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What to do about questions with no answers?

Or rather, questions where the answer is, "there is no answer". Inspired by the comments of this recent question. Some members of the community wants to close the question, others think it is better ...
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Should we be doing something about the fact that relatively few of our users are professional historians?

I know normally we strive to have a lot of experts (in the professional sense) in a SE community. Is this something we should be actively trying to change? Or are we hoping the "if we build it, they ...
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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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Query regarding on-topicness of 11169 and 11185

Are the questions Is History a subject where certain knowledge is accepted by all historians or can any event be a source for debate? and Are the following 5 tenets of historical record examination ...
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When are tag edits acceptable because the question is mis-tagged?

This topic is my intention to bring a separate discussion -- perhaps sufficient for us to arrive at a consensus -- as to 'when' tag edits should be done. This is not the same as 'what' tags to use (...
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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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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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How to enforce much stronger standards for answers touching Nazi/Holocaust topics?

What is "Holocaust Denial and Distortion"? The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum article on "Holocaust Denial and Distortion" provides a short answer and good starting point ...
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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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Let's get critical: Jul 2013 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love History Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from Google, what ...
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We have a chat room: let's think of a clever name

History has a SE chat room, something I only just realised. Most other chat rooms have a nickname. Can we think of something clever to call ours? Some examples of other SE sites and their chat rooms: ...
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Are questions about predicting the future based on historical trends on-topic?

Lets say that I found a strong and clear historical trend. Could I then ask a question about the continuation of this trend in the future on this Q&A. I understand that the question needs to be ...
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May I request canonical resources?

I'm no history buff; I have a general interest in history which extends about as far as regular, common-spoken, well-known facts (or potential myths, depending on one's sources). Now, however, my ...
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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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Should we have a badge / recognition of well-cited answers? Questions?

Citations are a critical part of historical discourse. To give a succinct-comparison from another academic field, it has been said that "citations are the source code of Physics.SE" Should we ...
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What is the policy concerning previously destroyed accounts returning under new names?

I am curious concerning policy concerning individuals which have previously held accounts which were subsequently destroyed, starting up new accounts at a later date. It seems like this might be ...
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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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Are “alternative” history questions allowed?

By this, I am referring to actual specific events that could have occurred had a specific historical event had happened differently (not necessarily the broad scope that is often used in the literary ...
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Public beta or bust?

I get the feeling that uncertainty is killing this Stack. Since the 'Do we need a history site?' question I feel like we are in limbo. The public beta was scheduled to start at around the same time, ...
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Are questions about the evolution of religious texts on-topic on History:SE?

I've read the rules and I'm fully aware that questions regarding mythology are not allowed in this site. But the texts and mythological folklore are part of our culture, whether or not they're true, ...
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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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Asking Timely Questions - My Naval Question Explained

I'd like to relate here (rather than muddying up the actual question) what I was trying to accomplish with asking Was the US Navy larger in 1917, and if so, why? This came up earlier this week in the ...
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Tag merge request: Middle Ages and Medieval

middle-ages and medieval seem like obvious duplicates, to me. This was brought up in #143: Proposed tag merge, but that's become sidetracked by the discussion about the other two tags in that question,...
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What are the criteria for a “trivial” question?

I have seen questions closed because they constitute "trivia". I believe that sometimes this is offered as an option when voting to close or delete. (Perhaps I am mistaken...) For example: Strange ...
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Google it first: What does it mean?

Someone has suggested that one should engage in due diligence before asking a question: "Google it first." Perhaps this is even in the site guidelines. Someone recently commented on one of my ...
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Flamebait questions are not always intended that way

Note: this is not really a question but considering some of the recent debates on History SE I wanted a place to put this. So here it is on Meta. If it gets removed so be it, but it may help to have ...
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Creating / adding new tags for existing questions without swamping the home page

I am currently doing a little research into some aspects relating to the Sasanian Empire for another project, and I thought it might be useful to see what questions have been asked and answered here. ...
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Expand “What kind of questions can I ask here?” section of FAQ

Can we expand the first section of the FAQ to something like this: What kind of questions can I ask here? History - Stack Exchange is for historians and history buffs. If you have a question about... ...
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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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Recruit Two Historians by the End of June

So I know of at least two friends who are historians, one with a bachelor's degree and another who is a graduate student currently studying the development of socialism throughout the twentieth ...
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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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Wikipedia Versus S.E History

What questions do I just go to Wikipedia for versus asking the questions here please provide exacting guidelines?
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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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Find long-ago-deleted questions that I'm still working on?

I have some closed-and-then-auto-deleted questions that I've been working on improving. They have been deleted for long enough that I no longer see them on my user page. Is there a way for me to find ...
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Should we authorize a select list of “Reference” questions

It seems that daily we receive several "Where can I find references on ABC?" questions. It seems that there is an unmet need amongst candidates for members of this community/stack for reading lists on ...
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How much research should one do before asking a question?

This comes as my reaction to a recent question in which the Asker cheerfully admitted to having done zero research. Just recently I came across this GREAT Answer on Meta Stack Overflow, by someone ...
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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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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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What is an academic historical question?

My question: Was the Granny Smith Apple the first green skinned apple widely propagated? Discusses something that is considered a large part of our local history and something that we celebrate every ...
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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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What exactly is off-topic? Big changes coming to the “Closing” system

There are big changes coming soon to how posts are closed. You may want to read up on the details here. For the most part this looks to be a huge improvement. However, it does mean that we will ...
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Why does the FAQ prominently ask for “questions based on actual problems that you face” when few questions seem to mention such a problem?

I'm new to this Stack Exchange site and after browsing around a bit was wondering about the following seeming discrepancy between the FAQ and the questions on the site. The FAQ very prominently says ...
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Is it improper / unethical to post a question on H:SE, to which I already know the answer?

I was recently investigating some statistics related to the music industry and came across some interesting information that I was not aware of (though I should have been). I started to post a ...
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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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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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Relative truths and requests for examples

I've seen several questions getting close-votes as asking for lists because they ask for examples. An example: What are examples of official documents or speeches composed in verse? Others get closed ...
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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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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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Is it appropriate to ask questions about mythology here?

Is mythology considered on-topic for this site? I'd like to how the History.SE community feels about this (personally, I think it's off-topic).
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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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