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Should we have an explicit policy against images of text?

YES Running a text through a free OCR is trivial if you can make a copy of the text anyway. If you have time to make a snippet of text, at least do that little step more! Pictures are not readable by ...
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Policy: ChatGPT is banned

This should be Law.SE's permanent policy. Posting a ChatGPT response (verbatim) as an "answer" is a lot like pasting a search engine result. But worse because it's obfuscated by (a) the ...
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Should questions about becoming a legal professional be on topic here

I favor making legal education and legal career questions on-topic, and amending the "help" page to reflect this decision. There is no other forum likely to provide someone with the quality ...
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Is it now site policy that questions differing only by jurisdiction are duplicates?

Questions about different jurisdictions should not be considered duplicates Just like questions about different programming languages on Stack Overflow, different operating systems on Super User, ...
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What is done here about questions that have contradicting answers?

Welcome to 'real' law Deciding between conflicting interpretations of the law is what judges get paid for - if the law in a particular case is clear to all parties then it is usually settled well ...
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Are fantastical questions on topic?

Hypothetical questions are certainly on topic. I would expect "fantastical hypotheticals" to be on-topic if they comply with the standard guidelines. Particular guidelines that should be ...
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Are questions about the law in past times on topic here?

The relevant page on the help center includes "Historical legal applications" as one of the specifically on-topic categories. That a question might be on topic in more than one SE site is ...
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Can "*Why* a law exists" be on topic?

This is a general SE problem, that some people think that "why" questions are off topic. I disagree as a general statement, and I disagree with Dale M's assertion that "why" questions are off-topic (...
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Non-Vandalism, Full Rewrite of questions & Rollbacks

As a matter of policy we have the following reasons for rejecting edits to a post – from the Suggested Edits review process: Policy Questions should not be edited in a way that significantly alters ...
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What is the community's feeling toward silent/unexplained downvotes?

What is the community's feeling toward silent/unexplained downvotes? They're fine. There is no requirement nor is there an obligation to explain your vote. Comments are for clarifying or suggesting ...
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So many false statements in the comments

One of the purposes of comments is to allow users to say something on the logic or factual basis of an answer, and the comment can be supportive or work against an answer. If you find the comment to ...
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Should we have an explicit policy against images of text?

YES - "Pictures are for puppies, not for paragraphs" It's not so much that Law SE needs its own policy on this - it just needs to apply what SE staff have already said on the subject: No. ...
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How To Deal wIth AI Postings At Law.SE

Our current policy is that they are banned and repeat offenders are breaking the rules Temporary policy: ChatGPT is banned It doesn't matter if the posts are good, bad, or indifferent: if we decide ...
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How should we refer to trans people in the past tense?

Thank you for posting this. I, too, do not accept the author's logic. As a general rule, it is simply polite practice to refer people in the way they wish to be described. In this case, Manning has ...
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Why did Moderator Dale M. delete my answer?

A comment on the deleted answer notes: I am sorry, but this is not readable at all with a screen reader In general images of text are strongly discouraged here. If you had used an OCR program, or ...
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Should personal opinions posted as answers be flagged, or just downvoted?

There is a difference between a lay opinion and an expert opinion on this site just as there is in a court room. Of course, we do not have the power of a court to decide who is and who is not an ...
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Are questions about the law in past times on topic here?

Yes, this is quite obviously on topic. The development and history of the law is perfectly on topic here, even if it is also on topic elsewhere. Similarly a question on topic at Stack Overflow might ...
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Should we remove the tag [hypothetical]?

Yes, remove it That's an olden tag. Maybe it was meant in the old days when law.se was young to differentiate actual cases from hypotheticals... it is surely ripe to face an inquisitorial trial: While ...
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Is it okay to ask questions about ancient legal systems?

Yes Such question is definitely on topic here. However, most of the regular posters may know little about a system that far back in history. We have had good answers about the laws of the middle ages,...
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Could the scope of Law accommodate the full scope of Ask Patents?

Prologue I am sympathetic to the plight of Patents.SE. Or is it AskPatents.SE? See, one of my problems in answering this is that whenever I have tried to figure out what the deal is with that site I ...
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How should troll questions be handled?

I would recommend doing all of the following: Downvote the question. (That's what the downvote is for, and it doesn't cost rep to downvote questions.) Vote to close >> "Community Specific&...
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Why did Moderator Dale M. delete my answer?

I feel like there's something wrong with the way we're doing things if you even have to ask the question. If someone's good-faith answer deserves deletion, they deserve to know why - if nothing else, ...
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Is it okay to ask questions about ancient legal systems?

YES The appropriate category is legal-history. Answers might come in very sparingly though.
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Are questions about indigenous, tribal, or customary law on-topic?

Absolutely. Indigenous law is law. This has been recognized at international law, formally in UNDRIP, in British Columbia's Action Plan required by its Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples ...
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What is the purpose of this site if it is not to ask for legal advice?

The purpose of this site is to answer questions about what the law says, not how it applies to individual circumstances. Hypothetical scenarios, or, in some cases, real situations, can be used as ...
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