It appears there is some confusion over what constitutes law and what constitutes politics on this site. Or rather, that some people disagree on when a question which concerns political law should be applicable. For example, this question:
involves a politician being taken to court for violation of Danish law regarding hate speech, yet people are saying it's off-topic. If we are suggesting it to be so, are we able to agree on what it is specifically which makes it off-topic (or not off-topic) so we might apply this rule consistently?
To my mind any question concerning politicians would pretty much always be on topic here, and also questions involving immigration, hate speech, free speech etc are usually the kinds of things which would be of interest to people using a Politics.SE site.
I suppose one of the problems would be the definition of politics, which Wikipedia theorizes as being:
"Politics (from Greek: πολιτικός politikos, definition "of, for, or relating to citizens") is the process of making uniform decisions applying to all members of a group. It also involves the use of power by one person to affect the behavior of another person. More narrowly, it refers to achieving and exercising positions of governance — organized control over a human community, particularly a state. Furthermore, politics is the study or practice of the distribution of power and resources within a given community (a usually hierarchically organized population) as well as the interrelationship(s) between communities." -- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Politics; accessed 18/05/2016, 10:33 GMT
And seems to be basically in accordance with the Politics.SE tour on-topic guidelines as to what is on-topic:
- Specific issues with governments, policies and political processes
And what constitutes off-topic:
- Anything not directly related to governments, policies and political processes
I wonder, perhaps, what aspects of these definitions, if any, people can agree on and feel are appropriate for this site with regard to what is on-topic. Given this is quite a new site with a fairly low user-base compared to some of the other SE sites, I'm sure there will be some sort of flexibility as far as altering the pre-existing definitions if people can find legitimate problems with them.
One of the issues I can see is that "the process of making uniform decisions applying to all members of a group" and/or "[a]nything not directly related to governments, policies and political processes" would seem to apply to every legal ruling ever, and we probably need to have some sort of cut-off point, particularly as Law.SE already exists and has a fairly clearly defined purpose. Do people agree? Can we all come to a quorum on guidelines to consistently apply with regard to the law/politics overlap?