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Should questions about legal matters be on-topic?

This is a difficult question. Most questions about legal matters will have a financial component. And many questions about finance deal with laws. Where do we draw a line between what is ...
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Is it acceptable to answer an off-topic question?

This has been covered before a few times on meta.SE: Should I answer off-topic questions? Is it bad to answer off-topic questions, knowing they are off-topic? Answer a question, then closed because ...
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Why was my forex question off topic, when other similar questions weren't?

The question you asked is a broad level economic and politics question. It is hypothetical as to what happens to Euro. Well it would depend on politics ... There was no Euro 15 years back. What ...
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Are questions about particular investments on topic?

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 ...
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Are questions based on books off-topic?

Questions based on books in general may or may not be on-topic, we have to look at the specific question. From my perspective, the problem is that the questions are really theoretical and don't seem ...
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Why are accounting questions off-topic here, even though there are small business questions?

I question your premise of: [...] that questions about sole proprietorships are on topic. That's not completely right. Rather, small business and self-employment questions — including sole ...
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Are questions about particular investments on topic?

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-...
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Is it on-topic to ask questions about money in politics?

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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Should questions about legal matters be on-topic?

Once the StackExchange Law site finishes the beta stage I think we can be more strict about this and migrate them over to the other site if they are good questions that are too legal to be on topic.
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Questions about company types

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 ...
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Luxury car question on topic?

I voted to leave this question open the first time through the close vote queue. (It's in the queue again with 3 votes to close.) I don't love the question, so I didn't answer, but I do think it's a ...
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Why was the question about a mortgage formula off-topic?

As I just commented on the question, basic mortgage calculations are perfectly within the personal finance area of accounting.
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Is it on-topic to ask questions about money in politics?

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 "...
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Did anybody reach their wanted financial freedom in PF&M?

Re: "I wouldn't take swimming lessons from a guy who never went into the water and tried it himself." Well put. As the guy who had the, um, brilliant idea to start this place, I'll avoid speaking ...
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Did anybody reach their wanted financial freedom in PF&M?

I understand the question to be similar, but not identical, to the one you referenced. As with any open message board, you should do further research and not trust strangers. On the other hand, the ...
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Is it acceptable to answer an off-topic question?

I worry that we're a little quick to shut a question down immediately. I see plenty of examples where there is a warning that the question as written is off-topic, but I think it's okay to wait a bit ...
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Why is this Sole Proprietorship accounting question off-topic?

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 ...
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Questions that appear trolling & hypothetical.

We can't all be Hemingway And that doesn't mean they are trolling. Looking at the intent of the person who hates being rated by a credit score, I'd categorize them as rugged individualist, not a pot-...
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Questions that appear trolling & hypothetical.

I don't find this particular one too troubling. The scenario posed is clearly intended to be hypothetical and OP is essentially asking in a roundabout way "Is my credit rating important for reasons ...
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Should questions about legal matters be on-topic?

Many legal questions fall into the categories of too general, or too specific to a single individual, to be a good fit for SE's stated mission . There is a middle ground of questions about general ...
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Did anybody reach their wanted financial freedom in PF&M?

There are many better measurements of financial literacy than accumulated wealth. Philanthropy, expensive lifestyles, folks who made mistakes and learned quite a bit during their recovery, people ...
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Why was the question about a mortgage formula off-topic?

I agree with Ganesh. The mods did not vote to close, and it seems it would have been re-opened via voting as well. If those who voted to close do not return to the question itself, they are not very ...
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Luxury car question on topic?

I can't speak for the other mods, so this is my opinion. Questions that are off topic can be voted up, and hit HNQ (hot network questions, for the acronym challenged) skewing the voting faster and ...
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Are questions based on books off-topic?

The #1 problem with the question is that it is about contract law rather than personal finance. The correct people to answer such a question are lawyers and lawyers are found on Law.SE. The kind of ...
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Why isn't there a small business finance community?

You need to assemble a group of people willing to kickstart the site, then propose it on https://area51.stackexchange.com/. The full process is described here but be aware that you need to get through ...
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Help pages: Add "website recommendations" to the list of off-topic subjects

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 ...
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Request: An off-topic reason of 'corporate finance'

Since you are flagging, not voting to close, the reason that you pick is not very important. Those with the reputation to Vote to Close (3000+) can select the correct reason for closure. If, as in ...
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Request: An off-topic reason of 'corporate finance'

First, it's interesting that my view is slightly different. What we have, as a stack, are 3 choices we (I mean the mods, but ultimately, that means the members) can edit. The first 3 as listed above. ...
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Should the question about Chase's 5/24 rule be reopened?

In my opinion, this question should be reopened. The question is about applying and getting approved for a credit card. This is a subject that is most certainly related to Personal Finance and is ...
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