In my experience, hypotheticals are an important part of legal scholarship.

Are they on topic here? Or does each question need to stem from a practical problem that the asker is having?

(I'll give my position as an answer that can be voted on separately from the question.)

  • Can you give an example of the kind of hypothetical you're talking about, then?
    – cpast
    Jun 10, 2015 at 18:47
  • your question sounds like a hypothetical. Is it on topic I still think so.
    – mepatuhoo
    Jun 15, 2015 at 21:33

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The evolving custom seems to be that especially questions that might stem from a real-world personal legal problem need to be phrased hypothetically.

Related: https://law.meta.stackexchange.com/a/103/10