Today I asked a question on this site which was local history and discussed in this meta discussion.
In that discussion Robert from Stack Exchange provided this answer:
I assumed that History SE was meant to ask questions with some semblance of "Geo-Political History" (if that is the correct term). The original proposal seems to bear that out.
If History SE uses the most literal interpretation of "knowledge dealing with any past events", this site is going to become insanely huge-scoped.
Firstly, I disagree that the proposal in Area 51 made it clear that it was purely geo-pol as questions #4, 5, 6 and 7 all being non-geo-pol. I am personally not interested in geo political history, apart from finding it boring, I think most of the meat is available on wikipedia e.g. Where was such and such treaty signed.
If this is correct we may as well start up an ancient-history and local-history sites.
So what does everyone think. Private beta is the right time to decide. Then all off-topic questions should be closed to send a clear message.
What are the boundaries for this site?
Note also that local history was brought up as part of discussion in the definition phase and nobody said it was off topic.