It seems we get those once in a while, probably from the same person who might troll with other topics, but I don't see a horrible reason why the Somalia-homicide-rate question itself needs to go. It would probably be better if a mod managed to find the instance that was actually answered (I vaguely recall there was one answered), undeleted that one, so we could just close these new ones as duplicates. Perhaps having a "canonical answer" for that question might stop its reappearance.

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I can only find two instances of this question on Politics Stack Exchange:

A comment on the first instance claims that the author asked the same question on other SE sites. But I can not verify that because the only link they posted 404s (for me - maybe it's a deleted question I can not view due to insufficient reputation on Skeptics.SE).

Both questions are closed and got lots of downvotes. The first one was deleted through delete-votes from the community. The second one also got 2 delete votes already, and some people wanted to accelerate the deletion by flagging it as "rude or abusive" (which I declined, by the way - the question might not be a good one, but that doesn't make it "rude or abusive"). Update: Now it's also deleted through community votes.

It appears to me that the community clearly does not consider this a useful on-topic question for this site, so I see no reason to undelete either of them.

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    I flagged it as rude and abusive because it was rude and abusive. It’s bad-faith trolling about homicide rates in the United States. Mar 12, 2020 at 10:10
  • That link does indeed go to a question that was deleted from Skeptics. I'm sure it's been asked there multiple times as well, but I don't have links to any other copies.
    – F1Krazy
    Mar 12, 2020 at 10:58
  • Interestingly enough, mod yannis had undeleted (by himself) that 1st question, before it was deleted again... when the user asking it was deleted (I guess the latter happened because they were identified as a troll or sockpuppet.)
    – Fizz
    Mar 12, 2020 at 11:36
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    It has indeed been asked a lot at skeptics; feels like at least once a month for months now. Here is the most recent one from today.
    – tim
    Mar 12, 2020 at 21:13

I voted the post as Rude/Abusive because, in addition to the Somalia question that has popped up at least five times that I know of between Skeptics and Politics, it also came from a user with a bog-standard Fascism troll question.


If the community decides that a post is from the holocaust/fascism troll, I really wish the user would get blown away instead of leaving them to wander around and post stuff like this.

EDIT: Beg pardon, these are technically two separate users.

https://politics.stackexchange.com/users/30458/jay is the user named Jay that posted the fascism question previous. They were delted.

https://politics.stackexchange.com/users/30667/jay is the user named Jay that showed up after the previous Jay's deletion, just a week later, by an astounding coincidence, and started posting one of the three brands of repeat troll subject questions on their first day.

  • Yeah, had a feeling who that might be, but they managed a semi-intelligible question on the Somalia issue... unlike quite a few other one-lines we've seen.
    – Fizz
    Mar 12, 2020 at 13:49
  • The same user's posts on other SE sites seem to support the view of them being a troll as well.
    – F1Krazy
    Mar 12, 2020 at 13:50
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    @F1Krazy: some their newer question on econ are at least slighly more funny than what they ask here economics.stackexchange.com/questions/34389/…
    – Fizz
    Mar 12, 2020 at 13:54

I don't think a canonical answer would be useful.

On its face, the homicide rate of Somalia is not a question about politics, but a trivial question about statistics, so it should be closed as off-topic.

OP is likely trying to make a political point, but that's not what questions are for.

Because of the persistent troll effort around this issue, I also don't think that it's unreasonable to flag such questions for moderator attention.

  • To some extent I agree, but it turns out those are WHO statistics and more precisely proxy models rather than actual/direct statistics. If I ask "why is the WHO estimate of Somalia's homicide rate so low?" it could be construed as a question about the activity of a UN "sub-organization" (the WHO), which not quite outside the realm of topic one can ask on this site.
    – Fizz
    Mar 12, 2020 at 23:59

Here's the "question" on Skeptics.SE:

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Note that this was closevoted by four individuals.

According to this comment by F1Krazy, "OP has been suspended for a year for "rule violations" (couldn't tell you what those were) so we'll be waiting a while.". The user (user50236) indeed has since been destroyed/deleted/whatever.

Comparing the homicide rate in the US with third-world countries (especially non-white ones) was popular with Trump a while ago, and questions that aren't genuinely asking a question but instead are trying provoke an emotional reaction should be deleted. (Oh, and I just noticed while looking at the screenshot that it refers to the chan sites, yay).

Should we be providing a canonical answer? Well, firstly, I'd like fringe claims to be handled in Skeptics.SE rather than politics.SE. Secondly, websites with statistics on homicide are fairly common - any questions would likely be so googleable that our own answer would be redundant. Thirdly, I don't want sockpuppets of banned users to be able to keep their posts on SE, let alone going to the effort of creating a canonical question for them.

  • Frankly the way the question was asked here P.SE, when it turns out that I had answered it (I honestly could not remember if I just commented or did more), did not strike as being like you describe. "am just asking based on this, <wikipedia link> It says 6000 killed over ten years in a population of 14 million. That's a homicide rate of 4/100k. Is that a good estimate of Somalias homicide rate?" Based on their subsequent comments, the OP seemed genuinely intrigued by the small figure and didn't bring up the US at all at least here on P.SE.
    – Fizz
    Mar 12, 2020 at 11:26

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