Choosing between two job offers: big brand vs smaller more fulfilling role

The close reason says "Instead of asking which decision to make, try asking how to make the decision"

And the bolded, specific question says "How can I make a decision on which job to take?"

What are we trying to tell people by closing this question?

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    My 0.02 cents: If I omit the last line in the question and read it, I do not feel it's asking the "How can I make a decision" question, it's still "which decision shall I make". Commented Sep 30, 2020 at 14:18

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In my mind, this question is not well suited for this site, and answers will be heavily opinion based. While the question is not so far over the line that I would "mod hammer" it closed, I also won't intervene.

If the community reopens it, so be it.

  • And yet, you did close it 1 hour ago, after it was reopened? "Closed 1 hour ago by gnat, Neo" (shrug) Commented Sep 30, 2020 at 16:11
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    @JoeStrazzere There is more to this than I can share sir.
    – Neo
    Commented Sep 30, 2020 at 16:14
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    Secrets? Oh well. Commented Sep 30, 2020 at 16:17
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    @JoeStrazzere I would not say secrets, the other moderators are aware.
    – Neo
    Commented Sep 30, 2020 at 16:27
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    Okay. So "not for the masses". I understand. Commented Sep 30, 2020 at 17:32
  • @Neo that phrase always get's my paranoia going. Commented Oct 2, 2020 at 14:30
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    @Old_Lamplighter It really shouldn't. Sometimes people misbehave and we ( as mod's ) cannot discuss it.
    – Neo
    Commented Oct 2, 2020 at 14:42
  • @Neo things are discussed, just not in the open, thus the apprehension. Given how a certain matter was handled a year ago, there isn't much trust left in SE, individual moderators, yes, but SE as a whole, no. SE is transparent as obsidian. Commented Oct 2, 2020 at 19:39
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    @Old_Lamplighter But SE moderators have never divulged all the information behind an account getting suspended, not unless the suspended user has revealed the details first. That's not new.
    – BSMP
    Commented Oct 4, 2020 at 9:15

I am one of the original close-voters.

The way I read it, this is no different ask than:

2 Job Offers, one offering more 20% more money, but GUT FEELING telling me to take lower one


How to decide between two life-changing career options?

They are also somewhat well-received, but closed!

  • These two linked questions are somewhat different. The first asks "should I follow my gut?". That's not a question I'd vote to reopen. The second asks "what's the most rational way to decide which road to take?". If that question weren't over three years old, I'd happily vote to reopen. Commented Sep 30, 2020 at 16:09

The question should not be reopened.

The point of how to make a decision vs asking about the decision isn't just to add "magic words" to the question to keep it open. The OP has their list of pros and cons - the only meaningful "how" from here is "just decide" or some more byzantine "add points to each pro and con" kind of nonsense. The "how" is "just do it" so the question reduces to "make the decision for me."

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