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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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I added explanation of this question

https://history.stackexchange.com/questions/69367/what-could-have-the-carthagian-do-to-prevent-their-genocide People think I want to "blame" Carthagian by asking those questions. The issue ...
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How could I improve this closed/deleted question about colonization?

See the subject. The automatically/by-roomba deleted question is: How/Why do mainland people end up in an empire's colony? Eg Spaniards in the Philippines? I thought it was pretty good. But moderator ...
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Does a question about "where a people may come from originally" fit to History Stack Exchange?

I have a question about my History Stack Exchange post: Where were the ancient Israelites before they came to Israel (if they were new inhabitants at all)? I am confused what is happening here. I ...
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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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When do we consider a question to be easily answered by "a simple search"?

Our help-center lists explicitly one symptom that makes a question "off-topic": It is not about: Questions answered by a simple Google search or to be found in a Wikipedia page I see 'a ...
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Is there a notability criterion or not?

Did Lisa Chester miss her father's funeral? I hate to have to ask, as the question is not worth much to me, but it's so unpleasant to see a question closed for an ambiguous reason. Commenters ...
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Shouldn't we actually give the 'single link' that answers an off-topic "too basic" question?

While reading the question What were the main causal forces leading to rise of fascist movement and fascist government in Germany? I see this now closed - after almost 4 years in "open" ...
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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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Why was my question closed even though it perfectly lies within the boundaries of history?

I asked this question some time back- Why is the Easter Island such a frequent participant in Japanese Comics? The question was closed and my comments weren't answered. I clearly stated that I am ...
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Is recent history on topic?

Everybody has read the What topics can I ask about here? page as we all need clarity on whether a question will be welcome before developing it. The rules forbid questions about "the future", they ...
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Is it time to update our custom close reasons?

There are three slots of custom close reasons. Currently, we only use two: Questions on social sciences other than History are off-topic here, unless they also involve history in some fashion. While ...
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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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Making this post more clear?

How accurate is the portrayal of Leonardo Da Vinci in Voyager How do I make this more "clear", I engaged with the question asked in the comments but it the got closed with no information.
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"Germany caused WWI?" questions

We now have at least the third "Did Germany cause WWI"? question that I know of. Why was Germany held accountable for WW1? Was Germany responsible for WW1? Is Germany to blame for WW1? Its pretty ...
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A question was marked as "duplicate" when in fact it wasn't

I have absolutely no idea why this question was marked as "a duplicate". The supposedly duplicated question has absolutely nothing to do with the original question. I put this as a comment but since ...
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Should I close or delete my duplicate question?

I asked a question which turned out to be a duplicate (I haven't found it before, and I agree it is a duplicate). Should I delete the question? But the user who answered will loose some of his ...
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Why are my questions downvoted and closed?

I admit that I'm unversed in history; so I first read A plea to down voters. and very hard to meet the sites' standards before delivering this question. I'm genuinely interested in my questions; ...
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Proposal for Accepting Reference List Requests

I'd like to present for comment a process by which we might productively handle requests for lists of reference material on the History stack using the current StackExchange software. Requests for ...
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"We don't know the answer" is an appropriate reason to close a question? [duplicate]

Recently I have asked the question on how many Atilla the Hun has killed. I showed research and question is plain and simple. Atilla the Hun is considered to be in Top most vicious people, however I ...
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Questions concerning non-written history

It is unclear to me whether events not involving written history are considered on topic. For example, various questions recently, such as Thule people migrating to Greenland, ask questions before ...
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Nonconstructive amounts of recent down voting/closures

Update: The question referred to in this post was edited and the problem was fixed this morning. It is still closed at this time and still attracted down voters. Please do consider re-opening the poor ...
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What is wrong with this question?

https://history.stackexchange.com/questions/11731/was-vietnam-war-ever-officially-condemned-in-the-us I think it was wrongly closed. It's very very clear what the author is asking. Presumably, he is ...
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What are the criteria for a "trivial" question?

I have seen questions closed because they constitute "trivia". I believe that sometimes this is offered as an option when voting to close or delete. (Perhaps I am mistaken...) For example: Strange ...
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Should we require some proficiency in English for questions?

This question is prompted now by this post: https://history.stackexchange.com/questions/10096/a-martial-art-person-who-got-injured-by-his-hand-when-he-broke-so-many-tiles-wit, but it has been ...
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put on hold as primarily opinion-based

Is there a correlation between the colonial power and the stability/success of the post colonial state? Was put on hold "primarily opinion-based": Absolutely incorrect. This can certainly be ...
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Google it first: What does it mean?

Someone has suggested that one should engage in due diligence before asking a question: "Google it first." Perhaps this is even in the site guidelines. Someone recently commented on one of my ...
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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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What exactly is off-topic? Big changes coming to the "Closing" system

There are big changes coming soon to how posts are closed. You may want to read up on the details here. For the most part this looks to be a huge improvement. However, it does mean that we will ...
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What is the site policy for discussing the historicity of certain ancient texts?

Specifically, I would like to know why one question was closed and another is open. Can the new testament be a valid historical record on the real life of Jesus? https://history.stackexchange.com/...
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Reopen: Instances of the UN defusing serious crises

I would like to request that the question "Instances of the UN defusing serious crises" be reopened. If not, I would like to understand how exactly this question is non-constructive or falls under "...
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Do we have a policy on questions trivially answered by well-sourced Wiki articles?

This question caught my eye: At what point did mapmaking begin to accurately reflect what we now know about the earth? It seems to be exaustively answerable by a relevant Wiki article. Do we have a ...
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Closing Answers?

On the question What was wrong with Hitler's left hand? an answer from a brand new user actually garnered a threat of "closure" (I thought answers got deleted, not closed?) for not including ...
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No-research questions

I sadly notice there are plenty of questions which are nothing more than some random uneducated curiosity, about which the asker hasn't even tried to do any kind of research. This, paired with the ...
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