Philipp
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Why did the question "Is President Donald Trump a racist?" get closed?
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I have been a moderator on this site for quite a while and am pretty active on the site myself. So I think I have quite a lot of experience with how the community reacts to certain questions. Let me ...

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Why was this answer about cancel culture accepted by the community, despite completely failing at answering the question objectively?
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While I personally don't think that the answer is necessarily the best answer provided so far (I personally didn't vote on it and upvoted a different one), I don't agree that it does not answer the ...

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Does an impartial discussion of bigotry as it relates to politics violate the code of conduct?
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Bigoted viewpoints can be discussed by attributing them to the people who make these statements and not to the posters themselves and by putting their statements into an appropriate context. Example: ...

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Help! I am being oppressed! Why do people keep downvoting my opinions?
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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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Change definition of [abortion] tag?
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The purpose of the tag info is to provide a guidance to when the tag should be added to a question. Providing a wikipedia-like definition is only necessary when the tag is a particularly uncommon or ...

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Why was the Zelensky-claim-of-no-pressure question removed from HNQ?
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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 "...

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Moderator Philipp selectively deleting on-topic comments on answer
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What I deleted was a comment chain of 60(!) comments posted over a timeframe of just 2(!) hours. It was a back and forth which didn't really go anywhere. First it was a "you are wrong - no you are ...

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Troll questions lately from single-use accounts
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When it comes to suspected trolls, my policy is to follow Hanlon's Razor. "Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence." So instead of assuming that the user has ...

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Why did my Trump's speech question get the response that it did?
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The recent US presidential election and its aftermath are very emotional for a lot of people. US society seems politically polarized like it wasn't since the civil war, and there appears to be a ...

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What is the rationale for the "question ban" for user guest271314?
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This was an automatic question block made by the Stack Exchange algorithm. The details of the algorithm aren't public (we moderators don't know them either). But it usually seems to get triggered when ...

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At what point is it acceptable to ridicule a politician that has become a national joke?
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As I commented on the question: I think that ridiculing politicians, their views and/or their actions is detrimental to this site because it breeds hostile sentiments between people with different ...

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Randomly translation of parties name?
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Providing an English translation of a party name makes the post more accessible to anyone not deeply familiar with the country you are talking about. As you noticed, most foreign media uses translated ...

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Is the act of censoring political questions anti-academic and anti-democratic?
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Let me respond to a vague question full of quotes with a related quote by Randall Munroe (webcomic author): Alt-text: I can't remember where I heard this, but someone once said that defending a ...

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How to handle 'arguments from authority'
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When it comes to identifying the "argument from authority" fallacy, then there is one thing one needs to pay attention to: Is the author using the authority as a source for a fact or for an opinion? ...

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How to encourage unbiased discussion on this site?
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It is understandable when some users do not believe that Donald Trump is a reliable source, because he has repeatedly been caught making false statements in the past. That does not mean that ...

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Why is the stackexchange company displaying its favor of net neutrality here?
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Staying politically neutral is a principle of the community of politics.stackexchange.com, because we believe that it leads to a more productive culture which produces more fact-driven content. But ...

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Why is there a democratic-primary tag with 39 questions but until just now no republican-primary tag?
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If you look at the question under the democratic-primary tag and sort by date, then you will notice that most of the questions were asked in 2019 and 2020. During that time the Republicans had an ...

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Should we allow questions where we are attempting to apply the term "fascist" to a modern political figure?
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No, we should not allow this. When we post questions about the political positions of individual people, then we should do so by asking for actual positions on specific issues. We should not ask ...

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What custom close reasons should we have?
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[This reason is now available] Speculative Questions asking for the internal motivations of people, how specific individuals would behave in hypothetical situations or predictions for future ...

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Someone is downvoting my answers here every day since about one month
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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 ...

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Are close votes over political correctness inapproprate?
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The purpose of Politics Stack Exchange is to be a community to learn and teach about politics and political processes in an objective and fact-oriented manner. It should not be a platform for ...

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Are comments of the variety 'The New York Times is Fake News' flaggable?
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If one claims that a source is untrustworthy, they need to provide some reason for that. Just calling them "fake news" is an ad-hominem argument and therefore of little weight. If someone uses a ...

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Why was this question about Eminent Domain data deleted?
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The user and all their content were deleted because after the user posted this question they went on a trolling spree and posted a series of extremely offensive one-liner questions. However, this one ...

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Why is my question downvoted?
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Let's start with the title. Simple arithmetic question The purpose of the title is to make a question recognizable. If someone else comes to the website with the exact same question, would they ...

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How does "Primarily Opinion-Based" work on this site?
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Welcome to Politics Stack Exchange. We handle "Primarily Opinion-Based" very strictly here, maybe even stricter than on most other Stack Exchange sites. The reason is that we do not want to be a ...

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Reasons to impeach Trump, how to ask the question properly
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The problem with asking for reasons why Trump should be impeached is that it is completely opinion-based. And I do not mean opinion-based for us. It is opinion-based for the congresspeople who make ...

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Why is left wing offensive content not moderated nearly as rigorously?
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You might be referring to the 4 flags you made a few hours ago. Of those flags, two were declined and two were accepted. A complaint about Ronald Reagan being referred to as "dumb". The flag was ...

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Is referring to third-world countries as "low-IQ and culturally inept groups" acceptable here or considered racist?
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Although I don't know the full context of this statement, it appears to be a textbook example of bigotry and racism which goes contrary to the Stack Exchange Code of Conduct. Politics Stack Exchange ...

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Would this US Supreme Court question be on-topic here and likely to receive an answer?
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Yes, I think this question would be on-topic here.

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Fairly upvoted question that is mostly a conspiracy theory
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The author of the question edited it to remove the unsourced claim that there are discrepancies between election results and exit polls. It is now asking: Before we used electronic voting machines,...

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