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Why is this question How to introduce yourself in a telephone interview being downvoted so heavily (5 at the time I write this) as well as seemingly on track to be closed?

I understand this question seems really obvious to me (hence my comment) but as best I can tell, the only real problem with the question is that it is slightly on the poll side. Otherwise it is a really good, solid, practical question the asker has.

What am I missing why this question is bad?


Edit to add that this was

closed as off topic by Jim G., SahilMahajanMj, Chad, Yannis Rizos, kolossus yesterday (10/25/2012)

Can you guys explain why you voted to close this? Not to mention Off Topic seems like a silly close reason. (It has since been reopened)

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    What am I missing why this question is bad? It's extremely boring. – yannis Oct 24 '12 at 17:04
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    @YannisRizos is "exciting" a criteria for questions on these sites? – enderland Oct 24 '12 at 17:05
  • No, of course not. However it might explain some of the downvotes. – yannis Oct 24 '12 at 17:05
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    @YannisRizos I think that might be the #1 determining factor for up/downvotes on questions here now that you mention it... – enderland Oct 24 '12 at 17:42
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I voted to close, but I don't remember the exact close reason (the displayed close reason is the majority vote). But I probably picked "Off Topic" as to me "How to introduce yourself in a telephone interview" is exactly the same question as "How to introduce yourself on the telephone", which isn't really a problem unique to the workplace.

From your comment:

"Hello, this is $(MY_NAME)" is how I answer my phone 100% of the time I don't know the number and need to avoid with situations like this – enderland Oct 23 at 16:25

I gather that you also didn't read the question as a workplace problem, why does "Off Topic" seem silly to you?

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  • btw I'm not claiming my reasoning is correct, just explaining what I thought at the time I voted to close. The question is now open, and that's that. – yannis Oct 28 '12 at 23:05
  • There are a lot of questions here which are not necessarily exclusively workplace issues (see most questions related to "how to negotiate", etc). – enderland Oct 29 '12 at 20:08
  • @enderland And I think I voted to close most of them ;) – yannis Oct 29 '12 at 20:48

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