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FAQ proposal: Back It Up and Don't Repeat Others

I'm considering adding the following clauses into the first bit of our FAQ: How should I answer? Make sure your answer adds helpful information and is a complete, stand-alone answer. Read ...
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What “comments” are not . . .

If you've noticed comment-discussions being unceremoniously deleted, there's been a lot of misuse of comments in this system. Let's see if we can nip this in the bud. Comments are like Post-It notes ...
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What is asking for legal advice?

We have had several questions that have been closed because they had a legal component to them. But we live in a heavily regulated society so nearly every question on the site has laws that apply to ...
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We need to downvote answers more (even mediocre ones)

I propose that: This site's core users MUST much more frequently downvote answers even if they are "only" mediocre or we are going to face a consistent decrease in quality because (each of these is ...
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Aggressive Edits

Update 3 weeks following this discussion, the question has been closed, is sitting at -2 score, and has two answers with a combined +1 score. This is not to say "I told you so", but rather to ...
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Is 'Quit your job' an acceptable answer?

A lot of the questions on Workplace are getting an answer along the lines of 'You should quit'. There are some cases where i can see this as a viable answer but the majority of the time I think it ...
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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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Our Comments Problem

our name is The Workplace, and we have a comment problem. We definitely have a comment problem We have tried to fix it, but haven't succeeded yet We want your help to figure out a way to do that We ...
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How should we adjust our approach to editing to minimize conflicts?

We've had some questions asked recently that were edited by the community that changed the meaning of the post significantly, at least in the eyes of the asker or other members of the community. This ...
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How do I deal with the fact that I'm awesome and everyone around me sucks?

This seems to be the default structure of workplace questions. From the current front page: Dealing with co-workers intentionally working slower to milk their work hours? How to not let co-worker's ...
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Public service announcement: Keeping the Workplace Professional

Be nice. Stack Exchange has a Be Nice policy. The Workplace is no exception to this policy. Lately we moderators have been spending a lot of time dealing with comments and posts including such ...
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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, in ...
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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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Should we have country specific tags?

Some questions are inherently quite localised. For instance How important is a grade point average on a resume? makes little sense to those of us outside of the united-states. I don't think questions ...
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Site design for Workplace.se

I’m Stéphane, the new designer at Stack Exchange. First, I wanted to announce that this site is now starting the process of moving out of beta to become a fully-graduated site! Congratulations! ...
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Good Subjective/Bad Subjective and Agony Aunt Questions

"questions that are not answerable — discussions, debates, opinions — should be closed as subjective" That's what Good Subjective, Bad Subjective says. And then it goes on to give us 6 guidelines ...
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Do we have a Quality control issue?

We have a few questions that while not off topic I do not think are high quality questions as asked but have been upvoted: Workplace gossip makes me uncomfortable - how do I deal with it? How can I ...
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Are “it depends” answers a sign of a bad question?

(My title is a bit facetious, since the answer is probably "it depends".) I'm seeing a lot of questions like this: How can I reduce the size of a long resume without hiding all my skills and ...
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Repairing our broken windows - we need YOUR help!

Background Like other successful Stack Exchange sites, The Workplace gets a lot of questions. This is great! And we have a good-sized group of knowledgable users who answer those questions. This is ...
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Improving the System for Dealing with Poor Answers

On the advice of Shog, this has been reposted on Meta, slightly simplified So it's no shock that we have a lot of poor answers here. We are having issues with understanding the current flagging, and ...
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Why was my question edited/closed/downvoted?

Based on this post by jmort, and a suggestion by enderland in chat, I thought it would be useful to create a consolidated post where we can point users to when we downvote/close/edit their questions ...
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High volume of questions being put On Hold or Closed - is that a problem?

At this moment, 7 of the top 10 questions are either On Hold, or Closed. Does anyone consider this a problem? How does this compare to other SE forums?
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Experiment concluded: a comment by any other name

This experiment has ended; you can view the report here. Last year, Robert Cartaino relayed this one weird trick to fix comments: I also flag dozens-to-hundreds of posts daily simply to remove ...
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Why was this question about handling the fallout of a crass joke deleted?

Why was this question (not mine, although I answered) deleted? It's currently at net +4 (with one favorite), and several constructive answers, but it was deleted by Shog9. Per the FAQ, Generally we ...
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Fair to VTC for trolling

If you think a question is trolling is it fair to VTC (Vote To Close)? If so what reason should be checked? I don't want to link the question as I don't want to get into a discussion on if that ...
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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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Practical Concept Handbook for navigating The Workplace [closed]

Inspired by this Meta post: Just as travelers' immune systems can be assaulted by new diseases in new places, new users are increasingly likely to be miffed by an ingrained meme and left sitting ...
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Do we want a community blog?

It's possible for a Stack Exchange site to get it's own blog provided we follow some steps to prove a couple things: We want it We can make it happen I know some of our most active members like the ...
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2018 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection [closed]

As hinted recently, the Workplace Stack Exchange is scheduled for an election starting next week, May 14th. In connection with that election as we have done in previous years, we will be hosting a Q&...
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Are we using NAA and VLQ flags correctly?

I've been noticing for a couple months that the 10k flag queue seems to have NAA and VLQ flags for things that I think wouldn't be flagged that way on other sites I'm active on. These are generally ...
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Cleaning Up Bad Answers on Popular Questions

Due to graduation, privilege levels have dropped to the point where most of us can no longer delete answers making this less productive. We can revisit it in the future when we have more 20k+ users. ...
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The Workplace is a worldwide site

Please remember: The Workplace is a worldwide site, and this means there are going to be some differences in context that we all need to be careful about. Language: The language of the site is ...
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Recent string of trolling questions

Recently we've had a large number of questions deleted because they were clearly trolling. Some examples (sorry, this is going to be all 10k+ links): New coworker demanding $10k, Autistic teenager, ...
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What is rude on The Workplace?

Due to the widely varying attitudes in the question, answers and comments on the post Can this site be more "friendly" to users when closing questions? I really think we need a quick primer ...
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Do we need a policy on bad/“me too” answers?

More and more I'm hearing "the problem is bad answers, not questions". I disagree that the questions are not partly at fault, but I'd love to see more answer moderation. The problem is the community ...
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Is it expected that I cannot comment on questions or answers, having reputation 1,986?

My reputation on workplace is currently 1,986. The commenting privilege starts at 50. However, I can't comment on any questions or answers—there is no "add a comment" link on any of them for me. Is ...
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When/how should I flag content as 'very low quality' or 'not an answer'?

I have over 15 reputation and have been given the flagging privilege. I understand the guidelines for spam and offensive flags, but it seems The Workplace has different standards for 'very low ...
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2017 Year in Review

Given past questions for holidays: That time of year again -- hats! Workplace.SE 2014 New Year's Resolutions Happy Thanksgiving! I wanted to ask the workplace community what are some topics of ...
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Are Ethics part of our purview?

We've collected a fair amount of ethics questions. In my opinion "ethics" in general is too subjective and distant from a "real" problem to be an answerable question; everyone has an opinion, but no ...
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Reason for deleting comments?

Several days ago (perhaps week before last?), I posted a comment on this answer: https://workplace.stackexchange.com/a/36407/16724 As closely as I can recall, my comment was: This answer is the ...
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What is “legal advice”?

We say that questions asking for legal advice are off-topic (rightly so). I always thought this meant "what should I do in this situation?" (which may also be too localized), or "what exactly does ...
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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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Are questions of law (“is X legal?”) questions off topic?

Prompted by Are digitally signed documents legally binding? - to which the only answer I can give is "It depends on your jurisdiction!", and related to Are employment law questions off-topic?: do we ...
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Should we allow school/college-related questions?

Since we seem to be allowing non-IT questions, I was wondering if we should also allow questions pertaining to students. After all, work-environment seems to be a major part of our scope. Schools/...
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Let's try to work with users before chasing them off

The Workplace gets a lot of questions whose initial versions don't fit. We correctly close those. Our closure rate is around 50% (I can't find an exact number in the tools), so this is a widespread ...
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“Advice on what to do” close reason is over-broad

Update: We asked this question almost two years ago, and it took a while for voting to produce a clear winner. We'd like to implement this answer. As described here, I feel the current wording of ...
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Should anything be done about a user posting fake questions

I believe we have a user posting questions based on the plots of soap operas that are not broadcast in the US or Europe. Several of the questions have been popular though not really believable. Is ...
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Adding an after-the-facts

I asked for advice a while back in a question here. And I ended up acting on said advice, in a way that actually had a positive outcome. I'd like to put this somewhere, to show the people who ...
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How should we handle cultural issues?

Just glancing over a few questions, I see many that are culture specific, eg: What are some guidelines for appropriate social drinking at work? - this will vary greatly between secular and Muslim ...