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How should H:SE deal with questions about race?

Could H:SE develop some community guidance to assist people to ask questions about race? Someone asked a question about racial classification. In dismay over the number of downvotes, he asked if the ...
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Can anyone offer suggestions on how I can improve my answer regarding Soviets handing over Jews to the Nazis?

I know everyone is entitled to their own opinions and voting on Questions and Answers is a private thing - but my understanding on the casting of Up and Down votes on Main is supposed to be with ...
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May I request canonical resources?

I'm no history buff; I have a general interest in history which extends about as far as regular, common-spoken, well-known facts (or potential myths, depending on one's sources). Now, however, my ...
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What to do with closed question about phobias

I asked this question and it was closed and got a lot of downvotes: How long have people been having nightmares about showing up to school wearing only underwear? I'm wondering what to do about it. ...
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What is the mysterious “TL;DR” that appears at the top of many Questions and Answers?

TL;DR The above is an example. I put it there intentionally. I see it at the top of a lot of Q's and A's on Main. What is it? Why is it there? Is it kbd shrtcut emoji kewl speak I just don't ...
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Markdown formatting - anchor tag syntax here?

I am trying to get a little fancy with some formatting to include some inline anchors within the body of my Question so I can add links that would allow jumping past sections of my Question Body that ...
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What can be done to best provide appropriate help to students?

It seems over past week or so that more and more questions are being posted on Main from young students seeking help with homework or test assignments. I am opposed to doing anyone's homework for ...
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(How) can I make a request for movie recommendations on topic?

Is this a question for meta, rather than the main site, or would it be on topic there? I was thinking of asking on the SO movies site, first on meta, if it woule be on topic there, but I think that ...
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Why have I got many downvotes on my second question?

I’m asking this because, I have asked a simple question in here ”Questions about Thracia” and then all sudden, I got downvotes. For what? It was not even necessary to downvote. If I got 7 downvotes ...
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Is there a Question Coach team, or discussion area available where one can get help framing a difficult question?

I started and discarded five versions of a question I want to ask about German doctors in the Hitler era (not all were Nazis) participating in euthanasia programs, grotesque human experimentation, and ...
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Still banned from asking questions

Am still banned from asking questions at History SE. Not sure why. Kindly remove the question ban. If the question ban is not removed this is the prospective historical question that perhaps another ...
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How could I have asked my question better?

I asked a question here on whether the practice of creating a 'Ghost Wall', a practice presented in historical fiction, and in some sources as a historical fact has any historicity to it, or whether ...
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Is there a guide for adding appropriate tags?

I have recently earned the ability to add Tags but I am hesitant to do so without some guidance on what kind of Tags would be useful and acceptable and what kind of Tags would simply be noise. I ...
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How to improve feedback?

Personally I don't think that anyone can say it better than @era did - see below I'd like to, I think pretty reasonably, request that the close voters explain what is unclear about the question in ...
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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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Can't close duplicate questions now?

It appears new rules don't allow closing duplicate questions if the earlier question does not have an answer? Perhaps I am just using the close function wrong, if so, my apologies. When I attempted ...
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What is so awful about my question about Hawaii?

I know asking why getting downvotes is not a good idea, but still. my question about Hawaii might not be "perfect or anything" I made a real effort, and I really asked myself a question (it's not ...
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Was my question on a quote by R. G. Collingwood deleted?

I can't see it under 'Deleted Questions'.
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Make History participate in the Suggest Improvement experiment?

There apparently is an experiment running on a few SE: https://workplace.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/5320/experiment-running-a-comment-by-any-other-name Last year, Robert Cartaino relayed ...
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Deleting a comment which then makes nonsense of a response

I commented, admittedly somewhat tongue in cheek, on @guest271314 's answer to this question - essentially I was saying that we all come from somewhere, but that doesn't mean we are familiar with our ...
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Can movies be considered usable for reference?

There are many historical movies which show exactly the way events happened in the past, can they be used as a reference for raising queries? Example: The movie Viceroy's House shows the series of ...
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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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Change 'vikings' tag?

This recent question: In Scandinavia, was there a cultural continuity from Goths to Vikings or were they two different groups of people? was tagged as vikings, which reads: For questions about the ...
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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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Why was this answer which breaks down the term america to the four root words deleted?

What is the reason for deleting this answer at Since the inception of the United States, has the term "America" ever referred to something more than simply "the United States"? ...
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Are there any other regular users of manuscript archives on History:SE?

I'm interested to know whether there are any other professional (or indeed amateur) historical researchers who regularly make use of manuscript archives, or manuscript collections within other ...
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Help Me Create an Anthropology/Sociology SE!

If any of you would be interested in a Anthropology/Sociology SE please check out the proposal on Area51. It would be great if any of you could post some example questions or critique the ones that ...
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Is it acceptable to promote a Area51 Proposal on this Meta?

I was wondering if it would be okay to promote an Area51 proposal on the meta here. I think it is related to the History SE as it is an SE for Anthropology and Sociology.
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What is wrong with the question about rumors of unusual sexual practices in a specific ethnic group?

Has bestiality been noticeably prevalent among Muslim / Middle East people and for how long? Question is put on hold with the following explanation: "The primary purpose of this question appears ...
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How does History SE differ from the rest of the internet for historical facts?

I was asked why not ask Wiki for information? IMO I find the answers places like Wiki misses and a feeling of humanity here. What technical reasons why History SE is better? Should History SE be ...
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Unanswered questions with answers or partial answers in comments

Scrolling through the unanswered questions, I've noticed that there are a fair few with comments that provide answers, or at least potentially substantial partial answers. These comments make it ...
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Stop censoring Questions and Answers

There is no legitimate reason for deleting this Answer at Earliest story?. Why has this Answer been deleted? Because scholars that are the direct descendants of the African Ancient Egyptians challenge ...
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Why was my answer deleted?

Below is the standard SE Help Center text for why answers may be deleted: Answers that do not fundamentally answer the question may be removed. This includes answers that are: commentary ...
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Are questions on racial stereotypes in the US on-topic?

I fancy asking questions about racial stereotypes in the US. Would they be on-topic? What is the origin of the stereotype that Polish people lack intelligence? is. Example: p. 258 of The Good Lawyer ...
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Why was this question removed?

Why was this question removed? The gods who promised to return Why do ancient gods have to promise to return? Has the return of the gods been a deception of public opinion? Or have there ...
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Why is History SE underlying in red “Habsburg” and tries to impose “Hapsburg”?

While Hapsburg is correct in English (especially American, I think), academic works seem to prefer "Habsburg", which is the original form in German. Looking up the term on Google books, all results ...
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Is there any particular reason why all Turkey-related questions were bumped today?

I am curious whether there is a particular reason behind this. This apparently also happened in the Politics SE.
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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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Should we allow easy to answer questions?

I know that we want to encourage people to do some research before asking their question, but what is the harm in allowing relatively easy to answer questions to be asked on here? It seems that would ...
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How to fix this question

This Question has a long comment stream and 2 upvoted answers. It also has 5 downvotes with its 4 upvotes, hence a net score of -1. There are no reasons given for the down votes. I don't see ...
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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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We need a notification system for voters after an edit was made to a voted-on post

Comments are meant to help the original poster to refine a question or an answer. If a poster listens to this advice or criticism and does edit post, the quality of the post is thought to improve. ...
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Factual comment removed

In the question Did NATO promise Gorbachev not to accept membership applications from former Warsaw Pact nations?, which made a factually wrong claim (that the GDR joined NATO in 1990), I made a ...
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References, comprehensiveness and accuracy vs perceived popularity

It is puzzling that the answer to Did German soldiers receive pay after the Allied invasion? was judged so negatively, also on its own, but especially compared to the two 'competing' answers. The ...
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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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How are questions migrated?

Apologies if I should know this, but if a question fairly obviously belongs on another site, what do I do? Flag for Mod attention?
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Dealing with questions showing “obvious” bias

I have put "obvious" in quotes, since it is a somewhat subjective term, but this question and this are two (of possibly three, one deleted) from the same user, which appear to show consistent bias. ...
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What should be the standard message for “Please document research”?

As noted in this question, some questions have no documented preliminary research and should probably be directed to Google or Wikipedia. This is particularly true of new users, to whom we wish to be ...
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Update: What are History SE's chances of graduating?

With reference to How are we doing? and Why does this Beta have a problem with question frequency?, plus the fact that we are now on day 2320 in Beta and are still lagging on some stats, I'm wondering ...

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