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Some mistakes in Persia's tag information

Persia's tag information: "The land and people in southwestern Asia from the ancient Sassanian empire to the modern nation state of Iran, prior to 1935" The land and people: Wrong! Because Persia is ...
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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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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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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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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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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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When should a comment be flagged?

What are our standards for flagging comments here? I've noted that most mods here have different standards for comment flags than are found on other sites. Because of such, nearly half of my comment ...
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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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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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Let's ask about Japan

The top answer, by score to my call for weekly challenge ideas was: I've only seen Japan come up like twice in questions that isn't about invading China/Asia/WW2. Meiji Restoration: supporters/...
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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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The Mad Hatter's Picture Book

Winterbash has arrived once again. I thought it might be nice to have a meta thread to show off everyone's wardrobe. Bragging is encouraged. Ragging is not.
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Misuse of edit privilege when OP fills answer with inline comments they don't agree to?

After participating in a question, that in my opinion was of low quality since the extensive background information that was given was one sided, giving the impression that there can be only one ...
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What about so-called “historical revisionism”?

How do you plan to handle the inevitable invasion of Holocaust deniers, Nazi apologists and so forth? For example, the accepted answer to a question about WW2 Why did Hitler declare war on the USA? ...
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Historic image puzzles

I do like the recent question What is in this photo ? I know only that it was taken after II World War (by a new user: good) because it's fun, non-trivial (sort-of), and it allows a definite answer. (...
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Should we be quoting so much Wikipedia? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Copying from online sources Should we allow Wikipedia to be referenced as an academic source in answers? I'm a bit worried already that we are just practicing google-fu and ...
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2018: 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, in ...
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Asking Timely Questions - My Naval Question Explained

I'd like to relate here (rather than muddying up the actual question) what I was trying to accomplish with asking Was the US Navy larger in 1917, and if so, why? This came up earlier this week in the ...
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Tag merge request: Middle Ages and Medieval

middle-ages and medieval seem like obvious duplicates, to me. This was brought up in #143: Proposed tag merge, but that's become sidetracked by the discussion about the other two tags in that question,...
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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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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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Flamebait questions are not always intended that way

Note: this is not really a question but considering some of the recent debates on History SE I wanted a place to put this. So here it is on Meta. If it gets removed so be it, but it may help to have ...
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Query regarding on-topicness of 11169 and 11185

Are the questions Is History a subject where certain knowledge is accepted by all historians or can any event be a source for debate? and Are the following 5 tenets of historical record examination ...
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Expand “What kind of questions can I ask here?” section of FAQ

Can we expand the first section of the FAQ to something like this: What kind of questions can I ask here? History - Stack Exchange is for historians and history buffs. If you have a question about... ...
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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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Creating / adding new tags for existing questions without swamping the home page

I am currently doing a little research into some aspects relating to the Sasanian Empire for another project, and I thought it might be useful to see what questions have been asked and answered here. ...
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Let's get critical: Jul 2013 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 does the FAQ prominently ask for “questions based on actual problems that you face” when few questions seem to mention such a problem?

I'm new to this Stack Exchange site and after browsing around a bit was wondering about the following seeming discrepancy between the FAQ and the questions on the site. The FAQ very prominently says ...
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Wikipedia Versus S.E History

What questions do I just go to Wikipedia for versus asking the questions here please provide exacting guidelines?
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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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Reopening a closed question since it received a valid answer

Should this question be re-opened on the grounds that it is asking about an area of history, and it was given a successful answer? The situation is a question that was a bit off-topic (too technical, ...
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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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What should be our policy on requests for sources or references?

Recently, there were several questions containing requests for sources or references, or what I consider "reading list" questions. Other sites routinely close such questions. We tend to allow them, ...
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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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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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What should be done with edits made by unregistered users to their own posts?

I just came across this edit suggestion review. This is not the first time I have seen this unregistered user or some other similar user making drastic or overwhelming edits to apparently their own ...
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Let's talk about food

The next suggestion on our list of topics is food. It reminds me of a show I watched a few years ago about the life of typical Romans during the empire. Naturally, I assumed they ate a lot of pasta, ...
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Should we authorize a select list of “Reference” questions

It seems that daily we receive several "Where can I find references on ABC?" questions. It seems that there is an unmet need amongst candidates for members of this community/stack for reading lists on ...
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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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No-research questions

I sadly notice there are plenty of questions which are nothing more than some random uneducated curiosity, about which the asker hasn't even tried to do any kind of research. This, paired with the ...
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Ancient literature, folklore, mythology- is it appropriate to ask questions here?

I have already read this. However I want to know if it is okay to ask a question such as "What references to something exists in ancient literature, folklore, mythology?" Would that be ...
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My reason for using this platform

I have long had an interest in history, and always heard these far fetched rumors which are the basis for most of my questions so far as they come up regularly. When I saw this platform I was like ...
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I've rewritten someone else's old, closed question and nominated it for reopening, is that OK?

It was obvious why this question was closed: What were Argentina's intentions for the Falkland Islanders? (original title: How does Argentina view the inhabitants of the Falklands?) But I figured ...
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Good practices before flagging a deleted question for moderator attention?

I admit it, I've been bad on History SE. Several of my questions have been deleted or soon will be. My understanding is that the appropriate course of action now is to edit my question to make it ...
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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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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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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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Let's ask about the Middle East

The next suggestion on the list is: I would like to see questions about the history of the Middle East region that aren't focused on the past 20 some years, or centered around religion. Basically, ...
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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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What are the criteria for reviewing suggested edits?

Two reviewers have reviewed my edit for this question https://history.stackexchange.com/review/suggested-edits/5816 The first approved, the second rejected because "[t]his edit simply rephrases the ...