There's already been a request made to move this question to skeptics since it currently appeared then, and still appears now that the question would get answers that attempt to answer the question; current of the three answers, mine is the only one that attempts to answer the question.

Why is it not possible to move the question to skeptics? Here's the question: Does empirical research indicate that salary discussions between coworkers cause problems?

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    Does it hold up to Skeptics' standards? I don't see any evidence that there is widespread belief one way or another, really. It just one side of an argument people have in the workplace.
    – Nicole
    Jun 22, 2012 at 18:02

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We asked before as it was flagged for Skeptics, but a Skeptics mod didn't want the question at the time; I forget the exact reason, but I think the lack of a notable claim was the problem.

You'd need to find an unreferenced, notable claim like a major newspaper, political figure, scientist ect making a claim on this topic, not just "this question's answers said..."

To quote the canonical Meta post on Skeptics:

References in questions are used to provide evidence that a claim is notable. We don't expect the sources to be scientifically valid, but to demonstrate either a lot of people have heard of the claim, or that some notable person(s) make it.

  • +1 @Rarity: Hey, thanks for commenting, I did not know that was the reason. So, I've now provided research that claims it's a bad idea via the answer I posted, but I get the sense that for the question to be on-topic on Skeptics that the question must have a claim by a well recognized source that does not provide reference to empirical research to back up their claim. Is my understanding correct? Thanks!
    – blunders
    Jun 22, 2012 at 18:16
  • @blunders yep. Basically something that implies either an authoritative or popular source has indicated X is true, and you want real evidence indicating the veracity of that.
    – Rarity
    Jun 22, 2012 at 18:30
  • Thanks, currently not aware of notable source making such a claim, but now understand that what's needed, and why Skeptics declined the question. Thank you!
    – blunders
    Jun 22, 2012 at 19:07
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    @blunders: As much as I hate to say this about the Daily Mail, this would count as a notable source: dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1282398/…
    – pdr
    Jun 23, 2012 at 14:30

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