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Does Politics.SE have a position on institutional racism denial?

Politics.SE, (or SE itself), has seemingly clear policies against racism, and is in fact opposed to racism, e.g. this statement from last June: Effective immediately, we are donating $50,000 to the ...
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What is the policy on comments and answers that breed negativity?

As someone who mostly uses the other sites on this network, I find myself unsurprisingly appalled at the negativity inherent in the answers and comments on this site. Questions and answers that are ...
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Why are answers that basically say “right wing illogical bad, left wing rational good” allowed to exist?

I just flagged an answer that literally just said pretty much "The reason for X is because Left is rational and right is irrational", using a lot of randomly picked statements (can't even ...
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Is there a way the closed question on “protests against Amy Barrett” be opened again?

Is there a way this question : Why are people protesting against Amy Barrett? can be re-written to make it "fact-based" and get it opened? The first revision had some of my own opinions and ...
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Repeated unwarranted deletions?

Once again, we have a particular moderator deleting an answer that (IMHO) is perfectly responsive to the question. Granted, it is brief, but I can hardly write an entire text on epidemiology as an ...
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I'm [conflict]ed about these tags

I noticed that we have tags for: armed-conflict, conflict, and war. There was an earlier request to make armed-conflict a synonym of war which never went anywhere due to concerns that there were non-...
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Why was this question marked as not focused enough?

Question: What additional measures, within presidential authority, do people say the president should take against Covid-19? How can this question be made more focused? The question was closed ...
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2020 Community Moderator Election Results

Politics's first moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the two new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them for volunteering, ...
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Why was this answer on “Why don't Presidential debates disable the candidates' microphones while it's not their turn to speak?” deleted?

I answered the question Why don't Presidential debates disable the candidates' microphones while it's not their turn to speak? with this answer. It was an answer and had an answer in it. But then it ...
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How to ask beginner-level questions on political theory or science?

Politics SE was a tough nut to crack for me because I mostly participate in Math and Science related sites. So far I have been able to ask "explain the news" and "did this happen" ...
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Where can I request discovery on election software?

Moved addendum inquiring about voting software out of question to stay on topic. What is an appropriate location? [Ignore]: Storing the text here until I can dump it in a legal location. Which ...
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Is it allowed to mention the source/reference of possible answer in comments instead of writing answer?

2-3 days back, someone asked this question What are points for and against the three Farm Bills passed by Indian parliament recently? Well, originally it had a different title, and it was closed ...
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What are the guidelines to banning / long-suspension for persistent racist abuse in low quality posts?

I am referring to a post where the poster basically says that the KKK is no big deal. This is the 3rd time I am flagging this guy in about a month. Each time his answers get deleted, but the most he ...
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Should a question be marked as a duplicate if there's already an applicable answer on a different question?

Recently my question Could the Senate confirm a new Supreme Court Justice without holding any hearings? was marked as a duplicate of Why are SCOTUS appointee Senate hearings not mandatory?. The two ...
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Where to report rampant moderator abuse?

UNREASONABLE BANS: I was banned for a week for placing this bounty: on this question: Why do attack ads focus so much on Joe Biden's mental state but not Donald Trump's? The "reasons&...
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2020 Moderator Candidate Questionnaire

Due to the short election cycle we had an abbreviated question collection. Not every question was selected. All positive scoring suggestions are included (since the bottom three were tied). As a ...
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What should be on the moderator candidate questionnaire?

NOTE: The questionnaire is now up Related to Will there be a candidate questionnaire for the upcoming election? and 2020 Community Moderator Election Please post answers below that contain a question ...
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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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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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What are the rules about using Bounty Messages to evade comment locks?

The comments on this question were locked by yannis due to excessive off-topic discussion and debate. Recently, a user posted a bounty on the question, but the bounty message has nothing to do with ...
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Announcing a Pro Tempore Moderator election - Nominations begin September 21st

Summary: Politics Stack Exchange will begin the nomination stage for a special election on September 21st to bring on two additional moderators - this is both to get the team back up to at least three ...
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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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Problematic deletion by moderator; reasoned answer marked as 'spam, rude, or abusive'

On the question How come Joe Biden's mental state is in question while Donald Trump's is addressed with so much restraint? (currently closed, but with a move to reopen) , I wrote an answer (see ...
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Can the core of the recent question addressing attacks on Biden's mental state be saved?

Philipp recently closed a question about Joe Biden and Donald Trump's mental states: How come Joe Biden's mental state is in question while Donald Trump's is addressed with so much restraint? as "...
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Was this question closed on the basis of a single phrase. If so, what phrase could be substituted?

In left leaning ideologies, how does the concept of cultural appropriation mesh with the concept of universal equality? I was browsing the subject of cultural appropriation and came upon the above ...
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What does it mean when a question is closed as a duplicate by the “community” robot?

Question 57192 was deleted as a duplicate by a single named user and a robot named "community". While there is some overlap between the old question (on qualifications in general), I think ...
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How is internal security not a matter of policy?

Recently, the following question of mine was closed: Amongst U.S. police forces, are combat veterans more likely to abuse force than those who lack combat experience? The reasons for such closure ...
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Where would I ask about the cause of a recent political themed blip on my website?

Politics.SE seems like the obvious place for this question, since the underlying topic is political in nature, but I think it's almost as obvious that it would be off-topic on the site. I have a web ...
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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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Questions that imply causation from correlation should be disallowed

Exhibit A. This question begins with an extremely strong claim: "since the start of the 20th century, the US has stepped in or started conflicts involving the direct use of military force mainly ...
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Should factually incorrect questions be updated?

This question says that where after three months of rioting, protesters and counter-protesters have begun shooting each other on the streets with a total of three dead I left a comment pointing out ...
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Is political science on topic?

I am reading a paper that claims (without citation) that triangularity in international relations has been criticised by political scientists as vague. I have searched the papers that have cited ...
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Is referring to third-world countries as “low-IQ and culturally inept groups” acceptable here or considered racist?

I've encountered an answer in which this exact phrasing was used (among others). It looks racist to me, but I don't want to raise a flag if I'm not sure about the community guidelines... should this ...
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Why is my question downvoted?

My question has been downvoted twice after 10 views. None of the downvoters left a comment. Is that normal on PSE? Edit. Now the question have been closed (by unknown people) as "off topic"....
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Should questions asked using “present tense” in past that have different situations now be edited to make them “past tense”?

I came across this question: Why China is blocking ban on Notable Terrorist Masood Azhar? It was asked about a year ago and the context was right then. At present, the situation is different. I am not ...
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How do I prove my question is asked in good faith?

A couple days ago I asked this question: ‪Has Biden apologized for saying a neoconfederate organization had many fine people?‬.‪ The close reason given was “‬The primary purpose of this question ...
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What are some respectful ways of making old and outdated questions visible?

I have gone through several old questions over the last two days. Some of those have some problems: Didn't have good answers. Those questions might be answered better now. Some were outdated. As of ...
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What is the procedure to add description to a newly created tag?

After getting enough reps (I am not sure how much), one can create tags. Questions: What is the procedure to add small description to the tag? What is the procedure to make synonyms? Eg: EU and ...
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What should we do about an instance of a highly upvoted but unsourced and unfactual answers?

This question: In most U.S. states, female genital mutilation is illegal. So why is male circumcision legal? Has a highly upvoted answer which is unsourced and unfactual. Despite my efforts in ...
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Make [race] a synonym of [demographics]

racism and race. They're not quite the same thing, but I'm seeing some tag confusion already. This question was tagged [race], when it needed to be tagged [racism]. Fixed it, but the remaining usages ...
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Why do we not have an SE section for conspiracy debunking? Are conspiracy questions applicable here?

The reason i ask this question here, is because i can find no other platform where the question is applicable, and i thought perhaps political minded people, might actually be the most likely to also ...
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Should fascism be banned as a subject?

I think we should ban all discussion on these topics: Fascism Jet fuel, jews etc The holocaust Whether fascism is leftwing or not I have never seen a good discussion and they always go off the rails....
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Help me make this post less opinion-based

My question: What are some representative European news sources? When I wrote the question I think I phrased it in an opinion-based way. I believe this question and the answers provided can be made ...
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Should the uyghurs tag be removed from all questions?

Recently, uyghurs was added for two questions: Why is China primarily targeting the Uyghurs with their internment camps? Could China's actions in Xinjiang be classified as genocide? and three ...
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Just my Comments deleted

I was wondering if there's some log that will tell someone how or why my comments below this Answer were deleted. Coming back to the question today, the comment thread seems to have been pruned, but I ...
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Stack Exchange as a pre-elections debate platform

Just wondering about the idea, what if stack exchange platform would be used for candidates to answer citizens questions. Some changes would need to be made to the platform. Only eligible voters can ...
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Edit rejected. No deviation from original intent

I suggested an edit to the only answer to my question Is there any good evidence for institutional racisms in the United States?. The edit got rejected by user "JJ for transparency and Monica&...
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If the long topic is on-the-point, why then there are downvotes for not being focused?

Recently my question Is modernization agenda considered as the consensus reaching device in 2020 Covid19 EU budget talks? has been closed down. Again - I thought that my thinking about the EU is more ...
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(Why) is it on topic to ask why crime has gone up or down in a certain area?

A recent q asks What has caused the steep increase in violent crime in Baltimore over the last decade? The argument for this being on topic is that Government actions and policies obviously can ...
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How can we handle questions that are dynamic and change over time?

Some questions are asked about concrete situation at a moment of time. For example What has trump accomplished in his first term?. As long as situation changes, answers may fade out. Maybe such "...

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