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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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Affable Geek has passed away

I have learned today that one of our moderators, Affable Geek, has passed away. He was one of the best posters, if not the best poster at Politics.SE, and he was a great moderator. He will be missed....
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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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Can all questions asking about the Queen's decision-making be closed as duplicates?

There's a lot of questions on Politics.SE asking if the queen has any decision-making power: Did the supreme court overrule the monarch? Can the Queen of the United Kingdom appoint her successor? ...
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Notice: Macroeconomics is officially in scope

Having spoken with the awesome Jon Ericson, I can officially state that the proposal to put questions of macroeconomics in scope is the consensus among the Community Managers. To wit: I talked ...
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Can we devise a canonical question about US federal law vs State law?

@IllusiveBrian had a highly voted and (in my opinion) useful comment on this post about maternity leave laws in the US: I wonder if we need a canonical question explaining the role of the US Federal ...
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Merge [public-pensions] and [private-pensions] into [pensions]

Both existing tags have few questions associated with them yet there is no tag for pensions in general. Given that it is difficult to distinguish between the two in some countries* it might be better ...
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Make [trump] a synonym of [donald-trump]

I’ve come across a few questions that’s tagged with trump and I’ve retagged them with donald-trump. As such, can trump be made a synonym of donald-trump? (I have suggested this synonym at https://...
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What is the tag “social-politics” about?

I see we have this social-politics tag, but I have no idea what qualifies for that. There is "Social Politics" journal, but it's basically a feminist journal. Social Politics is a leading ...
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2018: 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, in ...
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Are antisemitic conspiracy theories against policy?

I flagged this answer as "rude or abusive". The flag reason states: A reasonable person would find this content inappropriate for respectful discourse. The linked policy states: Bigotry of any ...
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Question Edit invalidating existing answers

A recent edit to Has any of the US federal armed forces acted violently against civil movements / protesters? invalidates several answers with multiple upvotes. The original question had no date ...
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Notice: SHUTDOWN tag now available

I've noticed we've gotten several questions about the shutdown of the United States government. I think these deserve their own tag, so I've added it. It's probably good to have a separate stream ...
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2020 Community Moderator Election

The 2020 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks, ...
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Community Moderation

Flagging Rule-breaking posts is great, It helps the mods keep this place clean of spam and off-topic discussion. However, sometimes, you might not want to wait for a moderator to log on and handle ...
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Merge [free-trade] and [trade]

I think we should merge the free-trade and trade tags. The degree to which trade is "free trade" and who benefits from "free" trade is a big part of what discussions of trade are about. There might be ...
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Will there be a candidate questionnaire for the upcoming election?

The announcement for the pro tempore moderator elections says: For these elections, the candidate questionnaire is an optional feature that individual sites can choose if they want (example here). If ...
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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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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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How to ask a question section on Politics?

I am wondering if Politics.SE should have a section similar to How to ask from Stackoverflow. I have seen that many persons reviewing there are linking to this page when explaining what is wrong with ...
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Merge [tag:britain] and [tag:uk]

britain is not quite the same as the uk. For example, on Wikipedia, see Terminology of the British Isles, Glossary of names for the British, and British Isles naming dispute. Although some ...
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How to word “advantage/disadvantage” or “arguments for/against” questions?

There seems to be some disagreement about whether "What are the advantages and disadvantages of X?" questions are on-topic for this site, with, on the one hand, a number of questions being close-voted ...
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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 ...
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How should this closed question be changed in order to be sufficiently narrow

Update: The question has now been completely deleted. Can anybody please explain who did this and why? This question has been closed as too broad by the community. The only comment regarding the ...
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Would it be reasonable to add a Public Choice tag?

Public choice is the branch of economics which looks at (mostly democratic) government systems using economic logic ie: the ideas of rationality, utility maximization, and game theory etc. As a ...
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On the question “What is the success rate for non-violent revolutions” and why I consider it is not too broad or open

The question https://politics.stackexchange.com/q/981/130 has been closed by Robert Cartaino. Quoting his comment: This is a very broad, open question that isn't likely to be very quantifiable. As ...
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How should the [social-security] and related tags be used?

Background This question is somewhat related to (perhaps broader than) my previous Make [welfare] a tag synonym of [social-welfare]. It may also be related to the pensions tag. In this case, the ...
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when *only* adding tags, I see the “… must be at least 6…” message. why?

when I edit some questions like this, only adding tags, I see the "... must be at least 6..." message. why? Update. I want to add the "UK" for tags, here, but see the comment "... must be at least ...
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How much of a bump does this site get on nights when there's an election?

It seems like when election returns come in there is always a question or two, often from a first time user, who is displeased with the outcomes and is looking for some kind of explanation. It isn't ...
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Site self evaluations - are there any official rules/guidelines on how to assess a specific question

The meta post advertizing site evaluation seems to give very vague guidelines on how exactly we should judge a give Q&A when voting. It merely says: Let's try to look at this site through the ...
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How can we decrease the number of unanswered questions?

To be clear, the stats on Area 51 are not the gold standard in how a site is measured. Different sites have different criteria for "success," but that said, there is a stat that is bothering me. ...
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can we have a placeholder/FAQ/feedback mechanism for questions that we know the community is going to close?

Once again, we have a why doesn't the US do Communism question. It's by a new poster, and yes, all the usual reasons are going to be trotted out before closing. It may even be closed without any ...
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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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Clarifying topicality of a question about state media contents

After a question was closed I had a feeling I was not good in explaining its relevance to this Q&A site, but I might be wrong. So my actual question was why open source/open tech activities ...
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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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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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Do vague comment prompts and tooltips encourage rambling on Politics.SE?

Users can't resist general commenting on an answers' political orientation. Other users can't resist commenting on those comments, which are then treated as a user forum. Later, when this "forum" ...
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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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Which one to duplicate?

I am tempted to vote to re-open this question: What are the professional standards for FBI agents? Currently it is closed as a duplicate of this question: Are American FBI agents not allowed to ...
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How to deal with question which is a duplicate of another question on another SE?

This question is a duplicate of this question on history SE, however the Stack Exchange only allow to flag duplicate for questions on the same Stack Exchange. Is it considered fine to have two exact ...
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In an election year, should a candidate's possible handicaps, (or their attempts at concealment), be off-topic?

Let's imagine we're all magically transported back to 1932, and we're all on a pen-pal postcard based version of Politics.SE, with Philipp as our long suffering moderator. Somebody posts a question ...
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Haphazard comment moderation

I have noticed the standard for comment moderation has been lacking recently. Entire debates are allowed to develop under some answers while comments that provide specific suggestions on how to better ...
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Question failure

Questions and answers on Politics StackExchange are frequently highly-politicised. In an ideal world, when answers make testable claims, they should be backed up by references, and when deviation ...
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Flagged as duplicate when it is not

Why would this question be flagged as a duplicate when it is not? There are 3 differences: In the earlier question the weight is determined by the margin and in this system the weight is determined ...
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Why are we closing better question as a duplicate of worse question?

I'm not sure if it's a SE wide policy, or only on SFF, but I'm used to duplicate policy being that a question with superior answers (especially if question itself is superior) is NOT closed as a ...
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How to avoid opinionated debate in an advantage/disadvantage question?

I've just asked the question: What are the advantages and disadvantages of a politically appointed vs. permanent Civil Service? ... which I found very difficult to write in a way which was Not ...
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The meaning of being “impartial” in this website

If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all. – Noam Chomsky A question entitled "Why doesn't Israel want an independent investigation of Gaza ...
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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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Requests for Reopen & Undeletion Votes

There is a similar popular question at MSE. The purpose of this thread is to help focus the attention of the community on posts that may require exceptional handling. This includes requests for ...