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This Meta discussion is prompted by this question which I had flagged as off-topic, but which was declined. It has come back onto the active questions page, so I'm bringing it here.

I couldn't find any definitive record in Meta about whether questions which ask about the scientific plausibility of something should be considered off-topic or not. I think they definitely should be. Some of these questions are Truthy, some are just off-topic.

(Note that this is different from asking how a group (such as creationists) justify claims that something is scientifically plausible.)

FWIW, the Sci-Fi stack exchange also says these questions are off-topic. And some of them could be migrated to Sceptics.

  • possible duplicate of Christianity.SE 's experts are Christians, not scientists – Affable Geek Sep 30 '14 at 2:14
  • Related, but different. The aim of that post seems to be to prevent this: "Otherwise, I fear pseudo-science will be rampant." I don't per se have a problem with pesudo-science, but it must be discussed in the context of what identifiable Christian groups teach. – curiousdannii Sep 30 '14 at 2:18
  • Also it wasn't definitive, and it's always odd when Meta discussions are started by someone who doesn't participate in the main site. – curiousdannii Sep 30 '14 at 2:20
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    Note to all: (and @AffableGeek), there was a VTC-as-duplicate, but I decided to leave it open. The "duplicate" post is over three years old, and I think now is a good time to update what we know about the community consensus on questions like those in question. – El'endia Starman Oct 13 '14 at 13:54
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Yes, these should be of-topic.

Put simply, and "Scientific Validity" question can be argued to be moot, by implying the "But God can do Miracles" argument. That makes it a matter of opinion - do you believe in miracles or don't you. If you do, anything is possible, and whether or not it can be explained by natural laws of nature, that doesn't mean it can't be done by a Supernatural All-Powerful Creator.

Also this site focuses on what various christian groups teach, and specifically places whether or not what they teach is "True". These questions, by nature, are asking "Is it true that X is scientifically possible".

That's implicitly off-topic here.

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