The On-topic section of the Help Center (which is new, for those of you who just noticed) is the defining point of any Stack Exchange site; it is, in essence, exactly what a site here is. I've combed through the Area51 proposal and the questions on the main site, and I've drafted an FAQ scope below, but it's up to us as a whole to refine this, perfect it, and graduate from private beta (done) after finishing this and establishing a base of users.

Keep in mind that this is a draft. It's up to the community to finish this; post away with comments, suggestions, alterations, and so on.

Now that we are using the Help Center (instead of "FAQ"):

For: https://freelancing.stackexchange.com/helpcenter/on-topic

What topics can I ask about here?

Freelancing Stack Exchange is for Self-employed and freelance workers. If your question covers...

  • Agency work while freelancing
  • Selling services to different employers without a long-term contract with any of them
  • Client responsibilities to freelancers
  • Cross-border requirements and laws for freelancing

and isn't about...

  • Working in a part-time of full-time setting for a company
  • Asking for life experiences or opinions on freelancing

...then you’re in the right place to ask your question!

Please look around to see if your question has been asked before. It’s also OK to ask and answer your own question.

Edit: In addition, we need to think about custom off-topic closing reasons. Which of these are the most commonly asked questions so far?

  • The legal aspect of us not being lawyers should already be fulfilled by the "legal" section of the Stack Exchange footer.
    – Amelia
    Commented Jun 6, 2013 at 7:23
  • Hey @Hiroto, where did we leave off on editing the Help Center? I noticed it's still quite vague. I like what you have here and think this is a great first edit to the on-topic list.
    – jmort253
    Commented Feb 20, 2014 at 7:52
  • @jmort253 I'd go for it, and have another look through our current questions to help define our scope better
    – Amelia
    Commented Feb 21, 2014 at 17:19

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I'm not sure I'd explicitly put work laws in the FAQ. The law is a very complicated animal, and even people who have what seems to be a very similar problem may in fact have different results due to a wide variety of factors. Moreover, federal laws may preempt local laws. Contracts may contain loopholes, or they may supercede rights that would be reserved to one party had a contract not existed.

Some of these questions may have answers that won't apply to future visitors, and it may be difficult for those visitors to determine what does and doesn't apply to them.

However, I wouldn't list them as off-topic either. Let the questions stand on their own. If the legal component is too strong, we can suggest edits to reword the question, or close the post if it is too localized to the specifics of the asker's legal situation.

If we do feel we need to list work laws, perhaps there's a way we can word it so it's clear we aren't experts on interpreting the law.

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    in my answer about law questions I touched on this, and I just went with what I had for the draft proposal. I'm all for adding a clause at the bottom about us not being lawyers, too, and specific people's specific legal issues at a specific point in time are textbook too localized.
    – Amelia
    Commented May 23, 2013 at 5:10

Looking at the current questions that we have on the main site, we might want to add "Advertising and Marketing" as an on-topic subject. However, we would have to make sure that we don't evaluate specific marketing campaigns.

Example On-Topic Questions:

Example Off-Topic Questions:

  • Look at my marketing campaign; what do you think? (either too localized, not constructive, or in particularly bad cases, spam)
  • How to approach Hechinger's for a bid? (too localized)
  • Given the updates to closing, you may want to go back and reword this to fit the new model.
    – Amelia
    Commented Jun 28, 2013 at 19:47

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