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How to salvage the quality core of a question over the objections of its author?

Partially related to this Meta Question I will admit up front that this meta question will seem self serving. On the main, there is a much maligned question that is appropriately downvoted: "Were ...
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Are questions which challenge a political thesis on-topic here?

I was just looking through the accepted topics and generally got the idea that this Stack Exchange does not support topics which rely largely on debate. However I noticed a lot of the top rated ...
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How to proceed if I think an answer deleted by owner is valuable?

This question contains an answer that was deleted by owner. Besides a lack of references I think this answer deserves to be visible, so I am wondering how to proceed to make it visible for all (not ...
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Are Identification questions on topic here?

Lets say that I was looking at a picture from a recent, significant political affair and I noticed a particularly dapper-looking fellow. Given his location in crowd, I believe that it is safe to ...
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Is it OK to vote to close and answer a question at the same time?

Currently, this question has something peculiar: a user has voted to close it and also provided (a good) answer. I have seen this a few times, but cannot find another example. It seems quite strange ...
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Are questions about International Sport Federations decisions on-topic on Politics.SE?

I am thinking about large organizations like FIFA who have a great influence in sports and deal with lots of money at global level. I expect that many of its mechanisms to resemble those found in ...
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Editing a question to such an extent as to make all existing answers off-topic

Regarding this question, the original question(s) were Why does it matter whether or not Trump informed Nancy Pelosi about the Baghdadi assassination? [...] So why is it a big deal that ...
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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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Clarification on comment policy

Although appropriate for the help page, I think that the terse language in the comment policy would perhaps benefit from some deeper explanation and community analysis. I think that the line between ...
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When do opposing biased answers balance better than overviews?

Trlkly comments: Politics Stack Exchange does not exist to promote one person's or one side's political ideas. This was a comment on TheLeopard's lengthy answer, which was deleted at the time I ...
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Should this question about protests at US airports be undeleted?

This question about Hong Kong airport protests happening in the US (cached) was deleted by the community user, I assume because the author's account was removed / deleted. The question was closed and ...
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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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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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Why was my question locked, instead of deleted?

I requested for a question to be deleted, but instead, it was locked by Philipp: My request was simple, delete the post (my question) since it's been modified so much by editors that it's not written ...
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Stop deleting comments that point out false claims in an answer

Recently moderators have twice deleted some highly upvoted comments that point out some false claims an answer makes. The main comment was extremely well-received, as comments that get 30+ upvotes are ...
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Please reword the “good faith” close reason

We recently changed the custom close reasons, and one of them reads: The primary purpose of this question appears to be to promote or discredit a specific political cause, group or politician. It ...
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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 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 short low-quality answers which are prevented from deletion by upvotes?

Sometimes we get very short low-quality answers which I think should be deleted. These answers are characterised by a lack of references a short, Twitter-like message containing a popular opinion ...
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Does serial close voting by tag matter?

During my review of close votes I have noticed that there is a significant fraction of questions tagged israel (example 1, example 2). All these questions seemed fine for me and for the community as ...
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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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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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If an unsatisfactory answer inspires comments by others that taken as a whole answer the question, should I mark it as answered?

Consider an answer that's only partially satisfactory, but neglects some essential factor. Comments ensue, which resolve the neglected factor, so that the answer and comments, when taken as a whole, ...
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Does Self-Moderation work?

According to A Theory of Moderation, one of the central tenants of Stack Exchange is that the community at large moderates itself. By judicious use of upvotes, downvotes, and votes for closing, the ...
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Can we remove the Napoleon tag?

I can't see any reason the napoleon tag would ever be relevant on this site, most questions related to Napoleon would most likely be better fit on History.SE anyway.
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Should posts be flagged to make have them reviewed by the community or not?

I ask this because there seem to be conflicting advice coming from our mods, so I would like to have this point clarified before I flag anything else anymore. Please do not use flags in an attempt ...
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What are good citations for answers?

So, I've been using Politics for about two weeks now, and I've contributed some answers. To avoid making them subjective, I've tried to add references that back up what I'm saying. I know that ...
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Are give-me-data-only questions on topic?

I was looking at this question earlier Sortable table or spreadsheet with full, detailed 2017 UK General Election results for every constituency And couldn't fit it within any of the following 3 ...
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Should we suggest/demand that people explain technical terms in their questions?

From time to time, I see comments on questions that prompt the question asker to define terms that Are not defined in the question Are not well known to 100% of people, especially outside specific ...
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When is question about concrete person's political views off-topic? [duplicate]

Based on comments on the question: Has Sergei Lukyanenko revealed something about his political opinions since 2012. Questions about public people are probably sometimes on topic. I mean, if ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Struggling to draft a question on race and party affiliation

I haven't posted to Politics.SE before, but this question is something that I have wondered about for a while. I started drafting it, but given my lack of experience on the site thought I would bring ...
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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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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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Are questions about feminism on topic on politics.SE?

Are questions on the origin of the feminism movement, the theoretical basis for the movement, and evidence for feminist claims on topic on politics.SE? That is, is feminism.SE,http://area51....
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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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Is it OK to keep a dead link within a post?

This question contains several references, but one of them is "dead" (dead link). Someone pointed out the broken link, but OP refused to remove it. My first intention was to edit the post and keep ...
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How can we diversify the site?

Presently, Politics SE has a very strong US bias. From counting country-based tags: united-states: 119 questions (european-union: 11 questions; not a country) uk: 7 questions russian-federation: 5 ...
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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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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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Why is this question off-topic?

A user asked this today: "Who negotiated the release of prisoners from North Korea" And it was closed for being off-topic. Why? It seems like an objectively verifiable question to me. Was there a ...
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Strange removal of a decent answer

The only answer provided to this question (also automatically removed, so now it is accessible to 2K users only) was "hammered" by a moderator. However, the question had and has a good score and ...
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Are questions about implausible hypothetical situations on-topic?

Specific example: What would happen if no one voted in the next General Election? On one hand it's about a political process and could be considered on-topic. On the other hand, it's an extremely ...
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UN or United-Nations?

We currently have a un and a united-nations. Overall, I think that united-nations is clearer, but UN has a wiki excerpt and more questions and followers. There are only three questions that are ...
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What degree of rewriting is acceptable in attempting to salvage a “not constructive” question?

I just did a complete rewrite of this question, in an attempt to bring it into line with acceptable standards for politics.se. IMO the original was a barely-disguised rant, and subsequent edits did ...