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Can we somehow link to a question on another SE site?

Once in a while, politics related questions that have awesome answers spring up on cousin SE sites (I just ran into this one on History). Is there any reasonable mechanism to ensure that visitors to ...
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Undo deletion: What books introduce someone (who never took any politics courses) to politics for the first time?

Can https://politics.stackexchange.com/q/12793/6241 (unilaterally deleted by a moderator) please be reinstated, to enable me to try to emend it?
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“Primarily Opinion-Based” because evidence might not exist?

I have asked a question, here. The question isn't open-ended, it is given context that is current, but is a broader question about the political science behind that context. It calls for historical ...
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Are questions for literature references accepted?

I want to read up on a quite complex and important subject close to political science, but I'm unable to find any seemingly objective and analytical books on the subject. The subject seems to suffer ...
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Why was this Comment Flag Declined?

I'm not really a regular on this part of Stack Exchange, but I assume comments are treated roughly the same on all Stack Exchange sites. Recently I saw a comment on a question which didn't seem to be ...
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What Constitutes a Rant?

This meta question is based on "Why are the candidates allowed to speak after their two minutes runs out?" The text of the question is: In most major American debates, the candidates get a fixed ...
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A question more related with history than politics and another seeking resources

I've just found the linked question: How many new settlements did Israel build in the last decade in the West Bank? How is this question related with politics? It seems it is more related with ...
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How do I make a mass edit to the questions?

Just of curiosity, I checked the site and I found that there are 20 posts (4Q, 16A) contain spelling "Kiev" for Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine. According to UNGEGN (United Nations Group of Experts on ...
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How can I track the posts I downvoted, that have been edited afterwards?

This question, to some extent, is applicable to all SE sites, but I believe that Politics.SE may need addressing this more than the other sites of SE family, due to the very nature of the topics we ...
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What to do when there's a problem with a tag?

Not really a question as such but I don't seem to have the reputation here to do something about this tag that seems to have resulted from a typo. propagando It showed up when I was searching for ...
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Are questions about the demographics of who benefits from a policy on topic?

I posted a question about who benefits from the government policy of National Parks in the United States. It was put on hold as off topic, but I want to make sure this area of scope is well defined ...
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Are questions about statistics from a politician's statement on topic?

Many political statements include statistics and I generally like to see if there is any truth to those statistics. While the truthfulness of the statement as a whole could be pretty subjective, I ...
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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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Usage guidance for the tag “President”

The currently most used tag without a tag usage guidance is president (100 questions). Many countries in the world have a president. But after looking at a few of the questions tagged with it, I ...
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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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Increase hold/close/delete voting thresholds

In other stackexchange sites, where the topics are scientific, it is quite easy to interact with people that have very little conflict of interest. It exists, but it is very little as the rules are ...
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Should be try to get askers to include references in their questions?

I haven't been in Politics.SE for long, but I noticed that some questions ar quite short. As an example, one can see the following Why are some politicians saying the Iran Nuclear deal is bad? Why ...
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Where/how do we draw the line between legal and political questions?

Are questions about the functioning of the state political? They might be either political or legal. For example, would it be on-topic to ask: Is action X by president Y unconstitutional? or Do ...
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Should we allow link-only questions?

In Is there any validity to the Claim that Hillary Clinton got bribed by India?, the question is of this form: Link Headline claim. Questions saying essentially please go to this article and tell ...
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Are theoretical questions on demography accepted on this site?

Demography is the study of populations and its dynamics, and has deep connection to politics. However, I couldn't find many questions related to demography on this site. Most of the few I found were ...
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“daesh” and not “islamic state”

Here, I asked a question with tag "Daesh". Philipp changed the tag to "islamic-state". He says in the comment "When you feel that the tag should be called "daesh" and not "islamic state", please ...
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Is a question about the effectiveness of a law on topic?

I'm an SE addict, but haven't been on politics or law SE before. I posted this question about how effective regulations are over on law.se. It's soon to be closed as off-topic over there. Would it fit ...
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How can I ask questions about the terrorist situation in Nigeria and Cameroon on this site?

I have multiple questions about the terrorist situation in Nigeria and Cameroon. I had people that were in Iraq before I went so I was able to learn from them, and it was crucial to me surviving for ...
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Question editing that invalidates answers

In this answer, mod Yannis says: invalidating existing good answers with a radical edit to the question is not... good. The accepted answer on that question, as edited by Yannis, says: If the ...
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Should URLs always be hidden?

Recently I've seen several Suggested Edits that basically take some URL provided in a post and hide it. For example: Go to https://politics.meta.stackexchange.com/ Might be replaced with Go ...
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Please review the changes I made to this closed question.

I made a meta post about this some time ago, and today made some wording changes to the title and content. It's my opinion that the question wasn't opinion based before, but with these changes I think ...
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What would change if we focused more on Political Science?

In this question, I raise the possibility of attempting to attract more academic political scientists to the site. As the site sits now, most of the questions and answers rely upon popular (i.e. non-...
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Striving for the highest quality

The Nature of Politics Unlike topics like those covered in SO, Physics, Biology, etc. Politics tends not to have a unique answer to everything. A communist, a fascist, an anarchist and a neo-liberal ...
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Engaging in holocaust denial is not acceptable behaviour

I flagged the holocaust-denying post Man who claimed to have escaped Auschwitz admits he lied for years as offensive. The flag was declined, with the message declined - This is a Politics Q&A ...
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A political motivation expressed by the public, in a public vote, is not subjective

My question was put on hold as opinion based, and I think it should be reopened. The question was: What were the actual motivations that drove the Brexit? I cite some examples of publicly supported ...
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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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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 self-answered questions are accepted?

What is the convention in Stack Exchange with respect to accepting questions that come with answers by the same author?
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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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What questions about the future can we answer, and how should they be answered?

As discussed the question about hypothetical-tags and focusing more on Political Science, it seems that some discussion is warranted for how we can answer questions which are ostensibly about events ...
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Can we create a tag about hypothetical scenarios about things that didn't happen?

I know that SE's rules always talk about use facts, academic papers, valid data and to speak with events that happened. But since I'm seeing lot of people talking about (try to talk more specifically) ...
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Is asking for a data source a valid question?

I'd like to ask if someone can point me towards historical data on a particular topic, but I'm not sure if that would be on topic and I'd like feedback on that. I'd say it should be considered on ...
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Would Focusing more on Political Science improve the site?

This site is nearly moribund, especially when compared to active SEs. The number of questions that gets asked and answered every day is well below the number that would be necessary for a thriving ...
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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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Do we have a policy on asking provocative (aka “charged”, “loaded”) Questions?

If you look at these edits you will see a pattern by the poster of using provocative language that is technically erroneous. Of significant interest is EDIT #3 where the poster deliberately chose to ...
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An example question asked to make a point?

We talked in other questions about "Questions that are asked to make a point, rather than to get an answer". In order to make that a concrete discussion, let's consider a specific question: What is ...
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Can a hypothetical question (scenario) on the workings (mechanics) of the government be asked at this site?

I have a hypothetical question related to the workings of the electoral college that I would like to explore the answer to but I do not know if hypotheticals are okay here. What is the policy?
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Why are anti-semitic questions allowed, but comments complaining about it not?

The question Why did America only attack Japan with atomic bombs and spare Germany? , which in more than one version speculates that Jews were responsible for a purported decision that Hiroshima and ...
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Right and wrong answers and 'opinions'

I recently read through this question: Why is there no rise of extreme-left in present-day Europe? And it struck me that there could be multiple answers to this question [point #1] and those answers ...
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Posting Questions to increase content

The rate of visitation of Politics SE seems to be fairly low, as is to be expected with a new stack. It seems that there are a few community members who account for almost all of the traffic, with a ...
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Should there be a distinction between civil-war and war or should they be all one tag?

I recently edited the tags for civil-war and war and one of the comments was that the user believed the distinction between civil-war and war should not be made, as they believed the dividing line ...
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Are there clear guidelines between politics and law on this site?

It appears there is some confusion over what constitutes law and what constitutes politics on this site. Or rather, that some people disagree on when a question which concerns political law should be ...
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Clarifying tags election, voting, and president

Considering the raising interest towards ongoing presidential elections in the USA, I'd like to clarify using election, voting, and probably president and voting-systems tags. The last two, in my ...
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Which candidate(s)/party comes closes to representing these views? On topic or not?

I recently asked the question What US 2016 presidential candidate meets my criteria? based on the precedent set by the highly upvoted question Given my list of convictions, which US party(ies) should ...
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What to with questions of format “If you believe X, shouldn't you believe Y?”

I've noticed a couple of questions lately of the format "If you support policy X, shouldn't you support policy Y?" Examples include a question asking "If the disabled can vote, why shouldn't minors be ...