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Why were these three questions migrated, then closed? [duplicate]

In the 1993 Battle of Mogadishu, were the US's Humvees bullet-proof? In the Vietnam War, which front-line US soldiers were issued pistols? In the Battle of la Drang, who's this unconscious ...
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How is History SE not like Skeptics SE? How to best parse this phrase?

A comment below a currently deleted question began History doesn't work like skeptics,... and continued with advice on how to edit the question to make it more suitable for the site. I gathered that ...
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Why can't I ask a question?

I haven't asked any question in years on History SE. But I can't ask a new question because I got "You have reached your question limit" Why is that? https://history.stackexchange.com/users/...
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What is tag [roman] for?

At the moment, History SE has tags ancient-rome, roman-empire and roman-republic. What exactly is tag roman for? Using a single adjective as a tag name is not very descriptive, is it?
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And then there were three

As some of you may be aware, a new moderator agreement is due to come into force next month. I have declined that agreement, and so will cease to be a moderator on History:SE when it comes into ...
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Who decides whether a question is “Too basic” and don't you think that is counterproductive?

I am writing as a history-lover and avid researcher of almost everything. I have been a member here for a while, though I haven't posted much. This as an earnest attempt to address what I think is a ...
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Is it allowed to ask why a certain word ended up taking a meaning pretty different from its original one?

I'd like to ask about how in lots of spanish speaking countries in South America the word "coger" ("to take" in English) ended as synonym of "having sex". This word doesn'...
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How do we tell a user to improve the quality of his posts when comments do not suffice and voters torpedo quality by regularly upvoting nonsense?

In the last days we saw a new user here who apparently found a method to speedily farm for reputation by mass cargo-cult quoting. Member for 14 days, 30 answers all over the place and quick succession,...
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Quality in questions and answers

Expanding on this guys question, who IMO was too friendly to stirr up people: Why is history.SE such a hostile place? I agree with them in one point: the aggressive downvoting and instinctive closing ...
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Why is history.SE such a hostile place?

I'm completely taken aback by the reaction to this question and my own answer to it. The person is a new contributor who asks a difficult and complicated question that shows evidence of prior ...
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Scope and usefulness of questions about computer operating systems and computer hardwares

I am not much active user here but I once (more than a year ago) asked a question on Computer Operating system which was well received by this community. Recently I posted another one and am thinking ...
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Are questions about hypothetical events off topic?

I have a question of the type "how would history have changed if ...", the stereotype being Hitler wins WWII (but not that one). It is mentioned in this page that questions about "...
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What can be done to improve this answer?

@AmroKabeel posted an answer to this question:What is the ethnicity of the Sabeans? . The answer was flagged as low quality and acting on behalf of the community I deleted the answer. AmroKabeel asked ...
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Requests for references

I know, the issue of our policy on reference requests was discussed (too) many times: a. Allowing some reference requests: here, here, here, here, here. b. The idea of a chat-room serving as a ...
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Why are so many questions I ask on the “History” Stack Site mysteriously deleted without a trace?

I often ask questions on Stack Exchange sites. Sometimes several a day, but certainly a good number per month. I have noticed that, in particular in the "History" category, my questions are not only "...
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When, if ever, should states of federal countries have their own independent tags?

I would like to ask a question about Newfoundland, and noticed there's no specific tag for it. Given how this conversation turned, I figured I'd make it more of a general case so we don't have to re-...
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Are questions about the evolution of religious texts on-topic on History:SE?

I've read the rules and I'm fully aware that questions regarding mythology are not allowed in this site. But the texts and mythological folklore are part of our culture, whether or not they're true, ...
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When are tag edits acceptable because the question is mis-tagged?

This topic is my intention to bring a separate discussion -- perhaps sufficient for us to arrive at a consensus -- as to 'when' tag edits should be done. This is not the same as 'what' tags to use (...
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On the continuity of Russia

At the moment, tag russia has the following description: The largest country in the world, spanning territory from the eastern edge of Europe to Siberia in northern Asia, except for the period 1918-...
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When has and hasn't the UK Parliament's legal sovereignty been subordinate to the electorate's political sovereignty?

Apologies. I don't get why When has and hasn't the UK Parliament's legal sovereignty been subordinate to the electorate's political sovereignty? has been closed as a question "on social ...
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Japanese Period Names

There was a similar topic recently on China and I was confused trying to tag my Japanese question so I figured this could be helpful. Presently, Japan-classed tags include japan, classical-japan, ...
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What are good indicators that a question belongs on a different Stack Exchange?

There are plenty of questions here that overlap with politics, religion, art, and so on. How should someone determine if their question would be a better fit on a different Stack than History? This ...
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How skeptical should we be about Wikipedia references?

In a recent question about "hobos", I defined a "hobo" as a "hoe boy," citing Wikipedia as a reference. A critic wrote: "Your alleged etymology is wholly unsupported both by Wikipedia and Webster's."...
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Why do reputation-points allow negative hits from members?

This just makes reputation points into a popularity-contest, simply suppressing dissension by opinions rather than facts.
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Should an explicit policy on using non-English source material in answers be detailed?

I noticed a few questions where people have provided links to translated texts which contain the material needed for answering a question. These cases seem to be treated (even if by the people ...
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Clarification on questions based on r/askhistorians, but deleted my moderator?

A moderator alone closed https://history.stackexchange.com/q/59166 https://history.stackexchange.com/q/59171. https://history.stackexchange.com/q/59172 https://history.stackexchange.com/q/59175 ...
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How can I make these four questions on topic?

Why didn't the FBI monitor bankrupt (former) employees more watchfully? How long did Jews in hiding take to reveal themselves at the end of WW2? What was their reception? I don't get how these ...
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Tags “building” and “construction”

Presently, tags building and construction are both in existence. The overwhelming use of both seems to be similar -- questions relating to edifices and how they were set up (either by someone or in ...
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Tags “Crusades” vs “Crusaders”

Both tags crusades and crusaders exist presently. All the questions in the latter, except this one, also use the first tag. Should this situation be modified, or do both tags serve a different (...
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Help with Writing a Question on Historiographical Methodology

I have a question I would like to ask about historiographical methodology, namely how one would go about determining whether a river was navigable in the past and up to what point upstream. However, ...
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Comprehensive policy on tagging WW2 questions

In light of the recent controversy and edit wars over tagging, it is clear that History.SE needs a community consensus on tagging. I would therefore like to initiate discussions on tagging specific ...
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What exactly does minimalism in tagging hope to achieve?

Recently, one of the "lifers" of History SE has engaged in mass removal of tags from questions. Perhaps many consume content on Stack Exchange by visiting the front page of a particular SE site and ...
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What are the correct tags for my question?

I tagged What ring is this? with world-war-two. After seeing the answers, I found out that I was in the wrong century. What is the appropriate tags to use? Should I change the tags? I was going to ...
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On naming Chinese dynasties

At the moment, we have tags ming-dynasty and qing, which is inconsistent. We could have ming-china and qing-china, or, ming-dynasty and qing-dynasty. How should China's dynasties be named?
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Do we need more explicit policies regarding editing posts?

When users reach 1000 rep they gain the Edit questions and answers privilege. Before that, users can suggest edits, but these need to be approved by higher-rep users via the review queues (or by the ...
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Two tags for Latin

At the moment, we have tags latin and latin-language, both on the Latin language. They're not synonyms of one another. Shouldn't they be merged?
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Tag for Hong Kong

Tag hongkong is a bit ugly. Could it please be renamed hong-kong?
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Are comparison questions acceptable?

Are comparison questions acceptable? More specifically, I wanted to ask how one would compare the Dutch and Venetian Republics during their zeniths - both were non-monarchical, both thrived on ...
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FAQ: My question has been 'closed', what does it mean?

Why are some questions closed? Is it like deletion?
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FAQ: History:Stack Exchange

I'm a new user on History stack exchange; what do I need to know? What's different and unique about this particular site?
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How is my question about slave clothing opinion-based?

My question was closed because it was seen as opinion-based. I am struggling to see how my question as it currently stands is opinion-based. There are many questions about slavery on this website and ...
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Brainstorming Community Promotion Ads

Since the Community Promotion Ad question seems to be for final products only, I thought perhaps we might have a discussion question concerning what types of 'ads' we might wish to see. It looks like ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2020

You lost your “beta” label in 2019, so welcome to your very first edition of Community Promotion Ads, for the year of 2020! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are community-...
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Why two similar questions were treated differently?

I wonder why the following two questions were treated so differently. One, about finding static maps, Good online sources for historical maps, asked in 2011, was well-received (score 23, not closed) ...
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Are questions that ask “What was the significance of…?” appropriate for this site?

After searching through questions titled "What is/was the significance of ___?" I found many are closed due to being opinion based or off topic, which is not surprising. But there seems to be some ...
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Why were my questions on mercenaries in Africa closed?

All four were closed for this reason — The primary purpose of this question appears to be to promote or discredit a specific idea, theory, cause, group or person. It does not appear to be a good-...
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Definition for the “Yahwehism” tag, and how it relates to the “Judaism” tag?

So, after I saw a question with the tag yahwehism (tag now removed from that question by a moderator), I noticed that it both had only one question associated with it (who didn't create the tag, since ...
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Why did my question suddenly become popular?

I asked this question in 2018: What was the early understanding of static electricity shocks? Didn't have much attention, and then it was answered a year later in Nov 2019. Then, for some reason, ...
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Why didn't my answer get more upvotes?

As a newcomer to this site I'm trying to understand how it works. I answered the question Who was the first retailer in Monterey, California? and whilst I wouldn't expect my original answer to get ...
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How to deal with answers consisting mainly of a quote by a biased historian

So there's an answer that is not good in several respects: It only offers a quote without context. The quote is biased (ultramontane, catholic historian in the 19th century) and very old (120 years). ...

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