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Are "was this known before"-type question on topic?

I'm going to go ahead and propose that questions of this type should be considered off-topic, if it is posed without further motivation, but can be on-topic if sufficient prior research has been done, ...
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Are questions about the history of pseudoscience on-topic?

Generally speaking, these questions don't belong on this site. The expertise that we are trying to foster is an understanding of the historical context of science and math, such as the culture of the ...
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Is it ok to ask whether a person is a descendants of a scientist?

It seems to me to be a borderline case, but I would say that yes, it is allowable, since an answer to that question is probably relevant to the biography of Antony Bloch.
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Are questions about sources of jokes on-topic?

I don't think that it is easy to draw up any unambiguous criteria for this. For me personally, the older question seemed more relevant to the site, since it concerns mathematicians in their capacity ...
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What exactly is History?

Your question was not put on hold because it was asking about living persons, or events that occurred less than 100 years ago. These are not criteria that are used on this site to determine whether ...
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