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How can we improve a question closed as partisan?

We have this close reason: 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 good-faith effort ...
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Whale hunting question has a bunch of issues; would it be better deleted?

I'm referring to this one: What is the fundamental difference between catching whales and hunting other animals? This question, comments and answers are all happily out of control, and the entire ...
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Why was my accepted answer deleted?

My answer to this question about whaling was deleted by three users. At that moment, it had 27 upvotes, 36 downvotes, and was the accepted answer. It's unclear to me why this answer was deleted. As ...
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What custom close reasons should we have?

Update: The two most upvoted close reasons have now been enable. Let's see how they work out in practice. We still have room for a third close-reason. Currently we only have these standard reasons: ...
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Why is the stackexchange company displaying its favor of net neutrality here?

Since recently, the following message is displayed in the upper bar of the website : Join Stack Overflow in Standing Up for Net Neutrality For a little context, Net Neutrality is a principle, ...
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How did this edit improve the post?

I have stumbled across this edit in the queue and I do not understand what is the improvement here. I decided to skip it (normal action when not knowing what to do), but I see it eventually got ...
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Should we encourage 'explain in very simple terms' questions?

Questions explaining a subject in simple terms The title may be a bit ambiguous, but I recently came across the following questions: How to explain the E.U. to a 5 year-old How to explain ...
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Should we openly require that obvious-to-experts terms be clarified/defined?

So, I ran into a comment today with +6 score: Please define your terms: Demonetizing, black money and how it relates to higher denomination notes. This is on a question about Modi's demonetizing ...
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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 should we do with minor edits related to changing a neutral-pronoun to singular they?

I have met with this edit twice during review. It boils down to changing a neutral pronoun to singular they. First time I thought this edit made next to no improvement (I know some other reviewer ...
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Downvoting for disagreement

Other websites actively discourage downvoting someone because you disagree. But Stack Exchange is not like other sites. There are a few reasons why you might disagree with someone's answer. Almost ...
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Brace yourself, US presidential election is coming up!

US presidential election is drawing closer, and some of our users are quite emotionally invested in the event. That means we currently see a greater than usual activity of users on this website which ...
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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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How do I deal with a user who is gatekeeping edits to their answer?

I've noticed an answer that contains a section that doesn't offer anything to the question other than to preemptively poison the well and be rude to any users that attempt to downvote or edit: Here ...
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Deleting Answers Vs Downvoting

I noticed this Answer coming up in the review queue and wanted to ask for some concrete guidance on Delete Votes Vs Downvotes. As per a lot of the comments on the answer it's clear that a number of ...
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When should we remove a question from the Hot Network Question list?

As you might have read in the recent global meta announcement, moderators now have the option to manually remove a question from the Hot Network Questions list. Should Politics Stack Exchange make ...
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Recommendations for Yes/No questions that can only be definitively answered for one outcome?

I've noticed several questions that have a similar pattern, and I'm interested to get opinions on how they should be handled or possibly improved. Basically, they are questions seeking to know if some ...
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Merge [public-pensions] and [private-pensions] into [pensions]

Both existing tags have few questions associated with them yet there is no tag for pensions in general. Given that it is difficult to distinguish between the two in some countries* it might be better ...
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Make [trump] a synonym of [donald-trump]

I’ve come across a few questions that’s tagged with trump and I’ve retagged them with donald-trump. As such, can trump be made a synonym of donald-trump? (I have suggested this synonym at https://...
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Disputing a declined NAA flag on the whose to blame for the US government shutdown question

I have twice flagged this answer, first with a NAA flag, and secondly with a custom flag. The response to my custom flag was that it is a valid answer because it challenges the premise of the question....
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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 handle own opinions when answering a question?

This might be a duplicate, but I couldn't find a question about this on meta. So, I'm active here now for a few months, and i find it really interesting to read answers to questions about topics I ...
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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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Should we rollback composite tags, in particular [trump-impeachment]?

I've noticed a lot of questions have been tagged trump-impeachment. The consensus, I think, used to be that separate tags should be preferred over such specific tags, for example based on these ...
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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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What are some examples of text to use for common comments?

There are many comments I find myself leaving often. Probably the most common is a reminder to back up answers, but "be nice", "one question per question", and "visit the help page" all come up ...
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Why was this NAA flag declined?

I recently flagged an answer which I think wasn't an answer. To my surprise, the flag was somehow declined. The screenshots below show the question and the flag declination. When flagging, I added a ...
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What is the tag “social-politics” about?

I see we have this social-politics tag, but I have no idea what qualifies for that. There is "Social Politics" journal, but it's basically a feminist journal. Social Politics is a leading feminist ...
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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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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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Why was my question removed from the HNQ?

My famous question "Why are Kinder Surprise Eggs illegal in the USA?" became a hot network question, but the next day a moderator had removed it from the HNQ, which is irreversible. So, why was my ...
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Should we follow the style guidelines on capitalizing president?

As per the AP Style: The AP Stylebook holds that you should capitalize president only as a formal title that is before one or more names. For example, President Barack Obama Presidents ...
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Call for Pro-Tem Moderators

Update August 24, 2016 Welcome Philipp as our newest moderator, after he graciously accepted the nomination. He will stand alongside the existing moderators. We have a slot open for a Moderator ...
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Does stackexchange have any standard for sources?

I've read numerous SE questions that are based on information provided by unreliable sources. Examples: There have been SE questions about immigration based on data provided by the anti-...
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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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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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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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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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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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Why is this answer so controversial?

This answer has proved to be highly controversial. At time of writing, it had the most up-votes of any answer to the question (10), but also 7 down-votes. In the comments there are two minor quibbles ...
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Can we merge [islamic-state] and [isis]?

A user asked a question under isis, I know the only question under isis is [on hold] but I think we should still merge islamic-state and isis so that future users will be directed accordingly to the ...
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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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What is on-topic for this site?

One of the 7 questions every site must answer is an understanding of what is on topic for this site. I’m introducing this question to collect answers for our FAQ.
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Adding Law and Economics as question migration targets in Closing -> Off-topic -> Migration

When trying to close an offtopic question, I see only the following option: belongs on meta.politics.stackexchange.com discussion, support, and feature requests for this site From various ...
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Should we add “Must Cite Assertions” to “How to Ask”?

I find myself frequently going through "First Post" questions where the Author has made a number of assertions that are often either baseless or heavily opinionated. I looked through our guidelines ...
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Why is this question too broad?

This question (Why do some nations not allow renunciation of citizenship?) has recently put on hold as too broad. Why? Ordinarily under these circumstances I wouldn't create a Meta post, but I ...
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Can we somehow link to a question on another SE site?

Once in a while, politics related questions that have awesome answers spring up on cousin SE sites (I just ran into this one on History). Is there any reasonable mechanism to ensure that visitors to ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Are antisemitic conspiracy theories against policy?

I flagged this answer as "rude or abusive". The flag reason states: A reasonable person would find this content inappropriate for respectful discourse. The linked policy states: Bigotry of any ...
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Why was the Zelensky-claim-of-no-pressure question removed from HNQ?

This question Why is the fact that Ukraine President Zelenskiy publicly stated that Trump didn't pressure him whatsoever being ignored? was removed from HNQ by Philipp. Any particular reason for ...