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Should we have the "Controversial Post" post notice?

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 ...
indigochild's user avatar
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What is the best way to ask a genuine question when it is guaranteed to attract flame?

Simple answer: keep your tone cool and neutral (value-free) and contextualize whatever you think might cause flame to deflect the flame away from yourself. For example, this would be bad framing: If ...
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Moderators marking answers as "controversial"?

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:...
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If, (and only if), there were professional trolls and moles here, what if anything should be done?

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 ...
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Moderators marking answers as "controversial"?

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 ...
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Aren't controversial posts too rewarding?

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....
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Aren't controversial posts too rewarding?

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 ...
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Should we have the "Controversial Post" post notice?

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 ...
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Should we have the "Controversial Post" post notice?

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 ...
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If, (and only if), there were professional trolls and moles here, what if anything should be done?

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 ...
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Why was this question about the name "national socialism" deleted?

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. ...
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Should the controversy of a bill be edited into a question?

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 ...
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Should questions & answers suggesting the US may have released COVID-19 as a bioweapon really be censored?

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,...
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What is the best way to ask a genuine question when it is guaranteed to attract flame?

Write your question in a neutral tone, compliant with the rules and traditions of this site. Write in the question your expectation of an acceptable answer (references, sources, etc), as this tends to ...
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