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Are we happy to see more self-answered questions?

Verbeia suggested here: https://genealogy.meta.stackexchange.com/a/1701/104 that more self-answered questions might be a good move for the site. I happen to agree, but if the community as a whole ...
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Improving FreeBMD results

We wanted to ask: Would it be helpful to see, on FreeBMDresults, the County and/or subdistricts? Inspired by Harry Vervet's work - What "hidden" clues are there in the GRO Indexes ...
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Should we be saying what research we have done so far in questions?

In any technical field, whether it be Software Development or Genealogy, the goal is to find solutions to problems. In Genealogy, the approach to solving a problem reminds me a lot of programming. I'm ...
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Can I post cousin-bait on this site?

What is 'cousin bait' ? 'Cousin bait' is a term coined by bloggers to describe genealogy blog posts whose sole purpose is to make contact with cousins researching the same family line. At WikiTree ...
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Asking for 'pros and cons' and 'tips and tricks' — what is our current stance?

In the past, we've tried to discourage questions asking for 'pros and cons' and/or 'tips and tricks' (as the main thrust of the question) on the grounds that they tend to attract lists of answers (...
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How do I know that I have a good question?

The FAQ says that I should ask only practical, answerable questions based on actual problems. That seems very subjective and I want to avoid posting questions that will be down-voted or closed. Is ...
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How much detail should be included in questions about WW1 and WW2 service members?

This question is prompted by the recent question where a new user asked how to find the burial place of his grandfather who was killed in WW2. I have singled it out for discussion because the topic ...
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Proving hypotheses to level of Genealogical Proof and similar standards?

As I understand it, the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) is the backbone of Genealogy today, and yet it has not been mentioned in a question asked here for over three years, and only in 20 questions ...
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Should we allow “scrapbooking” questions?

Following-up with this previous answer, should we allow "scrapbooking" questions along with personal/family journaling questions? The Wikipedia definition: a method for preserving personal and ...
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What's the appropriate form for the question about the Standard of Britton?

I downvoted the question Standard of Britton's matter because it seems as if the question ought to be answerable by referring to the same page of the book which contains the Plate. Referencing ...
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May I ask about name identificaton here?

I heard certain name which is foreign for me. And I want to ask "what names there are in such country that sounds similar to this".
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should I have split up my two-question question?

I suppose I should have asked before editing, but when I wrote my question How can I find out more information about the microfilms and indexes in the FHL, before I order the film?, in the midst of ...