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is this community answer-shy? If so, why is that?

My question received at least 2 comments which could have been answers. The question's subject matter is changes in historical views over time. So it's clearly on topic here. Yet, people not only ...
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How should moderators deal with comments, when should those be pruned, deleted or "moved to chat"?

The present situation regarding comments seems to be deteriorating. Bad comments stay, good comments go, and the site does not get any better with this. Bad comments left standing We all know what ...
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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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Do we need a canonical question for how to find a famous person's grave site?

Recently there has been a spate of questions each regarding a single person, attempting to locate where that person is buried. August Ferdinand Möbius Armand Borel Ernst Kummer Édouard Lucas Robert ...
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Sociology dataset

I'm looking for sociology datasets, such as one in this link (Fig. 1), which shows interactions between people, labeled based on their features, like age, race, or gender. It seems History ...
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Where might one ask a speculative "off-topic" question?

Just that. Can someone recommend some other sites, not part of SE? Thanks!
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Question unfairly closed

I recently posted this question, I got the following set of three comments. Which I quote and try to understand one by one India is nine times the size of Germany, and roughly the size of Europe west ...
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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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Are History.SE's moderators paid for their contribution?

Are History.SE's moderators paid for their contribution? Coz, apparently, it requires a great amount of time reviewing the posts.
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Do we need to broaden the 'higher bar' policy to all questions relating to the history of the Jews and Jewish matters?

The question below pongs of antisemitism and was rightly closed. Are there any kernels of truth in the Jewish story of Purim? Currently we have a policy which spells out that any Holocaust-related ...
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Please try to _always_ explain editing of 'controversial' passages

A recent edit to the title of a question that made the Hot Network Question list removed a — in my opinion — quite significant word. This might change the meaning of the title or how it is read, thus ...
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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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Why is it ok for a single person to close a question based on speculation?

Which factions of the Japanese government were in favor of racial hygiene practices during WW2 and prior to WW2? The question was asking if there were more factions and people who supported racial ...
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Source Request: Danish State in the Early Modern Period

I'm hoping that the logic we had where source requests in Meta, i.e., questions which are open-ended, are okay is still valid. With that in mind, I am looking to find books relating to Denmark in 16th ...
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FYI: new biblical archaeology magazine

For those interested in biblical archaeology, a new magazine has recently been published: Let The Stones Speak, with potentially interesting topics. E.g. this first issue includes Top 10 Biblical ...
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Do questions about current events of historic significance belong here?

So, I have a question that is related to the currently (Feb 24 2022) ongoing military events in Ukraine. It would be titled as "Why are the casualties on both sides in the Ukrainian war so low ...
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Are questions asking for deciphering texts on paintings (or other objects) allowed?

This question, What's the text in "Mystische Jagd" by Martin Schongauer?, just got asked on Arts & Crafts SE. The user presents us with a painting in which a Latin text in Gothic script ...
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How reliable are the sources we use?

Background I grew up in the USSR. I read the book 1984 in the year 1984 (it was a set of photographs, page by page, of a book printed in the West and smuggled into the USSR). My only source of ...
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Is the History Stack activity experiencing a major downward trend?

When looking at the year in moderation post, I did a little digging, and checked the question counts over the last 10 years using the search is:question created:year. We get the following numbers: ...
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Disambiguate [indian] (or merge it into [india])

The indian tag has 20 questions and no tag wiki or excerpt, and (as far as I can see) except for How did Pocahontas die?, all questions are about India's (former) inhabitants or languages, for which ...
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2021: 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 preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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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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