This question about an employer keeping the documentation given to them by a successful candidate has been put on hold.

What the op is asking seems very clear to me , although his English is a bit broken : can he asks his employer to get his diploma and other documentation back during the time of his employment (vs getting it only at the end of the contract).

A simple grammar editing would have been sufficient.

What's the rationale for putting on hold and not simply edit it?

  • I am very disappointed that this question was closed and deleted. It is an india specific question of standard workplace practices in that region. I strongly urge the mods to overrule this close/delete decision Jan 25, 2016 at 18:34

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For me the rationale was that I had no clue if there was a question embedded in there or not.

The phrase "can i claim them to give them to me during my tenure?" was added after I voted.

Perhaps you can do some simple grammar editing, and we could vote to reopen the question?

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    ok, I did not read the question before it appeared in my mailbox. I'm still new to this SE, so editing a question that seem to be unanimously put on hold -and then closed- seemed a waste of time. Thanks for the answer.
    – P. O.
    Jan 13, 2016 at 17:42
  • Attempted an edit, care to take another look?
    – yannis
    Jan 14, 2016 at 12:36
  • I voted to reopen. A few more votes are needed. That said, someone who knows Indian law may need to respond to the question. Jan 14, 2016 at 12:43
  • @yannis that's exactly what I understood from the original question. Wording was deficient, but the intent seemed clear enough to me. Thanks for your input.
    – P. O.
    Jan 14, 2016 at 17:02

Thing is, I saw it before it was closed, and had considered giving a hand to the wording, but to be honest I think the outcome would be off topic as company specific.

The answer is likely to be that the poster can ask, however it depends on the company (although I'd assume if this is common the answer would likely be no), which although answers the question doesn't really promote the discussion that is the basis of the site.

  • It is not company specific. It is india specific which seeing as that encompasses 1/6 of the worlds population it is not to specific. Jan 25, 2016 at 18:33

What's the rationale for putting on hold and not simply edit it?

I don't like to waste my time. We could guess at the OP's intent and try to salvage a question out of the mess that was posted. But why should we? The majority of really low-quality questions are fire-and-forgot: the OP is never seen again. Questions that are both poor in content and poorly written are confusing, often duplicates, very often off-topic and almost always add no value to the site.

The unclear close vote is a sign to the OP that he should improve his question or comment with additional details so we can establish:

  • what his question is
  • whether it's on-topic

Only then should we actually proceed to improving the question and voting to re-open. The reason the question closes in the meantime is to prevent answers that aren't answers which end up restricting our ability to redefine the question. This is how the close system is supposed to work!

In the words of Denis de Bernardy:

Please stop being a care bear, and proceed to be harsher at once.

Keep in mind that Stackexchange is not a help forum, it's supposed to be a repository of useful Q&A. Anything that isn't of use to future readers and can't be salvaged should summarily closed and downvoted. Workplace has a huge problem with user being too welcoming or defensive of bad posts. The subject matter has a lot to do with that: in most questions we're discussing people's livelihood after all. But you can be kind and welcoming to new users while still respecting the Q&A framework and without encouraging bad posts. Comment on the question to explain to the OP why his post is a bad fit or unclear but vote to close it at the same time!

As inspired by Denis de Bernardy, this is what you should be doing for poor questions:

  • Unintelligible question? Close as unclear.
  • Can't find a question? Close as unclear.
  • Can't tell what the core question is? Close as unclear.
  • Too many questions? Close as too broad.
  • Just a rant? Close as off-topic.
  • ...

A close vote is not a super down vote, but must close votes should be accompanied by a downvote! This allows the system to automatically clean up closed questions.

  • "A close vote is not a super down vote, but must close votes should be accompanied by a downvote! This allows the system to automatically clean up closed questions." - I don't understand. Under what conditions does the system automatically clean them up? Jan 14, 2016 at 19:00
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    @JoeStrazzere meta.stackexchange.com/questions/5221/…
    – Lilienthal Mod
    Jan 14, 2016 at 20:03

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