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Why was my question on Male Genital Mutilation deleted?

This DOESN'T duplicate Why was my question on Male Genital Mutilation closed as a duplicate? which only asks why my question was closed as a duplicate. In general duplicates aren't deleted. If you ...
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Should US State specific tags exist?

Should we have tags for specific US States? We definitely have questions about state laws and politics, but I'd argue that having individual tags for each state is too localized. Here are some state ...
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Are bureaucracy and civil service synonyms?

If so, should tags bureaucracy and civil-service be merged?
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What do people think of the dozens of tag-only edits of old questions?

Over the past few days, one user (Rodrigo de Azevedo) has been editing dozens of old questions and primarily adding new tags. What does the community think of this? One the one hand, accurate tagging ...
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Why was my question on Male Genital Mutilation closed as a duplicate?

I asked this question: Why does the UK have Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003, but not Male Genital Mutilation Act? but despite explaining why it was not a duplicate, it still got closed without any ...
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Why was this question about US handling of the Covid-19 outbreak removed from the hot network questions list?

This question was removed from the HNQ list with only a short notice "Needs detailed answers". Why not "protect" it instead of entirely removing it from the HNQ? After being edited and reopened, it ...
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Politics/Medical Science - Unmigrate

Poor Countries response to Covid-19 has been migrated to Medical Science. The answer that has been posted so far asks for it to be brought back, and this could easily turn into some sort of ping-pong ...
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Why were my comments about the Dershowitz question inappropriate?

In How did Alan Dershowitz end up on Trumps' legal team? , the question was two sentences long. I posted a comment, asking whether Trump has a bad record on civil liberties, because the question ...
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Please VTD “questions” that are blog posts about Covid-19

I won't name a particular user here, although I do have one in mind as the prime example, but as general note: some users turn their questions (sometimes after they are answered) into [fairly long] ...
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Comment was deleted but not understanding why

Comments in my understanding should provide more details on the question, ask for more details, and overall build on the question. My comment was just deleted and not understanding how it didnt fit. ...
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What, specifically, was rude or abusive about this answer?

This answer was deleted for being spam or rude or abusive. What specific content was spam or rude or abusive? https://politics.stackexchange.com/a/51123/5971
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Non-edits push the question into the reopen queue. What to do about it?

This question got pushed into the reopen queue with two non-edits. Hitting the Leave Closed button is not a big deal, but it is strange that the system allow such (non-)edits. Q: Non-edits push the ...
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@Philipp moderator seems to be into showing his attitude a bit too much. Am I missing something?

I am not a contentious type of person. Maybe I'm missing something. But here are two examples. 1) I asked this question, but it appeared to some users as too broad. Since this concept of "broadness" ...
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Should questions & answers suggesting the US may have released COVID-19 as a bioweapon really be censored?

Here, someone asked the following question : On March 18th, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China announced new measures that would be implemented against several ...
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Is it possible to put date/time limits on answering/editing old questions?

Given the time-dependent nature of many of the questions on this site, would it be possible to restrict some old questions so that they don't float back to the top of the "Recently Active" list? I'm ...
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Direct Applicability v. Direct Effect

5 votes closed Direct Applicability v. Direct Effect as it "needs to be more focused". How can I focus it pls? Did you want me to quote less? I'm afraid of quoting less as you may require more ...
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What is the appropriate tag for travel bans, in general?

Despite all the tags we currently have, I'm having trouble tagging questions about travel bans in a way that doesn't generate disputes/comments under the questions. We currently have immigration (as ...
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Question(s) about homicide rate in Somalia

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 ...
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Should judicial oversight of the UK executive be increased?

I don't want down or close votes! Thus before I post, can you pls comment or review this candidate post? LMK how I can improve it! Thanks. Title - Should judicial oversight of the UK executive be ...
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Why can't I change the text of an UNANSWERED question?

How useful is Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019 to HK protesters? is open, and has no answers. Parliament v. Crown in Parliament, Parliament v. Queen in Parliament were closed as ...
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Should the [echr] tag be about the European Convention on Human Rights or the European Court of Human Rights?

After editing the wiki for echr (which I assumed to be about the European Convention on Human Rights) I noticed that both question so tagged are about the European Court of Human Rights. Both ...
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Moderator Philipp selectively deleting on-topic comments on answer

I and others made some comments on this answer addressing specific points in it to make it less misleading for future readers. This is explicitly on-topic and allowed. However, moderator Philipp ...
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How should we deal with tags that refer to individuals?

This answer from 2016 seems to suggest that tags of this kind are meta-tags and should be deleted. Should we apply this logic to the current individual-specific tags, or should we allow them in ...
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Was I wrong to VTC this question?

This question asks for what would happen in a "hypothetical scenario" in which presidential elections were suspended or otherwise could not take place in the US due to a coronavirus pandemic. I ...
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conflict between 'good answer' and 'popular answer'

So this is mostly about this particular question. It has been very popular for a few days and both the question and several of the answers have gotten more upvotes than most other question on politics ...
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Should Politics.SE have custom badge images?

Many sites in the Stack Exchange network have custom badge images, for example Game Development, Puzzling, & User Experience. Should Politics.SE also implement this feature when we leave Beta? If ...
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Should we remove this potential abuse of bounties?

This question has attracted 4 close votes. As I agree it should be closed (and even deleted), I casted a close vote as well. I was surprised to see: This question has an open bounty and cannot be ...
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Should we allow questions where we are attempting to apply the term “fascist” to a modern political figure?

Related to Why are we closing questions for being susceptible to opinion on a site about politics? but focused on a broader question raised by it. We have this question about Donald Trump, which is ...
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What's the question with the most downvotes here that nevertheless was not closed (nor deleted)?

When asking this meta-question, I'm motivated by the recent "Is Donald Trump a fascist?" (currently +17 / -14) and also by "Why is the US so politically right-wing?" (+9 / -7 right now). But the first ...
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Why are we closing questions for being susceptible to opinion on a site about politics?

This question about fascism and President Trump was closed and deleted because "answers will tend to be almost entirely based on opinions, rather than facts, references, or specific expertise". This ...
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How does Politics SE define a decade / century / millennium? '0-'9 or '1-'0?

I have seen a lot of questions involving a "decade": How did the US approval ratings in the Middle East change over the last two decades? Did the Greek economy contract more than Syria's ...
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Should book recommendation questions be on-topic?

Are questions simply asking for recommendations for books on a (political) topic on topic for this site? I am aware that this has been discussed before here and here but as far as I can tell this was ...
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Called immoral, question removed

In reference to this question: https://politics.stackexchange.com/questions/50064/ Asking for the name of an alleged whistleblower cited in a public record is not "immoral". It's prime to questions ...
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How can I edit this question to be more factual

How could impeachment attorneys have answered Lemar Alexander's question factually? I've made an edit to clarify I'm looking for the factual answers, can it be improved on? House impeachment ...
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I'm stepping down as a moderator of Politics.SE

In recent months, the Stack Exchange has shown that it's not really community run anymore. My concern started with the capricious de-modding of Ceillo for simply asking questions about a proposed ...
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Aren't controversial posts too rewarding?

While the reputation system is really helpful creating an automatic moderation and hierarchy, it also often appeals very rewarding to the human brain to see those numbers going up and gaining more ...
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Would this US Supreme Court question be on-topic here and likely to receive an answer?

In Law SE I've asked Between 1984 and 1994 US Supreme Court filings almost doubled but arguments nearly halved. Why? eighteen days ago. It was well received (+5 with 33 views) but so far not even a ...
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What can be done to correct abuse of the voting and question-closing system?

This question is timely, relevant, concise, clear and well-referenced. It has received six upvotes, six downvotes and two close votes. It's not even partisan - it simply repeats information from ...
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Is it time for this site to move out of Beta?

The site meets or exceeds most Area 51 criteria, particularly on users and traffic. There is a healthy number of established 20k+ users. The site is well-moderated (and very actively so). It is now ...
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Please delete this answer

(Question) (Answer) (VLQ and NAA flags, why was the VLQ declined?) The answer doesn't seem to answer the question, and even it might be an answer, it looks dirty and needs to be ...
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Is there any difference in [history] and [political-history]?

While political history is on-topic we have two tags history - 108 questions Questions on the history of politics, political action and political debate, as well as historical political figures, ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Question vs Presentation

Fresh off the current close list is a question about a US watch list of religious freedom. Now the question clearly had a position to push, the length surrounding detail section made it quite clear ...
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“Not an answer” flag declined for eventually deleted answer

I see this declined flag in my flag history. This is related to this answer which got deleted (not sure if that related to my flag or not). That answer did not look like a proper answer, but a decent ...
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What should we do with minor edits related to changing a neutral-pronoun to singular they?

I have met with this edit twice during review. It boils down to changing a neutral pronoun to singular they. First time I thought this edit made next to no improvement (I know some other reviewer ...
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Questions about Political Science that happen to explore Stack Exchange should stay on the main site, rather than being moved to meta

My question was recently moved to meta. Note though that it is focused on scientific knowledge. There is no intent to poll the meta users or participate in the meta processes. If this is unclear, I ...
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How (and how much) does Meta influence the underlying site?

I would like this question not to be answered or voted on while it is located on meta, please. I believe it is off topic, and I would like to avoid a "discussion". I may be even removing it later. ...
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On-topic page is unclear

See here. This paragraph, first sentence: Processes are central to legislation is made. Questions seeking to understand the rules and processes by which policy is made in various legislatures or ...
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How did this edit improve the post?

I have stumbled across this edit in the queue and I do not understand what is the improvement here. I decided to skip it (normal action when not knowing what to do), but I see it eventually got ...
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community stewardship

I have a number of questions/answers which I think are high quality, but which have attracted more down-votes than up votes. If they are also closed by the usual suspects, should I delete them? I ...

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