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Can you reopen the question "What war crimes has Ukraine committed during the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine?"

Ok I removed the thing people made a big deal of. In my opinion there's nothing wrong with what I asked. It's like if there were some article or some passage in a textbook. What do I misunderstand? ...
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Announcing a “Graduation” election for 2022

Summary: Politics Stack Exchange will begin the nomination stage for an election on September 26th, as your “graduation” election as a result of having lost your beta label a while back. The timeline: ...
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Why is this question about the cause(s) of inflation in the US not primarily opinion based?

What is the reason for the high US inflation rate in 2022? Going over the answers, some of which were given in comments, I can summarize a few hypotheses: reduced competition during Covid shutdowns ...
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Why was this "unfriendly" flag declined?

I flagged the following comment on an answer Downvoted because you seem to misunderstand the word .... as "unfriendly or unkind." The flag was declined. Why? This comment was not to me. ...
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Politely, how can my question be made on-topic about Tucker Carlson producers?

I have a question about my Politics Stack Exchange post: Why does the FCC allow Gregg Re to produce Tucker Carlson? Why is my question off-topic? I want to legitimately know why the FCC can ban ...
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Is denying a violent event covered under "rude and abusive" flag?

I believe "denying a past violent event" is one of criteria for reporting harassment on Twitter. I can certainly understand that sentiment. But it's borderline. If there is clear and ...
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Would this question have been welcomed?

So I was keen to post this question here but was worried it would be considered too broad or something else (the ideas are agued from a linguistics perspective as well)? Would it have been welcomed?
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Is mentioning "historical Palestine" acceptable for this site?

This answer starts with: The answer is that it depends. What was historical Palestine is now divided into several geographic entities, each with its own jurisdiction and set of laws. Now, one can ...
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Downvoted and closed only since it was misunderstood as a pro-Russian question? Search for a better question for second try

This is about https://politics.stackexchange.com/questions/73161/how-could-the-nato-membership-of-turkey-and-the-usa-be-ended which was deleted just a few hours after coming to life - much too fast, ...
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2022 Graduation Election: Community Interest Check

UPDATE: Given the level or interest in an election expressed on this post, the Community Management Team has scheduled an election to start on September 26th. See more details on this post. Politics ...
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Are clever-sounding yet otherwise unproductive/unhelpful negative first comments directly under your questions a problem? Should we avoid them?

From time to time I see first comments under new questions that rather than suggest improvements or ask for clarification, feel to me to be more idle chit-chat with the effect of directing attention ...
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Why is my question nominated for closure?

I put up a question earlier today regarding the structure of California agricultural subsidies. My goal is to understand potential political issues with an obvious alternative to the current system. ...
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Would it be on-topic on Politics to ask whether video footage exists of Ukrainian celebration of the "Victory Day over Nazism in World War II"?

Would it be on-topic on Politics to ask whether video footage exists of Ukrainian celebration of the "Victory Day over Nazism in World War II"? All I could find in 30 mins of searching was ...
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Is connecting the Nazis with the "far right" a Code of Conduct violation?

Answering the question of how people can be convinced to not vote for the "far right", this answer states some reasons why voting for the far right is not very good: The far-right have a ...
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Why was the "What are major reasons behind giving legitimacy to religions & religious practices" question closed?

What are major reasons behind giving legitimacy to religions & religious practices The close reason states "off-topic" which is defined as: The primary purpose of this question appears ...
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Is asking about hypocritical behaviour off topic? (#2)

Follow up to the original question. I followed Ted Wrigley's template when asking this question: two sentences describing the behavior followed by "What factors caused this difference in approach?...
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Adding and editing tags

This is a reminder about adding or editing tags. Don't use tags that are not about your question. Again, the point of tags here is to help sort your question into clear, specific categories. Don't ...
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Are questions about ancient politics allowed? [duplicate]

The vast, vast majority of questions here are about contemporary politics, but the help center doesn't seem to include era as a criteria for topicality. Are questions on ancient politics allowed on ...
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Are questions about political influencers on topic?

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 ...
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Can A Country do X Questions - Off Topic?

I've seen a few questions along the lines of "Can a country do X". Most recently, this one. The answer to every single one of these is always going to be yes unless the following conditions ...
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Why are most "Why did country X...?" & "Why does country X think...?" left open yet if it's an individual it's closed (we can't get into their head)?

I'm just starting to understand what is and is not on-topic here and what is close-able, should be closed, leave-open-able and should be left open, so I'm hoping answers here will give me some more ...
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Help understanding the down voting on these two questions and the (hopefully temporary) closing of one

Have retired top US military officials become substantially more outspoken and cited on political issues in the last decade? sits at -4/+0. Somebody edited it, removing a key bit of the question then ...
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Are there any strong objections to the creation of the neutrality tag?

On Which of the BBC's postwar "many versions of neutrality" are candidates for one which "meets the competing needs of Kyiv and Moscow"? I have added a new neutrality tag. ...
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Should moderators single-handedly close questions based on their personal/subjective opinion?

Should moderators single-handedly close questions based on their personal/subjective opinion? Some moderators on this site practice closing questions that they judge to be off-topic without waiting ...
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Should SOME speculative questions be allowed in some very narrow set of circumstances?

This Russo Ukrainian war seems to defy all the rules, doesn't it? Now that it's been established that we don't even know who is in charge of the war, could it be a good time to make an exception to ...
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Usage guidance for the [power] and [power-sharing] tags?

I've just added the power tag to How do you explain Canada's Trudeau's power-sharing agreement to a five-year-old (American)? Power sharing is an important and distinctive element of many (but ...
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What is unclear about the TASS-Kremlin line question?

Does TASS have a disclosed direct line with the Kremlin? was closed as unclear. I have no idea how to clarify it more than I have done so already. Suggestions?
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Accidentally retracted my reopen vote on my question

I've voted to reopen this question. But accidentally I retracted my vote and can't vote to reopen again. Is there any solution to vote again?
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Discussion about my "opinion-based" question

Yesterday I asked the question "Is Vladimir Putin surrounded by yes-men?", which was promptly closed for being primarily opinion-based. I thought this one was worth a discussion. I'm ...
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Was this question incorrectly closed?

The question linked here Is NATO justified in treating the war in Ukraine as insurgency?. The stated reason for closure is The primary purpose of this question appears to be to promote or discredit a ...
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Do we want a Russo-Ukrainian war tag?

Note: I am using the term Russo-Ukrainian war because that is the term used on Wikipedia. Seeing as how we have quite a few questions on the war, do we want a tag for it? Having the tag will make it ...
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What is the best way to ask a genuine question when it is guaranteed to attract flame?

I'd like to ask a question in Politics.SE that, I promise, will be controversial because of its subject matter (yes, it's related to the Russo-Ukrainian war). My problem is that some of the answers ...
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Why was this answer deleted as "pro-Russian propaganda"?

The following answer to this question was deleted by moderators as "pro-Russian propaganda". Following the SE guidelines, I post it here for discussion, before appealing the moderators' ...
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Questions about the current attitude of Russians which might not be possible to answer accurately. Should I ask them?

I have some questions on my mind like: What portion of the Russian population is strongly pro-Putin? How has it developed over time? (Is it 70% pro Putin or 70% anti-Putin but do not dare to speak up ...
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Are accusations of "pro-russian propaganda" allowed by the comunity rules?

I am wondering whether the following statements adhere to the community rules: The self-answer appears to be the kind of pastiche seen on RT this year. This just makes it look like Russian ...
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Did you notice they've fixed the Generalist Badge?

https://politics.stackexchange.com/help/badges/15/generalist We got a bunch of new inductees, all of them exactly 26 minutes as I write this. I had wondered why it didn't have anyone yet ;-)
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Can we try to be more tolerant of, or provide better feedback to, naive newcomers wrt Ukraine questions?

Let's take this one, currently sitting at -4: Why doesn't any nuclear power country which is supporting Ukraine hand them a Nuclear Bomb? Now, it's, from my POV anyway, an extremely naive question. ...
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When are media sources considered propaganda and the questions citing them will be closed?

A single user with close privileges closed this question: What are the implications of the sabotage by Russian FSB of the plot to assassinate President Zelensky of Ukraine?. The stated reason in the ...
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Why the delete?

A diamond moderator deleted this answer For some reason a number of people commented based on the assumption that Antifa is US-based. But it's simply not the case. The "black block", as ...
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What measures are taken to protect the site from propaganda posts during the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine?

As you certainly noticed, there is currently a war going on in Ukraine. As you know, the first victim in every war is the truth. Organized and unorganized actors will fight online to control the ...
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Unverifiable questions

I remarked that many questions in this forum are closed as unverifiable (e.g., this one). I am aware that this is the standard policy, since Stack Exchange is intended to be Q&A community. However,...
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Kindly familiarize yourself with the details of the CC license before handling content licensed under its terms

I have made it very explicit in the comments and in a direct statement in a (now deleted) comment that I rejected suggestions made to this answer. A diamond moderator applied those changes anyway. ...
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Is asking about hypocritical behaviour off topic?

While I don't want to get into the specifics of the question or prolong the drama, I do want to ask about @divibisan's initial comment on the question. Honestly, it sounds like you just want to call ...
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Is saying another user is angry, argumentative and making "rude and condescending comments" when they are not an instance of "false flagging"?

I have an unsupportable hunch that many users here in Politics SE only skim the question posts and quickly move to the comments to see what others have said about the post instead. My concern is that ...
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Should a [term-limits] tag be created, or should that tag be made a synonym of [election-requirements]?

There are 29 questions that refer to "term limits" or "term limit"; some as a limitation on re-election. 20 questions "term limits" is:q 9 questions "term limit&...
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When should a politician have their own tag?

I was looking at china questions and it looks like we have a fair number of questions about Xi Jinping but no xi-jinping tag. I was thinking about creating one. We also have a fair number of questions ...
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Why has my question on Israel's response to Amnesty International's accusation of aparthied been closed?

My question asking why Israel's reaction to Amnesty International's accusation of aparthied has been 'hysterical', as reported by Haaretz , was closed by a moderator @Phillip as merely being 'personal ...
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Question labelled bad faith post without much reasoning

I had posted this question, it was closed with reason said that it is bad faith post. I am in disagreement with this, one of the replies hinted there maybe some underlying racism in my post, but I ...
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Why has my post on Maximal Wage Policies been accused of plaigarism when I've explicitly acknowledged Wikipedia as a source

My post on sectoral bargaining and maximal wage policies has been accused by the moderator JJJ of plagiarism when I've explicitly acknowledged within the post the source - Wikipedia. This isn't the ...
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What the heck (if anything) is wrong with my question asking for "fact-based arguments for and against"? Am I being given a hard time inappropriately?

There's a long series of comments under Fact-based arguments for and against President Biden's plan to appoint a black female to the US Supreme Court to Affirmative Action which really trouble me. ...
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