Steven Drennon
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My reason for using this platform
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It appears that you are not familiar with the way Stack Exchange sites work. These sites are not intended to provide a forum for open discussion on topics. Instead, they are designed to provide a ...

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Ancient Iran/Persia tags
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I haven't gone through and looked at all the tags that were changed, but we need to be very careful about how we address this. First of all, in spite of user37324's protests to the contrary, Persia ...

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Why was this question closed?
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I didn't vote on it or close it, but I can see several reasons why others did. First of all, any question that asks "why" is likely to be closed, because nobody can truly know why somebody did ...

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How are we doing?
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Only time will tell. Each SE site has certain expectations they must live up to, and if they don't then they get the axe. Your observation that we don't have enough people here is spot on, and ...

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Merge [warfare] and [military]
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I do not see warfare and military as the same thing at all. War and warfare may make sense in merging, but definitely not war and military. The distinction I would make is that war or warfare is the ...

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Community Goal: Answer at least half of the Unanswered Questions on the main site by the end of November
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I like your goal and I'm happy to participate. However, we are ahead of the required number of answers to get out of beta. We need to have at least 90% answered, and we currently have 94% answered.Our ...

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I am going to try and post one question a day for one week
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While I appreciate your enthusiasm and I think this is a great idea, I would suggest that you be careful about the types of questions you ask. Any question that starts with "Why" is probably going to ...

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Should we allow easy to answer questions?
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Generally, easy to answer questions should not be asked here. Ultimately it depends on the actual question, because something that seems easy for one person may be quite difficult for another. The ...

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Are research questions considered on-topic?
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As I went through some of the other questions on the site, I came across a few that I believe are research related, and that leads me to feel more comfortable about posting my questions. Of course, ...

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What constitutes a request for a "List"
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The goal of all Stack Exchange sites is to provide answers to questions. However, when those questions start asking for "other sources" or "other examples", they start to cross over into a range of ...

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Are questions about the Historical Method in scope
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It's not so much the question as it is the way it was asked. If you ask "Why write another History book", it invites a list of reason, many or most of which would be subjective in nature. If you ask "...

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How many times can I vote without being suspended because of voting irregularly?
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My best guess would be that your actions were deemed to be inflamatory or being used as a personal assult on other users. I have gone through and deleted all of your comments on this question for that ...

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What was the purpose of deleting my answer to the Cyrus cylinder question?
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Actually, I made a mistake. I meant to close the question, but that has been rectified. If you two are going to turn this site into your own debate forum, I will shut down both of your accounts. Take ...

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We have a chat room: let's think of a clever name
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My suggestion: The Time Machine

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Inserting bullshit in my answer
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Unfortunately, there is not a way to prevent others from changing your posts. The whole point of SE sites is to allow the community to monitor and modify content where appropriate. Sadly, this ...

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I am quite annoyed with this closed as not real question
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As the moderator who provided the final vote to close it, I can only speak for myself. I felt that the question was too broad and would very likely have led to an open debate as to the different ...

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Question about community-accepted answers
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The community does not accept an answer, the person asking it does. Unfortunately, we have several people who don't bother or don't know that they should. The person asking the question will often use ...

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What can we do about our Persian "human resource?"
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My experiences have shown me that people who tend to be highly opinionated about a particular topic, to the point of being very defensive about their particualr viewpoint, cannot be persuaded by any ...

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Is asking allowed for sensitive subjects?
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You have to keep in mind that StackExchange sites are not forums that are intended for discussion or debates. They are specifically designed to be a place to go and ask questions and get answers. If ...

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Is the Che Guevara question on topic?
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Generally, any time I see a question that starts with the word "why", I immediately flag it as one that will probably have to be closed. However, when you look at the content, there are some elements ...

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How old does it have to be before it is history?
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That is up to the community to decide. Try asking your question and see how everyone responds to it.

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Why are my questions downvoted and closed?
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I happen to believe that all three of these questions are primarily opinion based. On the third question, I accepted the "unclear" option because that was what the others had already selected. One ...

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Are "alternative" history questions allowed?
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The purpose of all SE sites is to ask questions that can be clearly and concisely answered. Any questions that can only be answered with subjective, speculative answers are not appropriate for this ...

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Reopen: Instances of the UN defusing serious crises
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Yes, you could indeed go on and on! There is definitely no shortage of questions on this or any other SE site that could be considered sketchy, but we as moderators can't always act on every single ...

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Are genealogical questions on-topic here?
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I think it would depend entirely on how you phrase the question. For example, if you asked "Why did the name (Mark) see a spike in usage during the 1960s", that would not be accepted. That would be a ...

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Early modern tag needs clarification as to its purpose
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If you have any ideas or suggestions as to what it should be, then please submit it. Frankly, I'm not sure what it was intended to represent!

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Are draft-dodgers in scope?
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As long as your question is asked in a way that can be answered objectively and clearly, then go ahead. If it is asked in a way that invites specualtion or opinion, then it will have to be close per ...

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r/askhistorians
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My personal opinion is that it might be advantageous for us to cross-post some of their questions. I agree that the two communities don't know about each other, and this might actually be a way of ...

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Why this question was closed?
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I left a comment explaining that since the Nazis who were responsible for making these decisions were not available to answer, that means that the rest of us can only speculate on the reasons they had....

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Do we have a policy on questions trivially answered by well-sourced Wiki articles?
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There is no direct policy regarding this. Since this is a community site, we depend on the site participants to make a determination on whether a question or answer is appropriate or relevant, and you ...

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