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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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Thank you for posting, and thank you for the analysis. I sincerely appreciate the open discussion. I wish that I had found an easier way to quote/reference only the last sentence of my answer - what I wanted to emphasize was the importance of phrasing things so that the value of learning overwhelmed the probability of offense. Everything else was ...


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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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A question maybe answerable but it might still not fit the criteria of Questions we expect here. Let's break down the Questions you have mentioned: Has Saudi Arabia ever been invaded? : This question was originally aimed at knowing "Why Saudi Arabia has never been invaded?". Of course the Premise was false and that's what you proved in your answer. However ...


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It's a bad idea to limit ourselves to written history. For most of human existence, there was no writing. For most of written history, most people could not write. If we exclude non written history then we're practicing 'history from above'; the slave, the barbarian, the amerindian, the servant and the young child will be excluded from it, because they ...


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That question as presented would probably be off topic. However, I feel it is readily modifiable to fit History.SE. For example, it could be edited into "When and why did dental hygienists become a predominantly female profession in the United States?" It is not precisely the same question, but I think it would answer a lot of the same questions. And yet, ...


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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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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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I think History.se should allow questions about the science of history. They certainly should not be no meta.history.SE, as that is for questions about the site itself.


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Historiography questions are on-topic. These two appear to be particularly poor quality historiography questions.


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Hmm. We don't have enough posts to need to highlight a subset of traffic via syntax. I think we should continue to consider each question on its semantic merits. Questions being put on hold are often from new users whom we should be generous and understanding towards. It is a rare person who doesn't take a hint after ten questions-worth of commentary; which ...


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My understanding is that the phrase is meant to is to exclude genealogy questions, as opposed to imposing a stringent test for fame as such. I personally believe that questions about historically documented public figures will generally be on topic. As to your point, I do think it might be worthwhile to amend the question to say "famous people in ...


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Questions on the future are off limits, and those on the present moment are allowed at least on political topics. Considering we have a dedicated SE for politics, it seems to me that questions about current political events are a better fit there. Several others have already described the problems encountered when trying to apply historical methods to ...


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The moderators (participants) of of this site have agreed that current events are history. H:SE is a community moderated site, and I think the community has reached a consensus; I've stated it above for simplicity of future reference, but I reserve the right to articulate a minority opinion before I conform to the norm. many current events questions are "...


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Recent History usually is called journalism. But as far as I know, SE does not have a forum for that. So in the meantime maybe is not that bad to have questions about recent history. Maybe the point is not how recent an event is, but how we can declare that an event has passed from journalism to history. For example, Siria civil war or Angela Merkel ...


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Based on the limited information you provide, I'd be inclined to treat it as on-topic. Legitimate topic of historical research. You might want to explicitly state that this is not geneology - there is a geneology stack and we try to respect their boundaries. But research on a historical personage should be legit. IMO.


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"Google it first" ("GiF") obviously means different things to different people. The spirit of the directive is more important than how much googling a person engages in. GiF for someone that isn't familiar with history generally could be one or two searches and not finding something on the front page. GiF for someone that has been posting on here awhile ...


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I've edited the question to focus on Israelite culture, which is more accurately what the question is about. I considered reopening the question if only because I have an answer for it. But, like you, I don't fully understand the close voters' reasoning, so I will wait. I could see the question being asked on Mi Yodeya, but: It's already, sorta, been asked....


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Filter vs autoblock I would support a warning filter. There are questions that I wish we could autoblock, but I recognize that my preferences aren't universal, and autoblock probably isn't inviting or ultimately prudent for the site. I think that there are questions that diminish the site, and if we can detect those questions, we should ask the user to ...


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Fascinating question. In my opinion, the cost of not asking these questions is much higher than the cost of asking these questions. If we are to collectively moderate H:SE, then it behooves us to develop and maintain a common understanding of the goals of that moderation/curation. If we don't agree on what history is, and what kinds of sources should be ...


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No that question is not really on topic here. Taken from the Help Center: What topics can I ask about here? History Stack Exchange is for historians and history buffs. If you have a question about: Historical events Cultures and historical practices Famous people Ancient Languages Factual current political history questions ...


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Even as it is now, its an archaeological and theological question, not a historical question. History is the study of the documentary records of the past. The use of the old testament documents to hypothesise history is commonly associated with theological and religious studies due to their expertise in interpreting these particularly difficult documents. ...


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One hand - If we're are wanting to discuss the entirety of the history of man, or human kind, do we go back to homo sapiens? Truthfully, it can be said (religious beliefs aside) that even pre-sapien is our history. The formation of the earth, the split up of the single land mass into our continents formed our history. Why stop anywhere? Go all the way, I say,...


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Document what you've found and you'll be fine IMHO. In case it answers your question, also consider that the city's language probably didn't change after it got conquered, or at the very least not very quickly.


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I believe the answer is to flag the question, request moderator intervention to migrate to the new site. That said, I think we commonly try to assist OP to clarify the question before migration.


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The site doesn't like "list" questions. These are hard to answer, and evaluate objectively. To ask a good source question, you should ask about a particular source, show what it does, and ask about the "value" of the source. A question like that can be answered and evaluated.


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Most of those closed questions are started by the same person (or two). Prompting a user with some guidelines on asking questions may be a good idea nevertheless, but I think this current situation has a different root cause. Also: theoretical-history


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I think that the only way that this filter idea would have a chance at success would be for a large user effort to precisely construct the parameters of the filter. I really appreciate Tyler Durden's enthusiasm for the idea, but I share Yannis's caution. History is not programming. Not by any stretch of the imagination. What sort of questions would we ...


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Agreeing with Lennart Regebro. I suggest these questions should be on-topic. Although this might surprise some because these are about the topic instead of on the topic. Same has been done in TCS. Quoting Suresh Venkat: Questions about the field are certainly not off topic. I'm also not in favor of making them meta. I think we will have to live with them ...


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