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


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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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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 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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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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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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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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There was a comment by the initial close-voter; I can't remember it exactly, but it was to the effect of: The UK and US are similar enough politically that the answer will be the same. Unfortunately, they edited that comment into the auto-generated "Does this answer your question?" comment, which gets deleted once the question is closed, so you must not ...


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As I mentioned in a comment under the question, I think it's still too broad even when narrowed down to a single country: @Matcha_boy98 it's still pretty broad. How a country makes policy is quite complex, too much for an answer here. Consider for example this Wikipedia article on the Government of Japan. I suggest reading such articles first and then ...


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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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Jonita answered with: The best approach to this would have been to kill it early. Ignore the fact that the title is a reasonable question, deal with the fact that the content is a rant by closing the question. Instead of saving the question, create a new one with a neutral content that brings out the same information. I disagree with this. I think there'...


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It's hard to say. The user has enough rep to know that's how bounties work (or they could have been informed by a like-minded person). The problem is there's no way to prove what their motives are. A better argument here would be that the bounty was improperly added to a contentious question the community was actively trying to close. Moderators can retract ...


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Those are generally on-topic questions, e.g. questions of the first category they usually fall under the comparative-politics tag. Be more careful with the #2 & #3. There are some questions like those too e.g. Which are the advantages of monarchy? but it sometimes can become a mostly [SE user] opinion-based question, e.g. if the policy proposal is ...


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Moving target questions are a big problem. They’re rude to answerers who took the time to write an answer, but then find their answer invalidated. And they hurt the site’s primary goal of collecting specific, high-quality Q&As by creating situations where questions and answers don’t match up. I think the best option in a circumstance like this, where a ...


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Re: "It's not even partisan - it simply repeats information from the linked sources." Yeah, right... Your repeat information from highly biased sources (such as Trump's impeachment defense lawyer--Dershowitz) to form a downright silly narrative. Just from the high-level outline of your "question": you state there are thousands of man-...


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The way this is handled on other sites is a mod flag. I'm not a moderator, so I can't speak for them that that is what they want us to do, but it seems reasonable to mod flag it.


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While you might come from a filter-bubble where Trump's corruption is an undisputed fact, other members of this community come from filter-bubbles where the opposite is considered truth. For that reason you can not assume that "Trump is corrupt" is just an axiom on which you can build a question. And no, adding a hundred reputable sources which "prove" ...


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When we say “Why is [insert person here] such a jerk?” is not a good question, it's not because the question is biased. It's also not because the question is is misleading. It's because the essence of that "question" is not actually a question. It's really a statement that says “[insert person here] is such a jerk.” Essentially it's a push question. ...


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If you are among the 5 that closed, can you elaborate on why you did so? Not making much sense, at least to me. If I recall correctly, I voted to close for the following reason: Questions asking for the internal motivations of people, how specific individuals would behave in hypothetical situations or predictions for future events are off-topic, because ...


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As I said in a comment under the question, I thought it was belaboring the comparison with the Nazis. Frankly deplatforming can mean a number of things, so it wasn't even very clear what the question was talking about. So basically the whole thing read like "the left = [book burning] nazis, amirite?". Interestingly, I was able find a much longer essay ...


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As a general rule, no single statement qualifies as propaganda. Propaganda is a systematic misrepresentation of facts in order to present a false, redacted, or misleading worldview as true. We could close any question of the type "Is statement X propaganda" as lacking sufficient information or context, with the guidance that the question needs to refer to a ...


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I say yes, but only if we have good consensus definition of "propaganda." After all, terms like, "Fascist," for example, become messy very quickly for this reason. Without a clear definition either by consensus or given by the OP (like in questions like this one where the OP is asking about words used by a specific author), then questions about things like ...


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Requests for books or articles are not a good fit for Stack Exchange in general. Stack Exchange is generally not a good website for questions where the best answer is a matter of opinion. Which book or article is "the best" to answer a given question? That's a matter of opinion. Stack Exchange aims to be a repository for knowledge. Not an index for where ...


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Regarding my VTD: your question consisted of two large quotes one from 'My son killed himself after circumcision' - BBC News (2019) and David Reimer - Wikipedia And based on that you ask "Why hasn't the UK enacted a male version of Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003"? Why would they enact an Act based on two cases, even if they are what you say ...


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"Abuse" is a pretty heavy word for what we see here. A high-rep user prevents a potential closing of their question by adding a bounty to it. That is status-by-design. An active bounty prevents any more closure votes. That is problematic in a couple of ways, one is against equal opportunity: Only high-rep users can use this loophole. But this is ...


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Was I wrong to VTC this question? No, I don't think you were wrong, for exactly the reasons you give. Having said that, I think that @ohwilleke wrote an excellent answer that rescues the question. Therefore I don't see enough reason to VTC myself at this point in time. (I would have without that answer)


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The question seems to be centered around electability. The question provides an argument questioning Trump's electability based on facts (e.g. his disapproval rating, midterm blue wave) and asks why Republicans seem to stick with Trump. Dethroning may seem charged, but it also has a definition that's not directly tied to monarchy, from the American Heritage ...


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This question isn't of much quality. Your (accepted) answer to it was basically "we can only speculate". Frankly leaving it deleted would have been not much worse than what we have now; where we have a closed question with the answer "we can only speculate"...


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