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What to do about biased question-askers who accept an answer because its supports their bias?

This question and this question brought this to mind. Questions like these, where the requester is asking a biased question not to gain actual knowledge but simply reinforce or spread their bias (...
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Rename [presidency-term] to [presidential-term]

We have presidency-term, but It's poor English (writers use presidential term) It isn't in line with other similar tags (i.e. presidential-election)
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Answers locking due to low quality comments also prevents upvotes. What to do about it?

Yesterday, I have read this answer, I liked and tried to upvote it. However, a rather ugly error message told me that it is locked. While I can understand the reason for locking the post, it also ...
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what is the best way to prevent people from using their ignorance as evidence?

A lot of times I see people saying things like "I have never heard of..." or "Wikipedia search didn't show anything about..", etc. as evidence that a certain fact is not true. Maybe it's because ...
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Was this duplicate closure correct?

My question What are the professional standards for FBI agents? was closed as a "duplicate" of Are American FBI agents not allowed to have personal opinions? Worth noting that the questions are ...
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Why were the comments deleted rather than moved to chat?

The comments for the question Why is the British government so determined to arrest Julian Assange? (the question itself, not the answers) were deleted, rather than moved to chat. I flagged a question ...
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Flagged as duplicate when it is not

Why would this question be flagged as a duplicate when it is not? There are 3 differences: In the earlier question the weight is determined by the margin and in this system the weight is determined ...
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Randomly translation of parties name?

Forewords: I'm not associated, in any way, with the party I'm going to ask about. I simply proposed an edit to a question, and it's not a huge deal (it could be easily refused) but it made me wonder: ...
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Main differences between Politics.SE and Quora?

User4012 opines: Quora is... ... not exactly a reliable source of information. Is Politics.SE objectively better than Quora in any obvious, major, and uncontroversial respects, and if so, which ...
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Tag deleted against authors wishes, question edited in order to justify tag deletion

I asked this question: Why is Poland's proposed Holocaust speech law so controversial? And tagged it "israel" and "poland", because the main controversy is between Poland and Israel. I even ...
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What steps could we take to help Politics.SE graduate?

Is there something the users of Politics.SE can do to graduate this site from being just a beta version? It seems absurd that a Stack Exchange site on a topic that is very important is still a Beta ...
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Is a question about the funding of media outlets off-topic?

See: How is The Real News Network funded? In the comments there I claimed that the funding of a media outlet (assuming it's not minuscule and insignificant) is part of the political process - and ...
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Why is left wing offensive content not moderated nearly as rigorously?

There seems to be a disturbing trend on the site. Whenever anything - no matter how factually accurate - is stated that is right-leaning, a bunch of people come in, flag as offensive, and certain ...
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if it's not about politics, what is it about?

My question here was put on hold because it is presumably "not about politics, government or political process." But the question very clearly sets up the context as that of the current political ...
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Why was my profile modified?

I had a remark on my profile that "Goyim Lives Matter". This was deleted, presumably by one of the moderators. I will preemptively refute the accusation that this is antisemetic. Oxford Dictionary ...
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Why was this answer deleted through direct moderator vote instead of low quality queue / normal delete vote?

I have accidentally stumbled across this answer. It is clearly not a high quality answer, but the only justification for its abrupt deletion is an inappropriate reference in the first paragraph. I ...
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Best Venue for Embassy-Related Question

This question was recently migrated to Politics.SE from Law. In substance, the question asks where North Koreans traveling in the United States can receive consular services. Since it is a question ...
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Preemptively protecting hot network questions

I asked a question last night, and it was received pretty well, to the point that it managed to get into the Hot Network Question (HNQ) list. But as a result of this, a moderator protected the ...
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Question and answer that do not link any sources

What can I do about an answer that is accepted, but user refuses to provide any sources to his claims. A different but similar question is marked as a duplicate. Some other answers to similar ...
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Are questions purely about personal visa usage on-topic?

So there's two questions I wanted to contrast here Why do Mauritius passport holders have such easy visa access to so many countries? If you have a SMOM passport are you able to legally enter the ...
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Which one to duplicate?

I am tempted to vote to re-open this question: What are the professional standards for FBI agents? Currently it is closed as a duplicate of this question: Are American FBI agents not allowed to ...
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Do we really want to tolerate personal attacks and antisemitism here?

We have a user here who frequently engages in personal and antisemitic attacks against other users. They have very few answers or questions, their only purpose on this site seems to be to spread hate ...
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Why are some questions closed?

Sometimes a question is closed by the experienced members of the community. What is the criteria that is used to close a question? But what if the user feels it is a good question? Is there a way in ...
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Why were my comments deleted from this question about Israel?

At Military aid Israel has received from the US , I posted a comment saying that I was voting to close the question because it's trivially googleable. If any country has had foreign aid from the US ...
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Why was this question closed?

Is it possible to artificially create navigable rivers? Was closed as off-topic with This question does not appear to be about governments, policies and political processes within the scope ...
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I agree that my question is a good fit for another site, but it's clear that it's on topic here too

According to the help center: Matters of Policy: Central to the idea of this site are the nuts and bolts of policies introduced by governments, presumably for the welfare of their citizens. As ...
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Can the strict rules of this website be withheld in exceptional circumstances?

Does North Korea accept asylum seekers? This question spawned some comments, some of them highly upvoted, mentioning that seeking asylum in NKorea might not necessarily be a good idea. Most of these ...
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Why did Community delete a good answer (>= 5)?

Community deleted this answer, in spite its value (11-6=5 at the time of writing this post). Currently it is undeleted, but I wonder: Why was it deleted in the first place?
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Why did this stack exchange site upvote this woeful answer?

In the top-voted answer in this thread: Why is communism considered as evil (like fascism and nazism) in the United States?, it is argued that communism is evil. The argument goes that communist ...
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Can we devise a canonical question about US federal law vs State law?

@IllusiveBrian had a highly voted and (in my opinion) useful comment on this post about maternity leave laws in the US: I wonder if we need a canonical question explaining the role of the US ...
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What should we do with the “why” questions?

We often get "why isn't X a case" questions, especially for USA. The problem with most1 such questions is that they are really two questions in one: "Why isn't there a law for X"? Which has one, ...
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Why were constructively critical comments deleted?

On the main, there is a now closed questions, "Why would somebody want to shut down a speaking event? [on hold]." The question is overly broad, and likely to generate answers that are primarily ...
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Can a user rejoin the site?

I have seen a user posting a first question (first posts review queue) and it seemed very familiar (by name). Based on activity from other sites on the SE Network, I think it is actually the same user ...
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Is asking for resources on treaties off topic?

If I asked about finding the signatories (by which I mean the individuals who signed for their countries) of treaties such as this one would it be off topic? In the German Bundestag there often ...
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Ask (main) part of question in the title and don't ask it within the main text

Some users ask (main) part of question in the title and don't ask it within the main text. I've edited some of them till now, adding the title to the question. But I don't really know what is the best ...
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Why is this website still in beta mode?

Just curious, Politics.StackExchange is a couple of years old, so why still in beta or that the name of the forum? Can a moderator explain this to me?
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“Why did this happen?” Questions

Recently a question of the form "Why is country X against project Y of country Z" was closed (and now deleted by its maker) as off topic as requiring non-public sources. That we shouldn't guess is ...
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How to deal with question which is a duplicate of another question on another SE?

This question is a duplicate of this question on history SE, however the Stack Exchange only allow to flag duplicate for questions on the same Stack Exchange. Is it considered fine to have two exact ...
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How to deal with possibly important information/background about a question which not directly answers the question itself?

I recently stumbled over an issue. One answer in a comment mentioned "Whataboutism" and I thought to myself "What the hell is that?". It is claimed even in Wikipedia that the word was used in a Cold ...
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Why are these questions closed?

Did Charlie Hebdo ever publish any cartoon satirizing Judaism? What is the status of Kashmir in the eyes of USA and EU? Why is it okay for the USA if Greece deploys S300PMU-1 but it is not okay if ...
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Is my answer politically incorrect or what?

"Terrorism has no religion." Why don't Moderate Muslims restrain their Radical counterparts? There are several possible answers actually. Majority in islamic countries are not as ...
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Is it appropriate to consider distinct perspectives of the same situation as different questions?

There are two questions looking into the motives of the NRA. The second is mine, focusing on the motives that would be assigned by the opposition. The first focuses the "real motives" of the NRA, ...
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Why is this post not rude or abusive (as evidenced by declined flag)?

I'm trying to make a sense of a declined "rude or abusive" flag. The flag was declined with a canned "declined - a moderator reviewed your flag, but found no evidence to support it" message without a ...
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Are rude/abusive flags handled based on latest edited text of the post as of review time, or on the original text? [duplicate]

When a post is flagged as rude or abusive, how are the flags handled? More specifically, is it based on latest edited text of the post as of review time, or on the original text?
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What could make this question less broad? [duplicate]

My question, Is there anything which may not be included in an agreement?, was put on hold as being too broad. This question is intended as a political theory (philosophy) question. I limited the ...
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Hate speech on politics SE

Politics SE seems to be plagued with hate speech, and not much seems to be done about it. Eventually the posts will get removed, but that doesn't stop the user from posting more hate speech. This is a ...
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Why is one question about the Catalan referendum open and upvoted, and the other one is closed as off topic and downvoted?

What are plausible possible outcomes after the Catalan referendum? This thread was put on hold with -5 votes and deemed "off topic". If the independence vote in Catalunya is successful. What are the ...
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Strange non-correlation between close/reopen votes and up/downvotes

This question was closed as offtopic, but received no downvotes. On the other hand, this one received no upvotes, but 4 reopen votes. Should not be a correlation between downvotes and close votes? ...
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How on topic is the military?

A few recent questions have had a lot to do with how some military could/should/would deal with something, or what the implications of some act are in terms focusing on a military or war. It's been ...
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Why mods handle non-mod flags before the community has its say?

I have noticed that on this SE, my community flags get handled by a moderator BEFORE the community has its say through the review queue. Why is it so? I thought that the SE theory of moderation said ...