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Questions tagged [support]

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Are there new rules for autodeletion?

I've noticed a couple of times in recent days that questions from new contributors have been deleted automatically by 'Community' for no clear reason. For example; this one isn't a great question but ...
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What is the mysterious “TL;DR” that appears at the top of many Questions and Answers?

TL;DR The above is an example. I put it there intentionally. I see it at the top of a lot of Q's and A's on Main. What is it? Why is it there? Is it kbd shrtcut emoji kewl speak I just don't ...
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Markdown formatting - anchor tag syntax here?

I am trying to get a little fancy with some formatting to include some inline anchors within the body of my Question so I can add links that would allow jumping past sections of my Question Body that ...
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How can i make a question “not on hold”

I have questions that got put on hold. For the first one, i have gotten an answer, however, i would not like it removed, as "put on hold" usually means it is on the "wanted to be removed" list. How ...
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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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Remove “add citations” label from answer

This label Some of the information contained in this post requires additional references. Please edit to add citations to reliable sources that support the assertions made here. Unsourced ...
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Removing personal details from questions and answers?

Is there a method to completely remove personal details (such as telephone numbers and email addresses) from a post? They are often put in by new users who aren't familiar with the site (or the risks ...
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I Have Been Serial Serial-Down-Voted; What (if Anything) Should I Do?

I have been serial down voted twice in the last three days; first times 5 (although it is possible that a 6th was missed in the roll back) two days ago, and then times 3 today. I have a strong ...
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Request for references when other sources have failed

This is an entirely personal problem, but am not convinced it is unique. I have been trying to find information on London's Foundling Hospital (Coram's Hospital) and can discover very little either ...
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I had a bounty on a question and there are no answers… What do I do?

I had a bounty on a question that had no answers, only comments. I put a bounty on it so people would answer it, and the bounty ended with no answers. I'm currently on the grace period and I don't ...
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Is it possible to change which SE site a chat room I own is tied to?

I recently created the chat room Liftoff, intending it to be a tied to Area 51. However, something must have gotten mixed up while I was creating it, and it ended up being tied to History SE instead ...
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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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Do I earn reputation for scoring posts on Meta?

Recently I added my answer to this question on meta, and soon got a score of 8 on it. I don't, however, see that I received any reputation for this post. Does Meta simply not give reputation to ...
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Is this the wrong site for this question?

I asked a question which received one down vote with no explanation, and one frivolous, waste of time comment. It is a very important question for me, for something I am writing on deadline. I am ...
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How do I flag user accounts for deletion?

There are several fly-by-night accounts created for the sole purpose of promoting Holocaust denial. How do I flag them for deletion? Specifically: https://history.stackexchange.com/users/22488/...
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Are questions that can be answered by Googling off-topic?

A little while ago, I asked this question and a senior member voted to close it saying it's a 'trivia' question. He said: Please do preliminary research before posting questions to H:SE as How to ...
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Get privilege before reputation is reached

This morning I received a new privilege, but my last upvote was two days ago and in summary I have not reached the "Awarded At"-limit now. See this screenshot: I checked my Reputation history and I ...
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Who controls the twitter account?

History.SE has a twitter account, but who controls it? Is it controlled by the moderators or is it automated?
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How are unsourced claims attended?

There are times we (at least I) remember something we heard long time ago in part of our lives which is an historical fact, or better said, claim. However we cannot be sure whether the fact is ...
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Why do I see this meta question in the main history.SE site?

The question belongs to Meta, and when I click it, I go to this Meta site, but it is being shown in the main history.SE site. Is this normal or a bug? It is the question about Jesus with the [...
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Are questions about archeological or geological facts on-topic here?

Most of the times as in the Help Center tells, on-topic stuff is about human-related facts, say: cultures, languages, famous people, political-related, human prehistory. Meanwhile, the item Historical ...
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Handling a user with multiple accounts?

It appears that a recent visitor to the History stack, "basque-spaniards", is creating a new account for each visit. I've seen at least 4 accounts but there may be others... https://history....
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A sharp change in rep: what did I do?

It says "voting corrected," but I hadn't noticed anything suspicious, and I'm pretty sure I haven't done any suspicious voting myself either. What gives?
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Meaning of frequent contraction “iirc”

Relative newbie, sorry for the idiot question, but what does iirc in an answer/comment mean? Thank you.
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Share a link badges

I do not quite understand how the "share a link" badges work. Is the idea that you post the URL to some other web site and people click on it? But then how they know you posted the URL? Share the ...
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Is the history.stackexchange .com network getting too stifling in moderation?

I'm finding the moderation on the history.stackexchange.com network a bit too stifling. It's all well and good to strictly separate computer programming Q&As from any semblance of morality or ...
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Can we synonymize the 'soviet-union' and 'soviet' tags?

I noticed that both the soviet-union and soviet tags exist. I propose we synonymize them, keeping the soviet-union tag, in line with the result of Why do we have both "ussr" and "soviet ...
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-1 rep for downvoting?

Yesterday I donwvoted this answer (and upvoted a comment highlighting the problem). Today I saw I received -1 rep, with a link to this answer (which had received another downvote since mine). I really ...
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Is it on topic to ask about this religious practice?

From a historical novel, some Scandinavian peoples were practicing a form of divination, called Wands. They were presented as similar in purpose to modern-day Tarot cards. Can I create a question of ...
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What are the major components of a well-formed question?

I've gotten off to a strange start at this site. The first question AND answer I posted here were both well received, which seemed to create a false sense of confidence on how to actually use the site ...
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Should I close or delete my duplicate question?

I asked a question which turned out to be a duplicate (I haven't found it before, and I agree it is a duplicate). Should I delete the question? But the user who answered will loose some of his ...
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How does one merge tags?

There are numerous entries under "colonization" and only four under "colonisation" which is just a different spelling. How would one merge the four "orphan" posts under the larger heading?
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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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vote to repopen

my question was closed because i mentioned societies tendencies toward bigotry toward me. i'm like nearly a universal minority so i bring out the worst in the parts of the majority who hold certain ...
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Does the profile view count keep track of duplicate IPs?

I am wondering how the profile view count on a user's page is tabulated. Presumably if the same user views the same profile multiple times, it is only counted once. For example, if I visit JoeSchmoe's ...
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Tag synonym suggestion: world-war-2 -> ww2

There's a world-war-2 with eight questions that should probably be made a synonym for ww2. I'd suggest it myself but, as is usual for tag synonyms, I don't have the reputation or answer score ...
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The default color for the title of visited questions

In most stack exchange websites which I have visited, the color of the title of an already visited question is lighter than a non-visited question. Visually this is helpful. In History.SE the visited ...
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Newbie - unable to post comment!

I have down voted an answer and tried to add a comment to explain why - it worked the first time, but my tablet (laptop's died!) did weird things to it. Tried to edit it, no joy: deleted and started ...
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Can a mod restore a user's self deleted answers en masse?

While going through old questions I keep coming across answers by this user. As the remaining answers would suggest, they are generally at least of a decent quality, and many are very good. The ...
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Why don't you delete my account?

Please delete my History-beta account, as per my several unanswered requests. Why don't you delete my account? I have already requested twice.
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Gaming the system by engaging in serial down-voting at a slower rate

There is troll here who games the system by engaging in serial down-voting at a slower rate, so it won't be obvious - but the behavior is consistent: Unexplained downvotes over a day or two on old ...
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Nuking Answers - Semaphore

Someone seems to be wiping out accepted answers to questions. How can this be stopped?
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Having trouble with the comment button

The comment button hasn't been working for me consistently, either on my hand-held device nor my PC. Any suggestions? Also, on Meta I'm not getting prompted with tag suggestions.
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Phantom review count

Recently I seem to be getting phantom review counts. In other words, the review counter on the menu bar at the top of the screen will have some number like "3" or "5", but when I click on it, the ...
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I believe that an OP jhas just threatened me in a comment

This question resulted in a lengthy discussion between OP and myself, culminating in this comment by OP: @PieterGeerkens, the whole world in watching you. – George Chen 54 mins ago I had already ...
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How do I disagree with a flag?

Processing my review queue, I found that I was asked to evaluate someone elses flag that a given answer was "not an answer". If I agree, I hit the "flag or disagree" button, and click accept. I don'...
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Have you seen this man?

I wrote this warning on Judaism's meta site, however I wanted to also give this community a head's up - as this is the sort of site that the individual is likely to want to disrupt with his antics. ...
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Is it possible to completely erase an answer?

I want this deleted answer to be completely erased: https://history.stackexchange.com/a/10002/466 Is it possible?
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How do I rescind an edit review?

I accidentally approved https://history.stackexchange.com/review/suggested-edits/5786 . Can I cancel or rescind that action somehow? First, I did not even get a chance to look at it before my hand ...
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What is “comparative Google searches” in Site Self-Evaluation?

I clicked on "site self-evaluation" and generally understand the idea. However, I think the text needs some explanation. Run comparative Google searches on these questions I think I'm quite good ...