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Country != State. Right?
I see a lot of answers conflating countries - geographical units, areas, places - with the states governing those countries. Example: Great Britain is a country (although, arguably, an island with the ...
Why was my question on politics SE completely rewritten?
I asked this (highly edited) question on politics SE. The original question asked about the political and social effects of an economic collapse in the Middle East. I was asking it in reference to a ...
Why should moderators have the right to remove misinformation rather than correct misinformation?
Why should moderators have the right to remove misinformation rather than correct misinformation? I think we should correct rather than remove just like we combat falsehoods with education rather than ...
Attempted subversion of a question
There has been a recent attempt at subverting a highly active question question What is the pacifist position on Ukraine? (+36 and nearly 9000 views at the moment of writing.) Specifically: they ...
Text repeats endlessly
In my answer here while trying to edit, parts of the post kept repeating endlessly so that at some point it reached the limit of 30000 characters! The repeats are visible in the history Again this ...
How many edits can politics SE handle on a single question?
I repeatedly edited a question. A highly upvoted comment on that question suggests to batch my edits. Commenting on the number of edits is great hindsight. However, when I post an edit I can't predict ...
Adding and editing tags
This is a reminder about adding or editing tags. Don't use tags that are not about your question. Again, the point of tags here is to help sort your question into clear, specific categories. Don't ...
Kindly familiarize yourself with the details of the CC license before handling content licensed under its terms
I have made it very explicit in the comments and in a direct statement in a (now deleted) comment that I rejected suggestions made to this answer. A diamond moderator applied those changes anyway. ...
What is the line between changing the author's intent and removing unnecessary information?
Context: Recently I have made a couple edits to answers, which were recently rolled back for the reason that the conflicted with author intent. If anybody is interested, here were the edits (1, 2). ...
Should we remove all incorrect uses of code?
Since it has been decided that code markdown shouldn’t be used for text that isn’t code, should we remove all instances of code markdown for text that isn’t code? In case anybody is interested, there ...
Please stop using DoD to refer to the U.S. Department of Defense
Please stop using DoD to refer to the U.S. Department of Defense. DOD is part of their brand. Use of Name "U.S. Department of Defense" and "Department of Defense" refer to the ...
Should the controversy of a bill be edited into a question?
Recently, in the question "Where can I find the original text of Hungary's controversial new child protection bill?" (and to a lesser extent, CDJB's answer to that question), there was a bit ...
Reminder: Tiny, trivial edits are discouraged
While anyone with >1000 rep is allowed to freely edit any post, this privilege comes with the responsibility to ensure that your edits actually improve the post, and don't just clog up the site ...
How much work for the original poster should we allow in an attempt to reopen the question?
I voted to close this question earlier today, and I see it was indeed closed. But then a substantial edit was made. The problem I have here is there's no indication the original poster had any say in ...
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 ...
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 ...
Non-edits push the question into the reopen queue. What to do about it?
This question got pushed into the reopen queue with two non-edits. Hitting the Leave Closed button is not a big deal, but it is strange that the system allow such (non-)edits. Q: Non-edits push the ...
How to deal with tiny edits intending to raise a question's visibility for the purposes of extra rep?
A user just applied an edit that was completely trivial (arguably harmful infact) specifically for the purposes of increasing the visibility of the (now quite old) question for extra rep. They ...
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 ...
Should I be shy about making significant edits to improve a question? [duplicate]
If someone posts a very biased question that is likely to be quickly closed but I can see a way to heavily change the question to be objective (while preserving some of the intent) should I do so?
Should we follow the style guidelines on capitalizing president?
As per the AP Style: The AP Stylebook holds that you should capitalize president only as a formal title that is before one or more names. For example, President Barack Obama Presidents ...
Please review this post, closed based on differing opinions
Please review the following question for being closed without good reason What safeguards has the DNC added to prevent a situation like what they did to Bernie Sanders in the last election?. This ...
What to do with partially snide but also partially useful comments?
There's a general problem here, for which I'll give a specific illustration, but this is about the general problem, not any one instance. We see many useful comments where the commentator makes ...
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 ...
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 ...
Can a question's author prevent typo edits by invoking Creative Commons?
A user has twice erroneously rolled back a corrective typo edit and argues that an edit: ...implicitly creates the impression that I endorse the new wording and, by doing so, violates the last ...
Is there a way to propose an edit without automatically applying it?
The site automatically applies edits to the questions when the edits are made by users with a high-enough reputation. But there are times I am not sure if an edit I would make would be inline with ...
Can you, please, remove Carpetsmoker's ability to deface questions?
Carpetsmoker is causing raucous by removing tags that authors put on their questions and substituting his opinions for the intents of the authors. So far he's managed to convince a moderator to ...
Tag deleted against authors wishes, question edited in order to justify tag deletion
I asked this question: Why is Poland's proposed Holocaust speech law so controversial? And tagged it "israel" and "poland", because the main controversy is between Poland and Israel. I even ...
Why was the fact that Trump spends a lot of money on vacations edited out of this thread?
What is the US plan to finance spending and decrease deficit? This is a question regarding Trump's plan to finance his increased spending. The author mentions a number of ways Trump intends to ...
Why can't I edit this question?
I came across this question and to my surprise the edit button was disabled. But on another question from the same user, the edit button is enabled. According to this post: A large number of ...
Do we hate memes at Politics SE?
I added a meme in one my answers. The meme: Was not offensive Was relevant to the subject in discussion albeit on a humorous note Was polite Basically it was inline with Be-Nice Policy we follow on ...
How do I make a mass edit to the questions?
Just of curiosity, I checked the site and I found that there are 20 posts (4Q, 16A) contain spelling "Kiev" for Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine. According to UNGEGN (United Nations Group of Experts on ...
Question editing that invalidates answers
In this answer, mod Yannis says: invalidating existing good answers with a radical edit to the question is not... good. The accepted answer on that question, as edited by Yannis, says: If the ...
Why do old questions bump on the top when there was only a slight modification?
I understand that when a question recieves a brand new answer it bumps on the top. But there have been multiple cases of questions that bumps on the top just because someone fixed 3 misspellings in ...
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 ...
How should we handle mischaracterization of other user's answers?
I am just using this as an example, I am not requesting any action be taken against any user of any kind. This just brings up an important question of how to handle possible misrepresentations of ...
Does making a question "binary" (branched) improve it?
Because it was founded by computer programmers, SE seems to have a unique approach to what constitutes good and bad questions and answers. Specifically, my understanding is that a good question is one ...
Are liberals incapable of seeing their own bias?
YannisRizos rolled back this question, because: "the edit changed the intent of the post too much. Editing is not a good way of challenging the technical accuracy of a question, if you wish to ...
Going through the review queue I rejected this edit because I thought it could be controversial. It changes the meaning of the post and makes it opaque who says what. Later the edit was approved. ...
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 ...
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 ...
What does it mean that "Community <>" modified a question?
I saw this question pop up to the top of "active" list, with "Community <>" user as the actor. What arguments can be given in favour of financial barriers for participation in elections or ...
Is it OK to remove nonessential opinionated material from an answer?
I recently read an answer that answered the question asked, but also included a couple paragraphs of the author's opinions on environmental policies. These, while related to the topic of the question, ...
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. ...