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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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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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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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How do I ask a general law question?

On paragraph 3 of this page, it says: "Please don't ask questions seeking legal advice on a specific matter. These are off-topic for Law Stack Exchange." What does this rule imply about how to ...
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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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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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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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"2. What should our documentation contain?"

This is one of Stackexchange's important Beta questions. So what shall we have? Brief outline of the documentation: Who should use this site? Who is the audience? What should be specifically Not ...
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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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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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What is our stance on questions that are very clearly legal advice?

This question leads me to a much wider one: are questions on legal advice, whether we have a disclaimer or not, acceptable? There's a big difference between "Out of curiosity, how does this legal ...
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Dealing with "Is X (il)legal" questions

I have grown weary of questions of the form, "Is X legal?", when the question offers no hint as to why X would be illegal, or even why one would expect that there is any law dealing with X. To ...
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How will we discourage people asking for, or giving, legal advice in Law?

Proposal: Law This question is a copy of this question. Even in the proposal phase, Law seems to be attracting questions of the form "Is it legal for me to...", "How can I..." and so forth. There ...
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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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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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Online Legal References

This thread is for legal references that may be most helpful and/or authoritative in addressing legal questions that arise on this site.
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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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Why were these 4 questions based on 2 jurisprudents closed?

https://law.stackexchange.com/questions/9224/why-would-a-barristers-rebuttal-against-a-pugnacious-witness-be-a-head-on-coll https://law.stackexchange.com/questions/9226/why-is-a-defendants-declining-...
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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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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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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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Do answers need to reference written laws or court cases?

When providing an answer on law.se is it best practice to cite a written law or ruling in a court case? Or is it adequate to simply "state the facts".
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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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Why don't questions with jurisdiction specific answers need to specify their jurisdiction?

Is it illegal to sell something on craigslist without adding a regions value added tax? I don't think that this is a question which could be answered in general. Every jurisdiction would have ...
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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 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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Add close reason to handle questions that should be asked of lawyers

Can we add a close reason that conveys the idea "This question should be asked of a legal professional."? Perhaps set up as: This question is asking for legal advice. Questions about the law are ...
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Is a "This answer is also true in another jurisdiction X" comment good or bad?

Suppose a question does not specify a specific jurisdiction. An answer is posted that begins with "In the US, it works like this: ..." If I know that the answer is exactly right in some other ...
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Shouldn't we rewrite questions asking for legal advice?

We receive very many questions that are in fact requests for legal advice, contrary to policy, and they are closed only sporadically (primarily in egregious cases). Here is a recent example, where a ...
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The [tag] vs [tag-law] meta-discussion

Is there a general rule we can and should use to determine whether -law tags should be synonyms (and deprecated), or if and when they should be preserved and used as separate from their root tags? ...
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Asking a question for a different jurisdiction

Several questions on the Law.SE specify jurisdiction, or do not provide any jurisdiction for their question. If a question has already been asked for a specific jurisdiction, may one ask the same ...
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2019 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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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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Merge tags [international] and [international-law]?

international and international-law each have 5 questions, and seem to cover the same kind of topics. Should international-law questions be retagged into international? The "-law" suffix would ...
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Conventions for tag wiki excerpts, especially on jurisdiction tags

Providing tag wiki excerpts is helpful to the community. As explained here: The tag excerpt is the first, and sometimes only information about a tag that users see when tagging a question. If ...
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How would it be relevant to write questions in English in that case?

Original question: Law Recently I had many questions come to mind which would require a large part of the question consist of citing part of legal texts. This would mean most of the question including ...
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Do we need a Trump-tag?

we have 212 questions containing the keyword Trump, many of them focussing if things he did or ordered are legal. That's more than our Treelaw questions, so a trump category of questions might be ...
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Why was the tax foreclosure question deleted?

It appears that https://law.stackexchange.com/questions/58581/can-i-avoid-a-tax-foreclosure-by-evading-service-of-the-summons?noredirect=1#comment120124_58581 was deleted by a moderator (community ...
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Are hypotheticals on topic? [duplicate]

In my experience, hypotheticals are an important part of legal scholarship. Are they on topic here? Or does each question need to stem from a practical problem that the asker is having? (I'll give ...
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Dale M: Stop deleting answers which are not yours

Yesterday a user submitted a question regarding his draft of a contract. I was able to post an answer before the post could accumulate five VTC. There was only one VTC and the post was closed by a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why did Moderator Dale M. delete my answer?

What is wrong with https://law.stackexchange.com/a/81954 ? Edit Thanks to all responders, and editors of my post. I did not know that scanning merely one full page would get a post deleted.
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