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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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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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Elaborate reason for vote to put 'on hold' drowned in the process of 'vote to close'

Just now, I just wanted to express that a question seemed to be in need to be put on hold, now. Like four voters expressed so before. For that I saw just a few edges to come off to make it a viable ...
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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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Question about a Closed Question

I am posting here to understand better why an old question of mine was closed. Also to determine if I can resolve the concerns of the down voters and mod by rewording my question to their ...
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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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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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What is the purpose of the 'Add another answer' button?

Seeing as I can edit any answer I post to my heart's content (assuming it hasn't been deleted), I'm wondering why this button is needed - or is it there precisely for this reason (answer deleted)? I ...
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Curious what “positive question record” means"?

So I think this box tells me I've got the 5 well received questions I need for this badge. "Well received" means questions with positive vote totals? But I'm guessing I don't have "a positive ...
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Make [Great Britain] just plain old [Britain] again

Currently we have two tags: britain (95 Questions tagged) great-britain (15 Questions tagged) Furthermore, britain has a usage excerpt and a summary while great-britain does not. As the two tags ...
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Downvote: you really should say why and how to improve

It would be really useful if people who down voted could say why they did so. Even better, add a hint as to how they would improve the question. Since the site is in beta, some questions/answers may ...
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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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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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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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Etiquette of breaking down a large question into a series of smaller ones

So I've got something of a monster of a question about the composition and formations of Saladin's army during the siege of Jerusalem. It took a good many hours to research and currently fills four ...
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Why was my first question here on History Stack Exchange put on hold?

As a beginner I felt unwelcome. My first question here was put on hold on the grounds that "requests for trivia or basic historical facts are off-topic". My question is not asking about trivia. It's ...
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Should History.SE be deleting answers posted as comments?

Prompted by a chat discussion. Sometimes, users post answers in the comment section. They do this for several reasons - some common ones include that they don't have time to write a full answer, that ...
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Anonymous Edits: very uncomfortable with this feature

I did something for the first time ever on any SE site today, and that was not reject an edit from an anonymous user. (I am able to open review queues on 5 SE sites). This particular edit was nothing ...
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Creation of a “Schleswig-Holstein” regional tag?

I think it's a good idea to have tags for sub-national regions, for questions specific to those regions. For example, bavaria exists and I also created silesia for one of my questions but ...
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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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“What are the merits of why didn't” questions?

So I made a while ago a question that was downvoted and closed because it was a "why didn't" question, which supposedly does not fit this site. However, quite a few other past questions are "why didn'...
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Does the fact that comments aren't anonymous discourage people who downvote from explaining why?

I'm sure I'm not the only person who has been puzzled (and at times a little annoyed) at being downvoted (both questions and answers). At the same time, I accept people's right to do that and I think ...
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Should answerers be held responsible for updating their answers when the questions are revised?

Here's a typical situation. I see a question. I write an answer that draws upvotes. Then the OP revises the question. My answer starts getting downvotes. The critical comments are generally that the ...
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It is justified creating the grant tag just for this question?

It is justified creating the grant tag just for this question ? I personally had no idea this guy existed - also, I don't think it should be encouraged to create new tags for every historical figures,...
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Can we adjust the help center to help manage scope?

Our help center for don't ask is pretty generic. I have some opinions about out of scope questions. Is there a way to adjust the help center with a better "out of scope" test? Would that reduce the ...
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Is it on-topic to ask for information/references on a person?

I am looking for references or information of a person who published a book about Christianity and Finance in 1932, in London. This person was from the military, achieving lieutenant-commander rank. ...
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Can I accept an unpopular answer that sees the spirit of the original question rather than the technical correctness of the edited one ?

Say Answer A is upvoted by most-users. B ranks next at half the no. of upvotes and C at one-third of upvotes as A. I do like A for its technical validity, historical accuracy and relevance. However,...
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A question regarding my questions

I have a question about my questions on the History Stack Exchange......perhaps you can assist me in this matter. I have been with the History Stack Exchange for nearly 3 months and have submitted ...
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Should I upvote a good answer to an off-topic question?

There is currently a question on the front page that is on hold; it is explicitly an off-topic question according to the What topics can I ask about here? page. However, before the question was put ...
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Is using a copyright image in a question considered 'fair use'?

I want to use a screenshot from a movie as part of a question in order to show the object I am referring to. I can't find another image of this object. Will I get in trouble if I use a screenshot ...
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Adding answers to old questions which already have good answers

This is a continuation to Is it OK to answer old questions?: What should we do with new but redundant answers to old questions that already have very good accepted answers? Obviously, if the new ...
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A global timeline of history - looking for learned opinions

As it's been a week and no harm seems to have come, I'd like to repurpose this post a little, and add some status updates. Its main objective is always that of gathering intelligent feedback: [...] I ...
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Are questions about the history of politics on-topic here?

A couple of weeks ago someone posted a question about whether POTUS can prevent Congress from overriding a veto by simply ignoring it. It didn't look to have much to do with history, but I happened to ...
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Is it OK to ask general questions about fashion and furniture items found by archaeologists?

I've found a lot of items in the Portable Antiquities Scheme that I never knew they even existed so I would like to find more information about what those things actually are. For example there are a ...
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Is it okay to ask questions if they're based on a dubious source?

In short, I played a 1994 edutainment game that makes a statement that I am completely unable to prove or even support (I can provide more details if requested). I haven't seen the game get anything ...
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How do we improve our process & outcome on re-opens?

Questions about supporting new users and my question about trivial questions raised an issue. Briefly stated, H:SE quality requires that we close questions quickly, but our record at revising and re-...
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Should we downvote questions that touch on sensitive topics?

A somewhat similar question to this one, although not about the choice of words per se. This question was asked about an hour ago at H:SE, and in this little time it has attracted 17 viewers and ...
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Badgering over sources

The information page for this Stack Exchange site says that sources are not required, and moreover that questions are not supposed to ask for sources. Nevertheless, a Wikipedia-like witchhunt over ...
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What is a trivial question?

SE is stronger and more interesting if we discourage trivial questions. I've repeated multiple times that I will downvote and Vote to Close any question that is answered by google or by Wikipedia. I ...
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What to do about obvious trolls? Is this what the “report” button is for?

What to do about obvious trolls? Is this what the "report" button is for? I don't want to single anyone out, because, in my opinion, the problem is endemic, but here is but a couple of examples: ...
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What should we do about questions regarding “fake news” or “fake history?”

I'm referring to questions like this one about whether Mozart was ever called "Wolfie" in real life, as he was in a play, or this one, about whether or not King Henry VIII was protected by nightly ...
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A plea to down voters

Someone (singular or plural) seem to be down voting a lot of my answers. I do not really care that much about a meaningless reputation number. However, I do care about the overall quality of this ...
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How can we fix counterfactual questions?

I'm referring to questions like this one, which I did my best to fix. In its original form, its thrust was how would the world have been different in Germany had chosen not to fight Britain, ...
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What's the policy on 'bump' edits?

I've noticed that some questions seem to get multiple minor edits seemingly with no purpose other than keeping the post at the top of the list. What's the site policy on this? As an example, this ...
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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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Is it OK to vote down on question when I just don't like the topic?

I was reading the "Plea to downvoters" discussion and I have similar question. I generally agree that a downvoter should explain what is wrong. Should (s)he also do if he just doesn't like the topic? ...
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When is a duplicate not a duplicate?

We have a question that has been marked as a duplicate. The question is: When did the “Great War” become “World War 1”? The suggested duplicate is here: When was the term for WW2 first used and ...
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Are question about the inheritance laws of monarchies on topic here?

I have a theoretical question about the inheritance laws of the thrones in real life monarchies (that is inspired by fictional events depicted in the TV show Game of Thrones). Is such a question on ...
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A standard way/approach to handle questions that are better for other SE sites?

There is a tendency, i.e. in recent posts, to group almost every conceivable line of enquiry under History (because the subject is so broad). One could say, OP has no clear idea where to start and ...
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Should we borrow one or both of the Off topic reasons from the Politics SE?

There's a recent meta thread in politics that discussed new close reason for their SE, and both seem apt for the History SE. Quoting them verbatim: Speculative Questions asking for the internal ...

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