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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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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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Where a question merely asks about a word's etymology, should it be asked here or on English.SE?

Some questions ask about the etymology of a word that happens to be used in law, but where there is nothing special about the word's use in law. Is the mere fact that a word is used in law enough to ...
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Good place for questions about SE's TOS

If I have a question about legal details of the SE Terms of Service, is it better to ask on MSE, or is this site (also) an appropriate place to ask?
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What is wrong with my post

I recently posted on law stack exchange. My last post has two votes to close. I do not understand why. I am hoping somebody here can tell me what the issues is. Here is a link to the post: Is this a ...
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Can I ask a question about good online resources for small business contracts?

Is it OK for me to ask abut online contract resources for small businesses. Clearly not instead of legal advice, but is it ok to ask about online contract resources?
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Are questions about how strong a case is valid?

I asked the question Do the Ohio sheriffs suing Afroman have any legal standing in their claim of "invasion of privacy and misappropriation of their likenesses" lawsuit? and a comment by ...
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Is asking for precedent cases on topic?

Can I ask "has there ever been a legal case where X" (with appropriate specifics of course) here? If it matters, the purpose wouldn't be to get legal advice for a legal case I'm involved in, ...
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Is there no role for law in defining what words mean?

In a comment justifying the closure of a question that asked for definition of terms used by auto manufacturers, a user said: There is no role for the law in defining what words mean Is this correct?...
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Are questions asking for help in how to search for past cases on topic?

Pretty much what it says on the tin. Is asking how a member of the public without any special access might search for past cases with a specific criteria on topic here? I didn't see anything in the ...
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Is it appropriate to post answers/comments about the actual application of laws?

Oftentimes the way the law is written and the way it is applied do not seem to have much of a relationship to each other. I noticed in the answer to this question a comprehensive list of de jure ...
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Are questions about indigenous, tribal, or customary law on-topic?

I used to think (probably informed by a colonialist mindset) that the only real law was Western in origin and that customary/tribal/indigenous "law" was only law in a metaphorical sense and ...
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Are questions about "rules of sport or games" on-topic here

In this answer Dale said that questions about "rules of sport or games" are on-topic as a form of "private law" like contracts. I am not so sure. Contracts get their force from ...
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Are questions about parliamentary procedure on-topic?

Are questions about Robert's Rules of Order and similar topics on-topic on Law Stack Exchange? Example question: When should a point of order be raised for an error by the chair in calling a vote?
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"It's illegal, but you probably won't be caught"

I've seen some answers saying things like this: It's illegal, but it's unlikely that anyone will find out. It's illegal, but the police/prosecutor/copyright holder/patent holder/etc probably won't ...
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LSAT questions help needed, where to ask?

Where can I ask questions when I need help with the Law School Admission Test (LSAT)? I am trying to practice LSAT questions and I have some problems with it.
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Is a question asking if a certain type of software is legal under a specific legal system on-topic?

I'm moderator of crypto-SE and wonder if this question would be on-topic if migrated to Law-SE. The meat of it is: Is it legal to develop a cipher-breaker software/algorithm? What about it's legality ...
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Are questions about the validity of legal analysis from Law & Order off-topic?

I'm watching an old episode of the TV show Law & Order, and just heard several of the lawyers in the DA's office state as fact that it is not illegal for a parent to sell their child (specifically:...
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How to ask a better ToS question

Some questions on the Law Stack Exchange allow questions relating to terms of service. In fact, terms-of-service is a tag on the site. At the same time, a question I recently asked on the site was ...
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Is "Why would a given thing require/not require a notary" on topic?

Apologies as I spend most of my time on math.stackexchange.com but this question has been vexing me and I'm not sure if it would be too open ended/vague for here: (Possible duplicate of Why the law ...
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Is a question about a proposed law on-topic?

Currently there is in Spain a political initiative to give "legal personality" to a lagoon (Mar Menor) that has ecological issues. My question would not be about the political process, ...
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Is a question about negotiating with lawyers on-topic

What are effective strategies for negotiating contract terms with a client's legal team? was recently asked. I voted to close it as not about law but about business tactics. The asker pointed out ...
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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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Why the law is written in a certain way? Is this on topic?

I asked why the law is written in a certain way. For example in here, What is the age of consent in Indonesia? 15 or 18? I asked whether age of consent in Indonesia is 15 or 18. It seems to be ...
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Are interdisciplinary Law Theory subjects allowed?

Examples of such subject matters might be: "Upstream" context such as History of Law and Philosophy of Law, paradigmatic questions such as Legal Positivism vs. Natural Law vs. Jurisprudence ...
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If questions about philosophy of law are on-topic, then should it be explicitly stated in the help center?

From Do philosophy of law questions belong here?, I guess the answer is yes. If so, should this be explicitly stated in What topics can I ask about here? Currently it only states these topics as on-...
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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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Are legal questions about events involving public figures on-topic?

There have been media reports about particular conduct by a public figure. These reports generally describe the conduct and say that a police complaint has been lodged regarding the conduct, but do ...
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Can The Moderators Automatically Close Any Question Asking About International Sexting Between Minors?

I don't know why, but it seems like every day I log on here to see if there are any interesting questions to ponder, and another new user is frantically asking a question about what the exposure is ...
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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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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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Is this question about (medical) decision-making capacity on-topic?

Questions in question: A patient refuses treatment because of addiction or fear. How do medical and legal professionals assess their decision-making capacity? I wonder if this question is on-topic on ...
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Are questions about regulations on-topic?

Are regulations construed to be part of law on this site? Specifically, I have in mind a question like the one I asked on politics SE about some UK farming/animal-welfare regulations. I did a bit of ...
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Would a question about the Ronald Opus joke be on topic?

I want to ask a question about the accuracy of the Ronald Opus joke/fictional story? However, I'm not certain whether that would be within the scope of this site, because I'm not sure whether the ...
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What questions are not legal advice? [duplicate]

How does the law stackexchange define which question is considered legal advice which question is not? If it refers to a very specific use case is it then considered legal advice?
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Would questions about the psychology of legal-related perople on scope?

From What topics can I ask about here?, these topics are allowed to ask: Statutes or court decisions Legal terms and language, doctrines and theory Legal process and procedure Historical legal ...
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Can we ask questions about who are lawyers who offer service X in a region Y?

I'm thinking on whether Law.SE might serve a place for the Canadian co-operative movement to store resources on legally incorporating and maintaining co-operatives. I'm wondering whether I could ask ...
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Does OP decide where to ask and community decide if on-topic locally only? Is this question off-topic here?

An exchange below Has the patent process been patented? about a close vote goes something like: "...voting to close "because it belongs on..." is generally not a valid close reason in ...
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Is this question on topic?

I am unsure whether this question would fit better here or on worldbuilding. Since the worldbuilding aspect is almost incidental, I figured I would try here first. The question This is a hypothetical ...
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Why banned from asking in law?

I have been posting questions in law that generally are well structured and address a relevant political issue. But some get voted down because they are “politically charged”. My last question was on ...
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Should we ban Textbook questions?

I have seen a recent influx in questions that come directly from a textbook, giving just the question and some surrounding information, often quoting larger portions that surround it but not showing ...
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Are treaties on-topic?

I was "informed" via comment to a question that Treaties are not appropriate for this site. This seems at odds with various other posts and comments I have seen. For instance, cpast's Answer ...
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Are questions regarding crime or law enforcement statistics on topic?

Over on Politics SE, we often have questions about law enforcement policies and crime statistics, especially when big events related to law enforcement occur (i.e, the last couple weeks in the US). ...
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Question about the temporary COVID-19 provisions in the EU on-topic?

I live in Romania, where the government deals with COVID-19 by passing temporary laws. My questions however, is with regards to the EU as a whole and any convention that may apply to cross-boarder ...
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Nevada Vengeance

There has been a slew of questions about Nevada which seem to all be from the same person, despite using multiple accounts. The questions seem to be revolving around a neighbor dispute. The story as I ...
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Drawing the line on Impeachment

Questions about Impeachment have been popping up left and right and rightfully so, Impeachment can be a confusing process to understand because rules that govern Impeachment are changed by the House ...
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Are theoretical questions about legal systems on topic?

Are theoretical questions about legal process on-topic for the main site? For example, I am curious about the inevitable complexity that follows the precedent system in the common law. If I were to ...
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Is Law SE a good place to get feedback on briefs before they are submitted?

I have prepared an initial brief and I would like to get some ideas on how to make it better. I feel that my attorney has lost me my case and am not sure who else to get legal help from on a pro-bono ...
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Where to ask about Legal History, Roman Law and Comparative Law

I want to ask about the Civil Legal System and its 2 subgroups. Napoleonic and Germanistic. I am thinking of the tags History, Legal-History, Civil-Legal-System, Comparative-Law.
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