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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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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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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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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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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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Identifying bio-parents for adoptees?

Our guidelines for what is on-topic say: Please note: You must not include here in any circumstances information (including name, date and place of birth or any other details) that would allow ...
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Which genealogy software or website is “the best”?

Under What topics can I ask about here? our Help says: If your question is about: ... and it is not about: ... Which genealogy software or website is “the best” ... ...
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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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Review of a search methodology: on-topic?

I'm considering formulating a question about a proposed complex search I'm going to undertake, and the assumptions on which it's based, and seeking feedback on (a) flaws in the assumptions (b) flaws ...
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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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Should questions that ask for “any information about family/person/etc” be off-topic?

Currently, our help page on What topics can I ask about here? includes these dot points: and it is not about: - Locating identifiable living individuals - Which genealogy software or website is “...
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On- and off-topic questions: Asking specifically for free resources

Should we discourage people from asking for answers to their question that only use free resources?
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Do we need a community wiki / canonical “hire a professional” Question and Answer?

Certain questions fall outside our site guidelines because they might involve tracking living or very-recently-deceased individuals. Should we write a community wiki / canonical answer about how to ...
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Can we make a section on the FAQ for DNA questions?

I'd like to suggest a question in the FAQ on how to write a good question if it involves DNA matches. My ideal entry would give newbies to DNA research a checklist of information to include in order ...
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Are “accuracy” questions too broad?

Recently we've had two questions about how accurate particular sources / tests are. The set of questions Is this compiled genealogical record generally accurate? Stowell family of Higham, MA and the ...
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Is royal genealogy on- or off-topic? (Country irrelevant)

Relationship between Baldwin II and IV of the Crusades? asks about determining the relationship of two kings in Jerusalem based on their names. Is this on - or off-topic for this site?
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What information needs to be included in a question to demonstrate its genealogical interest?

Yes, the bugbear of Microhistory raises its ugly head again, with the question: What does “Containing by Estimation Seven Days' Work” mean in 1810 Land Auction advertisement? To me the genealogical ...
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How strict should we be with Not An Answer flags/closure on new users?

I would like to ask our community a question, using as an example a recent question that I asked, which was answered by a distant cousin of mine, who I have otherwise never had any contact with: When,...
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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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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 close an out-of-scope question that wasn't out of scope when it was asked?

This question: Has a modern genealogy been traced back to a biblical person? was asked before it was determined that biblical genealogy is out of scope for this site. Should we leave it open because ...
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Surname origins and meaning: on-topic?

At https://genealogy.meta.stackexchange.com/a/1421/104 we concluded that questions about surname origins and meaning were on-topic but of little value. They are also usually answered by a simple ...
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Does heraldry as a general topic belong on this site?

Given that the Geneology site is so new (still in beta), I was hoping as a community we could decide whether or not general questions about heraldry (regarding coats of arms) are on topic for this ...
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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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Are we happy with our 'off-topic' subject areas?

Edited to summarise reactions: There doesn't seem to be any desire to change our off-topic areas, so I propose that we accept the default off-topic close reason, which says: This question does not ...
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Municipal coats of arms — on-topic?

Is Any restrictions on the use of municipal coats-of-arms? on-topic for this site? We've handled questions about personal coats-of-arms before, but is this a stretch too far? (My view is that it is ...
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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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Content for the main site FAQ first block (What kind of questions can I ask here)?

I propose we start substantive work on populating the important first block of our FAQ: What kind of questions can I ask here? The section will no doubt evolve and change as our community does, but it'...
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Progressing the scope discussions

Following up on On- and off-topic questions: an attempt to reach consensus and the associated questions... My thought was that we should leave discussion and voting running until end of January, than ...
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Analysis of 100 questions on Yahoo's Genealogy answers

I promised to do an analysis of the topic areas for comparison purposes of the Genealogy questions at Yahoo! Answers. To find 100 questions that we would deem on-topic (drawing the lines generously) ...
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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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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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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: 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: 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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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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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: 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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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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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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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.