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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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Why was “Did German submarines communicate with allied convoys during battle?” open and upvoted?

Open Did German submarines communicate with allied convoys during battle? Closed https://history.stackexchange.com/questions/9678/pacific-rim-countries-with-afro-english-communities https://history....
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Why were these three questions migrated, then closed? [duplicate]

In the 1993 Battle of Mogadishu, were the US's Humvees bullet-proof? In the Vietnam War, which front-line US soldiers were issued pistols? In the Battle of la Drang, who's this unconscious ...
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How is History SE not like Skeptics SE? How to best parse this phrase?

A comment below the currently deleted just now undeleted question How did the US military "put the 'go slow'" on the use of force in the Vietnam War since the Tet Offensive? begins ...
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What is tag [roman] for?

At the moment, History SE has tags ancient-rome, roman-empire and roman-republic. What exactly is tag roman for? Using a single adjective as a tag name is not very descriptive, is it?
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And then there were three

As some of you may be aware, a new moderator agreement is due to come into force next month. I have declined that agreement, and so will cease to be a moderator on History:SE when it comes into ...
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Who decides whether a question is “Too basic” and don't you think that is counterproductive?

I am writing as a history-lover and avid researcher of almost everything. I have been a member here for a while, though I haven't posted much. This as an earnest attempt to address what I think is a ...
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How do we tell a user to improve the quality of his posts when comments do not suffice and voters torpedo quality by regularly upvoting nonsense?

In the last days we saw a new user here who apparently found a method to speedily farm for reputation by mass cargo-cult quoting. Member for 14 days, 30 answers all over the place and quick succession,...
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Quality in questions and answers

Expanding on this guys question, who IMO was too friendly to stirr up people: Why is history.SE such a hostile place? I agree with them in one point: the aggressive downvoting and instinctive closing ...
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Why is history.SE such a hostile place?

I'm completely taken aback by the reaction to this question and my own answer to it. The person is a new contributor who asks a difficult and complicated question that shows evidence of prior ...
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Scope and usefulness of questions about computer operating systems and computer hardwares

I am not much active user here but I once (more than a year ago) asked a question on Computer Operating system which was well received by this community. Recently I posted another one and am thinking ...
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Are questions about hypothetical events off topic?

I have a question of the type "how would history have changed if ...", the stereotype being Hitler wins WWII (but not that one). It is mentioned in this page that questions about "...
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What can be done to improve this answer?

@AmroKabeel posted an answer to this question:What is the ethnicity of the Sabeans? . The answer was flagged as low quality and acting on behalf of the community I deleted the answer. AmroKabeel asked ...
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Requests for references

I know, the issue of our policy on reference requests was discussed (too) many times: a. Allowing some reference requests: here, here, here, here, here. b. The idea of a chat-room serving as a ...
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Why are so many questions I ask on the “History” Stack Site mysteriously deleted without a trace?

I often ask questions on Stack Exchange sites. Sometimes several a day, but certainly a good number per month. I have noticed that, in particular in the "History" category, my questions are not only "...
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When, if ever, should states of federal countries have their own independent tags?

I would like to ask a question about Newfoundland, and noticed there's no specific tag for it. Given how this conversation turned, I figured I'd make it more of a general case so we don't have to re-...
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Are questions about the evolution of religious texts on-topic on History:SE?

I've read the rules and I'm fully aware that questions regarding mythology are not allowed in this site. But the texts and mythological folklore are part of our culture, whether or not they're true, ...
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When are tag edits acceptable because the question is mis-tagged?

This topic is my intention to bring a separate discussion -- perhaps sufficient for us to arrive at a consensus -- as to 'when' tag edits should be done. This is not the same as 'what' tags to use (...

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