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Should we allow questions where we are attempting to apply the term "fascist" to a modern political figure?

No, we should not allow this. When we post questions about the political positions of individual people, then we should do so by asking for actual positions on specific issues. We should not ask ...
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When are questions about flag identification on-topic?

I think these flag questions are okay in general. Flags are a type of political messaging, meant to convey one's affiliation. In that sense, I would compare them to rhetoric questions which ask about ...
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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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Should we limit the use of the term "dog whistle"?

Show, don't tell Or rather, cite, don't assert. If a post claims something to be a dog whistle, it should support that claim with sources, just like any other claim. The term is well-defined, see for ...
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What is a "push question"?

Simply put it is a question that already knows the answer that it is looking for or more specifically is a question that is looking to support the position of that author and does not care about any ...
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Is this website only for American politics of for worldwide politics?

Yes, Politics Stack Exchange handles questions about politics and political processes pertaining to any country on the globe (and occasionally even about space). However, your example question would ...
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Are frame challenges acceptable on Politics.SE?

If someone flagged an answer like that for deletion, I would decline that flag almost 100% of the time. As long as your answer looks like it's trying to help the OP solve his underlying problem(on ...
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Cutoff between Politics and History

I agree with the answer by Joe W that a fixed cutoff date would be counter-productive. For me, the criteria about whether a question belongs on Politics or on History is whether or not the answer is ...
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What is a "push question"?

The close reason for this ("the primary purpose of this question appears to be to promote or discredit a specific political cause, group or politician") was proposed here. In the simpler ...
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United States history vs government: where is the line?

For the most part, I consider questions about politics in a historical context to be politics and therefore on-topic. However, there is a class of questions, which for lack of a better name, I'll ...
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Should questions prompting brainstorming new solutions to political problems be in-scope?

Such brainstorming questions have several problems. There are no "right" or "wrong" answers. When you are asking for a technical solution on Stackoverflow, then you can try out the answers yourself ...
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Would this US Supreme Court question be on-topic here and likely to receive an answer?

Yes, I think this question would be on-topic here.
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Problematic deletion by moderator; reasoned answer marked as 'spam, rude, or abusive'

I deleted this post as inappropriate for this website because it made generalizing and insulting accusations about a political faction of people. It contained phrases like: For [politician] and his ...
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When are questions about flag identification on-topic?

I agree with JJJ, and I'll add regarding this particular question (which turned out to be about the Halle flag) that I think the context of this question, in which the flag to be identified was ...
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Are questions about the operation of organized crime on-topic?

I think generally the answer should be 'no' unless the organized crime is so influential as to interfere in political processes, e.g. corrupt politicians etc. All your three examples don't seem to ...
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Why are most "Why did country X...?" & "Why does country X think...?" left open yet if it's an individual it's closed (we can't get into their head)?

Don't get me wrong: I don't consider most "why did country do X" questions particularly good questions either, because they invite speculation and opinion. But they are still not as bad as &...
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Are questions purely about personal visa usage on-topic?

I agree with your assessment. The first question is on-topic, because it asks "why are these the visa rules for X?" and specifically asks for the political reasons. The second question is off-topic, ...
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Designing political systems

I am afraid not. Brainstorming questions usually drift quickly into subjective territory. When you have new political ideas and would like to discuss them with others, then you might want to do that ...
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(When) are the internal politics of religious organisations on topic?

Whether it's a religious organization, a company, a neighborhood, a store, a family, or any other group that could have internal politics, I think the answer would be the same: if there's an explicit ...
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Why are the questions about Iran's nuclear threat against Israel off-topic

I'm not sure what questions you're talking about, but questions that are intended to promote or discredit are explicitly off-topic here. In fact, of the main close reasons on this site is: The ...
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Is this the right place to ask about UK Government policy on renaming "ministries" to "departments"?

Yes, I think this is a perfectly valid question for Politics Stack Exchange.
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Would this question have been welcomed?

First of all, crossposting on Stack Exchange is generally discouraged. Posting the same question on more than one SE site leads to redundant answers on multiple sites. For that reason every question ...
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How should I ask a question regarding a celebrity's political stance?

I think that questions about the political opinions of celebrities are usually not on-topic. Truth is, that they usually don't matter much for political processes. This question in particular doesn't ...
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Are questions about International Sport Federations decisions on-topic on Politics.SE?

Questions should always be asked on the stackexchange site where they are the most on-topic. Sports Stackexchange already has a tag about the FIFA, and there are several questions which are more ...
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Why is the question "How do I find out salary for each HK Police Force rank?" off topic?

I think asking for a salary table of government employees is rather stretching the scope of the site. You might argue it's a matter of government policy how much government employees are paid but I ...
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(Why) are questions about what Rush Limbaugh or Fox News [personalities] say off topic?

Popular pundits should be considered as political opinion journalism. Its value as a topic here would be in proportion to what's said is: verifiable. Pundit asserts that a candidate is secretly a ...
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Can "What did they say" be off-topic?

Without concerning ourselves on meta with the actual content of these tweets, should content removed from other sites by hosting companies be automatically considered off-topic for Politics Stack ...
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Are there guidelines about the topicality of local politics?

As far as I have seen there are no restrictions on local politics as long as it meets all other criteria for the site. It doesn't matter if you are asking a question about a small town or a large ...
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Is someone like Arestovich on topic?

It is going to depend on what is being asked about. If you are asking about him in his political activities it would be on topic. however if you are asking in regards to his commentator role it might ...
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