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Is it appropriate to ask questions about the historicity of movies/TV series here?

Would this site be a good place to ask a question like: How does [insert movie title or TV series title/episode] diverge from the true historical account? In some cases, I can see this sort of ...
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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 should we deal with answers reading the question a bit differently than OP intended (frame challenge)?

Sometimes we get questions that are "not good enough", as anyone individual might think; and as opinions differ: on quite a few questions. So much so that we do not reach a consensus on "badness". ...
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Can we discourage uncited arguments masquerading as questions?

Perhaps I'm merely annoyed and need morning caffeine, but I'm discouraged by the number of questions that fit the pattern, "Someone once said, or maybe I read that X; tell me more" This provokes my ...
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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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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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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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Conspiracy Theories?

I've seen a fair few number of questions recently popping up about conspiracy theories/highly dubious historical facts, that are scarcely considered by rational educated persons let alone qualified ...
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What is not in scope?

History Stack Exchange is for historians and history buffs. Denialism is not history; denialism is not in scope for History Stack Exchange. Questions or answers that rely on denialist sources or ...
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What is the intent of the 'world' tag?

Is world intended to be about global history aka "world history"? The SE description isn't too clear to me, although it does seem to lean in that direction Questions related to the history of the ...
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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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Weekly Topic Challenge

A few years back we tried a question asking contest on History and Philosophy. The format was somewhat flawed, but I think the basic concept is sound. Having a specific suggestion of a type of ...
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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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What was wrong in the question about Jesus' family?

This question was closed because "it is primarily opinion-based". At the moment it is much edited so it has lost its original content. I don't understand why this is "opinion based". It refers to the ...
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Ancient Iran/Persia tags

Lately, a particular user, acting in absolute good faith, has been not only adding the "ancient-iran" tag (fine with me) but removing the "persia" tag (which I think damages the usability of the site)....
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What constitutes a request for a “List”

Many of my questions are criticized as being requests for 'lists' with no 'one best answer'. Does this mean that the site is dedicated only to the discussion of certain singular and peculiar ...
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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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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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2020 Moderator Election - Question Collection

History is scheduled for an election next week, October 19, 2020. In connection with that, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to ...
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Should questions be edited that were recently put “on hold”?

Some of us are avid editors and try to improve with friendly edits any post that needs improvement. For higher rep users this seems like the default behaviour, as it is just a good thing. Well is it? ...
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What is the typically preferred length of an HistorySE answer and what factors influence that?

There is some tension between different parts fo the documentation here on Meta, the help docs, user comments and voting behaviour. One banner says: "We are looking for long answers", and ...
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Is the blacklisting of CJK characters on History.SE necessary or beneficial?

Very recently, it seems History.SE has blacklisted using CJK Unified Ideographs. That is, no Chinese, Japanese, or Korean characters. I noticed this as I tried to cite a Japanese source to answer a ...
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Why was the election briefly started and then moved back to nominations today?

The election briefly started voting today and then was returned back to nominations, why?
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What to do if two accounts are probably run by one person but probably not preforming sock puppeteering?

I've noticed two accounts that have had the same last name, same general answer, the same source, and same joining date. However, they do not seem to be sock puppets as the two answers by the accounts ...
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It was World War 1 Week! (No longer…)

This week, we’re kicking off a “Topic of the Week” series. How it works: We will designate one topic each week, and each person who asks a question relating to that topic will be eligible to win a ...
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Requests for references

I know, the issue of our policy on reference requests was discussed (too) many times: a. Allowing some reference requests: here, here, here, here, here. b. The idea of a chat-room serving as a ...
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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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Can we flag answers because they lack sources?

A few hours ago, I flagged an answer because it had no sources. The contents seemed plausible in part, but without sources an uninformed reader cannot quickly check for him/herself or dig deeper ...
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Are questions about data sources acceptable here?

I often need somewhat specific historical data for research purposes (I'm a doctoral student), and sometimes I'm not able to find such data through a Google/library/ICPSR/etc. search, hence this ...
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Is there a Question Coach team, or discussion area available where one can get help framing a difficult question?

I started and discarded five versions of a question I want to ask about German doctors in the Hitler era (not all were Nazis) participating in euthanasia programs, grotesque human experimentation, and ...
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What is this (awesome) flag and how does it happen?

I've started to see the following attached to a number of questions - i think it is fantastic and will increase the quality of the site. But how is it triggered? who decides? what is the process? ...
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Are questions on ancient population control off-topic?

I was surfing though our questions this morning, and came across this one: https://history.stackexchange.com/questions/14114/was-interruption-ever-accepted-in-jewish-culture It caught my eye because ...
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Tag modification: “Muslim-empire” to something more specfic

This recent question has created the tag, "muslim-empire". This is a rather vague reference, just as "chirstian-empire" could refer to the Franks, the Byzantines, the Russians, the Spanish, etc. I ...
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A modest proposal for flawed questions from new users

There have been at least three questions today from new users that were closed quickly because they didn't align with H:SE standards and culture. I'd like to propose a change to the way we handle ...
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What do we do with good question, wrong forum?

Recently we had another instance of an anti-pattern that I call, "Good question, wrong forum" "Is there more modern history book with the same scope as Gibbon's The History of the ...
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Are questions about “the biggest city/province/country in region Y in the year Z” on topic?

Because of poorly thought out questions in the past, I want to make sure that my question wouldn't cause me even more trouble than I'm already in. I want to know what the biggest pre-Gaul/Celtic ...
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Proposal for Accepting Reference List Requests

I'd like to present for comment a process by which we might productively handle requests for lists of reference material on the History stack using the current StackExchange software. Requests for ...
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Would you like Archaeology.SE?

Some questions here are aimed at times or events known only or mostly from archaeological evidence, and some frowned upon asking such questions here. Now there is no good alternative so it's ...
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Should we allow easy to answer questions?

I know that we want to encourage people to do some research before asking their question, but what is the harm in allowing relatively easy to answer questions to be asked on here? It seems that would ...
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Are hadiths useable as references?

A lot of Islamic history lies in the forms of hadith: Oral tradition passed down through several people. Wikipedia is a little misleading on the description, the term is used for almost all oral ...
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Would you be interested in a “war week” contest?

Expanding on this post about potential contest ideas, what do you think about having a "war week"? We did something similar on Philosophy, where we designate one philosopher each week, and each person ...
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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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2018: 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, in ...
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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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Is it OK to vote down on question when I just don't like the topic?

I was reading the "Plea to downvoters" discussion and I have similar question. I generally agree that a downvoter should explain what is wrong. Should (s)he also do if he just doesn't like the topic? ...
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2020 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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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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Finding it difficult to ask questions in this area of stackexchange

The recent two questions I have asked have received harsh treatment in my view as a layman. I find the community unwilling to edit questions to achieve the necessary standard. The recent one: https:/...
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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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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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