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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 comments advising people to commit crimes be flagged?

Motivating example: Someone asked a question about hiding assets in a divorce, which received the following comment: Sell some of your liquid assets and buy Bitcoin OTC. That is what cryptocurrency ...
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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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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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We have too much free speech

The tag free-speech has no usage guidance and is used on just 7 questions. It appears to be at best a subset of questions about freedom-of-speech, with 80 questions and some guidance. free-speech ...
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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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Should personal opinions posted as answers be flagged, or just downvoted?

If someone posts an answer that is essentially "In my opinion,...", should I flag the answer, or just downvote it and move on? And if I do flag it, should it be "not an answer", "very low quality", ...
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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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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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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 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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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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The [legal-concepts] tag is already the pile of random stuff on the floor

We have a legal-concepts tag. I honestly don't know what its intended purpose is meant to be because it has no tag wiki or excerpt. Worst of all, there's really no clear pattern between any of the ...
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Tag words should be hyphenated

We already have two tags freedomofspeech and criminallaw that were created without the traditional hyphen-delimiting of words. Who can fix that?
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How to emphasize “legal may not mean smart”?

My first foray into SE Law was in response to a question regarding the legality of running from police. I have been challenged for not providing a legal answer, which I understand, but I think it is ...
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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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Quasi-judicial bodies on topic?

Are questions regarding quasi-judicial bodies, such as arbitration, on-topic?
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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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Are questions about the root of laws appropriate?

In an effort to better understand and learn law, I'd like to ask where certain concepts or laws came from. For example; Where did common law come from? Was there a previous legal template the "...
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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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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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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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