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Can we do something to discourage ‘armchair history’ answers?

Every once in a while, when someone asks a history question, there is a flurry of attempts to answer the question without referring to any supporting historical evidence. At best, such answers are ...
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Why restrict history questions? (Or: Can we not restrict history questions?)

(I know that there are approximately 10000 posts here with essentially the same topic. I wanted to explain my position and to put forward some ideas about changing the rules. If nothing happens as a ...
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Is the [ussr] tag useful?

Over one and a half years ago, the ussr tag was created, and put on What soviet computer used trinary bits?. It makes some sense on this question, because this question is actually an identify-this-...
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Computing History SE

I was looking through Area 51 recently and I discovered the Computing History proposal. Well, not exactly... I already knew about it (and followed it) before this site launched. The topics are so ...
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Is computing history inherently on-topic?

Are questions about the history of computer systems on-topic, even when there's no intent of running them now? This site is about retrocomputing, not about computing history. But computing history is ...
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