I've been somewhat active in the Politics.SE community for a few weeks now. I have personally learned a lot from my short time here and would very much enjoy seeing the community grow. One possible way of fostering this growth would be to make this site a better resource for common or even rudimentary questions about political processes, of the kind that might regularly be searched for on google. This could increase visitors to the site from search engines, interest in membership, and provide benefits to the world at large. It would also be a good resource for people posting answers to other questions on this site to be able to reference other answers to more rudimentary questions either to explain particular words or processes, or as recommended additional reading. I'll provide a few examples of the kind of questions that I'm talking about, but note that I'm not necessarily suggesting these questions specifically, because I have not actually checked to see if these specific questions already have answers here.
- How does a bill become law in the United States?
- What are the powers of the US President?
- What are the qualifications required to become the US President?
I reviewed the Help Center information regarding questions that should/shouldn't be asked, and felt that it was somewhat ambiguous on this topic. For instance, I could see this language in particular as precluding the asking of questions that the asker already knows the answer to:
...based on actual problems that you face
However, these types of questions seem very much within the scope of what's on-topic, specifically with respect to this language:
...for exchanging objective information about the policies, processes, and personalities that comprise the political arena.
I can see another potential concern being that some rudimentary political questions might encourage other poor questions to be asked. For example, I would probably agree that "What are the capitols of the 50 US States?" or "When was George Washington President?" are not a good fit for this site, and would encourage others to ask poor-quality questions despite being valuable in an encyclopedic sense. That's probably better left to Wikipedia.
However, assuming that the questions and answers are of high quality, do not promote behavior that would otherwise be considered unacceptable, and are generally factual/procedural in nature (i.e. not pushing an agenda or encouraging bias), would asking these kinds of questions with the intent of providing an answer to serve as a resource be acceptable?