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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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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 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 be the ...
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Requests for references

I know, the issue of our policy on reference requests was discussed (too) many times: a. Allowing some reference requests: here, here, here, here, here. b. The idea of a chat-room serving as 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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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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What should we do with potentially offensive usernames?

How does one flag potentially offensive usernames like "Anti-American Anti-Zionist". And more importantly, should we be allowing such usernames in our community?
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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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A Cautionary Tale

I just wanted to draw attention to the fact that a possibly dangerous form of spam/cyber-attack has occurred here, and warn our users to watch out for any reoccurrence. Our spammers and trolls seem to ...
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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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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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Looking for suggestions for revising a misunderstood question

I posted a question about how population transfers had been used to resolve wars, citing examples in Czechoslovakia, Finland and India, and the choice of nations not to go that route in the Arab-...
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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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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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Let's ask about Japan

The top answer, by score to my call for weekly challenge ideas was: I've only seen Japan come up like twice in questions that isn't about invading China/Asia/WW2. Meiji Restoration: supporters/...
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Are questions that ask “What was the significance of…?” appropriate for this site?

After searching through questions titled “What is/was the significance of ___?” I found that many are closed due to being opinion based or off topic, which is not surprising. But there seems to be ...
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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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Scope - ye demisse of ye yorne

This is a scoping question. I'd like to ask a question that initially seems like something more suitable for ELU, but is really about the history of printing. Specifically, whether/how early printers ...
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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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Undeleting a net-score unpopular but well written, amply referenced, upvoted and accepted quality answer?

Situation The deleted answer and its quality There is this well researched, amply referenced, and dotted with examples and quotes, truthful answer that addresses the question as asked, in much detail. ...
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A duplicate question of lower quality with a high-quality answer

My question has been marked as a duplicate. The alternative question asks the same thing but is very short. Probably that's the reason it was downvoted to the point of closing. But it has a single ...
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This question was marked as a duplicate. That's OK. But why was it subsequently deleted?

The question here is clearly a duplicate and was correctly closed as such. But then it was also deleted by Community. There doesn't appear to be anything in the question demanding quick deletion. Is ...
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How is History SE not like Skeptics SE? How to best parse this phrase?

A comment below the currently deleted just now undeleted question How did the US military "put the 'go slow'" on the use of force in the Vietnam War since the Tet Offensive? begins ...
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2020 Moderator Election - Results

History's first moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the four new moderators are: They'll be your elected moderators going forward, and will show up in the ...
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2020 Community Moderator Election

The 2020 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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2020 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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Are questions about hypothetical events off topic?

I have a question of the type "how would history have changed if ...", the stereotype being Hitler wins WWII (but not that one). It is mentioned in this page that questions about "...
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Excessive self-serving censorship by the moderators. Can anything be done about it?

I noticed that my comments that are in any way contradicting statements by @Semaphore get deleted without a trace (not just moved to chat), at least three in the past week. This comment was the latest ...
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Misuse of edit privilege when OP fills answer with inline comments they don't agree to?

After participating in a question, that in my opinion was of low quality since the extensive background information that was given was one sided, giving the impression that there can be only one ...
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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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Why was the election briefly started and then moved back to nominations today?

The election briefly started voting today and then was returned back to nominations, why?
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What do you consider the site's mission? A starting place or something deeper

This is where I got sent when I wanted to ask a question of the prospective moderators so to the prospective moderators: what do you consider this site's mission to be? Some time ago I posted a ...
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What do we do with good question, wrong forum?

Recently we had another instance of an anti-pattern that I call, "Good question, wrong forum" "Is there more modern history book with the same scope as Gibbon's The History of the ...
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2020 Moderator Election - Question Collection

History is scheduled for an election next week, October 19, 2020. In connection with that, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to ...
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Is it appropriate to ask a question based on a bunch of other History SE questions?

Sometimes I find a big list of other History SE questions that seem to share common approaches, common unsourced facts, or common premises. Sometimes I have a question about those approaches/facts/...
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Question precision: Appropriate to ask for at least one element from a finite list?

If I understand correctly, on History SE we want to have questions that are precisely answerable and don't ask for open-ended lists. That makes sense. In light of that, would questions like the ...
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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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Good practices before flagging a deleted question for moderator attention?

I admit it, I've been bad on History SE. Several of my questions have been deleted or soon will be. My understanding is that the appropriate course of action now is to edit my question to make it ...
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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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Why was “Did German submarines communicate with allied convoys during battle?” open and upvoted?

Open Did German submarines communicate with allied convoys during battle? Closed https://history.stackexchange.com/questions/9678/pacific-rim-countries-with-afro-english-communities https://history....
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FAQ: History:Stack Exchange

I'm a new user on History stack exchange; what do I need to know? What's different and unique about this particular site?
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Why were these three questions migrated, then closed? [duplicate]

In the 1993 Battle of Mogadishu, were the US's Humvees bullet-proof? In the Vietnam War, which front-line US soldiers were issued pistols? In the Battle of la Drang, who's this unconscious ...
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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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How should we deal with “Identify this item” questions?

I'm talking about questions like this, and this? I feel that they can be good questions if properly worded (the second one was edited substantially following my suggestions). The first question is ...
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And then there were three

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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Poll - how many among the users are “professional” historians?

I'm a bit curious how many people active on this site identify themselves as professional historians. I know there are some statistics available from when the site entered private BETA, but I assume ...

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