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I'm stepping down as a moderator of Politics.SE

In recent months, the Stack Exchange has shown that it's not really community run anymore. My concern started with the capricious de-modding of Ceillo for simply asking questions about a proposed ...
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Be more responsible with your votes

I was browsing the flags queue today when I came across the following answer to the following question: https://politics.stackexchange.com/a/19474 That answer is nothing more than a sarcastic ...
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What measures are taken to protect the site from propaganda posts during the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine?

As you certainly noticed, there is currently a war going on in Ukraine. As you know, the first victim in every war is the truth. Organized and unorganized actors will fight online to control the ...
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Please stop it with the serial downvoting

We recently received several reports about serial downvoting. Please stop it! It is harmful to the site as a whole. The voting score of a post should indicate the usefulness of the post, not the ...
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Should we have a "back it up" rule for answers?

I've asked my first question on Politics today, and I'm not very happy with the first couple of answers that I received. Don't get me wrong, both answers are helpful, I appreciate the answerers' time &...
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Help! I am being oppressed! Why do people keep downvoting my opinions?

I came to this website, just wanting to exercise my freedom of speech rights and tell everyone my opinion about [issue]. But people keep downvoting my questions and answers. Is this website ...
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Why did the question "Is President Donald Trump a racist?" get closed?

On March 4th, a user posted the question "Is President Donald Trump a racist?". Moderator Philipp closed this question a few minutes later with the reason "Promotes or discredits a ...
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Does claiming someone is dog-whistling go against "assuming good faith"?

I was reading this meta article and came across the idea of assuming good faith. It is mentioned in the podcast body: So I think as long as everyone is operating from a place of assuming good ...
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Is it time for this site to move out of Beta?

The site meets or exceeds most Area 51 criteria, particularly on users and traffic. There is a healthy number of established 20k+ users. The site is well-moderated (and very actively so). It is now ...
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Do we really want to tolerate personal attacks and antisemitism here?

We have a user here who frequently engages in personal and antisemitic attacks against other users. They have very few answers or questions, their only purpose on this site seems to be to spread hate ...
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Why did my Trump's speech question get the response that it did?

My recent question: How did Trump's January 6 speech call for insurrection and violence? got more than a little attention. I'm amazed: that this question got 16 down-votes. even more that it got 120 ...
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2022 Community Moderator Election Results

Moderator election #2 on Politics — your "graduation" election! — has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the new moderators are: They will be replacing the "old" ...
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Can we try to be more tolerant of, or provide better feedback to, naive newcomers wrt Ukraine questions?

Let's take this one, currently sitting at -4: Why doesn't any nuclear power country which is supporting Ukraine hand them a Nuclear Bomb? Now, it's, from my POV anyway, an extremely naive question. ...
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Should we have the "Controversial Post" post notice?

I've notice that Interpersonal Skills Stack Exchange has a custom post notice which moderators can add to questions: Controversial Post — You may use comments ONLY to suggest improvements. You may ...
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Affable Geek has passed away

I have learned today that one of our moderators, Affable Geek, has passed away. He was one of the best posters, if not the best poster at Politics.SE, and he was a great moderator. He will be missed....
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Why are answers that basically say "right wing illogical bad, left wing rational good" allowed to exist?

I just flagged an answer that literally just said pretty much "The reason for X is because Left is rational and right is irrational", using a lot of randomly picked statements (can't even ...
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A full and objective description of good faith?

I've noticed a number of recent trend where both moderators are deleting and I am voting to close questions and answers on grounds that they were not written in "good faith". Examples include: As a ...
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Is this an appropriate username?

One of the top users for Politics.SE has a username like [username]--Is RBG Dead Yet Presumably in reference to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I don't feel feel a username like "is ...
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Why would a question be deleted by SO staff?

This question "Why have only Democrats been accused of election fraud?" has been deleted by Cesar M, a community manager at SO. There was an ongoing debate about whether the question is on-...
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Celebrating 10 years of Politics Stack Exchange!

Remember, remember the fourth of December when we celebrate our first Politics.SE question: What are the disadvantages of first-past-the-post electoral systems? Ten years, 15,000 questions, and 33,000 ...
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Not allowed to use the NRA as an example of a political organization with membership?

I've received the strangest warning from a moderator. This is the last warning: Please stop putting the NRA into this post. Its completely out of context and serves no purpose but to frame them as ...
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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 do I prove my question is asked in good faith?

A couple days ago I asked this question: ‪Has Biden apologized for saying a neoconfederate organization had many fine people?‬.‪ The close reason given was “‬The primary purpose of this question ...
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We need to be more polite with new users and amateurs

This question was closed even before have a proper explanation of why it was closed and doesn't even have some explanation of why the question was closed, with the exception of one comment that ...
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How to deal with tiny edits intending to raise a question's visibility for the purposes of extra rep?

A user just applied an edit that was completely trivial (arguably harmful infact) specifically for the purposes of increasing the visibility of the (now quite old) question for extra rep. They ...
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How should questions that seem anti-Semitic be handled?

This question was closed for being an apparent effort to discredit people while I was in the middle of answering it: Why is "Jews are more loyal to Israel than to their own country" anti-...
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Use of ChatGPT to provide answers

What is Politics.SE's stance on answers from ChatGPT? There is a debate on Meta Stack Exchange on what the policy on them should be and I was wondering if we should have one as well. I am asking this ...
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Aren't controversial posts too rewarding?

While the reputation system is really helpful creating an automatic moderation and hierarchy, it also often appeals very rewarding to the human brain to see those numbers going up and gaining more ...
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Do we want a Russo-Ukrainian war tag?

Note: I am using the term Russo-Ukrainian war because that is the term used on Wikipedia. Seeing as how we have quite a few questions on the war, do we want a tag for it? Having the tag will make it ...
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2020 Community Moderator Election Results

Politics's first moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the two new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them for volunteering, ...
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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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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 mentioning "historical Palestine" acceptable for this site?

This answer starts with: The answer is that it depends. What was historical Palestine is now divided into several geographic entities, each with its own jurisdiction and set of laws. Now, one can ...
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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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2022 Graduation Election: Community Interest Check

UPDATE: Given the level or interest in an election expressed on this post, the Community Management Team has scheduled an election to start on September 26th. See more details on this post. Politics ...
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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 to do about biased question-askers who accept an answer because its supports their bias?

This question and this question brought this to mind. Questions like these, where the requester is asking a biased question not to gain actual knowledge but simply reinforce or spread their bias (...
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Why are people who unapologetically and repeatedly post racist drivel not banned for extended periods of time?

A certain user – a student of mathematics – has a repeated history of posting offensive racist content. Furthermore, based on various posts on meta, it seems that this user doesn't seem to understand ...
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Confusion with tag "Georgia"

As you know there are two Georgias: a state in USA and country. Consequently, the tag "Georgia" is used for both: https://politics.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/georgia I suggest changing one ...
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Change the "lgbt" tag to "lgbt+" or "lgbtq+"

Currently, the lgbt tag isn't really as inclusive as it could be - particularly when other sites like IPS SE use the more inclusive lgbt+ tag I know this is hardly the biggest change in the world, ...
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What is the policy on comments and answers that breed negativity?

As someone who mostly uses the other sites on this network, I find myself unsurprisingly appalled at the negativity inherent in the answers and comments on this site. Questions and answers that are ...
I'll Eat My Hat's user avatar
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Private Beta Extension [closed]

Given the volatile nature of the topic, Politics.SE has done a great job so far of keeping out most of the subjective discourse. However, we’re choosing to extend your private beta for a week to give ...
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Can all questions asking about the Queen's decision-making be closed as duplicates?

There's a lot of questions on Politics.SE asking if the queen has any decision-making power: Did the supreme court overrule the monarch? Can the Queen of the United Kingdom appoint her successor? ...
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For Politics.SE specifically, how long should the asker of question wait to accept an answer?

Background Recently, I got this comment on a question of mine after accepting an answer: Thanks for asking the question. In general, it's best to wait a few days between asking the question and ...
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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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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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Does Politics.SE have a problem with too many comments?

Does Politics.SE have an issue/challenge/problem with too many comments on some questions? I am an outsider to the Politics.SE community. As someone who mostly reads but doesn't post, I've noticed a ...
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A decade of Politics Stack Exchange – blog post input

Politics SE will be celebrating its 10-year anniversary this fall. We’ve been asked to supply a short text showcasing our site on the Stack Overflow blog. This blog post celebrating last quarter’s ...
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We are no longer in beta!

We have graduated from beta! This site has spent 3298 days in beta, and we are finally graduating! I'm kind of sad they didn't wait for 3333... :P Here is what will likely change: Moderator elections ...
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Four tags for economics is not very economic

There are currently four tags for economics: economy economics economic-policy intl-political-economy Right now there are no real tag descriptions to differentiate. It seems to me that they're all ...
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