Why? Because all the remaining questions are either crap, or they get closed anyway.
Most recent questions it seems are either some sort of:
- Tell me how to follow this license because reading the license is too hard
- Tell me if this scheme to use GPL software in a proprietary project is going to work.
Both of those areas produce garbage questions, and should be locked. I can provide plenty of examples of both if requested.
The other problem is that the handful of questions that I think actually do fit the on-topic requirements seem to just get closed anyway. It seems there are many users that automatically VTC licensing questions at the slightest suspicion of licensing. I'll provide two examples of this.
Here's an example of a crap question: https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/351545/creating-a-proprietary-kernel-forked-from-linux-and-claiming-it-as-my-own/351546#351546 that got closed and deleted. If we ignore the crappiness of it, the meat is actually on topic. It's about the spirit of the GPL, it's about licensing, it's about a commonly known license, and it most definitely does not require a lawyer to answer. But, it ultimately got closed and deleted not because it was a garbage question, but erroneously because it was off-topic.
Here's a non-crap question Can I copy a project from CodePlex to GitHub that as of this edit has 4 votes to close, all 4 for legal advice or aid.
In short, I haven't seen a good licensing question that didn't get closed in a long time.
I know this topic has been beaten pretty hard but I've been keeping an eye on it and have noticed some things. The on-topic guidelines are not in the help center plus it's long and convoluted, so we might as well just make the rules match what people are doing anyway.
Change the bullet point in What topics can I ask about here? and the tour from legal advice and aid to licensing, copyright, patents, legal advice or aid.
Change the bolded text of the close reason to match the above new text.