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We can edit the faq page to clarify what is off topic.

See https://cooking.stackexchange.com/faq (among others) for an example.

Answer below with the bulleted list of what is off-topic and we'll see if we can help define at a high level what is off topic for inclusion in the faq.


Update: I made the initial changes to the FAQ page based on the answer to this question.

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  • Questions about corporate or government finance
  • Academic questions about economics or questions about economics that have no bearing on personal finance
  • Argumentative questions about personal finance or government policy
  • Questions that reveal logins to specific sites

Marked CW to make editing easier.

  • Is "the impact of government policy on personal finance" off topic? – Alex B Jan 7 '11 at 16:28
  • In my opinion, I'd take off the logins line. I think that is best covered through links to the meta question. – Alex B Jan 7 '11 at 16:29
  • @Alex - argumentative ones should be, but I think neutral ones are on-topic (I thought I saw that here on meta). Does that make sense? – justkt Jan 7 '11 at 16:29
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    what about: "Argumentative questions about personal finance or government policy." – Alex B Jan 7 '11 at 17:43
  • @Alex - that sounds like a better way to phrase it. – justkt Jan 7 '11 at 18:42

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