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Are off-topic posts to be flagged?

I flagged this answer as "not an answer", which is explained as follows. This was posted as an answer, but it does not attempt to answer the question. It should possibly be an edit, a comment, ...
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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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Are personalities on topic here?

There is a question, albeit a poorly written one, that seeks to understand why Silvio Berlusconi is able to be "at the top of the food chain" in Italy. I can understand why people want to close it - ...
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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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Questions regarding Parliamentary Procedure

Would questions about parliamentary procedure be acceptable here? I'm just necessarily referring to say the US House of Representatives or the US Senate rules of order but Robert's Rules of Order ...
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Are tag Wikis allowed to use Wikipedia wording?

On some SE sites, having a tag wiki be a copy/paste from Wikipedia article is frowned upon (e.g. on SciFi&Fantasy it's a semi-official policy, acknowledged by moderators, that such tag wiki edits ...
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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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Are requests for references on-topic?

Some SE sites seem to dislike requests for references. Are we considering the following two questions on-topic: What is a good book which covers in-depth topic XYZ [from ABC angle]? Seems like very ...
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Are “Is Wikipedia right” questions welcome?

I have previously asked: How do we feel about "General Reference" questions that are somewhat answered on Wikipedia? The answers and comments to that question basically boiled down to ...
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Are disputable questions becoming problem here?

After reaching public beta, I see more and more disputable questions such as: why a rational person would .... what are the rational arguments against .... why people think that .... This are, in my ...
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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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Is it OK to remove nonessential opinionated material from an answer?

I recently read an answer that answered the question asked, but also included a couple paragraphs of the author's opinions on environmental policies. These, while related to the topic of the question, ...
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What should the name of our chat room be? [closed]

Did you know we have a chat room? It feels a bit deserted and one fun way of drawing a bit of attention to it would be to change the default - and dull - name to something awesome! Several other ...
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How do we deal with politically divisive news events?

Warning: This question is prompted by the recent events at Sandy Hook Elementary School. While it's not directly related to those particular events, but how we as a community can react sensitively to ...
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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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How to handle opinions in factual answers?

If there are political opinions/bias in an otherwise "good" and neutral/factual answer, how do we as a site want to handle it? As a hypothetical, someone asks a question on presidential elections. ...
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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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Should we have a requrement for rigorous definitions for **questions**?

Many Qs and As in politics are highly subjective as it is, but one of the major reasons making them even more subjective is incredibly vague definitions of popularly used terms, which come with ...
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Is there a good tag to refer to political points of view held by a specific side of a debate?

This question is two-part: 1) What is a good META.politics.SE tag to use on questions which deal with content that can be described as "points of view from one side of political debate"? E.g. "what ...
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Are questions in the form of “How does X set of political views explain Y conundrum” on-topic and welcome?

1) Are questions in the form of "How does X set of political views explain Y conundrum/controvercy/objection" on-topic and welcome? As a random example, would the following question of the type: ...
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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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Poll: “arguments for/against” vs “advantages/disadvantages” [closed]

Following up this question: How to word “advantage/disadvantage” or “arguments for/against” questions? ... and the suggestion in the Private Beta Extension discussion that it (among others) should ...
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Should we allow the tags *left* and *right*?

There is already the use of the tags left and right and I wanted to ask whether anybody else sees a problem with using them. Personally I think because there is no clear definition of "left" and "...
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Private Beta Extension [closed]

Given the volatile nature of the topic, Politics.SE has done a great job so far of keeping out most of the subjective discourse. However, we’re choosing to extend your private beta for a week to give ...
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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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How to word “advantage/disadvantage” or “arguments for/against” questions?

There seems to be some disagreement about whether "What are the advantages and disadvantages of X?" questions are on-topic for this site, with, on the one hand, a number of questions being close-voted ...
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Should the political affiliations of candidates for moderator be disclosed?

While the tone so far during the private beta has been remarkably congenial, it seems obvious that politics.se has the potential to attract more contentious questions, answers and comments than some ...
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How to avoid opinionated debate in an advantage/disadvantage question?

I've just asked the question: What are the advantages and disadvantages of a politically appointed vs. permanent Civil Service? ... which I found very difficult to write in a way which was Not ...
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7 Essential Questions - Temporary Moderators [closed]

As per the Moderator Pro Tempore blog post, after about a week SE looks for temporary moderators for new sites to help with the development of the community and to act as a liaison between the ...
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How to accept an answer if answers are both correct but different?

In this question, there are presently two answers. In short, one says yes, one says no, and I can't really say which one is more correct: Does the head-of-state pardon violate separation of powers? ...
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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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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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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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Should major political thinkers have their own tags?

I've created the tag rosa-luxemburg because I think major political thinkers should have their own tags. Am I right? Added: In the meantime, tags bin-laden and benito-mussolini have appeared. There's ...
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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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Should we have a “back it up” rule for answers?

I've asked my first question on Politics today, and I'm not very happy with the first couple of answers that I received. Don't get me wrong, both answers are helpful, I appreciate the answerers' time &...
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United States tag synonym with USA?

The Tag Synonyms to merge question currently contains only the suggestion to merge us and usa into united-states. While this is probably appropriate for the vast majority of questions asked with ...
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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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Is political history within the scope of the site?

Political history is on topic on our sister site, History Stack Exchange, and questions about it are mainly under these two tags: political-history politics A category of questions being on topic ...
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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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Tag Synonymns to merge

Please post in this question all tag synonyms which you think should be combined. Having too many ways to refer to a given topic is just confusing, and it fragments things.
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Questions about campaigning?

Campaigning is a political process, so it's at least nominally in scope. Our examples/first few questions seem to be centered around policy/political science. Should questions from people aimed at ...
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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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7 Essential Questions - FAQ Entries

As part of "The 7 Essential Meta Questions of Every Beta" this question is intended to solicit ideas and commentary for site-specific FAQ entries. Anyone is welcome to suggest entries and discuss ...
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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 localized should we go?

It seems inevitable that we'll have country specific questions as this question assumes: How should we tag country-specific questions? Where do we draw the line? We probably don't want moose-jaw-...
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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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How should we tag country-specific questions?

Some questions on this site are likely to be somewhat localised to an individual country or group of countries. As such, I feel it may be important to ensure such questions are tagged as such to ...

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