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Reviewing our Custom Close Reasons

All SE sites are allowed a few 'custom close' reasons -- options for closing which are specific to that site (even if they've been stolen from other sites :) We currently only have the generic: "...
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Why is this Q&A site still tagged Beta?

When is this site going to be taken out of the Beta stage? From what I can tell it has been established for several years.
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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What are the rules about loading images as part of queries?

This arises from confirming-if-my-great-great-uncle-received-his-medal-in-ww1-before-he-died where the original poster, being unsure of the rules, blurred parts of the images included in his query. ...
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Why are there often no upvotes?

In the early days of this site a small community of users was upvoting good questions to levels that seem unreachable now. A lot of new questions are more focused on individual research now, but why ...
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Should We Include Documentation-type Questions?

A few days ago, @Jan asked the question: "AncestryDNA is changing again? What's going on? (July 2020 edition)". In her question she said it was "a self-answered question intending to ...
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Is it good practice or acceptable that moderators delete comments without notice?

In a recent question there were some comments with parts of them also in another language than English. While I now know the language requirement I don't think that it should be overemphasized. In ...
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Is [land] tag named well enough?

We have a tag for land with 18 questions tagged using it. Is there a better name that we could use for this tag? I think there is, and will provide that thought as an answer, but want to give the ...
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Making questions more accessible?

How can we make our Q/As more accessible to visitors? What is best practice for making our Q/As easier to read? Are there things we should avoid because they are unfriendly to our visitors and ...
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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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Is [complex-families] tag needed?

We have a complex-families tag for: Multiple marriages, step children, adoptions and other extended family scenarios and it has a tag wiki: The notion of the family extends beyond that of a ...
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Are questions being closed too quickly?

I check G&FH at least once day. This morning a new question (Getting birth certificate of German born in Romania in 1895) was already closed as a duplicate because it asked for birth records in a ...
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Lowering the threshold of votes to close/re-open questions?

Updated: As the preferences expressed seem to endorse the change, I have asked the Community Managers (CMs) to carry out a one month test of reducing the number of close/re-open votes to 3 to see how ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Announcing our newest(?) moderator

It is with pleasure that I announce the return of ColeValleyGirl to the team of Pro Temp Moderators at the Genealogy & Family History Stack Exchange. Some of you will know that ColeValleyGirl was ...
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Proposed Help Center wording for 'lookup requests'

As a community, we've discussed how to handle 'lookup requests' before, but never written anything explicit into our 'off-topic guidance'. I'm proposing that we incorporate the following so that we'...
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Should we close questions with no overt “G&FH content”?

Consider some hypothetical pairs of questions: 1. (a) As a young child I was taken meet my great uncle X who immigrated from Y in the '70s. There's nobody alive I can ask now, and I'm not sure I'm ...
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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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Closing older questions as duplicates of newer ones?

I've closed How should I record sex change/gender reassignment? as a duplicate of Including name change for transgender person in genealogy to put it on hold for discussion and editing. Things I'd ...
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Does our privacy policy (clearly) forbid naming living people?

This is in reference to What-does-it-mean-to-be-a-part-of-xyz-battalion-in-world-war-1?. The original question included an image of a newspaper clipping listing the names of the deceased and his ...
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What do we want to do with the tag “online”? Should we get rid of it?

This https://genealogy.meta.stackexchange.com/a/3296/6485 suggestion seemed to slip through without being implemented -- should we take it forward? online seems to be used for a grab-bag of purposes -...
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Closing questions because they are “opinion based”?

As I write this, How (and if) to include name change for transgender person in genealogy? has two close votes, with the reason given being that the answers are likely to be "opinion-based". Under ...
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Splitting versus lumping — which do we want to see

We currently have a number of questions about interpreting a single document: Deciphering Lunacy Asylum case notes about patients previous history Deciphering Lunacy Asylum case notes about nurses ...
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Missed it by that much(

The 29 Beta sites that are 7+ years old no longer have the "Beta" label! Our site was the 30'th oldest, at 6 years 10 months, so we just missed the 7 year cutoff. PolyGeo commented without ...
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Using “DNA” tag consistently on DNA questions

I have noticed of late that the dna tag is not being used very often when applicable, or is even being removed from many DNA questions. It sometimes seems to be replaced with autosomal-dna, y-dna, etc....
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Should “How do I ask a good question?” be more specific?

How do I ask a good question? gives this advice: Be specific If you ask a vague question, you’ll get a vague answer. But if you give us details and context, we can provide a useful answer. ...
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Writing canonical question for finding living descendants of person?

The question that prompted this: Finding descendants of Jamaican immigrant to England We have several "I want to find the descendants of [name]" questions on the site, some of which have been closed ...
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Would a meta-question about citation expectations be useful here?

https://interpersonal.meta.stackexchange.com/q/3583 and https://rpg.meta.stackexchange.com/a/8697 are examples of other sites documenting their citation expectations? Do we want to do something ...
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Protecting questions with problematic opinion-based answers?

Should we protect Are there any privacy issues regarding publishing the image of a grave marker online? It seems to be attracting answers which are based on opinion, where the newer answers are ...
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What is acceptable evidence of death for someone born less than 100 years ago?

The term "acceptable evidence of death" has been used in a number of Q&As here, and that is because it appears in the On-topic page of our Help Center: Acceptable evidence of death needs to ...
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DNA questions — duplicates?

The following questions just hit the front page of the site by virtue of recent title edits. Understanding if autosomal DNA match of 2,277 cM is full sibling? Understanding if AncestryDNA match of ...
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Allowing links to images of public documents that contain living people?

This is in reference to Explaining unknown person found in family listing in 1940 Federal Census of Iowa? Here, the questioner is asking about how to interpret an unusual finding in a US Census ...
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Understanding what constitutes celebrity genealogy?

Yesterday I voted to close a question about Learning personal history of Asmus Nicolai Clausen? because I think it is about celebrity genealogy, and that is explicitly off-topic according to our Help ...
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DNA Surprise Questions

We are getting an awful lot of questions about DNA surprises. People who are adopted finding potential bio family, people who are discovering that their parentage or that of close relatives isn't ...
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Edit changing question to become duplicate?

Is what I describe below an inappropriate edit? It can be seen in https://genealogy.stackexchange.com/posts/15029/revisions A comment points to a site I had already checked and which does NOT answer ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, in ...
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Do we need an ancestral-dna tag?

In answering this question: How can I be West Eurasian when I have no European ancestry? I looked up tags that might be appropriate to add and discovered there is not a tag for ancestral population ...
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Is this the correct site to ask about the original meaning of a foreign language surname? [duplicate]

It is well known that a large number of European surnames, in a wide variety of languages, originated are words with specific meanings. Obvious examples in English are: Smith Taylor Brown etc. The ...
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What to do about “original spelling of my surname” question?

Finding original spelling of Polish name Vazuka which was anglicized on arrival to US? currently has 4 close votes and a comment suggesting it is a duplicate to Determining correct spelling of Polish ...
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Should we have a canonical resource (or series of them) about the records available for a particular locale?

We get a fair few questions that boil down to 'Where can I look for records for genealogical events in country X?', or where some of the answers provide a list of resources to consult. They're ...
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Off-topic: Finding living relatives?

What topics can I ask about here? clearly says the site is not about Locating identifiable living individuals Because of this I would have voted to close Finding Korean War-Baby Brother ...
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Are questions about genealogy of animals on/off-topic?

I just saw This is about my labradore, which has a dna tag and appears to come from a dog breeder, get quickly downvoted and closed as off-topic. Should questions about genealogy of animals be listed ...
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Do AncestryDNA questions need an Ancestry.com tag?

This is a follow up to the discussion Reviewing the subscription, website, and ancestry.com tags If a person is asking a question that applies to any autosomal DNA test, but they took their test at ...
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Community recommendations for linking to content off-site?

When we link to content that is not included in the main body of the question or answer, what specific practices make a better experience for the reader? Please state the advantages or ...
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Dealing with broken links?

A follow-up question to: Does Stack Exchange have tools to check for broken links? As I write this, the Evidence Explained website is undergoing redesign. I need to edit all my answers (and there are ...
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Adding Question and My Answer from Facebook

Over on the Facebook group: Genetic Genealogy Tips & Techniques, I just answered what I thought was an excellent question with (what I also thought) was a very good answer. Is it proper, or ...
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On- and off-topic: Ethics?

Prompted by How to help adoptee find her father without outing him? Is this kind of answerable as a case study for what are good ethical practices for genealogists? Should such questions be on- or ...
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Should we have tags “ashkenazi” and “jews”?

I added a new tag ashkenazi for a question I posted. As many of you know, people of Ashkenazi descent have special issues with interpreting DNA relatedness, due to their ancestors' endogamy. I'm now ...
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Removing off-topic questions or leaving them?

Should we delete off-topic questions like If my aunt remarried, am I related to her spouse's family? or downvote them into oblivion?
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Recruiting new members to G&FH.SE from Facebook?

I just noticed a "Genealogy, Just Ask!" Facebook Group It has 45,000 members. Admin is Robin Foster. She has a webpage for it at www.genealogyjustask.com and it is so big, it has even formed smaller ...

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