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Are question about simulation on topic?

Is this question or type of question acceptable or not? Why? As a side note, would asking about the historical accuracy of a game be on topic?
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What to do with tags that have multiple meanings?

I was going to put a tag on this question of karl-iv. On wikipedia, it says that his name in english is Charles IV. A simple google search shows that there is also a Charles IV in Spain and France. ...
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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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Does the 'last cavalry charge' question belong on the site?

This question immediately attracted my attention because I was pretty sure I knew the answer off the cuff. Checking my facts a trivial Google search confirmed the answer I was going to post. Does ...
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tag-synonyms and tagging to attract experts/journalists/students of history?

I was thinking about how we can use superiour features of Stackexchange to attract those people to this site. I made already the suggestion to tag historically, not only thematically. Another thing ...
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Are recent political history questions on topic?

Are questions about political history of President Bush or Operation Enduring Freedom and the like on topic here? How recent is too recent? Where is the political science and political history line ...
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Are questions asking for reference material off topic?

For example, would "I want to know of good first hand sources and academic texts about the Templars military tactics" be on or off topic?
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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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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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Possible problem with country and language tags

I'm not sure about this, so I'm posting it here. We have some tags that also have language tags. e.g: germany and german we also have a french tag. Should this kind of tagging be allowed? I do believe ...
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Is the Easter island question off-topic?

Starting a discussion here to avoid a large number of comments. This question: How did people travel to remote islands like Easter Island? Has three close votes and bunch of comments discussing why ...
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Duplicate Topics on Meta [closed]

I've noticed that there are several Questions on Meta that are being duplicated directly, or they have a moderate connection to another discussion on Meta. I'd like to propose that we merge the ...
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Please avoid asking Wikipedia questions

I suggest that for this site and particularly in the private beta that we avoid asking questions that can be answered by Wikipedia e.g. 'Which groups arrived in Australia before the arrival of the ...
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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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Did “Hitler” declare war on the USA, or did “Germany”? [closed]

Referring to the question I asked here, which word is more correct/consistent?
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Could questions here be too localized?

On other sites, such as gamedev.se or stackoverflow, questions can be too localized. example. But on a site that is all about history, what could be too localized? Because history is all about detail.
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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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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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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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Should we include sources in answers?

As a historian I know that while information (or in this case answers) are vital, but perhaps more important to good historical research are the sources consulted. Should we, as History.SE'rs, include ...

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