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Is Wikipedia an acceptable source?

My question which emphasizes scientific consensus What is the latest scientific consensus on the peopling of the Americas? was answered with Wikipedia links. I submitted an edit to remove some of them ...
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How many times can a question be added to a reopen queue via editing?

There is a question on this site that was poorly received and closed 10 days ago. Since then, it was trivially edited a number of times, with the result that it has been added to the reopen queue 19 ...
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Would someone like to fix the now-broken link to historiography on the Topics help page?

There is a link to "historiography" at https://history.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic which points to http://qcpages.qc.cuny.edu/writing/history/critical/historiography.html which gives a ...
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Reopen request 74063

The question "Why was Cuba not colonized...?" is closed as too basic; it can be definitively answered by a single link to the relevant topic on Wikipedia or another standard reference source....
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2024 Community Moderator Election Results

Moderator election #2 on History has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the new moderator is: They will be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them for volunteering and ...
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The [astronomy] tag and the [eclipse] tag

A couple of days ago, I suggested that the following recent question have the astronomy tag added: Why didn't eclipses cause mass vision damage in historical societies? But this suggestion was ...
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2024 Community Moderator Election

The 2024 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks, ...
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2024 Moderator Election Q&A – Question Collection

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it here. History Stack Exchange is scheduled for an election next week, 2024-...
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What could've been a 'correct question' for the following answer about how the UK, US, Japan & Australia are allies?

Re this When and how did X and Y become allies? Essentially, I wanted to ask the relationship US, UK, Australia & Japan, Bobby Fischer's 'allies of evil' to counter George Bush Jr's 'axis of evil' ...
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2023: a year in moderation

It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here might be ...
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Do we wish to request the AI warning banner as mentioned on Meta?

The meta site is promoting a banner which would be used to warn a prospective user that AI generated content is not permitted. It must be requested to be installed on a per site basis. We’ve recently ...
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What to do with an old answer if I want to change it completely

This recent edition to a high votes answer is interesting: What is the historical background of the current Ukraine crisis (2014)? The most voted answer was edited by the user, saying: "I re-...
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6-month ban, 1 question, banned again, why?

I endured a 6 month ban, then posted my first question in a long time in September. I was about to post a new question today just to discover I had been banned again. It puzzles me because that ...
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Is it immoral to post a history-related photo like this one or not?

Honest question. There is no known photo of Homer Plessy, of Plessy v. Ferguson. The photo which often turns up in searches is absolutely not him; a case of mistaken identity now well documented. I ...
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What's actually wrong here? Should we always avoid even mentioning or citing the present within a question post?

I've asked the following question (shown below) and two down votes and two close votes immediately appeared. So I (at least temporarily) deleted it and decide to explore the issue further here first. ...
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Shouldn't this description under "Russia" tag be changed?

I read here under the info on "Russia" tag: The nation's history began with that of the East Slavs, who emerged as a recognizable group in Europe between the 3rd and 8th centuries AD. ...
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Shouldn't a question strictly about Kievan Rus get its own tag and not one about Russia (or Ukraine)?

This question (When did Kievan Rus' rulers become culturally Slavic?) has become subject to a comments war because of a Russia tag added and/or removed. I have created a tag kievan-rus in order to ...
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Can someone fix a typo in this tag?

I discovered this tag: https://history.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/austroneisan But it should be nesian not neisan, right? I don't have enough rep to fix it.
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Are reference requests or solicitations for book recommendations allowed?

I am a lay person, not a historian.  Specifically, I'm a scientist.  I am looking to find book recommendations to help me answer (or at least explore) rather broad historical questions.  Examples of ...
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Question closed for "promote or discredit a specific idea, theory, cause, group or person"?

It was a question about evidence, that's it. How is that not a valid question? It's a question about prehistory, which is allowed. If the promotion was that it looked for evidence, well yeah. If the ...
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Why was the question about Nikolai Gogol's family name closed?

I've noticed that per-site metas are often littered with complaints/questions about question closure- so here's my own contribution to that genre. I'd like to seek clarification on the closure of this ...
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Is asking about the reason an old noble family chose their last name on-topic here?

I want to ask the reason an old noble family from Ukraine chose their last name. Is it accepted here? If no, where else can I ask my question?
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Link to Mythology.SE in the Tour

The part of the Tour that explains what kinds of questions are on-topic here on this site links to Genealogy.SE and Skeptics.SE but not to Mythology.SE: However, in the Help Center's section on on-...
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Where is HSE regarding the current strike?

It would be nice to hear about the position of HSE as a community regarding the ongoing systemwide moderator strike. Caveat: I understand that the site (HSE) is small and so is number of moderators ...
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Are squad tactics on topic?

I would like to ask about a military concept developed around 1337 but used to day. Politics.SE rightfully told me off, would it be OK here? MartialArts.SE sounds like a worse fit.
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Please ban Wikipedia links

"I actually do think Wikipedia is an amazing thing. It is the first place I go when I'm looking for knowledge. Or when I want to create some." -- Stephen Colbert. The History Stack Exchange ...
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Can we resurrect a deleted post so I can clear a notification in my inbox?

I have this notification in my inbox that I cannot get rid of: When I click on that page, it brings me to the closed and hidden question I had from March asking about the cost of the War on Drugs. ...
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Is the main site a right place to ask after an idiom I cannot seem to find?

This question on ELU, What is the ability to adapt a learned skill to a new environment called?, reminded me of a phrase I encountered years ago, that stuck with me for a while, but that now I cannot ...
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I don't like [u]

A question was tagged with the single letter u. This is the only question with this tag, the tag name has no intrinsic meaning and is probably a typo, and the tag's wiki is empty/nonexistent. Can we ...
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May we deprecate the [policy] tag?

Recommend that we deprecate the tag policy and use the tag site-policy That will enable searching on site-policy to return posts that articulate the policy and culture of H:SE. That, in turn, will ...
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What works and does not work about our reputation system?

This is a current question on meta. The Stack Exchange reputation system: What's working? What's not? My answer: in addition to issues of it not helping broaden our cultural reach, it does not ...
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How exactly did Larry Wu-tai Chin's leak (of a classified document in Oct. 1970) allow China "to reap the maximum political benefits"?

I have a question about my History Stack Exchange post: How exactly did Larry Wu-tai Chin's leak (of a classified document in Oct. 1970) allow China "to reap the maximum political benefits"? ...
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2022: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Is there actually "confusion" over why this was closed?

Havning previously commented on this closed question, I recently received a comment could you vote to re open this? Unsure as to why it was closed.. as there seems to be some confusion as to if this ...
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The tag [orthodoxism] is not orthodox

I've always been uncomfortable with the orthodoxism tag here. It's a nonstandard term for what is normally called "Orthodoxy". The questions we have here appear to all relate to what is ...
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When are questions on heraldry on-topic?

I find the subject of heraldry fascinating, have answered a couple of questions here on this topic, and would quite like to ask some of my own questions. I'm not quite sure, however, what the ...
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Upvoted answer deleted due to removed user

Yesterday, I posted an answer (that was upvoted) to a question that has been deleted (I assume because the user was removed). world war two - Did Hitler want to prevent Soviets from Europe invasion? -...
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Winter Bash 2022 Millnery

Winter Bash 2022 is here on History.SE! Post a reply here to model your hats. Let's see what everyone is sporting. Best looking and/or coolest gets ... er ... the highest score?
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Should the [lgbt] tag be used only for LGBT history or also about the history of specific LGBT people?

I was looking at the question Are there any photos of Arnold Murray? and got to wondering whether it deserves the lgbt tag. The question is about the same-sex lover of a famous scientist. Partners of ...
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Should there be a policy on History SE for the use of AI-generated answers?

With the public release of ChatGPT, which uses AI to create conversational responses to questions, there has been discussion of banning such answers from the SE network. At least a couple of SE sites ...
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Why use 'piled-up earth supporting a banner for indicating official rank'?

First, apologia for offending anyone. I honestly thought Why use 'piled-up earth supporting a banner for indicating official rank'? was on topic for history! Second, how can we salvage this ...
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What new community roles should we ask for?

Help us identify new roles for community members The above meta question asks what new roles are needed on Stack Exchange sites - that is, other than moderator. I've made a suggestion that we should ...
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When and how did X and Y become allies?

This can be asked: When and how did the USA and the UK become allies? This can't be asked: 'Allies of evil' - US, England, Japan - and Australia? What about the rest of the UK? Why, and what ...
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Can a request for historiography put a question like this in scope?

A question of this sort might be the following: Title: "Did Germany have a better strategy to win World War II than the one she actually used?" And the punch line might read, "what did ...
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Is History the right site to ask why success in war seems to be usually measured in recent gains in area and not damage to the enemy fighting ability?

I was watching a video giving analysis of the the war in Ukraine. This is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNh0heEi1EY. Not for the first time, I found myself wondering why the focus of the ...
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is this community answer-shy? If so, why is that?

My question received at least 2 comments which could have been answers. The question's subject matter is changes in historical views over time. So it's clearly on topic here. Yet, people not only ...
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How should moderators deal with comments, when should those be pruned, deleted or "moved to chat"?

The present situation regarding comments seems to be deteriorating. Bad comments stay, good comments go, and the site does not get any better with this. Bad comments left standing We all know what ...
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Is this proposed 'duplicate' question marked both wrongly and in a worse direction?

On Where can I find all Hitler speeches in original German? it was proposed that this would be a duplicate of Where can I find a reliable archive of Hitler's speeches? To this duplicate proposal ...
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Do we need a canonical question for how to find a famous person's grave site?

Recently there has been a spate of questions each regarding a single person, attempting to locate where that person is buried. August Ferdinand Möbius Armand Borel Ernst Kummer Édouard Lucas Robert ...
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Sociology dataset

I'm looking for sociology datasets, such as one in this link (Fig. 1), which shows interactions between people, labeled based on their features, like age, race, or gender. It seems History ...
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