I'm see a whole lot of comments being deleted in this SE site compared to most of the rest. I can only offer my opinion, but I find that a turn off. Politics is going to naturally be a chatty area of SE and the chattiness helps inform a lot of the answers, IMHO. Thoughts?
I respectfully disagree. There are plenty of places on the Internet to get "chatty" about politics. We're trying to do something different.
Many folks felt that Politics could not work within the Stack Exchange format. We saw it as a wonderful opportunity to create a unique resource that hasn't already been done thousands of times by every other site on the subject.
For folks accustomed to traditional forums, it's not always obvious how a Stack Exchange site works. Most political forums involve a lot of discussions, disagreement, and heated debate; plenty entertaining — but that isn't really what we do.
Politics SE is a place for questions that can be answered with facts, references, or at least some semblance of personal expertise. Admittedly, not every question is suitable for a Stack Exchange-style Q&A. Sometimes our facts-only learning ethos goes against how debate-driven, political processes operate. But I'm not willing to cede that Politics doesn't belong in Stack Exchange at all.
But in response to your assertion —
If we're going to make Politics work in this format, we have to be extra vigilant against turning this into a general discussion forum. So when on-going discussions or debates gather around a post, they have to be removed. If the post absolutely needs these discussions, then it isn't likely a very good fit for our format. It's one or the other. Stack Exchange is not a discussion forum.
I'm sorry you found deleted comments off-putting. One thing the moderating community has to understand — Stack Exchange is a strange place and, in terms of how the Internet typically operates, we're the odd man out here. That's why I ask the folks here to, please, take the time to leave a thoughtful comment describing why some questions and comments simply do not fit our particular style of Q&A. We don't want to portray this site as a bunch of close-happy, censuring fascists.
But the alternative to forgoing vigilant community self-moderation is not having this site at all.
It think the problem is the questions that are being allowed.
The boilerplate FAQ states:
You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face. Chatty, open-ended questions diminish the usefulness of our site and push other questions off the front page.
We are getting quite a few questions that seem designed to generate discussion:
Are there any non religous reasons to oppose ____? This to me is the absolute definition of not constructive. When quality answers are given to it they are downvoted not because the answer is wrong but because they do not like those positions. Even though the answer does not say that it is the position of the poster. In addition the OP argues the validity of the positions with the answer's poster in comments. A position is valid when a person hold that position. Even if you disagree with the arguments that position uses.
If Supreme Court rules against X, how will that affect Y? This is hypothetical since we have no idea how the SC will rule specifically. There is no one right answer to this question. And once a decision is made then the question is out of date.
Why does political group X have Y views? There is nothing constructive about this type of question. A group is made up of many people which may have many different reasons for wanting a given policy. Not only that it assumes that group X actually has Y view. A few of the questions assume a fact that I disagree with the accuracy of the claim.
I am reluctant to engage in this community for the most part because of the amount of non-constructive content that is being generated. I have asked a few questions and all I have gotten was spin. The whole point of asking here is to understand and get through the spin. If we can not do that then I do not see how this site is any better than all the other political forums on the internet.