I responded to this question: How to take vacation days within first year without looking like a slacker
and after reflecting on my own response, and others that were much more popular, I think the responses given present a significant risk to the OP. After re-reading my own response, I think I responded with a different tone and perspective because of the popularity of existing answers. The popular answers sound great, but I think fail to actually address the question:
How to take vacation days within first year without looking like a slacker?
The core issue is appearance and how to handle the possibility that taking vacation will hinder, damage or impair the career of the OP. I agree that it should not but given the circumstances, the concern expressed by the OP that mishandling the situation will result in one or more of those outcomes.
In the question information is given about the OP's boss that indicates the boss may not take well to vacation requests, and emphasizes that the boss takes pride in taking little vacation.
Many of the popular answers immediately focus on the long term effects of excessive work and mock/minimize the perspective of the OP's boss (the most popular describes his actions as "idiotic"). Regardless of the intelligence of the boss or inherently idiotic decisions, the OP will still have to deal with the judgement and evaluation of this boss. The emphasis of the answers (and votes) seems to be on how the world "should" be for the OP, and not on the reality that the boss may not take well to the requests for vacation days. In the popular responses, that seems to be a secondary concern, at best.
At this point, the OP has not voted for a correct answer and it seems to me to be because the answers provided are generally biased toward what readers want the answer to be. The answers address the long-term consequences of excessive work instead of addressing the real problem that the OP faces - which the question directly asks: concern about appearance and his immediate desire to take vacation, but not an emphatic need to do so.
The answers, while popular, present a significant risk to the long-term career of the OP. In some cases, short-term sacrifice may benefit the long-term. In addition, long-term planning is sometimes made obsolete by short-term disruptions. It seems that the advice provided emphasize long-term goals at the cost of short-term risks.
I reviewed other meta questions, but I could not find one that addresses a situation where both the answers and the voting appear to avoid the actual question (which is valid), in favor of addressing a question that both responders and readers desire to discuss. The result being high risk, popular answers that may not be in the best interest of the OP.
Or, perhaps my interpretation of the question and/or responses missed the mark, and someone can clarify the distinction. Regardless, this seems important in providing quality workplace questions and answers. Also, I don't usually ask meta questions, so this may be a question better posed elsewhere. I appreciate any help in understanding this situation.