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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 ...
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Should the current discussion on Zeno's Paradox be reopened?

About it one can cite wiki as to the significance. Zeno's paradox should be taught as history of mathematics - and solely as history - these days! Wiki states only some historians of mathematics ...
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What should our custom close reasons be (if any)?

Other SE sites have custom close reasons - specific options to be used when closing a question. For example, Worldbuilding has one for "Idea generation" questions. Astronomy has one for questions ...
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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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Please welcome your moderators pro tempore

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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How do we handle the recent 'Ramanujan question'?

This recent question has gotten a surprising response. As it turns out, it is a cross-post from this question on Math.SE. There are currently two answers, one by Adhvaitha and one by Tito Piezas III. ...
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What's going on with the number next to the “review” link?

On the bar on top, there is a number immediately to the left of the "review" link (at the moment 5); it has pop-up text "5 total posts awaiting review". Yet when I click on the review link (or on the ...
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Can we get a site name change implemented?

Ironic note: The question I'm referencing did not show up in the "Questions that may already have your answer" drop down menu while I was writing this. I looked back on this question a couple of ...
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Mass upvoting is as bad as mass downvoting

I got +55 in a space of 2 minutes, (4 answers and 3 questions) - this will more than likely be reversed. Please do not mass upvote, there is nothing nice about flouting the rules.
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Our totally unofficial 30-day checkup

Today, the site turned 30 days old. Congratulations! Okay, enough celebrating. 30 days means that the Area 51 stats for the site are visible, and the results are in (in the form of our number/good ...
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Why were these questions migrated?

To my surprise, today we had two questions migrated here: https://hsm.stackexchange.com/questions/571/when-did-scientists-first-postulate-that-earths-atmosphere-might-have-an-upper https://hsm....
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Will this site be participating in Winter Bash 2014?

Winter Bash 2014 will be starting soon, and if this meta Math post is to be believed, it is now opt-out rather than opt-in. That means that unless the moderators of a given site inform Stack Exchange ...
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How many years to be considered as history?

User Amit Tyagi raised a good question in https://hsm.stackexchange.com/questions/504/why-was-pluto-demoted-from-the-list-of-planets#comment940_504 Coming to History, please explain what do we ...
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Where's the conspiracy?

On the Mathematics Meta question promoting HSM (actually on my "answer"), there were some comments made about the birth of this site. According to the accuser, it was conceived by "power-hungry users" ...
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How should we handle overlap with History.SE?

This good question was asked a few days ago on history.stackexchange.com. It is totally on-topic both there and here. For that reason, I am not recommending any migration. Instead, I want to know how ...
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Apologies to the site

It has come to my attention that I may be rude and inconsiderate (likened to a notoriously and self-confessed rude user on Physics.SE) - I wish to assure people that it has and is never my intention ...
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References, references, references. .

I've already posted a few questions on meta regarding details about the references we should have on answers. I have some more ideas on the topic, but I don't think that simply posting more meta ...
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Poll: why are you not accepting answers?

There seem to be quite a few questions with one or more answers, but none of them accepted. This is understandable. History is not mathematics, it's harder to recognize an answer as "correct". If you ...
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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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Does anyone know who is in charge of this site, I mean software?

I already expressed the opinion that this site needs MathJax. Many people agreed with this. Whom should we address about this, does anyone now? From my point of view, such a site without MathJax ...
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What should we do about “Who was first” or “When was [_____] first done/discovered/etc.” questions?

There are a lot of questions on the site that have the format "Who first [____]?" or "When was [____] discovered/created?". Some examples: Who created topology, and when, and what problems lead to ...
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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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MathJax Greasemonkey script

I'm now finding it impossible to write certain questions and answers without MathJax, so while we're waiting I put together a GreaseMonkey script that renders LaTeX here on HSM. It's just the well-...
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Books vs. Websites

This is related to my other recent question. As I wrote there, it is hard to check book sources, especially if they are old and/or out-of-print. Occasionally, they can be found on Google Books, but ...
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How can we deal with answers without references?

This is related to this question, which addresses the site's policy regarding sources. I have something a little more specific. There is a user (I won't say who) who repeatedly posts answers without ...
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Tag Wiki's - Write them!

We currently have a good 5 pages or so of tags at this time. It would help if users were proactive in trying to edit tag Wikis so we can build up quality in our tags. This serves out as a reminder ...
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Voting on the meta

This is an announcement/notice about the meaning of voting on the meta. Up generally means I agree Down generally means I disagree This is a subtle difference with the main site. One should not be ...
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Make some community ads!

I discovered this site by happy accident while browsing Twitter and saw a question shared by the StackExchange account. Perhaps you should reach out a bit more and get some people from other ...
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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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What if the answer is “that doesn't exist”?

Let's say you ask a question that asks about the existence of some type of object, like a result, a document or a historical event; such as: What group theoretic results were known for several ...
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Very impressive

Just reading and re-reading our questions and answers (and even some of the more in-depth comment discussions) - there are some truly impressive and substantial contributions made by an array of ...
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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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Answers vs comments

There is a size limitation for comments. If I have a long comment, I sometimes enter it as an answer. Some people object this, I don't know why. I hope they state their objections in the answers to ...
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Answers in Wikipedia

I understand that this site is new, and it is time to discuss some rules, formal or informal. As a long time participant of another similar site, Math Overflow (MO), I propose to discuss the following:...
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Unanswered questions - something to keep an eye on

As of writing this, we have 19 unanswered questions out of our 115 total questions. As % answered is one f the criteria we are judged on when we are a public beta - it is something one should keep an ...
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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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Why do we have 'history' and 'history-of-terminology' tags?

As noted above, we have a history tag and a history-of-terminology tag. These seem a little redundant, given the name of the site. I just re-tagged a question from history to history-of-terminology, ...
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Watch out for duplicates (public service announcement)

Hopefully, soon, we will go public - as such we will more than likely get many enthusiastic new members, which will be awesome! One thing we need to do is keep an eye out for duplicates of what is ...
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Will we consider Wikipedia an acceptable source?

Some SE sites - Astronomy, Space Exploration, Physics, etc. will allow Wikipedia to be used a source in many cases, although multiple sources are always preferable, especially for really key points. ...
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Are some tags too specific or just fine as they are?

I've noticed that there are a couple of tags that recently popped up. There's the ancient-egypt tag and the nazi-germany tag. They only have a couple questions each, but more will come. Are these ...
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On questions that do not refer to a specific discipline

There has already been some discussion about how to tag questions that are (explicitly) not specific to some discipline (e.g. this one or this one). The author of the first example question I just ...
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Notifying “experts” on specific subjects

The site is fairly diverse, no matter what it may seem. This question on Physics inspired me to post a modified version here, because I think it could be relevant. The gist of the principle is that ...
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Who should our moderators be?

From The 7 Essential Questions of Every Beta: Discussing the criteria of a great moderator is important and picking out potential candidates is a great way to introduce outstanding contributors to ...

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