I had some questions now deleted, and that I can't see anymore, that were clearly legal, but spring from law books. I remember some snarky unwelcoming comment that this site isn't a law book club.

But why can't we ask legal questions from law books that aren't the law (not judgments or statute)? This question raises legal theory

Answering legal theory type questions, e.g. "why does the US constitution prohibit ________" (which is usually a complicated question).

Weren't my questions about the theory of contract law? Thanks! Have a good weekend!

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    "Why does the Constitution prohibit [thing?]?" is a question about political and sociological motivation, and has nothing to do with the law. "How does the Constitution prohibit [thing]?" would likely be on-topic, if it was not either a direct statement (if that thing is a state establishment of religion, the question is directly answered by just actually reading the Constitution...) or too broad to be answered here. I'm not sure how that's relevant to whether a question comes from a law textbook or a different source, or what your deleted questions even were, so I'm VTC Unclear.
    – user4657
    Jul 28, 2019 at 8:01
  • For context: This user's questions can be seen publicly here. Previous relevant questions here and here. (And I apologize if my answer there seemed unwelcoming; the question was posed by a more experienced user who had participated in other discussions on this subject.)
    – feetwet Mod
    Jul 28, 2019 at 19:04
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    @Nij Legislative Intent IS ON TOPIC - law.meta.stackexchange.com/q/716/17474.
    – user89
    Dec 6, 2019 at 6:26

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They aren’t off topic for being from law books

However, a question may be off-topic for all sorts of reasons irrespective of its source.

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