Chris W. Rea
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Should we remove the "& Money" part from the site name and logo, to prevent repeated confusion about what is on-topic?
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Historical context I chose and proposed the name Personal Finance & Money in my original Area 51 definition for this site for one simple reason: the name we had under the Stack Exchange "1.0&...

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Is the Stock market.SE splitting from PF&M SE a reasonable thing?
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There is no "splitting off" plan and nor, IMHO, should there be any such plan. (Community members may of course support another similar site if they choose.) Personal Finance & Money has since ...

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Design for Personal Finance & Money
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It's a great design! Thank you, Lucian! I have some subjective feedback. While I do have a handful of tweaks to suggest, each is minor. In the header, I like the different font treatment for "...

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"Finally, the Area51 scorecard is only one metric we use [to determine graduation]." So what else do we need to do?
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+1 for your question. I've been concerned about the lack of specificity for some years now. Stack Inc.'s policy appears to be "we'll know it when we see it, and not before then". These metrics we ...

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Should questions about advanced stock and options-trading topics and strategies be allowed?
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I don't see why we should rule out questions about pricing of options, volatility, etc. Individual investors can and do purchase options. Some knowledgeable retirees may employ covered-call ...

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Nearing Beta Completion Site scores still a worry [Edit: We are doing good Now]
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I'm not too worried about the last metric, Visits/day. The most important metrics are the ones that we're scoring "Okay" or "Excellent" for. Also, refer to: When Will My Site Graduate? (at blog....

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Are small business questions on topic?
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This is an excellent question. I struggled with this when I was launching the StackExchange 1.0 version of the site. I never did settle on an answer, but here's how I was leaning: Some limited ...

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SE needs a "Business Finance and Accounting" community
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I'd commit to a proposal like that, provided it were practical and so of use to business owners, stakeholders, and staff — as opposed to strictly for finance and accounting professionals. By "...

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Why are accounting questions off-topic here, even though there are small business questions?
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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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What is the policy with stale unanswered questions that have become irrelevant?
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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 ...

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Questions about Real Estate that aren't about Personal Finance or Money
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I would suggest that question is on topic, because it involves the sale of the property. IMHO, the buying of, selling of, borrowing money for, or insuring a piece of real estate, whether one's ...

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Should we create synonyms for credit-score as credit-report tags
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A credit report provides detail. The score, on the other hand, provides a number score as a summary. I suggest the two tags be maintained separately, not as synonyms, since report vs. score are ...

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Why are gambling and wagering off-topic?
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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 ...

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How should I respond to accusation of my answer being a spam, due to ignorance and laziness?
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Please don't be offended, and please don't consider a flag to be an accusation. A combination of multiple factors that correlate with spammy behavior probably caused a user's spam alarm to fire a ...

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What does this site gain by coming out of beta?
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I'll add:     Fair & Democratic Moderator Elections. (Should I start my campaign early? :-)

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Why weren't these answers quoted external sources closed?
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Answers can't be closed. Only questions can be closed.

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What does PF&M need from its moderators?
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I wish I could answer "expect N hours/week" and back it up with statistics, but the truth is that my experience as a moderator is probably not representative. I was never first a "regular" user. I ...

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Did anybody reach their wanted financial freedom in PF&M?
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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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Should we have a custom close/on hold reason for questions that require a lawyer/accountant?
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(Expanding my comment into an answer.) Provided a question is otherwise on-topic, i.e. relevant to personal finance, then I think that "You ought to check with a [lawyer | accountant]" can often be a ...

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Is there a way to eliminate vindictive downvotes?
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Re: "for a while now". Actually, some voting irregularities were identified and dealt with just this past weekend. We discovered a couple of suspicious accounts, and the votes from those accounts ...

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How to protect a sound discussion from a singular, anonymous, silent critic
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The -1 vote you see on your question is due to the fact that the post was closed. The system automatically down-votes a post that gets closed. The down-vote was not explicit. As to the closure, I'm ...

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Does it make sense to merge the tag "financial-education" and "financial-literacy"
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If we were to merge those, I prefer financial-literacy.

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Why do we have the accounting tag?
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"Probably" <> "definitely". Discussed already here, here, and here. In a nutshell, there are cases where accounting questions can be on-topic, but they are generally not. Questions at Personal ...

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Why is this Sole Proprietorship accounting question off-topic?
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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 ...

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Site Design Celebration
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How about a Contest! There could be a variety of criteria (questions asked, answered, up-voted, shared, reviewed, etc.) to reach specified levels to enter prize draws. I'm thinking of something ...

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Answers that do not address question
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Re: @C.Ross's comment "The answer is at -3, I think the system works." Yup! I'll go further: The answer is now deleted after three deletion votes from high-reputation community members. The system ...

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Are lower rep users allowed to comment on higher rep users' questions & answers?
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Yes, users with sufficient reputation (>50) are permitted to comment on any post (except posts that get locked.) Your comments didn't disappear. I read your comments, considered them, and exercised ...

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What should I do with closed questions?
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You don't need to delete it, and you don't need to accept the answer. Don't worry much about it. A moderator (or community voting) may eventually delete a closed question, but questions closed as ...

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Should a vote to close from the OP carry more weight?
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In lieu of waiting for 4 more individuals with adequate reputation to vote-to-close, there's also the option to get a moderator's attention. Moderators don't get close votes – they get a big ...

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What's the history of Basically Money (this web site)?
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(Yes, I'm answering my own question :-) I had the idea for Basically Money while on vacation in summer 2009. I was relaxing indoors after a family day at the beach, spending time browsing & ...

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