Questions tagged [allowed-topics]

Questions about what topics are allowed on the SE. What do we want to keep around here and what is considered "off-topic" as it may be better for another SE.

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How far should we go in rewriting off-topic questions in order to make them on-topic?

I did a wholesale rewrite of Why are capital gains taxed at a lower rate than normal income in an attempt to make it fit the site better. I might have violated the author's intent in asking. I've ...
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Can I ask about topics regarding elderly parents and taking legal control of their finances and assets?

It's certainly no unusual thing that parents age and sometimes need special care in their final years. One such situation is they can no longer manage their finances and assets appropriately, leaving ...
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Are detailed questions about medical billing and health insurance considered on-topic?

Medical billing and Health insurance (at least in the US) are quite complicated. From my experience, there are also lots of errors made by billing departments and insurance companies, and almost never ...
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Is numismatics on-topic?

Are questions on numismatics on-topic? Coins are, and have been for a very long time, quite literally, money. On the other hand, the value of rare coins stems from their rarity and the fact ...
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Are localised versions of questions on topic?

I have a question about my credit limit and score, which has an answer for the US side of things (and a related but different question). I am in the UK, an credit score considerations might be ...
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Are Questions about Oil on Topic

I am thinking that questions about oil should be on topic for Personal Finance and Money because it is related to investing. Do I have that right?
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“Assuming I know X…” questions

We've had a few questions like this one lately, which are along the lines of: Assuming I know [some fact] will happen, how could I make money off that knowledge? While they sound like they have ...
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Are questions about using financial software on-topic? [duplicate]

I have a technical question about the functionality of the financial site Mint. Specifically, I want to ask whether it is possible to use Mint to schedule monthly recurring payments to a personal bank ...
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Are questions about market regulation ontopic, even if it is about regulation pertaining companies?

For example, a question about the regulation on illegal insider trading. It is something that can be done by company executives or the company itself, but is not directly related to [own?] personal ...
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Are questions about particular investments on topic?

Are questions about particular investments, as in particular stocks or bonds, on topic? For example, could I ask the following question: Does TGNA's position in broadcasting and low PE make it a ...
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Are questions about identity theft on topic?

I'm wondering if questions about identity theft are on topic for this site. Specifically, I'm referring to questions about techniques to guard against it, how to recognize when it happens, what to do ...
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What is our stance on questions aimed at understanding the origin of notations used in personal finance?

What is our stance on questions aimed at understanding the origin of notations used in personal finance? Are they on-topic or off-topic? Example: Presenting negative numbers using parentheses: where ...
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Where's the line between “Asking for a software recommendation” and “How to file taxes for my state”?

I think clearly off-topic: "What's the best tax software to use?" (While many things here are opinion-based to some degree, this is a "shopping" question that's not really going to have a useful "...
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Are questions about student society bookkeeping on-topic here?

I'm the treasurer for a university student-run society. The society has between 500-1000 members and receives $10,000-20,000/year in dues from the membership. We are audited three times per year by ...
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Are questions about what a product is worth on-topic here?

My friends wants to buy a computer from me but we don't know what is it worth. Is money the right place to ask what a Dell Latitude E7450 is worth selling for or is there some other place where I can ...
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Are questions about personal finance terminology on-topic?

A question about the word "portfolio," a common term in personal finance, was asked this week and closed: Is “folio” an acceptable contraction of “portfolio”? A reason given for the closure in a ...
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Are questions about personal finance from a religious framework on-topic?

We have had a couple of questions recently from users asking about personal finances from a Muslim viewpoint. Should these types of questions be on-topic? Are these types of questions different than ...
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Questions about company types

I would like to ask a question about forming different company types, i.e. LLC vs. S-corp. My dad asked me about this and I want to repeat the answer I gave him about the comparative advantages and ...
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Is it on-topic to ask questions about money in politics?

Is it on-topic to ask questions about money in politics? Let's say, ask for an explanation about why x government asks you to pay some specific taxes, for example? Or is it more on-topic in Politics ...
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Why is this Sole Proprietorship accounting question off-topic?

I migrated https://money.stackexchange.com/questions/60998/accounting-theory over from Economics.SE and see that is has been closed as off-topic. Sorry for jamming up your site with unwanted ...
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Are questions about personal finance accounting on-topic?

A commenter on my question “End of financial year: closing transactions” declares: I think this answer is going to get closed b/c accounting is off-topic on this site Isn't it the case, though, ...
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Are questions about startup business ideas on topic?

The on-topic help page includes: Best practices for saving for retirement, education, and other goals Strategies for earning more money Do other goals and strategies include startup ...
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Why are gambling and wagering off-topic?

I'd never noticed before that the Help Center says: Please note that the following subjects are considered off-topic here: [...] Questions about gambling or wagering This is ...
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Are questions about insurance on-topic?

Under the on-topic help page, insurance is not listed as something on-topic. However, I've noticed a many questions on insurance (it's also a tag). Are questions about insurance on-topic, and if so, ...
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Question about HSA: on-topic?

I've a question about the tax status of a refund of a payment originally made from an HSA. (Health Savings Acct., US-based.) I suspect it may not be on-topic here, but saw a number of other tax-...
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What is meant by the off-topic close reason “product or service recommendations”?

One of the standard off-topic close reasons is this: "Questions seeking product or service recommendations are off-topic because they tend to become obsolete quickly. Instead, describe your ...
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I take it that this site is not the place to ask a question about a news story regarding corporate tax fraud. Where should I go?

Which site might be better to ask a question about the implications of a corporation inflating the cost of a product that they donate to charity?
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Are questions about the terms and interest rates of savings accounts on topic?

I've received an offer for a relatively high interest savings account. The offer is from Capital One Bank (a major US financial bank), and it's for a 1.1% APY interest rate savings account. They also ...
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Are questions about payment service terms and conditions on topic?

I received an updated terms and conditions for the automatic payments system for my Auto & Home Insurance carrier. I would like to ask a question about it, but the question really boils down to: ...
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Is double entry accounting a discussble topic here?

So, I'm trying to learn double entry accounting, and go figure, it's hard. At least, to the uninitiated, it is. Now, I've spent the last while on meta trying to find out whether or not my question is ...
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Is asking about ComputerShare's services ontopic?

I recently started getting into DRIP investing with SPP, and got my first share in the mail. I signed up on Computer Share, the comany who holds the stock for me, and tried registering for the DRIP/...
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Any concern with overlap of scope between Personal Finance SE & Expatriates SE?

I just came across this newer Stack Exchange site about Expatriates. There are some questions that overlap with Personal Finance & Money's accepted topics. The overlap is narrow. I'm not sure if ...
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Where can I ask questions about economics not related to personal finance?

From reading this page, I understand that questions about economics not related to personal finance is out of topic here (for example questions about corporate or government finance). Is there any ...
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Are questions about single-person/family businesses on topic or not?

The guidelines say that "questions about small business that have no bearing on personal finance" are off-topic, and also request that "if you have a question about a small business, please make sure ...
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When does “advanced” go beyond personal finance?

Here is a great question https://money.stackexchange.com/questions/28218/should-an-individual-try-to-purchase-a-seat-on-a-stock-exchange It was closed as being off topic. In the Past The community ...
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OnStartups is closing. Should the PF&M “on-topic” list change? UPDATE: There's a new “startups” site

UPDATE: There is a new startups.stackexchange.com site now in public beta. Please see the details in the corresponding answer below. Original post: OnStartups is going to be closed next week. That's ...
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Would questions about travellers wiring money while on the road be on topic here? (Example question from travel.SE)

On travel SE I just asked an intricate question about sending money to a friend in the UK while I'm travelling in Laos, Southeast Asia but the money is in an Australian bank account: Cheapest way ...
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Questions specific to a particular personal finance software product?

Is this forum the right place to ask questions that are specific to a particular personal finance software product? The product I have in mind is http://moneydance.com/, but it could apply equally to ...
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How should we handle posts from scammers (or about scams)?

There are a couple of posts that are almost certainly from scammers and bots on this site that are close enough to a human question that they got good answers. Received email from credit card company:...
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What Bitcoin questions should be on- and off-topic here at Personal Finance & Money?

A couple of years ago, the following question was asked here: Is this a good place to ask and answer questions about BitCoin? At the time, there was no Bitcoin Stack Exchange, but one has existed ...
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Is there a mechanism for asking questions that you are worried may get voted down or closed?

I would like to ask a question about calculating bonus points with Chase Freedom credit cards. It is certainly related to personal finance but it is pretty specific and doesn't seem like the type of ...
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What are the best tools question - Should it stick around?

What are the best software tools for personal finance? Does this question still belong on our site? I have a feeling that if it was asked today, it would be closed as not answerable/not specific, ...
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Should we permit questions that ask for specific loan providers to be named or recommended?

Refer to this question: https://money.stackexchange.com/questions/20426/which-banks-allows-a-student-living-in-india-to-apply-for-unsecured-lines-of-c Should we permit such questions asking where to ...
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Suggestion: expanding the range of this board to include all the topics talked about on UK sites MoneySavingExpert and This is Money

Background: my other thread was deleted and from that thread there was a link to another thread about a similar subject. I even made a comment in that thread but it's just not possible to find that ...
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Shall we broaden the allowed topics to include consumer issues & protection?

There used to be a proposal titled Consumer Issues and Protection at http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/40853/consumer-issues-and-protection (now deleted) Consumer issues didn't get as far as ...
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I have nominated “Who creates money? Central banks or commercial banks?” be re-opened

I disagree that it is off-topic and feel both the question and answers given are well put together. Please feel free to share your thoughts on re-opening Who creates money? Central banks or ...
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Should questions about advanced stock and options-trading topics and strategies be allowed?

Today I saw "How companies choose earnings release dates, & effect on Implied Volatility". Who cares? I mean, obviously some people care, and it's a worthwhile question for these people to ask ...
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Why was a question about bank runs closed?

This question was closed as "off topic". From the list of what's on-topic, I think it's definitely about personal finance, e.g. it falls under "Best practices for saving..". For the specific off-topic ...
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Economics.SE is closing, do we want some of their questions?

The Economics Stack Exchange beta will be closed down next week along with a bunch of other quiescent beta sites. There's a movement building up (approved by the SE staff) to migrate as much of the ...
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Should homework questions be allowed? Many questions are being closed as “homework” but there is no policy or consensus against

Refer to this question. It's homework, and clearly disclosed as such. Somebody flagged the question, stating "I'm assuming homework questions aren't allowed here." Got me thinking that we haven't ...