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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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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 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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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 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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Are overly specific questions on-topic here?

For example, I have queries regarding a specific US Senate special election in Alabama in the 1930s? Specifically, I hope to get more information on the candidates and their vote shares. Can I check ...
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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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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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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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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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Where are users located

Is there anyway to get a general idea of where in the world the user base is located? Looking for the possibility of breaking it down percentage wise in order to get a better understanding of how much ...
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Execution plan for implementing the [local-autonomy] tag

Execution plan for implementing local-autonomy. See, If the goal of [secession] is to gain [independence], is it necessary to have both tags? To allow time for objections to be made, I will make no ...
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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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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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Request for a tag to be removed

The tag political is redundant and should be removed, considering the entire site is about politics. This tag simply encourages not being specific about the purpose of a question in the tags and ...
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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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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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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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What online reference atlases/maps would be useful to point out geographical features?

(Not exactly sure how well this plays with the intent for references and general-reference tags on Meta here, but it seems like a worthwhile question. Or at least one that's been bugging me for a ...
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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 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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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 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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Should [political-commentary] be made a synonym of [media]?

There are three questions tagged political-commentary. Is there any reason politicians don't talk about internal affairs while abroad? How should one address concerns to a parliamentary ...
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Should I reopen the question or should some other action be taken?

Concerning the question Why does double jeopardy not apply to impeachment?, which I closed as a duplicate — The Constitution does not allow citizens to be tried for the same crime twice except for ...
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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 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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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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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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How can I improve this question about police reform?

I asked a question that I was advised to narrow down, and after initially found the suggestion frustrating since it's a question that's difficult to ask in a narrow, succinct way. It's a big topic, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Rename the [25th-amendment] to the full [twenty-fifth-amendment]

Right now, there are 8 tags about specific amendments in the US constitution. All of those, except the 25th-amendment use the word, instead of the number. It would be more consistent to rename the tag ...
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Can we ask non political questions that have a huge political implication?

Why people with rich parents have higher SAT scores? The question is closed for not being political. However, the issue is political. If rich kids have good SAT scores because SAT scores take into ...
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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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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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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 ...