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Yes. Please. In my mind, users fall into two groups: Regulars. They visit Politics.SE regularly and are generally familiar with the SE model. There may be a significant variation in their knowledge of how these sites work, but they are all generally familiar. Wayfarers. They don't know how things work here. Many of them may be brand-new, perhaps drawn in ...


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I looked at the data a bit using this SEDE query. There are 704 questions where the accepted answer is outscored by another answer. In 486 questions the difference in score between the accepted answer and the highest scoring answer is at least 3. Of those questions where the accepted answer is outscored, in 28 cases the accepted answer has a negative score. ...


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It indeed appears that you are the victim of rather unusual downvoting activity. It appears that over the past month, someone downvoted exactly one post of yours per day. Among those downvoted posts are posts made years ago. This pattern indeed looks like a revenge downvoting campaign, stretched out to one vote per day in an attempt to avoid triggering any ...


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I like the idea of going by score only as for the most part the accepted answer will have the highest score. However there will be times when an answer is accepted because it was what the OP wanted to hear even if it might not be a good answer.


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I think we should rename the tag: It makes the tag more accurate, It brings us more in line with the tagging used on other sites There's no reason not to make the change. People will still find it if they start typing lgbt by @JJJ @JJJ also points out that we should make lgbt a synonym of lgbtq+ to keep it from being recreated Probably lgbtq+ is the best ...


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This must be a bug that lasts for over 2 weeks. We are not alone: Traffic (views, visits) isn't correctly registered on Site Analytics or Area 51 Traffic isn't updated correctly on Area51 https://languagelearning.meta.stackexchange.com/q/617/60


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This episode of targeted downvoting has now been resolved, and the offending votes invalidated. Thank you for bearing with us and the Community Management team while this was properly investigated.


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I was going to just leave a comment, but decided to expand this into an answer. I'm skeptical that adding a 'notice' like this, is a valuable change. It might actually have negative value, if it's applied only to certain posts. My fear would be that this only gets slapped onto questions as a way to further legitimize pruning unpopular answers/comments(...


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I agree with the tag synonyms as you divided them. So we get: Main tag: [polling] This should have the following tag synonyms: opinion-polling, polls, ... Proposed tag description: Questions about general and technical aspects of polling: sampling of opinions on a subject. Questions about SPECIFIC POLLING RESULTS should use [public-opinion] instead. Edit: ...


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I feel like there should be ('should' is a funny word) a hybrid model here which weights the accepted answer as higher scoring than it's actual votes, but does not automatically pin that response. For the reasons discussed, bias and low quality can appear in both accepted and high-scoring responses. SE's model is a little optimistic about human interaction, ...


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To JamesK's point, I don't like tags that are supersets of another tag. By this definition, every question tagged with "war" should also be tagged with "armed-conflict" and finding questions about "non-war armed conflicts" would involve doing a search for armed-conflict but NOT war, I think this touches on an important point. ...


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I think you are correct that the statement is missing a word. I suspect it should read "Processes are central to how legislation is made." I personally think this is more naturally phrased as "Policies are central to the making of legislation." I think the point of that phrase is to signal that it is often difficult to talk about legislation meaningfully ...


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Just to clarify under which circumstances a room is frozen. A room is frozen after 14 days without any activity. (A room can be deleted already after 7 days if there is almost no activity in there, but this is not the case for the type of room you are asking about - basically the "main"1 chatroom for the site.) The system always keeps at least one room ...


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That seems reasonable. I've done it.


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I copied the tag wiki and then merged the tag un into united-nations using the mod interface. This should retag all the questions, create a tag synonym and also update any subscriptions. Merge Results updating post history, 51 rows affected (pipe delimited) updating posts, 41 rows affected (pipe delimited) updating PostTags associations, 38 rows affected ...


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The answer already posted by @Philipp confirms that macroeconomics is within scope here, but doesn't really explain how to resolve the situation when a question is legitimately on topic at two or more SEs. As such I'd argue it doesn't answer your question completely. I did post a similar question to Meta.SE not long ago (Is "closer match to another SE&...


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We have already established in 2014 that macroeconomics is in scope on this website. I therefor reopened the question (two other users already casted reopen votes at that point).


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That depends. And it depends on how this is implemented: Who decides that such a banner appears? According to which criteria? When, that is: how soon does this appear? I guess that methodology and procedure will have to be written down and explained beforehand, at least here on meta, if implemented. And if there is such a rule, I guess I'd like that to be ...


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I suggest making railroad and public-transport synonyms of transportation. The "common sense" solution for the infrastructure overlap is: If an infrastructure question involves transportation elements only, use the transportation tag. Otherwise, use the infrastructure tag. I can see no reason to use both. But, note that, currently, 5 questions use ...


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I agree that they should be synonyms, but wouldn't it be better the other way? I've always though of "Judicial Branch" being specifically American, as a reference to the 3 branches of government. I've never heard it used for another country. Would you really talk about the Judicial Branch of the UK? judiciary is definitely more common and is definitely the ...


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russia is a bad tag (it's ambiguous as it can be referring to pre-1917 Russia AND it's not reflecting the actual name of the country but its colloquial name). It also has only 5 questions 100% of which are indeed about Russian Federation. As such: all questions with russia need to be retagged as russian-federation russia needs to be made a synonym of ...


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Done. lgbt+ is now the master tag. lgbt and lgbtq+ were made synonyms and will be automatically remapped to lgbt+. Let me know if there are other commonly used variants we could use as synonyms. Also, I copied the tag wiki from Interpersonal Skills.


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The whole set of tags for the 3 typical branches of a government with separation of powers is a bit chaotic: There is no tag executive but there is a tag executive-branch with 53 questions There is a tag legislature with 13 questions but no tag legislative-branch. There is also a tag legislative-process with 89 questions with a couple questions which might ...


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I think this ought to be automatically caught, so I opened a request: Improve the detection of targetted downvoting (failed to catch someone downvoting a user almost daily for a month).


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This default reason was automatically disabled when we added the new close reasons. We were not aware that this would happen. I already re-added it as a 3rd custom close-reason. It just needs to be approved by another mod. Edit: It's back.


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I would agree that this is too many tags. Although I would propose combining all of these into a single tag, whatever name it might use. As far as your two-tag proposal, most questions about economic theory are not within scope here, and should probably be migrated to Economics.SE. The exception is macroeconomics. According to our Help: Just to ...


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As part of the work to move all sites to HTTPS, a lot of links got changed, this one got an incorrect change. Fixed in the next release (after rev 2017.3.16.25440)


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The consensus, to the best of my knowledge and belief, has not changed with regard to the [currency] tag — it should be retained. The discussion for the [money] tag took place in comments. On April 11, 2021, I changed the [currency] tag excerpt to read, Questions about a system of money in general use in a particular country or its relationship to ...


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