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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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“What if” questions

I would say that questions that look at the "what if" of historical events are off topic. Is there a consensus on this? Note that this comes from the World War II - Could The Axis Powers have won ...
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Questions concerning non-written history

It is unclear to me whether events not involving written history are considered on topic. For example, various questions recently, such as Thule people migrating to Greenland, ask questions before ...
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Do we have a position on neo-Nazi profiles?

I mean this one: https://history.stackexchange.com/users/2501/shantanu-shinde UPDATE: I am afraid nothing has been accomplished in this discussion so far. Shantanu Shinde is presumably just a kid ...
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I'm new at History, but why such a fast closing on my questions?

Well, I'm new on this community, but not on others such as Mathematics, Economics, etc. What I'm about to say will probably be a bit unfair, due to my lack of experience on this community, and get me ...
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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 we doing?

I understand the betas for Literature.SE and a whole mess of others are shutting down in a few days. Now clearly we didn't get the axe. However, comparing our stats on Area51 with theirs, frankly the ...
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Synonymize/merge [treaty] and [treaties]

We have both a treaty (8 questions) and treaties (30 questions) tags. They're obviously used for the same topic; can they be synonymized or merged?
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Dealing with abusive comments

This question has engendered a good few comments, ranging from the merely patronising to the frankly abusive. Do we have a policy/protocol on such "conversations"?
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What, exactly, do we want to be, in re Wikipedia?

Many questions are closed as trivial, if one can look up the answer in Wikipedia. And yet many questions with extraordinary answers have as their sources (only) Wiki entries. This seems fairly ...
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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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Can we percolate material from Stackexchange to Wikipedia?

I recently wrote an answer to a question here. I thought it was a really good question and since the topic is somewhat neglected on the Sacred Wiki, I thought (however blasphemous) to edit its entry. ...
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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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Feedback from a newbie

As someone who works in IT myself, I know it's hard to see the newbie's perspective; I thought some feedback about my experience would help. You can see my post here. As I said, my expertise is in IT,...
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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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History of *what* exactly?

A History SE site could potentially cover everything that has happened before now -- from history of programming languages, to history of basket-weaving, to history of synthetic fibers, etc. Each of ...
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Why does this Beta have a problem with question frequency?

It's at about 2 questions per day when it should be at 15. From my experience in academia, history is one of the most dense academic fields in exactly the kind of questions that this site is designed ...
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What is the community criteria for referencing religious sources?

Context: Having just barely joined History.SE after participating in several other SE communities, I've been struck with how closed the community seems to be to newcomers and casual participants - ...
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Why did I get an upvote?

Although it isn't strictly necessary, I think it is important to recognize very well constructed questions. SE recognizes good questions with votes, but as others have pointed out, votes are a ...
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A plea to down voters

Someone (singular or plural) seem to be down voting a lot of my answers. I do not really care that much about a meaningless reputation number. However, I do care about the overall quality of this ...
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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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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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Is historical costuming / clothing on-topic here?

The clothes people wore in times before ours -- the materials and methods they would have used, the techniques, the sourcing even! -- is a rich part of history that Wikipedia can't cover well. Are ...
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How to deal with accepted answers that were sourced out of right-wing propaganda/conspiracy sites?

A couple of recent Q/A have answers, including one marked as Accepted, which are actually badly researched to put it mildly. Their source material is from outright Neo-Nazi, far-right, white-power ...
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Why was my answer deleted?

Below is the standard SE Help Center text for why answers may be deleted: Answers that do not fundamentally answer the question may be removed. This includes answers that are: commentary ...
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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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Scope - ye demisse of ye yorne

This is a scoping question. I'd like to ask a question that initially seems like something more suitable for ELU, but is really about the history of printing. Specifically, whether/how early printers ...
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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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Mythology SE needs more commitments

As you probably know, a fair number of people come to History.SE looking for answers regarding mythology only to find out that not only is it off-topic here, but it's not on-topic anywhere on Stack ...
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Poll - how many among the users are “professional” historians?

I'm a bit curious how many people active on this site identify themselves as professional historians. I know there are some statistics available from when the site entered private BETA, but I assume ...
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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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How should H:SE deal with questions about race?

Could H:SE develop some community guidance to assist people to ask questions about race? Someone asked a question about racial classification. In dismay over the number of downvotes, he asked if the ...
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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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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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What should we do with potentially offensive usernames?

How does one flag potentially offensive usernames like "Anti-American Anti-Zionist". And more importantly, should we be allowing such usernames in our community?
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Concerns about the future utility of this site

I am concerned that this site is devolving into question after question of bickering over perspectives. I think that this endless bickering is distracting us from focusing on improving the quality of ...
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“Why” versus “What”

Factual historical questions tend to concern "what" happened. Questions concerning "why" something happened seem to almost inevitably be matters of opinion, especially if the phenomenon is complex or ...
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Are research questions considered on-topic?

I need to do some research for some topics pertaining to a book I intend to write. The book involves the attempts at colonization in the Ashanti region of western Africa. Some of the information I ...
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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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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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“Germany caused WWI?” questions

We now have at least the third "Did Germany cause WWI"? question that I know of. Why was Germany held accountable for WW1? Was Germany responsible for WW1? Is Germany to blame for WW1? Its pretty ...
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Can I block a user?

There is a specific user on history.SE who, in my opinion, is a real detriment to the site. This user is rather active, posting comments and answers which I consider non-sensical at best, and ...
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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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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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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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Use of B.C. and A.D. vs B.C.E and C.E

Is it permitted to use B.C. (before Christ) and A.D. (anno Domini) when referring to dates or is it preferred to use B.C.E. (before common era) and C.E. (common era) instead? My apologies if this is ...
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The Comments Sections on Questions are NOT for Discussions

Recently there has been a lot of activity in the comments section of questions. The activity is great! The location of the activity is less so. The best place for extended discussions about topics ...
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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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Community Goal: Answer at least half of the Unanswered Questions on the main site by the end of November

I am proposing that we as a community make a commitment to answer half of the Unanswered Questions currently on the site. There are 51 as of today, October 25th, which gives us almost 45 days to ...
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Should answerable Questions be closed as off-topic?

I've provided answers to several questions that were later marked as "Off Topic"; for example: Before the advent of agriculture, was the whole world covered with forest? Has Saudi Arabia ever been ...

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