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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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Is recent history on topic?

Everybody has read the What topics can I ask about here? page as we all need clarity on whether a question will be welcome before developing it. The rules forbid questions about "the future", they ...
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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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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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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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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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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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No-research questions

I sadly notice there are plenty of questions which are nothing more than some random uneducated curiosity, about which the asker hasn't even tried to do any kind of research. This, paired with the ...
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Keyword warning

The original stack overflow site has some "dirty" words and if you use them you get, I think, a warning before it lets you post. I think in some cases you cannot even post a question that has certain ...
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