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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 ...
feetwet's user avatar
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Are questions about the validity of legal analysis from Law & Order off-topic?

Sure, that's a fine question for this site.
Dale M's user avatar
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We are getting overwhelmed with current affairs questions

This question is too big. The sub-questions are "How should we deal with junk questions?" and "How should we deal with junk answers?". In both cases, the first step is to identify &...
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Are fantastical questions on topic?

Yes, such a question can be asked, as long as... It is well framed It involves actual law The world researched is pretty much our "normal world" and the question derives from the direct ...
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Is there no role for law in defining what words mean?

Sometimes Most words, most of the time, have in laws, court decisions, and legal documents, their ordinary meaning, the same meaning they might have in a book or newspaper. A dictionary definition ...
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We are getting overwhelmed with current affairs questions

The non-problem implicit in your question Please refer to @user6726’s answer about how to deal with particular "junk" questions; I'll address the assumption that there has been an increased ...
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Are questions on topic that ask for the purpose/motivation/rationale behind a law?

They definitely can be on-topic. The key is whether they request, or amend themselves to, non-opinion-based answers (by which we mean answers based on authoritative opinions when the question is not ...
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Is it ok to edit a question into something complete different?

It is possible, however edits that materially change the meaning are better suited to new questions entirely. Here are some community resources: The editing privilege How editing works
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Is there no role for law in defining what words mean?

My usual response to a question that asks what a word means without enough context for the word's usage to know how it is being used is to state that the law doesn't assign a single consistent ...
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Is a question asking if a certain type of software is legal under a specific legal system on-topic?

While on topic we require some minimum standards to explain what the problem is. The migrated question is lacking most of the facts that would show if it is legal or illegal.
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How should the EU related trespass questions be asked or more generally how to deal with jurisdiction-duplicates?

Such questions are not well suited to the Stack Exchange format Your questions should be reasonably scoped. If you can imagine an entire book that answers your question, you’re asking too much. ...
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We are getting overwhelmed with current affairs questions

Looking at the current top of the q page I see two (upvoted) q somewhat related to "current events", i.e. pardons, but they don't look like a bad q's given the votes/answers. I'd say the ...
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Is it ok to edit a question into something complete different?

The other answer addresses the question text, "Is it possible...." As to the title question, "Is it ok..." the answer is absolutely not!
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Request for comment: How to write a Good™ Law SE question

I obviously like the idea. Here's some of my thoughts: In the list of questions/tips, we can steer people away from vague "Is X Legal" questions If you're asking whether something's illegal/legal, ...
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Dealing with questions that show no effort

I think part of the problem is they did UTFSE and it led them here. Another part is that it is possible to live your entire life without needing any understanding of even the most basic legal ...
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Are applications of law to fictional works on topic?

This is not only on topic, we have a specific tag for it: law-in-fiction. At the moment, there are 34 questions so tagged. I have asked several and answered some others. The most recent one I have ...
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What happens when posts report sexual crimes involving minors? What should users do?

In addition to Dale's answer, with which I agree, there is another thing that users can and should do: Edit the Question As originally posted, and even as edited (as of the date of this post), the ...
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What happens when posts report sexual crimes involving minors? What should users do?

Answer the question or don't answer the question No one "reports" anything on this site - we are not the police. Similarly, we are not mandatory reporters. Further, we have no way of knowing ...
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What's the point of a locked post with no feedback?

The question was migrated from the meta to the main site because it is a question of legal interpretation and fits better there than here. I can see this clearly: What can you see?
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Are questions on topic that ask for the purpose/motivation/rationale behind a law?

The can be on topic. For example, most (all?) Australian states have an Acts Interpretation Act, which is basically the legislature making clear their intention to the executive and judicial arms of ...
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Are questions on topic that ask for the purpose/motivation/rationale behind a law?

The only issue I can see with this kind of question is that it can potentially stray into politics, which is a different topic. But as long as the question is 'Why did X enact Y' or 'What are some ...
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Are questions on topic that ask for the purpose/motivation/rationale behind a law?

I personally abjure appeals to legislative intent in interpreting the law, for zillions of reasons (there is no such thing as collective intent, only individual intent; intent presupposes knowledge ...
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Request for comment: How to write a Good™ Law SE question

Rather than steering people away from "Is X (il)legal?", perhaps we should ask (and answer) it here on Meta or the main site as a hypothetical? Effectively the answers should be a quick 101 on how ...
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