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Why was this answer about cancel culture accepted by the community, despite completely failing at answering the question objectively?

While I personally don't think that the answer is necessarily the best answer provided so far (I personally didn't vote on it and upvoted a different one), I don't agree that it does not answer the ...
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How to encourage unbiased discussion on this site?

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 ...
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If, (and only if), there were professional trolls and moles here, what if anything should be done?

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 ...
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How to encourage unbiased discussion on this site?

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 ...
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Why was this answer about cancel culture accepted by the community, despite completely failing at answering the question objectively?

The only objective way to answer this question is to provide the intended meaning used by the majority of people who use that term. By all means: find the objective survey that establishes how the ...
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How to encourage unbiased discussion on this site?

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....
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How to handle own opinions when answering a question?

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,...
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How to encourage unbiased discussion on this site?

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 ...
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Abuse of privileges to close or review questions

Why I voted to close that Q? Because it's an extremely cheesy one. I can probably ask 100 similar questions and copy-pasta your answer just replacing the country. Here's an exercise: What gives Iran ...
the gods from engineering's user avatar
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Abuse of privileges to close or review questions

There are certain propaganda patterns able to convince the reader yet unsuitable for the community site that does not accept push questions. They are recognized, and trigger rejection. The goal of ...
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Should we poll the website users to corroborate/disprove the "bias" claimed by some users ? Or assess representativity?

Part of the problem is that this site is part of SE network; and as such it's a victim of SE's atrocious Hot Network Questions (HNQ) process, whereas a swarm of people (from all over SE but ...
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How to avoid primarily opinion-based holds?

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 ...
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How to avoid primarily opinion-based holds?

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 "...
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If, (and only if), there were professional trolls and moles here, what if anything should be done?

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 ...
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Should we poll the website users to corroborate/disprove the "bias" claimed by some users ? Or assess representativity?

This is most probably a bad idea. Most probably you could not learn anything valuable from such a poll because: Not everybody will take part Not everyone will answer truthfully The community changes ...
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How to handle own opinions when answering a question?

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 ...
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Please review this post, closed based on differing opinions

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 ...
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Abuse of privileges to close or review questions

First it would help if you actually linked to a specific questions/answers, instead of making a general remark. I have no idea, for example, why this one would be proving your point: +3/-1 is what it ...
Italian Philosophers 4 Monica's user avatar
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Can I now use DPRK-style language in posts?

I'd say these kinds of edits don't require mod intervention. You would normally make the edit yourself, suggest the edit or discuss it with the author in comments. In this case, the flag was declined ...
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How biased can sources be, before they aren't considered useful references here?

I suggest the following: If the source isn't a mainstream media or a reputed institute, and suspect, ask the author to inform the reader about the potential bias. (For example, instead of "XYZ ...
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A good example of biased voting

It's inevitable that on this site pro-Israeli voices will be in the majority, among the moderators too. Live with it, or move somewhere else. The same goes for people who complain that Russian or ...
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How biased can sources be, before they aren't considered useful references here?

It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it. Upton Sinclair I don't think we need lists of allowed/prohibited sources, but people posting ...
Italian Philosophers 4 Monica's user avatar
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Please review this post, closed based on differing opinions

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 ...
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Should we poll the website users to corroborate/disprove the "bias" claimed by some users ? Or assess representativity?

There would be a good way to either corroborate or disprove this, it is to ask for the political leaning of the users. I was thinking about asking several questions on large issues (liberal/controlled/...
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Moderator Philipp deleted my answer for "[making] one side in an ongoing conflict look worse than the other"

This answer shouldn’t have been deleted (although it probably was biased, but i’m not too sure) because there have been answers with more questionable facts that make claims more questionable than ...
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Moderator Philipp deleted my answer for "[making] one side in an ongoing conflict look worse than the other"

Since you seem to be looking for a comparison with other answers (to the Russia Q), let me put it this way: while some of the answers there are strongly worded e.g. 'Russia is using terror' etc., none ...
the gods from engineering's user avatar
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Moderator Philipp needs to stop moderating anything to do with Israel/Palestine

Regarding your "Exhibit 1": My goal there was to stop an edit war and get the two people editing back and forth to talk it out and come to an agreement. When stopping an edit war, you have ...
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Should we poll the website users to corroborate/disprove the "bias" claimed by some users ? Or assess representativity?

First rule of SE Questions is that should be constructive and based on an actual problem you face. So if the bias is proved or disproved what is the constructive purpose you wish to achieve? Then ...
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A good example of biased voting

Erwan, I share many of your concerns and I believe the problem is becoming worse in recent weeks. Perfectly reasonable questions and posts are downvoted immediately and then auto-deleted. My suspicion ...
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