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To be clear, I am asking if there is an official position - not what you think the position should be or if you think there should be a position at all. :) If there is an official position, please point me towards it because I cannot find it.

I have read this thread, but I am not sure if the positions people take here are official or just their opinions

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It's only OK if you don't care about getting a correct answer. – Craig Stuntz Aug 24 '10 at 19:29
Yeah... You can try asking medical questions here too - if you want to die. – Shog9 Aug 24 '10 at 19:44
"How to operate triple bypass surgery programmatically?" @sho – random Aug 24 '10 at 19:46
@random Damn. I have a script for double, but not triple. – squillman Aug 24 '10 at 19:59
I would consult your lawyer as to whether you should ask legal questions on Stack Overflow. – James McNellis Aug 24 '10 at 20:02
I would consult SO first as to whether I should consult my lawyer as to whether I should ask legal questions on Stack Overflow. – Andreas Bonini Aug 24 '10 at 20:06
Question for stackoverflow: Is it legal for programmers to give each other legal advice on a programming q&a site? – user27414 Aug 24 '10 at 20:50

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The official position on what kinds of questions you should and shouldn't ask on Stack Overflow is in the FAQ.

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thanks. i did look at the FAQ, but I didn't see anything pertaining to legal issues. i'm guessing legal questions would fall under two categories: 1) matters that are unique to the programming profession 2) questions that are subjective, argumentative, or require extended discussion. I guess #2 trumps #1 in all cases? – oob Aug 24 '10 at 21:01
@sqlnoob: actually, if they're unique to the programming profession, then by definition they aren't legal questions (because otherwise they would be relevant to the legal profession as well...) – Shog9 Aug 24 '10 at 21:42
@Shog9: well, if you can get sued (successfully) over it I'm sure it concerns lawyers, regardless of how programming-specific it may be... – SamB Nov 30 '10 at 21:30

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