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Community moderated site, so you get to help determine the answer. Personally I strongly prefer sourced answers. Sometimes I fall short of my own goal, but I think sources are important. Sources help to avoid perpetrating history myths. History is, in general, more complicated than what we (I) learned in school. School teaches a simple mythology where ...


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As the guy with the mop, I will say that I frequently find myself needing to delete heavily negatively-voted answers that have no sources listed or linked, and multiple comments and/or flags complaining about lack of references. So just on the superficial objective level, I can tell you that good answers here tend to have linked references in them for non-...


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I think sources should be added so interested parties can do further research. Otherwise history SE will become the SE version of yahoo answers.


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This is a network wide feature, meant to allow the same user to provide two different, perhaps contradictory or incompatible options to the same question. It's not a particularly useful for the main History.SE site, because most of our questions deal with historical facts. Answers should strive to provide a full answer to a question, so if there are two ...


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I'm not sure that this is something that can, or should, have a fixed rule about what to do. It all depends on the circumstances; when the answers are posted, how much new answers are guided by the existing answer(s) and how much 'better' any new answer is. It would be trickier if your answer had been accepted (or more heavily upvoted) but, in this case, I'...


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Excellent question. Judicious use of dwnvotes, and alternative answers are the only options that come to mind. I've added a comment to the question; I don't think it is quite as erroneous as you assert. The source you suggest points out that Ghandi was raised in an eclectic religious atmosphere and mentions Jainist influences at least twice. I wish that the ...


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For a while, we've contended with this problem, although we've mostly looked it from the perspective of questions, which were bad-but-not-bad-enough-to-get-closed. I think we decided to just apply the higher standard unofficially, and be more harsh with the downvotes on questions which didn't get there. Can't we just do that with answers too? That said, I'...


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This is also only my personal opinion, but I agree with Semaphore that we should aim for our answers to be: "... as long as necessary to properly answer a question, but not one word longer" I endorse his answer entirely. However, I would add a few additional caveats that I think are important. Firstly, none of us are paid to research topics and write ...


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There is a reason for anonymous voting. People vote anonymously because they can express their opinions without fear of retribution. H:SE is doing better, but explanations still invite as much personal abuse as they do changes to questions. I'll continue to strongly advocate anonymous voting; public voting is an incentive to abuse.


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This is a serious problem, and it happens because history is very different from the main SE which spawned it all, dealing with programming. Problem 1 is that while there are some divergences in programming, in most cases usually something either actually works or doesn't: you may prefer one approach over another, and one approach might be strictly better ...


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I don't downvote that much and do try to provide an explanation when I do, but when I see that my reason for downvoting is already in there, I generally don't add a "+1" post. It's not helpful and I think that in its own way it encourages more comment-argument. It's also against SE guidelines to do so.


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I'm going to offer some thoughts about "quality" of answers; these thoughts are offered in response to your question, but I admit they may not be responsive. Recent changes in SE corporate policy have (in my opinion) made it very difficult for moderators to respond to questions like this. "Friendly" is now paramount over all other ...


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First, the usual disclaimer: This is my personal opinion, so please try to ignore any diamond you might see beside my username. History:SE is a community moderated site. In fact, Stack Exchange itself is designed to to be mostly self-regulating. To that end, as users gain reputation they also gain moderation privileges. So, Users with 15 rep can flag ...


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Nothing. The question poster is the only person who is qualified to decide which answer best resolve their problem - as indicated by their power to mark an answer accepted. It is thus not up to us to decide which reading of the question is valid (of course, this doesn't apply to "answers" that are seemingly completely tangential to the question - feel free ...


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I would suggest that sources are desirable but not always essential or possible. For one thing, sources/historians disagree - sometimes violently. I was one of those who answered the question mentioned, but only stated that I understood X to be the case (and could be wrong!) I suspect most if not all of us "know" things from long ago studies and half-...


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This is only my personal opinion, but I believe an answer should be as long as necessary to properly answer a question, but not one word longer. If addressing the complexities of a topic makes the answer "too long", then the question was probably too broad to begin with. Vote to put it on hold and edit to refine the scope before answering. That said, longer ...


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I have occasionally posted two answers, based on either differing interpretations, or assumptions, or because the Q&A has revealed new facets, or because a year later I am aware of new research.


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I can't bring myself to agree. I agree that we need to curate out trivia. Before you ask on H:SE, ask google. I've said elsewhere that if I enter your question into google and the answer is one of the first five results, I'll probably downvote and probably vote to close. I think where we disagree is on a specific category of questions - questions ...


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Maybe it's just my imagination but there seems to have been an increase in the proportion of unsourced answers (which is why I'm 'resurrecting' this question). Actually, I could have picked any one of several questions on meta to do this (including this one which I answered) so some people might be thinking 'Oh no, not this again'. Aside from commenting '...


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Like Pieter, I have not voted on your answer, and since you ask for improvement tips, this would be my opinion. Stick to the question. Comments sometime run amuck and lead to further questions, but the core question in this case (as I see it) is did the Soviets hand over Jews to the Nazis. I originally like your short version answer. The current version ...


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Note: I have refrained from voting at all on your answer, either way, so far. My comments are: You are over relying on long quotes without using any emphasis to aid the reader. Your overall thesis is unclear. The answer feels like spaghetti thrown against the wall to see what sticks. There are only a few contributors on this site who can consistently build ...


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I have posted two answers to one post, partly because I received new and highly relevant information from a professional, which I wished to quote at length, and partly because, with limited technology at the time - it was frankly easier! Did any English duke ever grant away an earldom he held?


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The heart of this idea was that we acknowledge the inherent "communal" nature of a list question, but still keep the SE voting/reputation mechanism as way to encourage and reward good answers from users, and tell readers which answers are deemed better. I just don't think you have that if you don't have the (one and only) copy of the full text of an answer ...


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Well, I'm going to have to spoil the party, and say we shouldn't do this. Why? Because a lot of our questions are about history within living memory. Off the top of my head, we had a question a while back about whether there were bike locks in the Soviet Union. Although some members don't see eye-to-eye with them politically, we're very lucky to have users ...


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