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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 can see a few other advantages of opening the floor to reference questions: Some reference questions might also ask why a popular source is authoritative; which opens a whole other line of interesting enquiry. The internet is notorious for not filtering authoritative from non-authoritative sources1; so in this sense History.SE can add value above and ...


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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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The Witchhunt vs civility I've split this out into a separate answer. The first answer deals with the issues where I think that there is a useful discussion. I think it is entirely possible that the community will agree with you that my emphasis on sources is overwhelming and should be curbed. I'll be content with that. There is a second issue where I ...


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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 list for reference below your top 5 answers on this site: Roman Era Clothing (Egypt & Carthage) How did Richard I Sail Through the Strait of Gibraltar? Spain's Tributary Empire vs Portugal's Seaborne Empire German WWI Retreat How Common were Horses at the Beginning of the 20th Century? It is my opinion that answers 1, 2 and 5 are wholly fabricated ...


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Note: In this answer closing refers to both 'on hold' and 'closed' questions. Close early, close often. Closing is an integral part of the Stack Exchange system designed to keep unsuitable questions from getting answers. Why? Because a poor question generally gets poor answers. If the question is closed, improved, and reopened, the asker then gets better ...


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TL:DR We discuss historiography on H:SE, and the site is richer for that discussion. Google can provide trivial facts and dates; a true understanding of history requies an understanding of the "changing interpretation of those events". Supporting arguments Furay and Salevouris (1988) define historiography as "the study of the way history has been and is ...


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Excellent question. Judicious use of dwnvotes, and alternative answers are the only options that come to mind. I've added a comment to the question; I don't think it is quite as erroneous as you assert. The source you suggest points out that Ghandi was raised in an eclectic religious atmosphere and mentions Jainist influences at least twice. I wish that the ...


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You are asking for a SE software change, which isn't something most readers here can implement. Probably a better place to ask would be https://meta.stackexchange.com/ That being said, I seriously doubt you'll find a very receptive audience there. That limit is put in for a reason. It filters out a lot (and I do mean a lot) of trivial answers that really ...


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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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The beta will be over when it seems likely that History.SE will be a permanent, self-sustaining, high-quality community. Unlike software, where you can measure things like missing features and unfixed bugs, determining when a community is golden is subjective. As it turns out, we look at a few objective statistics (such as those on Area 51) and a few ...


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First off, it's not the site's software that's in beta. It's the site's user-base, community and content that are in beta. The site's software is stable enough, and in use by all other Stack Exchange sites. Furthermore, in software development, the beta testing phase is always a temporary phase before the final release. It's not an evaluation phase, in the ...


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Your last change I like a lot. In fact, its long been my contention (some here disagree), that the chief problem with requests for references is that they are questions with multiple correct answers (aka: list questions). So I'd argue that last statement alone would allow us to get rid of the entry about reference material (although it still might be useful ...


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Question (& answer) bans do exist, but are automatic and cannot be triggered or otherwise controlled by moderators. The exact formula that triggers post bans is kept intentionally vague by SE, to minimize the risk of people trying to exploit it. However, I suspect reputation is a factor and I think this particular user is outside the range of users ...


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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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This is a serious problem, and it happens because history is very different from the main SE which spawned it all, dealing with programming. Problem 1 is that while there are some divergences in programming, in most cases usually something either actually works or doesn't: you may prefer one approach over another, and one approach might be strictly better ...


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No. There is no "question coach team" or task force here. Yes, we have a question coach team-like feature. It comes in three variants. Just ask on main. Comments and edits are there to improve the question. This works reasonably well on comparatively minor problems with questions, borderline cases of on/off topic, interesting theme but suboptimal focus. ...


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This question is about a year old, but it comes up in some form a lot, and there is some new information to provide on the subject. The SE network has decided to reassess how site graduation (and closure) is handled. This is an ongoing process, but the current state of affairs appears to be: Graduation - 10 questions per day is the current threshold for ...


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My personal opinion on this is that Research Method/Tool style questions should be allowed and would contribute to the overall content and traffic of the forum. The thought being is people may not know all of their questions yet and are looking for a resource they may not know the proper terminology, be experienced enough, it is not their area of expertise, ...


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I could see where it might seem weird at first blush, but I'm not real sure how it comes off as "snobbish". Presumably everyone here loves history books and reads rather a lot of them. The issue is that such questions just don't fit our format. Questions here need to be capable of having a single answer worthy of receiving an "Accept". If someone asks "What ...


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In most cases where I vote to close a question I write a comment first, and only vote to close if that comments doesn't get a response, or if the problem with the question is not solved. I only vote to close immediately if I think the question is irreparably problematic. Although it's perfectly possibly that you get your post closed by uninformed members, ...


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Given that we now have a History of Science and Math SE, it might make sense to put that in the migration path, if and when both sites have matured enough. Unlike other sites such as Politics.SE, both History.SE and HSM.SE are about history.


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SE says sources are not required - well, I guess that may work well enough on some other parts of SE but it doesn't work with history. Any historian (and I don't just mean professional ones) knows that sources are essential because: (1) the reader has the right to check whether what he/she is being told is true. People who don't cite sources seem to expect ...


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I agree that relevant research-type questions should be on-topic. History is a vast subject - from an individual pov, effectively infinite - and when approaching a completely new aspect, one can be caught in the "I don't know what I don't know, so I don't know what to ask" conundrum. There is also an enormous amount of nonsense out in Internet-land, and I'm ...


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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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That's the way I'd always heard it too. Just as a sanity check, "Thirty Years' War" is how it is in Wikipedia as well. IMHO, the "30 year war" variant is wrong enough that it wouldn't really help anyone out as a synonym, so its 4 questions should just be retagged properly (to the other tag name). After a week or 3 with nothing tagged that ...


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I've seen this question pop up on every SE site's Meta, from time to time. The answer is always the same: The core premise of the StackExchange model is that it is not an encyclopedia, meaning there is no editorial board responsible for verifying answers. Instead, the model calls for a site filled with experts (of varying levels of knowledge and fields of ...


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The ones I seem to see requests for the most are politics and skeptics. I'm not sure the denizens of skeptics are big fans of getting other stack's trash all the time, so that one may be out. However, I get the impression Politics would actually like to take a lot of our misdirected political questions. In fact, as I look over our flags, of the 16 ...


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