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What should we do with the “why” questions?

We often get "why isn't X a case" questions, especially for USA. The problem with most1 such questions is that they are really two questions in one: "Why isn't there a law for X"? Which has one, ...
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A full and objective description of good faith?

I've noticed a number of recent trend where both moderators are deleting and I am voting to close questions and answers on grounds that they were not written in "good faith". Examples include: As a ...
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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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What should be considered opinionated?

Politics, by its nature, is a very controversial subject. We need to draw a distinct line on what will lead to a specific answer, and what will lead to controversy. Things like "Are conservatives ...
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How do I ask a great political theory question?

We have almost 200 political-theory questions. These questions focus on political theory, whether that be moral philosophy (ethical) questions or ones that involve scientific theory. My experience ...
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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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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 ...
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Should we openly require that obvious-to-experts terms be clarified/defined?

So, I ran into a comment today with +6 score: Please define your terms: Demonetizing, black money and how it relates to higher denomination notes. This is on a question about Modi's demonetizing ...
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Asking about advantages and disadvantages isn't a list question

If we can't talk about the advantages and disadvantages of different policies we risk this site merely becoming an encyclopedia or dictionary. Most policies have a reasonably sized list of generally ...
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Recommendations for Yes/No questions that can only be definitively answered for one outcome?

I've noticed several questions that have a similar pattern, and I'm interested to get opinions on how they should be handled or possibly improved. Basically, they are questions seeking to know if some ...
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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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Are Identification questions on topic here?

Lets say that I was looking at a picture from a recent, significant political affair and I noticed a particularly dapper-looking fellow. Given his location in crowd, I believe that it is safe to ...
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How to handle open-ended questions seeking opinion based answers

It is inevitable that questions like these will come up: What are the disadvantages of first-past-the-post electoral systems? What are the advantages/disadvantages of a mandatory voting system? How ...
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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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Questions should ask about both the advantages and disadvantages

Consider questions like What are the disadvantages of first-past-the-post electoral systems? This question only asks about the disadvantages, not the advantages. The problem is that someone will then ...
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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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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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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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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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Are requests for off-site resources on-topic here?

I flagged this question as off-topic: New Jersey budget plan with the reason: This question does not appear to be about governments, policies and political processes within the scope defined in the ...
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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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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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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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An example question asked to make a point?

We talked in other questions about "Questions that are asked to make a point, rather than to get an answer". In order to make that a concrete discussion, let's consider a specific question: What is ...
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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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How should I phrase a question about Planned Parenthood, and its founder Margaret Sanger?

Margaret Sanger was the founder of Planned Parenthood. Her views on eugenics, race, and the poor have made her the target of attacks from Pro-Life supporters. What I want to know, is: Are the number ...
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What is wrong with this question and how can it be improved?

I've asked this in the comments to, to no avail. Regarding " https://politics.stackexchange.com/questions/697/are-small-countries-generally-governed-better ", I would like to know what can be done to ...
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Revisiting a question from Area 51

https://area51.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/3303/how-will-politics-se-keep-from-being-a-discussion-board How will Politics SE keep from being a discussion board? It appears that the majority of ...
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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 ...
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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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Do we “only accept questions where answers can be objectively judged as correct or incorrect”?

A mod said that this site "only accepts questions where answers can be objectively judged as correct or incorrect". https://politics.stackexchange.com/questions/18474/was-trump-one-of-the-usas-most-...
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Tips on improving a (possibly controversial) question

A question I asked about an hour ago - What effect has the death of Osama bin Laden had on Islamism? - has since had its score go up and down like a yo-yo, and is steadily attracting close votes. ...
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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 ...
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Is a question on campaign contributions on-topic?

I visited the help center, and reviewed on-topic and off-topic subject matters. My apologies, but I am still not clear about the subject of campaign contributions. I would like to determine three ...
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would this question be on topic, or spamming?

I want to ask about these kids that apparently have sued Westlake High. There was a senior who was suspended for self defense. He's suing the school. I heard the court was going to hear his case. This ...
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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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How to ask a question section on Politics?

I am wondering if Politics.SE should have a section similar to How to ask from Stackoverflow. I have seen that many persons reviewing there are linking to this page when explaining what is wrong with ...
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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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Does the title of a question, have to be a question?

I wrote a question (Is there any evidence that Filipino president Duterte's war on drugs is successful?) before and made the title "Philippines: President Duterte's war on drugs" and then @...
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Can pre-text change whether a question is on-topic?

Question presented On this site, can the pre-text/context/background to a question determine whether it is on-topic or off-topic? Example In this meta question the accepted answer says that this is ...
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Are questions in the form of “How does X set of political views explain Y conundrum” on-topic and welcome?

1) Are questions in the form of "How does X set of political views explain Y conundrum/controvercy/objection" on-topic and welcome? As a random example, would the following question of the type: ...
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Should naive, but technically correct questions be closed?

During close review process I came across this question and I did not know what to do (I skipped it): it sounds kind of silly (thus many downvotes), but it seems to be technically correct (it is about ...
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Which questions belong to Law.SE and which to Politics.SE? [duplicate]

Laws are the results of decisions by politicians, so they are inherently political. But we also have a website law stackexchange. How do I tell if my question belongs on Politics.SE or Law.SE?
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Which candidates support x position?

Would it be on topic to ask a question in the form "Which candidates running in the US (Republican|Democratic) presidential primary for 2016 has expressed support for X position?" What about "...
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Question about broadness

So after I reformulated What are the relevant models and dynamics of immigration and asylum politics? from being just a question of literature references to an actual question, it's now put on hold as ...
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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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Can we declare motivations off topic?

We have quite a few questions that ask about the hidden, unstated, or ulterior motives of a policy or action. Some quick examples: Why US has a biased approach towards Shia Terrorists Why World is ...
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Question asked day does not match real ask day

I have noticed a strange discrepancy between asked info (e.g. today) and the actual day when the question was asked: The snapshot was taken at about 11:40AM (GMT+2). Initially I thought about asked ...