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As a rule, the answer is "yes". "nonessential opinionated material" should not be in the posts. However, what one considers "nonessential opinionated material" is frequently subjective and in the eye of the be(er)holder. Orthogonally, a very good suggested policy is to comment on an answer, pointing out what you consider offensive bits, and explain why ...


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To give an answer: The tag usage is in principal detailed in How do I correctly tag my questions? and What are tags, and how should I use them?. It boils down to choose tags that significantly describe the content of the question. Your question is about a newly introduced law in Poland. Therefore the Poland tag is absolutely justified. As far as I know it ...


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Images can be a powerful tool to make an answer more useful. A good picture can say more than a thousand words. But only if used correctly. Images which don't add useful information can be extremely distracting due to their eye-catching nature. So please don't add pictures to your questions and answers when they don't add any useful information.


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It is always perfectly legitimate to answer a question by calling implicit bias or false assumption into question. Indeed, on Christianity.SE, just about every one of my highest rated answers does so. If a question has a grammatical error or if it expresses its intent poorly, then editing the question is a good idea. If the question begins from a false ...


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Stack Exchange is a collaborative website. Users are encouraged to edit each other's content. When you post something on Stack Exchange, you do not have final say about it. This especially applies to tags. Tags are meta-information which is supposed to help to organize the website and help people to find questions they are interested in. They are not a ...


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TL;DR: In my opinion, it is usually better to post your own question. The reason for this is that if you post your own question, you can determine what you do and do not want to know and what is acceptable as an answer. If you hard edit the asker's question, it is not at all strange for the asker to be annoyed and revert your changes. Because they ...


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It changed nothing. It just "poked" the question because it had received little attention and no answers with score >0. For a complete answer, see this post on MSO.


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Broken links don't provide any useful information. And contrary to what the author of that questions claims, they don't prove anything either, because nobody knows if that link ever existed. After all I could claim that the NY Times posted an article which says that Jeff Atwood eats babies which they then removed without a trace because the secret world ...


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Moving target questions are a big problem. They’re rude to answerers who took the time to write an answer, but then find their answer invalidated. And they hurt the site’s primary goal of collecting specific, high-quality Q&As by creating situations where questions and answers don’t match up. I think the best option in a circumstance like this, where a ...


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Hm... This is tricky. SE generally seems biased against large scale edits that change the substance of the post... therefore unilaterally editing the bits out seems a bad idea. I would say that the standard SO approach would probably work: Downvote Post a comment very explicitly explaining what needs to be done to remove the downvote (e.g. "please back up ...


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Politics is a hot topic which means that it is likely to elicit emotional responses. Emotional responses makes it hard to separate beliefs from facts. Therefore one has to accept that the site politics.stackexchange.org needs much stricter moderation than, for example, math.stackexchange.org. In particular, questions will be reworded, closed and tags removed....


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Downvote the answer if you think it's a low quality answer and/or if you think it misunderstands you question. That's what downvotes are for.


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The key criteria for a question is not its binary nature, but rather its answerability. Ultimately, whenever you write a question, you should be able to articulate what an answer would contain, even if you don't know the right answer. For example, I recently wrote this question: How high must a craft fly in order to not be in foreign airspace? I didn't ...


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The problem with the question proposed, is that it was asking a different question than the way it was worded. In the United States, is there any significant "opposition" against Amnesty International? (for example) are there any significant political groups or pressure groups that denounce reports from Amnesty as "liberal bias"? Is the human rights group ...


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Good answers, in general, are those that have lots of non-partisan facts and analyses, and are clear in their use of partisanship when stitching them into a coherent narrative. By and large, to the extent that fact-laden and coherent answers that actually deal with the asked question should (and I think are) be voted up. Questions need to elicit facts. If ...


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Discussing politics is already hard enough without adding juvenile attempts at humour to the mix. The image added nothing of value to your answer. If anything, it was an unnecessary distraction to an otherwise good answer. I would have also removed it.


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Yes, on Stack Exchange, we hate fun. It's been this way since the early days.


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When one made a mistake in their question which leads to worthwhile answers which are not for the question they meant to ask but the question they accidentally asked, one should consider if it doesn't make sense to just let the question be and create a new one. Example: I want to know more about the political system of Australia. So I ask How is the ...


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I'm agree with the OP of that question. The Israel tag is totally justified. After a quick Google search of "Polish death camp" Every single result on the front page at least mentioned Israel's opinion on the matter. In fact, 2 of them mentioned Israel in their title, and one of them included a whole subsection dedicated to the Israeli response, and one ...


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One of the ways Moderators can handle comment flags is to edit the comment, and that is something that I occasionally do as appropriate. If you don't want to rely on a moderator to figure out that the comment is best edited as opposed to deleted, then you can leave a custom flag reason, and let us know what you're asking us to do with the comment.


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Let's review the revision list for a moment We start off with this as your question (emphasis mine) Have there been any safeguards or special rule changes within the DNC to prevent a rigged or unfair primary process as with what happened to Bernie Sanders in the last election cycle? This isn't a good faith question because you're asserting that the ...


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I honestly think the question was fine. The controversy over that election was big enough news that it can hardly be considered a a fringe theory. You you didn't devote an unreasonable amount of the question to trying to convince us that it was unfair. Since the 2016 DNC controversy is the essence of your question, there really is no magic phrasing ...


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It seems sensible to follow the AP Style (in this case). That said, I don't think it's worth doing mass edits just to update the style for this. It can obviously part of other edits and you can edit a few (so it doesn't flush the front page). It is incorrect to say that a "President" is a branch of government. The presidential administration might be. ...


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It wasn't an edit to the question that bumped it; it was an edit on one of its answers. Edits on questions and answers bump the threads to allow the community to review the changes. I can be a bit disappointing when what you thought was new activity turned out to be a couple of minor fixes, but even a minor edit could be problematic or otherwise worth our ...


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As the author of the edit wrote in the edit comment: I don't know if "take many vacations" is true, but it's not really applicable to the US federal budget as such (and therefore irrelevant) I fully agree with that assessment. The US federal budget is measuring trillions of dollar. Personal travel expenses of the US president won't even make a dent. So ...


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I think in general practice this is the right approach, and would have helped out this question quite a bit, however, I am afraid that a blanket rule risks deflating the effectiveness of some questions that require an accurate description of one side's argument in order to be of value to the questioner. Questions of the sort "It is my understanding that ...


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Ideally we would downvote any answer that included opinion in a question about the facts. If the answer can be salvaged by editing then it should be edited. If the answer is mostly or entirely opinion in a question asking for facts then it should be down-voted and flagged as not constructive/not an answer depending on which is more approrpiate. For ...


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