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"Actual problems that you face"

In the Help Center, we have the standard Stack Exchange verbiage: You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face. However, in the context of Law.SE, "...
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How do we handle localization of questions/answers?

Answers to legal questions are often highly specific to the jurisdictional context that the OP is asking. Do we need to make a location specific tag required (at least a country) when asking questions?...
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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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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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Updated: Can we get a blanket disclaimer out of the way?

Roy posted a good comment on this question: Just want to remind you that while any advice you get on this site may be useful, it does not serve as an alternative to a real legal opinion, and ...
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Congrats, Law SE will be graduating soon!

Good news, everyone! Or, should I say, "good news: everyone"? In the year that Law Stack Exchange has been open, we on the Community team have been really impressed by how well things have gone here, ...
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Policy for questions that clearly ask for specific legal advice

Questions that clearly ask for specific legal advice are off-topic for Law Stack Exchange. This is to help protect users: Those asking, from loss due to following incomplete advice, or advice from ...
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Vote Early, Vote Often!

tl;dr: Vote Early, Vote Often! Note: This post is identical to this one on Mythology Stack Exchange I would like to echo a post that Scott Morrison made on Meta.Tex.SE: I'm a moderator from ...
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Who should moderate this site?

Ideally Moderators are elected by the community, but until this site reaches a critical mass to hold an election, we will be appointing some provisional Moderators to fill that role. We need your help....
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Should we have an explicit policy against images of text?

This question grows out of the events described in the recent meta thread Why did Moderator Dale M. delete my answer? but is worth addressing on its own, in my view. I have been under the impression ...
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How do we attract and retain legal experts?

In this excellent answer to a related question, Christian notes that practicing lawyers are unlikely to use this site. The other potential pools of legal experts would be law professors and students, ...
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Congratulations, Law is now graduated!

It's a big day, and this was announced a bit earlier. It's taken a bit longer than intended to get the switches rolling (in part because some fellow whose name happens to match the author of this post ...
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Is the "don't ask" help page at odds with what's on topic here?

The very first page in the "Asking" section of the Help Center, What types of questions should I avoid asking?, has the following to say in the second line: You should only ask practical, ...
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Should those who have passed the bar be uniquely designated on this site?

Issues about the law and legal matters are somewhat unlike other topics of StackExchange sites. An attorney has to pass the bar. A programmer, gamer, contractor, designer, writer, etc aren't ...
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Is it now site policy that questions differing only by jurisdiction are duplicates?

Prompted by the recent closure of this question as a duplicate. Yes, the jurisdiction topic again. I don't visit meta too often, though I have been aware that answers from jurisdictions not matching ...
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Are fantastical questions on topic?

I'm here from Worldbuilding.SE where we've been having a discussion on whether legal questions are on topic for our site. A good example of such a question is this one: How many laws would a ...
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Excessive use of "specific legal advice" closure reason

The question Are the title and author of a song protected by copyright? is written as "I am doing X, is that legal". The actual question is a basic principle of copyright law, and in no way ...
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Answers that read like advertisments for personal grudges

User Iñaki Viggers seems to bear a grudge against a particular Michigan Judge, whom he sardonically mocks and denounces in several lengthy postings on his blog. In Viggers accepted answer to Are ...
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How long is an "Extended discussion"

In this thread a group of -- oh horrors -- three comments, at least one of them potentially quite useful, and not constituting a back&forth between two users, was hidden -- oops, "moved to chat". ...
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What to do with answers that offer legal advice?

We have a clear policy that questions which ask for legal advice are off topic and should be closed. However, sometimes such questions get asked anyway, and sometimes, before the question is closed, ...
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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 (if ever) should a person's identifying details be removed from a post by edits?

Motivating example: This suggested edit removes the name of a public figure (a mayor) accused of forging the signature of another councilmember on a bar receipt. It lists the mayor's full name (which ...
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Is this SE suitable to discuss [country]'s law, even if it is non-english speaking?

For years we wanted to start a stackexchange for [country]'s law exactly like this, but with [insert number below 100m] people we naturally don't have a chance to create one on its own. Like [country],...
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Does Law.SE want Stack Overflow users to recommend their site for licensing questions?

Licensing questions on Stack Overflow routinely get closed as off-topic, since the community there has determined that they don't fall within the site scope. I periodically see users recommend posting ...
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An apology to the Law Stack Exchange community

I am the "const iption" troll. (The space is so this doesn't show as a Google hit for the word.) Const iption is, as you all know, something that I just made up; there is, in reality, no ...
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Are questions about the law in past times on topic here?

There is currently an attempt to close this question on the grounds that it belongs on history.se. We have had questions about the state of law in past times, such as a question about divorce law in ...
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Could the scope of Law accommodate the full scope of Ask Patents?

Ask Patents has a committed, but relatively small community. This has some downstream effects, like the lack of any community moderators, and the lack of diversity in answerers. There has been some ...
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Is "IANAL" on every post really needed?

I've been seeing an annoyingly high number of posts where a major part of the answer mentions "IANAL" in some shape or form, especially when we have this handy dandy general disclaimer on the right (...
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How do I know what the correct answer is?

Given that there doesn't appear to be a critical mass of legal professionals on this site, how do I know what answer on a question is correct? Votes don't reflect expert review.
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Questions that appear to seek legal advice

While noting that the Law meta Policy for questions that clearly ask for specific legal advice, promotes the closure of questions appearing to seek real-life/real-time legal advice, but also ...
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Let's blacklist the legal tag - what do you think?

Well, the title says it. The legal tag has two questions. They're asking whether something is legal. They're not otherwise related. Moments ago, I removed the legal tag from the question Is license ...
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What if I want to see answers for other jurisdictions on someone else's question?

I would love to see the answers for the U.S. to this question posed for the U.K.: What liabilities do the police/CPS have if you are found innocent? Should I post it as a new question? Some ...
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Can we remove DaleM's moderation privileges?

I could be on my own here, but there seem to be quite a few people in agreement that conferring moderator privileges on DaleM was a mistake. He is rather aggressive -- too aggressive, I'd argue -- in ...
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Answering "Can I be sued?" questions

There are a number of questions asked on this site along the lines of "Can I be sued for ...?" or "Can I be prosecuted for ...?" My instinctive and admittedly bloody-minded reaction is to write ...
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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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Non-Vandalism, Full Rewrite of questions & Rollbacks

Today, several questions had rollbacks to versions that were 100% different to the question it was turned to by the OP. As reason "New questions should be asked as such. Total rewrites are not ...
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Are questions about religious law on-topic?

Are questions about the legal systems of organized religions on-topic? Some organized religions have their own legal systems that have their own statutes, procedures, and laws of evidence (e.g. Roman ...
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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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Country/Jurisdictional tag

Very often I see answers that answers the question posed for a jurisdiction other than the one requested. What is the official policy on this? Should it be changed? If we permit answering the question ...
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Community Promotion Ads

We'll be entering public beta soon, We're in public beta, so we need to get word out to the rest of Stack Exchange about Law Stack Exchange. One of the best ways of doing this is with Community ...
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Should the jurisdictional state be part of the title?

We already have tags, and I haven't seen any questions with "United States" or "U.S." in the title. Yet for some state-related questions, e.g. California or Texas, it's been suggested that state ...
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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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What should be on-topic for Law.SE?

As you can see, the /help/on-topic page isn't filled in yet. The /help/on-topic page has now been updated with the below text. We've been up and running long enough that we've developed a sense of ...
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2016 Community Moderator Election Results

Law's first moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the 3 new moderators are: They'll be replacing the pro tempore crew shortly — please thank both groups for ...
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Please welcome your new moderators!

First off, thanks to everyone who participated at the moderator nomination meta post! I may eventually be contacting additional users to fill more moderator slots, but I wanted to get the folks below ...
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Is it okay to ask questions about ancient legal systems?

I have a question about the legal system of the Medo-Persian empire. Is that on-topic here?
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How should we refer to trans people in the past tense?

Can Chelsea Manning be sued in civil court by anyone named in the documents that were leaked? refers to Chelsea Manning as "he." There has been a fair amount of back-and-forth editing on this point, ...
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Are questions about machine directives welcome here?

Machine directives are standards that are transcribed into law, describing safety regulations for machinery builders/developers. Examples of such standards are: Australian Standard AS4024 - ...
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Are we answering homework/assignment questions?

This isn't something that has come up, so it's possible we can deal with each case on its merits. However, on other sites, there has been a strong disposition not to answer questions that have been ...
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Should people put disclaimers in answers?

The outcome of this question depends in part on the outcome of Updated: Can we get a blanket disclaimer out of the way?, and I don't know if the latter issue has been completely solved. Nonetheless, I ...
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