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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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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 ...
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Closure of Qatar question on their policy to pay western sources

This question was closed because according to some: Questions asking for the internal motivations of people, how specific individuals would behave in hypothetical situations or predictions for ...
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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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Would Focusing more on Political Science improve the site?

This site is nearly moribund, especially when compared to active SEs. The number of questions that gets asked and answered every day is well below the number that would be necessary for a thriving ...
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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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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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Is a question innately political just because it involves a politician?

Questions such as this question about golf or (possibly slightly more controversially) this question regarding pronouns don't appear to be have a solid connection to politics and the political process ...
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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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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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Are “is X constitutional” questions in-scope?

We have so far had a couple of questions of the form "is 'X' constitutional?" (as applied to USA). Ex: Is the PATRIOT ACT constitutional? Should such questions be in scope at all? The cons include ...
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Would this US Supreme Court question be on-topic here and likely to receive an answer?

In Law SE I've asked Between 1984 and 1994 US Supreme Court filings almost doubled but arguments nearly halved. Why? eighteen days ago. It was well received (+5 with 33 views) but so far not even a ...
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Questions regarding Parliamentary Procedure

Would questions about parliamentary procedure be acceptable here? I'm just necessarily referring to say the US House of Representatives or the US Senate rules of order but Robert's Rules of Order ...
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Should questions prompting brainstorming new solutions to political problems be in-scope?

In comments on a question related to fake news, a moderator responded to my edit trying to narrow the question with the following: The problem with this question is that this is a question&...
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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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How to handle opinions in factual answers?

If there are political opinions/bias in an otherwise "good" and neutral/factual answer, how do we as a site want to handle it? As a hypothetical, someone asks a question on presidential elections. ...
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What to with questions of format “If you believe X, shouldn't you believe Y?”

I've noticed a couple of questions lately of the format "If you support policy X, shouldn't you support policy Y?" Examples include a question asking "If the disabled can vote, why shouldn't minors be ...
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To what extent are policy questions on or off topic?

Most of the questions asked so far are about the political process ("What criteria does a US Presidential candidate need to meet in order to appear on the ballot?"). Some ask about the details of ...
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Should we unfreeze Politics chat?

The main Politics chat room, Agora, has been programmatically frozen for inactivity. Should it be unfrozen?
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What tag should be used for [bureaucracy]?

A question of mine was recently migrated from the Christianity SE, and I joined Politics to be able to fully follow it. In the migration, it lost its tags. (You guys don't seem to discuss [non-...
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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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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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How to “salvage” question:

Well I asked a question a day ago: Why is has the US not "followed through" with secularisation after the hippie movement? As one can see in the question and answers I have to "defend"/ask ...
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“Why did this happen?” Questions

Recently a question of the form "Why is country X against project Y of country Z" was closed (and now deleted by its maker) as off topic as requiring non-public sources. That we shouldn't guess is ...
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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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Should URLs always be hidden?

Recently I've seen several Suggested Edits that basically take some URL provided in a post and hide it. For example: Go to https://politics.meta.stackexchange.com/ Might be replaced with Go ...
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Why did a Mod close the “Israel or Palestine, whose land is” question?

This question: What is the historical basis of Israeli and Palestinian claims to the land that is now under Israeli control? Was phrased as follows when I closed it: Israel or Palestine, whose ...
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How can I track the posts I downvoted, that have been edited afterwards?

This question, to some extent, is applicable to all SE sites, but I believe that Politics.SE may need addressing this more than the other sites of SE family, due to the very nature of the topics we ...
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Do you want to help Politics.SE? We need your help in suggesting neutral wording for questions and answers with partisan bias

I have been making a concerted effort to try to remove partisan bias from the content of questions and answers on Politics.SE, to ensure they are written in a more Neutral Point of View (NPoV). Since ...
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Is the ratio of moderation for politics.se considerably higher than the original stack exchanges? And can we maintain the required ratio indefinitely?

After reading various politics.meta questions, the following question has occurred to me: Is the ratio of moderation:site content for this stack exchange considerably higher than the original hard-...
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How to promote a question on another Stack?

I often see questions that are on-topic here, but which may be of interest to stackizens on other sites. What is the correct way to cross-promote a question like this? For example, this question ...
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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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All these taxes tags are taxing

There's tax, taxation, and taxes. I don't see how these are any different? They should be merged.
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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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Are questions for literature references accepted?

I want to read up on a quite complex and important subject close to political science, but I'm unable to find any seemingly objective and analytical books on the subject. The subject seems to suffer ...
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When should the “not an answer” and “very low quality” flags be used?

I have noticed a few incorrect "not an answer" and "very low quality" flags, which I have declined with this message: flags should not be used to indicate technical inaccuracies, or an altogether ...
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Community Moderation

Flagging Rule-breaking posts is great, It helps the mods keep this place clean of spam and off-topic discussion. However, sometimes, you might not want to wait for a moderator to log on and handle ...
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How should lower-rep users handle 'answers' that don't address the question?

The question How would the Libertarian non-coercion policy apply to a business being required to bake a cake for a gay wedding? currently has several 'answers' that don't actually answer the question ...
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Does this answer contain a “subtle put down”?

If someone says (in other words) that "a lot of people think of your type as scum" would it constitute Unacceptable Behavior (subtle put down) as per help center page "code of conduct" ? This answer ...
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What makes this a bad question?

A user on this site has had a bad experience with posting questions. Apparently it is improving a little as there is a new question from the same poster. The question currently has two close votes....
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We should not deter people from answering based purely on their political persuasion

In an answer to the question "Why does the left side with the Palestinians?", one user wrote within their answer This question is more often than not answered by right wingers, which unfortunately ...
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Should we use +5 instead of +10 if this becomes possible in the future?

Stack Exchange has decided to raise question upvote from +5 to +10 and applied it to all communities, including the private ones. I image that this one implemented like this because it was much ...