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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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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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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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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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Who decides whether a question is “Too basic” and don't you think that is counterproductive?

I am writing as a history-lover and avid researcher of almost everything. I have been a member here for a while, though I haven't posted much. This as an earnest attempt to address what I think is a ...
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Why is history.SE such a hostile place?

I'm completely taken aback by the reaction to this question and my own answer to it. The person is a new contributor who asks a difficult and complicated question that shows evidence of prior ...
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How do we tell a user to improve the quality of his posts when comments do not suffice and voters torpedo quality by regularly upvoting nonsense?

In the last days we saw a new user here who apparently found a method to speedily farm for reputation by mass cargo-cult quoting. Member for 14 days, 30 answers all over the place and quick succession,...
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Quality in questions and answers

Expanding on this guys question, who IMO was too friendly to stirr up people: Why is history.SE such a hostile place? I agree with them in one point: the aggressive downvoting and instinctive closing ...
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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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Tags “building” and “construction”

Presently, tags building and construction are both in existence. The overwhelming use of both seems to be similar -- questions relating to edifices and how they were set up (either by someone or in ...
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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" ...
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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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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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