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Be more responsible with your votes

I was baffled by the comments and I'm glad I'm not alone The question asks for Trump's plan, which doesn't exist, even in the most generous hypothetical sense. So this "answer," based on Trump's ...
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Help! I am being oppressed! Why do people keep downvoting my opinions?

People don't downvote you because they disagree that your opinion should be posted on this website, they disagree that any opinion should be posted on this website. Many people on this website will ...
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Should we use +5 instead of +10 if this becomes possible in the future?

No. Looking at the politics.SE stats, the site isn't doing so well on "questions per day", so incentivizing asking questions seems like a good thing. That doesn't necessarily mean that it will help ...
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10 votes

Experimenting with depoliticizing politics

First, What you're asking for changes to things that are the same throughout SE. Meta.StackExchange.com would be a better place to propose such changes. The mods here can't adjust how many points ...
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Why do I get ten points for an upvoted answer rather than 5?

You may be mistaken. A user receives +5 rep when their question is upvoted and +10 when their answer is upvoted. This is true here on Politics.SE (see our tour) as well as other sites, such as SciFi....
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9 votes

Please stop it with the serial downvoting

Cum grano salis... A (radical) way to prevent serial downvoting against an author would be to alter SE to a sort of secret ballot authorship, in which answers and questions would be shown, but never ...
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9 votes

Be more responsible with your votes

I feel this point is moot, the answer was probably already down-voted by the people who read the meta i.e Politics.SE users. What probably occurred was this question started trending on the main Stack ...
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9 votes

Be more responsible with your votes

This issue permeates the site. Almost every question has a string of comments that are (at best) discussion, rather than suggestions for improvement or clarifying questions. Many top users ...
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8 votes

How conservative are the upvotes (and downvotes) for posts on Politics.SE?

The highly upvoted questions tend to be those asking about actions of US politicians and US policy. Due to our user base, these questions tend to receive more attention and become featured on the Hot ...
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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 ...
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7 votes

Be more responsible with your votes

Perhaps one thing that could be done about this would be adding a rep limit for upvotes to mirror the limit on downvotes for this particular stack. That is, require 125 rep to upvote, so that one can'...
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please, stop assuming that you can NEVER prove a negative

I think you're using "open-ended" and "close-ended" differently than my understanding of them. I understand an open-ended question to be one where the answer may be invalidated at any time. Were ...
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Who is serial downvoting me on my Politics.SE birthday?

For serial (down)voting patterns like that the system will automatically undo it after a day or two. In the meantime, I'll see If there's anything I can do to investigate this, and see if there's any ...
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Be more responsible with your votes

The voting mechanism (ironically) doesn't work too well on politics.se, because the questions are more "opinion-based" (in SE parlance) or based on evaluations and hard-to-adjust world-views than the ...
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5 votes

Be more responsible with your votes

Removing the site from HNQ is the only legitimately impactful thing that can be done to improve this (it won't eliminate the problem wholesale but would at least scale it to smaller and much more ...
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Are voting system and voting theory on topic?

We have a tag for voting-systems. I would find your six questions to be on-topic. Note that some of them might be considered under-researched. Also "What single-mark voting rules are there other ...
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5 votes

Should we use +5 instead of +10 if this becomes possible in the future?

As long as politics stackexchange does not stand on its own, I'd argue that the (potential) benefit of using the same rules as the main site outweighs the (potential) drawbacks of using +10/+10. This ...
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What's the question with the most downvotes here that nevertheless was not closed (nor deleted)?

A cursory check of last couple of pages of open questions sorted by vote count yields this question, which despite garnering 17 downvotes, (+7/-17), has never been closed or deleted. The question has ...
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Help understanding the down voting on these two questions and the (hopefully temporary) closing of one

In your first question you are asking if they are becoming more outspoken but you also mention that they are on tv more often as paid commentators. I would counter this question with a different one. ...
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Experimenting with depoliticizing politics

I don't think that this would be a good idea. My impression is that most of the problem users on this website do not really care about their reputation score. They care about spreading their ideology....
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Are clever-sounding yet otherwise unproductive/unhelpful negative first comments directly under your questions a problem? Should we avoid them?

Regarding the example: I understand the desire to ask questions immediately that come to mind but some questions can better be answered later because only then the information necessary to answer them ...
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Experimenting with depoliticizing politics

Sorry, that is not a usable solution (leaving aside a separate questions of whether the problem you stated was diagnosed correctly in the first place, OR, separately, even if it was, whether the ...
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Someone is stalking my profile, how do I report it?

There is nothing to report, because the person "stalking" your profile didn't do anything worth reporting. Your Stack Exchange profile is public information. People are allowed to look at it ...
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Why do I get ten points for an upvoted answer rather than 5?

Originally questions gave +10 as well, but that was changed for SO (pre-SE network) in 2010 In other words, we’re rebalancing a bit to favor answers. So you're not getting more rep for answers, ...
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Help! I am being oppressed! Why do people keep downvoting my opinions?

It seems highly unlikely that there there are not some people on Politics.SE who use downvotes, (and upvotes), to strategically promote and suppress opinions. Officially this is frowned upon, and can ...
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2 votes

Be more responsible with your votes

I would have hoped this would be fixed by now, almost 4 years later, but it isn’t. Recently, this question got 8 upvotes and only 2 downvotes. This is an incredibly opinionated question, and I can’t ...
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Should we use +5 instead of +10 if this becomes possible in the future?

No. A site dies without a continuous supply of quality and on-topic questions. Anything that could be seen as suggesting "we are twice as important/valuable as you are" might feel discouraging to ...
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How conservative are the upvotes (and downvotes) for posts on Politics.SE?

The left/right bias here on Politics is less than average. Almost all newspapers, tv channels, and other media show a stronger bias than Politics.SE. Even within StackOverflow, Skeptics shows more ...
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please, stop assuming that you can NEVER prove a negative

I'm not sure if your specific questions fit this or not, but some people may find a "is there?" type of question objectionable on other grounds. For example, the answer would be extremely irrelevant ...
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