As a relatively new user of this site, I have noticed a recurring pattern of questions being closed as off topic when they appear to be perfectly valid, and answerable questions. As it stands, when asking a question here I have absolutely no idea if it's going to be closed as being off-topic or not. I know the sorts of questions that are supposed to be off-topic, but I see so many posts that are closed as being off-topic for reasons that appear to be completely subjective.
I recently had a question moved to Personal Productivity. I don't feel this was appropriate as I don't have problems with being productive, I just had a problem with being burnt out in work and not knowing how to act appropriately. To be fair, the question is suitable for Personal Productivity but I think it's much more suitable for the workplace; as many people have this problem as well.
Regardless of this, there needs to be a much clearer divide between what is and isn't suitable for the Workplace. It's far too ambiguous for newer users. In fact, with the way the Workplace is currently, it should be renamed to Professionalism.
So, what I think on this is a question should only be closed if it:
- Can't be answered
- Is a legal advice question
- Isn't related to the workplace
- Other clearly measurable items