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Bigoted viewpoints can be discussed by attributing them to the people who make these statements and not to the posters themselves and by putting their statements into an appropriate context. Example: Question: The political doctrine of Antifelinism believes that all kittens should be eradicated. How do prominent antifelinists propose to do this? A bad ...


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"Assume good faith" is not one of those decisions where either option is fine as long as everyone agrees to stick to it. It's a basic rule of politeness, very similar to the golden rule - if you assume bad faith and act accordingly, people will readily see bad faith in your actions too. For instance, if I write a post complaining that busing is bad for the ...


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Personally, I don't think "s/he" is very elegant (see also this post on ELU from before the discussion on Meta started). I don't object to using singular they, so for me it's easy to use that. From your perspective with stylistic choices in mind, I would try to avoid them both. I've stated a few examples at the end of my answer which show that it's ...


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The key here is to be shrewd about what the author is trying to do. Let me illustrate this by using spam. We allow users to post links to SO/SE. There are good and bad reasons to post links, but there's also a grey area. On other sites a question like this would be permitted I have some code not working Some code here You can see it here https://www....


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First, you will notice the comment I made no longer exists. I did not want to participate in starting yet another debate, ala Monica-gate, no matter how large OR small. However, since you posted this (I will admit I did not see it until now)... whether you (or I) accept things like gender-diversity and the existence of non-binary genders, the fact of the ...


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Most things exist on a spectrum, and the non-qualified "Nationalism" is one of them. My answer to your title question is no, it is not against the Code of Conduct to promote nationalism in general, since all nationalism prescribes is to put citizens of your home country above those of any other. My opinion here is that everyone does this to some degree, so I ...


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In this specific instance this behavior is a dead ringer for a known troll that crops up every once in a while. Specifically, the inflammatory image or link the user supposedly stumbled over with the request to "refute" it for the greater good. Here's a brief sampling from a quick regex looking for the word "refute", if you checked the ...


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I deleted the question after it was flagged as rude/abusive. The main reason that the rude/abusive flag holds is because it contains a racial slur (the orange text on the left), which I won't repeat here. This could have been resolved if the question was framed on the figures in the sources without the picture ever being mentioned. I don't think it's ...


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Is promoting 'nationalism' agreeable under the Code of Conduct? I would say that it depends on the nationalism. White nationalism for example is by definition racist, and will likely alienate people based on race, and promoting it is thus against the CoC. German nationalism would also be in violation, because it's an exclusive nationalism based on a racial/...


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How to deal with Dog Whistles Are you sure it's a "dog whistle?" If there's not an easily understood charitable explanation, it's just bigotry and violates the code of conduct. If it's not a real dog whistle, don't call it a dog whistle. Be nice, assume good intent on the part of the other person. Don't say: This is a bigoted dog whistle. I'm ...


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In this day and age, you can reasonably assume good faith on every Stack Exchange except this one. I agree with divibisan that "unintentional bigotry is just as hurtful as intentional bigotry". But I disagree with the idea that we should always seek to fix such posts, because doing so means that bad faith users may end up getting upvotes. If that happens ...


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Any ethno-centric nationalism is racist. But if French (for example) believe that France is a great country because it gave the world a number of long-remembered authors, scientists and other thought leaders, that's definitely nationalist thinking. But calling it "racist" would be quite a stretch.


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The code of conduct states: No bigotry. We don’t tolerate any language likely to offend or alienate people based on race, gender, sexual orientation, or religion It seems given the nature of the Israeli/Palestinian dispute, that a person who self-identifies as Palestinian would be likely to be offended or alientated by the implication that their ethnicity ...


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JJJ has addressed the issue of the question's use of a racial slur, and since I can't see the meme anymore (even with 20k+) since imgur has removed it, I won't comment on that. I'd argue, though, that the question would have been off-topic even if there wasn't a Code of Conduct violation: Someone posted the following infographic to reddit before it was ...


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I would consider things like that out of scope of this site for 3 reasons. Generally people posting things like that don't care about the facts so a fact check won't stop them from believing it or spreading it. This could lead to a never ending list of things we need to fact check and debunk as there is a never end of these types of memes created At worst ...


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In general, if you're going out of your way to alienate or disparage a group of people you're probably violating the spirit of the code of conduct. It doesn't matter how that group of people is defined. It doesn't even matter whether or not the group really is that bad. I'm not in the business of determining which groups of people do or do not deserve to ...


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