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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 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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What constitutes a request for a “List”

Many of my questions are criticized as being requests for 'lists' with no 'one best answer'. Does this mean that the site is dedicated only to the discussion of certain singular and peculiar ...
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What was wrong in the question about Jesus' family?

This question was closed because "it is primarily opinion-based". At the moment it is much edited so it has lost its original content. I don't understand why this is "opinion based". It refers to the ...
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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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Is there a notability criterion or not?

Did Lisa Chester miss her father's funeral? I hate to have to ask, as the question is not worth much to me, but it's so unpleasant to see a question closed for an ambiguous reason. Commenters ...
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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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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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Flagging holocaust denial

Holocaust denial is both factually incorrect, and offensive. How should it be flagged? Should it be flagged as "rude and abusive", or should I use "other" and say "lacks citations"? I'm worried that ...
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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 is an academic historical question?

My question: Was the Granny Smith Apple the first green skinned apple widely propagated? Discusses something that is considered a large part of our local history and something that we celebrate every ...
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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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Does History.SE want Skeptics.SE's attribution questions?

I am a moderator on Skeptics.SE. Normally, I would direct this question straight to the moderators of History.SE, but they haven't been decided yet... We occasionally get "Did X really say Y?" ...
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Should “some” requests for resources be “on-topic”?

I know requests for resources are off topic, and I agree that "Can you do my homework" type questions should be. However, I am wondering if some requests should be allowed. I have a personal reason ...
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When is a question too “basic” or “general reference” for the site?

On other SE sites, questions are closed when the are too "basic" or "general reference." "This question is too basic; it can be definitively and permanently answered by a single link to a standard ...
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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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Let's get critical: Jan 2014 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love History Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from Google, what ...
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Why did a moderator uniterally remove from HNQ 'Why command hierarchy, if the chain of command is standing next to each other?'

Why command hierarchy, if the chain of command is standing next to each other? has already been well answered. So I ask merely out of curiosity.
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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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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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Questions concerning non-written history

It is unclear to me whether events not involving written history are considered on topic. For example, various questions recently, such as Thule people migrating to Greenland, ask questions before ...
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Why does this Beta have a problem with question frequency?

It's at about 2 questions per day when it should be at 15. From my experience in academia, history is one of the most dense academic fields in exactly the kind of questions that this site is designed ...
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Why did I get an upvote?

Although it isn't strictly necessary, I think it is important to recognize very well constructed questions. SE recognizes good questions with votes, but as others have pointed out, votes are a ...
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Is this site for purely Geo-Political History questions?

Today I asked a question on this site which was local history and discussed in this meta discussion. In that discussion Robert from Stack Exchange provided this answer: I assumed that History SE ...
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How should we deal with answers reading the question a bit differently than OP intended (frame challenge)?

Sometimes we get questions that are "not good enough", as anyone individual might think; and as opinions differ: on quite a few questions. So much so that we do not reach a consensus on "badness". ...
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Would you be interested in a “war week” contest?

Expanding on this post about potential contest ideas, what do you think about having a "war week"? We did something similar on Philosophy, where we designate one philosopher each week, and each person ...
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It was World War 1 Week! (No longer…)

This week, we’re kicking off a “Topic of the Week” series. How it works: We will designate one topic each week, and each person who asks a question relating to that topic will be eligible to win a ...
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What is the typically preferred length of an HistorySE answer and what factors influence that?

There is some tension between different parts fo the documentation here on Meta, the help docs, user comments and voting behaviour. One banner says: "We are looking for long answers", and ...
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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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+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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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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Do we have a position on neo-Nazi profiles?

I mean this one: https://history.stackexchange.com/users/2501/shantanu-shinde UPDATE: I am afraid nothing has been accomplished in this discussion so far. Shantanu Shinde is presumably just a kid ...
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History of *what* exactly?

A History SE site could potentially cover everything that has happened before now -- from history of programming languages, to history of basket-weaving, to history of synthetic fibers, etc. Each of ...
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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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Are hadiths useable as references?

A lot of Islamic history lies in the forms of hadith: Oral tradition passed down through several people. Wikipedia is a little misleading on the description, the term is used for almost all oral ...
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2020 Moderator Election - Question Collection

History is scheduled for an election next week, October 19, 2020. In connection with that, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to ...
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Should questions be edited that were recently put “on hold”?

Some of us are avid editors and try to improve with friendly edits any post that needs improvement. For higher rep users this seems like the default behaviour, as it is just a good thing. Well is it? ...
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2020 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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What are the criteria for a “trivial” question?

I have seen questions closed because they constitute "trivia". I believe that sometimes this is offered as an option when voting to close or delete. (Perhaps I am mistaken...) For example: Strange ...
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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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Consistency of quality standards and Hot Network Questions

Lately, I am getting the impression that on relatively low quality questions comments requesting clarification and "what has your prior research shown you so far" are getting fewer in numbers. It ...
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Community contest proposal, new history books, what?

I have an interesting idea for a promotional event/contest. Please feel free to advise for it, against it, suggest variants or anything. The gaming site recently ran a contest about new questions ...
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How much research should one do before asking a question?

This comes as my reaction to a recent question in which the Asker cheerfully admitted to having done zero research. Just recently I came across this GREAT Answer on Meta Stack Overflow, by someone ...
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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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Book recommendations in History Stack Exchange

Why is book recommendation considered off topic in History SE? It seems so snobbish. Many most vibrant SE's like Mathematics have book recommendations. Can we have too please? It encourages personal ...
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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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Why was this answer put into community wiki?

Stalin cultivated a "Friend of the Children" image: Why? Did other communist/socialist leaders do the same? Why was this answer put into community wiki? It is entirely mine - every word and ...
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Can I ask question in Bangla here?

We are trying to build a question answer site for the history of Bangladesh in Bangla. Can we ask those questions in Bangla in this forum?
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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 can ...