OPCA (Organized Pseudolegal Commercial Arguments) is a family of legal conspiracy theories, chiefly about avoiding paying tax. Sovereign Citizens are the most well known movement. Would it be appropriate to tag questions such as these with or ? Alternatively, these questions could be tagged as tax protester arguments. (Sovereign citizen arguments go beyond taxes, with some claiming not to be subject to many laws. A few have killed law enforcement officers.)

Applicable questions:

Personally, it makes sense to me to have a specific tag for this category of legal argument, rather than the very broad or tags.

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    I'm honestly not even seeing the distinction between the two.
    – DenisS
    Oct 31 '18 at 13:55

We decided a long time ago not to use meta tags and tags that refer to the "type" of question. is certainly such at tag and I've removed it. Please do not use it anymore.

There are no questions tagged and in any case I have no idea on why would that constitute a good tag.

  • What? These aren't meta tags, they're tags about economic conspiracy theories. Oct 31 '18 at 23:02
  • If young-earth-creationism is a valid tag then so should be sovereign-citizens. Neither are about the type of question, but are about a specific belief system. (And the reason there were no questions tagged sovereign-citizens before was because they were all tagged opca.) Oct 31 '18 at 23:07
  • Though after looking through the list of tags, I didn't see very many tags for specific conspiracy theories or pseudo-sciences etc. Is that what you meant? That wouldn't be considered a "meta tag" elsewhere on the network (which are things "homework" and "soft-question"), but I can understand not wanting them. In that case will you remove the young-earth-creationism tag too? Lastly, just for future people, do you have a link to where it was decided these tags shouldn't be used? Oct 31 '18 at 23:24
  • @curiousdannii well, YEC is an objective characteristic of a question, whereas "pseudoscience" is something that can only be determined by answering a question. It's like tagging something "homeopathy", which is not in doubt, instead of "pseudoscience". Regarding "sovreign-citizen": no question is tagged that way
    – Sklivvz
    Nov 1 '18 at 0:27
  • In that case I'm not sure what the problem with sovereign-citizens is? It's specific, like YEC and homeopathy, not broad like pseudoscience. Would you be okay with me tagging the questions listed about with sovereign-citizens? Nov 1 '18 at 0:37
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    Supporting Sklivvz's view, note that OPCA is a declaration that the legal claim is false (the P stands for Pseudolegal). That doesn't belong on a question. It belongs on an answer, but this site doesn't have answer tags.
    – Oddthinking Mod
    Nov 1 '18 at 5:26
  • @curiousdannii FWIW there's a discussion about young-earth-creationism at skeptics.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/4212/… Nov 1 '18 at 21:33
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    I'm not sure these would be tags we should have, but they certainly aren't meta tags.
    – fredsbend Mod
    Nov 2 '18 at 22:52
  • @fredsbend skeptics.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/17/…
    – Sklivvz
    Nov 2 '18 at 23:12
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    @sklivvz I know what a meta tag is and these aren't like that.
    – fredsbend Mod
    Nov 3 '18 at 0:44
  • So your idea is that "pseudolegal argument" is not a meta tag and "pseudoscience" is? OK, well
    – Sklivvz
    Nov 4 '18 at 0:39
  • Nobody suggested "pseudolegal argument" as a tag. If what @curious says is accurate, these suggested tags represent a school of thought, not a single (pseudo-x) idea.
    – fredsbend Mod
    Nov 4 '18 at 1:24
  • But that still doesn't mean they should be tags here. I've never heard of these things.
    – fredsbend Mod
    Nov 4 '18 at 1:27
  • context: the "P" and the "A" on OPCA are, in fact, "pseudolegal" and "argument", which is why I'm saying it's like "pseudoscience"
    – Sklivvz
    Nov 5 '18 at 16:46
  • @sklivvz From wikipedia OPCA is a "term used by some judges and legal scholars to refer to arguments used in litigation related to" some specific movements. It is pseudolaw, but only in the same way YEC is pseudoscience. Please make sure to ping me if you reply.
    – fredsbend Mod
    Nov 8 '18 at 13:42

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