Frequently Asked Questions

Redline is an international law association open only to lawyers who satisfy membership eligibility criteria or who are invited to join by existing members. You may request an invitation.

If you are in the United States, you must be an attorney licensed, and a bar association member in good standing, in at least one of the fifty states or Washington, D.C. If you reside outside the United States, you must be a lawyer or equivalent legal professional (such as a counselor, barrister, advocate or solicitor) duly educated, licensed or accredited, and authorized in good standing.

In addition, you must satisfy Redline eligibility criteria to receive an invitation: only lawyers deemed likely to contribute quality discussions and content will be extended an invitation to join. We consider years, breadth and depth of experience, and a demonstrated record of publication and commentary. As a general rule, lawyers with at least 3-5 years of actual legal experience are more likely to be admitted.

Once you're in, you may invite any experienced lawyer you like, provided that you honestly believe that your invitee can capably engage in the elevated level of discourse that we are striving for here.

Websites in alpha stage are experimental works-in-process, and ours is no exception. We are in the process of building out the full functionality and features of the site and working out the bugs. We would like to receive feedback from the members as we do this. In the meantime, the site may experience outages, delays or errors from time to time. We appreciate your patience.

Membership in Redline is currently free of charge. In consideration of tolerating errors or delays and providing valuable feedback, all members who are admitted during our current alpha development phase will be given a basic lifetime membership, with no membership dues. Alpha members, we thank you for helping us work out the kinks.

Each request for an invitation is individually assessed. Please allow at least 3-5 business days to process your invitation request.

Each request for an invitation is individually assessed. Please allow at least 3-5 business days to process your invitation request.

The measure of a lawyer's courage, ingenuity, wisdom, and wit; a baromoter of badass.

Mojo works as follows:

  • submitting a query: +1 mojo to the query author as soon as a reply to the query is posted by another member.
  • replying to a query: +1 to the person replying.
  • having reply accepted as best: +4 to the reply author, and +1 to the acceptor; but for bounty queries, having reply accepted as best awards mojo to the reply author equal to bounty posted, in lieu of the +4 award.
  • having reply deselected as best: -2 to the author of the deselected reply, and -1 to the deselector; but for bounty queries, the author of the deselected reply loses the bounty mojo awarded (in lieu of -2 mojo).
  • query is voted up: +1 per upvote awarded to the query author.
  • reply is voted up: +1 per upvote awarded to the reply author.
Query authors can deselect and select best replies as often as desired - but only three times for bounty queries.

Only duly licensed and authorized lawyers currently in practice are eligible to join. Further, only those lawyers most likely to contribute quality discussions, in our judgment, will be extended an invitation to join the membership. Beyond this, members will be able to judge quality of content via mojo scores, bounty queries, upvotes and downvote statistics, and other metrics that we may introduce in the future. Ultimately, however, members control the membership, by inviting only those lawyers with high mojo potential.

A lawyer's redlines can tell you a great deal about that lawyer's skill, ingenuity and experience. We've created a collaboration environment that's conducive to the exchange of this unique form of knowledge.

Query Thread Page
On this page you can:
  • subscribe to this query
    By subscribing, you will receive email (as frequently as you specify) of new activity in this query.
  • vote up or vote down queries and replies
    Voting is a generalized proxy for your assessment of the worth, quality, articulation, etc of a query or reply. Voting up a reply or query increases the reply/query author's mojo by one. After you vote, you have five minutes to undo it.
  • reply to the query or add a comment to the query or any reply
    A reply is a serious substantive response, worthy of addition to the knowledge being recorded for all of us here. Comments, simply, are for responses that are not replies (questions, clarifications, caveats, etc). You must scroll all the way down to add a reply; might as well read all of the replies on the way down. If you would like to include with your reply new legal text for others to edit, feel free to add a clause. Adding a reply gives you one mojo.
  • edit a clause (quick-reply)
    If you want to quickly add a reply that is an edit of another member's legal text, click the edit clause link on the clause you wish to edit, and you will be taken to the bottom of the page, with the text of the clause ready for your edits.
  • select best reply (if you are the author of the query)
    If you authored this query, be sure to select the reply that you believe is the best (and consider explaining why you selected this reply as best in a comment to that reply). You receive one mojo for doing so. The author of the reply you select as best will receive four mojo or the bounty award you posted for this query. You can change your mind up to three times for bounty queries, or as many times as you want for non-bounty queries. If you de-select a best reply, the reply author loses two mojo or the bounty mojo awarded, and you lose one mojo.
  • edit/update or delete query (if you are the query author)
    If you authored this query, you may edit it at any time, and delete it before a reply has been posted to it. Clauses may be edited only if no other member has redlined that clause. You may also add a bounty award or increase already-posted bounty, at any time (even after a reply has been posted).
  • edit replies and comments
    Replies and comments you posted can be edited at any time, and deleted if no other reply or comment has been posted after yours.
  • flag (ie complain about) a query, reply or comment
    Use as sparingly as appropriate given the circumstances.

A friendly reminder: be excellent to each other and remember the human.
FAQs | How do I ...?
What are subscriptions?
Redline allows you to subscribe to certain queries (so that you can follow new replies and comments that are posted to those queries), members (so that you can follow new queries made by that member) and tags (so that you can follow new queries that contain the tags that interest you). With subscriptions, you are notified via email of new activity corresponding to your subscriptions. So, for example, if you subscribe to the "intellectual property" tag, you will receive an email whenever a new query containing that tag is posted. All activity related to your subscriptions is displayed on your home page. Via the Settings page, or the "Manage your subscriptions" link on the Queries page, you can manage your subscriptions (including altering the timing of notification emails).
 
Legal Professional
A person qualified and, where applicable, licensed by a governmental or regulatory entity, to provide legal services, advice and counsel under authority of the laws and/or regulations of the applicable jurisdiction where such person resides and provides such services, and who is engaged in the authorized practice of law. In the United States, a Legal Professional must be an attorney licensed, and a bar association member in good standing, in at least one of the fifty states or Washington, D.C. Outside the United States, a Legal Professional must be a lawyer (such as a counselor, barrister, advocate or solicitor) duly educated, licensed or accredited, and authorized in good standing.

Why are my invitees automatically eligible?
One of the privileges of Redline membership is that you have the power to invite any lawyer you choose to join us.