# What does “Standard loopholes apply” mean?

I'm new to PPCG and I've seen a bunch of questions with this line in their requirements:

Standard loopholes apply.

A quick search on Meta tells me it's a series of restrictions, or disallowed things.

However today I saw a question with this statement:

Standard loopholes are forbidden.

(The original question has the word "forbidden" bolded so I also bold it here.) That made me confused:

Is "Standard loopholes" a series of permission or denial? In other words, what does the word "apply" mean? Allow or forbid?

• You've most probably seen the latter in my question here. Unless the question is underhanded or code-trolling (both of which are banned anyways), both the former and the latter mean the same thing, in that you are disallowed from doing anything the standard loopholes includes. – totallyhuman Aug 12 '17 at 15:35
• Both usages mean the same thing - it's just unusual English usage situation. – isaacg Aug 12 '17 at 21:18

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