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Why does this Beta have a problem with question frequency?
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Coming up with history questions is more difficult than say coming up with questions for StackExchange for a couple of reasons. The relative size of the historian market v. the programmer market, ...

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Is it OK to vote down on question when I just don't like the topic?
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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., ...

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How much research should one do before asking a question?
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I think that you need to at least display that you have done enough research beyond Google search, and Wikipedia. You should want to do this level of research because it might: a) answer your question,...

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Ought we more efficiently make the question title match the substantive question?
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I would say yes. It is both the responsibility of the OP, and of the community, to work towards the best questions possible. If a question's content deviates severely from the title then it is much ...

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Is it OK to answer old questions?
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I highly recommend answering old questions, because it helps develop the body of knowledge for that question, and it helps you become more comfortable with the site. By answering old questions it ...

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Weekly Topic Challenge
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I would like to see questions about the history of the Middle East region that aren't focused on the past 20 some years, or centered around religion. Basically, pre-20th century Middle East history. ...

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Tag for questions about superseded theories
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There is a "history of ideas" tag, and I agree with T.E.D. that the "science" tag would be sufficient for those questions. I don't think that the science and history of ideas tag should be merged, ...

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Could we merge tags "church" and "christianity"?
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I do not think that "church" and "Christianity" should be merged. The tag makes sense as being about Christian places of worship. Questions tagged with Christianity should be about the religion as a ...

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Gah! We're outquestioned by skeptics.se
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I think it has to be easier to ask a question on Skeptics than it is on History just based on the very nature of each site.

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How to make better this question?
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I think you have the beginning of a potentially valid question, but as it stands right now the question does not contain enough information for a user to know with a good degree of certainty what you ...

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I believe that an OP jhas just threatened me in a comment
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Thank you Pieter. The issue is being dealt with. This is a good opportunity to mention that all of us should conduct ourselves in a civil and nice manner. From the Help section: Be nice. ...

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When is a question too "basic" or "general reference" for the site?
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I agree with Tom Au in that I prefer to look at the complexity of the question rather than the potential ease of answering it via a Google search. The caveat to that is that if a question is easily ...

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How do we get more people?
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@astabada this is an excellent idea, and one that @T.E.D. brought up last October by suggesting timely questions. I think part of the problem is that in the FAQ we try to steer away from questions ...

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Asking Timely Questions - My Naval Question Explained
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I think it was a great question. Timely questions have a much higher probability of showing up in search engines than esoteric history questions. I think you phrased the question perfectly, and I only ...

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Are recent political history questions on topic?
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I think that recent history type questions are inherently problematic for a couple of reasons. First, the history has not yet been settled. The closer you are on the timeline to what it is you are ...

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Redundant tag world-war-2
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3 votes

I performed the merge while indicating they were synonyms. I think that was the appropriate response. Thanks for raising this.

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Please don't push controversy in comments
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Jon, thank you for posting this here. I for one suspected that things were bad. I'm not sure I realized we were epidemic level, but to be fair, history is pretty important, and one thing I love about ...

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Should we be doing something about the fact that relatively few of our users are professional historians?
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We can promote the site among communities that have "professional historians," whatever that means. I think, unlike say Stackoverflow where there are tons of professionals from private industry, the ...

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Google it first: What does it mean?
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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 ...

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Should I edit a dormant question to limit its scope?
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I agree with Mark C. Wallace. What you described would improve the question, and therefore improve the site.

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Will the historians please stand up?
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Short answer: Could be a little beneficial. Long answer: At the risk of offending a lot of people on this site whose contributions I respect, I think it could have some benefit. Assuming someone is ...

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What is the difference between fashion and clothing tags?
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Personally I do not think they are synonyms. The clothing tag is much more functional in nature, whereas fashion is not necessarily functional. You could ask the question "What was the clothing of ...

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Europe and other continental tags
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I think choster really illustrated the difficulties with tags for a new stack. We simply don't have a large mass of questions in most of the tags. I think intuitively it can make sense to tag a ...

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What is the site policy for discussing the historicity of certain ancient texts?
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I must say that I don't know why one question would be closed over the other one. I think T.E.D. is right that given the length of time between the two time periods that might be a reason for it not ...

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Ancient Iran/Persia tags
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I vote for persia remaining, and being a synonym for ancient-iran. As others have pointed out the history of what is known as "Persia" encompasses more than just Iran. Persian Empire produces 169,000 ...

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Should we allow every person their own tag?
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I am all for tags for individuals of interest from history. I think there are definitely enough historical figures to justify it, and I would love to be able to peruse the tags and see a name I don't ...

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Is it okay to ask about modern feelings toward historic events?
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Good question, and I think Mark's comment is right. Any question along the lines you proposed would invite lots of subjective answers. Your instincts are right that this question would be subjective. ...

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History just not that popular?
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I think part of the problem is that to ask the kinds of questions that are best suited for our stack you have to have a pretty decent understanding of history to know where the gaps exist, so to speak....

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Why is a question about the source and level of acceptance of prominent assertion about an historical event "off topic"?
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The question is worded in a manner where it can invite multiple answers. That is not in of itself a bad thing, but it seems like you were looking for a specific type of answer, and the question is not ...

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What if we tested hypothesis'?
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I feel like a carefully crafted hypothetical would already stand up to scrutiny. I mean, we have a lot of "why didn't A do X?" questions, and your hypothetical could be reworded in that manner: "Why ...

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