We have had a discussion in the past about whether or not 'Quit Your Job' is an acceptable answer.
I have been noticing this in comments quite a bit. This is the one that caught my attention spurring this post, but since I can't search comment text, it isn't easy to find additional examples:
Leave. CEO is where the buck stops, and is the last authority of appeal. If they are refusing to accept responsibility then the company suffer a lot. Bad CEOs kill companies.
I really don't think we should be saying this in comments if they aren't appropriate one-line answers. I have flagged the above comment in the hopes it is removed, and hope that in the future, people will do the same if they catch a similar sort of comment/answer.
The conventional wisdom as stated by jmort is:
It's way too easy to post "quit your job" as an answer, and almost every post on our site could be answered in this manner.
However, our FAQ and How to Answer both make it clear that proposing viable alternatives in an answer is acceptable, and in some cases, quitting may be a correct answer.
But quitting a job is a very big decision and is irreversible, in most cases. Due to the nature and severity of these suggestions, I propose that these answers be held to a much higher standard as follows:
- The answerer MUST post references to back up the answer.
- Alternatively, sharing personal experiences MAY be sufficient, but the answer can't just simply contain the words, "in my experience". The answerer MUST post details about his or her experiences that led to quitting being the correct answer.
- One liner answers suggesting one quit are not allowed. Our FAQ already makes it clear that explanations containing why and how are encouraged. For "you should quit" answers that don't provide explanation and references, I propose downvoting them, leaving a comment helping the answerer improve it, and if it doesn't get fixed, flagging them for removal.
To clarify, I believe we can enforce the rules on these types of answers, in a polite, helpful manner, while still allowing answers that offer alternative solutions.
If anyone has any further comments, please go ahead and share (especially if you think this type of comment has any value), otherwise please pop up a flag whenever you see one.
Mod-type folk, how should we flag these (I flagged as 'non-constructive', but since these are your guys' work, I want to know what will make it easiest for you to handle).