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For example, Scott Adams has had a daily podcast for many years now on topics which usually revolve around politics.

He is best known as the author of the Dilbert comic strip.

But he has been very influential in the political discourse in the US. He's been politically associated with former President Trump, Fox News host Gregg Gutfeld and a number of other political figures.

Would questions about his political views be on topic for this site?

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  • One has to draw a line somewhere on notability. Otherwise, every commentator in every local newspaper or on Instagram or somewhere else would be regarded as a political influencer. Here, it would probably depend on how many people really know about the political views of Scott Adams. I know the Dilbert comics, but that's it. Maybe these questions can be made more about the issue itself and less about the specific persons who just happen to express them. Commented Apr 19, 2022 at 10:56

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I disagree with Rick's answer. In particular

The role of influencers is to "promote or discredit political causes ...", a close reason.

Every politician does the same thing, promotes or discredits something. So by that logic, question about politicians would be off-topic too.

That close reason applies to questions themselves, not to whether indirectly the topic of the question is about someone who does such things for a living.


As for the actual question at hand here, it's more debatable. See my previous question about Fox News personalities. By far the top-voted answere there (by agc) was:

Popular pundits should be considered as political opinion journalism. Its value as a topic here would be in proportion to what's said is:

  • verifiable. Pundit asserts that a candidate is secretly a lizard-man, because of evidence X,Y, and Z. Questions about X,Y, and Z should be OK, even though we're skeptical that lizard-men exist.

  • measurable. Pundit usually screams with rage whenever a certain politician's name is mentioned, but coos with pleasure when a rival is named. Questions about the average decibel contrast between respective screams and coos should be allowed.

  • acted upon. Pundit promotes anti-lizard-man bill, which becomes law due to Pundit's popularity. Questions about implementation, costs, and effects of said law should be allowed.

You can easily apply that reasoning to influencers who might not be (self-styled) pundits.

I thinks what was left unsaid in that answer, and so what some (perhaps most) would consider off-topic are questions about the media careers of the pundits/influencers themselves. E.g. some sex scandal about a politician is usually on-topic. The same kind of scandal about a CNN or Fox News anchor/pundit is perhaps not on-topic here.

Likewise, we have a tag about political theory here, and such questions are on-topic, even if they sometime involve ideas or works of political scientists rather than those of politicians. But the academic careers of political scientists are probably off topic (and I can't remember anyone even wanting to ask a question like that here.)

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Are questions about political influencers on topic?

Generally, no. The role of influencers is to "promote or discredit political causes ...", a close reason. I find it difficult to imagine a question about an influencer's view that would be on-topic.

The distinction between influencers and politicians is that politicians present their views in ways that are actionable, such as legislation. It is the action, or the possibility thereof, that creates "The end result of conflicting egos working themselves out through matters of policy." as noted in the help center.

However, if one has a specific question about an influencer's view, that question may be asked in the sandbox. A positive response to such a question could prove interesting.

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