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Why wanting to know the reasons why a certain and specific historical fact have a certain consequence is considered propaganda?

This question was closed by an alleged 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 ...
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How should we recognize our anniversary?

Our ten year anniversary is coming up. There are rumors that SE corporate is going to give us an anniversary gift. While I'll be happy to celebrate our collective achievement, I wonder how we should ...
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Why is this question considered opinion based?

This is about this question: How might one guesstimate the "true" odds at Fort Donelson? [closed] I'll concede that the title is somewhat broad. But I did my best to suggest objective, ...
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Why was the question about whether the West ever influenced Indian elections closed?

This Did the West influence Indian elections? seemed like a perfectly fine question to me. Given the history of US interventions in South America, one might suspect that the US may have intervened in ...
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Why was my question on 'why didn't the Allies discuss the possibility of a homeland for the Jews in occupied Germany' closed?

I asked a question on why the Allies didn't discuss the possibility of a homeland for the Jews in occupied Germany as part of the war reparations for WWII. After all, Germany was split in half, with ...
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Should we unpin accepted answers from the top of the list?

Today we changed the way we sort answers on Stack Overflow. We no longer pin the accepted answer (with the green checkmark) to the top of the list of answers. By default, we now sort strictly by votes ...
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Etiquette/customs/ethics of showing flags or symbols in questions?

I fully figure and support a swastika flag would be off limit. We know what goes with that. We also have flag identification tags, flags are on topic. The Confederate flag would seem off limit, ...
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Why are anachronistic, ahistorical & prescriptive wrong answers preferred over those to the contrary with direct evidence from medieval manuscripts?

A question with the focus on (To clarify, I am asking whether there was typographical error in the aforementioned chronicle) What is the reasoning behind these huge numbers for participants in the ...
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Do we need to clarify what we mean with "famous persons" on our ask/on-topic help page?

A recent question asked about family relatedness and relationship status combination of people: Is the former adviser to the prime minister Dominic Cummings related by marriage to Andrew Wakefield? ...
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Is it ok to ask a factual question that is linked to an opinion based question?

I asked a question that I've since deleted, pending feedback here on meta, since it was heavily downvoted and received several votes to close. I believe that the actual question was ok. My ...
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Are comments a forum for (possible) trolling?

This question received 6 good serious answers, and 32 up votes. Yet I have been beset by comments suggesting - that I should not question a dramatic depiction of early 20th century USA, that my "...
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Some of my comments that I believe relevant have been deleted

Three years ago I posted a question about a Confederate flag obscure design . Flag with 13 white stars and a crescent on red background At first there were some votes to close it (at first I didn't ...
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Why was suggesting the subject of a photograph was a woman criticised as a possible 'insult'?

In this question, I suggested that the subject of a photograph, posing in a Royal Italian Army uniform, might be a woman - a supposition later supported by the OP. T.E.D claimed my suggestion could be ...
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Why was this question closed as "off-topic"?

I posted this question that as been hastly closed without anyone providing any comment with the following statement: The primary purpose of this question appears to be to promote or discredit a ...
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Merge the [european] tag into [europe]

There are currently 7 european questions and 515 europe questions; and it does not seem the former have anything special setting them apart from the latter. I therefore suggest the former tag be ...
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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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Could it be a biased voting if a Jewish person votes to delete an answer about ancient Israelites being immigrants in nowadays Israel (as to Genesis)?

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)? Could it be a biased voting if a Jewish ...
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Why was this question closed as being "opinion based?"

Here is the question. Because I purposely constructed to be NOT opinion based, and cast it as "historiography." I can understand why a question like "Could the Axis have gotten a ...
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Are motives part of history, or is supporting claims about motives too difficult if one wishes to avoid relying upon opinions?

The following example is merely for the purpose of illustration. You may be able to think of other, completely different examples that are better than the example I have provided here. If you think ...
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Are you giving me the silent treatment because of a question I asked?

I noticed that after I asked a question that got downvotes and then I subsequently deleted, I stopped getting replies to my chatroom. My job was about what jobs gentile Germans had, because even in a ...
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Would it be on topic to build a castle, question by question? [dupe]

enter preformatted text hereI am well aware that posting the same question on two S.E sites is a big no-no. I hope that there is more leeway on meta and so I freely admit that this is a duplicate of ...
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What is the policy concerning previously destroyed accounts returning under new names?

I am curious concerning policy concerning individuals which have previously held accounts which were subsequently destroyed, starting up new accounts at a later date. It seems like this might be ...
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Why is my question still off topic?

I have a question about my History Stack Exchange post: Is there any historical reason why women don't go topless in public just like men? I've edited my question after initial feedback. Is there ...
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I'm new at History, but why such a fast closing on my questions?

Well, I'm new on this community, but not on others such as Mathematics, Economics, etc. What I'm about to say will probably be a bit unfair, due to my lack of experience on this community, and get me ...
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A modest proposal for flawed questions from new users

There have been at least three questions today from new users that were closed quickly because they didn't align with H:SE standards and culture. I'd like to propose a change to the way we handle ...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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Illegitimate rollback — the Al-Andalus included territory that is now part of Portugal

The Al-Andalus included territory that is now part of Portugal. What is commonly known as Spain was created 20 years after the Reconquista itself ended, when King Ferdinand II of Aragon (and Castile ...
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Could we get a tag for the Reconquista?

I would like to ask a question about El Cid but do not see a tag for the reconquista. Could we add a tag for the reconquista or should I use a different tag for this time period?
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Find long-ago-deleted questions that I'm still working on?

I have some closed-and-then-auto-deleted questions that I've been working on improving. They have been deleted for long enough that I no longer see them on my user page. Is there a way for me to find ...
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Synonymize/merge [treaty] and [treaties]

We have both a treaty (8 questions) and treaties (30 questions) tags. They're obviously used for the same topic; can they be synonymized or merged?
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Scope - ye demisse of ye yorne

This is a scoping question. I'd like to ask a question that initially seems like something more suitable for ELU, but is really about the history of printing. Specifically, whether/how early printers ...
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A Cautionary Tale

I just wanted to draw attention to the fact that a possibly dangerous form of spam/cyber-attack has occurred here, and warn our users to watch out for any reoccurrence. Our spammers and trolls seem to ...
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A duplicate question of lower quality with a high-quality answer

My question has been marked as a duplicate. The alternative question asks the same thing but is very short. Probably that's the reason it was downvoted to the point of closing. But it has a single ...
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This question was marked as a duplicate. That's OK. But why was it subsequently deleted?

The question here is clearly a duplicate and was correctly closed as such. But then it was also deleted by Community. There doesn't appear to be anything in the question demanding quick deletion. Is ...
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Undeleting a net-score unpopular but well written, amply referenced, upvoted and accepted quality answer?

Situation The deleted answer and its quality There is this well researched, amply referenced, and dotted with examples and quotes, truthful answer that addresses the question as asked, in much detail. ...
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2020 Moderator Election - Results

History's first moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the four new moderators are: They'll be your elected moderators going forward, and will show up in the ...
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Misuse of edit privilege when OP fills answer with inline comments they don't agree to?

After participating in a question, that in my opinion was of low quality since the extensive background information that was given was one sided, giving the impression that there can be only one ...
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Why was the election briefly started and then moved back to nominations today?

The election briefly started voting today and then was returned back to nominations, why?
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When asking whether a source reflects historical consensus and why/why not: Guidelines for prior research

(thanks to Pieter Geerkens for motivating this question) I recently asked a question on History SE. In that question I did some prior research, and found a paper with what seemed like a close-to-...
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What do you consider the site's mission? A starting place or something deeper

This is where I got sent when I wanted to ask a question of the prospective moderators so to the prospective moderators: what do you consider this site's mission to be? Some time ago I posted a ...
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Excessive self-serving censorship by the moderators. Can anything be done about it?

I noticed that my comments that are in any way contradicting statements by @Semaphore get deleted without a trace (not just moved to chat), at least three in the past week. This comment was the latest ...
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What do we do with good question, wrong forum?

Recently we had another instance of an anti-pattern that I call, "Good question, wrong forum" "Is there more modern history book with the same scope as Gibbon's The History of the ...
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2020 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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2020 Community Moderator Election

The 2020 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks, ...
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Is it appropriate to ask a question based on a bunch of other History SE questions?

Sometimes I find a big list of other History SE questions that seem to share common approaches, common unsourced facts, or common premises. Sometimes I have a question about those approaches/facts/...
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Question precision: Appropriate to ask for at least one element from a finite list?

If I understand correctly, on History SE we want to have questions that are precisely answerable and don't ask for open-ended lists. That makes sense. In light of that, would questions like the ...
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Help me make this question more focused: US government revenue breakdown

I have a closed question on history SE that is too unfocused. I have been trying to improve it but it has recently been auto-deleted. Per this question I am soliciting feedback on meta about what to ...
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2020 Moderator Election - Question Collection

History is scheduled for an election next week, October 19, 2020. In connection with that, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to ...
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Good practices before flagging a deleted question for moderator attention?

I admit it, I've been bad on History SE. Several of my questions have been deleted or soon will be. My understanding is that the appropriate course of action now is to edit my question to make it ...
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What is not in scope?

History Stack Exchange is for historians and history buffs. Denialism is not history; denialism is not in scope for History Stack Exchange. Questions or answers that rely on denialist sources or ...

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