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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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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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As someone who knows next to nothing about law

What types of questions do you wish people would ask about law? What areas of the legal system should the public be more educated about?
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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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Add tag for “tax” for tax law questions

I just asked a tax law question, but there was no tax tag. Can that be added?
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Merge/retag [tag:licensing] and [tag:licenses]?

The tags licensing and licenses have the same sorts of questions. Should we make a synonym between the two, and/or clearly define distinct meanings (like "licenses is about government-issued licenses, ...
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Edits to question required in order to include additional tags?

I saw a question that was missing obvious tags just now so I clicked on edit to include them - however it wouldn't let me save the update unless I changed 6 characters in the original question...I ...
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Case of first impression

(Applicable at least in the United States) Should we have a tag for cases of first impression? This would be for drawing parellels between current and past cases to develop ideas about how the court ...
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Possible tags for Common-Law and Civil-law jurisdictions

I know there is some debate on whether legal reasoning should be subject matter for this site; however, when responding to what a court can do, it depends on the legal system of that country. Legal ...
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Are questions about how law is made on topic?

This question asks how a citizen can begin the process of changing the law. Some questions about how law is made (and unmade) are clearly on topic; those concerning common law and precedent, for ...
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Can you set some criteria for migrations from Money SE?

Over on Personal Finance & Money we sometimes get questions that are fundamentally legal questions rather than personal finance questions. We've recently discussed our criteria for closing these ...
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How to reopen these questions on laypersons' instructions of lawyers?

Should questions asking about dealing with lawyers (but not about the law itself) be on-topic? attests to the suitability of the following. So can they please be undeleted and reopened? Can they be ...
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How to improve these questions deemed 'primarily opinion-based' or 'unclear'?

I do wish for objective answers; so how can the following be improved? Law does depend on opinion; so why were these deemed 'primarily opinion-based' or 'unclear'? https://law.stackexchange.com/...
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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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Should we edit part of the tour?

In chat, jimsug wrote, The tour page encourages practical questions users have actually faced. I suppose we will have to change this to ... conform to our preference for questions that do not seek ...
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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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Are we answering questions even if they've already been answered?

I'm not much of an answerer, but lots of the questions have only one answer - I'd imagine that a stack of answers have been written by a handful of people. I'm not sure about the reasoning behind ...
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Research questions in Main

I have continued the work that Christian Conkle started and done an Australian law case lookup question. Before this runs away, are we comfortable with having these in main as opposed to Meta? I ...
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Please update http://law.stackexchange.com/help/deleting-account

https://law.stackexchange.com/help/deleting-account seems outdated. As I can't ask questions about my jurisdiction. I wish to leave and delete my account only on Law beta (not other stackexchange ...
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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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Should we have a “no ranting” policy?

Paragraphs like this: If you're innocent of both by admission of officer testimony, then simply basing it on a 5-year-old traffic survey for failure of proof seems to me a gross miscarriage of ...
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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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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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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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How can we attract more people who participated on this site in Area 51?

I'm following the proposal page and I'm seeing the number of visits per days and % of answered questions dropping. As someone who can mainly only have a pure meta role. I'm feeling at the best place ...
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Can we declare questions that appear to be intending to skirt the law off topic

This is the first best example Is downloading a torrent chunk copyright infringement? Clearly the intent of the question is to provide some deniability to what presumably the OP knows or should ...
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Should we set up some meta Wiki questions on determining well-written answers?

How do I know what the correct answer is? This question made me wonder whether lay-people and people like myself who are less-versed in legal research would benefit from a guide to legal research? ...
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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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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 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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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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Same question on two jurisdictions: 1 or 2 questions?

I want to ask a legal question for the states of California and Massachusetts in the USA. Shall I post one or two questions?
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Software licensing questions from StackOverflow

Stack Overflow is in the midst of a great question closing for the various licensing tags. Given that those are on topic here, we should figure out a way to get a hold of that traffic. I've asked ...
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StackExchange as a community welfare website

Given the fact that a lots of countries in South East Asia have deplorable conditions regarding the situation of law and order(which effectively means that it takes years of legal battles to get ...
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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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Citation linking preferences

Is there a preferred source to link to for citations, or is it good for a citation to be followed by a list of sources for it so that if one is down others can be used. I've skipped the pay for access ...
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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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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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How are we going to use the “Europe” tag?

We have the europe tag, which has been used on four questions as of this posting. Two talk about the European Union, one specifies no jurisdiction, and one takes place in Greece. How are we going to ...
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Adding a citation tool to the editor?

Is it possible to add a tool to the editor used for questions and answers that would implement functionality similar to that provided by citation-linker? I've been told that the chess StackExchange ...
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Why the proposal site is not showing updated status about Law SE's Private Beta?

When Law SE released it's Private Beta a new tab showed up in it's proposal site. Strangely (as of now) it is showing only 0% in every item! It shows, for instance, 0 questions per day, 0 users with ...
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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 that do not specify a region considered too broad? [duplicate]

Laws are obviously different around the world. From country to province to territory to state, even from county to county. When asking questions about laws that can have different answers based on ...
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What should the asker accept, and how should we vote, for questions without a specified jurisdiction?

There are two opposed answers to the question on localization of questions and answers. If we allow answers for any jurisdiction to a question, there might be tons of answers to each question -- and ...
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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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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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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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Should we encourage tagging according to the appropriate field of law?

Several times already I've edited questions to tag a specific field of law, since I thought this helped make them clearer (such as labor-law, or criminal-law). Is this something we should actually be ...
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What references should we have?

A specific type of reference has alrady been covered in Do answers need to reference written laws or court cases?, but a general reference question is, I think, in order. What sources should answers ...
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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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