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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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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 ...
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Request to let [reference] reference [reference-request]

Currently, there is a reference tag with 9 questions tagged so. However, not only the tag has no tag wiki/excerpt but also is being used similarly to the reference-request tag. Therefore, let the tags ...
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2021: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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2022: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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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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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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2023: a year in moderation

It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here might be ...
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Are questions about the logistics/administration/practical matters in past research on-topic?

There is a recent question on Academia.SE about funding sources for mathematicians in the 19th century (https://academia.stackexchange.com/questions/171714/did-mathematicians-of-the-19th-century-apply-...
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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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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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Is here okay to post a question about computer science lore?

Is this an appropriate site to ask about computer science lore? I'd originally asked at the Computer Science Stack Exchange Meta whether there was okay to ask about a half-remembered story about two ...
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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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Is this question no longer 'too broad'

I have edited my question How did prisoners of war discover scientific breakthroughs while interned?, which currently has 3 close votes as being 'too broad'. The question now focuses on how ...
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Any objections to adding a [sophie-germain] tag?

I have just started reading about the life, work, anonymity and discrimination towards the French mathematician, physicist, and philosopher Sophie Germain. I've added it to my new question and three ...
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What is the purpose of the "social history" tags?

I am not at all saying that we should remove these tags, and I am not trying to imply that there's no purpose in having these tags. However I noticed that this recent question: Have there been ...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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Is there something that needs to be done when the main chatroom is frozen?

If you look at the chat rooms associated with HSM you can see that there is a room called On the way to Damascus. The room On the Shoulder of Giants has been frozen. (As far as I can tell, this ...
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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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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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Are Questions involving long history not ON-TOPIC on HSM?

I recently completed reading most of the important parts of Papers involving philosophy of atomism and wrote a summary of major Events into my notes which gives pretty fair idea of what and how did ...
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Should the examples and big lists tags be the same?

Independently on how good or relevant are this type questions, frequently there are questions looking for as many examples as possible of some historical happening or some type of personalities. Usual ...
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Looking for a general academic term on "technology trees" and related research and not sure where to ask best

I'm not sure whether this question is well on topic at History of Science and Mathematics? My question: From computer games like Civilizations, we know the concept of the technology tree, i.e. ...
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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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