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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Are requests for references on-topic?

Some SE sites seem to dislike requests for references. Are we considering the following two questions on-topic: What is a good book which covers in-depth topic XYZ [from ABC angle]? Seems like very ...
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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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Is it off-topic to ask about rationale behind political satire?

I want to know what does a joke about an existing politician from an SNL skit refer to. Is this community an appropriate place to ask? Another one I'm considering is Movies&TV.
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Questions about behaviors of politic figures off topic?

Why are questions about the practices and behaviors of political figures or others involved in politics considered off topic? Body Language of Hand on the Back: A power statement?? Another example: ...
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What are the best tags for questions on gender and/or sexuality?

A comment on this question asks whether the lgbt tag is appropriate. I think it is, since the T is usually held to stand for "transgender", but the comment brings another question to mind. The ...
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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 I include the alternative or not in this question?

I've asked this question. First comment, upvoted: I think this question would be improved by removing the discussion of the Italian system, as it distracts from the main point of the question. I ...
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What Constitutes a Rant?

This meta question is based on "Why are the candidates allowed to speak after their two minutes runs out?" The text of the question is: In most major American debates, the candidates get a fixed ...
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Striving for the highest quality

The Nature of Politics Unlike topics like those covered in SO, Physics, Biology, etc. Politics tends not to have a unique answer to everything. A communist, a fascist, an anarchist and a neo-liberal ...
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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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Can you suggest a standard comment for opinion-based answers?

I noticed that many new users come to this website with the misconception that it would be a website would be a forum to post their personal opinion, not a Q&A site for posting factual answers. ...
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Notice: SHUTDOWN tag now available

I've noticed we've gotten several questions about the shutdown of the United States government. I think these deserve their own tag, so I've added it. It's probably good to have a separate stream ...
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How should we handle offensive images in questions, or obvious soapboxing?

Take for example this question. Is religious discrimination legal in the USA. Numerous attempts to remove the offensive image were made, with the attempt to remove the offensive material and ...
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Tag Synonymns to merge

Please post in this question all tag synonyms which you think should be combined. Having too many ways to refer to a given topic is just confusing, and it fragments things.
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Is it okay to ask a question to prove a point?

I asked two questions that did not receive very good feedback. Both questions were meant to either have answers that showed the ridiculousness of the situation, or so I could hear an argument that I'...
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Which candidate(s)/party comes closes to representing these views? On topic or not?

I recently asked the question What US 2016 presidential candidate meets my criteria? based on the precedent set by the highly upvoted question Given my list of convictions, which US party(ies) should ...
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Should major political thinkers have their own tags?

I've created the tag rosa-luxemburg because I think major political thinkers should have their own tags. Am I right? Added: In the meantime, tags bin-laden and benito-mussolini have appeared. There's ...
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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 ...