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I found the moderator edits of the two questions to be surprising and uncomfortable to see. I'm not used to seeing edits that materially change the content of answers on SE. (In particular, in the second case, it even forced an answer with 4 bullet-points to only have 3, and wind up renumbering everything.) I find it to be a compelling observation that it's ...


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I tend to agree it should be deleted, but not for the exact reason stated in this meta question. The OP apparently asks a question about whether or not they can buy things for themselves with their company's money, and the clear legal answer to that is "no" - I have now posted an answer to explain this. The accepted answer, and the OP in an edit to ...


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Fundamentally I think the problem is one of scope - for all the good it does, SE is not exactly the best method of doing what you are asking about. SE is really designed as a repository of information, built over time by specific questions. I see the value of closing items as duplicate, and often do so, but for the most under-informed on financial literacy, ...


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I support your decision to delete this question. As we have seen on this site in recent years, there seem to be a lot of young women who, desperate for income, run across maybe an article about someone who receives "gifts" for doing something easy. They then go searching for a similar situation themselves, and of course run straight into scams. We ...


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The problem with this line of thinking is: Whose version of morality are you (or the moderators) going to enforce? Tax laws are just that: laws. If something is "technically legal," then it is, in fact, legal. Taxes are a legal obligation; we wouldn't pay taxes if we weren't required. So if someone is asking how to avoid taxes in a "...


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A technically correct answer that answers at a level above the asker's head, implying something different than the 'practicable solution', is not a great answer. An answer containing some technically correct statements but incorrect or opinionated conclusions that will be the focus of a naive reader, is even worse. The flood of GME questions coming in seem ...


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I would say yes; remove any links to scam sites, but leave enough context for someone approving the edit or inserting their own 'delete item' request to see that it truly was a scam. ie: I suggest to leave the sentence grammatically as is, and replace with something like [external link removed], for clarity. No point in having those sites move up Google's ...


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You say that you aren't really an expert in "United States," but in order to earn your united-states gold badge you needed to answer over 200 financial questions and obtain over 1000 upvotes on those answers. Only 17 users have managed to do that, and the thinking is that if you have been able to do that, you probably have an above-average ...


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I won’t address whether or not the mod edit was appropriate. But mods do not have the power to cause downvotes. Also, while the post was locked, it was impossible for anyone to vote your answer up or down. I have left a comment on your answer that I believe explains why your answer has received downvotes, but since this meta question is here, I thought I ...


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From English Language and Usage - Is “I'm screwed” a rude expression? - The first answer is It's something you wouldn't say to your grandmother, perhaps, but it is a very common euphemism people use to avoid saying something stronger. It's used in everything from pop songs to commentaries by TV talk show hosts. Seriously, in most walks of society screwed is ...


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I tend to look at the more than the core original question in cases where it is close. Does the extra information tend to imply they are willing to cheat? Do their comments on answers imply that they are looking only for the answer that says "yes you may do this" or "this is how to get away with it"? Do their responses to comments on ...


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Is Seychelles even the best place to incorporate? Your questions are off topic. which company to use? Which country to use? We have no idea how your company will measure best. I don't think there is a way for this site to help you decide how your company should be structured.


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For the same reason that Mathematics SE does not seek to teach how addition and multiplication of integers works, or why Sports SE does not tolerate questions of the form "what is cricket?". Fundamental personal finance knowledge is exactly that, it's the very basics of the topic. Stack Exchange is predicated on users having that basic knowledge ...


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One of the examples under the "requests for specific service provider recommendations" was already "a website for learning about something". I've just edited that to "a website" just in case anyone thought the previous wording implied that other kinds of websites were ok...


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Can we all be satisfied enough with getting a little bit our way and not being totally satisfied? I upvoted the answer by "GS - Apologise to Monica", despite that I disagree with the actions taken, and might not even like the answer. But, the answer is useful (which is supposed to be the criteria for upvoting, according to the tooltips), as the ...


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Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) is the latest buzzword term for this type of investing. It is probably a more descriptive term than "Ethical Investing" because "ethical" can really mean anything to anyone; "ESG" is an attempt to explain what kinds of things are actually meant. However, this is probably something ...


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The issue with the answer is less the facts and more the tone. He even uses the words "Tax rant." It's very difficult to separate a remark of the nature of the cause and effect of the tax code from what might seem a political discussion. The mods are in a no-win scenario. The question itself invites the results you are seeing. I would have deleted ...


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Your answer there was fine, but it's only fine to a different question - "My [person] asked me to cosign a car loan. What should I be aware of? What are the risks?" The answer, after the fact, isn't helpful to the OP. And while I acknowledge that "because others might look at this for help" is actually useful, it would have been better to ...


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Welcome to Money.SE. As is often the case, there's a fuzzy middle. Questions about investing in a specific stock are off topic. But if the question is really a general one, one for which avoiding the stock name still leaves a valid question, it may be fine. Often, a question might start to be voted to close, but that minor edit is enough. Explanation of ...


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It sure did need details. Well, one, country. I’m of the opinion it’s better to get the detail and reopen, then to let wrong country-centric answers accumulate only to find no tag ever added, or finding it’s not the country matching those answers. I’m sorry I didn’t peek back sooner to reopen as soon as that tag was added.


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Thanks for the heads-up. I've edited your generic meta post to highlight a couple of kinds of common off-topic questions.


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As the person who wrote the answer that had a comment war that I didn't participate in, I do have a comment, which I will put as an answer. It appeared that your comments were about a different question. Your comments on both the original question and on my answer were based on a general question about splits. The question was about this specific case that ...


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Sorry, but there's a lot to unpack here. One issue is comments. The Intent and Purpose of Comments made my view pretty clear. Simply put, most issues arise from comments as opposed to the actually Q or A. (Again, in my opinion) comments should auto-evaporate in X days, say 3. If in that time, a comment thread runs 10+, it should auto-move to a room. The ...


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I'm not a mod here, but I have been a mod at one site or another on SE for several years now. I absolutely would have made the same edit. Answers should not make personal judgements, and in particular not attack anyone's character. "Be nice" applies not only to the original poster, but to everyone - including the poster's mother. Unless it's ...


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Because not all questions are good. When the OP first posted My sister-in-law is an idiot and has decided she wants to take part time college classes so she doesn't have to make payments on her private student loan I resisted the impulse to close the question. Even after the kind edits, I took a moment to find - From ConsumerFinance.gov When do I need to ...


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There's a bit to unpack here, along with extra information. Ultimately, the TLDR version is "Can I ask about profit margins of items I wish to sell online?" Right? This seems to be a bit off-topic from person finance as we define it here. Others may feel differently, and encourage you to post the question. Keep in mind, the risk to your rep is ...


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I've made this synonym as it seems fairly uncontroversial and I can always undo it if there is pushback.


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Done - I didn't bother creating a synonym, but I can do if the "wrong" one creeps back.


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mhorans's answer is right. We don't address this explicitly in the tour/TOS, etc, but did discuss a bit with regard to saving questions that were off-topic, but at the same time, interesting, and just needed minor edits to be on-topic. We agreed (somewhere. can't find that discussion now) that if there were answers already, the edits should respect the ...


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You can roll back the edit, if the change to the question invalidates the answers by fundamentally changing the scope and point of the question. Of course that can spark a edit war....


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