I decided recently to try to participate more on Workplace.
It turns out to be not so easy. You've got to be quick on the draw to so much as answer a question before it gets closed for dubious reasons.
It might have been appropriate to close this as a duplicate of some other question asking whether to sign a contract that doesn't contain what was ostensibly agreed upon. But to close this as "off-topic"?
"Questions asking for advice on a specific choice, such as what job to take or what skills to learn, are difficult to answer objectively and are rarely useful for anyone else.
It seems to me that the principle "Don't sign a contract hoping it won't be enforced as written" is going to be useful for just about anybody, not just the asker here.
"Questions seeking advice on company-specific regulations, agreements, or policies should be directed to your manager or HR department. Questions that address only a specific company or position are of limited use to future visitors. Questions seeking legal advice should be directed to legal professionals.
Did the closers so much as read the question? It asks about the ethics of replaying a failed financial transaction. It's right there in the title! Or did they think it was company-specific, as though this is something only one company could ever do?
At worst, this isn't on topic because it should go to English Language & Usage. But that's not why it was closed:
So on second thought, forget English Language & Usage; that whole board should be closed, as any time you ask people about how a language works or what things mean, you're going to get opinions. But if a variety of people agree that something had an intended meaning and about what that meaning is, can you still call the question "opinion-based"? These are opinions based on experience with the language, which are thus informative to the questioner and others without a native-level mastery of English.
"Questions seeking advice on company-specific regulations, agreements, or policies should be directed to your manager or HR department. Questions that address only a specific company or position are of limited use to future visitors. Questions seeking legal advice should be directed to legal professionals."
At this point I get the impression that the closers of this board think that any question which could be interpreted as asking for legal advice must be so interpreted. At least I'm assuming that's the reason, because there's clearly nothing company-specific here. It describes a situation that could arise at any company.
I'm sure there are more examples. (Of the most recent 30 questions on this board, one-third have been closed.) I noticed these because I answered them...and then they got closed for reasons that make me wonder whether the closers even read the questions, let alone the answers that had already been supplied. Three of the four had positive votes, meaning people found them useful.
Do people get points for closing an ostensibly bad question? What is the incentive here? I don't understand the zealotry people display in telling others that their question was crap. (And I'm not the only one.)