Is this question off-topic?

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asked Aug 11, 2015 in Meta by Thomas (915 points)

As we start to figure out the scope of the site, I wonder if we can use the following question as a case study. The question is: How to get illegal substances for independent open study? My view is that this is not about open science per se but rather about the legal issue of acquiring a particular material for research and thus off-topic for this site (i.e., it is either just about science and not open science specifically, or it is about laws related to research by individuals unaffiliated with a research institution). What does the community think?



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commented Aug 17, 2015 by Daniel Mietchen (1,165 points)
I could imagine - far into the future - that approval for using illegal substances could actually go preferentially to open science projects, but there are no indications right now as to when and where that may actually happen, so I agree that the question is off-topic for now.

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answered Aug 11, 2015 by kenorb (430 points)

I believe it could be on-topic as it match the criteria/principles described in:

where scientific project aims to be open (data, code, pubs, etc.).

If I'm missing anything, we should better define our 'open science' for this purpose.



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