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comment History: What were the reasons for the ultimate failure of the Mongol Empire's attempted (and partially successful) conquest of Europe?
@Noldorin: In which case I'd recommend "Why did the Mongol Empire's attempted conquest of Europe fail?" That's a better question for what you are asking. On a real group, you'd point out the partial success in the body of the question, and specifically ask why they didn't get farther.
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comment History: Was the system and society of the Roman Empire flawed from the time the Republic was overthrown or did it only become doomed subsequently?
@Noldorin: I can certainly interpret it to get an answerable question, but why should I have to? The SE format favors questions that can be answered fairly concisely. There will have to be discussion here, but it should stay focused, which means more specific and clear questions. I'm not sure the professionals would address the very same question, although some address similar ones.
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comment History: Was the system and society of the Roman Empire flawed from the time the Republic was overthrown or did it only become doomed subsequently?
It's not a well-formed question. Was it flawed? Yes, of course, all systems and societies are flawed. Was it doomed from the start? What do you mean by "doomed"? The Empire lasted centuries (how many depending on whether you're counting the Eastern part as Roman); how many societies last that long?
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proposed question Writers: Is there any good software for plot generation?
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comment History: What involvement did quite a few US corporations, that still exist today, have with Nazi Germany, and why don't we teach about this in history class?
Two questions, one I think on-topic and one I think off-topic. As a result, it's a bad example of either.
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comment History: What repercussions will [current event] have?
Just because the specific question may be on-topic in ten or twenty years doesn't mean it's on-topic now.
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comment Cognitive Sciences
I'd class computer questions related to cognitive topics as on-topic as long as it wasn't strictly about the programming.
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comment Cognitive Sciences: How do I model a parse tree that can handle syntactic ambiguity?
@zvolkov: Cog Sci contains pieces of several disciplines, including AI. When I was trying to minor in it, Computational Linguistics was among the core courses. It would only be too CSci-centric if it were about computers in a field not related to human intelligence.
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