When I answer questions on the EE site I always wonder, and worry, about this open ended part of the whole setup.
Reading the SE terms and conditions, it is apparent that they have written them in such away as to remove any liabilities on their part for anything posted by the users.
- Warranty disclaimer
Stack Exchange has no special relationship with or fiduciary duty to Subscriber. Subscriber acknowledges that Stack Exchange has no control over, and no duty to take any action regarding: which users gains access to the Network; which Content Subscriber accesses via the Network; what effects the Content may have on Subscriber; how Subscriber may interpret or use the Content; or what actions Subscriber may take as a result of having been exposed to the Content. Much of the Content of the Network is provided by and is the responsibility of the user or subscriber who posted the Content.
That of course, means we, as users, are responsible for our own advice.
Granted, as an Engineer, it is my responsibility to convey the appropriate advice to the OP, which is as it should be. However, I have no way to control what might happen tomorrow, or even two years from now. Someone may think they have a similar issue and apply the advice given inappropriately ending in an unfortunate loss, and a potential lawsuit.
That leaves me rather concerned, almost to the point of wanting to add a disclaimer, as a footnote, to the bottom of every answer, which of course, would quickly turn into a rather ugly situation with everyone using different disclaimers. Legally speaking it might be prudent to have a common user liability agreement which gets tagged as a link on the end of answers.
Or perhaps something else... it gets tricky..