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I saw this question and the comment that caught me off guard was this bit:

Alright I'll move it away, I figured since there was a "law" tag that it was applicable

Why do we have a tag? I saw this question about the which was to be removed. Should the same be done for the tag?

On another note, has reappeared, should they both be blacklisted then?

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    AFAIK legal advice !== talking about law (with proper disclaimers) Oct 15 '16 at 5:59
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    We can give prima fascia legal advice, and someone in HR can give more detailed advice, but we cannot advise on actual matters of law. For example, if a poster says that their manager is telling them to falsify data, we can and should advise them that the manager is suborning fraud. That is information that even a layman understands. Oct 17 '16 at 13:32
  • I feel the wiki tag for law needs updating then, it's a bit rubbish compared to legal
    – Draken
    Oct 17 '16 at 14:43
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    @Draken well..... it even gets more complicated. Someone in HR, while not a lawyer, will through the course of their duties have more than a layman's knowledge of employment law (or SHOULD).... I know, it's confusing Oct 17 '16 at 15:52
  • Possible duplicate of What is asking for legal advice?
    – Lilienthal Mod
    Oct 18 '16 at 22:54
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    Suggested a dupe which covers what legal questions are on-topic. The legal tag has the same explanation. Law tag should be removed or rolled into legal imo.
    – Lilienthal Mod
    Oct 18 '16 at 22:55
  • Have you looked at the questions that are there and determined if the tag made sense?
    – corsiKa
    Oct 20 '16 at 21:36
  • may be it's there to find out in advance which questions to avoid and close
    – user13267
    Oct 24 '16 at 9:24
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Because one is able to converse in discussions and topics regarding law without asking for or giving legal advice

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  • Then I feel the wiki for the tag needs updating top reflect that: Questions about the legal aspects of work contract.
    – Draken
    Oct 16 '16 at 12:56
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Because talking about law doesn't necessarily mean you are seeking legal "advice". Not to mention if someone is asking a question regarding the legal/law career fields.

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    Seems to add no value to the existing answer.
    – user42272
    Oct 27 '16 at 5:41
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I clicked the tag and they fall into three categories.

  • 90% are closed as off topic.
  • One was massively downvoted.
  • Another few were only on topic because answers didn't pertain to law.

Sounds like the tag should be burninated to me. Ideally with a tooltip "Legal advice is off topic" for instance.

As a sidenote I think we need to articulate much, much better when "legal advice" is on topic. For instance, advising to seek a lawyer tends to imply you know enough about relevant laws to hint that a lawyer is necessary. Additionally there is such a thing as employment law that many non-lawyers specialize in applying, e.g. HR and union leaders. I've seen stellar answers here that advise on worker rights and those are extremely on topic.

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