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Current site policy (before this post unofficial) has been the following: Questions on these topics have a hair-trigger for being put on hold. This goes in particular for new users who don't have a proven track-record of asking good questions. There is a certain quality bar that all questions on SE sites in general, and this site in particular, must reach ...


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On Politics, we have a custom off-topic close reason for questions that appear to have been asked in bad faith: The primary purpose of this question appears to be to promote or discredit a specific political cause, group or politician. It does not appear to be a good-faith effort to learn more about governments, policies and political processes as ...


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Asking for: a comprehensive analysis and meaningful criticism of 35 questions is, perhaps, a little much, but I'll try to make a start with the most recent 5. The most recent question Did Saint George actually slay the Dragon? was put on-hold for being off-topic. I was one of those who voted to close the question, and my reason was simple. This is a ...


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Excellent question and I appreciate that you've approached this problem professionally. T.E.D proposes that we imagine a math stack question beginning, "It is commonly known that 1=0" - which is an excellent thought experiment. Today I re-encountered a question that is perhaps a better illustration. How and when was Portugal created? As I said in my ...


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I'm told its possible to put "alerts" on specific tags, such that warning pop-up text is given when a user sets out to use them. A moderator for another site suggested this could be used to effect a bit of an informational speed-bump for the problem tags. This is apparently accomplished by requesting it on meta and getting developer attention. So its not ...


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I haven't been in the trenches half as long as most of you guys, but I'm getting awfully tired of the not so subtle "hidden" agenda questions, as I tried to raise in this question I also feel we are going base over apex at times. This question, despite an excellent answer from @DevSolar, was swiftly put on hold. A quick glance at the OP's profile would ...


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Wikipedia is better than no source A secondary source is better than Wikipedia A primary source is better than a secondary source Question or answers with no source at all are toxic. No source is a far larger problem than Wikipedia. I'm willing to accept Wikipedia sources over posts with no research at all. Complaining about Wikipedia reminds me of a ...


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Assuming something is a historical person/place/thing, that seems reasonable. Examining references to events in ancient sources is essentially what historians do. Now if something is a fictional construction, it might be a bit more problematic (and there might be better stacks for the question too).


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I have to say, I wasn't familiar with that exact question, but winced when I read the first phrase ("It is commonly known that..."). Winced harder when I glanced at the rest and saw no hyperlink backing up that assertion. The first comment you got (upvoted multiple times) tried to explain the problem. A very common issue we have with questions here is ...


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I think this is a pretty bad idea, actually. I completely agree that we have issues with acceptance coupled with a really low tolerance for the 'level' of questions. However, there would be no way to stop people from attempting to answer the sandboxed questions, in good faith, and then either the mods would need to migrate the answers (adding to their load) ...


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I know we've had questions like that before. However, in this case, as a longtime American driver myself, I've never heard that one, and thus I think I'd demand evidence that this prejudice is actually A Thing. Examples (preferably from sources talking about the bigotry, rather than those promoting it) should probably be a feature of any such question. ...


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My understanding is that the phrase is meant to is to exclude genealogy questions, as opposed to imposing a stringent test for fame as such. I personally believe that questions about historically documented public figures will generally be on topic. As to your point, I do think it might be worthwhile to amend the question to say "famous people in ...


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According to our FAQ, questions about Nazism are subject to additional scrutiny. The bar for flagging or closing content touching Nazis, the Holocaust, Hitler, etc. is intentionally lower than for other topics. This does not mean that Nazism is off-topic, but that the realities of dealing with trolling and propaganda requires us to view content on these ...


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Caveat - as above, please ignore any diamonds you may see. I acknowledge all of the problems you cite with googling. No contest. If the OP states in the question that they attempted to search for an answer, I'll trust that assertion. But I believe the overwhelming majority of questions that are closed as too basic on the grounds that OP did not ...


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Here are a few suggestions (the first of which is from a comment you posted here): A single link answer found on the first page of a search should be strong candidate for 'too basic'. Include the other main search engines rather than just 'Google', or don't mention a specific search engine (or use the verb google). Let's not forget that not everyone is an ...


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The problem I see with your question over on the Christianity stack, and IMHO it would be a problem on any SE site, is that merely by being phrased the way it is, it implies that there's a good reason to believe it might be true, even though as near as I can tell you actually have no real reason to believe it might be true. Questions that seem to start with ...


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For a good question yes. Those are good US-centric examples, but I know I've come across some that assumed knowledge from other cultures too. For instance, using only last names that I had never heard of before and had to Google. Ick. I'd say its perfectly reasonable to edit such questions to add some missing context (eg: President Lincoln, together with a ...


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In the years since this "higher-bar" policy was described, things have actually gotten worse on these topics. For that reason we should actually go a step further and just automatically put any question on these topics from a new user on hold. If, presumably after ironing out any issues, users decide the question is acceptable, they will vote to have it ...


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@sempaiscuba nailed, I think, the reasons that your stuff is getting closed from a leagalistic standpoint. But what to do next? How to conform to community standards, if that's what you want to do? It took me a bit longer than a year to figure out which questions people like around here. I learned a lot from watching DrZ214's questions to get a better idea ...


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I doubt that you would get in trouble. The worst-case scenario would probably be a request from the copyright holder (or their lawyers) to remove the image. If that ever happens, I'd suggest that you should probably comply (even if you think that "fair use" rules should apply). Of course, it also depends in part on where the movie was made. This article on ...


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I have to both agree and disagree. I am not so used to this stack in particular, since I'm mostly a software and games developer (in fact the only reason I enter here is to ask for reality-history checks I need to develop a story or a game, or stuff like that), but what I can say: I received a good treatment for my questions. Perhaps I automatically ...


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We actually get a pretty fair amount of picture identification questions [1][2][3]. I think I saw one questioned on the basis of triviality, and I see another that did get closed because there really wasn't enough info provided. So be sure to provide all the information about the picture you possibly can. There might actually be enough of them that they ...


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There have certainly been questions about stereotypes on History:SE before, for example this question about the origin of American stereotypes of Swedish women or this question on American stereotypes of Polish people. However, questions would need to be carefully worded such that they comply with the Stack Exchange Code of Conduct and - as always - the ...


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wip taken from https://skeptics.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/1345/faq-my-question-was-put-on-hold-or-has-been-closed-what-does-it-mean please review & can someone with a HiDPI display make updated screenshots for the pictures below? A few descriptions below are from ages ago and need precise updates as well Rationale: why do we close questions?...


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This is a personal view. Please disregard any mod diamond that you might see. A 'simple search' is just one which does not rely on the use of additional qualifiers to return the results you are looking for. If I enter the title or main keywords from a question into a search engine, and it returns a link on the first page of results that appears to answer ...


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The site doesn't like "list" questions. These are hard to answer, and evaluate objectively. To ask a good source question, you should ask about a particular source, show what it does, and ask about the "value" of the source. A question like that can be answered and evaluated.


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If you have a plausible set of information that can be interpreted as "Mohamad's father was a Christian?" (e.g. where he lived there were many Christians, or some plausible historical source mentioned it), it sounds like an ontopic question. Otherwise, no (as the negatives would outweigh the positives).


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