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Why were my questions on mercenaries in Africa closed?

All four were closed for this reason — The primary purpose of this question appears to be to promote or discredit a specific idea, theory, cause, group or person. It does not appear to be a good-...
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Definition for the “Yahwehism” tag, and how it relates to the “Judaism” tag?

So, after I saw a question with the tag yahwehism (tag now removed from that question by a moderator), I noticed that it both had only one question associated with it (who didn't create the tag, since ...
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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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Why did my question suddenly become popular?

I asked this question in 2018: What was the early understanding of static electricity shocks? Didn't have much attention, and then it was answered a year later in Nov 2019. Then, for some reason, ...
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How to deal with answers consisting mainly of a quote by a biased historian

So there's an answer that is not good in several respects: It only offers a quote without context. The quote is biased (ultramontane, catholic historian in the 19th century) and very old (120 years). ...
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Does moving entire comment sections to chat defeat the purpose of comments?

I understand that discussions in comment sections are a major problem, and more so on History:SE than on, say, Stackoverflow. I understand that this needs to be tackled because it clutters up the site ...
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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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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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When do we consider a question to be easily answered by “a simple search”?

Our help-center lists explicitly one symptom that makes a question "off-topic": It is not about: Questions answered by a simple Google search or to be found in a Wikipedia page I see 'a ...
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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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Is singling out a type of people for removal from countries rude or abusive?

I flagged this question Has the majority ever seceded? as being rude or abusive because the question concerns the removing of peoples from countries and both example refer to Muslims, as seen in ...
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Should we merge [sumeria] into [sumer]?

While looking for interesting tags to watch, I happened to notice that we have both sumer (currently with 15 questions) and sumeria (with 3 questions), both presumably referring to the bronze-age ...
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Can I transform a poor question?

Often some users post low quality questions. Quickly somebody comments the question explaining that it needs to be improved in order to get good answers but... the OP never modifies the question and ...
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2019: 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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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. General Site Policy How ...
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Do we have or need a policy concerning publication of information which may involve living individuals?

We have had a few questions and or answers which include information concerning living individuals.Since many of the subjects of our questions are passed, privacy information shouldn't be an issue. ...
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Is there a notability criterion or not?

Did Lisa Chester miss her father's funeral? I hate to have to ask, as the question is not worth much to me, but it's so unpleasant to see a question closed for an ambiguous reason. Commenters ...
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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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I have been a member of this site for almost 8 years and I have >1000 rep. Why am I being instructed on how to ask questions?

I recently received a comment from a moderator on an old question instructing to review how to ask questions and directing me to edit this question to include more background research. However, I ...
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Shouldn't we actually give the 'single link' that answers an off-topic “too basic” question?

While reading the question What were the main causal forces leading to rise of fascist movement and fascist government in Germany? I see this now closed - after almost 4 years in "open" existence (...
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Is there any way we can improve the quality of questions on this site?

I have no idea whether this question is even answerable, but I have noticed we have a positive plethora of questions closed or put on hold by the community, either for being too basic, speculative, or ...
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How much research should one do before asking a question?

This comes as my reaction to a recent question in which the Asker cheerfully admitted to having done zero research. Just recently I came across this GREAT Answer on Meta Stack Overflow, by someone ...
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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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“Why Japan cannot 'apologize' enough for World War 2?” being put on hold for “off-topic” (too basic) and swiftly deleted?

Edit: Now the question is deleted! From what I can tell it now has a +7/-6 vote. I believe that those who vote to delete the question owe us an explanation. Here's my question, "Why Japan cannot “...
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Shouldn't these two tags be synonyms?

Is there any difference between tag flags and tag vexillology? If not, shouldn't they be synonyms?
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Names of people and places

Each language has different ways to spell names that represent the same person or place. I remember when I was younger, chinese capital was called Pekin, while now is called Beijing. Also, Mao Zedong ...
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New wording for our message: “What research have you done?”

This is a follow up to my prior question about the harsh treatment we give to newcomers: Shouldn't we be less harsh with respect to asking for prior research? In spirit there seems to be a ...
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Why is this question on Romanian Communism deemed “primarily opinion based”?

I created this question a while ago, and edited it a few times to improve quality and clarity because well, sometimes questions are hard. In spite of this the question has remained closed because it ...
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Shouldn't we be less harsh with respect to asking for prior research?

Prompted by this question: Are there any examples of California gold rush prospectors becoming exceedingly wealthy due to their claim(s)? There's a twice upvoted comment in 12 minutes as I write, ...
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Why was my question closed even though it perfectly lies within the boundaries of history?

I asked this question some time back- Why is the Easter Island such a frequent participant in Japanese Comics? The question was closed and my comments weren't answered. I clearly stated that I am ...
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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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How does one reopen a question that has no reopen option?

The question Why has English become the global language? was recently put on hold. As it is a migrated question, it appears that it cannot be reopened by voting. According to the Help Center (...
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Should we add more banners of the type 'citation needed'?

It seems to be the case that we get too many answers that do not adequately cite their sources or do not present enough or any evidence from external sources to support their arguments, assertions and ...
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Can we flag answers because they lack sources?

A few hours ago, I flagged an answer because it had no sources. The contents seemed plausible in part, but without sources an uninformed reader cannot quickly check for him/herself or dig deeper ...
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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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Why did a moderator uniterally remove from HNQ 'Why command hierarchy, if the chain of command is standing next to each other?'

Why command hierarchy, if the chain of command is standing next to each other? has already been well answered. So I ask merely out of curiosity.
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The tag [nazi] is redundant with [nazism] and [nazi-germany]

The tag nazi is redundant with the tags nazi-germany and nazism. In addition, it’s rather ambiguous in meaning: while the other two tags refer to a specific period in Germany’s history, and a specific ...
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Congratulations, you're no longer in Beta!

This site started private beta before July 2012, so it is no longer "beta", it is a full site by our definition. We've removed the word "beta" from your site banner because we believe that you aren't ...
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Are HEMA (Historical European Martial Arts) questions on topic?

HEMA (Historical European Martial Arts) is the study and recreation of how people fought and duelled with one another in Europe during the mediaeval and Renaissance period. It has been popularised in ...
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Surprisingly few people related tags

While asking my last question I noticed that there wasn't any Louis XIV tag. There seems to be enough questions that relate to him that there ought to be. I was then curious to see if other ...
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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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Dealing with abusive comments

This question has engendered a good few comments, ranging from the merely patronising to the frankly abusive. Do we have a policy/protocol on such "conversations"?
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Should we close questions with answers?

"What is the relationship between land grants & titles?" has two answers, but was closed as "too broad". I respect the closure and am not asking for a re-open, but for a discussion of our cultural ...
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unsure this question would belong in law or history or elsewhere?

I would like to ask a question about the law of civilian court martials: under what circumstances and which present day military forces allow it? So I was going to put this in history. But would law ...
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What to do about “caesar” and “julius-caesar” that currently mean the same person?

I just noticed that there are two tags for the same person, caesar and julius-caesar. Here are the links: caesar and julius-caesar. julius-caesar has no uage guidance, but caesar has: Questions ...
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Do we want a Cyprus tag?

Methinks probably, but putting it out for discussion. In case the community decides we do need the tag, I've found only a few relevant questions: Makarios III's harsh quote on Turkish Cypriots ...
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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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Is the “How things work” analogy valid?

Recently our site editor posed the question 'do we need a history site' and expressed that his recommendation would be to close the site based on the 'how things work' problem. The 'how things work' ...
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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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