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Are questions asking for deciphering texts on paintings (or other objects) allowed?

This question, What's the text in "Mystische Jagd" by Martin Schongauer?, just got asked on Arts & Crafts SE. The user presents us with a painting in which a Latin text in Gothic script ...
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Will uploaded images, that are no longer referenced, be removed?

I uploaded an image for this question: Is it just a coincidence that the locations of three cities in North America share a unique geographical similarity to three cities in Europe?. I accidentally ...
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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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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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How is my question about slave clothing opinion-based?

My question was closed because it was seen as opinion-based. I am struggling to see how my question as it currently stands is opinion-based. There are many questions about slavery on this website and ...
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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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Question about the historical language of a city

I wanted to ask a question about the language spoken in a city before it was conquered by another country. I wanted to know if this question is acceptable. Of course I tried to do my own research ...
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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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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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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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What should we do about questions regarding "fake news" or "fake history?"

I'm referring to questions like this one about whether Mozart was ever called "Wolfie" in real life, as he was in a play, or this one, about whether or not King Henry VIII was protected by nightly ...
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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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Question on historical misconceptions on a specific group of people. Is it allowed?

I've been thinking about asking such a question and when I say "misconception", I do mean it as "a view or opinion that is incorrect because it is based on faulty thinking or understanding." The ...
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How can I phrase this question on Soviet strategy?

To my surprise, this question I asked was closed as "primarily opinion based", when I asked for evidence of Soviet strategy. I has assumed, perhaps naively, that it would be obvious that an answer ...
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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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Asking to be pointed to resources

I am interested in celebrating the rich historical culture of Western New York. Because of the holiday, particularly ghost stories that happened in Buffalo, New York. I am Organizing an event for ...
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Are questions on philology on-topic?

A while ago, I asked this question on ancient Arabic culture and how it relates to mythology, and it seems to have been well-received. At least it wasn't closed. More in general, however, I could see ...
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Should this question go here or somewhere else?

I want to know what the first command-line interface was. That is, the first time one could type in a command with a keyboard and receive feedback via a screen or teleprinter, as opposed to entering ...
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To what extent should we be fixing very low quality questions?

I want to be clear that in general, I understand and support editing questions. Especially with new users who might not be familiar with how SE is supposed to work, or to assist those who may not have ...
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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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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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Rationale for migration of the historical sports question

I understand how this question could fit in the topic of Sports.SE (obviously): https://history.stackexchange.com/questions/11434/any-historical-sports-with-instant-win-moves What I don't understand ...
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Is the wording of the long-term effects of Reconstruction on the south confusingly worded?

What were the long-term effects of Recomstruction in the south? has several questions posed in it: What were the long-term effects of Reconstruction? Is there any truth to what Paisley is saying? [...
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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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Am I allowed to ask a religious question on this site

I have this question, on Christianity, it's not welcome there and some user stated that i could move it here. Well if i simply copy paste, it will be closed, cross posting. Was Mohamad's father a ...
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Can there be a historical "concept" from a famous quote independent of the quote's original context?

This question came up in a debate over this question: What exactly is the concept (or main idea) of "The White Man's Burden" in Imperialism? Two relatively high rep people on the site ...
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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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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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Why did my question get a downvote?

Another in my aperiodic, quixotic rants intended to improve the quality of H:SE posts. I've seen a few questions on meta that resemble "why did I get a downvote?". It struck me that I can't ...
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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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Are draft-dodgers in scope?

In the faq it says questions about famous people are in scope. Obviously it is clear cut this sanctions be to ask the questions about Hitler or Julius Caesar say. But while thinking up a question ...
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Reopen: Instances of the UN defusing serious crises

I would like to request that the question "Instances of the UN defusing serious crises" be reopened. If not, I would like to understand how exactly this question is non-constructive or falls under "...
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"Why does Europe have so few skyscrapers compared to Asia?" = history?

I'm curious to know why the question on skyscrapers is considered appropriate for history.se. To start with, the question is actually asked in the present tense :) Secondly, this is something that ...
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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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History exam question

Should this question about remembering things form exams, with a soft focus on history be on topic? I think it is not because the core of the question is how to remember things for exams and has ...
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Are genealogical questions on-topic here?

I recently came across some information that indicated a spike in the usage of my given name (Mark) in the 1960s, and wanted to see if there was a cause for it. Would such questions be on-topic here? ...
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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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Are question about simulation on topic?

Is this question or type of question acceptable or not? Why? As a side note, would asking about the historical accuracy of a game be on topic?
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Please avoid asking Wikipedia questions

I suggest that for this site and particularly in the private beta that we avoid asking questions that can be answered by Wikipedia e.g. 'Which groups arrived in Australia before the arrival of the ...
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Could questions here be too localized?

On other sites, such as gamedev.se or stackoverflow, questions can be too localized. example. But on a site that is all about history, what could be too localized? Because history is all about detail.
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