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 users even less likely. In general I would say that 10 answers is too many, instead of having a Q&A it's more like a forum.
My overall sense is that on ...
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 not directly about the asker's personal experience. To me, the "personal" in "personal finance" means questions should be related to decisions made by ...
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 proprietorships — are on topic when they relate to the owner individual's personal income or compensation from the business, including how taxes (at any ...
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 reasonable.
There's only so many options when the question is almost always from an anglophone (non-native speakers seem to be more aware of the need to specify ...
In the scenario where the question is unanswered, I suggest the following:
Add a comment explaining why the question is obsolete. Include a supporting reference.
Flag the question for moderator attention.
Once we confirm the unanswered question is now irrelevant, we can:
Close the question, and
Delete it, eventually.
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 ...
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 ynab. (I'd like to see more of those.) In addition to budgeting software, we've had questions related to turbotax, spreadsheet, quickbooks, and other software. ...
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 quite recently closed questions, including several that are still new enough to be described as "on hold" instead of "closed". That language is deliberate, to ...
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 ...
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 that people would consider the questions as only answerable by the relevant vendors/manufacturers.
Thanks for checking first :-)
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 guessing is wrong. It might result in an answer that's incorrect-country-centric, only to have the OP add the correct tag.
Other than this, I've remarked ...
You may want to actually consider leaving the question for historical purposes.
While an individual implementation (e.g. a particular spot market) may have been wound down, there may be an historical precedent or principle in the answer that is still relevant.
I agree that the question should be updated to reflect the situation - but the principles and the ...
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 opt in, they will never know about new answers.
My view is that (1) is the best option. It's pretty hard to second guess what people's reaction will be, and ...
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 ...
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?
Create a CARES Act payment tag?
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 sites. On this site, that is generally interpreted to include asking for recommendations on things like books, websites, and other educational materials. ...
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 credit score" and that immediately made me think "product and service recommendation". It doesn't matter whether the products or services requested are free, it's ...
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 me some tags where it would be pretty important for them to specify a location within the question? I might be able to make quick work of this if so :)
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:
Unclear what you are asking
Off topic (doesn't meet the requirements on our on-topic page)
Not included in the reasons to close:
"This situation does not apply to the OP, so the question is
The questions I vote to close that would fall under that category are ones that are either highly speculative, or seem to be looking for a debate.
The insurance for billionaires question was by a person with an agenda.
The Value of credit score if you never plan to borrow again ...
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
It's still a grey area. I personally haven't voted on the Celebrity one, but I agree with Dilip's quote in your question. And with 4 close votes, it seems others agree.
The second ...
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.
We've been here before with the scam topic, and more recently, the sugar daddy questions.
I'd also consider adding that top one to the FAQ.
I'm a bit ...
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 up painful memories, finding an old Q on Stack Exchange would be pretty low on my scale of painful memories. I find #3 condescending and underestimating the ...
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 actual facts and references, rather than "why is it a big deal?", which might lead to opinion-based answers more than fact-based ones. (Who, in fact, has said or ...
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 worth keeping. If it's specific to the quirks of a particular program I'm less convinced; there are better places to ask those.