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How is this site moderated for exclusion of and ousting of people?

I would like to know how contrast about who should win an election, who is the one out, and who holds a view that is not eligible to stand, is dealt with on this site. Perhaps, it is the role of ...
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Question was reopened and then edited to be shorter and then closed again?

Part1. Can you reopen the question "What war crimes has Ukraine committed during the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine?" Part2. Question was reopened and then edited to be shorter and then ...
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Why is my question nominated for closure?

I put up a question earlier today regarding the structure of California agricultural subsidies. My goal is to understand potential political issues with an obvious alternative to the current system. ...
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Can A Country do X Questions - Off Topic?

I've seen a few questions along the lines of "Can a country do X". Most recently, this one. The answer to every single one of these is always going to be yes unless the following conditions ...
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Should moderators single-handedly close questions based on their personal/subjective opinion?

Should moderators single-handedly close questions based on their personal/subjective opinion? Some moderators on this site practice closing questions that they judge to be off-topic without waiting ...
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Should SOME speculative questions be allowed in some very narrow set of circumstances?

This Russo Ukrainian war seems to defy all the rules, doesn't it? Now that it's been established that we don't even know who is in charge of the war, could it be a good time to make an exception to ...
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Questions about the current attitude of Russians which might not be possible to answer accurately. Should I ask them?

I have some questions on my mind like: What portion of the Russian population is strongly pro-Putin? How has it developed over time? (Is it 70% pro Putin or 70% anti-Putin but do not dare to speak up ...
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Can we try to be more tolerant of, or provide better feedback to, naive newcomers wrt Ukraine questions?

Let's take this one, currently sitting at -4: Why doesn't any nuclear power country which is supporting Ukraine hand them a Nuclear Bomb? Now, it's, from my POV anyway, an extremely naive question. ...
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Unverifiable questions

I remarked that many questions in this forum are closed as unverifiable (e.g., this one). I am aware that this is the standard policy, since Stack Exchange is intended to be Q&A community. However,...
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What should be done with questions about a "former president"?

I have been reviewing questions containing "pardon" without the pardon tag. I have completed the review with the exception of one question: What would be the political ramifications of a ...
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Is it OK to use other SE sites answers as context for asking questions on Politics.SE?

I think that a good question should provide some context that led the OP to ask that question. Thus I am trying to provide links to the sources that inspired me to ask a question. One of my questions ...
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Why my comments and questions are repeatedly getting deleted?

Few hours ago I have posted a comment under this downvoted post saying that three high reputation users have answered it and it doesn't deserve to be downvoted. Surprisingly the comment got ...
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What is an Opinion-based question and how does it apply to my question?

Recently someone added a comment to a question I had posted saying that they thought my question was "opinion based" and inviting me to say if I agreed or, if not, why not (I'm assuming they ...
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When should questions or answers be marked community wiki on P.SE mainspace?

There's been a recent batch of marking various questions and answers as community wiki, e.g. https://politics.stackexchange.com/posts/69292/revisions https://politics.stackexchange.com/posts/69297/...
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When are list questions too broad?

I noticed there's a flag on this question: A list of UK businesses whose owner supported Brexit. Basically, it warns that this list question may not be a good fit for the site. Doing some research I ...
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Why has my question as to why the Allies did not discuss a Homeland for Jewish people in Germany been closed?

My question on this subject has been closed down because its suggested that my question is promoting a specific political cause. Given that people in politics are politically motivated, for example ...
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Should the majority of Afghanistan questions be flagged or reviewed before inclusion?

A significant portion of the questions relating to Afghanistan have a tenuous link to political discussion. Most are questions about warfare, counter-insurgency, military tactics or strategy. Very ...
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What's the difference between 'opinion based' and speculative analysis?

This question, currently closed for being 'opinion' based, is up for a re-open vote. To my mind, 'opinion-based' means that any answer to the question must be subjective in nature. This question, ...
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Badly received question about Hamas corruption

About a month ago, I asked two parallel questions: Checks against corruption in the Palestinian Authority and their effectiveness Checks against corruption in Gaza, and their effectiveness The first ...
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Is re-asking a bad question in a better way allowed?

this question is similar to this question except less pushy, and a bit broader in scope. Is asking these types of questions allowed, or should they be closed as duplicate (in general, not in this case ...
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(When) are the internal politics of religious organisations on topic?

We've recently had some questions about the Catholic Church which were primarily about its internal politics: Can the US Roman Catholic Bishops establish rules against the will of the Pope? Why is ...
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(should we have) Rules on “why isn’t” questions

Currently (as far as I know) there are no rules on “why doesn’t xxx have yyy or do zzz”, and the answer (most of the time) is just “why would they?” “There’s no reason to.” “They didn’t see a point to ...
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How early is too early to answer a question evaluating a person or policy?

A user recently posted this question asking about what steps President Biden has taken so far to address climate change: On what steps from ecology plan have Joe Biden's administration already made ...
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When should a macro-economics post be posted here as opposed to economics stack exchange?

Questions on macroeconomics are in scope both here on Politics and also on Economics: See also: Notice: Macroeconomics is officially in scope Politics vs Economics https://economics.stackexchange.com/...
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When are questions about flag identification on-topic?

Recently, a new user posted a question asking to identify a specific flag they saw in a documentary. While the question was answered, and stands at +7/-1, it accumulated 3 close votes as: "This ...
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What is a "push question"?

I've seen the term used, multiple times, in comments, as a reason to close a question, and in general I do not disagree with the closure. However, the official reason for the closure is never because &...
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Can "What did they say" be off-topic?

The linked question was closed as off-topic. It simply asked what Trump said on twitter before the content was deleted. Like it or not (for either reason) Donald Trump is for a few more days the ...
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Are overly specific questions on-topic here?

For example, I have queries regarding a specific US Senate special election in Alabama in the 1930s? Specifically, I hope to get more information on the candidates and their vote shares. Can I check ...
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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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How to ask beginner-level questions on political theory or science?

Politics SE was a tough nut to crack for me because I mostly participate in Math and Science related sites. So far I have been able to ask "explain the news" and "did this happen" ...
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Should questions asked using "present tense" in past that have different situations now be edited to make them "past tense"?

I came across this question: Why China is blocking ban on Notable Terrorist Masood Azhar? It was asked about a year ago and the context was right then. At present, the situation is different. I am not ...
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What are some respectful ways of making old and outdated questions visible?

I have gone through several old questions over the last two days. Some of those have some problems: Didn't have good answers. Those questions might be answered better now. Some were outdated. As of ...
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Edit rejected. No deviation from original intent

I suggested an edit to the only answer to my question Is there any good evidence for institutional racisms in the United States?. The edit got rejected by user "JJ for transparency and Monica&...
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How can we handle questions that are dynamic and change over time?

Some questions are asked about concrete situation at a moment of time. For example What has trump accomplished in his first term?. As long as situation changes, answers may fade out. Maybe such "...
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Is a source necessary for a publicly-verifiable fact? [duplicate]

There's a question concerning an alleged waning of Trump support with a top-rated answer - this top-rated answer goes into detail about the reasoning around why support for Trump is waning, but does ...
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Please VTD "questions" that are blog posts about Covid-19

I won't name a particular user here, although I do have one in mind as the prime example, but as general note: some users turn their questions (sometimes after they are answered) into [fairly long] ...
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What's the question with the most downvotes here that nevertheless was not closed (nor deleted)?

When asking this meta-question, I'm motivated by the recent "Is Donald Trump a fascist?" (currently +17 / -14) and also by "Why is the US so politically right-wing?" (+9 / -7 right now). But the first ...
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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 ...
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Should we have a standard dupe for "Can the president be impeached for doing X?"

The answer is always yes (in theory), unless the question is actually asking for historical examples for the particular X. I'm not sure what the best generic dupe would be though. Perhaps an answer ...
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Why was my question removed from the HNQ?

My famous question "Why are Kinder Surprise Eggs illegal in the USA?" became a hot network question, but the next day a moderator had removed it from the HNQ, which is irreversible. So, why was my ...
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What ensures that below zero question ratings on Politics Stack Exchange aren't politically motivated? [closed]

Are there ways of formulating a question title so that it will be more likely to be of no interest to anyone who would be likely to be displeased by the body of the question?
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Is asking about the political expertise of politicians or Politics SE users in scope?

Is a question that asks to estimate the level of political expertise or political talent of a political leader of the past or present necessarily so opinion-based that it must be put on hold? What if,...
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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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Should we start requiring users to register before they can post questions?

Recently we've been hit by a wave of extremely low-quality questions, mostly from unregistered accounts. A few examples (all deleted): https://politics.stackexchange.com/questions/46883/does-fascist-...
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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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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?
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Should we encourage 'explain in very simple terms' questions?

Questions explaining a subject in simple terms The title may be a bit ambiguous, but I recently came across the following questions: How to explain the E.U. to a 5 year-old How to explain the ...
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How does 42 add up to -3?

I gave a seemingly simple straight-forward answer and got +44 points and -2 points for it. Yet the answer has rested at -3. How is that possible? How does the math work to generate more positive ...
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Are there double standards for pushy questions, exemplified by two recent ones on nuke power?

From the current HNQ darling of the echo bunnies Why does the new green deal push for green energy but not for nuclear energy? (united-states / environmental-policy / nuclear-energy) It seems strange ...
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Personal scandals topple leaders and the ambitious so why close gossip/scandal questions?

Somebody just asked Why did Jemima Goldsmith divorce Irman Khan?, which at least 4 closers feel is too low a question for Politics.SE -- their rationale is probably quite idealistic or academic. (...
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