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When I go to judaism.stackexchange.com I see the following on the right side nav:

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Like Wikipedia, this site makes no guarantee of validity, and does not offer professional (particularly rabbinic) advice. Treat information you find here as if it came from a crowd of your friends.

How did they get that disclaimer? Is that a developer function? Who does one contact if they think such a disclaimer could be useful on another site? (Perhaps a site one might, hypothetically, be a pro-tem moderator on? Just out of curiosity, of course. Purely academic. Can't think of anywhere that would be useful on, nor any pro-tem mods who might be interested...)

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Awesome, Thanks Tim! But, why does CogSci not have that? – The Unhandled Exception Mar 19 '12 at 23:56
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I believe that it's dev-added text on a case-by-case basis, which I suppose you could request on your per-site meta (and/or by supporting the above-linked feature request). – Tim Stone Mar 19 '12 at 23:59
    
Well, one could hypothetically ask on one's hypothetical per-site meta. It is an academic question... ;-) – The Unhandled Exception Mar 20 '12 at 0:02
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@TheUnhandledException - CogSci is an academic discipline, anyone can do some research and start posting advice and information. In other areas, like law, finance, and medicine, distributing advice as if you were a lawyer, CPA, or medical doctor can get you in trouble (IANAL), and acting as a rabbi has similar problems within the Jewish community. Unless there's some certification for CogSci that I'm unaware of, you don't have any need for this disclaimer. – Kevin Vermeer Mar 20 '12 at 1:11
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@Kevin: This was a hypothetical question; I haven't asked my fellow Cog Sci mods nor the community if they even want such a notice. That said, to address your comment, CogSci.SE encompasses both Psychology and Psychiatry, and I can easily argue that both of those are disciplines of medicine/require a degree so a disclaimer stating "this site makes no guarantee of validity, and does not offer professional (particularly medical) advice" would be easily as needed on CogSci as Judaism. – The Unhandled Exception Mar 20 '12 at 1:54
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@KevinVermeer We're certifiable over there, all right. – jonsca Mar 20 '12 at 2:25
    
Check out this feature request and its answer for why this is not more widespread/automatic. – WAF Jul 9 '12 at 21:10

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