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Why is this question about the cause(s) of inflation in the US not primarily opinion based?

What is the reason for the high US inflation rate in 2022? Going over the answers, some of which were given in comments, I can summarize a few hypotheses: reduced competition during Covid shutdowns ...
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Politely, how can my question be made on-topic about Tucker Carlson producers?

I have a question about my Politics Stack Exchange post: Why does the FCC allow Gregg Re to produce Tucker Carlson? Why is my question off-topic? I want to legitimately know why the FCC can ban ...
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Would this question have been welcomed?

So I was keen to post this question here but was worried it would be considered too broad or something else (the ideas are agued from a linguistics perspective as well)? Would it have been welcomed?
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Would it be on-topic on Politics to ask whether video footage exists of Ukrainian celebration of the "Victory Day over Nazism in World War II"?

Would it be on-topic on Politics to ask whether video footage exists of Ukrainian celebration of the "Victory Day over Nazism in World War II"? All I could find in 30 mins of searching was ...
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Are questions about ancient politics allowed? [duplicate]

The vast, vast majority of questions here are about contemporary politics, but the help center doesn't seem to include era as a criteria for topicality. Are questions on ancient politics allowed on ...
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Are questions about political influencers on topic?

For example, Scott Adams has had a daily podcast for many years now on topics which usually revolve around politics. He is best known as the author of the Dilbert comic strip. But he has been very ...
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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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Why are most "Why did country X...?" & "Why does country X think...?" left open yet if it's an individual it's closed (we can't get into their head)?

I'm just starting to understand what is and is not on-topic here and what is close-able, should be closed, leave-open-able and should be left open, so I'm hoping answers here will give me some more ...
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What is the best way to ask a genuine question when it is guaranteed to attract flame?

I'd like to ask a question in Politics.SE that, I promise, will be controversial because of its subject matter (yes, it's related to the Russo-Ukrainian war). My problem is that some of the answers ...
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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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Is this the right place to ask about UK Government policy on renaming "ministries" to "departments"?

I would like to ask the following. Why has the UK Government moved away from "Ministry of..." names? Traditionally, UK Government departments were named "Ministry of [blar]". For ...
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Are questions about the operation of organized crime on-topic?

Are questions about the policies, procedures, structures, or practices of organized crime gangs and syndicates on-topic? There has been some discussion on the difference between off-topic ...
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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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Why are the questions about Iran's nuclear threat against Israel off-topic

Many questions about the Iranian Nuclear threat against Israel and the poor performance of the Biden administration have been closed as off-topic. (Israel itself is also to blame for not taking the ...
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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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What is on topic for a reference request?

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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Cutoff between Politics and History

At which time point the questions belongs to the History, and not to the Politics stackexchange? Is there a particular cutting point, for example 1989/91?
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Questions about poverty [duplicate]

Do the questions about poverty belong here, or to the economics stackexchange? By the questions about poverty I understand the criteria of defining poverty, the discussions and controversies around ...
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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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Is this question better on the History SE?

Have countries ever forced an international flight to divert in order to arrest a wanted person, prior in to the Belarus incident? Sure it's a current political event, but it's also asking for a ...
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Is this technical question with a political aspect on topic?

Recently on the main meta this question came up: I think most of you have heard of the recent unrest in Israel/Palestinian territory. Arabs have viewed Facebook as a biased social media platform that ...
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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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Questions related to economic development and public policies to be followed in developing countries (3rd world)

I wanted to know if the questions related to challenges in economic development be posted here or on economic site or on a separate site focused on development. Questions may include international ...
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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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How can I improve this question about police reform?

I asked a question that I was advised to narrow down, and after initially found the suggestion frustrating since it's a question that's difficult to ask in a narrow, succinct way. It's a big topic, ...
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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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Why is asking about beliefs within the government off-topic?

I asked this question. It just got closed. Some users misunderstood the question and thought I was asking to explain the sentence (nonetheless, they wrote some very interesting answers), although 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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In an election year, should a candidate's possible handicaps, (or their attempts at concealment), be off-topic?

Let's imagine we're all magically transported back to 1932, and we're all on a pen-pal postcard based version of Politics.SE, with Philipp as our long suffering moderator. Somebody posts a question ...
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Problematic deletion by moderator; reasoned answer marked as 'spam, rude, or abusive'

On the question How come Joe Biden's mental state is in question while Donald Trump's is addressed with so much restraint? (currently closed, but with a move to reopen) , I wrote an answer (see ...
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Where would I ask about the cause of a recent political themed blip on my website?

Politics.SE seems like the obvious place for this question, since the underlying topic is political in nature, but I think it's almost as obvious that it would be off-topic on the site. I have a web ...
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Questions that imply causation from correlation should be disallowed

Exhibit A. This question begins with an extremely strong claim: "since the start of the 20th century, the US has stepped in or started conflicts involving the direct use of military force mainly ...
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Is political science on topic?

I am reading a paper that claims (without citation) that triangularity in international relations has been criticised by political scientists as vague. I have searched the papers that have cited ...
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Should fascism be banned as a subject?

I think we should ban all discussion on these topics: Fascism Jet fuel, jews etc The holocaust Whether fascism is leftwing or not I have never seen a good discussion and they always go off the rails....
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(Why) is it on topic to ask why crime has gone up or down in a certain area?

A recent q asks What has caused the steep increase in violent crime in Baltimore over the last decade? The argument for this being on topic is that Government actions and policies obviously can ...
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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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Clarifying topicality of a question about state media contents

After a question was closed I had a feeling I was not good in explaining its relevance to this Q&A site, but I might be wrong. So my actual question was why open source/open tech activities ...
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Is asking if any given statement of a politician constitutes propaganda on-topic here?

Yes, we do have such a question, and it survived closure twice. The trouble I see with that is one can easily make 1,000 such such questions "Is this statement of X propaganda", just by ...
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I'm not sure if my question is appropriate for SE.Politics

I am new to politics stack exchange and I just wanted to verify whether my question is appropriate for SE.Politics or not. Its about a policy proposal. I'm genuinely trying to do research and see if ...
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(Why) are questions about what Rush Limbaugh or Fox News [personalities] say off topic?

Are these opinion makers/leaders not (highly) relevant politically? Some of them have a greater audience than many local politicians, whose sayings would undoubtedly be on-topic. And yes, these are ...
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Should we allow questions where we are attempting to apply the term "fascist" to a modern political figure?

Related to Why are we closing questions for being susceptible to opinion on a site about politics? but focused on a broader question raised by it. We have this question about Donald Trump, which is ...
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Would this US Supreme Court question be on-topic here and likely to receive an answer?

In Law SE I've asked Between 1984 and 1994 US Supreme Court filings almost doubled but arguments nearly halved. Why? eighteen days ago. It was well received (+5 with 33 views) but so far not even a ...
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Why is the question "How do I find out salary for each HK Police Force rank?" off topic?

Apologies - Why How do I find out salary for each HK Police Force rank? off topic? "This question does not appear to be about governments, policies and political processes within the scope defined ...
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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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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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If public censorship and secrecy are political topics, how can SE's own policies regarding those be non-political?

In a comment, Moderator Philipp declares that SE's own policies of secrecy and censorship have no political content that meta.Politics.SE should be bound to respect: I'm closing this question (...
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