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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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Do we object less to sexism than to racism?

I am concerned (that's a lie, I'm hopping mad, but trying to be measured and scholarly) about the sexism around this question and some of the comments, where women's suffrage, access to education, ...
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Creating / adding new tags for existing questions without swamping the home page

I am currently doing a little research into some aspects relating to the Sasanian Empire for another project, and I thought it might be useful to see what questions have been asked and answered here. ...
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What's our opinion and resulting policy regarding the new Hot Network Questions features?

The Hot Network Questions (HNQ) algorithm was changed a little time ago. Along with these changes, an event in the question timelines is created if it goes on the list, and moderators now have an ...
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Can the mods email a possibly disgruntled user?

This question from a new user got well received after OP clarified her intents. Unfortunately, she seems to have taken offense that we initially wondered if she was a neo-nazi troll, and never came ...
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Dealing with questions from younger users

I would like to raise a slight concern about the treatment of this question. Yes, it's a bad question, and, no, we're not here to do people's homework for them. But the sheer naivete suggests the ...
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Should questions be edited that were recently put “on hold”?

Some of us are avid editors and try to improve with friendly edits any post that needs improvement. For higher rep users this seems like the default behaviour, as it is just a good thing. Well is it? ...
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Is there a “leader board” for bounties?

I just spent a little time looking at the leader board for History SE. Pretty fun to look at. Impressive as well. Is there a way to see a snapshot of "all-time" leaders for bounties? a year-by-year ...
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What is the intent of the 'world' tag?

Is world intended to be about global history aka "world history"? The SE description isn't too clear to me, although it does seem to lean in that direction Questions related to the history of the ...
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Is it OK to ask for the religion of a specific person?

I would like to ask this question "What was the religion of Samuel Insull?" (he was a very important businessman who greatly contributed to creating an integrated electrical infrastructure in the ...
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How to graduate from Beta

I prefer this site. So I am enjoying it. But unfortunately, as I did enjoy Philosophy SE, which would've been the last SE to graduate the Beta, there seems to need more tighten belts to accomplish it....
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What's wrong with this question that asks if there was slaves that were treated well?

Are there records of any American slave owner treat their slave well? It seems like an objective, if not to difficult answer, question. Yet it has a score of -4. What's wrong with it?
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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.