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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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What is the best way to link to google books?

Many of us wanted to know which book was being cited in the question How accurate is the quip: “Mongols, having already conquered half of Europe, decided the other half wasn't worth it”? I found the ...
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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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What is so awful about my question about Hawaii?

I know asking why getting downvotes is not a good idea, but still. my question about Hawaii might not be "perfect or anything" I made a real effort, and I really asked myself a question (it's not ...
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Was my question on a quote by R. G. Collingwood deleted?

I can't see it under 'Deleted Questions'.
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Deleting a comment which then makes nonsense of a response

I commented, admittedly somewhat tongue in cheek, on @guest271314 's answer to this question - essentially I was saying that we all come from somewhere, but that doesn't mean we are familiar with our ...
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Make History participate in the Suggest Improvement experiment?

There apparently is an experiment running on a few SE: https://workplace.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/5320/experiment-running-a-comment-by-any-other-name Last year, Robert Cartaino relayed ...
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Overload of research themed tags

There seems be an amount of rarely used tags: 'research', 'historical-research' and 'research-techniques' which mean approximately the same. There is also a tag titled 'sources' and one 'methodology'. ...
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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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Change 'vikings' tag?

This recent question: In Scandinavia, was there a cultural continuity from Goths to Vikings or were they two different groups of people? was tagged as vikings, which reads: For questions about the ...
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Why was this answer which breaks down the term america to the four root words deleted?

What is the reason for deleting this answer at Since the inception of the United States, has the term "America" ever referred to something more than simply "the United States"? ...
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Is recent history on topic?

Everybody has read the What topics can I ask about here? page as we all need clarity on whether a question will be welcome before developing it. The rules forbid questions about "the future", they ...
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Help Me Create an Anthropology/Sociology SE!

If any of you would be interested in a Anthropology/Sociology SE please check out the proposal on Area51. It would be great if any of you could post some example questions or critique the ones that ...
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Is it acceptable to promote a Area51 Proposal on this Meta?

I was wondering if it would be okay to promote an Area51 proposal on the meta here. I think it is related to the History SE as it is an SE for Anthropology and Sociology.
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How does History SE differ from the rest of the internet for historical facts?

I was asked why not ask Wiki for information? IMO I find the answers places like Wiki misses and a feeling of humanity here. What technical reasons why History SE is better? Should History SE be ...
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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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What is wrong with the question about rumors of unusual sexual practices in a specific ethnic group?

Has bestiality been noticeably prevalent among Muslim / Middle East people and for how long? Question is put on hold with the following explanation: "The primary purpose of this question appears ...
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Stop censoring Questions and Answers

There is no legitimate reason for deleting this Answer at Earliest story?. Why has this Answer been deleted? Because scholars that are the direct descendants of the African Ancient Egyptians challenge ...
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Are questions on racial stereotypes in the US on-topic?

I fancy asking questions about racial stereotypes in the US. Would they be on-topic? What is the origin of the stereotype that Polish people lack intelligence? is. Example: p. 258 of The Good Lawyer ...
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Why was this question removed?

Why was this question removed? The gods who promised to return Why do ancient gods have to promise to return? Has the return of the gods been a deception of public opinion? Or have there ...
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Why is History SE underlying in red “Habsburg” and tries to impose “Hapsburg”?

While Hapsburg is correct in English (especially American, I think), academic works seem to prefer "Habsburg", which is the original form in German. Looking up the term on Google books, all results ...
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Is there any particular reason why all Turkey-related questions were bumped today?

I am curious whether there is a particular reason behind this. This apparently also happened in the Politics SE.
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Why did my answer get a downvote?

This question is intended to assist with providing feedback on answers. Every answer to this question should include all of the following: 1) An explanation for the downvote, 2) An recommendation to ...
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How to fix this question

This Question has a long comment stream and 2 upvoted answers. It also has 5 downvotes with its 4 upvotes, hence a net score of -1. There are no reasons given for the down votes. I don't see ...
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Is it time to update our custom close reasons?

There are three slots of custom close reasons. Currently, we only use two: Questions on social sciences other than History are off-topic here, unless they also involve history in some fashion. While ...
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Factual comment removed

In the question Did NATO promise Gorbachev not to accept membership applications from former Warsaw Pact nations?, which made a factually wrong claim (that the GDR joined NATO in 1990), I made a ...
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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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References, comprehensiveness and accuracy vs perceived popularity

It is puzzling that the answer to Did German soldiers receive pay after the Allied invasion? was judged so negatively, also on its own, but especially compared to the two 'competing' answers. The ...
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Are there any ways in which we can get more users to visit History meta?

Looking at the posts over the past couple of weeks, it's evident that getting more people to visit meta, taking a little time to inform themselves and to see what others' concerns and opinions are, ...
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Site policy for very heavily-trolled topics

What is the site policy for dealing with questions on very heavily-trolled topics, like Hitler and The Holocaust? We've long had problems with these particular topics, as they seem to be magnets for ...
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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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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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Update: What are History SE's chances of graduating?

With reference to How are we doing? and Why does this Beta have a problem with question frequency?, plus the fact that we are now on day 2320 in Beta and are still lagging on some stats, I'm wondering ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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When comments are flagged, are related comments looked at by moderators?

If a comment is flagged, do moderators normally look at only the comment, or also the general context of the comment such as what the comment was replying to? EDIT: Bump this to get new input from the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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