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Weekly genealogy chat topics - now a week long event!

Starting Saturday, Aug 23, 2014, our weekly genealogy chat, which just entered its 2nd Year (born Aug 10, 2013), becomes a WEEK LONG event!. Feel free to drop in and share your thoughts anytime. If ...
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Vote for the next Topic Challenge!

Our History SE counterparts were the first to run a Weekly Topic Challenge and from time to time we use a similar concept here to see if it can help us to generate more questions. Here's how it ...
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What is “Genealogy,” “Family History,” and “Microhistory”?

Genealogy and Family History is a question and answer site for enthusiasts and experts to share their knowledge and build their skills while researching genealogy, family history, and related ...
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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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Coordinating Publicity

I'd like to use this question to help coordinate the publicity of GFH during beta. We need everyone to help where you can. The goal is to get the word out to as many different people as possible ...
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On- and off-topic questions: an attempt to reach consensus

One of the essential components of the FAQ will be the list of on-topic and off-topic subjects for questions. This question is an overview of a set of meta questions (one per topic-area, based on the ...
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On- and off-topic questions: Researching specific ancestors

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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Improving the weekly chat

For those who aren't aware, we currently hold a chat in a dedicated chat room every Saturday about a different genealogical topic each time. It's really great to hop in every week when I can and ...
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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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On- and off-topic questions: Application of technology

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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On- and off-topic questions: Locating records and documents

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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On- and off-topic questions: Interpreting records

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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On- and off-topic questions: Research processes and methodologies

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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Should we be asking specific questions about helps with specific ancestors on this site?

I have several family lines that currently disappear in Kentucky or Virginia that I might ask about. Is that appropriate for this site? If we don't allow specific questions on specific ancestors ...
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Genealogy Chat 12th July 2014 | Working to the Genealogical Proof Standard

In genealogy circles in the US, you'll often find somebody who is 'working to the Genealogical Proof Standard' (GPS) or at least working towards it. What is the GPS? Why does it matter? Is it ...
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What makes a question (and its answers) worth sharing?

This is a spinoff from Brainstorming solutions to grow this site?. From the Stack Overflow blog A Recipe to Promote Your Site: Encourage your community to share links to outstanding questions and ...
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How should questions about potentially living people be handled?

There's a bit of an overlap between genealogy and "people search", such as adopted people looking for birth parents, and people looking for long-lost relatives who may still be alive. Sometimes, ...
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How can we word the FAQs to make clear the site policy on list questions?

We should decide and make clear what list questions (if any) are appropriate on genealogy.se and which are not. And what should be done to make a good question from a question that may have a list ...
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Analysis of questions to date

As promised here I've done an analysis of questions to date to help understand what we've deemed on-topic so far. From the beginning of the Beta to circa 1500 GMT on 14th November, 261 questions had ...
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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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The Genealogy Conference: topics for focused chats

As proposed in Improving the Weekly Chat, we'd like to try something new with the Weekly Genealogy Chat room, which we've re-named as The Conference Room. It appears in the list of chat rooms as ...
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Seeking possibly-living individuals - clarity required

I'm asking to get some clarity on the topic of living individuals. When we've discussed it previously, we've been very clear that info that identifies potentially living individuals on the site is ...
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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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Is it Ok to ask questions to which you already know (an) answer

I have a few questions that I could ask to which I already know an answer but which (I think) may be "good" seed questions -- as long as somebody else answers them! Is this appropriate? The questions ...
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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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Opinion questions. Good or Bad?

From the discussion between @Fortiter and me in this question's comments: Steven, your question invites expressions of personal opinion rather than a definitive answer based upon evidence and ...
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Why must we be careful in referring to living people?

If I understand the guidelines correctly, we are not supposed to refer to by name, date of place of birth, or any identifying detail of any living person on the site. This understanding derives ...
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Should we reduce the 100 year privacy rule to something a bit more flexible?

Should we reduce our privacy rule from a firm 100 year rule to something a little bit more flexible without becoming too complex to manage (such as maybe a 75 year rule)? Any if so to how would you ...
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Encouraging new users through comments and refraining from swift closing/rapid/multiple down-voting

It was suggested that this answer be started as a separate meta discussion. Your thoughts on building up the SE IQ of new users without scaring them away?
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Should we comply with the Terms of Service/Policy Statements of all sites from which our users quote?

We already have an (unstated?) practice of minimising the extent of images we publish from third-party sites who have Terms of Service that preclude it. Although we may be sailing close to the wind at ...
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Applying geographic tags to questions?

Should we be encouraging the use of geographic tags for questions, at least at the country level, maybe state, province, UK county? A lot of questions (most?) are about a specific area. If they ...
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Moderators Pro-Tempore Nomination

Every beta site has moderators pro tempore until it graduates. I realize this site is still just out of private beta, but, when will we nominate our moderators pro tempore? Is there a typical time ...
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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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What are our options when dealing with personal information?

The subject of genealogy by necessity deals with sensitive and personal information. I may be bringing up a topic before anything happens but once we get out of beta the chances of sensitive ...
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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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How to sell strength of Stack Exchange platform to larger genealogy community?

I haven't had enough gumption to work on my own research lately, so to fire up my imagination and take a bit of a break, I've been watching videos on YouTube, particularly the Ancestry.com videos that ...
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How do we judge that a question might be identifying living individuals?

I recently edited a question Brick Wall: Searching for Grandfather - C&EI Railroad Employee in 1948 - who the heck was he? to remove the name of an individual that might still be alive, to bring ...
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Do we want Hats?

Since Genealogy.SE doesn't have any mods yet, I'm posting to you all directly. What are these hats you speak of? Last year around Christmas time arQAde had an awesome promotion in which they awarded ...
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How does one contact a user if they have/want additional information?

Discussion on How should we respond to contact-me-privately and no-work-shown answers? includes SE is not a social networking site. My cousin has been researching both her and her partner's family for ...
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What should our policy be on Q&A in Language Other Than English (LOTE)?

This question is inspired by an answer to What is biggest problem facing Genealogy & Family History Stack Exchange? where @lejonet says: Focus on English language and thereby no user base for ...
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Let's get critical: Jun 2013 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Genealogy & Family History Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they ...
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How should we respond to contact-me-privately and no-work-shown answers?

As a developing site, we're starting to get our first low quality answers. They come in two primary forms: contact-me-privately and no-work-shown. Here's an example of a contact-me-privately answer: ...
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Do you want hats?

Yes, it's that time of year again. Half the world bundles up with cocoa and candy canes for the season and the other half surfs the waves with Santa. Meanwhile, here at Genealogy.SE, we have the ...
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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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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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Is there a census record that you've looked and looked for but cannot find?

Census Records that seem not to exist? Every genealogist has at least one example of an elusive census record! Feel free to ask for help on how to locate your most elusive census record ...
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What should our FAQ contain?

Per question #2 of The 7 Essential Meta Questions of Every Beta, what should our FAQ contain? Critical issues that the FAQ needs to address: Asking for research help Product Support Laundry Lists
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Is our tagging structure fit for purpose? Do we agree what its purpose is?

Recent discussions about tag synonyms prompted me to check whether we have an emerging consensus about the structure of our tagging system, or whether things are still in flux. I tried to review ...
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Improving our tagging (redux)

At the risk of suggesting more work for the stalwarts who already contribute most to this site (and of boring everyone to death as I revisit a topic I raise quite often): Is there an approach we can ...
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Genealogy Chat 1st week of Month | Monthly Workshop

Do you find yourself asking questions that have multiple questions in them? Do you have a problem you're working on, but you aren't quite sure what questions you need to ask? Would you like someone ...

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