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Is it required for a question to apply personally to the asker in order to be considered on-topic?

I'm glad to see this question, as I was just going to ask it myself. This has become a pet peeve of mine. I strongly believe that we should allow questions about personal finance even if they are ...
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Why was this Hot Network Question protected?

In this case, the question already had 10 answers at the time I protected it (we get an auto-flag at that point). I didn't think any new answers were likely to add anything new, and answers from new ...
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Guidelines for asking for/editing country tags in questions from new users

I agree. If the question really needs a country tag, but it is never provided or inferred yet is still a good question, answering "In the U.S. ...", or "In Australia ..." as a qualifier seems ...
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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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Question about HSA: on-topic?

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 ...
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10K+ rep users: Would you please help me clean up these closed questions with your delete votes?

It's a great idea to be cleaning up old questions that should never be answered, thank you! I think we should be careful about being too aggressive with this, though. The query picked up a number of ...
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Should homework questions be allowed? Many questions are being closed as "homework" but there is no policy or consensus against

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 ...
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Should questions on the technical usage of a financial management tool be on-topic, or off-topic?

I would like to see questions about the use of budgeting software stay on-topic. We have had quite a few questions about gnucash, quicken, and mint.com, and recently we had our first question about ...
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Guidelines for asking for/editing country tags in questions from new users

I agree, not all questions require a country tag. If a members requests one, and it's not needed we should point that out. I also agree that mention of 401(k) is enough to say "US". I do think that ...
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Can I ask questions related to card processing?

It's not about finance from the perspective of an individual, so I think it's probably off-topic here. I'm not sure where else you could ask - maybe StackOverflow itself, though there might be a risk ...
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CARES Act tax refund eligibility questions

Create a canonical Who is eligible for stimulus payments under the CARES Act and when will the money be paid? question to mark all (or some or most) of these as duplicates? Yes Create a ...
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How should we handle older questions involving a bereavement?

Bear in mind that many users just post once and don't come back. If we're lucky they at least stick around to read answers to their question :-) Unless they get email notifications, which I think is ...
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Are detailed questions about medical billing and health insurance considered on-topic?

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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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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Should the question about getting FICO scores for free be reopened?

I think at the very least it needs some editing to make it properly on-topic. I initially closed it because I saw the wording "Is there any website that is truly free where you can determine your ...
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Can we add a suggestion to "Ask Question" to include your locality?

This is now somewhat possible. It wouldn't show for every single question, but we do have the ability to provide more just-in-time help based on the tags that people use when posting. Can you give ...
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Question gone without a trace

There are a couple of issues going on. First, it is important for you to realize that questions asking for product or service recommendations are off-topic on this site, as well as most Stack Exchange ...
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CARES Act tax refund eligibility questions

Both seem reasonable to me. Let me know if you need any mod help to make it happen.
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Canonical: "I am X but I want a expensive car" question

I'd suggest choosing the highest voted answer of these, and using it as a target of "closed as duplicate" for new identical questions. No need to create a somewhat fake new Q&A to address this. ...
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Is it required for a question to apply personally to the asker in order to be considered on-topic?

I think we need to be careful about closing questions, and clear about the reasons we close when we do. There are limited reasons to close questions: Duplicate question Unclear what you are asking ...
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Is it required for a question to apply personally to the asker in order to be considered on-topic?

"This situation does not apply to the OP, so the question is off-topic." The questions I vote to close that would fall under that category are ones that are either highly speculative, or seem to be ...
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Is it required for a question to apply personally to the asker in order to be considered on-topic?

From the help section / tour: Focus on questions about an actual problem you have faced. Include details about what you have tried and exactly what you are trying to do. It's still a grey area....
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Would my question be on-topic for Money.SE?

I believe the subject matter is on-topic. However, you could ask instead about the various advantages of the new system, vs. the disadvantages of the old, which should solicit answers containing ...
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How should we handle older questions involving a bereavement?

As a bereaved person, I strongly recommend #2. I would appreciate the consideration the preface showed. (It also demonstrates that the person answering is not just going after rep.) As for stirring ...
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Are portfolio optimization questions appropriate for this site?

Your question could be made on topic if it were asking about how to optimize a portfolio of two arbitrary but somewhat correlated assets, and not a portfolio of two specific somewhat correlated assets ...
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Should questions on the technical usage of a financial management tool be on-topic, or off-topic?

My own feeling is that if the question is a general one of how to organize data -- something where the principles are potentially useful even to folks who don't use that particular product -- it's ...
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