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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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I'm not sure if my question is appropriate for SE.Politics

I am new to politics stack exchange and I just wanted to verify whether my question is appropriate for SE.Politics or not. Its about a policy proposal. I'm genuinely trying to do research and see if ...
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(Why) are questions about what Rush Limbaugh or Fox News [personalities] say off topic?

Are these opinion makers/leaders not (highly) relevant politically? Some of them have a greater audience than many local politicians, whose sayings would undoubtedly be on-topic. And yes, these are ...
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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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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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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, in ...
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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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Troll questions lately from single-use accounts

I've noticed a string of questions from single-use accounts that are generally either ill-informed or offensive. The ones I can see from my meager 123-rep account: Is fascism an older, less liberal ...
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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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Is this considered within bounds of “be nice” policy? If so, why?

Quoting a comment (emphasis mine): There is no such thing as a "bad" question. There is a such thing as nitpicking critics that parse questions and answers to satisfy their own peer-pressure or ego ...
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Politics vs Economics

There have been quite a few economics questions that have been asked here in the last week or so. Most of these questions are actually good economics questions but not really about political ...
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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 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 should we deal with tags that refer to individuals?

This answer from 2016 seems to suggest that tags of this kind are meta-tags and should be deleted. Should we apply this logic to the current individual-specific tags, or should we allow them in ...
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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 Trump didn't ...
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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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On-topic page is unclear

See here. This paragraph, first sentence: Processes are central to legislation is made. Questions seeking to understand the rules and processes by which policy is made in various legislatures or ...
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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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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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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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Question Edit invalidating existing answers

A recent edit to Has any of the US federal armed forces acted violently against civil movements / protesters? invalidates several answers with multiple upvotes. The original question had no date ...
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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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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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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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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 are some questions which are clearly opinion-based allowed while others are not?

The guidance on What topics can I ask about here? reads: Politics Stack Exchange is for objective questions about governments, policies and political processes. It is not a place to advance opinions ...
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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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What do people think of the dozens of tag-only edits of old questions?

Over the past few days, one user has been editing dozens of old questions and primarily adding new tags. What does the community think of this? One the one hand, accurate tagging is useful and I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 to ...
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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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