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Should questions about becoming a legal professional be on topic here

It has been suggested that What is the average cost of attending law school? be closed because it is "not about law". A user replied that "Questions about getting into a legal career ...
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When an existing question raises for you an additional question about the law, please ask that as a new Q&A

Sometimes when reading a question, you will realize there is a gap in your own legal knowledge. Instead of using a comment to ask that the question author explain the law to you, you should ask your ...
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Answers without references

I've been thinking about this for a while - this is me without my moderator hat on, and no claim is made as to whether the other mods agree with or support these views. There are a large number of ...
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Merge [tag:vaccine] and [tag:vaccination]

The tags vaccine and vaccination seem synonymous. Let's merge them?
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Is the LawSE response to suspected AI generated posts still in force?

The Temporary policy: ChatGPT is banned states that: Posting GPT answers on Law Stack Exchange is temporarily banned. And the answer from a Moderator when asked How should we handle ChatGPT answers? ...
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Policy: ChatGPT is banned

Posting GPT answers on Law Stack Exchange is temporarily banned. This policy has been adopted from Stack Overflow's current stance to give us time to work out our own. Most of the arguments for and ...
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Are we perhaps going overboard with the "request for legal advice" closures?

It seems that editors and moderators have grown increasingly aggressive in the last year or two with the votes to close questions because they "clearly ask for specific legal advice." I have ...
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Should multiple answers by one user for different jurisdictions be combined?

If I am answering one question for multiple jurisdictions (for example, I am answering both for the United States and Canada), should I post one long answer or multiple shorter ones?
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Is [us-constitution] a useful tag?

Is there any purpose for the us-constitution tag, considering that US-specific questions should also be tagged with united-states, and us-constitution does not provide any information not given by the ...
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Who can edit questions?

Some dude with less than 5k reputation edited this question of mine: Is there a definition/test for "lack of merit" (legal arguments)? I don't want that modification. Of course I can edit it ...
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Proposal for a new ask question modal

It was suggested in a comment by Laurel on Trish's answer to Jen's Meta question on jurisdiction tags to edit the "Ask Question" modal. I agree that that's a good idea, especially ...
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Should we remove [multiple-jurisdiction] along with [any-jurisdiction]?

Considering the consensus to remove any-jurisdiction, should we also remove multiple-jurisdiction, currently used on 47 questions?
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Would [affirmative-action] be a useful tag?

Would it be useful to have an affirmative-action tag for discrimination questions that are specifically about actions intended to benefit underrepresented groups? This could be a useful ...
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When is a jurisdiction tag required in a question?

The help page says: If you are looking for the law in a particular area, please tag your question with the appropriate jurisdiction tag (e.g. united-states, texas, new-york-city, england-and-wales). ...
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What is the purpose of this site if it is not to ask for legal advice?

Law Stack Exchange does not allow questions that ask for, or answers that provide, specific legal advice. What is the purpose of a legal question-and-answer site that does not allow legal advice?
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How educational is too educational?

After almost six months being live, on 2023‑07‑28 Pat W. deleted my answer (for reference repeated below). It is in style a full legal opinion as to be handed in at the end of a typical 120-minute ...
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Jurisdictions in answers

I have been told: ensure that when you answer a question tagged with a specific jurisdiction, your answer is for that jurisdiction And that: Nobody uses tag in their answers. This seems to be ...
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Are moderator warnings intentionally unspecific?

I recently had a comment exchange with a user that my conversation partner as well as the moderators found violated the code of conduct. The details are irrelevant here. I received a private message ...
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Is it encouraged to delete one’s question-comments as soon as the contained questions are answered so that the remaining coments no longer make sense?

There’s a word for deleting only one’s own half of a conversation on an online discussion platform so that it just seems as though the other party is talking to themselves. If anyone knows what it is, ...
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How can a question like this one possibly be more focused?

What are the most prominent differences among the common law systems of the different states in the U.S.A.? The question above was closed on the grounds that it needs to be more focused? I could ask ...
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2023: a year in moderation

It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here might be ...
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Do we have a problem with sexist, and generally overly zealous moderators?

I’m sick of what I have noticed as overly zealous moderation when it comes to opposing, however gently, mildly, and courteously, the remake of apparently female users. The moderators appear especially ...
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Should we remove the tag [hypothetical]?

It seems as if hypothetical would apply to the vast majority of questions. Every question in which a factual scenario is outlined would qualify for this tag. Only those questions which ask about a law ...
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Merger of [Trees] and [Treelaw]

We have both the tags trees and treelaw. Both are about the same item: trees and their impact on property law. As such, they should be merged. Which one should be retained and synonymized to the other?...
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How (and why) could a post be “removed from network questions”?

A recent question’s edition history shows that it was “removed from network posts” by one of the moderators. Why is it possible for doing this, and what are valid reasons for which a moderator might ...
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Does using specific events or phenomena to exemplify (or even define) one’s question actually present any problem?

I’ve seen questions edited or closed in order to generalise them and edit out any reference to the original event that inspired and prompted the question. I suspect that this is because of the ...
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Looking for an old post I’ve seen before

I remember seeing a post before that concerned how to bring a claim in England against an anonymous “placeholder” defendant whose address for service (or other details like complete name) one doesn’t ...
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Physician's clerk confirmed 4 months, but then cancelled 1 week, before appointment because Physician "reached capacity". What are Patient's remedies?

How can I make on topic Physician's clerk confirmed 4 months, but then cancelled 1 week, before appointment because Physician "reached capacity". What are Patient's remedies?? I ...
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Policy/consensus on how to indicate country/jurisdiction (in text, title or tags)?

One of my edits adding jurisdiction information to a question's text was rejected. The reason given (by a moderator) was: Jurisdiction is indicated by tags, not by an explicit comment in the text ...
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Should pet health insurance questions be tagged under the health-insurance tag?

Should pet health insurance questions be tagged under the health-insurance tag? Either that or a new tag for health insurance questions about pets? Not necessarily a difficult question or big enough ...
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Should all questions be required to have a location tag? [duplicate]

So, it seems like half the time when I visit this SE site, when I look at questions here, I wind up leaving a comment to the effect of "What location are you in? Different places have different ...
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Should the new-york and the new-york-state tags be merged? Is the latter the better of the two?

The new-york tag has 237 questions and starts from 2015. It's usage guideline is: Questions concerning the laws, criminal justice system, civil court procedures and related topics specific to the ...
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revert tag:enw to tag:england-and-wales

I propose we revert the recent re-tags. england-and-wales is much clearer and well-established on this site. If needed, we can add a tag synonym for enw. I raise this here instead of in a comment on ...
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Should questions at some point be closed as moot or obsolete?

Without any disrespect to Trish who answered this question today, after the fact, based upon what actually happened, at some point, should questions like the following question from 2016: North Korea'...
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This site's comment scope is more permissive than the network default

Although the help page sets out a fairly narrow scope for comments, law.stackexchange.com practices a more permissive scope for comments than the text sets out. On law.stackexchange.com, if people are ...
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Is there a policy on editing questions to clarify them after answers have already there been posted?

A recent, (IMO) otherwise non-sequitur comment claims that “we don’t allow edits that invalidate answers that have already been posted,” but I’ve never heard of a policy like this. What I have seen ...
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How to ask a good question?

On this site, what makes a good question?
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Is self-deprecating credentialism in line with the spirit of stack exchange?

There is a recurrent meme of legal matters being ostensibly too important to entrust to the advice of “anonymous people on the internet”. Yet many of these people may or may not be elite legal minds ...
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How to deal with comments?

Without rehashing How long is an "Extended discussion" or Should Moderators be able to use their privileges to benefit their own posts, I am polling the community to establish a norm on this ...
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Test for relevance of the "copyright" tag

I noted there has been some opposition to me applying the "copyright" tag to this question. Do we consider it relevant only when it legally applies to the subject? Or do we also consider it ...
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What are the benefits of removing comments without replying to them on the basis that they’ve been addressed in an edit?

Certain users are fond of seeing questions on answers and then integrating their answers to the answer to which they were a comment before removing the comment that is apparently considered to be “no ...
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I would like to edit my answer to replace the example, in order respond to a critique in the comments

I would like to make this edit, but it was rolled back. The original example application of judicial notice that I have included in the answer is attracting comments that critique the judge's math. ...
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Mandatory Injunction v. Specific Performance — Other differences except that specific performance can't be awarded interim?

I don't understand why Mandatory Injunction v. Specific Performance — Other differences except that specific performance can't be awarded interim? was closed? This question needs details or ...
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Do we really not have an "off-topic" close reason?

I just went to VTC this question about Apple and Google terms of service, and discovered that we do not appear to have a "this question is not about the law" close reason. The apparently-...
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So long, and thanks for all the fish

Goodbye, y'all. I've been diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD) so I'm off to ammend my will and complete my bucket list before it's too late.
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What is the language scope of SE.Law?

If have a question about a specific law, but I have doubts whether or not Law.SE is the right place to ask. It is about a German law called 'Impressumspflicht', for which could not even find an ...
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Was this answer somewhat disingenuous in one or two ways? Or did it genuinely address the question as asked in good faith?

My question Can defendants arraigned in federal court sometimes be "out on bail" secretly with no way for the public to know about or verify the bail? asks if something is possible i.e "...
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Where exactly is my lack of focus?

A few hours ago, out of curiosity, I did post the following question On the legality of seizing narco yachts which was closed because it "needs to be more focused". If "board and ...
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What to do about AI edits that are helpful?

https://law.stackexchange.com/review/suggested-edits/57118 This edit was quite clearly done with ChatGPT (see the last paragraph), but it does improve the post. How should edits like this be handled?
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Should we have a LawSE definition of "educational purposes only"?

I'm inviting discussion and suggestions on the value of creating an faq post defining "Educational Purposes Only" The home page's Banner has the embedded link educational purposes only that ...

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