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A large portion of the front page questions right now sound like spam. They're asking things that are either nonsense or not history-related.

All of these questions keep getting downvoted and vote-to-close'd, yet they still show up high on the front page. Why would these questions float to the top?

Having so much cruft on our front page is only going to discourage new visitors from using this site for actual history questions -- this is perilous for a site in beta.

What can we do to fix this?

  • Can we delete some of the more senseless posts? The best option, however is to make new quality questions to replace them? – American Luke Aug 16 '12 at 2:12
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    Flagging those that you feel are spam or not in line what what history.se should be will get the mods attention to take care of, and if needed, to clean up or delete said question(s). – canadiancreed Aug 16 '12 at 2:41
  • meta.history.stackexchange.com/questions/279/… duplicate? – Russell Aug 18 '12 at 12:01
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Actually, I consider it sort of a good thing. After a summer in the doldrums, our amount of questions has gone way up the last couple of weeks. A lot of them are low quality true, but a lot aren't.

No web community of any size is without trolls. Dealing with their output isn't fun, but the fact that we're starting to get enough notice to be worth trolling is an encouraging sign.

As Reggie Jackson said, "They don't boo nobodys."


As noted in Expand "What kind of questions can I ask here?" section of FAQ , our FAQ is currently a generic SE beta faq, rather than something tailored to History. Those who are interested ought to add answers to that question to help make what is and isn't an on-topic question clearer. That may help the situation (or it may not...)

  • I agree. BTW speaking of Reggie... right now you could be considered History.SE's "straw that stirs the drink!" :–) – E1Suave Aug 17 '12 at 19:12
  • It's every other question that is spam, and it annoys me! When did this all start, and how can we end it! – Russell Aug 23 '12 at 8:03

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