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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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On the continuity of Russia

At the moment, tag russia has the following description: The largest country in the world, spanning territory from the eastern edge of Europe to Siberia in northern Asia, except for the period 1918-...
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Why are so many questions I ask on the “History” Stack Site mysteriously deleted without a trace?

I often ask questions on Stack Exchange sites. Sometimes several a day, but certainly a good number per month. I have noticed that, in particular in the "History" category, my questions are not only "...
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When comments are flagged, are related comments looked at by moderators?

If a comment is flagged, do moderators normally look at only the comment, or also the general context of the comment such as what the comment was replying to? EDIT: Bump this to get new input from the ...
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What can be done to improve this answer?

@AmroKabeel posted an answer to this question:What is the ethnicity of the Sabeans? . The answer was flagged as low quality and acting on behalf of the community I deleted the answer. AmroKabeel asked ...
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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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When, if ever, should states of federal countries have their own independent tags?

I would like to ask a question about Newfoundland, and noticed there's no specific tag for it. Given how this conversation turned, I figured I'd make it more of a general case so we don't have to re-...
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What exactly does minimalism in tagging hope to achieve?

Recently, one of the "lifers" of History SE has engaged in mass removal of tags from questions. Perhaps many consume content on Stack Exchange by visiting the front page of a particular SE site and ...
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Japanese Period Names

There was a similar topic recently on China and I was confused trying to tag my Japanese question so I figured this could be helpful. Presently, Japan-classed tags include japan, classical-japan, ...
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Are questions about the evolution of religious texts on-topic on History:SE?

I've read the rules and I'm fully aware that questions regarding mythology are not allowed in this site. But the texts and mythological folklore are part of our culture, whether or not they're true, ...
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When are tag edits acceptable because the question is mis-tagged?

This topic is my intention to bring a separate discussion -- perhaps sufficient for us to arrive at a consensus -- as to 'when' tag edits should be done. This is not the same as 'what' tags to use (...
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Should an explicit policy on using non-English source material in answers be detailed?

I noticed a few questions where people have provided links to translated texts which contain the material needed for answering a question. These cases seem to be treated (even if by the people ...
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When has and hasn't the UK Parliament's legal sovereignty been subordinate to the electorate's political sovereignty?

Apologies. I don't get why When has and hasn't the UK Parliament's legal sovereignty been subordinate to the electorate's political sovereignty? has been closed as a question "on social ...
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What are good indicators that a question belongs on a different Stack Exchange?

There are plenty of questions here that overlap with politics, religion, art, and so on. How should someone determine if their question would be a better fit on a different Stack than History? This ...
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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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How skeptical should we be about Wikipedia references?

In a recent question about "hobos", I defined a "hobo" as a "hoe boy," citing Wikipedia as a reference. A critic wrote: "Your alleged etymology is wholly unsupported both by Wikipedia and Webster's."...
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How can I make these four questions on topic?

Why didn't the FBI monitor bankrupt (former) employees more watchfully? How long did Jews in hiding take to reveal themselves at the end of WW2? What was their reception? I don't get how these ...
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Are comparison questions acceptable?

Are comparison questions acceptable? More specifically, I wanted to ask how one would compare the Dutch and Venetian Republics during their zeniths - both were non-monarchical, both thrived on ...
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Why do reputation-points allow negative hits from members?

This just makes reputation points into a popularity-contest, simply suppressing dissension by opinions rather than facts.
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Comprehensive policy on tagging WW2 questions

In light of the recent controversy and edit wars over tagging, it is clear that History.SE needs a community consensus on tagging. I would therefore like to initiate discussions on tagging specific ...
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Clarification on questions based on r/askhistorians, but deleted my moderator?

A moderator alone closed https://history.stackexchange.com/q/59166 https://history.stackexchange.com/q/59171. https://history.stackexchange.com/q/59172 https://history.stackexchange.com/q/59175 ...
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Help with Writing a Question on Historiographical Methodology

I have a question I would like to ask about historiographical methodology, namely how one would go about determining whether a river was navigable in the past and up to what point upstream. However, ...
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On naming Chinese dynasties

At the moment, we have tags ming-dynasty and qing, which is inconsistent. We could have ming-china and qing-china, or, ming-dynasty and qing-dynasty. How should China's dynasties be named?
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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 are the correct tags for my question?

I tagged What ring is this? with world-war-two. After seeing the answers, I found out that I was in the wrong century. What is the appropriate tags to use? Should I change the tags? I was going to ...
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Two tags for Latin

At the moment, we have tags latin and latin-language, both on the Latin language. They're not synonyms of one another. Shouldn't they be merged?
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Tag for Hong Kong

Tag hongkong is a bit ugly. Could it please be renamed hong-kong?
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FAQ: My question has been 'closed', what does it mean?

Why are some questions closed? Is it like deletion?
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How is my question about slave clothing opinion-based?

My question was closed because it was seen as opinion-based. I am struggling to see how my question as it currently stands is opinion-based. There are many questions about slavery on this website and ...
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Brainstorming Community Promotion Ads

Since the Community Promotion Ad question seems to be for final products only, I thought perhaps we might have a discussion question concerning what types of 'ads' we might wish to see. It looks like ...
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Why two similar questions were treated differently?

I wonder why the following two questions were treated so differently. One, about finding static maps, Good online sources for historical maps, asked in 2011, was well-received (score 23, not closed) ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2020

You lost your “beta” label in 2019, so welcome to your very first edition of Community Promotion Ads, for the year of 2020! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are community-...
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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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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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