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Should we continue to accept software licensing questions?

Yes We currently have lots of great Q&A's that specifically address licensing. Questions about software licences are well within the purview of the Software Development Life-Cycle. We should ...
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Should we continue to accept software licensing questions?

No The concept of licensing questions being on-topic has a long history. When the topicality of this site was first discussed, "software law" was originally on-topic. But this definition of legal ...
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Are software licensing questions on-topic for this site, or not? If not, can we make this more obvious?

The reason why it's no longer in the Help Center is two-fold. First, it was too hard to explain. I think we tried two or three variants of the statements around software licensing in the Help Center. ...
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I think it's time we just make all licensing questions off-topic

First and foremost, I think the arguments presented in this former answer to a question asked by Thomas Owens from last year are still valid. So I don't think we should make all licensing questions ...
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I think it's time we just make all licensing questions off-topic

I would be very much in favour of completely dropping licensing from our scope. While legal aspects certainly are a part of software engineering, we could only answer the most simple questions here. ...
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Should we continue to accept software licensing questions?

I tend to agree, but I think my reasoning is more focused on pragmatism. In my eyes, this isn't so much about having a "clear and concise" scope (as you note in a comment). The motivation of an SE ...
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Popular, detailed, controversial answer on a legal topic deleted. Appropriate?

I think that amon's answer pretty much covers it, but as the moderator who deleted it, I wanted to walk through my process. The answer was brought to the attention of the mod team by flags. At least ...
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Popular, detailed, controversial answer on a legal topic deleted. Appropriate?

First of all, the question itself would be considered off topic under current rules. It is a detailed legal question about the AGPLv3 and not about really about software engineering. The question ...
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Should new off-topic software licensing questions be moved to the law/open source Stack Exchange websites, or deleted?

The policy for licensing questions is the same as any other question. If the question is on-topic here on Software Engineering, nothing happens. If the question is off-topic here on Software ...
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Question regarding license violation?

Contact the FSF or SFLC for help on GPL enforcement. Or http://gpl-violations.org
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