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I'm the author of one of the questions that you linked in this meta post. I completely realize that it was a silly question after doing some more research, and that's why I deleted the question. Someone who knows enough about history to know what the holocaust is ought to know both of the above things. It seems like asking a question about the Nazis for ...


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The fact that the stereotype exists and is mentioned as a stereotype isn't bigotry. Believing in the stereotype or asserting its truthfulness would be.


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Why.... Be very careful, you're entering dangerous ground. It is fairly difficult ask a "why" question that is a good fit for SE. "Why..." questions tend to: Require a book to answer. Generate lots of discussion and comments, which reduce the value of SE. rely on false premises. If you must If you must ask a "Why" question, please check that: ...


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I'm Grace Note. I'm a Community Manager for Stack Exchange. At the end of the day, a vote represents the opinion of a user, to identify whether a question is useful or not useful in addition to points about clarity and research and whatnot. Voting is the tool for the community as a whole to judge posts. It is as much to identify when a question is poorly ...


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I regret that my question has caused offense to some. My intent was merely to get to the bottom of a stereotype that has confused me for much of my life. I am of Polish decent, so my curiosity obviously has a personal aspect to it. But really: my question is meant to acknowledge that a stereotype exists-- not make the claim that a stereotype exists and it ...


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Notes: I hesitate to do this, but I would like to offer myself for consideration because I'm in the UTC + 8 time zone. It's pretty much the exact opposite of the American ones, so I'm usually active precisely while the mods are asleep. While I did only recently return from a prolonged break from SE, the circumstances behind that are no longer in effect.


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We've traditionally taken a fairly expansive view of what's on topic here. Essentially, if its about stuff involving humans in the past, where there isn't a better stack for it (eg: Politics, English, etc.) From a technical sense, yes it is true that anything that isn't relying on written records is not "History", but rather some other discipline. However, ...


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Given that I am the current grand-champion for deleting comments, perhaps I should address this. Note that other mods may hit your flag though and have other strategies. Hopefully it all evens out in the wash. Yes, when I field a flag for a comment, I look at all the other comments on the same post. For one thing, sometimes a person simply doesn't like ...


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If you doubt the existing narrative, the burden is on you. e.g. I read on Wikipedia that the Pryce baronets went extinct with the seventh baronet. Is that true? First, thank you for having done at least some preliminary research. I appreciate that you've made an effort. That said, unless you have a reason to doubt the fact in question, why are you ...


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Short Version We are aware this is a tougher topic than most to ask interesting and unique questions about. This factors into our graduation decision. Of the 115 sites, History.SE is currently ranked at 72 by questions per day. It's ranked 74 by number of users and 67 by traffic. So it's right around where we'd expect it to be by the numbers. The ...


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I am in favor of requests for reference material with certain restrictions. When I say reference material, I mean source material (primary sources). So, asking What source material for the fall of Jerusalem is there? Would be on topic. The correct answer would be Tacitus and Josephus. There is only one right answer. An example of an off-topic question ...


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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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Thank you Mr. Durden for raising this in meta. I haven't been entirely comfortable with the conflict in the comment stream, but I haven't been sure how to address the underlying issues. Your question in meta helped me to clarify those issues and my vision for what I want SE to be. Are sources required? I think your summary is absolutely spot on: It is about ...


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I agree with the idea since duplicate tags are never good, but propose we ditch the acronym and rename the tag to world-war-one or something similar. This removes the discussion of how we indicate the numeral and makes it clear from the start what the tag is about to people who are not familiar with one or more of the acronyms. It might then also be a good ...


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Notes: I nominate Mark C. Wallace. In my time here this user stands out as someone who regularly encourages higher qualify questions and answers through his helpful comments, edits, and flagging. Mark has also been prolific in reviewing posts and voting on closing, opening, and deletes, not to mention being a consistent and regular user. I believe this ...


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These edits are clearly replies to the author, and should therefore be rejected. The editing privilege is meant to be used for improving a post; it is not a medium for engaging another user in conversation. In fact, we have a canned reject reason for almost this exact scenario: This edit was intended to address the author of the post and makes no sense as ...


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Coming up with history questions is more difficult than say coming up with questions for StackExchange for a couple of reasons. The relative size of the historian market v. the programmer market, where there are far less people that are engaged in "history" than "programming." The lack of immediacy of problems in the field of history. For example, rarely ...


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Notes: This nominee would be a good choice because … He's been doing a good job for more than a couple years. Very level headed, and deserves to continue.


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Notes: This nominee would be a good choice because … Although a new user, sempaiscuaba brings professionalism and a strong time commitment to the table. In the time he has been contributing, he has been quickly become and important contributor by answering questions and by improving site operation. I'll be honest here. My first reaction upon seeing my ...


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New Close Reason One option for the third custom close reason slot is a "Push Questions" close reason. This is adapted form Politics.SE, and was first suggested in a previous answer by @yannis: The primary purpose of this question appears to be to promote or discredit a specific idea, theory, cause, group or person. It does not appear to be a good-faith ...


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Please document your preliminary research Some questions seem to have come out of a beer and pretzels' discussion with no research. Please do basic research before you post here; check Wikipedia and Google, and document that research in your question. Tell us why Google and Wikipedia fell short. Tell us what you searched on and why the results didn't ...


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No. If you don't like the question the user asked, moderate it (comment on it, downvote it, vote to close it, vote to delete it). However, a user's profile is their own and they can write whatever they want in it1. Furthermore, one off topic question is not valid grounds for suspension, however egregious the question might be. If it was, I doubt there would ...


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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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Thanks for your concern. Charcoal, the volunteer organization for keeping Stack Exchange free from spam, already detected this attack, since it's rather prevalent across the Stack Exchange network. Posts like these are therefore likely to attract spam flags from all kinds of users across the network, not just members of this community. Still, it's likely ...


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I think it's wrong to downvote because it's a subject you don't find interesting. If it contains incorrect information, is trivial, can't be answered properly, these are all good reasons. But "Meh, I wish people would ask less about vikings and more about Mayans" is not a good reason to downvote, IMO.


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Sources are extremely helpful for people who come across the question later. Even if the asker is satisfied without them, it's a really good idea to list sources for those who want to dig further into the topic later. If you don't give sources, your answer might be perfectly correct, but it is difficult for others to judge its validity for themselves, and, ...


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Everyone has "bias". That's normal. However, if you highly suspect a question is a Push Question; not a good-faith attempt to gain historical information, but rather a (subtle?) attempt to push a particular agenda (or even just troll) in the guise of a question, that's a different matter entirely. This goes double for any question having to do with Nazis ...


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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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The reason is quite simple: A spammer thought it a good idea to promote his Turkish related product under all these questions.


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What evidence is there that the historical individual that I'm thinking of fits a historical theory that I read one time.? If the question relies on information that is only available to the OP, then the question shows no research effort, and I would argue is a bad fit for the site. I'm going to downvote because it is an insult to the community. Questions ...


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