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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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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 land ...
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Can we use post notices to suggest additional references?

Over on RPG.SE, we are using a post notice to indicate when citations would be appreciated on a question. For all the details, you can see the RPG.meta post here. The text of the notice is: Some ...
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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 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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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&...
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Stack Exchange as a pre-elections debate platform

Just wondering about the idea, what if stack exchange platform would be used for candidates to answer citizens questions. Some changes would need to be made to the platform. Only eligible voters can ...
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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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Fairly upvoted question that is mostly a conspiracy theory

I'm talking about How does the discrepancy between exit polls and results in recent US elections compare to pre-electronic machine margins? (And you should really read the original form.) A ...
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Was I wrong to VTC this question?

This question asks for what would happen in a "hypothetical scenario" in which presidential elections were suspended or otherwise could not take place in the US due to a coronavirus pandemic. I ...
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Make [dnc] a synonym of [democratic-party]

I noticed the dnc tag this morning. The Democratic National Committee is simply the governing body of the democratic-party. It does not need a separate tag, as the DNC is simply who sets the ...
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Should be try to get askers to include references in their questions?

I haven't been in Politics.SE for long, but I noticed that some questions ar quite short. As an example, one can see the following Why are some politicians saying the Iran Nuclear deal is bad? Why ...
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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 such, ...
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(Why) is it on topic to ask why crime has gone up or down in a certain area?

A recent q asks What has caused the steep increase in violent crime in Baltimore over the last decade? The argument for this being on topic is that Government actions and policies obviously can ...
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Is it acceptable to ask questions with obvious answers as a means of improving the community?

I've been somewhat active in the Politics.SE community for a few weeks now. I have personally learned a lot from my short time here and would very much enjoy seeing the community grow. One possible ...
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Why did this stack exchange site upvote this woeful answer?

In the top-voted answer in this thread: Why is communism considered as evil (like fascism and nazism) in the United States?, it is argued that communism is evil. The argument goes that communist ...
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VTC old questions

If a question is close worthy, but hasn't been touched in years should I vote to close? It seems wrong to necro-moderate, but presumably it helps clean up the site.
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Why is the question “How do I find out salary for each HK Police Force rank?” off topic?

Apologies - Why How do I find out salary for each HK Police Force rank? off topic? "This question does not appear to be about governments, policies and political processes within the scope defined ...
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Delete the question on the Main asking 'Is war good for Anything?'

I view this question as an obvious troll of the board. Even withstanding that, the question itself is overly broad. Text books, curriculims, even entire colleges (e.g. military service colleges) are ...
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Is it acceptable to make your own question which is similar to a subjectively worded question instead of making a hard edit to that question?

I saw this question and thought about how I could improve it into an on topic objective question. I ended up writing this question as a separate question. Was that an appropriate course of action? The ...
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Why is a question about military power off-topic?

I asked a now closed question about the military capability of the Indian Air Force. The reason given for closing was "see the help center" However, on looking at the help center, I see ...
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Is Cooperative Communication Dead?

I was appalled by the comments and close votes given to the question What is the seating capacity of the U. S. House of Representatives gallery?? (Not my question.) There is a concept called ...
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Does Politics.SE deals only with US Politics?

Is this proposal deals only with US Politics? Most of the questions only fits into that category. And if this is the case, shouldn't it be more appropriately named? Something like "US Politics" or "...
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Process for account suspension?

Looking at the user page of carlo-r, I can see that his account was suspended and reputation set to 1. I can see only a single question, closed and with votes +3/-3; safe to say it's controversial, ...
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How do we feel about “General Reference” questions that are somewhat answered on Wikipedia?

I was going to ask "What are the main differences between Objectivism and Libertarianism", but the Wiki already has a fairly good summary ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libertarianism_and_Objectivism )...
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Question vs Presentation

Fresh off the current close list is a question about a US watch list of religious freedom. Now the question clearly had a position to push, the length surrounding detail section made it quite clear ...
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Confusion with tag [Cyprus]

cyprus seems ambiguous as it's not clear if it refers to the Republic of Cyprus (a country that's a member of the European Union) or Northern Cyprus a state that consists of the northern part of ...
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What KPIs should be increased and to what values, so that Politics become a full member of SE community?

At the time of asking this question, Politics has been in beta for more than 1500 days. That's more than four years. Area 51 FAQ tells us that: If a site reaches critical mass, it becomes a full ...
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How to accept an answer if answers are both correct but different?

In this question, there are presently two answers. In short, one says yes, one says no, and I can't really say which one is more correct: Does the head-of-state pardon violate separation of powers? ...
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What should we do about an instance of a highly upvoted but unsourced and unfactual answers?

This question: In most U.S. states, female genital mutilation is illegal. So why is male circumcision legal? Has a highly upvoted answer which is unsourced and unfactual. Despite my efforts in ...
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Why did Community delete a good answer (>= 5)?

Community deleted this answer, in spite its value (11-6=5 at the time of writing this post). Currently it is undeleted, but I wonder: Why was it deleted in the first place?
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Is the media on topic?

In democracies various media outlets have significant political influence, but are often not part of the government. The recent question about page ranking seemed off topic, but suggests that media is ...
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How can I ask questions about the terrorist situation in Nigeria and Cameroon on this site?

I have multiple questions about the terrorist situation in Nigeria and Cameroon. I had people that were in Iraq before I went so I was able to learn from them, and it was crucial to me surviving for ...
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Are there sentiment trolls on StackExchange?

Not sure if this is a question for Politics or Skeptics (or possibly the Meta for either). I would think that those two sites, and possibly History, would be the primary targets. Politically ...
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Should we ask for minimum of one more citation in a question with just a Trump tweet?

Context As a community we're handling these questions just fine IMO, even more so now we have the new custom close reason for speculation but there has been a trend of questions with Trump tweets ...
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Is asking about the legality of the MoU signed between California and China on topic?

I've recently requested this question – Is the Memorandum of Understanding between California and China legal to be migrated to Law.SE. This's asking for the legality of the MoU signed which is ...
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Flag my own question

What is the protocol for flagging my own questions if I now believe it could possibly be deserving of being closed? Should I remove the question instead - or flag and get moderator consensus?
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How could this question be changed to become on-topic with the same intent the OP had when posting?

I like the intention behind Who dies from starvation? but for reasons within the help center, I voted to close it as off-topic. How could this be changed to align with the rules of Poltics.SE? as I ...

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