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The question you're asking is designed to solicit opinions or best-practices on a particular topic, with the goal of reaching community consensus.

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Is it allowed to ask what's the origin and how a certain stereotype expanded?

Precisely, I'd like to ask about the stereotype of why asians are considered bad drivers in, at least, North america. I guess that, in a broad sense, that could be considered history, but I'm not ...
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How to enforce much stronger standards for answers touching Nazi/Holocaust topics?

What is "Holocaust Denial and Distortion"? The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum article on "Holocaust Denial and Distortion" provides a short answer and good starting point to differentiates ...
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What should be our policy on requests for sources or references?

Recently, there were several questions containing requests for sources or references, or what I consider "reading list" questions. Other sites routinely close such questions. We tend to allow them, ...
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Are questions about data sources acceptable here?

I often need somewhat specific historical data for research purposes (I'm a doctoral student), and sometimes I'm not able to find such data through a Google/library/ICPSR/etc. search, hence this ...
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How should we deal with answers reading the question a bit differently than OP intended (frame challenge)?

Sometimes we get questions that are "not good enough", as anyone individual might think; and as opinions differ: on quite a few questions. So much so that we do not reach a consensus on "badness". ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Unilateral closure of quotes

Can I check this unilateral closure? Doesn't it still relate to history, notwithstanding "a figure of speech, the implication of which is explained right afterwards in the source quote"?
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Is it improper / unethical to post a question on H:SE, to which I already know the answer?

I was recently investigating some statistics related to the music industry and came across some interesting information that I was not aware of (though I should have been). I started to post a ...
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Standard comment situations: suggestions for close votes and down votes

Downvotes and close votes should always be accompanied by a comment. While not strictly required as per SE policy this is especially important for new users. We should direct our criticism at bad or ...
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What is the typically preferred length of an HistorySE answer and what factors influence that?

There is some tension between different parts fo the documentation here on Meta, the help docs, user comments and voting behaviour. One banner says: "We are looking for long answers", and ...
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Can anyone offer suggestions on how I can improve my answer regarding Soviets handing over Jews to the Nazis?

I know everyone is entitled to their own opinions and voting on Questions and Answers is a private thing - but my understanding on the casting of Up and Down votes on Main is supposed to be with ...
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How should H:SE deal with questions about race?

Could H:SE develop some community guidance to assist people to ask questions about race? Someone asked a question about racial classification. In dismay over the number of downvotes, he asked if the ...
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May I request canonical resources?

I'm no history buff; I have a general interest in history which extends about as far as regular, common-spoken, well-known facts (or potential myths, depending on one's sources). Now, however, my ...
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What is the mysterious “TL;DR” that appears at the top of many Questions and Answers?

TL;DR The above is an example. I put it there intentionally. I see it at the top of a lot of Q's and A's on Main. What is it? Why is it there? Is it kbd shrtcut emoji kewl speak I just don't ...
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Markdown formatting - anchor tag syntax here?

I am trying to get a little fancy with some formatting to include some inline anchors within the body of my Question so I can add links that would allow jumping past sections of my Question Body that ...
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What can be done to best provide appropriate help to students?

It seems over past week or so that more and more questions are being posted on Main from young students seeking help with homework or test assignments. I am opposed to doing anyone's homework for ...
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What to do with closed question about phobias

I asked this question and it was closed and got a lot of downvotes: How long have people been having nightmares about showing up to school wearing only underwear? I'm wondering what to do about it. ...
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(How) can I make a request for movie recommendations on topic?

Is this a question for meta, rather than the main site, or would it be on topic there? I was thinking of asking on the SO movies site, first on meta, if it woule be on topic there, but I think that ...
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Why have I got many downvotes on my second question?

I’m asking this because, I have asked a simple question in here ”Questions about Thracia” and then all sudden, I got downvotes. For what? It was not even necessary to downvote. If I got 7 downvotes ...
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Is there a Question Coach team, or discussion area available where one can get help framing a difficult question?

I started and discarded five versions of a question I want to ask about German doctors in the Hitler era (not all were Nazis) participating in euthanasia programs, grotesque human experimentation, and ...
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Still banned from asking questions

Am still banned from asking questions at History SE. Not sure why. Kindly remove the question ban. If the question ban is not removed this is the prospective historical question that perhaps another ...
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How could I have asked my question better?

I asked a question here on whether the practice of creating a 'Ghost Wall', a practice presented in historical fiction, and in some sources as a historical fact has any historicity to it, or whether ...
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Is there a guide for adding appropriate tags?

I have recently earned the ability to add Tags but I am hesitant to do so without some guidance on what kind of Tags would be useful and acceptable and what kind of Tags would simply be noise. I ...
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Can't close duplicate questions now?

It appears new rules don't allow closing duplicate questions if the earlier question does not have an answer? Perhaps I am just using the close function wrong, if so, my apologies. When I attempted ...
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Suggesting improvements to the “Citation needed” label or post notice

Some answers do not meet the desired quality standards. Frequently these quality problems are caused by a lack of citations and/or sources/references. Ideally these answers then get a "Citation needed"...
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How to improve feedback?

Personally I don't think that anyone can say it better than @era did - see below I'd like to, I think pretty reasonably, request that the close voters explain what is unclear about the question in ...
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What is the best way to link to google books?

Many of us wanted to know which book was being cited in the question How accurate is the quip: “Mongols, having already conquered half of Europe, decided the other half wasn't worth it”? I found the ...
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Consistency of quality standards and Hot Network Questions

Lately, I am getting the impression that on relatively low quality questions comments requesting clarification and "what has your prior research shown you so far" are getting fewer in numbers. It ...
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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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Was my question on a quote by R. G. Collingwood deleted?

I can't see it under 'Deleted Questions'.
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Deleting a comment which then makes nonsense of a response

I commented, admittedly somewhat tongue in cheek, on @guest271314 's answer to this question - essentially I was saying that we all come from somewhere, but that doesn't mean we are familiar with our ...
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Make History participate in the Suggest Improvement experiment?

There apparently is an experiment running on a few SE: https://workplace.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/5320/experiment-running-a-comment-by-any-other-name Last year, Robert Cartaino relayed ...
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Overload of research themed tags

There seems be an amount of rarely used tags: 'research', 'historical-research' and 'research-techniques' which mean approximately the same. There is also a tag titled 'sources' and one 'methodology'. ...
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Can movies be considered usable for reference?

There are many historical movies which show exactly the way events happened in the past, can they be used as a reference for raising queries? Example: The movie Viceroy's House shows the series of ...
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Change 'vikings' tag?

This recent question: In Scandinavia, was there a cultural continuity from Goths to Vikings or were they two different groups of people? was tagged as vikings, which reads: For questions about the ...
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Why was this answer which breaks down the term america to the four root words deleted?

What is the reason for deleting this answer at Since the inception of the United States, has the term "America" ever referred to something more than simply "the United States"? ...
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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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Help Me Create an Anthropology/Sociology SE!

If any of you would be interested in a Anthropology/Sociology SE please check out the proposal on Area51. It would be great if any of you could post some example questions or critique the ones that ...
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Is it acceptable to promote a Area51 Proposal on this Meta?

I was wondering if it would be okay to promote an Area51 proposal on the meta here. I think it is related to the History SE as it is an SE for Anthropology and Sociology.
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How does History SE differ from the rest of the internet for historical facts?

I was asked why not ask Wiki for information? IMO I find the answers places like Wiki misses and a feeling of humanity here. What technical reasons why History SE is better? Should History SE be ...
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Unanswered questions with answers or partial answers in comments

Scrolling through the unanswered questions, I've noticed that there are a fair few with comments that provide answers, or at least potentially substantial partial answers. These comments make it ...
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What is wrong with the question about rumors of unusual sexual practices in a specific ethnic group?

Has bestiality been noticeably prevalent among Muslim / Middle East people and for how long? Question is put on hold with the following explanation: "The primary purpose of this question appears ...
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Stop censoring Questions and Answers

There is no legitimate reason for deleting this Answer at Earliest story?. Why has this Answer been deleted? Because scholars that are the direct descendants of the African Ancient Egyptians challenge ...
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Are questions on racial stereotypes in the US on-topic?

I fancy asking questions about racial stereotypes in the US. Would they be on-topic? What is the origin of the stereotype that Polish people lack intelligence? is. Example: p. 258 of The Good Lawyer ...
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Why was this question removed?

Why was this question removed? The gods who promised to return Why do ancient gods have to promise to return? Has the return of the gods been a deception of public opinion? Or have there ...
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Why is History SE underlying in red “Habsburg” and tries to impose “Hapsburg”?

While Hapsburg is correct in English (especially American, I think), academic works seem to prefer "Habsburg", which is the original form in German. Looking up the term on Google books, all results ...
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Is there any particular reason why all Turkey-related questions were bumped today?

I am curious whether there is a particular reason behind this. This apparently also happened in the Politics SE.
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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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How to fix this question

This Question has a long comment stream and 2 upvoted answers. It also has 5 downvotes with its 4 upvotes, hence a net score of -1. There are no reasons given for the down votes. I don't see ...
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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 ...