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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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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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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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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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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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Notice: Macroeconomics is officially in scope

Having spoken with the awesome Jon Ericson, I can officially state that the proposal to put questions of macroeconomics in scope is the consensus among the Community Managers. To wit: I talked ...
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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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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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Where/how do we draw the line between legal and political questions?

Are questions about the functioning of the state political? They might be either political or legal. For example, would it be on-topic to ask: Is action X by president Y unconstitutional? or Do ...
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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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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 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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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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(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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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 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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What about political philosophy?

Bearing in mind that there is a philosophy stack, I still wonder if questions of political philosophy would be on topic here. One such question might be: With respect to Nozick's philosophy of just ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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(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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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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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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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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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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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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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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(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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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 NGOs on topic?

There have been a couple of questions about NGOs recently: FIFA and the IOC Why don't FIFA and the Olympics committee assign host cities based on an open auction, rather than taking backdoor ...
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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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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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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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Are questions in the form of "How does X set of political views explain Y conundrum" on-topic and welcome?

1) Are questions in the form of "How does X set of political views explain Y conundrum/controvercy/objection" on-topic and welcome? As a random example, would the following question of the type: ...
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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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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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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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