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How do I prove my question is asked in good faith?

I don't think you can every prove good faith – no matter what rules or advice we give, there will be concern trolls who are happy to abuse them. I think the best thing you can do is interact with the ...
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What custom close reasons should we have?

[This reason is now available] Speculative Questions asking for the internal motivations of people, how specific individuals would behave in hypothetical situations or predictions for future ...
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What is a "push question"?

Simply put it is a question that already knows the answer that it is looking for or more specifically is a question that is looking to support the position of that author and does not care about any ...
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How does "Primarily Opinion-Based" work on this site?

Welcome to Politics Stack Exchange. We handle "Primarily Opinion-Based" very strictly here, maybe even stricter than on most other Stack Exchange sites. The reason is that we do not want to be a ...
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What custom close reasons should we have?

[This reason is now available] Too opinionated a.k.a. "rant in disguise" The primary purpose of this question appears to be to promote or discredit a specific political cause, group or politician....
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Was I wrong to VTC this question?

I think the standard of "future stuff" applies mainly to how politicians will act in a given circumstance. It would be off-topic to ask if Boris Johnson would rejoin the European Union, for ...
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What is a "push question"?

The close reason for this ("the primary purpose of this question appears to be to promote or discredit a specific political cause, group or politician") was proposed here. In the simpler ...
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Why is this question about the political reason for the U.S. copying the stripes of the EIC flag "on hold"?

I think your question has little bearing on today's politics. It doesn't even have bearing on contemporary politics (which is broader, +-1945 and onward). If you think your question is relevant you ...
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Deletion of answer which provides accurate attribution for origin of U.S. flag should not have been deleted and should be immediately un-deleted

Your answer was deleted and should remain deleted because the only thing it adds is supplementary information to an already existing answer. We know this because it begins as follows: It is ...
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Asking about President Johnson's reason for voiding of Sherman's Order No. 15 does not try to "promote or discredit a specific political cause"

At this moment, I have neither voted to close nor downvoted the question. That said, the question has several problems. Reasons to close: This is pure history. This does not ask about politics ...
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Is there a way to get information on my closed and deleted questions and answers?

A desire for revenge is not tolerated on this site, @guest271314. Instead of focusing oneself on hurting other users who voted to close posts, one should see if these posts can be improved. Other ...
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Why do some "Why do (group) think that...?" questions do very well and others quietly collect close votes?

The difference is that in the questions that were well received, the group in question is a political party with an ideology, policy positions, and ample targeted polling. In your question, you’re ...
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When are media sources considered propaganda and the questions citing them will be closed?

No, I did not claim that any of these websites are propaganda. I claimed that they reported on a claim which is propaganda. If you read the articles carefully, you will notice that they do not report ...
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Please reword the "good faith" close reason

I don't see this as an attack. In fact, I tend to see this as a course correction for the questioner. Because we're Politics, we have to be prepared for the skewed questions trying to masquerade as ...
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Question labelled bad faith post without much reasoning

Please keep in mind that readers/listeners have a difficult time distinguishing between malignant 'bad faith' and honest, innocent ignorance. In a better world people tend to extend good faith to ...
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Why are most "Why did country X...?" & "Why does country X think...?" left open yet if it's an individual it's closed (we can't get into their head)?

Don't get me wrong: I don't consider most "why did country do X" questions particularly good questions either, because they invite speculation and opinion. But they are still not as bad as &...
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How can we improve a question closed as partisan?

If you make a genuine attempt to steelman an opposing side's argument in the premise of your question, it may make it seem less biased. It may also help you to dis-invest your ego from your political ...
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Repeatedly closing and reopening of (highly) controversial questions

I haven't read the question, but FWIW -9 downvotes (and counting), and zero upvotes, is a sign that the question isn't controversial at all. Only troll types of questions get that type of verdict. ...
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Why was this on-topic question closed for being off-topic?

Welcome to Politics Stack Exchange. Please note that the purpose of this website is to teach and learn about politics and political processes. We are not here to convince others of our political views ...
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What does it mean when a question is closed as a duplicate by the "community" robot?

This behaviour is explained on this Meta.SE question: If you vote to close your own question as a duplicate of something else... and refresh the page, you'll see the "your question may already ...
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Should questions that portray a clear opinion be closed as opinion-based?

I think it is fine to ask about arguments in favor of the (proposed) legalization of certain narcotics. In your example, the question contains some of the author's opinion which in turn attracted down ...
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Adding Law and Economics as question migration targets in Closing -> Off-topic -> Migration

Unfortunately, beta sites do not get custom migration targets. If you happen upon a question that you think would fare better on a different site, feel free to flag for moderation attention and ask ...
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Close reason tied to a base level understanding of government

That is a good example of a "Rant in Disguise" question. In essence looks like a question that is not posted in good faith, and is intended to make some point(or in this case, I'd call it a "zinger"...
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How can we improve a question closed as partisan?

Remove Unnecessary Information Questions closed as partisan often contain unnecessary background information. While this information is at time useful, including too much of it can focus away from ...
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Repeatedly closing and reopening of (highly) controversial questions

I'd just let the 'roller coaster' do its thing because that seems to be entirely by design. There are certain time limits to the close votes so the roller coaster won't go on infinitely (at least not ...
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Why are we closing questions for being susceptible to opinion on a site about politics?

What was your goal in asking the question? (really think about this one) What do you think an acceptable answer to this question should include? Do you already have you mind made up about the ...
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Should we explicitly disallow "has X happened before" questions?

I think such questions can serve a useful purpose. The intention is usually: [Thing] recently happened, and the media is making a big sensation out of it. Is [thing] really something special and ...
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Does "political cause, group or politician" include national governments?

Yes, it does. We do not want political propaganda on this website. That means we don't want questions which are primarily designed to make the government of one country look good and/or another ...
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Question labelled bad faith post without much reasoning

As I wrote in the comment when I closed the question: "Politics Stack Exchange is a Q&A site, not a debate forum." As the help center article "What topics can I ask about here" ...
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