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Why was my question deleted?

I just had a question deleted. Here it is: politics.stackexchange.com/questions/2639/why-did-the-christie-administration-deny-hurricane-sandy-aid-to-hoboken Title: Why did the Christie ...
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Are Politics.SE users ignorant or apathetic of the purpose of 'Add a comments'?

The proper use of comments is constructive criticism. If you see a question or answer with inaccuracies, or can contribue information to improve the question or answer, feel free to post a comment. ...
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Questions about recalling US Senators / Representatives

We currently have three questions addressing recalls of US Senators or Representatives: Colorado Texas Utah Since they're all about different states, they're not technically duplicates, but since ...
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I think the “just the facts” dramatically hurts this site

First off, I am a heavy user of Stack Overflow and find it's focus on questions with clear answers good (although at times I wish it allowed "what is the best..." questions). But for a site on ...
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Does Politics.SE deals only with US Politics?

Is this proposal deals only with US Politics? Most of the questions only fits into that category. And if this is the case, shouldn't it be more appropriately named? Something like "US Politics" or "...
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Let's get critical: Nov 2013 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Politics Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from Google, what ...
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What are the most active users Upvote/Downvote ratio, and who receives the most downvotes?

The following comment has 3 Upvotes: "@DVK You're the highest-rep user on this site. Somehow I doubt that the community is being unfair to you and user1873(who is the third highest-rep user)&...
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Should my answer have been deleted?

I posted an answer to this question: Has any government made the unwinding of their US bonds and currency reserves** a core public policy plank or a law on the books? My answer was, No, here is the ...
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Are there really “too general” questions?

Consider biology. If someone asks what defines a hedgehog then people will have to list a set of characteristics, a long set actually. When defining a mammal the set of characteristics will be shorter ...
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Standards of Evidence?

What are the standards of evidence for an answer here? I know this isn't Skeptics, but I've seen several answers justified using intuitive "logic", without any citations. Should that be considered ...
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Is this sort of question on topic?

I'm preemptively making this post in anticipation of likely objections to a question that I had just asked right now: What has Barack Obama Done Regarding Torture and Indefinite Detention?. The ...
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This isn't exactly a question, is it?

So, I’ve found an academic paper which backs up my biases. Yeah! Thing is, I don’t quite trust it. I’d like to see it pulled apart and see how well it stands up. But I'm not quite sure I can phrase ...
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What is not constructive about the terrorism question?

This question https://politics.stackexchange.com/questions/1310/what-percentage-of-american-terrorism-is-domestic-vs-muslim is taking some heat from the community, as pointed out in the comments. A. ...
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How should I phrase a question about Planned Parenthood, and its founder Margaret Sanger?

Margaret Sanger was the founder of Planned Parenthood. Her views on eugenics, race, and the poor have made her the target of attacks from Pro-Life supporters. What I want to know, is: Are the number ...
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Is a question about the effects of climate on political loyalty on topic here?

I asked this question about the effect of climate on Union-Confederacy loyalties in the Civil War on the history site? https://history.stackexchange.com/questions/8309/what-are-exceptions-to-the-...
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Are liberals incapable of seeing their own bias?

YannisRizos rolled back this question, because: "the edit changed the intent of the post too much. Editing is not a good way of challenging the technical accuracy of a question, if you wish to ...
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Revisiting a question from Area 51

https://area51.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/3303/how-will-politics-se-keep-from-being-a-discussion-board How will Politics SE keep from being a discussion board? It appears that the majority of ...
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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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What degree of rewriting is acceptable in attempting to salvage a “not constructive” question?

I just did a complete rewrite of this question, in an attempt to bring it into line with acceptable standards for politics.se. IMO the original was a barely-disguised rant, and subsequent edits did ...
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Do we allow different political views?

We all know that politics are opinions and a very subjective topic, but I think the site will be too dull if we add too many constraints. How do we solve this problem?
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What is wrong with this question and how can it be improved?

I've asked this in the comments to, to no avail. Regarding " https://politics.stackexchange.com/questions/697/are-small-countries-generally-governed-better ", I would like to know what can be done to ...
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Why was this answer deleted?

I answered this question In the U.S., are people with more education more likely to vote liberal?, and my answer contained multiple citations. The answer was deleted for lack of citations, which doesn'...
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My question is to broad, can I improve it like this?

Original What makes state's authority over me legal? Judging by the answers should I change it to From state's point of view what makes his authority over me legal?
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How should we deal with unsupported claims in answers that state a “fact” about opposing views?

One of the things that greatly irks me in political discussions (including answers on Politics.SE) is the habit of people to state something like: "X side of political spectrum is for Y, and the ...
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How do we feel about “General Reference” questions that are somewhat answered on Wikipedia?

I was going to ask "What are the main differences between Objectivism and Libertarianism", but the Wiki already has a fairly good summary ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libertarianism_and_Objectivism )...
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Are people voting along political lines?

Are we voting by political preference, rather than by quality of answer, as warned for in this area51 post? That includes myself. I find that there are many controversial posts, with many up- and ...
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Tips on improving a (possibly controversial) question

A question I asked about an hour ago - What effect has the death of Osama bin Laden had on Islamism? - has since had its score go up and down like a yo-yo, and is steadily attracting close votes. ...
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Is politics limited to politics of public governments, or also of other bodies?

Wikipedia defines Politics as: Politics (from Greek politikos "of, for, or relating to citizens") as a term is generally applied to the art or science of running governmental or state affairs, ...
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Weapons related tags - which ones?

We have some questions related to gun control/gun rights/weapons on the site, and will likely get many more. What would be good tags for them (and how many do we need?)? Ideally, the tag(s) would be ...
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To what extent are policy questions on or off topic?

Most of the questions asked so far are about the political process ("What criteria does a US Presidential candidate need to meet in order to appear on the ballot?"). Some ask about the details of ...
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Asking about advantages and disadvantages isn't a list question

If we can't talk about the advantages and disadvantages of different policies we risk this site merely becoming an encyclopedia or dictionary. Most policies have a reasonably sized list of generally ...
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Questions should ask about both the advantages and disadvantages

Consider questions like What are the disadvantages of first-past-the-post electoral systems? This question only asks about the disadvantages, not the advantages. The problem is that someone will then ...
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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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How to handle open-ended questions seeking opinion based answers

It is inevitable that questions like these will come up: What are the disadvantages of first-past-the-post electoral systems? What are the advantages/disadvantages of a mandatory voting system? How ...
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Is the ratio of moderation for politics.se considerably higher than the original stack exchanges? And can we maintain the required ratio indefinitely?

After reading various politics.meta questions, the following question has occurred to me: Is the ratio of moderation:site content for this stack exchange considerably higher than the original hard-...
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<<Comments removed - please take this all to chat.>>

This has been mentioned before, and I suppose it's not really a question, but not sure where else to post this. Numerous times a comment thread gets long, and then an admin comes along and removes ...
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Let's get critical: Aug 2013 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Politics Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from Google, what ...
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Are questions about the hypothetical effects of a policy on topic?

Why don't we pay food stamps and unemployment benefits indefinitely to stimulate the economy? This question is asking why we do not change the policy to widen the effects that are seen. We can ...
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Are legal questions on-topic?

Possibly related: Where/how do we draw the line between legal and political questions? We already have quite a few questions that at least touch on law. One in particular - What is the legality of ...
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Are “is X constitutional” questions in-scope?

We have so far had a couple of questions of the form "is 'X' constitutional?" (as applied to USA). Ex: Is the PATRIOT ACT constitutional? Should such questions be in scope at all? The cons include ...
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What should our predefined off-topic reasons be?

There are some fairly major changes coming soon to how posts are closed, you may want to read up on the details: Closing changes: [on hold], unclear, too broad, opinion-based, off-topic reasons, bye-...
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Are questions asking to validate correctness/truthiness of a non-political statement by a politician on-topic?

Representative Bramby, Downhill, TX-J said in a campaign speech yesterday that 100% of convicted murderers in Texas were from public school system and not one of them was homeschooled. Is that true? ...
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When should the “not an answer” and “very low quality” flags be used?

I have noticed a few incorrect "not an answer" and "very low quality" flags, which I have declined with this message: flags should not be used to indicate technical inaccuracies, or an altogether ...
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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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Let's get critical: May 2013 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Politics Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from Google, what ...
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Does making a question “binary” (branched) improve it?

Because it was founded by computer programmers, SE seems to have a unique approach to what constitutes good and bad questions and answers. Specifically, my understanding is that a good question is one ...
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Should we provide an option for questioners who want “expert” answers on this site (and others)?

I am by no means an expert in politics, as attested to by my low reputation on the site. I don't ask a lot of questions (most of my little reputation comes from answers). What questions I do ask are ...
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Requiring reference for absence of data?

@Chad and I got into an argument/ discussion about the requirement of references in What law compels countries to take prisoners who are NOT trying to surrender? He wanted a reference to an answer by ...
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Are links to news articles about gun free zones offensive now?

YannisRizos asked me to rewrite the question from scratch, removing the partisan retoric. I did so, and asked this question: Are you safer in a gun free zone? I provided links to the stories in ...
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What is so offensive about the question, “Why do Democrats want to deny women the right to defend themselves from college rapists?”

This question was deleted, with no notice as to why. It seemed perfectly reasonable. The gist of the question was that Democrats in Colorado want women with Concealed Carry permits to leave their ...