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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 "XYZ sucks, am I right?" questions. It attracted a lot of bad answers. 5 with negative score, three of them got deleted. It also attracted a lot of bad ...


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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 research effort. A quick look at the relevant Wikipedia article is enough to answer it. In fact, that's all the accepted answer does, point you to Wikipedia. I ...


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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 the decision to impeach or not impeach. The US constitution says that a president can be impeached for "high crimes and misdemeanors" and whatever that means is ...


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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 hypocritical for criticizing Japan for whaling while eating other forms of meat. People gave reasons why whaling is treated differently: Whales overall ...


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Yes, I think this question would be on-topic here.


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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 questions about governments, policies and political processes. Is it a question about governments or policies? No, it's not the government which tells you to not state ...


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I think it was your prose more than the underlying question. It started out as a decent inquiry — what percentage of terrorism is actually domestic? But using the correct vernacular is the earmark of an "expertly"-posed question. Maybe you were going for effect, but When you start to indulge in acerbic rhetoric: There is this common idea out there ...


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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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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 but about historical documents. The question itself has a definite slant. Basically it spends most of the question telling us things. It's only at the very ...


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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 instance. The key word here that differentiates is contingency. We do allow questions to be hypothetical if they are about if a government has a plan should X ...


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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 quote and your examples that it didn't seem like you could possibly be asking your question in good faith. The definition of freedom of speech you found states ...


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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. The atrocities committed by North Korea's government are common knowledge. Giving migration advice is not our job. That's what https://expatriates.stackexchange....


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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 are bashing us for whale fishing. So what's your favorite cuisine such rabbits, cows, trouts ( they are categorically as fishes ), pigs, chickens, reindeers ( ...


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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, upvoted or replied to. Using it as a comment is an abuse of the feature, intentional or not. I removed the bounty. If the user is interested in investing their ...


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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. Prove me wrong... There are lots of questions like this about drug law What's the point of legalising dangerous drugs in some states in the US? Why are many ...


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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 provide to you as feedback. I don't personally believe that points to the user-base here being biased, but rather the OP themselves. I was not around to witness this ...


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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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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 by new users to meet that threshold (and if enough of those are deleted via review, Community will step in and do the deed itself) That having been said, I ...


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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 describe the content of the question. Your question is about a newly introduced law in Poland. Therefore the Poland tag is absolutely justified. As far as I know it ...


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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-American establish a separate, virtual country. Or a separate, land-based country--it's not quite clear. As a general rule, we consider questions with an ...


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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 think it opens the door to a lot of uninteresting questions that are only tangentially related to politics. While there is a police tag, it's mostly used, like ...


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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 the case. Whether or not this is a case of abuse, it's a silly protection that ought to be removed.


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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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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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I've saved an edit to your question, feel free to roll it back if you feel that it changes the question too substantially for your liking. The biggest change I made was to remove a lot of the content that doesn't seem absolutely necessary to get to the point, and simplified some of the language of the actual question you're asking. This change may or may not ...


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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 are some answers deleted?


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Frankly this doesn't strike me as a good question, even factoring out the problematic assertions. The "how comes" question has a fairly trivial answer in that Trump has focused a lot on personal attacks. (I see the currently top-voted answer to the question just elaborates on this.) Maybe this is news/interesting to some, but others clearly ...


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There are two kinds of aspects to building a canal. The engineering aspects. Is it possible to build a canal from A to B? What would it cost? How long would it take? What physical obstacles are there and how could they be circumvented? The political aspects. Is there political will do it? Is there relevant political opposition? What are the geopolitical ...


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