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What is the reason for deleting this users' answer at “Is paying for ex-staff's silence a legal use of campaign funds?”

What is the reason for deleting this users' answer - twice - at Is paying for ex-staff's silence a legal use of campaign funds? The answer directly states "No" there is no evidence of "illegal" ...
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How is this nearly 100-upvotes question not an opinion fest?

What is the capitalist answer to automation? Just look at the answers... anything from crystal balling various futures to saying capitalism doesn't have an answer. What makes this a good question? (...
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Less pejorative tag for “commie plot” questions?

One of the more paranoid cold war devices in the American rhetorical armamentarium is the accusation of a given reform being a "Communist Plot". This device has been so overused and successfully ...
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Feature request: Automated renaming suggestions for users with generic number names?

Many people are bad at remembering names, but are much worse with arbitrary numbers. Several users here have names of the form <$common string$><#arbitrary number#>. Suppose I'm ...
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What makes this a bad question?

A user on this site has had a bad experience with posting questions. Apparently it is improving a little as there is a new question from the same poster. The question currently has two close votes....
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Stop the hate, please [closed]

This is both for the community and some of the moderators. Please, stop acting as if lack of criticism for certain topics is in itself a reason to attack people. You are turning this site into a ...
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Should we explicitly disallow “has X happened before” questions?

There are some minority of them that are legit and good questions. But from my observations: A vast majority of them seem to (and many clearly are) attempts to merely present one political side or ...
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How to avoid having questions about legislation moved to Law.SE?

I asked a question about SCOTUS and the power given to Congress based on their decision of a particular case, but it was moved to Law.SE shortly after I posted. I was told by a moderator that: This ...
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Rude and Abusive? Why?

There was an answer provided by this question Who voted for Arthur J. Jones the neo-Nazi Republican candidate for Illinois's 3rd congressional district? That was deleted by a Moderator. The ...
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Fairly upvoted question that is mostly a conspiracy theory

I'm talking about How does the discrepancy between exit polls and results in recent US elections compare to pre-electronic machine margins? (And you should really read the original form.) A ...
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please, stop assuming that you can NEVER prove a negative

It's always possible to answer a closed-ended question in the negative. An obvious example would be "are you the Queen of England?" You can answer it in the negative unless you, of course... you get ...
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In what respect is a comment correcting an erroneous attempted improvement not constructive?

Suppose an answer says foo is bar because of fact #1. User Hardy comments in good faith: fact #1 is not true on days beginning with T, according to the famous Professor Wiser's work in the 1960s. ...
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Experimenting with depoliticizing politics

This site is probably in the most unique position to examine how belligerent people get when discussing topics on which there is much more room to disagree than there is room to agree. People's ...
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Personal scandals topple leaders and the ambitious so why close gossip/scandal questions?

Somebody just asked Why did Jemima Goldsmith divorce Irman Khan?, which at least 4 closers feel is too low a question for Politics.SE -- their rationale is probably quite idealistic or academic. (...
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How often does the automatic question ban happen?

How often does the automatic question ban happen? I read through the answer to this question about "question bans" and it seemed to me that the automatic algorithm could be gamed by a group of 5 to ...
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How do we handle opinionated non-answers posted as answers?

The Situation I flagged this answer for moderator intervention and provided this reason: This answer appears to be personal opinion, rather than a factual answer to a question. The flag was ...
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How to proceed if I think an answer deleted by owner is valuable?

This question contains an answer that was deleted by owner. Besides a lack of references I think this answer deserves to be visible, so I am wondering how to proceed to make it visible for all (not ...
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What is the rationale for the “question ban” for user guest271314?

You have reached your question limit Sorry, we are no longer accepting questions from this account. See the Help Center to learn more. How can I get out of a question ban? Begin by ...
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why was my comment erased?

Why was the comment "none of this provides a clear factual answer to the question" to the answer here erased? It does fit.
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How could I have handled this answer better?

This answer was posted earlier: https://politics.stackexchange.com/a/32156/3169 I left a comment for the poster, a new user here on SE, letting them know about the back-up up policy. I feel like ...
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What are some examples of text to use for common comments?

There are many comments I find myself leaving often. Probably the most common is a reminder to back up answers, but "be nice", "one question per question", and "visit the help page" all come up ...
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Is it OK to vote to close and answer a question at the same time?

Currently, this question has something peculiar: a user has voted to close it and also provided (a good) answer. I have seen this a few times, but cannot find another example. It seems quite strange ...
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Is this potential policy question on topic?

Before I invest time into getting sources and asking a well defined question, I want to make sure this question is on topic. I saw this BBC article describing how six figure salaries in San Francisco ...
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How do I ask a great political theory question?

We have almost 200 political-theory questions. These questions focus on political theory, whether that be moral philosophy (ethical) questions or ones that involve scientific theory. My experience ...
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Can I use the StackExchange logo to promote the site?

I'm going to be attending a political science conference. The conference has some panels dedicated specifically to graduate students. I thought it would be neat to promote Politics.SE to the grad ...
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Was the act of deletion for a unlikely Racist slur itself also an act of unintentional racism?

Note: the links below won't work for users without enough reputation points to read deleted answers. I've used '___' to obscure a term the moderator believes to be a slur. Phillip's comment provides ...
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Term Limits for Moderators

In a follow up to this question moderator involvement was discussed, and it was noted that moderators are elected, seemingly for life. While another post deals with adding additional new moderators, ...
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How to avoid primarily opinion-based holds?

This question was put on hold for being primarily opinion-based. According to the help section, subjective questions (as this one has apparently been deemed) should: insist that opinion be backed ...
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Why is this answer so controversial?

This answer has proved to be highly controversial. At time of writing, it had the most up-votes of any answer to the question (10), but also 7 down-votes. In the comments there are two minor quibbles ...
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Should Politics SE ask to be part of the suggest Improvement experiment

All the details are here: https://workplace.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/5320/experiment-running-a-comment-by-any-other-name TL;DR; Changing the link from saying add a comment to suggest ...
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Is this considered within bounds of “be nice” policy? If so, why?

Quoting a comment (emphasis mine): There is no such thing as a "bad" question. There is a such thing as nitpicking critics that parse questions and answers to satisfy their own peer-pressure or ego ...
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Is it OK to keep a dead link within a post?

This question contains several references, but one of them is "dead" (dead link). Someone pointed out the broken link, but OP refused to remove it. My first intention was to edit the post and keep ...
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Nuts and bolts policy questions are getting migrated

Questions about the details of public policy are being migrated. For example, I asked this question about SSI. It's a real-world issue of public importance. However, it was migrated to Money.SE. Why ...
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Isn't a 1 year suspension a bit excessive?

I don't know the details involved in what led to a particular user's suspension, but I did notice that after the expiration of his previous 1 year suspension, he managed to earn another 1 year ...
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How does the community bot determine that a question needs more attention?

We very rarely see featured questions in this community so to my surprise I found a rather old question had been bumped up and was interested to see who was bumping it. Why is India gradually ...
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Is it acceptable to make your own question which is similar to a subjectively worded question instead of making a hard edit to that question?

I saw this question and thought about how I could improve it into an on topic objective question. I ended up writing this question as a separate question. Was that an appropriate course of action? The ...
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Recommendations for Yes/No questions that can only be definitively answered for one outcome?

I've noticed several questions that have a similar pattern, and I'm interested to get opinions on how they should be handled or possibly improved. Basically, they are questions seeking to know if some ...
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Why is this question off-topic?

A user asked this today: "Who negotiated the release of prisoners from North Korea" And it was closed for being off-topic. Why? It seems like an objectively verifiable question to me. Was there a ...
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What tag should I use for these questions about political organization?

I've recently posted somequestions about political organizations: In U.S. local politics, what is the relationship between a campaign and a party? Where do local political parties get their revenues? ...
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Is it acceptable to ask questions with obvious answers as a means of improving the community?

I've been somewhat active in the Politics.SE community for a few weeks now. I have personally learned a lot from my short time here and would very much enjoy seeing the community grow. One possible ...
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Does serial close voting by tag matter?

During my review of close votes I have noticed that there is a significant fraction of questions tagged israel (example 1, example 2). All these questions seemed fine for me and for the community as ...
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Are answers that provide complementary information welcomed?

This comment made me wonder if Politics.SE encourages answers that do not directly address the question, but provide interesting complementary information that helps users better understand the ...
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Can a question's author prevent typo edits by invoking Creative Commons?

A user has twice erroneously rolled back a corrective typo edit and argues that an edit: ...implicitly creates the impression that I endorse the new wording and, by doing so, violates the last ...
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What is wrong with this answer?

The question asks why people think ganja should be legal. One of the strongest arguments that is repeated again and again and again is that ganja is simply not dangerous. What policy arguments do ...
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Should naive, but technically correct questions be closed?

During close review process I came across this question and I did not know what to do (I skipped it): it sounds kind of silly (thus many downvotes), but it seems to be technically correct (it is about ...
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If an unsatisfactory answer inspires comments by others that taken as a whole answer the question, should I mark it as answered?

Consider an answer that's only partially satisfactory, but neglects some essential factor. Comments ensue, which resolve the neglected factor, so that the answer and comments, when taken as a whole, ...
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Should there be a revision history for comments?

As a long time reader but only a recent member, I have often found the arguments in comments to be helpful. They help to shape future answers and often the questions themselves and are useful to ...
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If, (and only if), there were professional trolls and moles here, what if anything should be done?

OFF TOPIC note: This question is hypothetical, therefore comments and answers disputing its hypothesis are off topic. That is, while the question of "Are there actually any trolls and moles here?" ...
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What is the Politics site optimised for?

The Politics site inherits an administrative culture that has worked well for StackOverflow, a site for professional-grade coders who have problems that need solving right now and are requesting a ...
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Audit trail of changes to questions

A question was asked that requested a a certain style of answer which I attempted because it exposed the difficulties in a way that interested me. Subsequently the question was edited and the ...