At which time point the questions belongs to the History, and not to the Politics stackexchange?

Is there a particular cutting point, for example 1989/91?


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I agree with the answer by Joe W that a fixed cutoff date would be counter-productive.

For me, the criteria about whether a question belongs on Politics or on History is whether or not the answer is still relevant for the politics of today.

For example, when most of the people involved in an event are no longer actively participating in politics, then that event is probably more history than contemporary politics (ex: "Why did Richard Nixon resign in 1974?").

However, if the question is about rules of political processes during historic events which still apply today, then it could be on-topic (ex: "Did Richard Nixon's resignation in 1974 create a precedence that an impeachment trial becomes impossible when the accused person resigns form their office?").

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    These examples are actually rather good: rule of thumb is that grammar used is a good indicator. Past-tense? Seems to have an obvious SE-site destination? Jun 7, 2021 at 9:00

I don't think there is a cutoff date wise but rather what the question is asking. If it is asking more about events in general it might be history. However if it is asking more about the political side it might still be valid here.

The content should be more important than how long ago the content of the question occurred. It should also be remembered that it is possible for the question to be a good fit for both, one or neither sites and that isn't a bad thing. Though your question should only be posted on a single site even if it fits on multiple ones.

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    I would like to add that if you come to the conclusion that your question could work on either site, you should still only post it on one of them, because crossposting is not permitted on the stack exchange network.
    – Philipp Mod
    Jun 6, 2021 at 12:42
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    @Philipp Added that to the answer.
    – Joe W
    Jun 6, 2021 at 12:58
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    Depending on focus: (only) exact duplicates/cross-posts are no-no? One could always tune the wanted perspective for any topic in either way. In theory. Then H:SE tends to be finicky about 'too recent' 'contemporary history'. They prefer a bit more temporal distance (similar to Skeptics 'unresolved current event'). Jun 7, 2021 at 8:58

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