One of the 7 questions every site must answer is an understanding of what is on topic for this site. I’m introducing this question to collect answers for our FAQ.
This SE is for answering objective questions about Politics. It is not a place to advance opinions or debate, but rather for exchanging objective information about the policies, processes, and personalities that comprise the political arena. If you can't back it up, it's subjective. For purposes of this site, we define politics as:
This means, the following items are on topic:
If your question is rooted in one of these three pillars of politics, you’re probably on-topic. If your question (or answer!) is subjective, opinionated, or just not about one of these three things, we humbly suggest you look elsewhere for an answer to your query.
I haven't been to the site for some time and coming back I notice a lot of questions which are not factually answerable, highly subjective and usually not contribute to the better understanding and not "make internet a better place", but just rehash existing arguments or express an opinion in the form of a question.
So I think we need to declare questions that can not be answered definitely to be off-topic. I.e. questions like "What opinion adherents of X usually hold on subject Y?" may be OK, because there could be documents, articles, etc. written by prominent adherents of X that shed light on their position on Y. But questions like "Why politician X did Y?" or even "Why politician X/country Y wouldn't do Z?" should be out unless there's a reason to assume there can be a definite answer to it and not just conjectures and guesses based on one's personal preferences and prejudices. Otherwise the site devolves into a political flame forum, and there are enough of those already out there.