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Several members of the Stack Exchange community team, myself included have reviewed the state of things here on Genealogy. Here are our takeaways. Questions per day on Genealogy are just way too low to be considered for graduation Sure, question activity isn't always make or break for graduation, but it needs to be in a significantly higher range (7-10x) ...


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Unfortunately, PolyGeo, getting each measure into the green is NOT what's required to graduate. Area51 puts those statistics up as a general guideline of how your site is doing along the road to becoming self-sustaining. According to @RobertCartaino in his answer on the Bicycles meta, all that's required to "graduate" from beta is: Must be in beta at least ...


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There are plenty of times where one might ask the advantages or disadvantages of taking a particular research approach when solving a particular problem. I support editing the questions that ask for "tips and tricks" in a way that steers the answers to more thoughtful solutions, instead of producing a list.


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Yes - I think that we should continue "to edit questions whose main thrust is to ask for 'tips and trick's and 'pros and cons'". For precisely the reasons that you have outlined, whenever a question arrives that asks for 'tips and trick's or 'pros and cons', I think we should always try to revise it into a form that: tells us what you want to know, and ...


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I started out by commenting on the answers that came before me about the on/off topic guidelines -- I've put that part of the answer below the line, so I can focus on answering the question. I think this part of the question is spot-on: But the fact that there's an answer (that has been accepted or upvoted) leaves us with a question that: ...


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As the answerer-offender to (I think) the question that inspired this post, my thoughts: I agree with just about everything you said ;) However, it is far from clear what is on-topic vs off-topic. We have a little incomplete list of on-topic topics in the help pages. The question alluded to was in general about ancestry, even if the underlying question had ...


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As the commenter, my reasoning was thus: The question We don't know what the question is. A surname (Cohen) and place (Murcia) are given in the title but we don't know anything else. Cohen isn't a Spanish name. Also no sense of a date is given – are we looking at resources for the fifteenth century or twentieth century? Therefore, the question is both ...


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If you have a reputation of more than 500, and thus the necessary privilege, then I think you should vote to Close such a question as "Needs more focus", so that you and/or others can work with the question asker to improve and re-open their question. Advice on what a good question should look like is myriad but I would like to offer mine here: A ...


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It isn't off-topic, but will need to be carefully worded to ensure it's not too broad/unanswerable. Do you have a single country in mind, and a single name?


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As a minimum, I would like to see the person asking the question provide some sort of information about how they arrived at the 'facts' they are presenting to us. Is it a family story? Something written in a family Bible? Compiled from many records? Knowing where your information came from is an important part of doing family history research. When you ...


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I dislike closing questions if there are other options. If it is a poorly written question, attempts should be made to get the original poster to improve it. If it is an off-topic question, then likely there is another Stack Exchange site that might be more appropriate for it, and first thought should be given to migrate it. But if the question cannot ...


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Most Stack Exchange sites frown heavily on answering off-topic and/or bad questions but most Stack Exchange sites receive more questions per day than our current 1.1 - see http://stackexchange.com/sites#questionsperday. The 15 or so sites that receive less questions are all Beta sites (except StackApps, which is a highly atypical site). I agree with you ...


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