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Should comments advising people to commit crimes be flagged?

Yes, please flag. Comments are temporary notes designed to improve the Q&A. That is, they should help either the author or the answerers with their posts or, say, link to another relevant question....
Pat W.'s user avatar
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Excessive use of "specific legal advice" closure reason

These sorts of questions should be edited to remove requests for legal advice ...but without such edits, it's off-topic (though it's a closer call than a lot of the ones we see). This question ...
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What to do with answers that offer legal advice?

While it is clear that questions that ask for legal advice are off topic, it is not as clear what constitutes "legal advice". By "clear", I mean clear, not just "it's out there somewhere". I do not ...
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How do I ask a general law question?

Make the question about the law rather than about individuals For example: I shot a guy, am I guilty of murder? is clearly seeking legal advice. However: What is the definition of murder in [...
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Excessive use of "specific legal advice" closure reason

Obviously, I think that the linked question, and others like it, should not be closed. The poster of the linked question, and the posters of similar questions, are not asking "what should I do?&...
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Shouldn't we rewrite questions asking for legal advice?

I don't believe this is any different from the same problem on many other SE sites; a low-quality question that can be polished up into acceptability should be, certainly if the alternative is to VTC ...
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Should those who have passed the bar be uniquely designated on this site?

Since stack exchange does not promote the dissemination of formal legal advice on its platform, it shouldn't matter if someone has passed the bar, you're just asking for people to break the rules if ...
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Excessive use of "specific legal advice" closure reason

I agree that the particular question does not clearly ask for legal advice, but it also is possible to interpret it as such a request. My guess is that the OP does actually want to know legal facts ...
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What to do with answers that offer legal advice?

tl;dr Because the definition of legal advice isn't fixed, people could use their best judgment and let the SE model of multiple voters' perspectives/definitions govern. Background What to do about ...
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Should the backstory have been edited out of this question about lease renewals

Obviously it is my view that the edit should not have been made, or I would not have rolled it back. I think that the description of the detailed situation significantly enhanced understanding of, and ...
David Siegel's user avatar
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Removal of placeholder names and hypothetical language

Personally, I think "the landlord" and "the tenant" make better placeholder names in a situation where there are clear roles like this. Having to think about L and T is just a ...
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Should/can some sort of disclaimer be added to the profile section?

There's a couple of things here: It's not clear whether a disclaimer of this sort would be enforceable, or how enforceable it would be, given that you need to navigate to the user's profile (which, ...
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Are we perhaps going overboard with the "request for legal advice" closures?

I think there are three separate issues in your post: Questions being closed for asking for legal advice when they clearly don't do that. Whether questions which do ask for legal advice should be ...
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"Actual problems that you face"

I suggest that we delete the entire paragraph: First, make sure that your question is on-topic for this site. You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems ...
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Should those who have passed the bar be uniquely designated on this site?

There is also the matter of where a poster might be qualified to practice. If we simply have a "passed the bar" designation, how would one tell whether the answers that someone with that designation ...
Robert Columbia's user avatar
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Questions that appear to seek legal advice

In practice, the distinction I make is that even if a question is phrased as a request for legal advice, if it involves a small number of legal questions of general applicability that could be useful ...
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Can I ask about the underage driving license program in my state?

Like many legal terms, legal advice has a pretty specific meaning that isn't really the ordinary meaning. Provided that you provide the jurisdiction, it's really a matter of lookup up the applicable ...
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Shouldn't we rewrite questions asking for legal advice?

I routinely edit such questions to remove any aspects which seem to be asking for legal advice, and leave them questions about specific laws, or about general legal principles. I think that doing so ...
David Siegel's user avatar
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Should questions be allowed to be asked in first person?

Doing a first-person filter in the body might be possible for a feature, and it's an interesting idea. That said, it might not consistently yield the desired results. Most people would consider ...
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Removal of placeholder names and hypothetical language

Neither is preferred and the edit is unnecessary When should I edit posts? Any time you feel you can make the post better, and are inclined to do so. Editing is encouraged! Some common reasons to ...
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Excessive use of "specific legal advice" closure reason

As written, they are both off-topic Whether a question is a request for legal advice or not is a function of the question, not the answer. For example: I have been charged with X. What's going to ...
Dale M's user avatar
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Are we perhaps going overboard with the "request for legal advice" closures?

We have a long-standing consensus that questions like this should be edited into generic inquiries rather than closed. I'd propose first of all that editors stick with that approach. There will of ...
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Question on ending a marriage improperly closed as a request for legal advice

The edit and the review crossed streams I had opened the review queue last night, before your edit, with the review for that question open in the unedited version. I had to do stuff and went to bed ...
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Improper closure of question

You are focusing on the wrong question The problem is not: Is the option below the appropriate filing to choose? It’s: Is there a specific document, template or wording that needs to be used? I ...
Dale M's user avatar
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Improper closure of question

The question was not closed by Dale M, it was re-closed after having been closed before, as the log tells. While he had cast the 4th closing vote in the first case, there were others that saw the ...
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