Questions tagged [scope]

Questions about what is on-topic or off-topic and why.

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Are frame challenges acceptable on Politics.SE?

I came across this question and answered it with a frame challenge that the statements the OP references are a rhetorical device more than actual beliefs. It's garnered some upvotes but wound up in ...
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When is question about concrete person's political views off-topic? [duplicate]

Based on comments on the question: Has Sergei Lukyanenko revealed something about his political opinions since 2012. Questions about public people are probably sometimes on topic. I mean, if ...
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Is Organizational Politics on-topic? [duplicate]

According to the Help Center, this stack "is for objective questions about governments, policies and political processes." it later observes that: For purposes of this site, we define politics as: ...
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United States history vs government: where is the line?

Many question about the US government can also be viewed as questions about history because the US is in a (fairly) unique position of being governed by the same Constitution as the one which was ...
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Why was this question about despotism and legislature closed?

I flagged this closed question for mod reopen and the flag response stated I need to bring it to Meta. So here it is. Legislative Despotism? The question was closed as Please clarify your ...
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Should we explicitly disallow “has X happened before” questions?

There are some minority of them that are legit and good questions. But from my observations: A vast majority of them seem to (and many clearly are) attempts to merely present one political side or ...
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How to avoid having questions about legislation moved to Law.SE?

I asked a question about SCOTUS and the power given to Congress based on their decision of a particular case, but it was moved to Law.SE shortly after I posted. I was told by a moderator that: This ...
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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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Is this potential policy question on topic?

Before I invest time into getting sources and asking a well defined question, I want to make sure this question is on topic. I saw this BBC article describing how six figure salaries in San Francisco ...
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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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Are questions about International Sport Federations decisions on-topic on Politics.SE?

I am thinking about large organizations like FIFA who have a great influence in sports and deal with lots of money at global level. I expect that many of its mechanisms to resemble those found in ...
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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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Main differences between Politics.SE and Quora?

User4012 opines: Quora is... ... not exactly a reliable source of information. Is Politics.SE objectively better than Quora in any obvious, major, and uncontroversial respects, and if so, which ...
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Are questions purely about personal visa usage on-topic?

So there's two questions I wanted to contrast here Why do Mauritius passport holders have such easy visa access to so many countries? If you have a SMOM passport are you able to legally enter the ...
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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 most[1] 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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How good or bad of a fit would this question about international human rights law have been here?

I just asked a question at Expatriates SE called Could one renounce one's native citizenship in order to prevent a second, naturalized citizenship from being revoked? I contemplated posting it on ...
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Are give-me-data-only questions on topic?

I was looking at this question earlier Sortable table or spreadsheet with full, detailed 2017 UK General Election results for every constituency And couldn't fit it within any of the following 3 ...
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Is asking about the legality of the MoU signed between California and China on topic?

I've recently requested this question – Is the Memorandum of Understanding between California and China legal to be migrated to Law.SE. This's asking for the legality of the MoU signed which is ...
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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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Are questions about implausible hypothetical situations on-topic?

Specific example: What would happen if no one voted in the next General Election? On one hand it's about a political process and could be considered on-topic. On the other hand, it's an extremely ...
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Additions to scope

I suggest two additions to scope that may be already included de facto on this site. Political customs: in the US these are such things as resigning under protest, Senator block of judicial ...
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How should I ask a question regarding a celebrity's political stance?

Title says most of it. The original question was put on hold and then deleted without comments on anything, which I consider to be pretty bad form. As celebrity endorsements are certainly part of the ...
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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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Should we change the help center to mention that Political Theory is on-topic?

We have a number of questions tagged political-theory. They are generally questions with some philosophic component. They are not questions about any actual government, policy, process, group, etc. ...
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Can we add a tag for Universal Basic Income?

I'm seeing more and more questions relating to the UBI on here, including one from myself, and there is not yet a tag for it as a topic. I think it would prevent inaccurate tags to allow people a ...
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Close reason tied to a base level understanding of government

Take a look at this question. Is the U.S. still a democracy now that the President lost the popular vote? Time and time again these type of questions turn up. The asker is basically a government ...
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Why is this opinion-list-making question still open?

This is the question in question, quoted for your convenience: What specifically did Hillary Clinton say or do, to seem untrustworthy to Americans? I am not from the US but I keep reading that ...
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Will this question be considered on-topic here? Subject: Hillary Clinton's 33,000 deleted e-mails

I watched the debate and I am wondering what is going on with Hillary Clinton's 33,000 deleted e-mails. I read and heard Donald Trump say the reasons why she deleted the e-mails are (1) ...
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A question more related with history than politics and another seeking resources

I've just found the linked question: How many new settlements did Israel build in the last decade in the West Bank? How is this question related with politics? It seems it is more related with ...
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Are questions about the demographics of who benefits from a policy on topic?

I posted a question about who benefits from the government policy of National Parks in the United States. It was put on hold as off topic, but I want to make sure this area of scope is well defined ...
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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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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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Can we create a tag about hypothetical scenarios about things that didn't happen?

I know that SE's rules always talk about use facts, academic papers, valid data and to speak with events that happened. But since I'm seeing lot of people talking about (try to talk more specifically) ...
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Are questions about statistics from a politician's statement on topic?

Many political statements include statistics and I generally like to see if there is any truth to those statistics. While the truthfulness of the statement as a whole could be pretty subjective, I ...
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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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Should a question on what happens in 4-4 ruling in SCOTUS be asked on Politics or Law SE?

Should a question on what happens in/after 4-4 ruling in SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the United States) be asked on Politics 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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Are questions calling for speculation on current or future events on topic?

This Question - What can the rest of the World do to stop Israel-Palestine war? - does not have a real answer. It is calling for speculation about what we could do to solve the problem. Of course ...
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Politics vs Economics

There have been quite a few economics questions that have been asked here in the last week or so. Most of these questions are actually good economics questions but not really about political ...
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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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Is the ratio of moderation for politics.se considerably higher than the original stack exchanges? And can we maintain the required ratio indefinitely?

After reading various politics.meta questions, the following question has occurred to me: Is the ratio of moderation:site content for this stack exchange considerably higher than the original hard-...
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Are questions about the hypothetical effects of a policy on topic?

Why don't we pay food stamps and unemployment benefits indefinitely to stimulate the economy? This question is asking why we do not change the policy to widen the effects that are seen. We can ...
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Are questions asking to validate correctness/truthiness of a non-political statement by a politician on-topic?

Representative Bramby, Downhill, TX-J said in a campaign speech yesterday that 100% of convicted murderers in Texas were from public school system and not one of them was homeschooled. Is that true? ...
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Is this sort of question on topic?

I'm preemptively making this post in anticipation of likely objections to a question that I had just asked right now: What has Barack Obama Done Regarding Torture and Indefinite Detention?. The ...
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Is a question about the effects of climate on political loyalty on topic here?

I asked this question about the effect of climate on Union-Confederacy loyalties in the Civil War on the history site? https://history.stackexchange.com/questions/8309/what-are-exceptions-to-the-...
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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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Why isn't this site called “Government and Politics”?

When I hear the word "politics" I think of strategies to acquire power to affect changes in the law, but the scope of this site seems to be much broader. All questions regarding the mechanics of ...
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On the question “What is the success rate for non-violent revolutions” and why I consider it is not too broad or open

The question https://politics.stackexchange.com/q/981/130 has been closed by Robert Cartaino. Quoting his comment: This is a very broad, open question that isn't likely to be very quantifiable. As ...
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Do we allow different political views?

We all know that politics are opinions and a very subjective topic, but I think the site will be too dull if we add too many constraints. How do we solve this problem?