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As general rule if somebody asks mathematics or science questions on the site, as opposed to historical questions, we should close the question and direct (if possible) the asker to an appropriate site. We get this quite a bit on Mathematics Educators with mathematical questions. There we have the following custom off-topic reason. This question is ...


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I think these questions are on-topic. Many results are known to experts in a discipline, while the same experts may not be aware of who they are due to or of the specific publication where they first appeared. Knowing these details is actually rather useful beyond fulfilling a reference request. (Personally, I've seen this happen quite frequently, and ...


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As this site is currently still in beta, its scope is not completely fixed yet. Of course, the rough outline is clear, but there is plenty of space to try things out and I think that this is a good opportunity to do so. Instead of giving you a definite yes or no, I suggest you post your question and see how it is received by the community. Perhaps you ...


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We should not migrate questions from other sites. migrating a large amount of questions If the questions are on topic at their current location, there is no reason to migrate them. Easier spotting of duplicates This doesn't matter. We only worry about duplicates if the question is duplicated on the same site, or simultaneously cross-posted to two ...


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To formalize the comments, yes, big list questions should be put on hold. They really don't work with this format at all. They are especially problematic in the definition stages of private and public Beta. We are trying to recruit real experts in the history of science. Big list questions attract more pop-history answers, and will not attracts the experts ...


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You seem to misunderstand the role of moderators on SE sites. Moderators are not really here to monitor the questions' quality, this is what community moderation does normally (of course moderators also participate in this and sometimes need to step-in as moderators in case of conflict but by and large issues with the wording of a specific question is not a ...


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Is it a question of the history of science and or mathematics?, or does it demand a good answer soundly rooted in the history of science and or mathematics? Those are my grounding questions. If neither of those are true, then the question is off topic. The history of science-related linguistics is on topic. How should I spell something in my current ...


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Questions of this type are on-topic. They are historical questions not questions about the subject itself. Generally, questions like: Who proved/did X? When did P prove/do X? And so on. These are all historical questions. They are not questions about mathematics (or also another subject). There is no mathematical question there. It is to be assumed OP ...


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I am very sceptical seeding this site via systematic migration is a good idea. On Mathematics Educators the main issue after some time became that we do not get that many new questions (it is alright in my opinion, but it seems like a constant concern for several active users). To increase the initial volume is not a good idea in my opinion. Of course, ...


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On my opinion, both questions you give as examples are off topic. I understand it could be interesting and important to know how to spell de Morgan (or even Chebyshev!) correctly but I am sure that the answer has nothing to do with history of science and mathematics. Remark. One of the funniest books I ever read was The Thread. A mathematical yarn, by ...


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While often on Chemistry of Physics I will find (or happen to have sitting around more often) a good, often old, paper to address the question. Or older sources come up naturally while answering questions like this. In those cases, I don't mind because (i) the topic is of some interest to me, (ii) I have access to some good search capabilities that they ...


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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 questions are on-topic. Your question was closed for the following reasons: Most importantly, your question is not historical in nature, at least now in its ...


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In my opinion, these fit in hsm. There are two main reasons for my answer. Often, the answer is not only maths or physics related, but lie in the field of the original concept author, which may not be the field of interest of the person that asks the question. A perfect example is the Dirac question you cite. If it were to belong to some other place than ...


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I actually try to do this in math.se without much success. In fact, once I received a very discouraging answer to one of said flags. I think hsm would greatly benefit from this kind of migrations, but I'm not sure how the mods of the other sites feel about it. You can see the thread I created in math.se about this a while ago: http://meta.math.stackexchange....


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If "all" means "all of reasonable quality" then I would say, yes, in principle there would be nothing wrong with this, as this site does not suffer of too many question and more would be welcome. However, I would advise against being too active in getting questions migrated here. This might alienate others (sometimes also for unreasonable reasons but still)...


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I think there are two issues with the question you brought up: The word "invented": This is what inspired your answer, right? It's a poor choice of words by the OP, by the reasons you put forth in your answer. Without it, the question would be a lot better. It's a duplicate: Alexandre pointed out that this question is extremely similar. I at first didn't ...


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If it has already been asked. Do not ask it. If not: Users who asked questions during the definition phase may have done it for the sake of definition. Ask it yourself. If you are too conscious about asking it yourself, make it community wiki.


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This was definitely a lesson for the future. We may not have time to do this sort of polite prodding and modding in site public, and allowing off topic questions to survive in situ will be very (potentially terminally) detrimental to our site. This question was originally a textbook example of one that is completely off site topic. It has been repaired well ...


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You cannot transfer MO questions or math SE questions because this site does not have MathJax. In general, I don't think this site can be an interesting place for math related questions without Mathjax.


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The total number of questions in math.SE with the tag "math-history" is 1,005. Of them, 186 have no answers: https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/math-history Is it prudent to massively migrate the latter, or would it be best to review these unanswered questions, and select those that are up-to-standards as questions and are actually suitable for ...


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