My question on the origins of the term "Holocaust" was migrated to another board. That's fine, but why does migration have to close out a question from the Judaism board? It would seem to be appropriate in both places.


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As the FAQ list explains, q.v., questions about Jewish history are off-topic on Mi Yodeya. In fact, a specific question listed as an example of an off-topic Jewish-history question is "In which way antisemitic attitudes against Jews began to become more extreme under the Nazi regime?".

Migration is simply closure as off-topic, with the added benefit of simultaneously asking the question elsewhere (instead of only closing it as off-topic).

  • The FAQ is contradictory. Yes, it says questions about Jewish history are off-topic, but it also says: "If you have a question about...history of Jewish law or of Jewish life...then you've come to the right place." Plus, there is a tag for History. So which is it? Commented Mar 4, 2013 at 22:06
  • I don't see how my question related to the sample you provided. The differences in the examples on on-topic history questions and off-topic history questions seem to be very arbitrary and hard to discern without being able to read the minds of the moderators. The only common thread I can find is you don't want to talk about politics in modern-day Israel or the politics surrounding the Holocaust. Commented Mar 4, 2013 at 22:19
  • Followup to these comments: meta.judaism.stackexchange.com/q/1498
    – msh210 Mod
    Commented Mar 5, 2013 at 3:59

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