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Site policy for very heavily-trolled topics

What is the site policy for dealing with questions on very heavily-trolled topics, like Hitler and The Holocaust? We've long had problems with these particular topics, as they seem to be magnets for ...
T.E.D.'s user avatar
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Standard comment situations: suggestions for close votes and down votes

Downvotes and close votes should always be accompanied by a comment. While not strictly required as per SE policy this is especially important for new users. We should direct our criticism at bad or ...
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Are requests for references appropriate on History Stack Exchange?(revisited)

Arguments to treat references in scope By declaring requests for references out of scope, we discourage some legitimate and - interesting history questions. History is unusual for H:SE; a large ...
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When comments are flagged, are related comments looked at by moderators?

If a comment is flagged, do moderators normally look at only the comment, or also the general context of the comment such as what the comment was replying to? EDIT: Bump this to get new input from the ...
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Why did my answer get a downvote?

This question is intended to assist with providing feedback on answers. Every answer to this question should include all of the following: 1) An explanation for the downvote, 2) An recommendation to ...
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Shouldn't we be less harsh with respect to asking for prior research?

Prompted by this question: Are there any examples of California gold rush prospectors becoming exceedingly wealthy due to their claim(s)? There's a twice upvoted comment in 12 minutes as I write, ...
Denis de Bernardy's user avatar
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4 answers

Why did I get an upvote?

Although it isn't strictly necessary, I think it is important to recognize very well constructed questions. SE recognizes good questions with votes, but as others have pointed out, votes are a ...
MCW's user avatar
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7 votes
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What constitutes a request for a "List"

Many of my questions are criticized as being requests for 'lists' with no 'one best answer'. Does this mean that the site is dedicated only to the discussion of certain singular and peculiar ...
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Does the fact that comments aren't anonymous discourage people who downvote from explaining why?

I'm sure I'm not the only person who has been puzzled (and at times a little annoyed) at being downvoted (both questions and answers). At the same time, I accept people's right to do that and I think ...
Lars Bosteen's user avatar
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Finding it difficult to ask questions in this area of stackexchange

The recent two questions I have asked have received harsh treatment in my view as a layman. I find the community unwilling to edit questions to achieve the necessary standard. The recent one: https:/...
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"Why" versus "What"

Factual historical questions tend to concern "what" happened. Questions concerning "why" something happened seem to almost inevitably be matters of opinion, especially if the phenomenon is complex or ...
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Why does every post here gets downvoted and disregarded?

Why does every post here gets downvoted and disregarded, even though many users here are not even professional historians? Much condescension and feeling of self value, for someone as partial, dont ...
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What is the purpose of the 'Add another answer' button?

Seeing as I can edit any answer I post to my heart's content (assuming it hasn't been deleted), I'm wondering why this button is needed - or is it there precisely for this reason (answer deleted)? I ...
Lars Bosteen's user avatar
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What is so awful about my question about Hawaii?

I know asking why getting downvotes is not a good idea, but still. my question about Hawaii might not be "perfect or anything" I made a real effort, and I really asked myself a question (it's not ...
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"Why Japan cannot 'apologize' enough for World War 2?" being put on hold for "off-topic" (too basic) and swiftly deleted?

Edit: Now the question is deleted! From what I can tell it now has a +7/-6 vote. I believe that those who vote to delete the question owe us an explanation. Here's my question, "Why Japan cannot “...
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