references. Not all answers here will require references and we can find good answers without them. If an answer needs references it can be ...
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Why has my post on Maximal Wage Policies been accused of plaigarism when I've explicitly acknowledged Wikipedia as a source

When quoting from an external source, then you should: Make clear what's copied from the external source and what's your own work. You can do that by marking it as a blockquote (> before each ...
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Is it appropriate to flag unreferenced answers making extraordinary claims?

Basically, flags should be used to signal moderators about severe problems that, indeed, require the moderator's intrusion — usually, by deletion the offending post. So your question turns into "is ...
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Why do we need references?

One important property of a good answer is that people have reason to be confident in its correctness. We need a reason to believe that the answerer's premises and reasoning are valid, and ...
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Is it OK to use other SE sites answers as context for asking questions on Politics.SE?

I don't think it matters how you establish context for your questions. The criticism in the comments is about the content you referred to, not that you referred to another SE answer rather than some ...
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Why is a factual statement about Trump, backed by wikipedia articles, labeled "personal opinion" by a mod?

If you look at the second sentence it appears to be the problem. The GOP elected Donald Trump as presidential candidate and continues to stand by him. To sane non-cynicists, Trump is unacceptable on ...
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Why do we need references?

References help avoid needless disputes, and are appropriate whenever users are relaying facts, findings, and ideas which did not originate with them. References are very useful, since a user might ...
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Should answers without references be removed by the mods?

Providing links as sources for further information is always appreciated. But I think that not all questions strictly require answers with references. Sometimes a "common knowledge" or "...
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Does stackexchange have any standard for sources?

Does stackexchange have any guidelines regarding acceptable sources? Not really. politics.SE doesn't even have a strict requirement to use any sources in answers, though they are recommended (see ...
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Problem on our hands

In a subsequent comment to your question, you mention this other question, saying: The problem is worsening. [...] not only the question is incoherent but the answers aren't much better either To ...
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Should SOME speculative questions be allowed in some very narrow set of circumstances?

Should SOME speculative questions be allowed in some very narrow set of circumstances? No. This is Stack Exchange. It works so darn well because it adheres to some basic tenets, norms and guidelines, ...
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Why is a factual statement about Trump, backed by wikipedia articles, labeled "personal opinion" by a mod?

I'd say the answer is a bit of an edge case. On the one hand, there is a reasonable line of thought. Trump has promoted a number of conspiracies and falsehoods (supported by your well-referenced ...
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How to handle 'arguments from authority'

Disclaimer: I was involved in the quoted discussion, this particular comment was addressed to me. I agree with Philipp's answer: such answers/comments should be downvoted. I would like to add that I ...
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Should answers without references be removed by the mods?

I agree with JoeW's answer that No, answers should not be removed just because they lack references. And if one feels that moderator action is required, Stack Exchange already provides several ...
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Should questions based on assumptions require references?

Questions based on assumptions do not require references, but good questions should include references. In other words, when the assumptions in the question are not obvious, ask for references. And if ...
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Should questions based on assumptions require references?

No, we should not required for the simple fact that if someone is asking a question about something they are unlikely going to be able to find references for this. If there is a question that appears ...
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How biased can sources be, before they aren't considered useful references here?

I suggest the following: If the source isn't a mainstream media or a reputed institute, and suspect, ask the author to inform the reader about the potential bias. (For example, instead of "XYZ ...
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How biased can sources be, before they aren't considered useful references here?

It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it. Upton Sinclair I don't think we need lists of allowed/prohibited sources, but people posting ...
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Does stackexchange have any standard for sources?

Ideally, we rely on gamification to encourage people to use good sources. If your sources are bad, then people (should) downvote. If your sources are good, people (should) upvote. Moderators are ...
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Why do we need references?

Thanks for joining us on Meta! Why we reference All stacks have an on-going concern with providing high-quality answers to users. Accordingly, every Stack I've seen uses the back-it up principle. ...
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Which information needs additional references?

Based on the feedback I've received on my own answers, I've started thinking of it like this: If something is cited, then the poster is merely passing on information. They are responsible only for ...
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How biased can sources be, before they aren't considered useful references here?

Personally, I would tend to discount both sources and look for more neutral ones when making references. And, at least, primarily refer to news sources. Not organizations with a particular goal. Or, ...
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How biased can sources be, before they aren't considered useful references here?

Another suggestion: use Vote to Delete more often on material that's plain disinfo like fake quotes and the like. It's more complicated when it comes to "spin" articles that are not plain ...
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How biased can sources be, before they aren't considered useful references here?

I don't have a full answer (nor do I care to make one), but I'd like to point a VERY relevant thing here: there's a marked difference between Israeli news sources (biased or not) and Palestinian. The ...
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How to flag answers that misrepresent sources they cite?

One option that LangLangC also suggested is to leave a comment to clarify the flag reason, then flag it to the low-quality queue. Whether you flag it NAA, LQ, or RA depends on the case. If the ...
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How to flag answers that misrepresent sources they cite?

Neither. Enter a custom reason. If you pick anything else, the flag's reviewer will look at the merit of the answer and base their review on that only.
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Does stackexchange have any standard for sources?

On the English Language SE Meta site the highest-voted question is a large list of sources (community-wiki). Perhaps we could make a similar post for sources that can be used here. If we do this, we ...
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Should we have a "back it up" rule for answers?

Yes: If you want Stackexchange to be a place that means all answers are links to research, or specific interpretations of referenced research. No: If you want Stackexchange to be a source of primary ...
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