Given the volatile nature of the topic, Politics.SE has done a great job so far of keeping out most of the subjective discourse. However, we’re choosing to extend your private beta for a week to give you more time to set and solidify a productive scope and tone on the site.
Politics are often personal, and people hold onto their beliefs with an intense fervor. This is great for driving passion and interest in the topic, but it can also lead to sites about this topic becoming a hotbed of discussions that are often wholly not constructive.
We want to see this site succeed. To that end, I think you all need to push for, encourage, and use citations more. There’s a great discussion on establishing a “back it up” rule here -- something that’s worked out well on several other sites where unsubstantiated opinions ran wild -- before opening this up to the world. It would be nice to see a bit more input on that and some of the other discussions surrounding these issues, such as:
- How to word “advantage/disadvantage” or “arguments for/against” questions?
- Are people voting along political lines?
- How to avoid opinionated debate in an advantage/disadvantage question?
Check out the Good Subjective, Bad Subjective blog post and in particular strive for questions that hit points 1, 3, and 5:
- Great subjective questions inspire answers that explain “why” and “how”.
- Great subjective questions have a constructive, fair, and impartial tone.
- Great subjective questions insist that opinion be backed up with facts and references.
You are already doing an excellent job of closing questions that aren’t constructive or which tend toward discussion and opinion. Keep that up! Edit questions to seek factually correct answers, and do as much as possible to shut down questions that are open-ended and hypothetical.
We will check back in a week's time. I'm confident that we will see great progress. You can do it!