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Why do some "Why do (group) think that...?" questions do very well and others quietly collect close votes?

The difference is that in the questions that were well received, the group in question is a political party with an ideology, policy positions, and ample targeted polling. In your question, you’re ...
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Why are most "Why did country X...?" & "Why does country X think...?" left open yet if it's an individual it's closed (we can't get into their head)?

Don't get me wrong: I don't consider most "why did country do X" questions particularly good questions either, because they invite speculation and opinion. But they are still not as bad as &...
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How to ask a "reasons for" question?

Don't ask for the "real reasons", ask for the "stated reasons". By asking "Why did Arstotzka really close the Grestin border checkpoint?" you are opening up the question ...
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Why has my question as to why the Allies did not discuss a Homeland for Jewish people in Germany been closed?

I responded to your question after it received a rude or abusive flag. I don't think it is rude per se, but I found two other issues: The question is about history, not politics. In the comments you ...
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What should we do with all those "Why do [country] people view [country] favorably/unfavorably?" questions?

It's quite possible that detailed surveys exist that explain/ask what people in country X like and don't like about country Y. Just because (some) people write bad answers, chock-full of propaganda ...
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What should we do with all those "Why do [country] people view [country] favorably/unfavorably?" questions?

I think we should not allow questions in this question format. Why certain people responded to surveys in a specific way is usually pure speculation. These questions tend to invite answers that dig ...
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(should we have) Rules on “why isn’t” questions

I'm not sure if a general rule is needed. Whether or not it makes for a good question depends on the specifics of the question. Searching for questions containing 'why isn't' sorted by relevance shows ...
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What should we do with the "why" questions?

Often these "why" questions are an attempt to promote a particular cause. The questioner who asks "Why isn't there a law against guns?" is often really saying "I think that there should be a law ...
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(Why) is it on topic to ask why crime has gone up or down in a certain area?

Crime statistics in themselves are not about politics and political processes (unless, perhaps, if the perpetrators are politicians or if we are talking about political crimes). Yes, they might be ...
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Bias causing invalid answers to be upvoted and accepted

Your primary options are to downvote or to leave a comment suggesting improvements to the answer; I can see that you have done at least the latter, which is a good start. You can also flag as "...
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Why didn't the FBI monitor bankrupt (former) employees more watchfully?

Almost any question that begins with "why" is asking people to explain the motivations of other people. I.e. it is soliciting opinion and speculation, and therefore "off-topic". Here, and in general ...
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How to flag questions that cant be answered with facts?

Not all "Why...?" questions are necessarily bad. Some of them can be answered in a useful way without having to resort to opinions and wild guessing. But we have two close-reasons which can be used ...
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Bias causing invalid answers to be upvoted and accepted

Is there any action that can be taken here? As a user with the downvote privilege, you are free to downvote the answer as "not useful". You are also free to leave a comment explaining why ...
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What should we do with all those "Why do [country] people view [country] favorably/unfavorably?" questions?

TLDR: I think ok to handle on case-by-case basis Questions of this type are ambiguous and hard to answer, but that can be said about both the best and worst questions. They're also potentially "...
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"Why did this happen?" Questions

If we leave such questions open, then this happens. The question gets answers which are just personal guesses which aren't backed up by any official sources. People upvote or downvote depending on ...
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(should we have) Rules on “why isn’t” questions

the answer (most of the time) is just “why would they?” “There’s no reason to.” “They didn’t see a point to it”, etc. I'm not sure if you agree with such answers, or object to them. In the latter ...
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Why do some "Why do (group) think that...?" questions do very well and others quietly collect close votes?

Narcissism The well received questions you cited are all broadly about the left-right divide in the United States. Questions about that provide those answering the opportunity to indulge in discussing ...
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Bias causing invalid answers to be upvoted and accepted

Answers to broad 'why' questions are to a certain extent subjective. They're not outright banned here because of the 'good subjective' design of the site. (I'll add a link if if you've not heard of ...
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How to ask a "reasons for" question?

I don't recall if I actually voted to close that or just linked to the meta on this: I think that we should always try to ask one question per question on Main sites, irrespective of which of the ...
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Why are most "Why did country X...?" & "Why does country X think...?" left open yet if it's an individual it's closed (we can't get into their head)?

TL;DR: By the rules of this site, the questions of the type "why did country do X" and "why did person do X" (and their answers) are suitable for this site if and only if they ...
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Why didn't the FBI monitor bankrupt (former) employees more watchfully?

First issue "Why" questions can be tricky. As Ray notes it's easy to ask some such questions that don't admit an answer based on verifiable facts. Caricature of prototypical mega-bad "...
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How to flag questions that cant be answered with facts?

The bias in certain questions might be hard for some to see, and there seems no mechanism (at least to newer members) to tag something as biased/opinion based/etc by some members so that other members ...
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"Why did this happen?" Questions

I think it's possible for such a question to be acceptable. Often times such questions can have solid answers that are dependent on what the countries stand to gain or lose, previous history of the ...
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