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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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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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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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Should questions asking about dealing with lawyers (but not about the law itself) be on-topic?

This question is not about the law itself, but about interacting with lawyers in a way to minimize the legal bill. Are questions like that something that we want to consider on-topic here? I don't ...
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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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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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Quasi-judicial bodies on topic?

Are questions regarding quasi-judicial bodies, such as arbitration, on-topic?
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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 questions on topic that ask for the purpose/motivation/rationale behind a law?

Are questions on topic that ask for the purpose/motivation/rationale behind a law? what is the rationale behind fair use? why is the age of consent X? why are juveniles treated differently than ...
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Do philosophy of law questions belong here?

In the past, I've always asked questions that I would consider as "philosophy of law" in philosophy.SE, but now that our site is up, do they belong here? Or should we stick to relatively concrete ...
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Is this question about why a law isn't enforced on topic?

I was reading this question: How is it possible for millions to use pirated software at home and never get arrested? This does not seem like a legal question, and my first throught is to mark it as ...
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Are hypothetical application of the law questions on topic?

So far we have these: Does "furtherance of a crime" exception to attorney–client privilege apply if the attorney is unsure? What stops you from invoking §19.6 if a police officer ...
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Proving to YouTube that a video is Public Domain: on-topic?

Would this question be on-topic here? http://yro.slashdot.org/story/15/08/16/191215/ask-slashdot-how-to-prove-a-work-is-public-domain The asker uploaded a very old video to YouTube claiming it is ...
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Should questions about 'freemen' theories and other cod law be allowed?

This one, for example. For those that don't know, 'freemen-on-the-land' (or 'sovereign citizens' as they sometimes call themselves) believe that they can exempt themselves from legal liability with a ...
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Do we want to allow historical legal questions?

For example, something about the effects of Quia Emptores or the Statute of Uses and how they relate to modern property/trust law.
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Asking if there is a jurisdiction which has (or has not) a law about something

Is it on-topic to ask if there is a jurisdiction which has (or has not) a law about [something specific]? Example questions: Is there a jurisdiction which makes no difference (in terms of penalty) ...
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Are questions about law reasoning appropriate on this site?

I recently had this question Why are "no pet" clauses allowed in leases?. I clearly knew the law, but was after either some case or some set of other laws that justify a certain law, rather ...
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Are legal questions about patents within the scope of this site?

The scope of this site is stated to include: Statutes or court decisions Legal terms and language, doctrines and theory Legal process and procedure Historical legal applications Dealing with legal ...
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Is asking about the rationale behind a law on-topic?

I wonder whether asking about the rationale behind a law is on-topic here.
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Should the site be (hopefully :) enriched with legal questions from Politics.SE?

Politics.SE (Beta site) has had the distinction of the closest site to "law.se" for a while, until Law.SE went into BETA recently. As such, it accumulated several questions that were more Law than ...
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Are questions about the job of being a legal professional off topic for this site?

Background The topics in scope for this stack exchange tend to reflect creations of the law, procedures, and interactions with lawyers as outlined here: Statutes or court decisions Legal ...
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Should questions pertaining to tax law be asked here or on money SE?

Should questions pertaining to tax law be asked here or on money SE? I guess questions for businesses should be asked here, but I am unsure regarding questions about individuals facing taxes.
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Is a question of whether or not an action is considered “cheating” in a game within the parameters of the law exchange?

Is a question of whether or not an action is considered "cheating" in a game within the parameters of the law exchange? If not, which stack exchange site might help me with a question as to the game ...
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What is our stance on questions looking for data sets pertaining to legal matters?

What is our stance on questions looking for data sets pertaining to legal matters? Are they on-topic or off-topic? Example: I am having a difficult time finding the average number of speeding ...
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Author Writing a Legal Thriller. Appropriate to Ask Questions Here?

I'm writing a legal thriller. I realize that since I have limited legal experience (and by "limited" I mean "no"), I am going to make mistakes. I am committed to writing this book, however, and I ...
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Can “*Why* a law exists” be on topic?

A comment on an answer to this question says: This question fulfills: Legal terms and language, doctrines and theory, because it asks for the reason why this applies and not the motive of those who ...
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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 SE.Law 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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Are rules of an organization on-topic?

Are rules about a non-governmental organization on-topic on this site? For example, "Are there minimum vision requirements to compete in biathlon at the Olympic Games?"
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Question about legislative intent should be reinstated back to Law SE

It is odd that a question about legislative intent has been removed from Law SE and placed in Workplace SE (Subsequently restored and available here). Initially one user suggested that it be moved to ...
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Are questions about what laws should be instituted on topic?

I'd like to ask if people think a law should be instituted in certain circumstances. Is that an acceptable question on the Law site?
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Are questions on parliamentary procedure and organization constitutions/bylaws on topic?

I've recently asked a couple questions here and here. In both cases I wasn't able to find a tag that fit well. If this is the right place for such questions, could a "club-bylaws" tag (or similar) be ...
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Are questions asking for the background of a case on-topic?

Background Specific example: https://law.stackexchange.com/questions/16347/whats-going-on-legally-between-cbs-paramount-and-axanar-and-how-does-it-relate There are ongoing legal proceedings ...
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Seeking legal advice on topic

I would like to ask for clarification of rules on asking for advice and off-topic here on Law StackExchange. In Help Center users can read that: The best questions are those that have specific ...
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Posts with Urls that no longer exist?

If a question is based completely on a URL that no longer exists, what should happen to the question? Question Example: Can I create an Ads using those pictures without copyright issues?
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Is this question off-topic?

Isn't the question Students drugs teacher an example of a question that clearly asks for specific legal advice? It seems to me to be asking, "This happened to me, is this actionable and under what ...
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Are questions of the type “which countries this legislation happens” on topic in Law SE?

I would like to know in which countries certain legislation happens. Some SE might consider questions asking for a list of things to be "too broad" or off-topic, but in this case the set of options is ...
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How good or bad of a fit would this question about international human rights law have been here?

I just asked a question at Expatriates SE called Could one renounce one's native citizenship in order to prevent a second, naturalized citizenship from being revoked? I contemplated posting it on ...
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Can questions about how to break the law and get away with it on topic?

Are there laws against such kind of discussions?
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“Jurisdiction” between us and Open Source SE

What are the types of questions that can be asked here vs Open Source SE? Is there any overlap? Do we want to answer open source questions?
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To what extent is criminology on topic?

For example, this question asks about this quote: Although criminal behavior expresses general needs and values, it is not excused by those general needs and values, because noncriminal behavior ...
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Would a question about damages to a rental house be On Topic here

I'm currently residing in a place that has suffered storm damages and I'm moving out because 3 years after the fact, nothing has been repaired. I would like to find out if there is any rights / ...
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Is asking “what are my legal options in this case” on topic?

I have a situation where I might contemplate to proceed via legal ways. Would the question "I have this situation, what are my options/how should I proceed to use them" on topic here?
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Is any question requiring knowledge of legal principles on topic?

I am asking this question in reference to this question. So as to the general rule, is a question that requires knowledge of legal principles or ideas on topic even though law is not the central part ...
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Are questions about IBR (UCR) reporting guidelines in Virginia on-topic?

It would seem like questions related to IBR (UCR) reporting guidelines in Virginia may be on-topic on this site, since they're basically legal questions. However they also would have a tendency to ...
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Are etymology of legal terms on-topic?

I submitted https://english.stackexchange.com/q/494623/334589 here before it got migrated, but What is the origin and history of the term "grand theft auto"? has remained? Clarification ...
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Are questions about the teaching of law appropriate on this SE?

I have some questions about teaching US law at the undergraduate level (not in law school). Are those appropriate here? I haven't fully formulated any of my questions yet (I need to make sure they ...
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Mechanics of UK Judicial Review: Topical for Law Site?

I have referred questions about the details and mechanics of UK judicial review to this site in answer(s) to travel-related questions. Most recently here: https://travel.stackexchange.com/questions/...
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Can I ask about the underage driving license program in my state?

I'd like to ask a question about my state's driving license program, specifically an (apparent) edge case that isn't covered very well by the DMV's website. Reading /help/on-topic, it could go either ...
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Questions and answers based on questionable facts

Were the ten commandments the first laws of civilization? This question is predicated on the assumption that a particular event happened. I'm agnostic; I don't know enough theology to speak to the ...