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The question you're asking is designed to solicit opinions or best-practices on a particular topic, with the goal of reaching community consensus.

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Be more responsible with your votes

I was browsing the flags queue today when I came across the following answer to the following question: What is Trump's plan to get the United States out of trillions in debt? That answer is ...
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Please stop it with the serial downvoting

We recently received several reports about serial downvoting. Please stop it! It is harmful to the site as a whole. The voting score of a post should indicate the usefulness of the post, not the ...
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Why did the question “Is President Donald Trump a racist?” get closed?

On March 4th, a user posted the question "Is President Donald Trump a racist?". Moderator Philipp closed this question a few minutes later with the reason "Promotes or discredits a specific political ...
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Should we have a “back it up” rule for answers?

I've asked my first question on Politics today, and I'm not very happy with the first couple of answers that I received. Don't get me wrong, both answers are helpful, I appreciate the answerers' time &...
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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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Do we really want to tolerate personal attacks and antisemitism here?

We have a user here who frequently engages in personal and antisemitic attacks against other users. They have very few answers or questions, their only purpose on this site seems to be to spread hate ...
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What should we do with the “why” questions?

We often get "why isn't X a case" questions, especially for USA. The problem with most[1] such questions is that they are really two questions in one: "Why isn't there a law for X"? Which has one, ...
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Why are people who unapologetically and repeatedly post racist drivel not banned for extended periods of time?

A certain user – a student of mathematics – has a repeated history of posting offensive racist content. Furthermore, based on various posts on meta, it seems that this user doesn't seem to understand ...
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Confusion with tag “Georgia”

As you know there are two Georgias: a state in USA and country. Consequently, the tag "Georgia" is used for both: https://politics.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/georgia I suggest changing one ...
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We need to be more polite with new users and amateurs

This question was closed even before have a proper explanation of why it was closed and doesn't even have some explanation of why the question was closed, with the exception of one comment that ...
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Private Beta Extension [closed]

Given the volatile nature of the topic, Politics.SE has done a great job so far of keeping out most of the subjective discourse. However, we’re choosing to extend your private beta for a week to give ...
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Declined flag on an egregiously sexist and passive aggressive answer?

Here's some highlights from a post I recently flagged as rude or abusive. The closest parallel I can find is the Clinton/Lewinsky affair. No, that wasn't conduct becoming of a president (certainly ...
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Is political history within the scope of the site?

Political history is on topic on our sister site, History Stack Exchange, and questions about it are mainly under these two tags: political-history politics A category of questions being on topic ...
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What to do about biased question-askers who accept an answer because its supports their bias?

This question and this question brought this to mind. Questions like these, where the requester is asking a biased question not to gain actual knowledge but simply reinforce or spread their bias (...
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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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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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Does an impartial discussion of bigotry as it relates to politics violate the code of conduct?

The stack exchange code of conduct clearly states bigotry is not acceptable: No bigotry. We don’t tolerate any language likely to offend or alienate people based on race, gender, sexual ...
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Why do we need references?

Back in 2012, it was established that answers on Politics.SE need to be backed up with references. I am all for that, but I cannot properly explain why that is the case. I regularly ask users to back ...
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What should be considered opinionated?

Politics, by its nature, is a very controversial subject. We need to draw a distinct line on what will lead to a specific answer, and what will lead to controversy. Things like "Are conservatives ...
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Rename [presidency-term] to [presidential-term]

We have presidency-term, but It's poor English (writers use presidential term) It isn't in line with other similar tags (i.e. presidential-election)
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Four tags for economics is not very economic

There are currently four tags for economics: economy economics economic-policy intl-political-economy Right now there are no real tag descriptions to differentiate. It seems to me that they're all ...
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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 ...
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How does this site “make the Internet a better place?” And what can we do to make sure that it does?

Okay, I'll start with some context. I was on vacation last week, and so actually tried to break my SE addiction. :) Over the course of that time, I really missed my beloved Christianity.SE, but this ...
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Downvoting for disagreement

Other websites actively discourage downvoting someone because you disagree. But Stack Exchange is not like other sites. There are a few reasons why you might disagree with someone's answer. Almost ...
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Is it appropriate to flag unreferenced answers making extraordinary claims?

"Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence." - Carl Sagan (Wikiquote, which is generally reliable in evaluating whether a quote was really made, and a link to a page that has a video clip of ...
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How to handle 'arguments from authority'

According to Wikipedia an argument from authority or argumentum ab auctoritate is a fallacy "in which a claimed authority's support is used as evidence for an argument's conclusion". I just read a ...
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Should we change the help center to mention that Political Theory is on-topic?

We have a number of questions tagged political-theory. They are generally questions with some philosophic component. They are not questions about any actual government, policy, process, group, etc. ...
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A full and objective description of good faith?

I've noticed a number of recent trend where both moderators are deleting and I am voting to close questions and answers on grounds that they were not written in "good faith". Examples include: As a ...
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Change definition of [abortion] tag?

Currently the abortion tag is defined as follows: Abortion is a quasi-medical procedure in which a physician terminates a woman's pregnancy. It is a contentious political issue in many ...
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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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What custom close reasons should we have?

Update: The two most upvoted close reasons have now been enable. Let's see how they work out in practice. We still have room for a third close-reason. Currently we only have these standard reasons: ...
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We just hit 11.4 questions per day. Does that mean this site graduates?

According to the site's Area 51 profile, we have just passed 11.4 questions per day. The ones that aren't in green are percent of questions answered, which is 89% (90% is the green threshold). The ...
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7 Essential Questions - Temporary Moderators [closed]

As per the Moderator Pro Tempore blog post, after about a week SE looks for temporary moderators for new sites to help with the development of the community and to act as a liaison between the ...
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Should we openly require that obvious-to-experts terms be clarified/defined?

So, I ran into a comment today with +6 score: Please define your terms: Demonetizing, black money and how it relates to higher denomination notes. This is on a question about Modi's demonetizing ...
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How do I deal with a user who is gatekeeping edits to their answer?

I've noticed an answer that contains a section that doesn't offer anything to the question other than to preemptively poison the well and be rude to any users that attempt to downvote or edit: Here ...
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Is a question about the funding of media outlets off-topic?

See: How is The Real News Network funded? In the comments there I claimed that the funding of a media outlet (assuming it's not minuscule and insignificant) is part of the political process - and ...
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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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How can we improve a question closed as partisan?

We have this close reason: The primary purpose of this question appears to be to promote or discredit a specific political cause, group or politician. It does not appear to be a good-faith effort ...
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Disputing a declined NAA flag on the whose to blame for the US government shutdown question

I have twice flagged this answer, first with a NAA flag, and secondly with a custom flag. The response to my custom flag was that it is a valid answer because it challenges the premise of the question....
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Do many (or any?) women contribute to this site?

It's well-known that Stack Overflow has a pretty extreme gender imbalance (annual surveys show less than 7% of respondents identifier as female). Of course, this is probably partly influenced by the ...
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Should we encourage 'explain in very simple terms' questions?

Questions explaining a subject in simple terms The title may be a bit ambiguous, but I recently came across the following questions: How to explain the E.U. to a 5 year-old How to explain ...
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Bowdlerisation and varieties of English

Which version of this question ought to be present, and why? Who does the most unpleasant dirty work in full communism? An edit war has occurred over its title and body text in the past day despite ...
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Brace yourself, US presidential election is coming up!

US presidential election is drawing closer, and some of our users are quite emotionally invested in the event. That means we currently see a greater than usual activity of users on this website which ...
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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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Why is the stackexchange company displaying its favor of net neutrality here?

Since recently, the following message is displayed in the upper bar of the website : Join Stack Overflow in Standing Up for Net Neutrality For a little context, Net Neutrality is a principle, ...
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Should the political affiliations of candidates for moderator be disclosed?

While the tone so far during the private beta has been remarkably congenial, it seems obvious that politics.se has the potential to attract more contentious questions, answers and comments than some ...
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Preemptively protecting hot network questions

I asked a question last night, and it was received pretty well, to the point that it managed to get into the Hot Network Question (HNQ) list. But as a result of this, a moderator protected the ...
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Call for Pro-Tem Moderators

Update August 24, 2016 Welcome Philipp as our newest moderator, after he graciously accepted the nomination. He will stand alongside the existing moderators. We have a slot open for a Moderator ...