Questions tagged [discussion]

The question you're asking is designed to solicit opinions or best-practices on a particular topic, with the goal of reaching community consensus.

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Demographics about TW users would be helpful for interpreting & answering questions. Possible to share?

The Workplace is different from Stack Overflow or other technical sites in the SE network in that workplace norms, and thus our answers, vary between geographies, industries, and roles. The ...
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Where did the comments go?

There were a bunch of comments on Should my manager be aware of private LinkedIn approaches I receive? How to politely have this happen?. A seemingly random bunch of them were deleted. There is no "...
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What does “Serial Voting Was Reversed” mean?

I see the message "Serial voting was reversed" in the Recent achievements list. What does that mean?
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What Is Up With Voting in “Workplace”?

I'm on a number of forums and I have to say that Workplace has the most insane voting patterns of all the forums. I'm all for some downvoting when needed, but I see a lot of questions with heavy ...
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Can I ask for a list of advice?

I were going to ask a question: "What are the good things to do when taking on a new position in a new company?" but I thought that there would be no clear answer or an answer would be an aggregation ...
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Should I ask the question again, differently?

I wrote this question: Is it common for new employees to be appointed to a team in a higher position than the current technical lead? Is there a term for this? At first, I was not planning on ...
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(Done) Request to reopen after edit to narrow question scope

This question is one vote away from being closed due to over - broad. I have edited the title and questions to hopefully narrow the scope and make them more focused on how to navigate job role ...
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What should be our approach on new feature allowing removal of a question from HNQ?

This is a recently introduced feature: There are times when the hotness formula selects a question that a site would rather not have featured. Up until now, the only recourse that was available was ...
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What's up with Jase and his nametag?

Over the last 6 weeks or so, we've seen effectively the same question posted (at least) 5 times: Use preferred name at work? Can you use a preferred name tag at work Name tag at work - using a ...
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(Done) Reopen request - question closed as unclear

Dismissed on grounds of misconduct, without police involvement This was closed as unclear, which seems to be because the original version of the text was very brief and included an acronym that only ...
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We're testing advertisements on The Workplace

My name is Juan M and I'm one of the community managers here on the network. You can read more about some of what I'm working on here and here. For several years we've had advertising on technology-...
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(Done) This question should not be closed as 'unclear'

Misleading/out of date LinkedIn profiles - saying you still work for an employer when you don't is closed as Unclear what you're asking. There is nothing unclear about it. It seems on-topic (...
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Have lots of Users been Removed recently?

In the past few days, I've seen a few notifications that "User was removed" in my Achievements list. Some removed points, some added points. I assume I would see only a single "User was removed" ...
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How about a swag-yielding event?

I started contributing to TWP recently and liking the community so far. I searched the meta for any past swag-yielding events, and got a reference for the only one swag giveaway. Asked around in ...
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sandbox: having group lunch with boss, how to suggest change of culture

I would like to sandbox a question. I don't think this is a dupe. We are a group of PhD students, have a group lunch with our boss (PI). That never happened before and there is currently no agenda. ...
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Is this question really a duplicate? Country tags differ

I was looking for questions about medical issues and job interviews in Australia. This question turned up in a search: Unemployed with health issues last 9 years, how do I present myself in best ...
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Is this question really “Off topic: asking for advice?”

MIS vs IT Degrees It's closed now as "off topic, asking for advice on a specific choice." My interpretation is that the asker is not asking which degree to pursue; instead they're asking does it ...
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What determines whether comments are deleted or moved to chat?

As is all to common here, we have had yet another Meta question asking why comments were removed from a post. The answer to this is pretty clear, and I'm not at all questioning their removal. One ...
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Some mod is completely out of control on this board

Dangerous workplace travelling This question had multiple comments which identified the area the OP was talking about, and had discussions about the relative safety of the US vs. other nations of the ...
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(Done) Reopen request: Can my company stop me from working overtime?

Can my company stop me from working overtime? This question was just put on hold as "unclear what you're asking" - which I don't understand, given that the actual title is a very clear question, ...
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Are reality check questions on topic here?

I'm asking because of the specific question below, but I'm hoping to get an answer for the general case: Good or bad company? The relevant part: I can't tell if this is normal stuff to have to ...
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(Done) Should this question on getting fired on the last day be marked off topic?

The question Why did I get fired right before my last day? was closed, and I personally do not believe there is any other place on SE to ask this good question. Is it OK to ask where it is closest to ...
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Are answers that advise illegal/unethical actions acceptable?

In this question the OP acknowledges behaving unprofessionally in the office and is concerned that this may have been witnessed by a female colleague, who is now acting uncomfortable around him. A ...
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Final decision made, retirement begins Friday

In the spirit of the high holy day of Christianity, it's time for (metaphorical) death and renewal. I came back because of the twitstorm and felt I could help out, but it's clear I have other venues. ...
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(Done)Req to Reopen How to Deal With Legacy Software and Split Opnion

The question How to deal with legacy software and split opinion only needs one more open vote to be reopened. Given that the reason it was closed was "Because ask a software question on a software ...
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Diversity in this stack, and addressing the difficulties of neurodivirse user base. at TWP

Since TWP has a very large userbase from IT, and there is a much higher prevelance of autism in high tech fields in general See this study, An effort should be made to be more welcoming of people on ...
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Should I post this question in workplace.stackexchange or softwareengineering.stackexchange or elsewhere

I have a question about my The Workplace Stack Exchange post: App startup founder wants my help to solve urgent software engineering problem affecting considerable percent of users - says will give a ...
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Req to Reopen “Working with people that have different views in geopolitics”

Working with people that have different views in geopolitics This is not opinion based, and multinationals such as the one I work for are constantly handling this sticky situation with China. There ...
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April is autism awareness month

April is autism awareness month. As I've seen no official posts on it since I've been here, I've decided to take the initiative. Autism (and Asperger's syndrome, which is a form of autism) presents ...
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Reopen request - Different opinion led to a co-worker not working with me anymore

Different opinion led to a co-worker not working with me anymore This question was closed as "opinion-based", but the OP wasn't asking whether we agree with his opinion. The question he's asking is ...
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Shouldn't this question be deleted for blatant sexism?

In this question: How should I tactfully let my coworker know I'm uncomfortable being alone with someone else in a closed-off room? The OP is promoting a blatant sexist stereotype of "All men ...
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What's up with the downvote pattern on this question?

How to point to risks in a culture that awards optimism and punishes CYA Every answer here has 2 downvotes. I'm prepared to accept my answer was merits the DVs it got, but two downvotes on all ...
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Time to retire, take care

I've done my bit for this community I reckon. I don't like it lately, and life's too short to let myself worry about petty inconsequentials and people on the internet. So I'm taking a break. I'm old, ...
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Tag synonym: [legal] and [law]

I noticed that we have tags both for legal (189 questions) and law (73 questions). I think the two words are pretty much synonymous, so I would propose having law redirect to legal. Unfortunately I ...
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Questions that basically ask TWP to function as someone's Google Assistant

I'd like to get everyone's thoughts on how questions like this fit against guidelines on this site: Agreement between employee and employer for use of personal equipment Although the larger topic ...
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Providing an answer to a “protected” Topic

I rcently came across the following Topic: What can I do if I am asked to learn different programming languages very frequently? I am a Human Resources Professional with some experience in this ...
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Why was my answer deleted as spam / offensive?

I want the following answer undeleted as it clearly and demostrabely is not what it is falsely accused of ! https://workplace.stackexchange.com/posts/131840/revisions I have not used offensive ...
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Fixed terms for mods

We don't have fixed terms for mods. This means that if a mod goes off the rails or loses sight of their role they remain in a position of power and can enforce their personal opinions or agendas on ...
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What is the standard for mods stepping in and deleting posts?

Inspired by the discussion on THIS QUESTION The answer deleted had a +17 and -28 for a total of -11 The following answers, by the same user, were rated as low, if not lower What should I do about ...
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Congratulations Richard U for a 100K!

Congratulations to Richard U for reaching 100K. We are inspired by you. Wish you good fortune and the best it yet to come!! A personal note: In case you're yet to read the bio, please do.
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Why was my answer deleted?

Would you mods care to explain the deletion of my perfectly good answer? Just because your culture upbringing and religion and mine are not the same doesn't mean mine has anything wrong with it. What ...
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( DONE) Drug test question shouldn't be on hold, please reopen

This is a relevant and answerable question. Am I able to retake a Pre-employment Drug Screen? Drug tests are not arbitrary, there are fixed and logical procedures for them which deal with attempts ...
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What is the proper way to get a question migrated to another board?

I occasionally flag questions that, in my opinion, should be moved to a more appropriate board, such as Law.SE. This seems to have no effect. Is there a better way to get questions migrated to a ...
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Should I cancel contact with a contract hiring agency; is this a duplicate?

I feel this question might be a duplicate, but if it isn't is it on topic to post? I was contacted for contract work by a contract agency for a company I really wanted to work for as a full time ...
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Is my answer not useful or was it misunderstood

I answered my first answer on this site here. It was downvoted. (It has since been edited so it doesn't get misunderstood.) I was wondering why. Was it "not useful" (the caption on the downvote ...
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How can one demonstrate a pattern of harassment on this site?

This is not related to me, but is related to a recent incident. I witnessed one user being harassing towards another in repeated comments across multiple Questions and answers. I flagged the ...
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Can I combine different answers into one and how?

Recently I asked a question that got a lot of advice and a few part-answers. Is there any way to combine the part answers into one answer? My question is here: Is there any risk in sharing info about ...
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What is this site's policy on naming other users in a post?

It was my understanding that specifically naming someone as an example is bad form, such as, in the past, when a particular user has been named as someone who votes to close posts, but does not ...
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Tag cleanup for [software] tag

After seeing someone incorrectly add the tag software to a question, I stumbled upon this Meta post explaining how it should be used, which is for questions about using software, not developing it. I ...
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Why was nothing done about this racial stereotype?

This answer asserts that a soap dispenser that does not work properly for a black person was designed by white people who design products for white people without concern for other races. There is no ...