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Should moderators on the politics stackexchange be allowed to mark questions as "off topic"?

It depends on what you mean by "did not like". The moderators did not like this question on the main site because it was off-topic for that site. It is on-topic here. Moderators "do not ...
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Is it OK to vote to close and answer a question at the same time?

Voting to close and Answering are by nature contradictory actions. The very act of voting to close is saying that the question isn't worth writing an answer for. It's fine if you change your mind ...
Sam I am says Reinstate Monica's user avatar
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Repeatedly closing and reopening of (highly) controversial questions

I haven't read the question, but FWIW -9 downvotes (and counting), and zero upvotes, is a sign that the question isn't controversial at all. Only troll types of questions get that type of verdict. ...
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Should questions that portray a clear opinion be closed as opinion-based?

I think it is fine to ask about arguments in favor of the (proposed) legalization of certain narcotics. In your example, the question contains some of the author's opinion which in turn attracted down ...
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Repeatedly closing and reopening of (highly) controversial questions

I'd just let the 'roller coaster' do its thing because that seems to be entirely by design. There are certain time limits to the close votes so the roller coaster won't go on infinitely (at least not ...
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Apparent close votes discrepancy

There are two ways to cast close votes on a question (for users with sufficient privileges, of course): via the review queue by clicking on "close" below the question itself The close-votes cast via ...
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Strange non-correlation between close/reopen votes and up/downvotes

A close-vote is not a super down-vote. Voting to close simply means that this question either does not belong here or needs some modifications before it can be answered. You can really like a ...
Philipp's user avatar
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Does serial close voting by tag matter?

Thank you for calling attention to this. But I don't see a reason for mod intervention here yet, because the community handles this issue very well on its own. It takes 5 people to close a question. ...
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Should moderators single-handedly close questions based on their personal/subjective opinion?

Should moderators single-handedly close questions based on their personal/subjective opinion? Yes. I don't think it matters who closes a question, what matters is that off-topic questions get closed. ...
JJJ's user avatar
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Abuse of privileges to close or review questions

Why I voted to close that Q? Because it's an extremely cheesy one. I can probably ask 100 similar questions and copy-pasta your answer just replacing the country. Here's an exercise: What gives Iran ...
against very long user names's user avatar
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Abuse of privileges to close or review questions

There are certain propaganda patterns able to convince the reader yet unsuitable for the community site that does not accept push questions. They are recognized, and trigger rejection. The goal of ...
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Hiding the usernames of persons who have voted to close a question. New Practice?

Yes, this is a deliberate change. See New Post Notices rollout on Stack Overflow which quotes from this blog post (emphasis mine): For people who ask questions today, if your question is closed, ...
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How can we tell when a question about the views of a politician is 'opinion based'?

First of all, you need to keep in mind that our community consists of people, and people don't always act consistently. With borderline questions it can often be a matter of luck which questions the ...
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Should moderators single-handedly close questions based on their personal/subjective opinion?

I don't see this closure as particularly controversial. The question has problems from 3 different angles: it asks multiple questions it self-answers some of those in the Q itself, so a degree of &...
against very long user names's user avatar
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Should moderators on the politics stackexchange be allowed to mark questions as "off topic"?

Is it condusive or constructive for moderators to act on their personal opinions [..]? Definitely a yes. Moderators are one of the most trusted members of this community. By electing them, we give ...
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Abuse of privileges to close or review questions

First it would help if you actually linked to a specific questions/answers, instead of making a general remark. I have no idea, for example, why this one would be proving your point: +3/-1 is what it ...
Italian Philosophers 4 Monica's user avatar
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Should moderators single-handedly close questions based on their personal/subjective opinion?

Ever since this war started we've had a number of questions about negative subjective attributes of either Putin or his government. Basically, "is Putin a bad guy?". With the expectation ...
Italian Philosophers 4 Monica's user avatar
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How to deal with a question closed as duplicate when the OP marks several old questions as duplicates?

It appears that the author's intention was to create a dupe-target for general questions about the powers of the British monarch. This is a good intention. When there are question which sound ...
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Does serial close voting by tag matter?

Serial voting is when a specific user is being targeted, not when a specific tag is being targeted. Users can be harassed by serial voting. Tags can't be the victims of harassment, because they're not ...
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Should lack of "good-faith effort to learn (..)" be linked to a clear part of the question?

I think this doesn't just apply to this particular close reason but to all close reasons. Never assume malice when incompetence is a proper explanation. When a user makes unconstructive contributions,...
Philipp's user avatar
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How can we tell when a question about the views of a politician is 'opinion based'?

Asking Why a person did something is far more likely to be opinion based than asking what they did. What they did is asking about facts. You can even ask what they have said, but just because they ...
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Should we allow link-only questions?

On Stack Overflow, we usually like a question to be able to stand on it's own. I.E. We want people to include the important code in their question, so people don't have to navigate off site in order ...
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Should questions that portray a clear opinion be closed as opinion-based?

Given how strongly they went with marijuana = dangerous, I'd say that was a push/loaded question... to rephrase for emphasis, it was something like: how could they possibly legalize something so ...
against very long user names's user avatar
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Should I be shy about making significant edits to improve a question?

Making the edit without the support of the original poster often fails. Why? Because the original poster can edit the post back. Take for example, this specific question. The original poster ...
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Should I be shy about making significant edits to improve a question?

Don't be shy, make the edit. Sometimes commenting is appropriate for minor changes. Sometimes it's clear what a new user is trying to ask, but the question needs significant edits to get there. In ...
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