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. Aug 24, 2010 at 19:29
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    Yeah... You can try asking medical questions here too - if you want to die.
    – Shog9
    Aug 24, 2010 at 19:44
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    "How to operate triple bypass surgery programmatically?" @sho
    – random
    Aug 24, 2010 at 19:46
  • @random Damn. I have a script for double, but not triple.
    – squillman
    Aug 24, 2010 at 19:59
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    I would consult your lawyer as to whether you should ask legal questions on Stack Overflow. Aug 24, 2010 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. Aug 24, 2010 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, 2010 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.

  • 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, 2010 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, 2010 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, 2010 at 21:30

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