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Most of the questions here are "my current car is broken?". I was wondering about including questions about automotive history. Things like "What are the key differences between a model A and Model T ford?". This might increase visits to the site, as well as attracting more car buffs.

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Most of the questions here are "my current car is broken?".

Well, yes, they're going to be: https://mechanics.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic

"What are the key differences between a model A and Model T ford?"

An open-ended question like this is hard to answer definitively. For example, what makes a difference "key"?

A more specific (and yet still "historical) question could be answered however. For example, if you were to ask "I can't seem to get a good oil seal on my Model A - were they always known to have poor oil seals?" (a problem similar to one faced by my neighbor: his vintage car was always known for poor oil seals so he has drip pans everywhere).

The chat room, however, has fewer restrictions and is a perfect place to bring up conversational topics or questions.

  • I posted What was the first mass production pickup? lets see what happens. – James Jenkins Mar 30 '14 at 10:36
  • The test question did not receive significant reaction; positive or negative attention. So on topic probably = yes. – James Jenkins Apr 3 '14 at 13:13
  • @JamesJenkins, are you asking me to flag it as off-topic? – Bob Cross Apr 3 '14 at 16:09
  • No, My question was if auto history was on topic, and there was not a clear rule about it. Based on response to the question here at meta, and the test question I posted. I think the answer is that auto history questions are on topic, assuming they are otherwise appropriate. – James Jenkins Apr 3 '14 at 16:40
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    Your test question passed the most important hurdle: it was answerable. "key differences between?" is open to interpretation. "Which one was first?" has a clear answer. – Bob Cross Apr 3 '14 at 16:48

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