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Apr
6
comment What gesture to make when hitchhiking in Iran?
@MastaBaba: Multiple friends and acquaintances who've hitched in Iran insist that it's very easy to hitch with being expected to pay.
Apr
6
comment What gesture to make when hitchhiking in Iran?
Personally I never like to use the waving arms gesture for hitchhiking because it's an emergency gesture when I want somebody to stop because I need real help. I know in many places people would stop for somebody in distress who wouldn't stop for somebody hitching.
Apr
6
comment What gesture to make when hitchhiking in Iran?
I haven't been to Iran yet, but all the countries I've hitched in where the thumb gesture isn't used, such as some countries in Eastern Europe and some countries in Asia, you use a "path the air in front of you" gesture. But at least the thumb isn't offensive in those places, just not recognized.
Apr
6
comment Are there accommodation embargoes for booking in Iran?
When are you going? I'm hoping to get there this year too.
Apr
6
comment Can I convince embassies to accept my overpaid credit card as a proof of funds?
To extend a visa in Mexico they were always happy just for me to wave a credit card in front of them. But some rich countries will even scan your accounts to see if there were recent large deposits and if so they'll count that as suspicious like a family member is putting money in your account temporarily just so you can get the visa. So it depends a lot. I would expect US and EU to both be in the latter category.
Apr
3
comment Where might I observe refugees escaping across the North Korea-China or North Korea Russia border illegally?
I'm assuming there are no memorials in China. Probably not in Russia either. Possibly in South Korea, but nobody is making across that border as far as I know. My question was triggered by that question. I may not see people escaping but it would feel great to stand in the spot where many people fled despotism. I would feel terrible and helpless and want even more to find a way to bring and end to such evil.
Apr
3
comment Can tourists or other travellers in China get in trouble for using a VPN or other method to get around the “Great Firewall”?
@RussellMcMahon: In fact I'm really playing devil's advocate showing what a hardline approach to questions about illegal stuff could mean. Who knows what constitutes breaking the law in some place or other? Only lawyers and judges and juries from those places really. In the news just recently they've been closing down stuff related to firewall-escaping VPNs. Should I support this policy or ours? Not apply it to my own questions? Or just challenge it?
Apr
3
comment Where might I observe refugees escaping across the North Korea-China or North Korea Russia border illegally?
In any case well known answers don't need Stack Exchange questions.
Apr
3
comment Is it advisable for US citizen to attempt a visit to Cuba w/o going through an agency?
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because "we basically declared we wouldn't give advice on how to break the law."
Apr
3
comment Dual Citizen (US/UK) Cuba Travel
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because "we basically declared we wouldn't give advice on how to break the law."
Apr
3
comment Going to China - The Great Firewall
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because "we basically declared we wouldn't give advice on how to break the law."
Apr
3
comment Can tourists or other travellers in China get in trouble for using a VPN or other method to get around the “Great Firewall”?
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because "we basically declared we wouldn't give advice on how to break the law."
Apr
3
comment Where might I observe people sneaking across the Vietnam-Cambodian border illegally?
I've decided to go ahead and play devil's advocate. If we're going hardline about this policy, add your closevotes to mine. If you decide it's not our job to be play cops and judges and juries then speak up against the policy and keep these questions and answers open and I'll stop looking for more to close in line with the policy.
Apr
3
comment Can I bring an anti-religious book into Saudi Arabia?
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because "we basically declared we wouldn't give advice on how to break the law."
Apr
3
comment Where might I observe refugees escaping across the North Korea-China or North Korea Russia border illegally?
Presumably there is a long border and few border guards..
Apr
3
comment Do I need to keep petty cash on me for bribes in Zimbabwe?
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because "we basically declared we wouldn't give advice on how to break the law."
Apr
3
comment Where might I observe people sneaking across the Vietnam-Cambodian border illegally?
Hmm maybe I was only thinking of this post, which is about us judging copyright issues, only one aspect of law ...
Apr
3
comment Where might I observe people sneaking across the Vietnam-Cambodian border illegally?
Shall I start flagging the other questions where one interpretation might be possible to construe as being against the law of some country?
Apr
3
comment Where might I observe people sneaking across the Vietnam-Cambodian border illegally?
@raptortech97: Let me check. I thought I was told that when I asked on meta about reporting copyright infringing images in posts ...
Apr
2
comment Where might I observe people sneaking across the Vietnam-Cambodian border illegally?
So don't give advice. Just report the news about other people breaking the law. Remember stuff like bribing officials in some places can be both compulsory and illegal. We do our users a disservice by taking a hardline stance on the side of every law of every land. Also I believe we are not allowed to give legal advice on Stack Exchange, and I would group interpreting laws under that category.