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Yes. Please. In my mind, users fall into two groups: Regulars. They visit Politics.SE regularly and are generally familiar with the SE model. There may be a significant variation in their knowledge of how these sites work, but they are all generally familiar. Wayfarers. They don't know how things work here. Many of them may be brand-new, perhaps drawn in ...


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I added the notice because your answer was attracting many flags and comments (see also Ekadh Singh's answer which explains the purpose of the notice). Most of these interactions were not constructive: The answer was flagged as: 'Rude or abusive', "misinformation", and propaganda. There was a debate in comments about the use of the term 'bottle ...


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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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I think you misunderstood the meaning of the controversial post notice. The notice said Controversial Post — You may use comments ONLY to suggest improvements. You may use answers ONLY to provide a solution to the specific question asked below. Moderators will remove debates, arguments or opinions without notice. Using comments only to suggest improvements ...


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It's not just a matter of the rep differential between upvotes and downvotes. Poor-quality answers that agree with the biases of a significant percentage of people often receive highly positive scores. This is a well-known and long-standing problem with the Hot Network Questions list. Sites that have controversial topics (such as Politics, Skeptics, etc.) ...


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I don't believe trying to spread FUD provides anyone with perspective. With such an outrageous claim, the amount of evidence in support of it would need to be overwhelming, pretty much nothing short of a smoking gun. Otherwise, the only thing either the question or the answer are doing for perspective is muddying the waters and adding to the noise. Have a ...


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Let me cold-shower you by saying that any changes to the reputation system are highly unlikely to take Politics.SE into account. The MSO rules boffins that may have some pull with the company/staff generally don't come from this site or care much about it. As far as I know it's not possible to make local changes to such rules, and they probably don't see a ...


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I was going to just leave a comment, but decided to expand this into an answer. I'm skeptical that adding a 'notice' like this, is a valuable change. It might actually have negative value, if it's applied only to certain posts. My fear would be that this only gets slapped onto questions as a way to further legitimize pruning unpopular answers/comments(...


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That depends. And it depends on how this is implemented: Who decides that such a banner appears? According to which criteria? When, that is: how soon does this appear? I guess that methodology and procedure will have to be written down and explained beforehand, at least here on meta, if implemented. And if there is such a rule, I guess I'd like that to be ...


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The post author deleted the post himself - the downvotes and close votes were probably received because the post was poorly written, with typos in the title and a question body that lacks details. If the post was undeleted, it should probably also be closed as a duplicate of this question.


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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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To recap your "evidence": Pakistan thinks it might be a bioweapon Iran says it's a US bioweapon China says it's a US bioweapon You say you want refutation? Here you go Many Chinese people, even city dwellers, insist that freshly slaughtered poultry is tastier and more healthful than refrigerated or frozen meat. This is one of the major reasons ...


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When a name is problematic I think there is a bit of nuance in all of this. On the one hand, the official name may be relevant to identify what exactly we are referring to. On the other hand, the SE network has a code of conduct that protects users against specific things that may offend users. The official name (or the bill number or whatever unambiguously ...


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