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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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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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Note: I didn't downvote this answer, thus am not one of the a certain subset of users that the author is complaining about (at least for this answer). Assumption: The answer, as of 2020-11-13, is in the form the original author desires. Presentation of answer This answer is difficult to read. Due to the extensive quotes, the default styling of the site (...


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Since you are used to MathStackExchange: The most common causes of closure there are: "missing context" (which in history stack exchange would translate into lack of preliminary research) and "lack of clarity." I did not vote to close either one of your questions, but here are the issues as I see them: Lack of preliminary research: ...


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treaty and treaties have now been merged and synonymised.


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The best way may be to search inside our chatroom, The Time Machine. Our Historian bot automatically link new questions to the chat feed as they appear, and this is preserved even when the post itself got deleted by community, barring moderator intervention in exceptional cases. In fact, the bot link includes the author of the question, so you can find all ...


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This is History's graduation election, and thus we need at least one more candidate than the number of spots to move ahead with an election. The election moving into voting is an automatic process, but extending the nomination phase before voting is a manual step - and we failed to do that before the hour, so the election incorrectly moved ahead. We've ...


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This site expects questions to be ones for which a definitive answer is at least conceivable. Your question, "Where were the ancient Israelites before they came to Israel (if they were new inhabitants at all)?" is more appropriate for a discussion forum. Opinion based question here are almost certain to be closed. I for one cannot conceive of how ...


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To expand slightly on Mark Johnson's strong argument: the use of quotes, not only in this answer but most of that author's work on this site, in my opinion, not only is borderline plagiarism but makes their answers impossible to read and use. Addressing these in order: Fair use of copyright materials is not a blanket excuse for taking all and every bit of ...


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I think there are a few things going on here. Its unusually hard to keep a question open here. Of the 20 questions posted in the last 3 days, 9 of them are currently on hold or closed. That's 45%; almost half. For Politics, the number for that same period as of right now is 38%. For Skeptics 25%. For the last 50 posts of Interpersonal, it looks like 20%. ...


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Could it be a biased voting if a Jewish person vote Why are you singling out "Jewish"? It's certainly possible that any user may be biased. However, that does not inherently invalidate their vote. An answer is deleted only by multiple votes. History.SE is a community moderated website. We trust our users to make collective determinations based on ...


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It has been merged into europe. While you're right that it's probably not needed, I synonymised the two anyway.


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Seems sensible. If this is done, it seems like treaties would be the one to keep as the master, since it both has more questions on it and actually has a tag wiki. An aside on process: It looks like the intended process is supposed to be: Suggest a tag synonym in the tag interface Users of that tag approve it. The synonym seems to be working well - post a ...


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This looks like it touches on cultural and miscellaneous historical issues in addition to the purely linguistic ones - and thus seems like a good fit for this site.


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I don't consider myself an expert in what makes for a good tag. However, I think a tag should have enough call for its use to justify its existence. After checking neighboring tags, spain (the most recent 50 of about 130) and islamic-hispania, I only found one other question that would reasonably be better tagged reconquista, were such a tag to exist. Given ...


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To clarify a few points: Your question has not been marked as a duplicate. Some users have merely suggested it to be one. The other question was not "downvoted into closing" - downvotes cannot do this. It was closed because the claim that Hungarians were Turks seems disproven by basic research. In my opinion, these two questions are not actually ...


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The question was deleted as a side effect of the user being destroyed. The user was destroyed because, via mod tools, I determined with very high confidence that it was our resident Nazi troll.


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Congratulations all around to the elected moderatos; and a hearty thank you also to everyone who, elected or not, by putting their name forward volunteered for this often thankless role. The site continues only because these individuals volunteer their efforts.


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You should be aware that this site, due to unrelenting bad-faith trolling by white supremacists, has been forced to implement a much higher standard for questions about or adjacent to the Holocaust. 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 ...


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Thank you! I am humbled by your support!


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This got a bit much in comments, so I'll try to post my analysis on this here. Why this question is legitimately tagged islamic-hispania: All the sentences ending with a ? are talking about the actions and behaviors of Islamic-controlled areas of Al-Andulus, which that tag was designed to cover. That tag also covers Almoravid-controlled parts of the ...


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I don't know; the community decides what is on topic/off topic. I'd suggest you compare the question to the two references found at how to write a good question. I'll offer a couple of additional opinions/reactions to the question; it is up to you to determine if they are useful. There is no preliminary research. No evidence that you've attempted to solve ...


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Honestly, I don't know that there is any policy about this, and I'm not sure its happened enough for there to need to be one. In fact, I think its quite possible for two accounts to have the same name. I think there was once an issue elsewhere on the site about someone using that to impersonate a famous user (Jeff Atwood, IIRC), but I don't remember that ...


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Try this command as a search query: user:27333 deleted:1 closed:0 is:question (Only admins/mods can retry this exact command, the usernumber limits this to the original poster) After you are convinced that your edits have improved the post to a reasonable quality, flag that post for 'mod attention' and ask for undeletion. That's the preferred way. As long ...


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First off, I should make it clear that all the action being discussed here happened 4 years ago. I wasn't one of the mods doing the work on this one. Some of the principals are no longer active on this site. Looking through that answer, there appear to be 9 deleted comments. They mostly appear to be in 4 categories: (1) Comment deleted by its own author, ...


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Looking over the comments, I think mainly you've just experienced some of the highs and lows of getting your question on the Hot Network Questions feed. That question got put on the HNQ list quite early in its life, if I remember correctly. That of course means there's a link to it on the right of the browser for every user in the StackExchange system. Even ...


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One of the problems I've wrestled with since I joined HSE is to what extent can I edit someone else's (flawed) question to bring it up to HSE expectations? I've rarely done more than correct language or add links as I feel I have neither the right nor the authority to do more than point out, in a comment, the problems with the question. Unfortunately, new ...


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If we are allowed to reply to this: I've scaled my participation way back but I'd like to thank all of the current mods for their diligent efforts over the years. Thank you! Korvin


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Of course motives are part of history, just like they're part of real life. Unlike some things, they can't be proved definitively because you can't look inside someone else's mind. Potential evidence includes letters, diaries, how hard they tried to do something and how many times, and so on. I don't really understand why anyone would think that motives were ...


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Request to be welcoming to a new user This is a question from a new user, who may not be familiar with the culture of H:SE. Please make an extra effort to be welcoming, to phrase feedback in a positive manner and to explain our assumptions. If possible, offer constructive advice on how to improve the question This is a question from a new user, who may not ...


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