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Why did the question "Is President Donald Trump a racist?" get closed?

I have been a moderator on this site for quite a while and am pretty active on the site myself. So I think I have quite a lot of experience with how the community reacts to certain questions. Let me ...
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Why did the question "Is President Donald Trump a racist?" get closed?

I agree with SamIAm that your question is too meta, and because of that seems to promote a specific cause, which is off-topic (I would disagree with Philipp, that a potentially on-topic question can/...
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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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How can I improve this question?

The most immediate problem with your post is that it violates some basic rules of Composition and Style. These aren't Stack Exchange rules per se, they're good practices for writing in general. Get ...
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Closed within 30 minutes

General principles rather than having any chance to improve my question, it is closed. Closing is a chance to improve your question before it is answered. Once a question is answered, your ...
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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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How should questions that seem anti-Semitic be handled?

Part of the problem has been people Sealioning (a type of bad-faith) the issue on multiple sites. In Charcoal (anti-spam project) we track mentions of the Holocaust. An excellent example happened here ...
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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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Why did the question "Is President Donald Trump a racist?" get closed?

I'm going to go ahead and post some of my thoughts on the question in question, specifically, where it might have problems. The majority of your question is a meta-commentary about other questions. ...
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Why has my question as to why the Allies did not discuss a Homeland for Jewish people in Germany been closed?

I responded to your question after it received a rude or abusive flag. I don't think it is rude per se, but I found two other issues: The question is about history, not politics. In the comments you ...
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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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How should questions that seem anti-Semitic be handled?

Frankly I don't think there's much to be gained by closing a question just because it questions a practice that people consider to be racist. As long as they're not maliciously disparaging anyone or ...
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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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Confused by the 'reopen' process

The wording is confusing, but reopen votes and the reopen review queue are actually 2 separate things. A question gets reopened when it gets sufficient reopen votes. To enable improved or improperly ...
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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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Apparent close votes discrepancy

There are two ways to cast close votes on a question (for users with sufficient privileges, of course): via the review queue by clicking on "close" below the question itself The close-votes cast via ...
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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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Is there a way the closed question on "protests against Amy Barrett" be opened again?

I reopened it. I added the summary-request tag because you're asking about background information for protests against this specific nominee. As such, I think it's the scope is sufficiently narrowed ...
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Is re-asking a bad question in a better way allowed?

If the original question is unsalvageable (closed, heavily downvoted, perhaps even deleted) then this can be a good course of action. Sometimes the original question might have a valid core-question, ...
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Why was this question closed?

There are two kinds of aspects to building a canal. The engineering aspects. Is it possible to build a canal from A to B? What would it cost? How long would it take? What physical obstacles are there ...
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Please reopen this question on policymaking in Japan

As I mentioned in a comment under the question, I think it's still too broad even when narrowed down to a single country: @Matcha_boy98 it's still pretty broad. How a country makes policy is quite ...
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Why was my question on Male Genital Mutilation closed as a duplicate?

There was a comment by the initial close-voter; I can't remember it exactly, but it was to the effect of: The UK and US are similar enough politically that the answer will be the same. ...
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A question was put on hold. Can I ask you why?

The question had issues to begin with. Note that putting a question on hold is not a rejection of that question. It means that the question still has issues which need to be resolved before ...
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Closure of Qatar question on their policy to pay western sources

If you are among the 5 that closed, can you elaborate on why you did so? Not making much sense, at least to me. If I recall correctly, I voted to close for the following reason: Questions asking ...
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Why are we closing questions for being susceptible to opinion on a site about politics?

To quote you a comment [I echo/endorse] from under your (new) question, before it was deleted: Yes there are definitions, but which one to use? The opinion comes in to play when arguing whether any ...
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Why are some questions which are clearly opinion-based allowed while others are not?

It's important to note that there's both good and bad subjective If we can avoid conversations that are — and this is the really tricky part — too subjective, we can maintain the ideals of great Q&...
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Why are some questions which are clearly opinion-based allowed while others are not?

For the questions in your post: Why is President Trump making such a big deal about fake news, and specifically targeting reputable organizations like The New York Times and CNN? While the wording ...
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Confused by the 'reopen' process

I never saw this 'reopen' question appear in my review queue That's because you already voted to reopen it. This started the review task, which is to be performed by others, as all review tasks in ...
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When are media sources considered propaganda and the questions citing them will be closed?

I don't think this is calling WP or JP propaganda. WP and JP reported on the claim. They didn't make the claim. The possibility raised by the user was that whoever made the claim could have been ...
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Why did the question "Is President Donald Trump a racist?" get closed?

The answers so far show some current models of moderation, but none of the moderators address the question of whether or not racism is a objective fact. That is, depending on the definition or ...
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