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Why were all of the comments on my question deleted?

Some 15 comments or so were deleted by user @Philipp on this question. Notably, the first comment (which was by another user, whose handle I do not recall) asked something along the lines of "Your ...
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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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Should lack of “good-faith effort to learn (..)” be linked to a clear part of the question?

I have stumbled across this question which received 3 close votes from which 2 are "The primary purpose of this question appears to be to promote or discredit a specific political cause, group or ...
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Can pre-text change whether a question is on-topic?

Question presented On this site, can the pre-text/context/background to a question determine whether it is on-topic or off-topic? Example In this meta question the accepted answer says that this is ...
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I deleted a question of mine, after noticing the answer was basically based on a faulty premise

I've just posted a question, and deleted it after a little while, when I noticed that the answer was likely "bad information was written on Wikipedia". However I'm not sure it really was as bad as it ...
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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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How should we handle mischaracterization of other user's answers?

I am just using this as an example, I am not requesting any action be taken against any user of any kind. This just brings up an important question of how to handle possible misrepresentations of ...
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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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How to make the question about normative or descriptive ethics on policy more clarity?

Question in question: Does politics deal with descriptive or normative ethics? It's currently closed as unclear. Unfortunately, it's also unclear for me for what to clarify. I'm completely clueless ...
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How to make “how does politics differ from business” better

Brythan wrote a very good answer to exactly what I was asking. However, I do not feel it was clear what I was asking. So what would be some good improvement to my question?
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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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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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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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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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Why was this question asking for specific literature recommendations closed?

This question What books on the political philosophy from the Enlightenment period can you recommend? was closed as off-topic. I have voted to reopen. The history and philosophy of politics is surely ...
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Is asking about the motivations of large groups, with documented opinions, off limit?

From Why do BLM protestors continue after all four police involved in the killing of George Floyd are facing charges? : Might as well quote the whole thing: Why do BLM protestors continue to riot ...
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Should US State specific tags exist?

Should we have tags for specific US States? We definitely have questions about state laws and politics, but I'd argue that having individual tags for each state is too localized. Here are some state ...
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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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Should naive, but technically correct questions be closed?

During close review process I came across this question and I did not know what to do (I skipped it): it sounds kind of silly (thus many downvotes), but it seems to be technically correct (it is about ...
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How can I influence high quality answer undelete? [duplicate]

I have stumbled across this question and this removed answer (visible to 2K+ users only). Revisions indicate that the author chose to vandalize its own answer instead of just removing it and a ...
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Why can't I edit this question?

I came across this question and to my surprise the edit button was disabled. But on another question from the same user, the edit button is enabled. According to this post: A large number of ...
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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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Countries tags are not used in some specific questions

Mostly new users ask their question and they make questions (the quality is irrelevant in this point) hoping an answer that is segregated in one specific country. There are examples of when we talk ...
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Which candidates support x position?

Would it be on topic to ask a question in the form "Which candidates running in the US (Republican|Democratic) presidential primary for 2016 has expressed support for X position?" What about "...
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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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Where would I ask about the cause of a recent political themed blip on my website?

Politics.SE seems like the obvious place for this question, since the underlying topic is political in nature, but I think it's almost as obvious that it would be off-topic on the site. I have a web ...
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Tag for tax funded public art/culture patronage?

Do any existing tags apply to tax funded public art or culture, or also government permission to place or maintain these even at private or corporate expense? Could be applied to things like large ...
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Advice on condensing a long discussion in chat

Any advice on how to deal with this very long, but informative, discussion? https://politics.stackexchange.com/a/14850/10373 Some things could be folded into the answer, some split into separate ...
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Is asking about a politician's motivation on topic? [duplicate]

I asked this question Why did Ricky Muir re-enter politics in the "fisher and shooters" party? and it got one off-topic close vote. It's not directly about policy but it's about a ...
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Question about broadness

So after I reformulated What are the relevant models and dynamics of immigration and asylum politics? from being just a question of literature references to an actual question, it's now put on hold as ...
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Should we create a new tag for the questions about the Israel-Gaza Conflict

This conflict is pretty much as old as Israel itself, but has flared up and spawned several questions lately. Should we create a tag for questions about this conflict? If so what should it be? If ...
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Is “International” a meta tag?

Does the term international mean anything by itself, or is it a "Meta tag", something that can only work when it's combined with another tag? Additionally, using "International" to mean "Outside the ...
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In an election year, should a candidate's possible handicaps, (or their attempts at concealment), be off-topic?

Let's imagine we're all magically transported back to 1932, and we're all on a pen-pal postcard based version of Politics.SE, with Philipp as our long suffering moderator. Somebody posts a question ...
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Clarifying topicality of a question about state media contents

After a question was closed I had a feeling I was not good in explaining its relevance to this Q&A site, but I might be wrong. So my actual question was why open source/open tech activities ...
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What is the appropriate tag for travel bans, in general?

Despite all the tags we currently have, I'm having trouble tagging questions about travel bans in a way that doesn't generate disputes/comments under the questions. We currently have immigration (as ...
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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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Can a question's author prevent typo edits by invoking Creative Commons?

A user has twice erroneously rolled back a corrective typo edit and argues that an edit: ...implicitly creates the impression that I endorse the new wording and, by doing so, violates the last ...
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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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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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Why are we closing better question as a duplicate of worse question?

I'm not sure if it's a SE wide policy, or only on SFF, but I'm used to duplicate policy being that a question with superior answers (especially if question itself is superior) is NOT closed as a ...
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Make [race] a synonym of [demographics]

racism and race. They're not quite the same thing, but I'm seeing some tag confusion already. This question was tagged [race], when it needed to be tagged [racism]. Fixed it, but the remaining usages ...
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Should we have a more neutral tag for “communication”?

We do have fairly used tags for propaganda and rhetoric but these are somewhat loaded terms (especially the former). I'm not sure these tags are enough to cover all aspects of political communication. ...
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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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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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Claiming not to be interested in opinions when asking something that can only be solved by opinion

The question Should I vote for what is best for me or what is best for others? is by itself very opinion-based. First, it asks for the best without providing any metric to evaluate the best. Then ...
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Why do I get ten points for an upvoted answer rather than 5?

Forgive me because I'm still unclear on how things work on SE, and this is a point that I may just be confused about. But it seems that when a question or answer gets an upvote on Politics.SE, I get a ...
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Edit rejected. No deviation from original intent

I suggested an edit to the only answer to my question Is there any good evidence for institutional racisms in the United States?. The edit got rejected by user "JJ for transparency and Monica&...
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Closed within 30 minutes

In the last two days I have twice encountered my questions closed within minutes of posting. I am fairly new to posting questions on Politics.SE, and have found that rather than having any chance to ...
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Change my view: The UK probably won't grant full UK citizenship to Hong Kongers with BN(O) passports

Are posts in the format of r/changemyview posts allowed? If they are, please help me clarify Change my view: The UK probably won't grant full UK citizenship to Hong Kongers with BN(O) passports? ...
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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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