For anyone already familiar with the Stack Exchange format, This one should be really easy.
A Stack Exchange-style Q&A generally forgoes questions that are overly subjective, argumentative, require extended discussion, or polling the community. While questions about political processes can raise a lot of controversy, this is not a discussion board or a debate forum.
Most political forums devolve into a lot of heated discussions, debate, and opinionated in-fighting that — while plenty entertaining — cause most forums to inevitably break down. If that is what you are looking for, there are plenty of forums to bring your topics of discussion.
We're going to try something a bit different
This political forum is a place for questions that can be answered with facts, references, or at least some semblance of personal expertise. Questions don't have to be "one correct answer" or even "completely objective", but they should certainly adhere to the concepts behind the blog post:
Good Subjective, Bad Subjective
Guidelines for Great Subjective Questions
- Great subjective questions inspire answers that explain “why” and “how”.
- Great subjective questions tend to have long, not short, answers.
- Great subjective questions have a constructive, fair, and impartial tone.
- Great subjective questions invite sharing experiences over opinions.
- Great subjective questions insist that opinion be backed up with facts and references.
- Great subjective questions are more than just mindless social fun.
If a question falls outside these guidelines, it should likely be closes as "not constructive." The description of that close reason is much more descriptive than the label itself.
This question is not a good fit for our Q&A format. We expect answers to be supported by facts, references, or specific expertise, but this question will likely solicit debate, arguments, polling, or extended discussion.
If that describes the question you are reading, close it as not constructive. But when you come across a question that doesn't fit these guidelines, please take the time to leave a some thoughtful comments describing why their question doesn't fit our particular style of Q&A.
It's not obvious how a Stack Exchange site works, and we're the odd man out here. Our facts-only learning ethos goes against how most debate-driven, political discussion forums operate, and we don't want to portray this site as a bunch of close-happy, censuring fascists.