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Why was the Zelensky-claim-of-no-pressure question removed from HNQ?

I kicked the question from HNQ (after 10k views) because I don't think it's a good question to represent our community and attract the users we want on this site. The question itself is one of those "...
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17 votes
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Why was my question removed from the HNQ?

Questions on the HNQ is often the first impression people will get about our site. Ideally, only the best of our content should appear on that list. Your question, while not bad, shows zero prior ...
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15 votes

Whale hunting question has a bunch of issues; would it be better deleted?

I disagree that the basic problem with the question is that it wanted to know what people thought. The basic problem is that it wanted to promote an agenda. The poster wanted to say that people were ...
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14 votes
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Reasons to impeach Trump, how to ask the question properly

The problem with asking for reasons why Trump should be impeached is that it is completely opinion-based. And I do not mean opinion-based for us. It is opinion-based for the congresspeople who make ...
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13 votes
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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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12 votes

Asking about President Johnson's reason for voiding of Sherman's Order No. 15 does not try to "promote or discredit a specific political cause"

At this moment, I have neither voted to close nor downvoted the question. That said, the question has several problems. Reasons to close: This is pure history. This does not ask about politics ...
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12 votes
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Was I wrong to VTC this question?

I think the standard of "future stuff" applies mainly to how politicians will act in a given circumstance. It would be off-topic to ask if Boris Johnson would rejoin the European Union, for ...
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12 votes
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Would my question be better off on philosophy.stackexchange.com?

This question is definitely off-topic here on Politics Stack Exchange. The help center article about what's on-topic on politics stack exchange says: Politics Stack Exchange is for objective ...
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12 votes

Why has my question been so butchered that now it is necessary to post a dis-avowal due to excessive edits

I wrote what is being labeled a "controversial question". I am also being told it was a good question. The count of Up-votes v. Down-votes is a good indication of the polarization of the ...
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Politely, how can my question be made on-topic about Tucker Carlson producers?

I want to legitimately know why the FCC can ban something silly like "cunt" from TV shows but do they really not have any rules about who is allowed to produce the top news shows? This ...
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11 votes

Tag deleted against authors wishes, question edited in order to justify tag deletion

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 ...
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11 votes
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Why was my question locked, instead of deleted?

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 ...
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11 votes

Why did my question get so many downvotes?

I can't speak for all the downvotes, but I was one of them for a reason that came up several times in the comments and was pointed out in the answers: there is such a clear disconnect between your ...
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11 votes

Why do some "Why do (group) think that...?" questions do very well and others quietly collect close votes?

The difference is that in the questions that were well received, the group in question is a political party with an ideology, policy positions, and ample targeted polling. In your question, you’re ...
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11 votes

Was this question incorrectly closed?

The problem with that question is that it's not a question. It's an argument, with a question tacked on to the end. If we look at the question, we see a number of arguments and assertions, all of ...
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10 votes

Can the strict rules of this website be withheld in exceptional circumstances?

The assumption that the author of that question actually wants to seek asylum in North Korea themselves seems pure speculation to me. Nothing in the question indicates that they seriously plan that. ...
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10 votes

Whale hunting question has a bunch of issues; would it be better deleted?

I don't think I ever saw this question in its original state, which to save anyone else having to dig it out was; I read this article and I came to a conclusion how hypocritical non Japanese are. You ...
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10 votes
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Why was this question about US handling of the Covid-19 outbreak removed from the hot network questions list?

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 ...
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10 votes
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What are the rules about using Bounty Messages to evade comment locks?

The purpose of the bounty message is to explain the expectations from the bounty winner. It is not a substitute for comments. It is a lot more visible than regular comments, and cannot be flagged, ...
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10 votes
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Why is the question about informed consent downvoted?

This is a type of question that tends to get downvotes. The structure is : The reason for a certain law is X Y and Z. But X Y and Z are not good reasons for this law Therefore this law is wrong. ...
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10 votes
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Is Politics StackExchange Beta biased and promoting violence?

I think your downvotes both here and there are more about your own misrepresentations or misinterpretations. You start off with a pretty aggressive tone and never stop to reflect on what others ...
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10 votes

Why has my question as to why the Allies did not discuss a Homeland for Jewish people in Germany been closed?

I responded to your question after it received a rude or abusive flag. I don't think it is rude per se, but I found two other issues: The question is about history, not politics. In the comments you ...
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10 votes

Question labelled bad faith post without much reasoning

Please keep in mind that readers/listeners have a difficult time distinguishing between malignant 'bad faith' and honest, innocent ignorance. In a better world people tend to extend good faith to ...
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9 votes

Preemptively protecting hot network questions

While this was protected by a moderator (more privileges than a mere user), it's worth noting that normally you can't just run around protecting questions. Typically they need some low quality answers ...
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9 votes

Why was my question locked, instead of deleted?

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 ...
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What makes this a bad question?

One problem that many of the questions have had is that they feel like the poster has an agenda. In this case, the question seems to be promoting that the group of Americans known as black or African-...
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9 votes

What happened to the accepted answer at Why is a border wall such a polarising issue in American politics?

The answer was removed by the community, three trusted users to be exact. From what I can see, the removal is under review and has gathered one pending undelete vote. Further reading: Why and how ...
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9 votes

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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Should we remove this potential abuse of bounties?

Is this specific instance an instance of bounty abuse? Probably speculative. Should the application of a bounty prevent a question garnering close votes? I see no reason whatever that that should be ...
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