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Questions that should not be asked on Martial Arts include:


Business aspects of running a martial arts school (legal advice, retention, location, advertising, etc.) (off-topic)

We currently have the tag . There are currently two questions with this tag:

  1. What qualifies a school or business as a legitimate martial arts system? I think this is on-topic, but also not necessarily related to school management.
  2. How effective are different pricing structures for martial arts studios? From help, this is off-topic. How to structure fees is exclusively a business aspect of running a martial arts school.

I propose to close #2, remove the tag from #1, and let disappear. I do not see how you can have a school management tag that is not also without running into the off-topic business aspects.

  • Hmmmm.... good question. Normally #2 would be gone, but in this case it was posted back when the rules were a little looser. I remember a massive purge that happened on Stack Overflow where the old questions that were OT by current standards were deleted by rampaging mobs of torch bearing villagers - I don't know if we're ready for that here yet? (just to be clear, I think #2 is off topic now but was probably on topic back when it was posted).
    – slugster Mod
    Apr 19, 2019 at 11:18
  • @slugster I don't think we need to delete. For some of the old, popular, but off-topic questions, Stack Overflow closed and added a post notice about how questions did not meet the current guidelines and were not a good example of what/how to ask.
    – mattm Mod
    Apr 19, 2019 at 11:35
  • I think definitely close it, and it would be great if we could set up an appropriate close reason that gave us an equally appropriate banner. I followed the meta discussion on SO at the time, it was pretty hard fought and I think they came out with a good compromise.
    – slugster Mod
    Apr 21, 2019 at 1:27

2 Answers 2


I support both of your decisions. Every question I can think of that would have school-management that would be non-business would basically fall under teaching (things like how to teach new people who aren't in the best physical shape, or how to divide "basic" and "advanced" classes).


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I think this captures what we want for #2.


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