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Let's get critical: Oct 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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What are good indicators that a question belongs on a different Stack Exchange?

There are plenty of questions here that overlap with politics, religion, art, and so on. How should someone determine if their question would be a better fit on a different Stack than History? This ...
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Is there a “leader board” for bounties?

I just spent a little time looking at the leader board for History SE. Pretty fun to look at. Impressive as well. Is there a way to see a snapshot of "all-time" leaders for bounties? a year-by-year ...
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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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Does the 'last cavalry charge' question belong on the site?

This question immediately attracted my attention because I was pretty sure I knew the answer off the cuff. Checking my facts a trivial Google search confirmed the answer I was going to post. Does ...
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What are the correct tags for my question?

I tagged What ring is this? with world-war-two. After seeing the answers, I found out that I was in the wrong century. What is the appropriate tags to use? Should I change the tags? I was going to ...
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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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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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Questions about history of space exploration: here or space.se?

My current project at work has led me to a number of questions about the history of space exploration. Would these questions be a better fit for history.SE or space.SE? A few examples of this kind ...
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On naming Chinese dynasties

At the moment, we have tags ming-dynasty and qing, which is inconsistent. We could have ming-china and qing-china, or, ming-dynasty and qing-dynasty. How should China's dynasties be named?
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What can be done to best provide appropriate help to students?

It seems over past week or so that more and more questions are being posted on Main from young students seeking help with homework or test assignments. I am opposed to doing anyone's homework for ...
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How could I have asked my question better?

I asked a question here on whether the practice of creating a 'Ghost Wall', a practice presented in historical fiction, and in some sources as a historical fact has any historicity to it, or whether ...
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Can someone fix the title of the “poofy pants” question?

The top related result for the currently active sexual attractiveness of uniforms question is our old friend the "poofy pants" question. Seeing poofy pants coming back to a sort of prominence ... ...
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Are questions on living history OK here?

In this discussion on area51 we argue whether there should be a living history.SE or just a SE site for one (though big) particular living history (LH) group. I was suggested to ask my LH questions ...
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Possible problem with country and language tags

I'm not sure about this, so I'm posting it here. We have some tags that also have language tags. e.g: germany and german we also have a french tag. Should this kind of tagging be allowed? I do believe ...
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What should be done with edits made by unregistered users to their own posts?

I just came across this edit suggestion review. This is not the first time I have seen this unregistered user or some other similar user making drastic or overwhelming edits to apparently their own ...
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Identifying trolls on this site

Is there a process for identifying trolls on this site. I suspect that we may have one, but am unclear as to policies/procedures
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Flagging holocaust denial

Holocaust denial is both factually incorrect, and offensive. How should it be flagged? Should it be flagged as "rude and abusive", or should I use "other" and say "lacks citations"? I'm worried that ...
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How should we handle negative counterfactuals?

Two recent questions asked us to explore why an event didn't happen. Technically speculation on alternative histories is out of scope, but I don't think these two questions should be out of scope. ...
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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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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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Reopening a closed question since it received a valid answer

Should this question be re-opened on the grounds that it is asking about an area of history, and it was given a successful answer? The situation is a question that was a bit off-topic (too technical, ...
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Where do we place the line between Skeptics.SE and History.SE?

So my question on the CIA's activities with respect to drugs and South America was migrated to Skeptics with out much discussion. It seems to me that the line between Skeptics and History is pretty ...
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Community contest proposal, new history books, what?

I have an interesting idea for a promotional event/contest. Please feel free to advise for it, against it, suggest variants or anything. The gaming site recently ran a contest about new questions ...
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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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Why is it wrong to ask for sources?

I understand that most of us are looking for information about events or persons from the past, maybe motivations of their acts, causes or results of what they did. We also have a "historiography" ...
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Let's talk about food

The next suggestion on our list of topics is food. It reminds me of a show I watched a few years ago about the life of typical Romans during the empire. Naturally, I assumed they ate a lot of pasta, ...
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When asking whether a source reflects historical consensus and why/why not: Guidelines for prior research

(thanks to Pieter Geerkens for motivating this question) I recently asked a question on History SE. In that question I did some prior research, and found a paper with what seemed like a close-to-...
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Help me make this question more focused: US government revenue breakdown

I have a closed question on history SE that is too unfocused. I have been trying to improve it but it has recently been auto-deleted. Per this question I am soliciting feedback on meta about what to ...
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What is tag [roman] for?

At the moment, History SE has tags ancient-rome, roman-empire and roman-republic. What exactly is tag roman for? Using a single adjective as a tag name is not very descriptive, is it?
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Community Promotion Ads — 2020

You lost your “beta” label in 2019, so welcome to your very first edition of Community Promotion Ads, for the year of 2020! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are community-...
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What should be our policy on requests for sources or references?

Recently, there were several questions containing requests for sources or references, or what I consider "reading list" questions. Other sites routinely close such questions. We tend to allow them, ...
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What's the best way to ask about supporting sources?

@MohammadSakibArifin has asked a number of questions similar to Did Muhammad send a letter to the ruler of the Byzantine empire?. At first, I misunderstood the questions; I thought these questions ...
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Closing Answers?

On the question What was wrong with Hitler's left hand? an answer from a brand new user actually garnered a threat of "closure" (I thought answers got deleted, not closed?) for not including ...
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Tags “Crusades” vs “Crusaders”

Both tags crusades and crusaders exist presently. All the questions in the latter, except this one, also use the first tag. Should this situation be modified, or do both tags serve a different (...
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My reason for using this platform

I have long had an interest in history, and always heard these far fetched rumors which are the basis for most of my questions so far as they come up regularly. When I saw this platform I was like ...
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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 is History?

I've downvoted several questions because I don't think they are about history. It strikes me that I may be in error - I may be making false assumptions about history and historiography. Most things ...
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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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How to transfer a question from one SE site to another

Recently a question about the Septuagint came up that seemed worthy, but belonged more on Mi Yodeya Stackexchange than on History Stackexchange. Before I've come across questions that were transferred ...
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Clarifying our stance on the topicality of prehistory

I'd like to start this by saying I'm not a big fan of fiats from on-high. In general, I think the best way to resolve differences of opinion on SE sites is always going to be via votes on questions. ...
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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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Should “some” requests for resources be “on-topic”?

I know requests for resources are off topic, and I agree that "Can you do my homework" type questions should be. However, I am wondering if some requests should be allowed. I have a personal reason ...
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Could we get a tag for the Reconquista?

I would like to ask a question about El Cid but do not see a tag for the reconquista. Could we add a tag for the reconquista or should I use a different tag for this time period?
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This question was marked as a duplicate. That's OK. But why was it subsequently deleted?

The question here is clearly a duplicate and was correctly closed as such. But then it was also deleted by Community. There doesn't appear to be anything in the question demanding quick deletion. Is ...
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New wording for our message: “What research have you done?”

This is a follow up to my prior question about the harsh treatment we give to newcomers: Shouldn't we be less harsh with respect to asking for prior research? In spirit there seems to be a ...
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The tag [nazi] is redundant with [nazism] and [nazi-germany]

The tag nazi is redundant with the tags nazi-germany and nazism. In addition, it’s rather ambiguous in meaning: while the other two tags refer to a specific period in Germany’s history, and a specific ...
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Is the Che Guevara question on topic?

The question in question: Why is Che Guevara so famous? I don't really see how the question is suitable for site. First, the reasons for Che Guevara's fame (or infamy) are extremely well documented in ...
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Should I ask a question even if I was able to answer it via google, if the subject is not addressed in history.SE?

If there is a subject that one is able to garner an answer about via Google, should it still be asked here? I have added two answers Yes and No below with reasons. Please vote for those answers and ...
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When, if ever, should states of federal countries have their own independent tags?

I would like to ask a question about Newfoundland, and noticed there's no specific tag for it. Given how this conversation turned, I figured I'd make it more of a general case so we don't have to re-...

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