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Should there be a tag for top level domains for web-based questions?

In https://genealogy.stackexchange.com/a/1599/70 I provided a suggestion on how to use a particular on-line product. It turns out that although this is a global enterprise, particular features depend ...
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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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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 ready to advertise?

Do you remember the email you got when we entered public beta? It said: Tell all your friends, blog about it, tweet about it, and write the URL (http://genealogy.stackexchange.com) in chalk on ...
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If I accept an answer, and then later accept a different answer, does the original contributer 'lose' rep?

scenario: I ask a question, get several answers, wait several days, accept the best one. Later I see someone made an even better answer, maybe by combining several good answers into one great answer. ...
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Which of several valid 'good' answers to 'accept'?

On the main site, I asked a question and got several good answers that gave me good avenues to research. Based on another meta question I did not 'accept' the first good answer that came in. This was ...
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Why does a permalink that I create append my userid to the URI?

If I use {share} on a question or {timestamp} on a comment to obtain a permalink to refer to that question or comment in another post, the URI which is generated always ends /xx, and xx happens to be ...
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How should you deal with an answer attached to an edited question it no longer matches?

@GeneJ has attached a comment to the question now called Determining what old document with Illegible handwriting says? that reflects a concern that the process of iterative editing of a question and ...
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How is a meta discussion resolved?

I posed a question for discussion What is the preferred style for displaying links? which asked whether there was a house style or authors could markup as they pleased. A review of the discussion can ...
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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 is the mechanism to advise that (and why) a question has been edited?

I recently edited a question What is the difference between 'genealogy' and 'family history'? that appeared at risk of closure, because I felt that it captured important issues that ...
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When we reach public beta, will Genealogy.SE be allowed to have its own social media groups/pages?

For example, I know that StackExchanged has a G+ page, will Genealogy.SE be able to have its own Google Plus or Facebook page/group?
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Can we get others involved while still in private beta? [closed]

I just asked a question on genealogy.se. The site put a "know someone who can help..." comment and I'd like to follow their advice and forward a link to other experts. Will that link work while the ...
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QPD stat having troubles

Our QPD stat started at over 40 questions per day. It is now at about 14. You might be saying, "well, that''s because private beta is finishing up." However, I know from experience that that is the ...
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Do we really need a “Family Tree” tag

I appreciate it's early days, and we're still finding our feet with tags, but given this is a Genealogy and Family History site, do we really need a family-tree tag? Surely this is the sort of Meta ...
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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 is the preferred style for displaying links?

If an editor finds a link marked up (validly) in one of the following styles: []() e.g. refer to Stack Exchange xxxx <> e.g. refer to Stack Exchange (http://stackexchange.com) <> e.g....
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When/how does genealogy.se show up in google/yahoo/etc searches?

I was googling a question I had and I realized I should have seen my stackexchange question somewhere in the results - but I didn't. I just assumed it was because it was down the list beyond the top ...
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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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How can “Citation guides for family history and genealogy” be made a good question?

ColeValleyGirl proposed the question: Citation guides for family history and genealogy Evidence Explained by Elizabeth Shown Mills (Mills, Elizabeth Shown. Evidence Explained: Citing History ...
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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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Now or at a future point, will we allow a form of peer review in the spirit of “CodeReview.SE [beta].”

In the case of the StackExchange beta, "Code Review" there are defined faqs and it appears crazy popular (over 5,000 visits per day). Most of us don't descend of famous ancestors and for other ...
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Are question about genealogy companies on topic?

Questions about genealogy products are generally on topic. But what about question regarding genealogy companies? For example: Is Ancestry.com affiliated with the LDS church? When will Random Acts of ...
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What is the scope of 'naming-convention' tag?

The tag naming-convention has already been used for a variety of questions covering: geography place names suffixes inputting names into gen.software denoting adoptions language use historical vs. ...
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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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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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Should credence be given to Wikipedia links or should we encourage more authoritative linking?

There are several SE sites that downplay the value of Wikipedia entries for many reasons. Most of the time if the information in the Wikipedia link is true or relevant there is usually another site or ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to handle Resource Lists type of questions [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should Genealogy.se allow “list” questions? I see some questions starting to come in asking "Where can I find...". These questions are going to generate multiple answers, each ...
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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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Using family name (surname) tags?

Do we allow using family name (surname) tags or not? Do you think this will be a limitation in the future?
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Do we allow searches for private information?

The question is very sensitive, and I will try to explain: SE is about questions and answers, so I can ask: Does anyone know the Machtingers from Kielce, Poland around 1750's? This maybe a valid ...
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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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What is the “Elevator pitch” for Genealogy SE?

JustinY asked What should our FAQ contain? This is one of the 7 essential meta questions that we must answer in order to form a healthy community. One of the items that needs to go in the FAQ is the "...
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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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Will we have a list of tags to choose from or will we allow our members to tag as they please?

I am of the opinion that we should create a designated list of tags that can be used. And of course, at the same time, leave the possibility of further enhancing our tag inventory to discussion here ...
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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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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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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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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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