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Is there a Question Coach team, or discussion area available where one can get help framing a difficult question?

I started and discarded five versions of a question I want to ask about German doctors in the Hitler era (not all were Nazis) participating in euthanasia programs, grotesque human experimentation, and ...
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Suggesting improvements to the “Citation needed” label or post notice

Some answers do not meet the desired quality standards. Frequently these quality problems are caused by a lack of citations and/or sources/references. Ideally these answers then get a "Citation needed"...
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We need a notification system for voters after an edit was made to a voted-on post

Comments are meant to help the original poster to refine a question or an answer. If a poster listens to this advice or criticism and does edit post, the quality of the post is thought to improve. ...
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Does the fact that comments aren't anonymous discourage people who downvote from explaining why?

I'm sure I'm not the only person who has been puzzled (and at times a little annoyed) at being downvoted (both questions and answers). At the same time, I accept people's right to do that and I think ...
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Introducing The Reference Desk

In my humble opinion, a lot of new visitors come to this stack reasonably expecting help finding historical sources, and often get their fingers burned. For this reason I have set up a new chat room ...
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Can we “question ban” a particular user instead of suspending him altogether?

There is a particular user who has asked a large number of questions on what I would characterize as a particularly sensitive (World War II-based) topic. These questions are badly worded and are ...
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Is it possible to add pictures?

Can you add pictures to a post here? I don't see a button. If we don't have this feature, why not?
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A Sandbox for Asking Questions

This is an idea we've had for a while. It's widely known that asking questions is pretty difficult on H.SE, and people often get frustrated if their questions get put on hold. On the other hand, if we ...
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Clarifying Help Center ambiguity on reference requests

The current help system, in my opinion, has a serious ambiguity in that it is vague about what constitutes a "source request". This has created confusion and situations where some members are voting ...
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A Modest Proposal to broaden the range of topics at this stack

I looked at the tags page just now and took a screenshot. You can see that the number one tag is united-states: a whopping 465 questions. This is a problem. There are 4235 questions on the site, and ...
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Request allowing short answers/comments

In some rare cases a short answer or comment is appropriate, so I suggest allowing them. In those cases I have had to do stupid things like My answer............. or simply repeating Answer Answer ...
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Tag for Victorian times?

In regards to my proposal for a Victorian SE on area51, this question came up. I think it would indeed be a better idea to create a tag for this on the History SE, instead of having a SE for ...
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Book recommendations in History Stack Exchange

Why is book recommendation considered off topic in History SE? It seems so snobbish. Many most vibrant SE's like Mathematics have book recommendations. Can we have too please? It encourages personal ...
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Feature request: book tag

Much answers here come from text books and other publications. I think it's a good idea to add the possibility to add (just like tagging works) books to an answer. A lot of people can use these ...
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Should we rephrase our off-topic reason 1 to read “on humanities and social sciences” instead of just “social sciences”

Our off-topic closure, reason 1, is "Questions on social sciences other than History are off-topic here, unless they also involve history in some fashion. While ethics, archaeology, etc. are all ...
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The default color for the title of visited questions

In most stack exchange websites which I have visited, the color of the title of an already visited question is lighter than a non-visited question. Visually this is helpful. In History.SE the visited ...
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Our migrate list in the close panel is essentially empty - What should we put in it?

Occasionally a question can be migrated outright instead of closed as off topic; but only if we actually have some choices in the migrate list. If I recall recorrectly there is a limit of how many ...
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Proposal to permit reference questions on SE

H:SE has an ongoing debate concerning whether requests for references are appropriate. Recently we've had some new opinions, which I find persuasive, and I'd like to offer a proposed change for ...
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When will the “beta” be over?

As a software developer who was developing software before the terms "alpha" and "beta" got invented, I can categorically state that the way people use the term "beta" is completely stupid, and a ...
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If an answer is clear and supported by citations, is there a mechanism to delete unexplained down votes?

On some other stackexchange sites, the moderators look for cases where there have been downvotes without comment that are not constructive and that appear to be based on personal bias, rather than a ...
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Keyword warning

The original stack overflow site has some "dirty" words and if you use them you get, I think, a warning before it lets you post. I think in some cases you cannot even post a question that has certain ...
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Badgering over sources

The information page for this Stack Exchange site says that sources are not required, and moreover that questions are not supposed to ask for sources. Nevertheless, a Wikipedia-like witchhunt over ...
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Please modify “What topics can I ask about here?” to include historiography

That our on-topic indicator What topics can I ask about here? be modified to include after the dot point "Factual current political history questions" Historiography
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Correcting wrong answers: a question of trustworthiness of history.SE

Is there any way to correct the wrong answers in the history.se. Wrong answers are accepted as the correct answer in some questions. When googling the results from history.SE also appear on the first ...
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Is there a better way to handle comments on revised questions?

I'm trying to understand this question which has been edited four times. At this moment, there are about 15 comments, many of which refer to prior revisions of the question. It is difficult to tell ...
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Waiting period for closing questions:

My impression is that some of the 'denizens' of History SE can quickly organize (not necessarily consciously) a quorum to close a question almost immediately because it might not confirm to their ...
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“Redirection” vs. “Closed”

SE recently changed its policy regarding closures to "On Hold" and then "Closed." I would like to propose another option: Redirection. Take the following question: Why are so many African countries ...
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Deletion of my user account from Histoy.SE is not working

Some days ago I tried to delete my History.SE account by using the instructions given (edit the about field to "please delete me" and posting the request here), but my meta-post was deleted and ...
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What is “comparative Google searches” in Site Self-Evaluation?

I clicked on "site self-evaluation" and generally understand the idea. However, I think the text needs some explanation. Run comparative Google searches on these questions I think I'm quite good ...
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Should we have a badge / recognition of well-cited answers? Questions?

Citations are a critical part of historical discourse. To give a succinct-comparison from another academic field, it has been said that "citations are the source code of Physics.SE" Should we ...
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How can you tell “political questions” apart from “historical questions”?

As I got it here after some hours of joining, It is not allowed to ask political questions though, it is very difficult to differ them from each other completely and in many cases they are melted ...
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How about adding “ancient-Iran” tag?

I found some questions about or related to ancient-Iran and think it can be an appropriate guide for users who are searching this category of questions. I don't have enough reputations to create it ...
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How can somebody suggest a new tag?

What's the best way for a person without tag privileges to suggest a new tag? In this particular case it's about tag "Bulgaria", which I believe doesn't need further explanations. I couldn't find any ...
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Should preferential sorting for “Accepted” answers be removed?

Background The idea of an "Accepted" answer that can only be awarded by the asker makes a lot of sense on Stack Overflow and other sites where people are trying to solve an immediate problem. There ...
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Link to Skeptics in the FAQ

We have a link to Genealogy in the What Can I Ask Here? -> This is Not About, but we don't have a link the Skeptics on the Conspiracy theories bullet. Should we add it to keep consistant?
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What Can We Do To Improve the Site

I recently read T.E.D.'s post on the recent cancellation of quite a few sites here at SE. I was wondering what we could do to improve the site's performance. Here are some thoughts: We seem to be ...
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Should (can) we standardise bibliographic references?

In addition to Gpierce's question, should we standardise the way that bibliographic references are formatted? It has been a while since I wrote a bibliography, so for my last answer I had to look up ...