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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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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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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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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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Someone once said . . . . Or I have heard... or I read that... I will downvote any question that includes this phrase. This is effectively the rhetorical fallacy Appeal to Authority without going to the effort to invent the authority. There are two problems with this question, and I'll wish for the ability to downvote twice. First, cite your source. It ...


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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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Quoting known Hitler apologists and/or Holocaust deniers as your primary/only source Questions or answers like this one which rely on the theories of Hitler apologists and/or Holocaust deniers like David Irving as their primary or only source are likely to be down-voted. Particularly when the claim being made fails the "existing narrative" test discussed ...


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One thing you should realize: As a site mod I actually have no tools to do that. I cannot view any user's voting. It could be I've been missing it, but when I go look at your profile, I don't get to see your "votes" tab that you can see on your profile. I can't speak for the general SE mods. But I understand that the way this is generally handled is via ...


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I'd certainly agree that recent history is on-topic, and I'd also agree that with Denis that the line between recent history and current events can be blurred. However, I'm not sure that I'd agree with your assertion that There is no delay after an event before records are manifest. Information like chronologies and measurements are in the historical ...


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Is this true that... Questions that guide answers to only two possible options ("yes" or "no") should be avoided. A question like this usually does not show even a minimal effort of its poster and will not provide no information for the people who will read the question and who will read answers. As history is not technical science, we do ...


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I will downvote any question that misuses the term genocide. Genocide is recognized as a crime against humanity; modern cultures jointly condemn the practice. Asking or answering questions about genocide should be accompanied by clear, respectful thought. Transforming the noun genocide into a verb "genocided" is sloppy and imprecise and undermines ...


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"Should.... If your question includes the words "Should" or "...feel..." or "...seems...", or ". . . neglected. . . " then it is very likely that your question is subjective. (There are exceptions to this rule; I'll read the question before I determine whether or not to downvote). I will downvote subjective questions and usually vote to close. If your ...


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Why were the majority of the population X at the time Y ok with Z when we know that Z is wrong? Is it true that Person S from time Y really did/believed in Z??! Horrendous! For sake of clarity: The genocides in modern times are not an example because the people knew that killing people is not ok. For example: Slavery. How could ancient Greeks&Romans ...


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Is your question in scope? Why are major streets in urban regions not build tunnel like? If your question begins, "I dont know where this question might belong in stackexchange, so i put it in history. " then STOP and read [help]. Then check these two resources history and not history; if you cannot detect the subtle differences between those two terms, ...


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Questions about race "race" is not a word that has a precise meaning; it is, if you will, not a cromulent word. The vast majority of questions about race or genetics rely on assumptions that are incompatible with good historiography. Different cultures define race differently, and there is no objective definition. If you ask a question about race and don'...


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Out of scope questions a.k.a. Sir, this is an Arbys A parable Person walks into a Starbucks and says, "I'd like an appendectomy please. I don't react well to standard anesthetics, and I'm diabetic, so....." The barista interrupted the customer, "Excuse me - I'm committed to providing the best possible customer service that I can, but this is ...


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I very rarely downvote, so I'm mostly putting guesses on other people here, but I think the reasons for quiet downvotes mostly are (in rough order of poster culpability): An existing comment(s) covers user's objection to the post. User can't think of a good way to express their problem with the post without violating our Be Nice policy. User objects to ...


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Questions should not be revised in ways that invalidate existing answers. Edits to questions that do that should be rolled back. The new question should be posted as exactly that: a new question.


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I also didn't vote either way on the question. I also have a tiny interest here, in that I answered it. That being said. First off, some site culture: We get a lot of questions here that were posted not from a pure historical interest (assuming such a thing exists), but rather with an agenda. Most of these are questions relating to the Holocaust, and after ...


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I tend to view my voting process as a balancing of interests. Is the question interesting? Is the question well researched? Is the question coherent? Is the question similar to other questions? Etc., etc., etc. Looking at the question through those different lenses I then weigh them against each other to decide how to vote. "The question is really well-...


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I've said it repeatedly, but my observation is that downvotes generate more personal abuse than corrections. I am strongly motivated to leave no comments on a downvote because of the number of times that people have replied with ad hominem abuse. What you propose isn't a solution to a problem as much as it is a method for enabling greater hostility. You'...


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I have to read the comment string to understand the question If I have to read a comment string to understand your question, I am significantly less likely to do the research to answer the question. (I may or may not downvote you depending on how egregious the comment string is). SE is not a place for discussion. Discussion is fun; we all like a discussion....


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Swords were in the past, so tell me about their physics History is the study of change over time, in the documentary record of the human past. We don't do metallurgy Or psychology Or physics Yes your object of interest was in the past. This doesn't mean it was documented, it also doesn't make your question about change over time as discovered through that ...


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Don't include anything you don't want to defend. I think it's common for governments to make false flags against small groups, but has it ever happened the other way? The first half of that sentence is undeniably true. OP holds that opinion. but is it important to the question? DO you want to defend it? You should be prepared to defend with research ...


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To me, there's a fuzzy line that needs to be drawn to distinguish current events from history. Where to draw it can arguably be debated to death. Personally, I'd usually draw it at when a generation or two has come to age after the event and its short-term ramifications have all played out to their conclusions. Put another way, an event becomes history when ...


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The general philosophy behind Stack Exchange's voting mechanism, as I understand it, is that voting isn't meant to be constructive for a given question - it's meant to be constructive for the site. The ideal is that "good" questions (where "good" means "the sort of questions we want to see more of") will be upvoted, and "bad" questions (using the opposite ...


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Has there ever been anything like... Yes. There has, and I'm going to downvote you just for asking. There is nothing new under the sun. The eternal recurrence of the same. If you are asking about something that is truly novel, then good for you. BUt the majority of questions of this type are really requests for pub discussion. How to fix the problem ...


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I dislike arbitrary rules, and some of these answers point out variable conditions such as 'fake news' and information which only overcomes emotional or political bias after some time before it can be looked at logically as 'history'. I have noticed when researching other questions, a rule over on Reddit, which I would fully support applying to this site: ...


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