The FAQ seems to be contradictory. It says that "If you have a question about...history of Jewish law or of Jewish life...then you've come to the right place." But it also says, "On the other hand, questions unrelated to Jewish life and learning, even if they are about...Jews, Jewish history, and Israel...are generally off-topic." This needs to be fixed.
The FAQ is precise about what kinds of history are on-topic and what kinds are off-topic:
The history of Jewish law or Jewish life, or in short, the history of Judaism, is on-topic.
The history of individual Jews, Jewish populations, or the Jewish State, unless also about Judaism, is off-topic.
If you think the way this is expressed in the FAQ is insufficiently clear, perhaps you could suggest an alternative way to say it here. The mods can edit this language.
- history of Judaism
While the off-topic list includes:
- Jews, Jewish history, and Israel
That's pretty nuanced. I suggest we add a few words to the on-topic entry:
- history of Judaism, such as the history of laws or customs
(I mean halachot and minhagim, but I'd rather our FAQ be low on jargon.)
And tweak the off-topic bullet:
- Jews, other aspects of Jewish history, or Israel
I know -- history of Judaism isn't the same thing as Jewish history. But a lot of people who'll be reading this list -- which includes non-Jews, people who don't speak English as their first language, and people not used to the careful and precise use of language that many of us aim for -- won't realize that. What's redundant to us can be clarifying for others.