Linked Questions

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Does 'back it up' apply 'round here? [duplicate]

I've appeared here because, having bitched a bit about the some of the hot questions from this site, I thought I'd make an effort to pitch into the ordinary process and see what it's like. It seems ...
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7answers
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Does this site need a “back it up” rule?

There's all kinds of career advice out there on the Internet, much of it conflicting or wrong. The conflicting or wrong advice is especially prevalent (but not limited to) that found on open-access Q&...
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2014 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

In connection with the moderator elections, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to pose questions to the candidates on the topic ...
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6answers
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When asked 'How can I foo the bar?' is 'Don't foo the bar' an appropriate answer?

On Cleaning Up Bad Answers on Popular Questions a comment by Yamikurone says: There seems to be a flood of "Not an answer" flags on answers on this post. Many of the answers so flagged were,...
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2answers
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What is wrong with the answer to this question?

My question is about the accepted answer to this question Former manager is asking for documentation I prepared as his employee. Personally, I think there is a better answer given by ...
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6answers
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What right do mods have in reconstructing my answers and comments?

In my answer on question - How does one politely decline a handshake due to religious reasons? - I have an answer that had an entire paragraph chopped out of it. Not only that but the mods keep ...
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8answers
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2015 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection [duplicate]

In connection with the moderator elections, as we had done last year, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to pose questions to ...
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7answers
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What should the “Back it up” policy look like for The Workplace

Nearly two years to the day since "back it up" was introduced to Workplace, there seems to be a lot of confusion regarding what the principle looks like on The Workplace. Here is all our on-topic ...
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6answers
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2014 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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4answers
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Can we make the Workplace exchange less hostile to new users?

I am a new user of Stack Exchange. I have gotten a pretty good response to the first question I have answered, and nothing but unhelpful responses to every question after that. In some cases I have ...
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5answers
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Should we add a “Back It Up” rule to the FAQ now?

When we discussed the Back It Up rule before ChrisF suggested adding the rule to the FAQ when we go public to make sure people are aware of it (when they bother to look). His post was highly voted and ...
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Should we reduce the Community Wiki threshold to 10 answers?

The Workplace is naturally attractive to soft questions, and soft questions, more often than not, attract a lot of answers. That's good, but after a point answers start becoming horribly repetitive, ...
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2015 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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3answers
254 views

Should we answer questions that are likely to be closed?

I’m fairly new to the community, but I’ve noticed that a fair number of questions that eventually get closed as off-topic will receive answers before they’re closed. Is it acceptable to answer ...
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4answers
655 views

Why is this answer with 43 upvotes locked?

This answer, which has 43 upvotes, has been locked since yesterday: https://workplace.stackexchange.com/a/46616/12321 I'm not sure it's worthy of my personal upvote, but as I cannot vote on it (since ...
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3answers
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What are “opinion-based” questions?

In the context of Workplace, what makes a question close-worthy based on this reason: "primarily opinion-based" Many good questions generate some degree of opinion based on expert ...
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5answers
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Why should answers be long?

I recently got an automated message that "we're looking for long answers..." It seems weird to insist on a lot of words if a few words gets the point across, and who is the "we" who decided what kind ...
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4answers
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Duplicate answers - What action should we take?

A lot of our questions (Especially HNQ questions) seem to get a lot of answers that repeat what others have said before, albeit with a different context. A good example is this question. There are a ...
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4answers
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What is our stance on entire answers copied from other websites (with attribution)?

I have read the meta posts FAQ proposal: Back It Up and Don't Repeat Others and What can we do about me-too answers?. It is clear that repeating what is already covered in other answers is heavily ...
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2answers
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Why are Workplace answers removed without an explanation?

Who chooses which answers are retained, and which are removed on Workplace. Exactly who are they and what are their credentials?
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3answers
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Ethical Questions Should be Allowed

This suggested edit by Mihai Nicolae was more appropriate as a meta post, so I am adding the content of the edit here for discussion by the community. This was regarding the question "Is a complex ...
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2answers
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What can we do about me-too answers?

On Workplace more than any other Stack Exchange site, I see Me Too answers duplicating most or all of the content of earlier, better/more elaborate answers. We've got some question quality problems ...
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“As a manager myself…” Do appeals to identity improve or diminish answers?

I frequently see an appeal to identity in answers and comments - especially "As a manager myself..." - including my own. I've had a variety of reactions ranging from seeing the appeal as way of ...
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2answers
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Why was my flag of a redundant answer declined?

According to here (and other discussions on meta), we are trying to cut down on repetitive answers. I don't have enough reputation to cast delete votes. Today I flagged this one with the following ...
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1answer
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When there are many answers already, help me check that mine won't repeat others

When posting my answer I check that it doesn't repeat others as required by our FAQ. In current UI, this becomes difficult when question already has many answers. I would want that questions with 10 ...
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1answer
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Do we need expertise other than opinion?

As Rarity mentioned, many questions are not real questions or are not constructive (because every answer is equally valid and they are just asking for suggestions). If an "asking for suggestion" kind ...
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2answers
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Testing proposal: automating review of answers that fail to meet site-specific guidelines

Posted on behalf of jmac. The idea to test automating review of answers that fail to meet site-specific guidelines has been proposed by SE Community manager here: let's test this first, see where ...
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1answer
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Community moderation comments template

AutoReviewComments - Pro-forma comments for Workplace SE CMW asked for a list of the links that we oftentimes drop in comments. I started using the Pro-forma comments Stack Apps script to increase my ...
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3answers
74 views

Should personal experiences be included in an answer?

I have seen many answers that are based on a single person's experiences - these are typically down-voted, however I don't see any particular stance on them - should it just be implemented as a rule ...
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3answers
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Bad answers being marked as low quality, when they aren't

Some recent answers appeared in the Low Quality review queue, mainly these ones: https://workplace.stackexchange.com/review/low-quality-posts/56859 https://workplace.stackexchange.com/review/low-...
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2answers
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Is this a constructive question or is there a problem with the answers? What can be done to make it constructive or fix the answers?

I posted this here instead of on the question itself so that we could discuss the question without littering the post itself with meta debate. David Weir is a new user, and this could be a good ...
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2answers
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What should we do with answers on the “resign and leave immediately” question?

How do I go about resigning in a company that doesn't allow two weeks' notice? is a popular question -- 12k views, question at +64, top answer at +110, 10 answers. A couple of the answers ...
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2answers
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Is asking for resources off-topic?

The original version of this question How can I impress upon a manager the value of a respectful management style? asks: Are there any resources you can recommend that document the value of a ...
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1answer
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Has answer quality improved since the early days of this site?

This site's Spring launch was marred with a lot of poor, short, not very helpful answers. Forum level, discussion type answers where an upvote more often meant "I agree" as opposed to "This is useful."...
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Do comments that say “this doesn't add value”, add value?

I've been on Stack Exchange sites for years, and just in the last week or so I've gotten four comments on answers I've posted that basically say "this answer doesn't add any value" or "this doesn't ...
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1answer
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When should I flag an answer as 'Not an Answer'?

The Workplace seems pretty subjective. There are guidelines for Good Subjective, Bad Subjective Questions, but what are the guidelines for answers? When should I flag an answer as 'Not an Answer'?
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Reasoning for answer deletion?

My answer to a question was deleted here. The reasoning for deletion is: Help Center > Answering Why and how are some answers deleted? Answers that do not fundamentally answer the question may be ...
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1answer
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What is off-topic about asking if it's unprofessional to wear headphones while at work?

My question here was put on hold because it was 'off-topic'. Is it unprofessional to listen to music while at work? Why is this? This question is.... About professionalism not about company ...
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1answer
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What to do after editing an answer that was deleted from the review queue?

I answered a question, which was put in the low quality review queue. I don't agree that it was low quality (and What are the guidelines for reviewing? seems to me to agree with me), but I edited it ...
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1answer
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De-wiki this question?

I posted this question: How do you handle an interview for a candidate who is performing poorly? at the start of the year. It's still my best question, and one that I was reasonably proud of. It ...
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This question is objectively opinion based but isn't being flagged due to it's easy to answer nature

The question in topic is If or How to answer compliments from boss at work and what I will say is that I will probably flag this as primarily opinion based as well.. It is. As per the question it asks ...
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1answer
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Improving the Help Center (take two)

So prior to becoming a mod, I really wanted to update the help center. Unfortunately, we only have access to the on-topic section for free editing by default. We had a brief chit-chat amongst the mods,...
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0answers
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Please curate the answers to the older-technologies question

How to attract people to work on very old and outdated technologies? currently has 31 (non-deleted) answers. Many of them appear to overlap a lot. Several of them are very short. We have a policy ...
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3answers
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Should we judge the ethics of a third party's behavior on the basis of a question?

This question was posted a couple days ago: How should I handle a conflict of interest of a coworker? Three of four answers stop just short of saying the CEO is a criminal: MrFox's answer if the CEO ...
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0answers
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Delete reason for duplicate answers

Our Help Center for Answering explains that some answers are deleted because they are (emphasis mine): commentary on the question or other answers asking another, different question “thanks!”...