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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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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 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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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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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 the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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 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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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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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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(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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...