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How does "Primarily Opinion-Based" work on this site?

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 ...
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Why is a factual statement about Trump, backed by wikipedia articles, labeled "personal opinion" by a mod?

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 ...
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Should questions that portray a clear opinion be closed as opinion-based?

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 ...
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Brace yourself, US presidential election is coming up!

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 ...
The Pompitous of Love's user avatar
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Edit rejected. No deviation from original intent

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 ...
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What is an Opinion-based question and how does it apply to my question?

One common misconception of new users about Politics Stack Exchange is that it is the Stack Exchange political debate club. It is not. We do not want to provide a platform for debates, opinions or ...
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Discussion about my "opinion-based" question

As I'm sure you're aware, people are limited to a small handful or reasons for suggesting question closure. 'Opinion-based' is one of about six choices; it's more of a vague gesture at a certain kind ...
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Why was my question closed as opinion based?

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 ...
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Brace yourself, US presidential election is coming up!

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 ...
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How can we tell when a question about the views of a politician is 'opinion based'?

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 ...
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Why is this opinion-list-making question still open?

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 ...
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How do you determine a “primarily opinion based” question

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 ...
the gods from engineering's user avatar
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What's the difference between 'opinion based' and speculative analysis?

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 ...
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Edit rejected. No deviation from original intent

You proposed a huge edit to a question that's (at least for me) essentially a separate answer.
Martin Schröder's user avatar
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Why is a factual statement about Trump, backed by wikipedia articles, labeled "personal opinion" by a mod?

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 ...
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Is it hypocritical to force a subject as opinion-driven as "Politics" into a Stack Exchange format?

No, there are plenty of aspects about politics that are not opinion driven that can be addressed on this site. In fact people have been able to ask over 10,000 questions on the site without having ...
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Discussion about my "opinion-based" question

It's inherently an opinion-based question. The degree to which any one politician is influenced by his immediate circle is something that can only be ascertained by the people in that immediate ...
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Discussion about my "opinion-based" question

There are many questions that are dismissed by this community as impossible to answer or asking about people's motivations, whereas one could provide a wealth of information about these matters based ...
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Is the question opinion-based?

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 ...
Joe W's user avatar
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Brace yourself, US presidential election is coming up!

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. ...
Luis Masuelli's user avatar
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Is "opinion-based" the same as "subjective"?

Judging from how it is often handled on other stacks, "Primarily opinion-based" does not mean "In some way relates to, or is subject to, some level of subjectivity", but means "If you ask 5 subject-...
Robert Columbia's user avatar
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Is "opinion-based" the same as "subjective"?

Proposed Criteria Can this question be clearly defined and answered with fact or research based information? Explained Taking Burt's example of the question "Are caucuses less democratic than ...
LearnWorkLearn's user avatar
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How can we tell when a question about the views of a politician is 'opinion based'?

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 ...
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Should questions that portray a clear opinion be closed as opinion-based?

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 ...
the gods from engineering's user avatar
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How do you determine a “primarily opinion based” question

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 ...
Gaslight Deceive Subvert's user avatar
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What's the difference between 'opinion based' and speculative analysis?

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. ...
the gods from engineering's user avatar
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What is an Opinion-based question and how does it apply to my question?

I'll answer the question based on your comments specifying that you're asking based on this question in which some commented that they thought it was primarily opinion-based (POB). The question at the ...
JJJ's user avatar
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Why was my answer to this question as to when anti-terrorist actions were justified been deleted?

It's a bad answer, with lots of personal opinion and irrelevant content (Mandela isn't an obvious match to a cross-border aggression from a sovereign state, the UN should not lightly forsake its role ...
Italian Philosophers 4 Monica's user avatar
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Is it hypocritical to force a subject as opinion-driven as "Politics" into a Stack Exchange format?

It's not hypocritical. It's challenging. What you call "opinions" is really people emphasizing the importance of their priorities over priorities of others. Recognizing the difference ...
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What is an Opinion-based question and how does it apply to my question?

Allow me to point out that the checklist of options we see when we vote to close a question are not particularly well-designed, independent, or comprehensive. I'd have written that list entirely ...
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