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Is there a consensus in The Workplace regarding the meaning of votes for answers?

(The question came to my mind when reading an answer but this is just for reference). Is there a consensus about what up- and down-voting mean for answers? What would be the "voting reaction"...
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The Workplace is a toxic community

I've just joined The Workplace yesterday and it has been a very bad experience. I've asked two questions, both pretty much the same. After there was no more hope for the first question, I asked the ...
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Why is my question about nightshifts off-topic?

Could somebody please explain to me, why this question is considered to be off-topic? Some commenters demand more information, assuming the question has some tax or contractual context. It doesn't. Is ...
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(Done) (Reopen request) Do we want to tell people that resignation letters are the same as exit interviews?

Is it good form to put detailed reasons why you are resigning from a company in a resignation letter? This question was closed as a duplicate of a question asking about exit interviews. I do not ...
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Are off-topic political rants encouraged in answers?

In response to this question, user computercarguy posted this answer. As pointed out in the comments (including John Goodrow's comment, currently with 11 upvotes), this answer contains an off-topic ...
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REQ: Repen What are the possible consequences for refusing to use personal phone for authentication?

Request to reopen: What are the possible consequences for refusing to use personal phone for authentication? This question is answerable, and is relevant to the workplace
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Can I do anything outside of bounty to improve getting responses to my question on potential contractor fraud?

My most recent question only has 2 responses so far despite close to 600 views and was posted several days ago. It was not quickly closed as violating a SE rule (rant , legal advice request etc). I ...
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(Reopened) Please Re-Open "Disagreeing with company's code of conduct"

Disagreeing with company's code of conduct This was closed because it apparently "needs details or clarity." This question does not actually need detail or clarity. I think the OP has ...
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Do/should people downvote out of sheer irritation about how the OP handled the situation?

I recently encountered a question where the way that the OP handled a situation seemed obviously wrong to me, but they were implicitly blaming their co-workers for the situation. Part of me was ...
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What's a good process to understand why a hot question was deleted?

The question at https://workplace.stackexchange.com/questions/184198 showed as a "Hot Network Question" and I was following it when it was suddenly deleted. Is there a way to understand why ...
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Why was my question protected?

As I was browsing my questions today, I noticed this question of mine dealing with rationing of ventilators for covid patients to be protected and in status of Highly Active. I was surprised by this ...
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(Done) req. reopen Being assigned to a position I don't want to + racism

Being assigned to a position I don't want to + racism Very answerable. Workplace bigtry/racism exists
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The Workplace is hitting the big ten year mark!

The Workplace is turning ten years old! A blog post announcing our ten year anniversary will soon be posted on the Stack Overflow blog! Original Announcement Post As other sites have done before us ...
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(Done) This question should not have been closed as "opinion-based"

How to politely state moral objection This is no more "opinion-based" than any other question. It's asking for advice regarding recruiters, interviewing, and potentially resumes. I voted to ...
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(Done) REQ: Reopen How to proceed in new role?

How to proceed in new role? This question is answerable after the edit. The user is a new user and we should cut them a little slack. Imposter syndrome is very common in the business world, esp in IT,...
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Wondering what needs improvement for a specific question

There is this question What is the official date of resignation when registered mail was delivered on time, but went to a collection point to be picked up the next day? and at the time of my writing ...
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Question on topic regarding implications of being an independent contractor or an employee in Belgium?

I've run into the scenario where sometimes employees are opting to be independent contractors in Belgium vs. a normal employee, and I'm trying to understand the advantages/disadvantages of doing so. I'...
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Request reopen this question

My company is only offering training to people who are not white males due to diversity push. They have openly told us this There is merit in this question, and it has four upvotes so far. I am on a ...
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How can I improve my question?

I don't understand why my most recent question (Feeling exhausted and disheartened while working on my current assignment) has received downvotes. How can I improve it further?
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[Done]: reopen e If you get sent home early (for no fault of your own) should you still get paid for the time?

If you get sent home early (for no fault of your own) should you still get paid for the time? An edit has been made to this post making it a general question as opposed to a company specific question. ...
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I think we can do better at not closing questions in a knee-jerk manner

There seems to be a glut of questions closed lately, and my interpretation is that we are not taking into consideration what is effectively the deletion of content of others before casting a close ...
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Why was my meta post about tolerance towards content, deleted?

https://workplace.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/7035/psa-recognize-effort-before-voting-to-close-or-forcing-close Can somebody please clarify why my post around content deletion was deleted? It's ...
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2021: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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(Reopened) Where do we draw the line for whether a question is really a duplicate?

I noticed the question Colleagues routinely only answer the first of my questions? was closed as a duplicate of the question I emailed my customer asking multiple questions. Their reply addressed only ...
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Why was the "CEO powers" question closed?

I opened a question about a CEO role. One comment mentioned this is case-by-case, but I didn't even know there was so much variance for a CEO position. Also, while I had questions closed in the past, ...
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Reopen request for "Tell colleagues about booster shot"

Tell colleagues about booster shot I really don't understand why people, including mods, are so trigger happy to close questions with the reason: Questions seeking advice on company-specific ...
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(Reopened) Does this question really not have a goal that can be addressed?

This question was closed for supposedly not having a goal we can address: How to find motivation to keep applying to jobs after being rejected I strongly disagree with both the closure and the stated ...
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(Reopened) What's the justification for closing the question around a scheme to optimize remuneration?

How to convince my hierarchy to optimize my remuneration scheme It was closed with the reason: Questions seeking advice on company-specific regulations, agreements, or policies should be directed to ...
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(Reopened) What's the justification for closing this question?

When answering "what are your top 3 strengths" are they looking for transferable skills or technical skills? It can easily be treated as a generalized question and answered in ways that work ...
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Should questions about problems that someone other than the OP faces be allowed?

Recently, there I encountered two questions about problems found in prominent news stories (rather than a problem that the OP personally faces): Could producing a grave bug that made headlines make ...
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Congratulations on your 100k milestone Nvoigt

Well done! You've provided a lot of interesting insights over the years. 100k is quite an achievement.
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Clarification on academic and academia tags

I was looking at the tags on this question during an edit: How to enter the GPA of a degree program on a job application? It includes academic, which I thought might not apply. My assumption was that ...
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Is "opinion based" a good reason to close a question?

Recently there have been many close requests with the "opinion based" reason and I am wondering if having this close option is useful. In a way most questions on this site are opinion based, ...
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(Done) Why was the question about monitoring an employees private network closed?

Can my employer legally monitor my personal network activity when I'm working from home? The question was closed as Questions seeking advice on company-specific regulations, agreements, or ...
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(Done) Req to reopen "Coworker wrote me into fictional book"

Coworker wrote me into fictional book Definitely work place related, clearly answerable, three votes to reopen already, Please can we have two more?
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Can I ask a question realted to my former boss behavior?

I read the topic section, but still I'm not sure if the question would be on topic. Basically, I would like to ask for advice about a behavior of my former boss. He is currently doing something that I'...
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Why was this answer deleted on: What are best practices for employee surveys?

https://workplace.stackexchange.com/a/179391/59502 There are vendors that specialize in designing and implementing employee surveys. Set up an introductory call with several of them. The answer was ...
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(Done) I think the question about employees putting lives at risk should be reopened

I am endangering people's lives doing tasks I am not qualified to do Yes, the OP may be asking what they should do, but I don't believe the answers in this question actually adds no value to ...
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Why was my answer severely downvoted?

I was very surprised at the many downvotes my most recent answer got and want to understand why. I took the OP at their word that they are not being flirty and used my example from my own work ...
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(Reopened) I think we should reopen the question about men wearing nail polish to work

The first time As a male, is it acceptable to wear black nail polish at work? made it into the reopen queue, it was unilaterally kept closed by a moderator. It now has 3 more reopen votes. It was ...
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Any thoughts on unpinning the accepted answer to a question from the top of the Answers list

Stack Overflow will no longer pin the accepted answer to the top. Other sites can do this either on demand or can opt out if the change is pushed site-wide. The answers would be listed by highest to ...
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What function does the "workplace-rhythm" tag serve

The tag workplace-rhythm seems to have no discernable meaning as it has no description. Should we just get rid of it?
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Would this question from the Freelancing stack be appropriate?

I posted the question below at the Freelancing stack https://freelancing.stackexchange.com/questions/10215/dealing-with-a-startup-how-common-is-commercial-credit-vs-equity But it is a pretty low ...
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Why are people obsessed with closing good questions as "legal or company specific"?

In my opinion, the "legal or company specific" close reason is being abused to close any question that touches at all on a company or legality - which really is most questions. Examples are ...
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Why the downvotes?

Employee will not come into the office and managers will not enforce it I am getting a lot of downvotes on this question. I would like to get some feedback on what can I improve to change that.
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Bumping super-old threads

I've been noticing over the last couple of days that a bunch of super old threads (4-5 years old) have been getting bumped to the top of the forum. Can we not do that? Makes it hard to know which ...
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What is the tag “estimations” for?

Another tag I’ve come across with no description is estimations. I think it’s trying to cover questions involving giving or otherwise dealing with estimates, but I find the plural a bit confusing if I ...
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Is “women” a useful tag? (Nope, it’s been burninated)

I noticed a recent question with the tag women which has no description and only 15 questions. They are questions involving women, but not really about women. The questions might be better tagged with ...
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Can someone [support] me in burninating this tag?

The support tag currently has 10 questions. There is no tag description, and very little consistency in how it's used. By way of example, one question is about tech support, another one is how to ...
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How should questions with obviously ridiculous premises (such as how to engage in fraud) be handled?

Follow-up to: Should we answer questions that are likely to be closed? I recently encountered a question that basically asks how to defraud companies. The OP was "asking" if they could apply ...
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