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Because sometimes people aren't rational. In fact, I'd argue that people are rarely rational, liberals and highly-educated people included. Most of our behavior is driven by factors other than pure, cold rationality – things like religion, tribalism, nationalism, patriotism, and the desire for the respect of our friends and neighbors, to name just a few. If ...


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I want to spell out what the core of this dispute is, because I think that will help you guys as you try to establish policy about answers like mine. So... There is an essential confusion about what constitutes a 'discussable' group, not just here but generally. There are many groups that we are perfectly comfortable discussing politically: political parties;...


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It's not a CoC violation. It's not smart by any stretch, but a CoC violation would have been a direct attack. Something along the lines of All [members of this political party] should die in a dumpster fire What Ted posted was more of a diatribe. It's not untrue, but he's juxtaposing his cariacatures of the Right so he has a straw-man to knock down in his ...


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Sometimes the approach taken towards improving something is important. Your comments would be more likely to have been received well if they looked like constructive criticism trying to improve an answer, rather than appearing to be an apologia for female genital mutilation. In addition, it's worth noting that the question is more like "Why has the US ...


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Not rude or abusive per the CoC 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 call them facts, because they are just that guy's personal opinions on which of his preferred ideological positions are rational)....


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As the author of the answer that Swedish Architect (hereafter SA) takes exception to, I suppose I should offer my perspective... First, let me point out that SA has had a certain amount of input on my answer. If you look at the timeline of the answer, you'll see that SA offered an extensive edit on April 8, which I subsequently re-edited for balance, but ...


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I personally don't think we need to prepare a list of things that are banned in advance, there's no way such a list could be comprehensive and would need to always evolve in order to encompass whatever the newest transgression of the day is. Comments That said, my answer to this question is that the policy for such comments should be the same as the general ...


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Politics is naturally contentious. People depend a lot on their political context; they want things like stability, safety, liberty, healthy environments, opportunities, etc, that can only be granted by and through the other citizens around them, and thus can only be effectively regulated and structured by a government. So all decisions that might incur ...


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You've failed utterly to even attempt to provide any sort of evidence that the aforementioned answer, in its original form, violates the Code of Conduct in any way. What it seems to me, rather, is that you object to the content of said answer, and are effectively attempting to have that content censored by using the CoC as a hammer to do so. Ironically, this ...


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I am unwilling to answer your title's question (what is the policy). I have my own personal opinion, but it's colored by distribution of site's demographics and voting (including highly upvoted popular opinions that are literally contradicted by statistics or examples in real life). However, I can answer your body's question (what should the policy be). The ...


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I could be off-base with this and I would like to see some numbers on it, but I have a suspicion that a lot of the problem comes from HNQ. Questions that make it into the HNQ sidebar are almost guaranteed to be maximally viral (read: maximally contentious) and so you have a perfect storm of people who: Aren't regular users of the site and have no worries ...


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