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Ads for G&FH on other SE sites

As we're not a graduated site, we can't have community promotion ads on our site at this point. What we can do is create adverts for G&FH that show up in the sidebar on other related sites in the ...
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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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When should moderators use their supervote?

In Asking for genealogy software recommendations? I found this statement: After giving the community an opportunity for about half a day to exercise their close votes, I stepped in and used my ...
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Dealing with broad questions that ask for “any information about <person/family/etc>”?

Yesterday I asked Should questions that ask for "any information about family/person/etc" be off-topic? and a quick and comprehensive answer of "No" from @ColeValleyGirl (and a little prompt ...
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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 site so different from discussion forums? (a guide for new users)

Are you new here? Maybe you're asking, what's all this about, and why does Genealogy & Family History Stack Exchange do everything differently than query boards, discussion forums, and other ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Asking for genealogy software recommendations?

Yesterday we had a question that was seeking a software recommendation for a Querying GEDCOM file to find people with missing parent(s)? It has since been edited by two other users but it originally ...
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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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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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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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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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How to handle “look up” requests?

There's a question today Passenger Lists to USA 1923-1925 that is a simple look-up on Ancestry, which the questioner presumbably doesn't have access to. Takes a few seconds to find the mother and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Genealogy Chat 26 July 2014 | Graduating the Site

We are fast approaching our 650th day as a Beta site of Stack Exchange. Our Beta Site Stats Summary is available to review so let's brainstorm any ideas you may have to help put us further along the ...
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Helping Genealogy & Family History to graduate Beta sooner rather than later?

As someone very keen to see Genealogy & Family History Stack Exchange graduate from its Beta phase sooner rather than later, I keep a close eye on its Area 51 statistics which today are: In order ...
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Good news about our outlook — we can stop worrying about graduation

It's well worth reading Graduation, site closure, and a clearer outlook on the health of SE sites but if you haven't got time: The TL;DR: When a site starts to consistently receive 10 ...
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Brainstorming solutions to grow this site?

The site is now approaching four years into beta. However, over the past year or two there has been little, if any, improvement in the number of questions per day and the number of active users. I'm ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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It's Starting To Happen!

I've noticed the visitors per day has been starting to creep up bit by bit and as I write, it is now at 309 visitors/day. Check out the Quantcast stats and under the graph select 3m or 6m for the date ...
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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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Style Sheet proposal: Consider sharing, previews when writing question titles

I would like to propose that we tighten up our question titles where possible. I know I've written some long, rambling titles, and I'm trying to go back and shorten them. It's not easy for me, but I ...
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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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On- and off-topic questions: Other specialist related topics

As mentioned at On- and off-topic questions: an attempt to reach consensus (please read first) this is one of a set of questions attempting to reach consensus on the scope for this site. This ...
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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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