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Has the moderator's several rewrites of my question gone a little bit too far, and actually convert it into a conspiracy theory question I didn't ask?

Soon after I posted a question with the title "Why was the gunboat USS Panay in China’s Yangtze River circa 1933?" and within the body: I'm curious why exactly it was there in 1933. I ...
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Should there be a policy on History SE for the use of AI-generated answers?

With the public release of ChatGPT, which uses AI to create conversational responses to questions, there has been discussion of banning such answers from the SE network. At least a couple of SE sites ...
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Why did my question get a downvote?

Another in my aperiodic, quixotic rants intended to improve the quality of H:SE posts. I've seen a few questions on meta that resemble "why did I get a downvote?". It struck me that I can't ...
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Should we allow Wikipedia to be referenced as an academic source in answers?

Everyone is familiar with Wikipedia and its abundant use in today's society, academically and in casual life. The question I posit here is should we allow it as a reference when answering questions? ...
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How many times can a question be added to a reopen queue via editing?

There is a question on this site that was poorly received and closed 10 days ago. Since then, it was trivially edited a number of times, with the result that it has been added to the reopen queue 19 ...
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Is Wikipedia an acceptable source?

My question which emphasizes scientific consensus What is the latest scientific consensus on the peopling of the Americas? was answered with Wikipedia links. I submitted an edit to remove some of them ...
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Shouldn't a question strictly about Kievan Rus get its own tag and not one about Russia (or Ukraine)?

This question (When did Kievan Rus' rulers become culturally Slavic?) has become subject to a comments war because of a Russia tag added and/or removed. I have created a tag kievan-rus in order to ...
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2024 Community Moderator Election Results

Moderator election #2 on History has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the new moderator is: They will be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them for volunteering and ...
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The [astronomy] tag and the [eclipse] tag

A couple of days ago, I suggested that the following recent question have the astronomy tag added: Why didn't eclipses cause mass vision damage in historical societies? But this suggestion was ...
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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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2024 Moderator Election Q&A – Question Collection

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it here. History Stack Exchange is scheduled for an election next week, 2024-...
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Is it immoral to post a history-related photo like this one or not?

Honest question. There is no known photo of Homer Plessy, of Plessy v. Ferguson. The photo which often turns up in searches is absolutely not him; a case of mistaken identity now well documented. I ...
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What could've been a 'correct question' for the following answer about how the UK, US, Japan & Australia are allies?

Re this When and how did X and Y become allies? Essentially, I wanted to ask the relationship US, UK, Australia & Japan, Bobby Fischer's 'allies of evil' to counter George Bush Jr's 'axis of evil' ...
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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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Do we wish to request the AI warning banner as mentioned on Meta?

The meta site is promoting a banner which would be used to warn a prospective user that AI generated content is not permitted. It must be requested to be installed on a per site basis. We’ve recently ...
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2023: a year in moderation

It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here might 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 to do with an old answer if I want to change it completely

This recent edition to a high votes answer is interesting: What is the historical background of the current Ukraine crisis (2014)? The most voted answer was edited by the user, saying: "I re-...
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6-month ban, 1 question, banned again, why?

I endured a 6 month ban, then posted my first question in a long time in September. I was about to post a new question today just to discover I had been banned again. It puzzles me because that ...
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Shouldn't this description under "Russia" tag be changed?

I read here under the info on "Russia" tag: The nation's history began with that of the East Slavs, who emerged as a recognizable group in Europe between the 3rd and 8th centuries AD. ...
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What's actually wrong here? Should we always avoid even mentioning or citing the present within a question post?

I've asked the following question (shown below) and two down votes and two close votes immediately appeared. So I (at least temporarily) deleted it and decide to explore the issue further here first. ...
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Why was the question about Nikolai Gogol's family name closed?

I've noticed that per-site metas are often littered with complaints/questions about question closure- so here's my own contribution to that genre. I'd like to seek clarification on the closure of this ...
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Are reference requests or solicitations for book recommendations allowed?

I am a lay person, not a historian.  Specifically, I'm a scientist.  I am looking to find book recommendations to help me answer (or at least explore) rather broad historical questions.  Examples of ...
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Question closed for "promote or discredit a specific idea, theory, cause, group or person"?

It was a question about evidence, that's it. How is that not a valid question? It's a question about prehistory, which is allowed. If the promotion was that it looked for evidence, well yeah. If the ...
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Where is HSE regarding the current strike?

It would be nice to hear about the position of HSE as a community regarding the ongoing systemwide moderator strike. Caveat: I understand that the site (HSE) is small and so is number of moderators ...
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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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Is asking about the reason an old noble family chose their last name on-topic here?

I want to ask the reason an old noble family from Ukraine chose their last name. Is it accepted here? If no, where else can I ask my question?
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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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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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Please ban Wikipedia links

"I actually do think Wikipedia is an amazing thing. It is the first place I go when I'm looking for knowledge. Or when I want to create some." -- Stephen Colbert. The History Stack Exchange ...
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Should the [lgbt] tag be used only for LGBT history or also about the history of specific LGBT people?

I was looking at the question Are there any photos of Arnold Murray? and got to wondering whether it deserves the lgbt tag. The question is about the same-sex lover of a famous scientist. Partners of ...
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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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Are requests for references appropriate on History Stack Exchange?(revisited)

Arguments to treat references in scope By declaring requests for references out of scope, we discourage some legitimate and - interesting history questions. History is unusual for H:SE; a large ...
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Is the main site a right place to ask after an idiom I cannot seem to find?

This question on ELU, What is the ability to adapt a learned skill to a new environment called?, reminded me of a phrase I encountered years ago, that stuck with me for a while, but that now I cannot ...
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What is the community criteria for referencing religious sources?

Context: Having just barely joined History.SE after participating in several other SE communities, I've been struck with how closed the community seems to be to newcomers and casual participants - ...
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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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Site policy for very heavily-trolled topics

What is the site policy for dealing with questions on very heavily-trolled topics, like Hitler and The Holocaust? We've long had problems with these particular topics, as they seem to be magnets for ...
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How do we determine site policy, how do we reach consensus about it?

It is unclear to me and others how we determine 'official' site policy. We have a lot of questions and answers surrounding our site policy here on meta. Some have a lot of views, some have a lot of ...
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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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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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Why do we continue to re-open low-quality questions and upvote these together with low quality answers?

There is this really egregiously zero-researched question: When did the number of motor driven vehicles surpass the number of horse driven vehicles in Paris? Putting in the keywords of the current ...
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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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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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2022: 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 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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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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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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The tag [orthodoxism] is not orthodox

I've always been uncomfortable with the orthodoxism tag here. It's a nonstandard term for what is normally called "Orthodoxy". The questions we have here appear to all relate to what is ...
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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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Winter Bash 2022 Millnery

Winter Bash 2022 is here on History.SE! Post a reply here to model your hats. Let's see what everyone is sporting. Best looking and/or coolest gets ... er ... the highest score?

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