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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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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, ...
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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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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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Policy about referencing other (non StackExchange) site for an answer?

Today I saw this question Was Textile Armour More Effective at Stopping Arrows than Mail? and my first thought was "Wow, that seems very specific and difficult to find info for". I mean, unless this ...
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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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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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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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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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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 no the main site? Note Bene: There is no ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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New wording for our what research have you done message

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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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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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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Allow reference requests?

Remind me again why we do not allow reference requests? While I can see this as being "not helpful" for a particular idiosyncratic problem, for a general problem ("Best books on the Seven Years War?") ...
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Please help me ask this question

Related to this problem. I kindly ask to help me ask the question so it would be clear for anybody to understand me. Title: Why and how did George V give titles to his generals that he was not ...
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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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Why was this question allowed to close despite being revised?

Back in April of this year I noticed a rather good question, albeit worded quite vaguely. It was set to "on hold" on the 3rd of April by a number of individuals due to being "unclear" and so I offered ...
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Required tag categories?

Proposal: create two required tag categories: space and time. Every question must have a tag specifying the location and time period. If a question lacks a time tag, it is automatically tagged whole-...
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New tag for the Fall of the Roman Empire

I've made two questions about Attila on History StackExchange, and only found two suitable tags for them: ancient-history and roman-empire. I'm wondering if a fall-roman-empire tag (or something like ...
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Are questions about the meaning of words in historical languages off-topic?

Specifically I'm referring to the question What does the Aztec word “calpuleque” mean?. Seeing this question immediately makes me think that it should be closed because it does not ask about history. ...
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Is it ok to ask questions about mythicism, the notion that Jesus did not exist?

I asked this on meta.christianity.SE; they suggested my question is not appropriate for that forum and sent me here. I am trying to find a reason to take seriously the notion that Richard Carrier and ...
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What do I do wrong when asking questions?

@Sempahore and I did some chat which started today (24th June 2015 about 11:18 CET), here is the link to full conversation http://chat.stackexchange.com/transcript/message/22353368#22353368. As I ...
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A question was marked as “duplicate” when in fact it wasn't

I have absolutely no idea why this question was marked as "a duplicate". The supposedly duplicated question has absolutely nothing to do with the original question. I put this as a comment but since ...
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Completly turn “Lodon Stock Market Crash”

Obviously that is a leading question which wants the "IT'S ALL THE JEWS FAULT!" answer. But why not turn it around and answer whether that question is true - where the answer is a clear no: the ...
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Rename tag medieval-china

medieval-china doesn't make sense: there is no Medieval / Middle Ages period for China. For the timespan covered (221 BC to 1912 AD), I would prefer imperial-china. Wikipedia also uses this ...
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How should I advertise a new SE proposal?

I just started a Soviet Union SE proposal on Area 51. How should I advertise it on this site? Do I just post a question on the main board, or have to go to chat?
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Proposed question - How quickly did Renaissance bakers work?

Proposed question: How much bread, (in loaves?) could a typical Renaissance baker's family pump out in 1 day? Good question, or not? Hmm... Research... Well, this blogger has personal experience ...
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Why has [tag:crimea] disappeared?

I don't get why crimea tag has been removed. If it's some policy like "only nation tags, no regional tags" it makes no sense: nations have a limited span in time and space, so it's completely ...
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Which tags should we use for questions about Carthage and the Phoenicians?

There have been a few questions about Carthage lately, for example: Do we consider Carthage as belonging to a different civilization from the Phoenician one? What is the state of the art historical ...
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New Beta Theme Launched

Your site looks a bit different today. Yes, we are getting rid of the 'Sketchy' look and replacing it with a more-polished and finished design for sites in beta. You can read more about the redesign ...
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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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Some mistakes in Persia's tag information

Persia's tag information: "The land and people in southwestern Asia from the ancient Sassanian empire to the modern nation state of Iran, prior to 1935" The land and people: Wrong! Because Persia is ...