Proposal: Skeptics

I incorporated some of the suggestions around the "Skeptics Exchange" proposal to clarify the text of the description. Please check this to make sure I didn't change any fundamental ideas about the site.

I also changed the "Skeptic Exchange" name to "Skeptics" to be less brand name and more consistent with the naming of the other sites.

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  • The description is much better, however I'm less keen on the name change. IMO Skepticism would of been a better fit. – Richard Stelling Feb 24 '11 at 17:23
  • @rjstelling: There was a discussion that this site is not about skepticism itself, but a site for skeptics. That's why I went with "skeptics". Matters not to me either way. Post your thoughts/suggestions as answers to allow voting and comments. – Robert Cartaino Feb 24 '11 at 17:28
  • No you're right. For Skeptics, defo. – Richard Stelling Feb 24 '11 at 17:47

The description says "Skeptics is aimed at applied skeptics" instead of "Skeptics is aimed at applied skepticism." You can't, to the best of my knowledge, apply a skeptic. ;)

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  • But can you prove that? I thought you could. Fixed. – Robert Cartaino Feb 24 '11 at 19:18
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    ^^^ Let's start a pool for how long before all the "I'm skeptical about that" jokes become reeeeeealy old. – Robert Cartaino Feb 24 '11 at 19:21

Generally, I would name the site after a topic (scepticism) and not after a group (skeptics).

But if we want to really seperate this proposal from the sceptics movement and scepticism as a philosophy, the name should be something like pseudoscience.SE. If the goal is mostly debunking pseudoscience and woo, this would be a more fitting name.

I'm sceptical (no pun intended) about including questions about scepticism itself, but as long as we don't encourage discussion, objectively answerable questions about scepticism might find a place on this site. If we decide for a broader scope, "scepticism" is probably the best name for the site.

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If the name is supposed to be descriptive of the subject matter, shouldn't it be "Woo and Pseudoscience" instead? :p

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