We have updated the custom off-topic close reasons according to two discussions held here on meta. The close reasons below are our new off-topic close reasons. As answers to this question, I am making individual answers for each close reason that explain why it is off-topic and how to edit the post to get it reopened. These answers will be linked in each close reason and are intended to help out askers who had their questions closed.
Questions seeking advice on company-specific regulations, agreements, or policies should be directed to your manager or HR department. Questions that address only a specific company or position are of limited use to future visitors. Questions seeking legal advice should be directed to legal professionals. For more information, click here.
This should be used for questions where the answer lies in legal advice or company-specific policies that cannot be answered by an HR specialist from another company. For instance:
- My company is not allowing me to carry over vacation days, can they do that?
- Is it legal for an employer to fire an employee for committing a crime?
- How much notice do I need to give to leave my job?
Questions which ask for guidance on how to find the answer, rather than the specific answer for their company, are still on-topic and should not be closed for this reason.
Questions asking for advice on what to do are not practical answerable questions (e.g. "what job should I take?", or "what skills should I learn?"). Questions should get answers explaining why and how to make a decision, not advice on what to do. For more information, click here.
This should be used for questions that ask for personalized advice rather than answers that explain why and how. For instance:
- Should I take the job in the big multi-national company or the up-and-coming startup?
- What should I do if I hate my job but need the money?
- What programming language should I learn?
Questions that ask for advice on how to go about solving a problem rather than what decision to make are still on-topic and should not be closed for this reason.
This should be used for questions which come across as rants because they focus on problems with an individual rather than asking how to solve problems related to a poor relationship in the office. For instance:
- Why am I so smart and everyone around me sucks?
- Why did I get rejected from this job I applied to?
- How can I make my boss be less of a jerk?
Questions that ask how to deal with the consequences of an interpersonal problem are still on-topic and should not be closed for this reason.
Note: These are my examples, and there are probably better ones. If you can think of any, please feel free to edit the above to better match the concept
The answers that follow below are advice for askers who have their questions closed and want to fix them to get them re-opened.