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It is understandable when some users do not believe that Donald Trump is a reliable source, because he has repeatedly been caught making false statements in the past. That does not mean that everything Trump said is automatically wrong, but it also shows that not every statement he makes should be believed without any skepticism. Further, the answer claims ...


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I don't think we could really do anything specific about it. There is no way for us to tell a paid government agent apart from a loyalist citizen who just loves their government and considers it their duty to defend its interests. Trying to do so would just lead to a witch hunt. However, the damage caused by people who think that Politics.SE is an ...


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Let me break this down as to where you went wrong and how you can get it right in the future Mexico paying for the wall by tariffs is not my invention, it's absolutely endorsed by the White House and the president himself. Being the president, he speaks on behalf of the country. The Trump administration consistently insist the wall will be indirectly paid ...


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Let's break down what you are claiming here: Unfortunately, some users are probably not aware of our rules. For instance, my answer received downvotes for no reason: Plenty of reasons were offered. You don't seem to agree with them. However, that's not the same as "for no reason." Mexico paying for the wall by tariffs is not my invention, it's ...


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It is always perfectly legitimate to answer a question by calling implicit bias or false assumption into question. Indeed, on Christianity.SE, just about every one of my highest rated answers does so. If a question has a grammatical error or if it expresses its intent poorly, then editing the question is a good idea. If the question begins from a false ...


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Your issue is in assuming that citing the president, the white house or administration official sources count as "reliable sources". In fact, anything that the current american president has said is likely to need additional backup to be established as fact, especially since he has a widely and largely established practice of speaking complete falsities. ...


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I would go so far as to argue that the question is not even on topic as defined in the help center. Working Themselves Out: Processes are central to legislation is made. Questions seeking to understand the rules and processes by which policy is made in various legislatures or ruling bodies (inside and outside of the United States!) are wholly ...


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I don't think that opinion-based is the real problem here. The question should have been closed as unclear, as the comment you quote points out: I think you need to define "defend", "illegal" and "immigration". This also becomes obvious in the answers. This answer for example defines "defend illegal immigration" as "protects basic rights of illegal ...


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One thing I'd suggest is to re-evaluate whether it is truly necessary to include things that you know are opinion based. It won't really change anything. As Britain never really sheltert refugees, due to their geographic position and (Warning: opinion-based) xenophobic tendencies. Do we really need to know why Britain doesn't shelter many refugees in ...


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Hm... This is tricky. SE generally seems biased against large scale edits that change the substance of the post... therefore unilaterally editing the bits out seems a bad idea. I would say that the standard SO approach would probably work: Downvote Post a comment very explicitly explaining what needs to be done to remove the downvote (e.g. "please back up ...


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First of all, it helps to receive your news from a diverse number of sources. Every news outlet has some political leanings which do affect what they report on and how they report on it. So if you rely only on news sources which align with your political ideology (or even worse: only read what people with your political ideology share on the internet) you ...


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I honestly think the question was fine. The controversy over that election was big enough news that it can hardly be considered a a fringe theory. You you didn't devote an unreasonable amount of the question to trying to convince us that it was unfair. Since the 2016 DNC controversy is the essence of your question, there really is no magic phrasing ...


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Let's review the revision list for a moment We start off with this as your question (emphasis mine) Have there been any safeguards or special rule changes within the DNC to prevent a rigged or unfair primary process as with what happened to Bernie Sanders in the last election cycle? This isn't a good faith question because you're asserting that the ...


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Hypothetically, If we knew for certain that someone was posting here as a paid troll, then they would be banned. Sowing confusion is contrary to what we want to do here, and someone here for only that purpose is not likely to change their ways due to getting punished. Understand that's a very big "If". We are unlikely to actually be able to identify for ...


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Here's my way for dealing with keeping my opinions out of an answer: First, I try to stay out of questions which can't have a truly non-opinionated answer. Often I'll vote to close them as too broad, unclear, not in good faith, or some other reason, or edit them to make the un-opinionated part clearer. The question you linked to is borderline as-is, and ...


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Ideally we would downvote any answer that included opinion in a question about the facts. If the answer can be salvaged by editing then it should be edited. If the answer is mostly or entirely opinion in a question asking for facts then it should be down-voted and flagged as not constructive/not an answer depending on which is more approrpiate. For ...


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I suggest one guideline, which is used on History.SE, is questions formulated on the premise "When did you stop beating your wife?" should be disallowed. To even ask this, I must have a wife and be beating her. For example, the question "Is the reputation of Russia hurt by lying" is the same formulation. I think the principle extents to most partisan ...


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NPoV Request status-complete This question, What is the ratio of people who have lost their health insurance versus gaining insurance on the Obamacare exchanges? could support the following changes: Obama said people would be able to keep their plans: this seems unnecessary. If you are interested in the number of people who lose their previous health ...


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