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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 ...
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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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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?
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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, ...
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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 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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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3answers
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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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Are questions that can be answered by Googling off-topic?

A little while ago, I asked this question and a senior member voted to close it saying it's a 'trivia' question. He said: Please do preliminary research before posting questions to H:SE as How to ...
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What's wrong with this question that asks if there was slaves that were treated well?

Are there records of any American slave owner treat their slave well? It seems like an objective, if not to difficult answer, question. Yet it has a score of -4. What's wrong with it?
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4answers
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Should we add more banners of the type 'citation needed'?

It seems to be the case that we get too many answers that do not adequately cite their sources or do not present enough or any evidence from external sources to support their arguments, assertions and ...

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