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Are questions which challenge a political thesis on-topic here?

I was just looking through the accepted topics and generally got the idea that this Stack Exchange does not support topics which rely largely on debate. However I noticed a lot of the top rated ...
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How should I ask a question regarding a celebrity's political stance?

Title says most of it. The original question was put on hold and then deleted without comments on anything, which I consider to be pretty bad form. As celebrity endorsements are certainly part of the ...
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How could this question be changed to become on-topic with the same intent the OP had when posting?

I like the intention behind Who dies from starvation? but for reasons within the help center, I voted to close it as off-topic. How could this be changed to align with the rules of Poltics.SE? as I ...
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VTC old questions

If a question is close worthy, but hasn't been touched in years should I vote to close? It seems wrong to necro-moderate, but presumably it helps clean up the site.
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Is using the word “dictator” taboo on this site?

I can only conclude this is the case. In this question, there was a comment made by another person saying "it's usual dictator stuff". The comment, along with other comment surrounding it, were ...
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What is the preferred use of English on Politics.SE?

I'm asking this here to get an understanding from those who use this particular SE site in regards to editing posts. I come across posts all the time with US English spelling and with my browser spell-...
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Is this question kosher here?

Is the following question kosher here? I have read that incarcerated adults in the U.S. make up roughly 1% of the adult population, and the number of adults on probation or parole is approximately 2%....
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Can pre-text change whether a question is on-topic?

Question presented On this site, can the pre-text/context/background to a question determine whether it is on-topic or off-topic? Example In this meta question the accepted answer says that this is ...
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Is editing a good question with no answers to bump it to the homepage acceptable?

I've been querying unanswered/inactive questions recently, and I have come across some inactive (>3 months) questions which I feel are good questions but didn't get the viewership as of the date they ...
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Why is this question too broad?

This question (Why do some nations not allow renunciation of citizenship?) has recently put on hold as too broad. Why? Ordinarily under these circumstances I wouldn't create a Meta post, but I ...
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Why do I get ten points for an upvoted answer rather than 5?

Forgive me because I'm still unclear on how things work on SE, and this is a point that I may just be confused about. But it seems that when a question or answer gets an upvote on Politics.SE, I get a ...
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Why was my question locked, instead of deleted?

I requested for a question to be deleted, but instead, it was locked by Philipp: My request was simple, delete the post (my question) since it's been modified so much by editors that it's not written ...
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Should we avoid answering bad questions, or does the reversal badge mean doing so is approved?

Bad questions happen. Sometimes, people give valid answers to the question the saw inside of a bad question. The Help page for answering questions highlights that some questions shouldn't be answered:...
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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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Lack of moderator patience and deleting critical comments

A moderator closed this question in a very short space of time by using their moderator privilege. The question was given no time for community self-organization or improvement. The question was ...
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Question about individual freedom in India

Can I ask question about individual freedom on this site? I want to ask, if banning alcohol or beef consumption, in some states of India, can be considered a breach of individual freedom of people of ...
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Adding Law and Economics as question migration targets in Closing -> Off-topic -> Migration

When trying to close an offtopic question, I see only the following option: belongs on meta.politics.stackexchange.com discussion, support, and feature requests for this site From various ...
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Shouldn't a slight liberalization on comments policy be useful on Politics SE site?

I have recently asked this question and received some comments. The whole initial series of comments was removed by a moderator and replaced with: Comments deleted. Comments are for providing ...
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Political relevance of demographic/head counting methods?

I'm having difficulty learning any appropriate reason for why What are the most prevalent governmental methods for misestimating crowd sizes? should be closed. User DrunkenSanta9035768 (AKA ...
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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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What tag should be used for [bureaucracy]?

A question of mine was recently migrated from the Christianity SE, and I joined Politics to be able to fully follow it. In the migration, it lost its tags. (You guys don't seem to discuss [non-...
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Do we hate memes at Politics SE?

I added a meme in one my answers. The meme: Was not offensive Was relevant to the subject in discussion albeit on a humorous note Was polite Basically it was inline with Be-Nice Policy we follow on ...
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What KPIs should be increased and to what values, so that Politics become a full member of SE community?

At the time of asking this question, Politics has been in beta for more than 1500 days. That's more than four years. Area 51 FAQ tells us that: If a site reaches critical mass, it becomes a full ...
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Would a [fact-check] tag be a worthwhile addition?

I asked a question a minute ago about a fact check, and considered adding a fact-check tag. I don't see one, but was wondering if it were a valid thing to add to politics.se given the number of times ...
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First time questioners getting kicked to the curb

Take a look at this question: The role of the Keystone pipeline in America's energy independence and relation to OPEC Granted it had many problems with it. But can we please not vote to close so ...
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Are Identification questions on topic here?

Lets say that I was looking at a picture from a recent, significant political affair and I noticed a particularly dapper-looking fellow. Given his location in crowd, I believe that it is safe to ...
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All these taxes tags are taxing

There's tax, taxation, and taxes. I don't see how these are any different? They should be merged.
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The liberal bias on this site is getting out of control

Phillip just deleted an answer of mine, again, which was both well reasoned, supported, fine in both temperament and jargon. It just reached a conclusion he's uncomfortable with. This is nonsense. ...
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Questions about behaviors of politic figures off topic?

Why are questions about the practices and behaviors of political figures or others involved in politics considered off topic? Body Language of Hand on the Back: A power statement?? Another example: ...
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How do you move comments to chat?

Is there a way to initiate this feature? Sometimes you know comments should be moved but you have to wait until 20 some odd comments come before the auto-move to chat feature pops up. Is there a way ...
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Better explanation why this was closed by Phillip

This question was summarily closed. It is objective question. It explores an important policy departure from mainstream consensus, the pardoning or commuting of unrepentant terrorists. That the ...
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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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it is appropriate to accept it?

Here I ask "Is there a poll on How people in US and UK think about selling weapons to Saudi-Arabia?" Thomas Hollis answers " As far as I can tell there is no poll..." . I am not sure if the answer is ...
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Is it okay to ask a question to prove a point?

I asked two questions that did not receive very good feedback. Both questions were meant to either have answers that showed the ridiculousness of the situation, or so I could hear an argument that I'...
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What does supreme-court refer to?

There is no tag excerpt or wiki for supreme-court, and as I see it, it can either be: The Supreme Court of the United States. The highest court in any given country (i.e. any of these). Looking ...
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Claiming not to be interested in opinions when asking something that can only be solved by opinion

The question Should I vote for what is best for me or what is best for others? is by itself very opinion-based. First, it asks for the best without providing any metric to evaluate the best. Then ...
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Meaningless profile texts

The profile text for user1873 seems to be a quote from the History Box website, which article itself appears to be some kind of partially attributed mash-up from other sources: The economy is in ...
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Hats--WInter Party Crasher

Are Hats the coolest thing ever that stacks have done? Are there any particular hats for Politics? What's with the Secret Hats and can we get a description of them? (I know, then they wouldn't be ...
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UN or United-Nations?

We currently have a un and a united-nations. Overall, I think that united-nations is clearer, but UN has a wiki excerpt and more questions and followers. There are only three questions that are ...
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What about political philosophy?

Bearing in mind that there is a philosophy stack, I still wonder if questions of political philosophy would be on topic here. One such question might be: With respect to Nozick's philosophy of just ...
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Should we suggest/demand that people explain technical terms in their questions?

From time to time, I see comments on questions that prompt the question asker to define terms that Are not defined in the question Are not well known to 100% of people, especially outside specific ...
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Identification requests for (quasi) military insignia

A recent question asking for an "armed forces" cap-badge to be identified makes me wonder about the boundaries for on-topic questions here? The question was simply asking for identification, it didn'...
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A question was put on hold. Can I ask you why?

So I asked a question: If I became president by illegal means(bribery, murder, extortion), are my orders lawful after becoming president? Are those who follow my orders breaking the law? Let's say I ...
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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 ...
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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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What's the purpose of this flag, if it gets declined?

When flagging, there is available the following flag reason: It states: This answer has severe formatting or content problems. This answer is unlikely to be salvageable through editing, and might ...
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Are questions about the stances (political/religious) of specific politicians or political appointees on-topic here?

For example, I have heard rumors that Mike Pence has association with churches and organizations that subscribe to Dominionism Theology. Is a question to in/validate these rumors on topic here? If so,...
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Why is this opinion-list-making question still open?

This is the question in question, quoted for your convenience: What specifically did Hillary Clinton say or do, to seem untrustworthy to Americans? I am not from the US but I keep reading that ...
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Is it off-topic to ask about rationale behind political satire?

I want to know what does a joke about an existing politician from an SNL skit refer to. Is this community an appropriate place to ask? Another one I'm considering is Movies&TV.
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How can we prevent multiple variants of the same question?

Is there anything we can do to prevent the multiple "how can we keep Trump out of the White House" variants? Can we post a reminder to search prior questions before posting?

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