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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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It is justified creating the grant tag just for this question?

It is justified creating the grant tag just for this question ? I personally had no idea this guy existed - also, I don't think it should be encouraged to create new tags for every historical figures,...
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Should answerers be held responsible for updating their answers when the questions are revised?

Here's a typical situation. I see a question. I write an answer that draws upvotes. Then the OP revises the question. My answer starts getting downvotes. The critical comments are generally that the ...
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Is it on-topic to ask for information/references on a person?

I am looking for references or information of a person who published a book about Christianity and Finance in 1932, in London. This person was from the military, achieving lieutenant-commander rank. ...
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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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A question regarding my questions

I have a question about my questions on the History Stack Exchange......perhaps you can assist me in this matter. I have been with the History Stack Exchange for nearly 3 months and have submitted ...
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Does the fact that comments aren't anonymous discourage people who downvote from explaining why?

I'm sure I'm not the only person who has been puzzled (and at times a little annoyed) at being downvoted (both questions and answers). At the same time, I accept people's right to do that and I think ...
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Can I accept an unpopular answer that sees the spirit of the original question rather than the technical correctness of the edited one ?

Say Answer A is upvoted by most-users. B ranks next at half the no. of upvotes and C at one-third of upvotes as A. I do like A for its technical validity, historical accuracy and relevance. However,...
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Are there any other regular users of manuscript archives on History:SE?

I'm interested to know whether there are any other professional (or indeed amateur) historical researchers who regularly make use of manuscript archives, or manuscript collections within other ...
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Should I upvote a good answer to an off-topic question?

There is currently a question on the front page that is on hold; it is explicitly an off-topic question according to the What topics can I ask about here? page. However, before the question was put ...
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Is using a copyright image in a question considered 'fair use'?

I want to use a screenshot from a movie as part of a question in order to show the object I am referring to. I can't find another image of this object. Will I get in trouble if I use a screenshot ...
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Can we adjust the help center to help manage scope?

Our help center for don't ask is pretty generic. I have some opinions about out of scope questions. Is there a way to adjust the help center with a better "out of scope" test? Would that reduce the ...
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Adding answers to old questions which already have good answers

This is a continuation to Is it OK to answer old questions?: What should we do with new but redundant answers to old questions that already have very good accepted answers? Obviously, if the new ...
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A global timeline of history - looking for learned opinions

As it's been a week and no harm seems to have come, I'd like to repurpose this post a little, and add some status updates. Its main objective is always that of gathering intelligent feedback: [...] I ...
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Is it OK to ask general questions about fashion and furniture items found by archaeologists?

I've found a lot of items in the Portable Antiquities Scheme that I never knew they even existed so I would like to find more information about what those things actually are. For example there are a ...
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Should we downvote questions that touch on sensitive topics?

A somewhat similar question to this one, although not about the choice of words per se. This question was asked about an hour ago at H:SE, and in this little time it has attracted 17 viewers and ...
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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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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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Are we sufficiently supportive towards new users?

I was prompted to ask this by a couple of recent posts by new users and the response they received. I also took a look at some of the available data on the site, and I suspect we might have a problem. ...
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What to do about obvious trolls? Is this what the “report” button is for?

What to do about obvious trolls? Is this what the "report" button is for? I don't want to single anyone out, because, in my opinion, the problem is endemic, but here is but a couple of examples: ...
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How can we fix counterfactual questions?

I'm referring to questions like this one, which I did my best to fix. In its original form, its thrust was how would the world have been different in Germany had chosen not to fight Britain, ...
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What should we do about questions regarding “fake news” or “fake history?”

I'm referring to questions like this one about whether Mozart was ever called "Wolfie" in real life, as he was in a play, or this one, about whether or not King Henry VIII was protected by nightly ...
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Where is the best place to tell people about free online history courses?

Several MOOC providers now offer free (to audit*) history courses. For example, Coursera has a free, 7-week, online course from Wesleyan University on The Ancient Greeks starting tomorrow (4 September ...
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Is it okay to ask questions if they're based on a dubious source?

In short, I played a 1994 edutainment game that makes a statement that I am completely unable to prove or even support (I can provide more details if requested). I haven't seen the game get anything ...
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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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A standard way/approach to handle questions that are better for other SE sites?

There is a tendency, i.e. in recent posts, to group almost every conceivable line of enquiry under History (because the subject is so broad). One could say, OP has no clear idea where to start and ...
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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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Are question about the inheritance laws of monarchies on topic here?

I have a theoretical question about the inheritance laws of the thrones in real life monarchies (that is inspired by fictional events depicted in the TV show Game of Thrones). Is such a question on ...
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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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Handling Tags that don't directly apply to the question

As I understand it, tags should be directly related to the content of the question. So, for example, a question that is "Why did X have a problem with Y?" could reasonably be tagged with X and Y (and ...
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How should we deal with “Identify this item” questions?

I'm talking about questions like this, and this? I feel that they can be good questions if properly worded (the second one was edited substantially following my suggestions). The first question is ...
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Add tags for early, high, and late Middle Ages?

Should we add tags for early, high, and late Middle Ages? My rep is not sufficient to add tags myself.
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Question on historical misconceptions on a specific group of people. Is it allowed?

I've been thinking about asking such a question and when I say "misconception", I do mean it as "a view or opinion that is incorrect because it is based on faulty thinking or understanding." The ...
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Should we borrow one or both of the Off topic reasons from the Politics SE?

There's a recent meta thread in politics that discussed new close reason for their SE, and both seem apt for the History SE. Quoting them verbatim: Speculative Questions asking for the internal ...
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What to do when you post a partially wrong answer?

On this coin-identification question, I managed to find the origin of the coin correctly but I couldn't find the correct coin or the text. An hour later, another user posted the correct and precise ...
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Can I suggest that an OP seems to be interested in Pseudo-history and still “Be nice”?

I know that all SE sites are based on the "Be nice" principle. I think this is generally a good thing. However, the comments attached to one of my recent answers seem to suggest that the OP is more ...
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Holocaust/Nazi/WW2 trivia questions - what to do?

It seems to me there are a lot of low-quality questions being asked about the trio of topics above. I'm not referring to holocaust denial questions, which should obviously be killed with fire. I ...
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Is a question with no known answer really “a bad question”?

I understand that communities evolve sets of rules over time, and I'm trying to understand the rationale behind some of the rules for questions and answers on this site. Now, I'm the new kid on the ...

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