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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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Is political history within the scope of the site?

Political history is on topic on our sister site, History Stack Exchange, and questions about it are mainly under these two tags: political-history politics A category of questions being on topic ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 localized should we go?

It seems inevitable that we'll have country specific questions as this question assumes: How should we tag country-specific questions? Where do we draw the line? We probably don't want moose-jaw-...
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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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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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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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Are “Is Wikipedia right” questions welcome?

I have previously asked: How do we feel about "General Reference" questions that are somewhat answered on Wikipedia? The answers and comments to that question basically boiled down to ...
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Is politics limited to politics of public governments, or also of other bodies?

Wikipedia defines Politics as: Politics (from Greek politikos "of, for, or relating to citizens") as a term is generally applied to the art or science of running governmental or state affairs, ...
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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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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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Are “is X constitutional” questions in-scope?

We have so far had a couple of questions of the form "is 'X' constitutional?" (as applied to USA). Ex: Is the PATRIOT ACT constitutional? Should such questions be in scope at all? The cons include ...
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Are requests for references on-topic?

Some SE sites seem to dislike requests for references. Are we considering the following two questions on-topic: What is a good book which covers in-depth topic XYZ [from ABC angle]? Seems like very ...
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To what extent are policy questions on or off topic?

Most of the questions asked so far are about the political process ("What criteria does a US Presidential candidate need to meet in order to appear on the ballot?"). Some ask about the details of ...
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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 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 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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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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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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I think the “just the facts” dramatically hurts this site

First off, I am a heavy user of Stack Overflow and find it's focus on questions with clear answers good (although at times I wish it allowed "what is the best..." questions). But for a site on ...
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Questions about campaigning?

Campaigning is a political process, so it's at least nominally in scope. Our examples/first few questions seem to be centered around policy/political science. Should questions from people aimed at ...
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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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Are legal questions on-topic?

Possibly related: Where/how do we draw the line between legal and political questions? We already have quite a few questions that at least touch on law. One in particular - What is the legality of ...
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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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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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How do we feel about “General Reference” questions that are somewhat answered on Wikipedia?

I was going to ask "What are the main differences between Objectivism and Libertarianism", but the Wiki already has a fairly good summary ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libertarianism_and_Objectivism )...
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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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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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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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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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How to word “advantage/disadvantage” or “arguments for/against” questions?

There seems to be some disagreement about whether "What are the advantages and disadvantages of X?" questions are on-topic for this site, with, on the one hand, a number of questions being close-voted ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 ...