This question (Is my future mentor "harassing" me?) led to a lot of discussion in comments, chat and meta about whether it is on-topic. Its status also changed between on-topic, off-topic and undecided with every additional information provided by asker, until it was (eventually?) closed as off-topic.
There seemed to be a general consensus among users on two things:
- The question is off-topic because the asker is a student and hence, the solutions that would apply in a workplace (such as raising a harassment complaint with HR) may not work in academia.
- The issue described in the question is relevant to the workplace, and the question would be on-topic if it had occurred in the workplace.
We encourage askers to edit their questions to make them on-topic by pointing out why it is currently off-topic, and quite often some of us who have too much time on our hands ;-) do the editing ourselves.
For questions such as these, is it appropriate to edit it so much that the question is no longer relevant to the asker, but is nonetheless useful to the community?