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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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Current events in general The Stack Exchange platform isn't particularly suitable for questions that relate to current events, as they are usually time dependent (too localized comes to mind). The main purpose of every Stack Exchange site, including Politics, is to become a high quality canonical resource in its subject matter. Questions that relate to ...


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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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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 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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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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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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Currently, that question has 4 close-votes1. Three of them are for "Off Topic" and one is for "Not a real Question". So the steps to improving this question seem clear: Make it clear that the question is about the political aspects of "Islamism". I would guess that many in the West (rightly or wrongly) see Islam as a religious issue (only). In fact, one ...


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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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Your question is fully approproate IMHO, but I must admit that I don't see what the actual problem is with existing solutions. We already have a mechanism for dealing with subjective or bad questions. Downvotes and close votes. Also, don't forget editing. A posted question may have subjective/incendiary wording, but underneath it all contain a legitimate ...


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If the question is about a specific argument made by specific people then I think a well referenced answer could be made. I think good answers could also come asking for what political experts have written on the topic. But if the question is general or generic views then there is no way to address the issue here that would be considered constructive. ...


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