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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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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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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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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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Are questions about science-related linguistics on-topic?

Today, we had this question: Is "de" in "de Morgan" supposed to be capitalized or not? A couple days ago, we had this question: History of the term innovation and its difference ...
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Are questions of the type "Did person X do action Y" on topic?

This question got me thinking, and I can't quite decide whether it should be off-topic or not, so I figure I should get some community input. The problem I have with it is twofold. Firstly, I think ...
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Quality of question on HSM

I think most important thing to moderate in any S.E. site is quality of question. Any question ask should be clear by user and if not then it should be edited by other users. I want to bring the ...
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Should Math SE seed HSM with some history of mathematics questions?

As discussed here. SE is capable of migrating a large amount of questions from Math.StackExchange to History of Science and Math. The main culprit would be to go for questions under the tag math-...
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How can we get the example questions asked here?

I took a look back at the site when it was in the Definition phase, and noticed that there were a lot of good example questions. Unfortunately, many have not been asked here. I'm guessing that part of ...
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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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Lessons for the future.

Today, we had this question posted. In its original form, it read Why do we see things? Yes. That seems unquestionably obvious. But, when i try to think about it in my way. I find it as a mystery. ...
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Should 'big list' type questions be put on hold?

The question Which scientists (mathematicians, philosophers) who voluntarily served Nazi had large contributions to human knowledge? seems like it is requiring a list of notable Nazi scientists (the ...
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