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You and another user had an extended discussion of about 30 comments. This goes far beyond what is or should be on-topic or allowed. A lot of those were nitpicks, borderline insults, misunderstandings and meta discussion. I can't recall much of it now except someone saying "where did I say 'might'", someone calling something egregious and a ...


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What I deleted was a comment chain of 60(!) comments posted over a timeframe of just 2(!) hours. It was a back and forth which didn't really go anywhere. First it was a "you are wrong - no you are wrong" discussion and then it escalated into personal attacks (literal quotes: "Are you being deliberately obtuse", "Without it, people like you would [...]", "I ...


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It is important to close questions quickly, because otherwise they attract the kind of answers we don't want to have on this website. Why it was the right decision to to close this question quickly can be seen in the duplicate of the question the author created a while later. It quickly received two answers which were merely short, personal opinions not ...


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When you contribute to Stackexchange, the content you post isn't only your content anymore. It becomes the content of the whole stackexchange community. Our goal is to collect good questions and answers. So I am really reluctant to delete a question when the question is on-topic has received a good answer Doing so would destroy useful content. It would ...


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I don't see that he did anything inappropriate here. To review: Deleting the chain of comments discussing the answer That's obviously the right thing to do; as he pointed out to you, this is not a discussion forum. You should have taken it to chat. Deleting your initial comment saying that the answer is wrong Perhaps somewhat more controversially; I ...


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Any question that is downvoted to -4 or worse is automatically hidden from the front page, with the assumption being that the question is low-quality and therefore should be hidden. This is an automated process and not something the moderators have any control over. I'm not going to go into why you may have been downvoted - having read through your ...


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When I happened upon the question, I noticed that the later answers were both opinionated and unsupported. There were also more than a handful overly chatty comments. A troubling pattern, and one that strongly hinted the question was past the point where the extra attention of the HNQ was of any benefit. Why not protect it? Protecting a question is a ...


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Hot Network Questions attract bad answers and bad comments, especially when they're about partisan current events like this one. While that question has one great answer and a few good answers (all of which were posted early on), its also attracting bad answers and lots of bad comments, most of which amounted to "Americans are stupid", which have to be ...


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So, the reason the post was locked was given in a comment ("vandalistic editing"), and the edit in question was revision 7 (I'm not going to link to it because you didn't link to it and I'll respect that). The lock seems justified to me. You had written a post that asked a certain question, and the answerer put time and effort into providing you with an ...


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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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1) I would tend to agree with you that the question was fine, but so were Philipps actions. The community obviously disagreed about the question being fine, 5 members closed the question and it was heavily downvoted. Philipp tried to help by improving the question and using his mod-powers to reopen the edited question. You didn't want that help and ...


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It does provide an answer to the question even if you may consider a a poor answer. It points out that a hand count is slower than a computer recount and gives Trump more time to maneuver while it is being performed. Your flag was declined because multiple users said the post looked okay and didn't need deleting in the review. https://politics.stackexchange....


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I am in two minds here - I agree with @Philipp that the comment chain should have been deleted, but at the same time I appreciate the need for the supposed erroneous claims in the answer to be pointed out. Other commentators have said that if there is a problem with the answer, the solution is to write another answer pointing out these issues, but I disagree ...


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"comment sections are not a place for debates" That is correct. If you want to debate, go to reddit or a forum. The StackExchange sites (of which this is one) are descended from StackOverflow and share that site's goal to be a repository of specific and objective (as much as possible) questions and answers, not a place to discuss, debate, or hang out (the ...


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Comments aren't meant to contain primary content on stackexchange. They're intended to be used to improve the answers themselves. politics.SE seems to me to have a lot more discussion/answering/arguing/etc.. in comments than other SE sites. It was hard for me to wrap my head around too, but this site isn't for the person asking questions, answering them, ...


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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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I have to add to the sentiment that legitimate questions are routinely being shut down too quickly on marginal grounds. The "opinion-based" ground, in particular, is being used far too loosely. In some sense every interesting question about politics has an opinion component. But, that doesn't mean that someone can't have an intelligent, well researched ...


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I think in this situation you are better off to downvote if you disagree with the usefulness of the answer, rather than flagging it as not-an-answer. In turn, people who disagree with you can upvote. The bar for answers to be removed as not-an-answer is relatively high. In most cases where it isn't clear, the answer should remain. Mods may use their judgment ...


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Just because comments are 'on-topic' doesn't mean they shouldn't be deleted for any variety of good reasons. I'm a big champion of the importance of comments, as can been seen in my posting history on the SE Meta, but they have their place. If you've rambled on through 60+ back-and-forth comments, with no end in site, and no resolution to include into the ...


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If affiliations refers to whether they work for a political party, PAC, politician, or are some kind of hireling (or necessary sponsor) thereof, yes they absolutely should reveal that -- but it seems doubtful if everyone so affiliated would do so voluntarily, particularly if they've signed an NDA. Therefore we might ask candidates a meta-question like: &...


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