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I understand the negative reaction to these questions, but I think that, in general, we should not disqualify personal finance questions from a Muslim viewpoint solely because it mentions Islam. First, it is important to note that just because a question could be asked on another Stack Exchange site does not automatically disqualify it here. The fact that ...


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There are many types of insurance, but nearly all of them are related to finances. (Insurance provides a monetary benefit in the event of some loss.) Of all of the types of insurance, many of them are related to personal finance. The basic on-topic litmus test for this site is this: Is it related to personal finance? Many insurance questions will be. ...


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To add to the given answers, and respond to some comments on the original sharia-investing question and this meta question: From my perspective, what matters is what the central intent of the question is. If the question is "How can I invest in accordance with [insert religious/ethical/moral/whimsical restriction here]", it is on topic as long as the ...


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Ganesh has pointed out that they are explicitly prohibited in the help center. We could certainly change that if the community wanted to. I would be against such a change. We don't need any more reason to attract low quality posts. Allowing these discussions would attract people who are interested in pumping or shorting a specific stock. We don't need any ...


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Localized questions are fine. In fact, for many questions here, we encourage a country code. With no country specified, the answer will often be US-centric. Your question should not be closed as a duplicate, unless of course, a member finds it's been answered specific to UK.


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It's definitely off-topic for money - as per the off-topic list: Requests for specific investment buy/sell advice; e.g. "should I sell X?" or "should I buy Y?" or "will X continue to go up?" Questions about shopping; e.g. "where can I buy the cheapest X?" I doubt it would be on-topic for any other SE site, as this kind of question is very ...


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There are some similar questions: Can return fees be reimbursed from an HSA?, How do I correct an HSA distribution when I was refunded by a health provider? Health Savings Account Insurance Reimbursement Can I get a rebate after using my HSA? Look them over and see if they answer your question. If you do ask a question, to be able to answer we would have ...


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The prohibition exists because I wrote the original site proposal that way, and it carried on through to the first on-topic list in the Help Center. Admittedly, you will find little to no mention of gambling or wagering at the Area 51 definition page for this site as no example off-topic questions related to gambling appear to have been submitted, that I can ...


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Like any good question on SE, it should really be about the amount of effort. If they cut and paste their homework question, I would close and eventually delete that. If they cut and paste, show their answer and their process, then I would try to answer it. They don't have to give the right answer; even a mistake can be helpful to teach. Proposed rules ...


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I'd suggest the politics stack. Despite "money" in our name, this is a personal finance stack. Not all money questions are on topic.


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In my opinion, this type of question is on-topic here. According to our on-topic help page, questions about sole proprietorships are generally on-topic. An example sub-category that is explicitly mentioned as on-topic is "When to incorporate to protect your work or assets." It follows that the pros and cons of incorporating your sole-proprietorship as an ...


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Yes, this is on-topic. We even have a tag for it: identity-theft On our on-topic help page, identity theft questions fall under the category of "Consumer issues or consumer protections."


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No, they're off-topic - see https://money.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic: What about other money and finance related questions? Please note that the following subjects are considered off-topic here: [...] Requests for specific investment buy/sell advice; e.g. "should I sell X?" or "should I buy Y?" or "will X continue to go up?"


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I think that this would be on topic for Money SE. It's related to managing your money, aka it's personal.


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We've had well-received questions along those lines in the past. This one comes to mind: Why are there income limits for Roth IRAs? However, as I said in a comment to that question, asking for the "why" in any tax law can be an exercise in futility, because the primary purpose of any tax is to generate revenue, and nothing is ever completely fair. ...


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Agree at broad level with Ben. Although the request is for generic discussion, if I take a look at the 2 specific questions, one was on topic, and if we see the up votes, they reflect overall 25 that is quite high for a question on this site. This question to me is no different from asking "I want to invest only in Ethical companies". The definition of ...


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It really depends on the question itself. As long as you're asking about it from the point of view of personal finance (rather than say economics), and you're not looking for specific recommendations (e.g. where can I buy oil, should I buy oil, etc), it's probably ok. But take a look through the help centre first to make sure.


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Maybe you could salvage the question by stripping out all the business about designing the DB. If the question really is about managing your finances it shouldn't be necessary to ask your question. Your question really seems to be about data modeling and algorithms more than finance the way it is written. If that is not your intent try removing all the ...


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It's too bad onstartups is closing ... I guess we can allow question on taxation on small business. At times we do have and answer questions on Sole Proprietorship ... The only question we need to ask is "Do we have enough expertise in small business" if not then we would have a bunch of question that are unanswered, this can be bad for the site as people ...


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I think its a mixed bag. To me intent of this was to closed question like is Bank A better than Bank B. Which bank/service gives the cheapest service. So to me there are 3 things happening; Genuine closed where recommendation is being asked. Some look like product recommendation but are know to seek info [for example API trading, tool for doing something]...


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I think that the prohibition against gambling and wagering questions would be because this site doesn't want to have to deal with the pure math questions. The question https://money.stackexchange.com/questions/57932/how-does-powerball-work is purely a math problem. Questions about taxes related to winning are on-topic. Ones about the best game to play at ...


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There was a StackExchange site for economics. But alas, it didn't make it out of beta.


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https://politics.stackexchange.com/ would be a good place to ask these kind of questions. They have an "economy" tag that should come in handy here.


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Thanks for asking. For a small-business or self-employment accounting question to survive here as on-topic, such a question must typically be both: practical (i.e. not academic homework), and relate to the income of an owner individual. Accounting questions may also be on topic if they relate to how an individual investor might interpret the statements of ...


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I don't think it's a thoughtful question, so I start with that bias in favor of closing it. I think that other terminology questions would be on-topic here, but only for words that have a special meaning in finance. I think we would keep a question that actually asked for clarification on what a portfolio is, but how we abbreviate words isn't really a ...


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From the Help section - If you have a question about: Saving, Investing, & Trading Use of software for managing one's finances. Not recommendations, just questions regarding specific software Therefore, on topic.


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I would like to see numismatics on-topic on our site. Coins are usually legal tender, and we allow questions about physical currency, as these are certainly tied to personal finance and money. We also allow questions about investing in precious metals, as investing is on-topic. Questions about investing in rare collections should be on-topic, in my ...


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I personally have been a numismatist from the time I was 10 years old. I think that coin collector questions should be "off-topic" on this site. This site is titled "Personal Finance & Money", and most questions are about loans, taxes, stocks, banks accounts, IRS, ect... Coin collecting really has nothing to do with the actual face ...


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I see quite a lot of questions that go into a lot of details on billing, so I think this one is fine. https://money.stackexchange.com/search?q=EOB has some existing examples.


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I'll admit, when I am running through the review queue, I'll spend the time to decide a close is appropriate, but if there are two or more votes to close for a specific reason, I'm more likely to check that same one than to ponder whether another should have been chosen instead. I do think the reason description is somewhat vague. Sometimes, to me, it ...


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