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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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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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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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Announcement: Genealogy Stack Exchange gets award

The Genealogy and Family History Stack Exchange site has been awarded Honourable Mention in the Best Genealogy Product of 2012 category in Tamura Jones' GeneAwards 2012. honourable mention: ...
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Are questions relating to personal and family journaling (both physical and digital) appropriate for genealogy.stackexchange.com?

I'm interested in keeping a personal journal, digitally that includes digital photos etc. Are questions relating to personal and family journaling (both physical and digital) appropriate for ...
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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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Why are we accepting answers so fast?

Everyone is excited to see the private beta in action. I'm sure folks want to test out all the new features, etc., but accepting answers quickly can be a bummer. First, before you accept an answer ...
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How to increase our question rate?

We shouldn't obsess over our Area 51 stats, but our questions per day are a concern. For a healthy beta, we need a minimum of 5 questions a day, which equates to 1 question every 140 days from our ...
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Should we be allowing specific support questions for specific software or online genealogy sites?

Should we be allowing specific support questions for specific software or online genealogy sites? It seems to me that we should and we can keep things straight with tagging.
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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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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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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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Should we create a one-page advertising flyer?

I am going to attend a local genealogical seminar this weekend, and was thinking it would be a good opportunity to advertise this site. If I can arrange it, I can say a few words about it to the ...
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What is the appropriate way to refer to another answer or comment?

As answers are up-voted their place in the list will shift. So assuming that someone reading your answer will be familiar with the content of the one "above" is fraught with danger. However it seems ...
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What makes a good tag wiki excerpt for our site?

We've seen a fair bit (British understatement alert) of work recently going into our tag wiki excerpts, but a few of them are simple dictionary definitions and others have more detailed content that ...
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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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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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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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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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Why put actual questions in question titles?

We are getting a slew of question titles that aren't actual questions, they're more of a topic sentence. I counted 13 on the main page right now. A few are normal, but we have too many. SE is a ...
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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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Gene Golovchinsky RIP

I'm really sorry to say that I discovered that Gene Golovchinsky, one of the most active users and biggest supporters of our Genealogy SE, passed away relatively suddenly on August 15. My sympathies ...
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What supporting information should you post with a photo for help with determining the date?

Due to positive response to the question should-we-allow-photos-to-be-posted-for-help-with-determining-the-date, @ColeValleyGirl suggested that we have a separate discussion on what supporting ...
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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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Does Stack Exchange provide an appropriate environment for family historians?

There have been major changes in SE:Genealogy and Family History in recent weeks. The number of questions asked per day has fallen. Those questions that have been asked are attracting fewer responses. ...
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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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We need consistency in the various records tags

As expected, our tag list is full of tags describing different types of records: records death-record birth-record vital-records census-records military-records marriage-records court-records land ...
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Links to other sites?

I answered the question Handling and storage tips for Old Family Bible. In my answer, I said succinctly what to do, and then I provided a link to an expert site that gives great details on one aspect ...
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What abbreviation should be used to refer to this site?

What do you think our site abbreviation should be? Each SE site is referred to with a shortened abbreviation: SF: Server Fault SO: Stack Overflow What shall we use?
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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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Genealogy SE needs some new leadership. Is it you?

I've recently been on the lookout for a new pro-tem moderator for Genealogy. Unfortunately, I've had a bit of trouble finding an enthusiastic, dedicated individual to take part in some community ...
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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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Community Eval finished

The first Genealogy and Family History community evaluation is now finished. I would like to thank every user who participated in it. Over the seven days of the evaluation, 120 reviews were performed ...
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Are we fish mongers or teachers of angling?

In an excellent answer, Gene G provides a deep link into Family Search where an OP can browse images of lists of passengers arriving in Baltimore in the early twentieth century. If the next immigrant ...
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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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Changes to the way that “close as duplicate” is handled

There's a post over on MetaStackOverflow which explains some changes going on across all StackExchange sites: Changes to "close as duplicate" (part deux). I recommend reading that for the ...
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Proposed FAQ content (final draft)

Based on the work done at Content for the main site FAQ first block (What kind of questions can I ask here)?, I'm proposing to update our FAQ page as follows (with corresponding changes to the About ...
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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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Our 2 Critical Issues: Users and Participation

Genealogy and Family History needs more users. If we had 5 times the number of users, 2300 instead of 463, we'd have 15 questions per day instead of 3 per day. We'd have 1000 visits per day instead of ...
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What is biggest problem facing Genealogy & Family History Stack Exchange?

I was recently involved in a moderator election on another Stack Exchange site and the question that made me think the hardest was: What do you think is the biggest problem facing this SE? Do you ...
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Proposal to remove tags like brick-wall and road-block

People are asking questions on the site in order to help them make progress in their research, which is great. However some of these questions are coming with tags like road-block and brick-wall, ...
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How might we encourage members to include either their general location or similar information in their profile?

A lot of us are just getting used to this exciting international community Q&A. At least some of us are used to asking questions on/in local or regional boards and forums. Is it within the ...
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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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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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What is the difference between the [research] and [research-methods] tags?

What is the difference between the research and research-methods tags? Should we merge them? If not, how do we draw a distinction between them?
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I'm Submitting a Presentation about G&FH SE to RootsTech 2016

Genealogy & Family History SE needs a bit more notice by genealogists. Today, I got notice of the RootsTech 2016 Call For Presentations. I was at RootsTech in its 2nd year (2012), in its 4th ...
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Changes to user rep 200+

At time of posting, http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/43502?phase=beta has 150 users with 200+ rep (on pace for 79 users at 90 days). What would cause this to go from 80 to 78 then up to 79 ...
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Is it OK to answer a question about available software products with information about a product you're associated with

I'm assuming it isn't but this probably needs clarifying sooner rather than later. I'm not thinking here of a product you use, but one which you're involved in producing or marketing.
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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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Why is the Software tag being edited out?

What is the reason for removal of the "software" tag whenever it was used on a question. I've had a number of questions over the past couple of weeks where the "software" tag that I thought was the ...

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