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What are good indicators that a question belongs on a different Stack Exchange?

There are plenty of questions here that overlap with politics, religion, art, and so on. How should someone determine if their question would be a better fit on a different Stack than History? This ...
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How skeptical should we be about Wikipedia references?

In a recent question about "hobos", I defined a "hobo" as a "hoe boy," citing Wikipedia as a reference. A critic wrote: "Your alleged etymology is wholly unsupported both by Wikipedia and Webster's."...
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Why do reputation-points allow negative hits from members?

This just makes reputation points into a popularity-contest, simply suppressing dissension by opinions rather than facts.
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Should an explicit policy on using non-English source material in answers be detailed?

I noticed a few questions where people have provided links to translated texts which contain the material needed for answering a question. These cases seem to be treated (even if by the people ...
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Clarification on questions based on r/askhistorians, but deleted my moderator?

A moderator alone closed https://history.stackexchange.com/q/59166 https://history.stackexchange.com/q/59171. https://history.stackexchange.com/q/59172 https://history.stackexchange.com/q/59175 ...
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How can I make these four questions on topic?

Why didn't the FBI monitor bankrupt (former) employees more watchfully? How long did Jews in hiding take to reveal themselves at the end of WW2? What was their reception? I don't get how these ...
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Tags “building” and “construction”

Presently, tags building and construction are both in existence. The overwhelming use of both seems to be similar -- questions relating to edifices and how they were set up (either by someone or in ...
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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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Help with Writing a Question on Historiographical Methodology

I have a question I would like to ask about historiographical methodology, namely how one would go about determining whether a river was navigable in the past and up to what point upstream. However, ...
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Comprehensive policy on tagging WW2 questions

In light of the recent controversy and edit wars over tagging, it is clear that History.SE needs a community consensus on tagging. I would therefore like to initiate discussions on tagging specific ...
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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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What are the correct tags for my question?

I tagged What ring is this? with world-war-two. After seeing the answers, I found out that I was in the wrong century. What is the appropriate tags to use? Should I change the tags? I was going to ...
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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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Do we need more explicit policies regarding editing posts?

When users reach 1000 rep they gain the Edit questions and answers privilege. Before that, users can suggest edits, but these need to be approved by higher-rep users via the review queues (or by the ...
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Two tags for Latin

At the moment, we have tags latin and latin-language, both on the Latin language. They're not synonyms of one another. Shouldn't they be merged?
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Tag for Hong Kong

Tag hongkong is a bit ugly. Could it please be renamed hong-kong?
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Are comparison questions acceptable?

Are comparison questions acceptable? More specifically, I wanted to ask how one would compare the Dutch and Venetian Republics during their zeniths - both were non-monarchical, both thrived on ...
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FAQ: My question has been 'closed', what does it mean?

Why are some questions closed? Is it like deletion?
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FAQ: History:Stack Exchange

I'm a new user on History stack exchange; what do I need to know? What's different and unique about this particular site?
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How is my question about slave clothing opinion-based?

My question was closed because it was seen as opinion-based. I am struggling to see how my question as it currently stands is opinion-based. There are many questions about slavery on this website and ...
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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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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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Why two similar questions were treated differently?

I wonder why the following two questions were treated so differently. One, about finding static maps, Good online sources for historical maps, asked in 2011, was well-received (score 23, not closed) ...
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Are questions that ask “What was the significance of…?” appropriate for this site?

After searching through questions titled “What is/was the significance of ___?” I found that many are closed due to being opinion based or off topic, which is not surprising. But there seems to be ...
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Why were my questions on mercenaries in Africa closed?

All four were closed for this reason — The primary purpose of this question appears to be to promote or discredit a specific idea, theory, cause, group or person. It does not appear to be a good-...
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Definition for the “Yahwehism” tag, and how it relates to the “Judaism” tag?

So, after I saw a question with the tag yahwehism (tag now removed from that question by a moderator), I noticed that it both had only one question associated with it (who didn't create the tag, since ...
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Why did my question suddenly become popular?

I asked this question in 2018: What was the early understanding of static electricity shocks? Didn't have much attention, and then it was answered a year later in Nov 2019. Then, for some reason, ...
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How to deal with answers consisting mainly of a quote by a biased historian

So there's an answer that is not good in several respects: It only offers a quote without context. The quote is biased (ultramontane, catholic historian in the 19th century) and very old (120 years). ...
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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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What is meant by “correct term” here?

So, I ran into this answer and noticed a typo. It looked something like this: f So Since this was obviously a typo, so I thought, I would correct it and suggest an edit. So I submit the edit and ...
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When do we consider a question to be easily answered by “a simple search”?

Our help-center lists explicitly one symptom that makes a question "off-topic": It is not about: Questions answered by a simple Google search or to be found in a Wikipedia page I see 'a ...
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Is singling out a type of people for removal from countries rude or abusive?

I flagged this question Has the majority ever seceded? as being rude or abusive because the question concerns the removing of peoples from countries and both example refer to Muslims, as seen in ...
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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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Should we merge [sumeria] into [sumer]?

While looking for interesting tags to watch, I happened to notice that we have both sumer (currently with 15 questions) and sumeria (with 3 questions), both presumably referring to the bronze-age ...
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Can I transform a poor question?

Often some users post low quality questions. Quickly somebody comments the question explaining that it needs to be improved in order to get good answers but... the OP never modifies the question and ...
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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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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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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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I have been a member of this site for almost 8 years and I have >1000 rep. Why am I being instructed on how to ask questions?

I recently received a comment from a moderator on an old question instructing to review how to ask questions and directing me to edit this question to include more background research. However, I ...
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How do we determine site policy, how do we reach consensus about it?

It is unclear to me and others how we determine 'official' site policy. We have a lot of questions and answers surrounding our site policy here on meta. Some have a lot of views, some have a lot of ...
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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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Is there any way we can improve the quality of questions on this site?

I have no idea whether this question is even answerable, but I have noticed we have a positive plethora of questions closed or put on hold by the community, either for being too basic, speculative, or ...
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Shouldn't we actually give the 'single link' that answers an off-topic “too basic” question?

While reading the question What were the main causal forces leading to rise of fascist movement and fascist government in Germany? I see this now closed - after almost 4 years in "open" ...
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“Why Japan cannot 'apologize' enough for World War 2?” being put on hold for “off-topic” (too basic) and swiftly deleted?

Edit: Now the question is deleted! From what I can tell it now has a +7/-6 vote. I believe that those who vote to delete the question owe us an explanation. Here's my question, "Why Japan cannot “...
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Shouldn't these two tags be synonyms?

Is there any difference between tag flags and tag vexillology? If not, shouldn't they be synonyms?
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Names of people and places

Each language has different ways to spell names that represent the same person or place. I remember when I was younger, chinese capital was called Pekin, while now is called Beijing. Also, Mao Zedong ...
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Why is this question on Romanian Communism deemed “primarily opinion based”?

I created this question a while ago, and edited it a few times to improve quality and clarity because well, sometimes questions are hard. In spite of this the question has remained closed because it ...
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New wording for our message: “What research have you done?”

This is a follow up to my prior question about the harsh treatment we give to newcomers: Shouldn't we be less harsh with respect to asking for prior research? In spirit there seems to be a ...
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Shouldn't we be less harsh with respect to asking for prior research?

Prompted by this question: Are there any examples of California gold rush prospectors becoming exceedingly wealthy due to their claim(s)? There's a twice upvoted comment in 12 minutes as I write, ...
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Why was my question closed even though it perfectly lies within the boundaries of history?

I asked this question some time back- Why is the Easter Island such a frequent participant in Japanese Comics? The question was closed and my comments weren't answered. I clearly stated that I am ...

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