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ELI5 how was Russia able to redirect all cloud traffic through their country from multiple sources like Apple, Microsoft... Etc. Wouldn't they have to compromise all the individual systems (like apple) to do this? What are the broader implications of this? by iTravelLots in explainlikeimfive

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This topic is generating a lot of low-quality attempts at explanations, and a lot of off-topic discussions about Russia. If that can't get reined in, the topic will have to locked. Those discussions are important to have, but ELI5 isn't the place for them.

ELI5: How are whales, some of the largest creatures on the planet, able to survive by eating krill, some of the smallest? by mrpigpuncher in explainlikeimfive

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Hi, everyone!

This thread has already run its course. We're locking it to prevent more answers breaking the rules and uncivil comments.

Cheers!

ELI5: Why can some people only sleep on their back, and others only on their front or side? by 1337Schatten in explainlikeimfive

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Despite the reminder, the thread has is being inundated with very low-quality comments and, more importantly, very uncivil behavior.

Just to be clear, here is a sampling of what is being removed. You aren't missing much.

Unfortunately, we have decided to lock the thread. Please remember to follow the posted rules, including Rule 3:

Replies directly to OP must be written explanations or relevant follow-up questions. They may not be jokes, anecdotes, etc. Short or succinct answers do not qualify as explanations, even if factually correct.

Jokes are fun and anecdotes can add a lot to the explanations being given, but please remember to save them for replies to explanations in the top-level comments.

ELI5: According to the Bible, how did Jesus's death save humanity? by solowis in explainlikeimfive

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Despite the mostly positive discussion, due to the volume of reports coming from this thread and the declining quality of additional comments, we've decided to lock it.

ELI5: I get the war on drugs in the USA, but how did marijuana become illegal in almost every other country in the world as well? by No_Usernames_Left in explainlikeimfive

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After internal discussion, this thread has been locked. The OP has received several good explanations, and at this point the thread is now only serving to attract trolling and other low quality content.

ELI5: How did prostitution work before birth control? Would people "pull out?" Was there a type of abortion? by pinkseason in explainlikeimfive

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Hi, everyone!

We're locking this thread because the comments are becoming less and less civil and the thread has served its purpose. We've had to remove comments for violating our #1 rule: Be nice, and we've even had to ban users.

Cheers!

ElI5: Why do citizens of nation's who take in refugees need to die? by StuckPenis in explainlikeimfive

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It's fairly obvious that the OP of this thread posted solely so they could get on their soapbox about a pet subject.

This is not what ELI5 is for.

ELI5: Why do our feet have arches? Wouldn't it be more advantageous to have your weight distributed over the entire surface of the foot? by maskaddict in explainlikeimfive

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Please remember Rule 3 - top level comments (i.e. responses directly to the original post) must be explanations.

We've removed a bunch of personal anecdotes about people's own flat feet - if you want to talk about your own experiences, then please do so in reply to another comment and not at the top level.

Thanks.

ELI5:where do birthmarks come from? by Putin-the-fabulous in explainlikeimfive

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We've removed a number of top level comments from this thread. Please remember Rule 3:

Top-level comments must be written explanations

Replies directly to OP must be written explanations or relevant follow-up questions. They may not be jokes, anecdotes, etc. Short or succinct answers do not qualify as explanations, even if factually correct.

Many of the top level comments in this thread are just posters telling us what their personal birthmarks look like, which does nothing by way of explaining the concept.

ELI5: In the 50's a single person in the US with a decent job requiring little or even no education could provide a comfortable home, education for their children, etc etc by themselves. Why were they paid so much or why hasn't that pay transitioned to 2017? by Vyrnilla in explainlikeimfive

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We've now locked this thread - thanks to everyone who made a positive contribution.

Unfortunately, a lot of the comments in this thread are now just users throwing abuse at each other because of their stance on the matter - we've let it run for a while, intervening where appropriate, but it's now getting excessive.

ELI5: Wouldn't the cost of Donald Trump's proposed import tax be passed on to consumers by raising the price of imported goods? How are American citizens being helped by paying more for the same products? by vulcan1999 in explainlikeimfive

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We've removed this thread as it refers to a current or future events. This is essentially a what-if type question, and these can't always be answered truly objectively.

This discussion should be taken to a current events or politics subreddit.

ELI5: Why do you feel tired after sleeping for too long? by [deleted] in explainlikeimfive

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This question has been asked many times before. As with the previous occasions, it's attracted a number of good on-topic explanations, and a significant amount of personal anecdotes and comments that basically say "Yeah, I wonder that too".

ELI5: Why is suspension from school a punishment? Isn't that just giving them what they want? by Astrogence in explainlikeimfive

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A quick reminder of our rules - especially Rule 3:

Replies directly to OP must be written explanations or relevant follow-up questions. They may not be jokes, anecdotes, etc. Short or succinct answers do not qualify as explanations, even if factually correct.

We've removed a large number of comments at the top level that are just recollections of personal experiences, rather than an attempt to explain the concept behind the thread.

ELI5: Other than the social/legal implications what is the difference between circumcision and female genitalia mutilation? by gazgardian in explainlikeimfive

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This question is going to get too many debate/discussion/opinions/half truths/half lies.

Take it to /r/changemyview.

ELI5: How does anxiety stop someone from being able to work or function like a normal person? by [deleted] in explainlikeimfive

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This post has been locked. The vast majority of the posts are anecdotes. Anecdotes are not evidence and are not allowed by ELI5.

ELI5:How do millionaires and billionaires avoid the death tax to pass down their wealth through generations? by Madstork1981 in explainlikeimfive

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Please note that many of these answers refer to the US. There are millionaires and billionaires subject to different jurisdictions where the rules vary. sometimes considerably.

ELI5: Please explain climate change proof like I am 5 by cuevobat in explainlikeimfive

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This thread is locked. It has become off-topic, repeated insults etc.

ELI5: Why does being lazy feel so good? shouldn't we naturally feel better working? by mglovertcg in explainlikeimfive

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Hi there everybody!

Just a quick reminder for anyone posting to check over our rules first.

We're getting a lot of replies here that are exclusively anecdotal, guesses, or otherwise not in compliance.

While this is a bit of an oddball topic, please try to be as factual as possible and avoid personal opinions or experience.

Thanks for participating on ELI5!