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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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Meta-meta Site Policy on History.SE — FAQ

This is the central repository for how we do things on History.StackExchange. This complements and extends our Help-Centre, which is limited in space and slow to change. Welcome to new users FAQ: ...
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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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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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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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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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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, in ...
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2024 Community Moderator Election

The 2024 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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I don't like [u]

A question was tagged with the single letter u. This is the only question with this tag, the tag name has no intrinsic meaning and is probably a typo, and the tag's wiki is empty/nonexistent. Can we ...
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Are there any ways in which we can get more users to visit History meta?

Looking at the posts over the past couple of weeks, it's evident that getting more people to visit meta, taking a little time to inform themselves and to see what others' concerns and opinions are, ...
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Recruit Two Historians by the End of June

So I know of at least two friends who are historians, one with a bachelor's degree and another who is a graduate student currently studying the development of socialism throughout the twentieth ...
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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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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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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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Community Promotion Ads — 2020

You lost your “beta” label in 2019, so welcome to your very first edition of Community Promotion Ads, for the year of 2020! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are community-...
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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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What's the best way to ask about supporting sources?

@MohammadSakibArifin has asked a number of questions similar to Did Muhammad send a letter to the ruler of the Byzantine empire?. At first, I misunderstood the questions; I thought these questions ...
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Closing Answers?

On the question What was wrong with Hitler's left hand? an answer from a brand new user actually garnered a threat of "closure" (I thought answers got deleted, not closed?) for not including ...
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Tags "Crusades" vs "Crusaders"

Both tags crusades and crusaders exist presently. All the questions in the latter, except this one, also use the first tag. Should this situation be modified, or do both tags serve a different (...
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Would this question be on topic on the main site?

I would like to pose this question: How many secret or hidden passages is the Vatican historically recorded to have possessed? Would this question be allowed on the main site? Note Bene: There is no ...
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I've rewritten someone else's old, closed question and nominated it for reopening, is that OK?

It was obvious why this question was closed: What were Argentina's intentions for the Falkland Islanders? (original title: How does Argentina view the inhabitants of the Falklands?) But I figured ...
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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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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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casus-belli tag?

Casus belli is a Latin expression meaning "an act or event that provokes or is used to justify war" (literally, "a case of war"). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casus_belli Might there have been ...
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Where is the best place to tell people about free online history courses?

Several MOOC providers now offer free (to audit*) history courses. For example, Coursera has a free, 7-week, online course from Wesleyan University on The Ancient Greeks starting tomorrow (4 September ...
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It's a list question - How can I word it in a way that it will be unlikely to be closed?

I am looking for examples of monarchs who became monarchs through birthright, who subsequently became loved by the masses. Any period of history, up to and including the present day, is fair game. ...
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Questions about the authenticity of artifacts

Are questions about the authenticity of a given artifact off-topic? If so, are there any sites on SE for these types of questions?
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usa + united-states tag merge

I manually changed the only two instances of us into usa; it should also be merged with united-sates. I'm not sure which one has to be kept.
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Proposed tag merge: ancient rome & roman empire

what about merging these tags? ancient-rome + roman-empire
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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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What works and does not work about our reputation system?

This is a current question on meta. The Stack Exchange reputation system: What's working? What's not? My answer: in addition to issues of it not helping broaden our cultural reach, it does not ...
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Is there actually "confusion" over why this was closed?

Havning previously commented on this closed question, I recently received a comment could you vote to re open this? Unsure as to why it was closed.. as there seems to be some confusion as to if this ...
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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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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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What is meant by "correct term" here?

So, I ran into this answer and noticed a typo. It looked something like this: f So Since this was obviously a typo, so I thought, I would correct it and suggest an edit. So I submit the edit and ...
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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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Why was this Seven Samurais question migrated?

I noticed earlier today that this question Seven Samurai Crests on Movies had been migrated from History. This question has issues and really shouldn't have been migrated. When migrating to other ...
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Are questions regarding Art History on-topic?

This includes general questions about art history, but also "specialized" ones. Examples: "Does painter X belong to the style of Cubism or Purism?" "How do Cubism and Purism differ?" "What is ...
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Is a question of why a particular historical site is named in a given way when translated to English on topic?

The question is pretty much summarized by the title. I'm in Vietnam, and a particular historical site is consistently called a particular thing when referred to in English. I'm trying to figure out ...
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Why 3 years old questions appear in the weekly newsletter?

In this week's newsletter there was a question (very interesting BTW) about Why were the Romans unable to conquer Germania?. When reading the answers, I relized that the question is three years old, ...
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Are questions on philology on-topic?

A while ago, I asked this question on ancient Arabic culture and how it relates to mythology, and it seems to have been well-received. At least it wasn't closed. More in general, however, I could see ...
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Let's ask about religion during the genesis of the US

Mark C. Wallace suggested: Religious diversity in the US from 1770 to 1790. How did the colonies constrain or promote religious diversity as they shifted away from a state controlled church? What ...
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Have you seen this man?

I wrote this warning on Judaism's meta site, however I wanted to also give this community a head's up - as this is the sort of site that the individual is likely to want to disrupt with his antics. ...
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Off-topic question generating useless tags

Which mythological/historical/fictional character is cited as a symbol for constant improvement or dogged persistence in re-doing his task? is explicitly off-topic per Is it appropriate to ask ...
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Are squad tactics on topic?

I would like to ask about a military concept developed around 1337 but used to day. Politics.SE rightfully told me off, would it be OK here? MartialArts.SE sounds like a worse fit.
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May we deprecate the [policy] tag?

Recommend that we deprecate the tag policy and use the tag site-policy That will enable searching on site-policy to return posts that articulate the policy and culture of H:SE. That, in turn, will ...
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How exactly did Larry Wu-tai Chin's leak (of a classified document in Oct. 1970) allow China "to reap the maximum political benefits"?

I have a question about my History Stack Exchange post: How exactly did Larry Wu-tai Chin's leak (of a classified document in Oct. 1970) allow China "to reap the maximum political benefits"? ...
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How could I improve this closed/deleted question about colonization?

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 MCW♦ said in a ...
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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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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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