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How to handle short low-quality answers which are prevented from deletion by upvotes?

Sometimes we get very short low-quality answers which I think should be deleted. These answers are characterised by a lack of references a short, Twitter-like message containing a popular opinion ...
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How on topic is the military?

A few recent questions have had a lot to do with how some military could/should/would deal with something, or what the implications of some act are in terms focusing on a military or war. It's been ...
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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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If an unsatisfactory answer inspires comments by others that taken as a whole answer the question, should I mark it as answered?

Consider an answer that's only partially satisfactory, but neglects some essential factor. Comments ensue, which resolve the neglected factor, so that the answer and comments, when taken as a whole, ...
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Does Self-Moderation work?

According to A Theory of Moderation, one of the central tenants of Stack Exchange is that the community at large moderates itself. By judicious use of upvotes, downvotes, and votes for closing, the ...
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Mobile version allows access to non-committer during closed beta

Following a discussion in the DMZ, we discovered that when using a mobile device, it is possible to access the closed beta - even though I did not commit (or even follow) the proposal. Of course, ...
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Strange removal of a decent answer

The only answer provided to this question (also automatically removed, so now it is accessible to 2K users only) was "hammered" by a moderator. However, the question had and has a good score and ...
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Can we remove the Napoleon tag?

I can't see any reason the napoleon tag would ever be relevant on this site, most questions related to Napoleon would most likely be better fit on History.SE anyway.
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What are good citations for answers?

So, I've been using Politics for about two weeks now, and I've contributed some answers. To avoid making them subjective, I've tried to add references that back up what I'm saying. I know that ...
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Are disputable questions becoming problem here?

After reaching public beta, I see more and more disputable questions such as: why a rational person would .... what are the rational arguments against .... why people think that .... This are, in my ...
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Should posts be flagged to make have them reviewed by the community or not?

I ask this because there seem to be conflicting advice coming from our mods, so I would like to have this point clarified before I flag anything else anymore. Please do not use flags in an attempt to ...
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Should we suggest/demand that people explain technical terms in their questions?

From time to time, I see comments on questions that prompt the question asker to define terms that Are not defined in the question Are not well known to 100% of people, especially outside specific ...
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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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United States tag synonym with USA?

The Tag Synonyms to merge question currently contains only the suggestion to merge us and usa into united-states. While this is probably appropriate for the vast majority of questions asked with ...
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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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Why has my flag been declined?

I flagged as "very low quality" a post. The flag tooltip says This answer has severe formatting or content problems. This answer is unlikely to be salvageable through editing, and might need to be ...
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What are some respectful ways of making old and outdated questions visible?

I have gone through several old questions over the last two days. Some of those have some problems: Didn't have good answers. Those questions might be answered better now. Some were outdated. As of ...
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Should Politics.SE have custom badge images?

Many sites in the Stack Exchange network have custom badge images, for example Game Development, Puzzling, & User Experience. Should Politics.SE also implement this feature when we leave Beta? If ...
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Answers locking due to low quality comments also prevents upvotes. What to do about it?

Yesterday, I have read this answer, I liked and tried to upvote it. However, a rather ugly error message told me that it is locked. While I can understand the reason for locking the post, it also ...
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Does serial close voting by tag matter?

During my review of close votes I have noticed that there is a significant fraction of questions tagged israel (example 1, example 2). All these questions seemed fine for me and for the community as ...
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Incredible low visits/day

Just caught a glimpse of site stats on Area51 and visits/day has an incredibly low value: I cannot imagine such a low value with more than 900 avid users. Maybe on the 1st of January it is possible. ...
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What should the name of our chat room be? [closed]

Did you know we have a chat room? It feels a bit deserted and one fun way of drawing a bit of attention to it would be to change the default - and dull - name to something awesome! Several other ...
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Is asking for resources on treaties off topic?

If I asked about finding the signatories (by which I mean the individuals who signed for their countries) of treaties such as this one would it be off topic? In the German Bundestag there often ...
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Ask (main) part of question in the title and don't ask it within the main text

Some users ask (main) part of question in the title and don't ask it within the main text. I've edited some of them till now, adding the title to the question. But I don't really know what is the best ...
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Struggling to draft a question on race and party affiliation

I haven't posted to Politics.SE before, but this question is something that I have wondered about for a while. I started drafting it, but given my lack of experience on the site thought I would bring ...
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Why are some questions closed?

Sometimes a question is closed by the experienced members of the community. What is the criteria that is used to close a question? But what if the user feels it is a good question? Is there a way in ...
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Are questions about feminism on topic on politics.SE?

Are questions on the origin of the feminism movement, the theoretical basis for the movement, and evidence for feminist claims on topic on politics.SE? That is, is feminism.SE,http://area51....
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Questions should ask about both the advantages and disadvantages

Consider questions like What are the disadvantages of first-past-the-post electoral systems? This question only asks about the disadvantages, not the advantages. The problem is that someone will then ...
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Is it OK to keep a dead link within a post?

This question contains several references, but one of them is "dead" (dead link). Someone pointed out the broken link, but OP refused to remove it. My first intention was to edit the post and keep ...
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How can we diversify the site?

Presently, Politics SE has a very strong US bias. From counting country-based tags: united-states: 119 questions (european-union: 11 questions; not a country) uk: 7 questions russian-federation: 5 ...
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What degree of rewriting is acceptable in attempting to salvage a “not constructive” question?

I just did a complete rewrite of this question, in an attempt to bring it into line with acceptable standards for politics.se. IMO the original was a barely-disguised rant, and subsequent edits did ...
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Can we have comments suggest we take it to chat sooner?

The Stack Exchange platform has a convenient feature where if a comment thread on a post is running long, it'll provide a link and suggest you take the discussion to chat. I'm not seeing that prompt ...
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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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Make [judicial-branch] a tag synonym of [judiciary]

judiciary has 17 questions, judicial-branch has 36 questions. They are basically the same, so it makes sense to make one the synonym of the other.
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How can I improve this question about US Politics?

I got a warm welcome with this question , but after incorporating the initial comments, it seems to be attracting downvotes without any clue on possible improvements. How can I improve it ?
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Why is this question off-topic?

A user asked this today: "Who negotiated the release of prisoners from North Korea" And it was closed for being off-topic. Why? It seems like an objectively verifiable question to me. Was there a ...
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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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UN or United-Nations?

We currently have a un and a united-nations. Overall, I think that united-nations is clearer, but UN has a wiki excerpt and more questions and followers. There are only three questions that are ...
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Make [eu] a synonym of [european-union]

In a political context eu is synonymous with the European Union (which uses european-union). Request: Can eu be made a synonym of european-union?
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What should I flag political rants that are posted as answers as?

See this answer: Is there any justification for Trump’s accusing the mainstream media of propagating “fake news?” Obviously no. Our friends on the left and in the mainstream media ...
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Should we unfreeze Politics chat?

The main Politics chat room, Agora, has been programmatically frozen for inactivity. Should it be unfrozen?
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What are the best tags for questions on gender and/or sexuality?

A comment on this question asks whether the lgbt tag is appropriate. I think it is, since the T is usually held to stand for "transgender", but the comment brings another question to mind. The ...
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Can the core of the recent question addressing attacks on Biden's mental state be saved?

Philipp recently closed a question about Joe Biden and Donald Trump's mental states: How come Joe Biden's mental state is in question while Donald Trump's is addressed with so much restraint? as "...
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Should I include the alternative or not in this question?

I've asked this question. First comment, upvoted: I think this question would be improved by removing the discussion of the Italian system, as it distracts from the main point of the question. I ...
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Would Focusing more on Political Science improve the site?

This site is nearly moribund, especially when compared to active SEs. The number of questions that gets asked and answered every day is well below the number that would be necessary for a thriving ...
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Striving for the highest quality

The Nature of Politics Unlike topics like those covered in SO, Physics, Biology, etc. Politics tends not to have a unique answer to everything. A communist, a fascist, an anarchist and a neo-liberal ...
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How should lower-rep users handle 'answers' that don't address the question?

The question How would the Libertarian non-coercion policy apply to a business being required to bake a cake for a gay wedding? currently has several 'answers' that don't actually answer the question ...
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“Don't vote politically” banner

There are many good (and mediocre) questions on this site which do not have a partisan slant to them. But there's some which provoke voting based on the politics of the viewer rather than the quality ...
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Notice: SHUTDOWN tag now available

I've noticed we've gotten several questions about the shutdown of the United States government. I think these deserve their own tag, so I've added it. It's probably good to have a separate stream ...

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