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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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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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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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Sandbox for proposed questions

What is the Sandbox? This "Sandbox" is a place where Politics users can get feedback on prospective questions they wish to post to the main page. This is useful because writing a clear 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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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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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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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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Why do some “Why do (group) think that…?” questions do very well and others quietly collect close votes?

Why do Republicans prefer President Trump to President Pence? (+9/-3) Why do Republicans oppose the Voting Rights Advancement Act? (+20/-3) Why are right-wing politicians in the US typically pro-...
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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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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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Designing political systems

I am trying to design new political system. I have concrete design goals and significant progress on implementation, but met some roadblocks for which I lack knowledge and had no luck with search ...
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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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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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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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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 “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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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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Are public officials' or politicians' reactions to current events off topic?

Rather than fight this issue over every other question like that that gets posted (my own included), can we have a straw poll here? Q: Are public officials' or politicians' reactions to current ...
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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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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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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 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 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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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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Is there a practical difference between [electoral-system] and [voting-systems]?

electoral-system - 18 Qs, no excerpt voting-systems - 186 Qs with this excerpt For questions about rule systems for gathering and counting votes. Not for questions about country-specific rules but ...
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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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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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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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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 a question be marked as a duplicate if there's already an applicable answer on a different question?

Recently my question Could the Senate confirm a new Supreme Court Justice without holding any hearings? was marked as a duplicate of Why are SCOTUS appointee Senate hearings not mandatory?. The two ...
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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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Wiki answers for changing information

I came across this wiki answer for a question about senators from political families, and noticed it started with an encouragement to keep the answer eternally updated as the makeup of the US Senate ...
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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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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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(How) should we narrow the scope on [reference-request]s?

Introduction to reference requests The topic of references requests has come up a few times already, for example in these questions: Are requests for references on-topic? Are questions for ...
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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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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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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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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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Request for a tag to be removed

The tag political is redundant and should be removed, considering the entire site is about politics. This tag simply encourages not being specific about the purpose of a question in the tags and ...
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2020 Community Moderator Election

The 2020 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks, ...
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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 we encourage questions to be rewritten in nonpartisan terms?

This question seems to have actually just been after the view of Amnesty International in the United States, but since the question implied a perceived liberal bias in the country's views on the topic ...
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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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