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Welcome to Politics Stack Exchange. We handle "Primarily Opinion-Based" very strictly here, maybe even stricter than on most other Stack Exchange sites. The reason is that we do not want to be a platform for ideas, opinions and political activism. Our idea of a politics Q&A site is a place where we can learn and teach how politics and political ...


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If you look at the second sentence it appears to be the problem. The GOP elected Donald Trump as presidential candidate and continues to stand by him. To sane non-cynicists, Trump is unacceptable on a personal and functional level. They have therefore turned their back on the GOP. You are basically calling trump supporters insane or at least that is how I ...


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I think it is fine to ask about arguments in favor of the (proposed) legalization of certain narcotics. In your example, the question contains some of the author's opinion which in turn attracted down and close votes. That's fine, and it is up to members of the community to cast such votes. Another option might be to edit out some of the opinionated parts. ...


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Perhaps the rejection reason isn't 100% accurate, but it looks like you're trying to post a new answer. You can't, since the question is closed, but that is no reason to edit an existing answer and trying to put your words in the author's mouth. When you edit a post, there's this widget which says "clarify meaning without changing it". It is also ...


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I suggest that we hold questioners and answerers to a high standard of verifiable facts. Specifically, many questioners will make assertions about something (e.g. "Hillary Clinton is currently under investigation by the FBI") and we should require that they provide a citation from a reputable source. Likewise, any factual statements in answers need to be ...


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Triage In StackOverflow, which has far more activity than this site and a constant influx of new, uneducated users ("I want a program that does X"), questions by users that are new to the site are not automatically sent to the question list, but put on a "triage" queue. This serves two purposes: If salvageable, the question usually gets a more "delicate" ...


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First of all, you need to keep in mind that our community consists of people, and people don't always act consistently. With borderline questions it can often be a matter of luck which questions the community lets open and which it closes. Everyone's personal decision if they vote to close or not can be influenced by appearance of the question, current mood, ...


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I read the referenced question, the linked article, the comments and the answer. I did some research, considered all at length, decided it was opinion-based, then went to bed. In the morning, I thought more about the issue and attempted to compose an answer to your Meta post. It was clear there was a misunderstanding; but whose, what, and how to explain it? ...


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I'd say the answer is a bit of an edge case. On the one hand, there is a reasonable line of thought. Trump has promoted a number of conspiracies and falsehoods (supported by your well-referenced Wikipedia articles), and much of that is public knowledge (e.g. Birtherism, misinformation regarding the pandemic). By following a leader who at the very least ...


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Is there an established community standard for what 'opinion' is vs. 'theory?' No, even whether a question is primarily opinion-based (POB) can be subjective. Of course, in some cases a question may be very clearly opinion-based. In the question that you cite, I think you can make both arguments. Let's do that to see what might drive close-voters and voters ...


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Some users here disagree that asking questions to be answered from a certain point-of-view (POV) should be on-topic at all. E.g. they think that "What is X's position on Y" is an off-topic question. Leaving that aside, which presently doesn't seem to be a majority opinion of users on this site, asking such questions obviously entails retelling the ...


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You proposed a huge edit to a question that's (at least for me) essentially a separate answer.


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It may be the case that the question is soliciting a list, but Hillary Clinton definitely did have a reputation of being dishonest, and she had that reputation before the emails thing blew up, and before most of things that people like to point at nowadays to justify her reputation as being dishonest. Despite the OP's intent, I believe that a question ...


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I would like to expand on Sam I am answer with many additional reminders: OPs should ask non-opinionated questions. This should be a must in first place, but is not always the case unfortunately. People and mods should be specially wary these days regarding tags like donald-trump, to even close crap questions. OPs should not ask futurology. They can ask ...


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Yes it is because what you may consider acceptable free speech someone else may consider unacceptable. Asking people on how to classify what is and isn't acceptable is going to get many different opinions on what should be allowed or not. A good example of this would be the debate with speakers on college campuses and how some of them are not allowed to ...


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For what's that worth, I didn't vote to close, but I've down-voted the question due to the poorly presented motivation: Biden is a highly polarizing figure despite some of his efforts not to be. Obama for example had a far more volatile approval, but he was the last president to have such an elastic approval rating. It is approve by 9 on 538, which past ...


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As far as I can tell, opinion-based means that a proper answer to the question must include the author's own personal opinions. Is the European Union good for Europe? Was the U.S. assassination of Qasem Soleimani justified? What is Donald Trump's biggest flaw? Those questions are opinion-based. I would answer them no, no, and his narcissism. No one could ...


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The title of the question is opinion-based. What is the decisive point for classifying a certain speech as unacceptable? The fact that there are very different laws and regulation around the world about what is and is not acceptable speech and that even in those countries the court rulings are all over the place should tell you that this is a question ...


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Given how strongly they went with marijuana = dangerous, I'd say that was a push/loaded question... to rephrase for emphasis, it was something like: how could they possibly legalize something so dangerous? There were some clear signs of that in the q like this kind of alarmism: It may undermine the nation's gene pool. There's a more specific close reason ...


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Asking Why a person did something is far more likely to be opinion based than asking what they did. What they did is asking about facts. You can even ask what they have said, but just because they said something does not make it true. But this site is about facts not opinions so while asking what they said is not asking about the truth of why they did ...


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