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What to do with irrational comments?

As an example, below the answers to this How does Hitler's interpretation of "Nationalist Socialism" relate to the modern interpretation of "Socialism" and "Nationalism&...
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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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Does this answer contain a “subtle put down”?

If someone says (in other words) that "a lot of people think of your type as scum" would it constitute Unacceptable Behavior (subtle put down) as per help center page "code of conduct" ? This answer ...
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Is “opinion-based” the same as “subjective”?

The help center has links to discussion of the concept of good subjective questions vs bad subjective. In politics, it seems that many questions might well be subjective, but fit the parameters as ...
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Is Organizational Politics on-topic? [duplicate]

According to the Help Center, this stack "is for objective questions about governments, policies and political processes." it later observes that: For purposes of this site, we define politics as: ...
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Reasons to impeach Trump, how to ask the question properly

Can anyone think of a way to ask for reasons why Trump should be impeached but by asking for it in a more politically correct and on topic sort of manner on SE Politics? If that is too broad entirely ...
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Should questions prompting brainstorming new solutions to political problems be in-scope?

In comments on a question related to fake news, a moderator responded to my edit trying to narrow the question with the following: The problem with this question is that this is a question&...
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Is there a practical difference between [electoral-system] and [voting-systems]?

electoral-system - 10 Qs, no excerpt voting-systems - 132 Qs with this excerpt For questions about rule systems for gathering and counting votes. Not for questions about country-specific rules but ...
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How does the stack choose which reason to cite for “on-hold?”

When a question is put on hold, assuming a mod hasn't closed it, five members have voted to close the question for reasons. How does the stack choose which reason to cite? Is it a majority based ...
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Embedding twitter posts

Is is possible to embed twitter posts on Politics Stack Exchange? Of course we can quote someone and post a reference, with a link to the original tweet. Also, it is possible to snapshot it and post ...
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How to (and should I) include a hypothetical example to help define the topic of my question (without setting off alarms)?

Events in the news led me to wonder about campaign finance laws and to what extent they can be applied to activities other than cash donations. I formulated and included a hypothetical scenario which ...
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Explain how the accusation of “It does not appear to be a good-faith effort” is different from “assuming malicious intent”

A user voted to close a this question citing "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 ...
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Comments are not for extended discussion; this conversation has been moved to chat

I would like to open a discussion about moving comments to chat. I propose there should be an "all or none" approach. That is, if some comments should be moved to chat, then all comments should be ...
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Are there sentiment trolls on StackExchange?

Not sure if this is a question for Politics or Skeptics (or possibly the Meta for either). I would think that those two sites, and possibly History, would be the primary targets. Politically ...
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Merge [free-trade] and [trade]

I think we should merge the free-trade and trade tags. The degree to which trade is "free trade" and who benefits from "free" trade is a big part of what discussions of trade are about. There might be ...
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If, (and only if), there were professional trolls and moles here, what if anything should be done?

OFF TOPIC note: This question is hypothetical, therefore comments and answers disputing its hypothesis are off topic. That is, while the question of "Are there actually any trolls and moles here?" ...
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How conservative are the upvotes (and downvotes) for posts on Politics.SE?

How conservative do upvotes (and downvotes) for posts tend to swing on Politics.SE? Are the upvotes (and downvotes, hereafter implied instead of repeating these parentheticals) here generally ...
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Are diamond mods allowed to lock questions which they were involved in an edit war?

The question originally called Who shovels shit in full communism? has been locked with a comment by diamond mod Philipp saying This question was locked due to an edit war. Please do not put ...
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How can I improve this question about US Politics?

I got a warm welcome with this question , but after incorporating the initial comments, it seems to be attracting downvotes without any clue on possible improvements. How can I improve it ?
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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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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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Why is this question about the political reason for the U.S. copying the stripes of the EIC flag “on hold”?

Placing this question What were the political reasons for the U.S. using the stripes of the British East India Company flag on the U.S. national flag? "on hold" for the reasons stated "The primary ...
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Synonyms for local-government tag

I was asking a new question about local-government but I'm new to the site and that wasn't the first term that came to mind. First I looked for tags like civic or municipal but found nothing at all. ...
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Why was my context comment about Mark Judge deleted?

User Machavity's answer to How did the Kavanaugh confirmation move so quickly despite the serious allegations? cites an uncompelling David French National Review piece which, among other things, ...
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Why was this question about Eminent Domain data deleted?

I recently answered this question on Eminent Domain statistics with decent citations. Other discussions in the comments were relevant (and not the "debate club" that often results in these deletions). ...
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Can we declare motivations off topic?

We have quite a few questions that ask about the hidden, unstated, or ulterior motives of a policy or action. Some quick examples: Why US has a biased approach towards Shia Terrorists Why World is ...
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Should I include the alternative or not in this question?

I've asked this question. First comment, upvoted: I think this question would be improved by removing the discussion of the Italian system, as it distracts from the main point of the question. I ...
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Answer deleted for an inferred “all” that was really an implied “some”

Moderator Phillip has deleted my somewhat provocative answer to "Why are conservatives so patriotic and hateful of the government at the same time?" for valid but unsound reason, commenting: I'm ...
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Deletion of answer which provides accurate attribution for origin of U.S. flag should not have been deleted and should be immediately un-deleted

What are the flags beside the US flag at Trump's inauguration day? asks What are the flags beside the US flag at Trump's inauguration (marked by an arrow in the picture below)? this answer ...
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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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Comment tooltip: improving wrong answers

The tooltip for a question comment reads: Use comments to ask for more information or suggest improvements. Avoid answering questions in comments. The tooltip for an answer comment reads: Use ...
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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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Do vague comment prompts and tooltips encourage rambling on Politics.SE?

Users can't resist general commenting on an answers' political orientation. Other users can't resist commenting on those comments, which are then treated as a user forum. Later, when this "forum" ...
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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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Delete the question on the Main asking 'Is war good for Anything?'

I view this question as an obvious troll of the board. Even withstanding that, the question itself is overly broad. Text books, curriculims, even entire colleges (e.g. military service colleges) are ...
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Can “low quality post” review task be made more clear?

According to this, a question can make it into a "low quality" review queue because it was flagged as "not an answer." But the review task does not make any mention of it. It simply says that a post ...
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United States history vs government: where is the line?

Many question about the US government can also be viewed as questions about history because the US is in a (fairly) unique position of being governed by the same Constitution as the one which was ...
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Why was this question about despotism and legislature closed?

I flagged this closed question for mod reopen and the flag response stated I need to bring it to Meta. So here it is. Legislative Despotism? The question was closed as Please clarify your ...
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Do we need [measurement]?

I recently noticed [this question] using measurement. Should we burninate this tag? Although measurement is a fundamental concept of all sciences (including political science), it doesn't seem to be ...
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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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Should we encourage questions to be rewritten in nonpartisan terms?

This question seems to have actually just been after the view of Amnesty International in the United States, but since the question implied a perceived liberal bias in the country's views on the topic ...
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Why have I been banned from asking questions?

I've been banned from asking questions, because I discuss topics which the far-left moderators here regard as being "wrongthink". They want politics.SE to remain a "safe space" for establishment/...
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What is the rationale for the “question ban” for user guest271314?

You have reached your question limit Sorry, we are no longer accepting questions from this account. See the Help Center to learn more. How can I get out of a question ban? Begin by ...
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Why was my answer deleted?

Recently, I posted an answer which was deleted for 'wrongthink'. For those of you who have not read it, here is a screengrab of the now deleted answer. The rationale given is that my answer had "...
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Why were answers deleted at a question addressing South Africa and “white farmers”?

See the Faurisson affair I made it explicit that I would not discuss Faurisson's work, having only limited familiarity with it (and, frankly, little interest in it). Rather, I restricted myself ...
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Personal scandals topple leaders and the ambitious so why close gossip/scandal questions?

Somebody just asked Why did Jemima Goldsmith divorce Irman Khan?, which at least 4 closers feel is too low a question for Politics.SE -- their rationale is probably quite idealistic or academic. (...
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In what respect is a comment correcting an erroneous attempted improvement not constructive?

Suppose an answer says foo is bar because of fact #1. User Hardy comments in good faith: fact #1 is not true on days beginning with T, according to the famous Professor Wiser's work in the 1960s. ...
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What to do with partially snide but also partially useful comments?

There's a general problem here, for which I'll give a specific illustration, but this is about the general problem, not any one instance. We see many useful comments where the commentator makes ...
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Merge [tag:legislation] and [tag:legislative-process]

We have the two tags legislation and legislative-process, which have very similar excerpts and IMHO discuss the same thing: legislative-process (61 questions): Questions about the processes to ...
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What makes this a bad question?

A user on this site has had a bad experience with posting questions. Apparently it is improving a little as there is a new question from the same poster. The question currently has two close votes....