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Off-topic speculation that requires moderator intervention

This answer to the question "Why did Nicaragua file a case against only Germany at the ICJ?" goes off on a tangent in attempting to explain why the case will not succeed. Not only is this ...
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Are press roundups on-topic?

I don't feel strongly about this either way, but are press roundups on-topic? In the past, Qs about what the press said (or why they said it) were sometimes closed and sometimes weren't. On one of the ...
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Is someone like Arestovich on topic?

Oleksii Arestovych has held a number of roles in Ukraine. The most visible of them is probably as a spokesman for the office of the President of Ukraine. The highest ranking is probably as an ...
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Why are these two questions gathering so many downvotes?

Why has the U.S. airdrop of supplies to Gaza been criticized as hypocritical? Why does the US consider the Palestinian Authority ill-fitted to govern the Palestinian state in the post war? I don't see ...
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Can we stop it with the "are there conspiracy theories about X" questions?

Are there conspiracy theories about Pakistan? [It's (not?) coup'd by USA regularly.] Are there conspiracy theories about India? [It's (not?) an ethnostate.] Are there conspiracy theories about Russia? ...
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How far back in history do political history questions "on topic" for this site? [duplicate]

Seeing that political history is "on topic" based on this answer, how far back in history is "on topic" before making the question more suitable for History.SE? For example: A ...
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How can I pose a Specific Situation in Politics, where the desired solution is a Political Strategy?

I'm interested in posing a relatively narrow but detailed, real problem from the sphere of politics and asking users to answer it with a political strategy that could successfully address or advance ...
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Why is my question off-topic?

The question In what sense did Trump put a notch on his belt? was originally posted on ELU (not by me) with a language connotation, then I decided to post it here because I wondered if the expression “...
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What's wrong with my Sergey Karjakin question?

https://politics.stackexchange.com/questions/75098/sergey-karjakin-re-the-alley-of-angels Sergey is how I 1st heard of Alley of Angels, but surely Sergey isn't the only person to ever use the Alley of ...
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Should we limit the use of the term "dog whistle"?

We've previously discussed flagging dog whistles, but I think we should discuss the use of the term "dog whistle" in questions and answers. tim gave this answer which says Generally when ...
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Are there guidelines about the topicality of local politics?

Most of the questions here are questions with a broad interest, covering national-level politics as well as the politics of first-order administrative divisions such as states, provinces, and ...
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Is this website only for American politics of for worldwide politics?

New to this Page. I would like to know Is it discuss only American Politics or whole over the world Politics? I would like to ask the following question: Why Politicians pretend Honest but not? Why ...
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Why erase comments if they present reasons for not closing a question?

This question has a few votes to close. There is also a comment under it arguing that it should be closed. Regardless of whether the question should be closed or not, I left a comment explaining my ...
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Why was my question closed?

This one here. Is it outside the scope for asking ways to quantify sociological phenomena?
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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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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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