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My has my question been closed as Opinion Based?

Why has been Names of the electromagnetic units in SI been closed as opinion based? What did I put in the question that is making it an opinion?
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Are questions about the history of pseudoscience on-topic?

I have some questions about the history and development of theories that are widely accepted as pseudoscience, such as Orgone energy, Nibiru, Time Cube, modern Zetetic astronomy, the Bates Method, or ...
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Why was my answer deleted?

I am still waiting for a good answer.
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On tag [ancient]

At the moment, History of Science and Mathematics SE has tag ancient. This tag has no description. I find it odd to use an adjective to name a tag. Wouldn't antiquity be a better name for this tag?
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Two tags for the 18th century

At the moment, we have tag 18c and tag 18th-century. Would it be wise to merge them?
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Two tags for Middle Ages

At the moment, we have tag medieval and tag middle-ages. Should they be merged?
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Is asking questions related to the statements in (religious) scriptures allowed?

There are many facts in scriptures across the world. They are mentioned very earlier compared to their formal verification with modern science. Assume that a fact has been proved by the modern ...
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Math+Science stack exchanges helping other math+science stack exchanges!

The Physics Meta promotes support for all Science sites on Stack Exchange, in this post. The same meta post is now on several other science SE Meta sites. HSM is one of the sites that has benefited ...
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Should we reduce the criteria for gold badges?

On going through the gold badges available on this site, I realised that most of the gold badges have zero awarding. This may be attributed to less active participation and, thus, fewer views and ...
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Why was my answer regarding the history of the concept of a tensor deleted?

The question referred to is here The OP asked for: Were there other related definitions defined around this time? How has today's definition of a tensor changed compared to its beginnings? My focus ...
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Criteria for considering questions 'duplicates' seem to need improvement

Repeatedly I have noticed that questions on HSM stack exchange are getting closed as 'duplicates' when it is at least highly arguable that they are anything but duplicates. The need for improved ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Suggestion of tag removal

The tags physics-capitalism-technology and physics-capitalism-propaganda are being used by (and seem to have been created for) ...
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What is meant specifically by “history” in history of science and mathematics?

So I recently asked the following: What did Sommerfeld mean by Bohr's magic wand? While I am aware of possible vulgarity. I try my best not to divulge into it. However, after the comment "I'm ...
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Are questions about sources of jokes on-topic?

The question Is this Heisenberg joke actually real? is closed for the following reason: This question does not appear to be about history of science and math, within the scope defined in the help ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, in ...
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Please stop asking for sources

I'm sort of tired of seeing questions like this or this. I believe they show very little work and effort, and even if they did, they do not contribute to the overall HSM community very well. HSM ...
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Errata for Jeff Miller's “Earliest …”

The websites of Jeff Miller are a very valuable resource which get cited often here on hsm. Unfortunately, in a few occasion the information there has turned out to be incomplete or mistaken, so the ...
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Questions about notation

There seems to be a disagreement about whether or when a question about mathematics notation is on-topic. For example, see the comments in \mathbb versus \mathbf one of which claims that this ...
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Event suggestion: A history of mathematics and future direction panel discussion?

So recently, I was pondering about historical connections of subjects, such as how concepts, ideas and experiments done in history change the course of humanity as they open new doors to exploration ...
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Tagging of names, revisited

About three years ago, in the early days of HSM, it was decided on meta that it was probably not useful to tag posts by the names of relevant scientists. The reason for this is that it would lead to a ...
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Feeds for suitable questions from other sites in chat?

Could perhaps adding feeds from hsm-related questions from other Stack Exchange sites into chat be useful? I could, for example, imagine ho.history-overview tag from MathOverflow, math-history tag ...
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Offering bounty when there is 1 closure vote

I would like to offer a bounty on this question. Recognizing that there is currently 1 closure vote, I consulted with moderator Danu and he recommended to pose this at meta. Would it be appropriate to ...
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Why must edits have at least six characters?

I wanted to correct one letter in a name. This was impossible because there was only this one typo. So the typo persists. Shouldn't this rule be dropped?
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Has hsm lost sight of what it's stack exchange is for?

Recently I had a question on HSM regarding mathematicians of Amish origin. But, I was heavily downvoted because the people there did not think my question mattered. They believed that the importance ...
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Is the xkcd feed in the chat really necessary?

At this point, given the low activity of the chatroom, it actually posts more often than actual users: this year so far, it posted 16 links versus 1 single user discussing questions. This makes ...
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Do we want hats (2016 edition)?

The end of the year is rapidly approaching and, as last year, and the year before that, and all the years before that since before the beginning of time... The Winter Bash event is coming up! If you ...
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What exactly is History?

I have asked a question here, and was put on-hold. In that question, I would like the clarification of what the living physicists said. but it seems to me that it "the living is no history" on this ...
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Could we consider merging HSM into History?

History of Science and Mathematics has been in beta for a good while and it is still not doing well. History is also in Beta and not doing wonderfully, but it is doing better. I feel that the two ...
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Einstein did, Einstein didn't

Several questions recently seek to challenge Einstein's priority for relativity theory. I am all in favor of debunking personally but in this case I wonder whether this is due to his name ending in "...
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Are “was this known before”-type question on topic?

I just came across a question which seems off topic to me: see here. Simplified, it is of the form Consider this formula: ... — is it known in the history of mathematics? I doubt this is on topic, ...
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We need a challenge or something

According to area 51 our asking rate is bad. Like under 2 a day bad. I thought about how we could fix this and I think I already remember seeing an ad for the site on another SE. The other solution I ...
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Do we want hats?

It's December, and once again, Winter Bash is almost upon us. For anyone not familiar with it, Winter Bash is an end-of-the-year celebration on Stack Exchange, where users can earn "hats" to wear on ...
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A Tragic Loss of Documentation of Mathematics History

Recently this rich piece of the documentation of the history of The Modern Minds of Mathematics was discovered to be a casualty of a lack of up-keep by the IBM Corporation. My question is what can we,...
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How should we celebrate our birthday?

In three weeks, History of Science and Mathematics Stack Exchange will turn one year old. Congratulations on everyone who worked hard to make our first year in beta a success. How should we mark the ...
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How quantitative is HSM SE?

There appears to be a perception that HSM hasn't proven to be very quantitative. This Physics SE question which was a historical question on Ptolemaic perigees of Mercury, I suggested that history of ...
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What should we do about cross-posting?

In two days, I've twice merged questions, because we've had two instances of cross postings (one involved three sites, and is still being dealt with). This has also happened before in many cases, many ...
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Does HSM also include the history of technology?

I want to ask why the V-2 rocket was made with ethanol and liquid oxygen, which had a specific impulse of 215 seconds at sea level, when a solid rocket using APCP gets 237 seconds. In addition, a ...
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On the history-of-science tag

I recently got rid of the history-of-science tag from How far can history of science be traced back?, and then another question which had just been posted. Typically, I wouldn't do something like this,...
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Tag disambiguation - what should we do?

Should we reserve the use of discipline tags for question related to the history of the discipline? The statistics tag has been widely (3/4 questions, detagged ...
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Let's get critical: May 2015 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love History of Science and Mathematics Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they ...
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Why is a question about understanding the atmosphere off topic?

This question is about the history of understanding the nature of the atmosphere. It asks: When was the first time that scientists (or philosophers, etc) suggested that the air surrounding the ...
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Discussion about “motivation of concept” kind of questions

Very often in mathematics and related sciences the motivation of a concept is helpful or even fundamental for its understanding. Obviously, this motivation has two origins: a historical one, and a ...
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Do we want to have all new HSM-type questions from other SE-sites migrated here?

The title says it all, really. On some of the other Stack Exchange sites, e.g. MathOverflow or Physics, questions tend to pop up every now and then that may be better---or at least equally well---...
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What to do about pseudoscientific answers

Recently I came about this answer which, in my opinion, is completely based on pseudoscientific books. This is not like math.se, or physics.se where good and bad answers can easily be discerned, so ...
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How is our distribution of science and mathematics questions?

Congratulations (belatedly) to Alexandre Eremenko and Conifold on receiving the first tag badges (both in mathematics) on HSM! You guys have been at the forefront of our mathematics branch, and ...
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Writing history posts for the math.SE blog

The Mathematics stackexchange has a blog featuring short expository articles about interesting pieces of mathematics. The articles are user-written. Now, I think part of our mission as a community, ...
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Our totally unofficial official-and-rather-belated 100-day checkup

Two months ago, I wrote up this post: Our totally unofficial 30-day checkup In it, I gave our site stats (available here). We're at about the same levels, 70 days later. That might seem discouraging....
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Our #1 target community: Those who teach, study, write or read about the history of science and math

If we want more participation, we're going to need to find those people who are interested and even enthusiastic in this subject. That's a very niche audience. I suggest we/someone make an effort/...
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Let's make our own site promotion ad!

This is a spin-off of ManishEarth's earlier meta post, Make some community ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are community-vetted advertisements that will show ...