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Genetic Ancestry Tests Mostly Hype, Scientists Say*
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Having read your question several times, I'm still finding it hard to understand the point you're trying to make, but let me take a stab at paraphrasing your question and then responding to that. ...

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What are the rules about loading images as part of queries?
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Relevant: Should we comply with the Terms of Service/Policy Statements of all sites from which our users quote? How to address possible copyright issues in Thomas Turin question Familysearch terms of ...

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Lowering the threshold of votes to close/re-open questions?
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Yes, we should lower the threshold -- it will improve the speed of closing and re-opening questions and better allow the community (rather than the moderators) to indicate which questions are ...

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Should we have tags "ashkenazi" and "jews"?
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What about jewish (which we already have, so don't needs Jews) and endogamy (to handle the broader topic of endogamy? From the ISOGG Wiki: Examples of endogamous groups include Jews, Polynesians, ...

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Improving the Weekly Chat, 2017 edition
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I wonder about possibly having the Conference with a standing topic of 'Current Activity' -- brick walls, work in progress, new records, what's going on in the world of genealogy. I'm not sure new ...

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Off-topic: Finding living relatives?
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When we put together the asking pages, the concern was around "identifiable living" not only "living" (i.e. nobody reading a question should be able to identify themselves or somebody they know from ...

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Asking for genealogy software recommendations?
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Short version: We should keep the questions here and make them into 'constructive subjective' questions, as described at (see https://genealogy.stackexchange.com/help/dont-ask). I've edited the ...

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Why was this marked as unclear if they had said it was off-topic?
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Some of us thought it was unclear, some of us thought it was off-topic (I happen to think it was both, but you can only pick a single reason to close). However, unless you work on it substantially to ...

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Tag usage and Wiki suggestions for the relationship-mapping tag
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I suspect part of the problem is that every question has to have a tag and there isn't another tag that would fit the questions about legal/social implications of relationships within current family ...

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Should we add the History of Genealogy to our 'on-topic' subjects?
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I'm in two minds about altering our scope to include questions about the History of Genealogy/Family History. As Adrian said at https://genealogy.meta.stackexchange.com/a/3518/6485, I'm not sure we (...

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Reviewing our Custom Close Reasons
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One custom-close reason adopted by a number of site -- e.g. History -- is: Welcome to History:Stack Exchange. Thank you for your question; please consider revising it to be more in line with our ...

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Why are there often no upvotes?
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In the early days we had a number of highly motivated people wanting to make the site a success, and well aware of the way SE works. Good questions and answers were crafted, and people voted ...

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Are questions being closed too quickly?
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As moderators, we try to stick to @Shog9's advice to moderators when deciding whether to close/re-open vote: When you see a post you think should be closed, close it. When you see a post you ...

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Edit changing question to become duplicate?
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Not inappropriate -- your reason for wanting the information is irrelevant especially as in this case it takes the question to being borderline off-topic (as it isn't about Genealogy and Family ...

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Can using only first names of living individuals contravene our Privacy Policy?
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This isn't a simple question. And this isn't really an answer, but it isn't a comment either :) What makes you think they were the real names? Would you redact Sue and not 'Sue'? What if the OP had ...

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Why are close votes not being used?
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In my case, it was because I didn't see it -- it didn't turn up in my review queue (perhaps because a number of people had already reviewed it and resolved to get to it later) and I was too busy ...

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Organising our software and website tags
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As there are only 10 questions with online I suggest re-tagging them to the most appropriate combination of tags and burninating online

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Responding to paternity questions?
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I think that's a very good idea. We can never do more than point to a resource like that; there's very little to be gained for other readers in somebody else's particular family circumstances.

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Which genealogy software or website is “the best”?
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It is meant to deter questions such as: "What is the best genealogy database?" "What is the best website for publishing my family history?" "I need a list of open-source genealogy programmes." i.e. ...

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Why is this Q&A site still tagged Beta?
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SE set the standards for moving sites out of beta -- which are a combination of question volumes, quality and community activity. About 18 months ago they moved a number of sites out of beta status as ...

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Should We Include Documentation-type Questions?
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A lot of what we do is documentation: somebody asks a question about how to do something, we document that for them and for others as a lasting reference. We even give advice on how to do X in product ...

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Is [land] tag named well enough?
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I suggest we need land-records to cover questions about, sources discussing land acquisition, transfer, inheritance, disputes etc. and land-practices to cover things like gavelkind, copyhold, freehold,...

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May I ask about name identificaton here?
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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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Closing older questions as duplicates of newer ones?
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1 and 4. In general, according to https://meta.stackexchange.com/a/147651/195988 If the new question is a better question or has better answers, then vote to close the old one as a duplicate of ...

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Understanding what constitutes celebrity genealogy?
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Celebrity I think the definition of 'celebrity' we adopt should be based on present-day mass-media attention -- so typically entertainers, politicians, sports people, royalty, mass murderes... Not ...

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Do we need an ancestral-dna tag?
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I would rather have seen the existing tag definiton amended rather than a new tag created, especially as it it already used in conjunction with DNA questions for just this purpose (of the 18 questions ...

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What to do about "original spelling of my surname" question?
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I wonder is we need both a canonical 'My ancestors name was changed in immigration?" question (which will be country agnostic, and handle the Ellis Island/Castle Garden/other points of entry myth), ...

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Identifying bio-parents for adoptees?
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Motives for family history research aren't any of our business, nor how far back an individual is researching their tree. Nor should we take a view on the morality/advisability/whatever of a ...

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Organising our software and website tags
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As there are only 4 questions with subscription I suggest we re-tag and burninate.

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Should we be encouraging/condoning/allowing questions about software piracy?
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If we wanted to avoid the appearance of condoning software piracy, one possible approach would be to edit such questions to be more open to solutions not involving piracy, e.g. from: "Where can I ...

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