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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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+1 is *not* a 'traditional welcoming gift'

Lately, I've seen some users (who shall remain nameless) upvote answers by new users simply as a 'traditional welcoming gift'. An upvote is not the traditional welcoming gift (it's usually a nice ...
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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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Our answers need to be more like skeptic.SE's answers

History is a field where there's a lot of commonly held misconceptions and water-cooler anecdotal information/analysis. As participants in this site, we need to be sure to carefully source our answers ...
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Warning about answers that just copy online sources

If anyone remembers the How it Works beta, it had a major issue with people copying from online sources without citing. I am worried this is starting here as I've already seen 3 answers copied ...
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Please avoid asking Wikipedia questions

I suggest that for this site and particularly in the private beta that we avoid asking questions that can be answered by Wikipedia e.g. 'Which groups arrived in Australia before the arrival of the ...
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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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A consensus to make citations mandatory on this site

On the Skeptics SE site we require that any claim be referenced. To have a look at our requirements please check Guidelines for Inadequately Referenced Answers Anecdotes and unproven general facts ...
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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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Welcome to our new pro tem moderators!

Thanks to everyone who participated in the recent nominations to select new moderators. We're always happy to see the community being proactive and getting involved in who is leading their site. Now, ...
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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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Should we include sources in answers?

As a historian I know that while information (or in this case answers) are vital, but perhaps more important to good historical research are the sources consulted. Should we, as History.SE'rs, include ...
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Do we need a History site? What are YOU getting out of this?

Update: Due largely to the feedback provided below and the proliferation of increasingly intriguing questions on this site, History SE is now public. Congratulations! Thank you for your feedback — ...
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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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Are we sufficiently supportive towards new users?

I was prompted to ask this by a couple of recent posts by new users and the response they received. I also took a look at some of the available data on the site, and I suspect we might have a problem. ...
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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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Do we expect answers to cite sources?

Long-time occasional browser, first-time poster here. I recently asked How much did it cost to attend events at the ancient Roman colosseum? and have gotten (so far) two answers, upvoted by the ...
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Can we add "Denialism" to the list of discouraged topics?

H:SE currently has a list of on topic/off topic advice in ask. (Curiously the "what not to ask here" is under the heading "What topics can I ask about?" rather than the "What topics should I not ask ...
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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 Easter island question off-topic?

Starting a discussion here to avoid a large number of comments. This question: How did people travel to remote islands like Easter Island? Has three close votes and bunch of comments discussing why ...
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Dealing with newbie questions - again

I know we have discussed this on numerous occasions, but this question and the responses suggest to me that we still have a problem. I admit, it is one of the worst phrased questions ever, but later ...
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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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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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Why history is still in beta?

I see in the title that the history stackexchange site is still in beta. It went way past its 100 days of beta, why it is still in beta?
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What Can We Do To Improve the Site

I recently read T.E.D.'s post on the recent cancellation of quite a few sites here at SE. I was wondering what we could do to improve the site's performance. Here are some thoughts: We seem to be ...
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Are recent political history questions on topic?

Are questions about political history of President Bush or Operation Enduring Freedom and the like on topic here? How recent is too recent? Where is the political science and political history line ...
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Is this site an academic source?

My teacher recently rejected the idea of me using this site for a research paper, and I was wondering if you would think that this site could be considered a source.
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Shouldn't we merge the tags for WWI and WW1?

I just finished writing the tag wiki info for the wwi tag, which only had 6 questions associated with it, which seemed odd. Then I saw a question about WWI that wasn't on the list for the tag I had ...
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How to deal with accepted answers that were sourced out of bigoted propaganda/conspiracy sites?

A couple of recent Q/A have answers, including one marked as Accepted, which are actually badly researched to put it mildly. Their source material is from outright Neo-Nazi, far-right, white-power ...
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Should i resign from this site?

I came onto this site with the understanding that it had a scholarly orientation. Unfortunately I have discovered that it is as much a popularity, 'who got there first', and elbowing contest. ...
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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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Please don't push controversy in comments

In the last few months we've received a number of email from users who complain about altercations on this site's comment sections. If the problem revolved around just one or two people, I'd contact ...
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Why was suggesting the subject of a photograph was a woman criticised as a possible 'insult'?

In this question, I suggested that the subject of a photograph, posing in a Royal Italian Army uniform, might be a woman - a supposition later supported by the OP. T.E.D claimed my suggestion could be ...
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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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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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Holocaust/Nazi/WW2 trivia questions - what to do?

It seems to me there are a lot of low-quality questions being asked about the trio of topics above. I'm not referring to holocaust denial questions, which should obviously be killed with fire. I ...
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Is recent history on topic?

Everybody has read the What topics can I ask about here? page as we all need clarity on whether a question will be welcome before developing it. The rules forbid questions about "the future", they ...
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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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Are language questions on-topic?

Are language questions such as "What language did the Hittites speak?" or "Why did Arabic replace Aramaic?" on topic? Do they belong on the Linguistics beta site instead?
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How old does it have to be before it is history?

What is the scope of this site - in terms of how old something has to be before it is history?
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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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Moderator Position Open - Nominations Needed

We are looking to fill an available moderator position here on History SE and are looking for interested users. Ideally Moderators are elected by the community, but until the community is large ...
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Is it time to update our custom close reasons?

There are three slots of custom close reasons. Currently, we only use two: Questions on social sciences other than History are off-topic here, unless they also involve history in some fashion. While ...
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Dealing with questions from younger users

I would like to raise a slight concern about the treatment of this question. Yes, it's a bad question, and, no, we're not here to do people's homework for them. But the sheer naivete suggests the ...
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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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Do we need more explicit policies regarding editing posts?

When users reach 1000 rep they gain the Edit questions and answers privilege. Before that, users can suggest edits, but these need to be approved by higher-rep users via the review queues (or by the ...
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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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Does anyone use any offline tools to help compose their answers?

I recently posted a fairly long (for me at least) answer, which took quite a while to compose in the editor window. I was fearful the entire time that a mis-click and I would loose it all. I checked ...
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Are questions asking for reference material off topic?

For example, would "I want to know of good first hand sources and academic texts about the Templars military tactics" be on or off topic?
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Why is History still in Beta?

I know this has been asked previously, but not recently. So, why haven't we moved out of Beta? We are doing well on all fronts except for questions asked and at this point it would be really hard to ...
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