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May
28
comment What role did the Eastern Roman Empire play in the fall of the Western Roman Empire?
@Sally, I believe that your original question was worded in such a way as to invite speculation and opinion, and that contributed to it being closed. I like your follow-up: "Was the Eastern Roman Empire able to help the Western Roman Empire around the time of their collapse (they were definitely wealthier and more populated, but did they have enough manpower and resources to significantly make a difference)?" This is a question that can definitely be answered objectively.
May
6
comment How independent were the Eastern European countries from the Soviet Union?
Actually, it might be better to split this up into multiple questions. As it stands right now, it is simply too broad in scope.
May
4
comment Where can I find financial data for the first world war?
In its current form, this question is not a good fit for this site. Any question that solicits the creation of a list of source is unacceptable. The individual questions you gave as examples, on the other hand, would be a perfect fit. I have to close this question, but I would strongly suggest you ask the other questions separately.
Apr
17
comment Could Columbus have suspected the New World lay on his path to India?
Sorry, but I don't see any way that this question could be answered without speculating. I agree that it would be a better fit for Skeptics.SE.
Apr
8
comment In the US Civil War, what factors contributed to the Union having such a numerical advantage over the Confederacy?
@Tom Au - My concern now is that the change has made the question one that is more likely to be answered subjectively. The only way I can see it being answered is with specualtion, rather than facts. It's almost like saying "If the south had tanks and bazookas, could they have won?" I'm osrry, but I still don't see it as a good fit.
Mar
17
comment What options India had other than getting its independence from Britain?
I'm trying to see how the edits have made it any better, but I'm still having a difficult time seeing any answer as anything but subjective. The question itself poses several suggesting on what could have happened, which still seems a little leading. In the end, I just don't feel confident that the question truly has an objective answer that isn't driven from speculation. Convince me otherwise and I'll gladly change it. !
Mar
10
comment Recommended order for reading Horatio Hornblower series?
Sorry, but your question does not really fit here. I am going to have to close it, but if you decide to modify it so that it fits our format better, I will consider reopening it.
Feb
21
comment How many non-partisan (independent) legislature members were in the USA compared to the USSR?
This question is being locked because of the excessive number of comments. If you guys want to have a discussion, take it to the chat room. I have also deleted some of the more volatile comments that had devolved into personal attacks. Future comments of that nature will result in the individuals being blocked or accounts suspended.
Feb
7
comment Does (or did) any monarchy have a limited length of tenure?
Guys, if you are going to carry on a debate or discussion, then you need to take it to the chat room. You can leave a message there and then the other person can respond at their convenience, just as you have been doing here. The comments section is not intended for this use. All other comments were deleted, and if you start it up again, future comments will also be deleted.
Jan
21
comment What kind of armor did the soldiers use in pre-gunpowder Southeast Asia?
From what I read, it appears to be a lack of materials and expertise more than anything else. They didn't appear to have much expertise in metalworking, and I would assume that their exposure to European style armor was very limited.
Jan
16
comment When did people start caring for the handicapped?
The question itself seems fine, but the commentary in the body of the message seems to be a problem. It really needs to be cleaned up and edited in the form of a true question.
Jan
3
comment How did Israel win the Six-Day War?
I'm sure that the Egyptians and the Syrians were under the impression that the Israelis were getting the same political pressure and as a result wouldn't attack. From what I remember of that period, I also don't think the Egyptians or Syrians had much respect for or fear of the Israeli military at that time.
Dec
20
comment Scientists who became major political leaders
Sorry, Yannis is right. Even if you ask about only one specific type of scientist, you are still asking for a list, and not an answer.
Dec
19
comment Who is responsible for the partition of Palestine?
First of all, welcome to the site. The reason your initial post was rejected was most likely because it was too short. We prefer that the questions asked here have considerable substance and are specific about the information being requested. I would suggest modifying your question to make it a little more robust, while also removing the irrelevant content that permitted you to make it through the filter. :)
Dec
17
comment What was the reason of extreme anti-Communism in the first half of 20th century?
I've received a couple of flags suggesting this is not a real answer. I would disagree with that, but I would say that this is not a very good or very complete answer. The whole reason for allowing you to downvote an answer is to send a message about the quality of the answer. That is why I have chosen to downvote it rather than delete it.
Dec
11
comment What is the basis of Russian criticism of Antony Beevor's work?
You guys need to keep in mind that SE is about providing clear and concise answers. It is NOT a forum for discussion or debate, and it is NOT a forum for OPINION. This question is overflowing with all of these things which are clearly stated as being outside of our guidelines. I am going to block this question from further comments. I am not trying to be "heavy-handed", I'm just trying to enforce the rules. If you don't understand which rules, then please consult the FAQ. If anyone would care to dispute my assertion or discuss this further, bring it up on the Meta site.
Dec
11
comment Is this absolute timeline correct?
"Do you agree or do you think this would just be confusing to kids?" Questions like this are most likely to be answered with opinions and discussions. One person may say yes while another says no and a third says maybe. Sorry, "but this question will likely solicit debate, arguments, polling, or extended discussion", which is straight from the guidelines. I don't see it as a good fit.
Dec
11
comment What is the basis of Russian criticism of Antony Beevor's work?
Sorry, but based on the number and types of comments, I have to say that this question is only generating a lot of opinion and discussion rather than truly objective answers. I'm leaving it closed. If the comments and discussions continue as they are, I will also block it.
Dec
11
comment Is this absolute timeline correct?
Sorry, but this question can't really be answered objectively, so I have to close it. Any question that is likely to solicit opinion, discussion, or debate is not appropriate for this site. Please read through our FAQ to get a better idea of the kind of questions that are accpetable.
Dec
11
comment What is the basis of Russian criticism of Antony Beevor's work?
I never even looked at the answers. It is the question that is sketchy. Until you can improve the question, I am going to have to close it. We need to have it worded in a way that anyone coming to the site for the first time would be able to understand what is being asked without having to go look it up. Once you reword it I will consider reopening.