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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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New Design Launched

As you can see the new design just went live. Which means this site has been officially launched! Congratulations! Thank you for your valuable design feedback. If you're still seeing the old favicons,...
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Back to basics: Assume good intentions and Be nice

There's a concept in the business world called "Back to basics" When a company has drifted too far from it's principles, it often reviews itself, and starts a "back to basics" program/initiative. ...
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Temporary Anti-Spam measures are now in place

So you've been getting hammered. While we very much appreciate all of the hard work everyone has been doing to keep things clean, we feel like we should be making it easier for you. Hence, effective ...
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2014 Community Moderator Election Results

The Workplace's 1st moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the 3 new moderators are: They'll be taking over for the existing crew shortly — please thank them ...
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2020 Community Moderator Election Results

The Workplace's seventh moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the new moderator is: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them for ...
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Please don't ask for status-completed on requests to reopen (or close) questions

We get a lot of questions on meta about closing or reopening specific questions. That's great -- meta is the right place to discuss these matters (and is way better than comments on the question). ...
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Prepare for graduation

As many of you know, Workplace SE is pending graduation as soon as the design passes it's final QA inspection. I wanted to take a moment to outline some of the changes that will occur so you know what ...
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(REOPENED) Reopen “How to diplomatically reject someone's project due to their attitude”

The question How to diplomatically reject someone's project due to their attitude was just closed for "asking advice on what to do." Honestly, I have no idea how this applies at all. The OP is not ...
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“Have I got this job” is a common question. Do/should we have a canonical question for this?

Variants of "have I got this job?" come up about twice a day, to which the answer is almost invariably, "if you don't have anything in writing, you don't have an offer, keep looking for other jobs". ...
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(Reopened) Why was the “Fired by an Intoxicated Boss” question closed?

I'm confused why the Fired by an Intoxicated Boss question was closed. The close reason says: "Questions seeking advice on company-specific regulations, agreements, or policies should be ...
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Don't forget we have Chat!

I've noticed something with certain questions of ours. These questions, while certainly "real problems", are generally too localized or not constructive as questions, so we can't really leave them ...
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Code formatting hints necessary?

I was About to ask my first Question on this side when i saw the Code formatting tips on the right (yellow area). I am very new to this site, but i am Pretty sure there should be very few Questions ...
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Merge Proposal: Overdressing on the first day of work

I suggest merging this question: New Job, Casual Attire, First Impression I have accepted a new job at a particular company. The company has casual attire (Jeans, T-Shirt). I have even seen some ...
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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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Reopen “Employer doesn't want to pay me…” (REOPENED)

The question Employer doesn't want to pay me because I took longer than estimated to finish the work was closed for being a legal question. However, I believe this falls under the types of legal ...
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“Choose rationally between two different jobs” - reopen request

The question Chose rationally between two different jobs (life changing) has been closed for asking "What to do". I believe that this question is not off-topic and should be reopened. The final lines ...
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February 2019 Community Moderator Election

The 2019 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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Announcement: Some cleaning and changes done to our Meta Tags

Today I took some time to do some cleaning and organizing of our tags here on Meta TWP. What inspired me to do so is that our tags are kind of a mess right now, and also because I noticed we have ...
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(REOPENED) Reopen “How do I ask a recruiter for time to update my resume?”

Former title: "Recruiter asks for resume, but mine is not ready" How do I ask a recruiter for time to update my resume? This question got close votes for being unclear but the question, while basic, ...
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Does The Workplace have a fundamental issue with throwaway accounts?

I was just thinking about this recently, and if you are posting on The Workplace: You likely are talking about something you wouldn't ideally like your employers to see. Then for those of us who ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, in ...
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Sending an answer to the Low Quality review queue

What is the right way to mark that an answer should be sent to the Low Quality review queue? I ask this because twice recently I have flagged an answer as Low Quality or Not an Answer and had the ...
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Significant numerical meaning was changed without OP feedback

In this question, there was a recent edit that changed 75 cent raise to 75 percent raise Without any feedback from the OP. In all honesty, I find 75 percent raises outright unbelievable in ...
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Tag Merge: software-development into software-industry

Proposal: merge software-development into software-industry Stats: software-development Questions: 140 Tag Info: [blank] software-industry Questions: 1,405 Tag Info: Questions with this tag ...
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2015 Community Moderator Election

The 2015 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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Add “How do I get a job doing XXXXX” to FAQ “don't ask”

This question made me realize the FAQ doesn't specifically reference not asking "how do I get a job doing XXX" and variants. I recommend we add an additional question to the FAQ in the format of: "...
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Can we be careful with delete votes?

I notice questions getting delete votes that IMO should not be deleted. Current examples: UPDATE: Should I ask for my job back after being terminated? (2 votes) Should I recommend a fired colleague? ...
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What did you think of the Winterbash event?

Winterbash is over with, even if winter itself is just getting started, and the hats have all been put away, possibly for next year. Stack Exchange would like to know what you thought about this ...
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Please avoid degenerating the site into a discussion forum

We hear over and over and over and over again that StackExchange is not a forum, it is a Q&A site. At the slightest sniff of a discussion blooming, moderators chase comments with torches and ...
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Reopen request: Sent technical test that was impossible, other candidates completed it

Sent technical test that was impossible, other candidates completed it This question was just put on hold with the "questions require a goal we can address" reason. I'm not sure I agree with that, ...
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Collective knowledge from Workplace?

Would anyone be interested in helping create a structure for gathering and organizing the collective knowledge of this community into a reference source that's more like a bunch of how-tos or tips/...
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Can we close this gender-politics question?

This question about a male gender specific job platform is actually referring to (as near as I can tell) to this site. I don't know why the OP decided to change the gender in the quotes, but it is ...
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Summer 2014 Community Moderator Election

It's that time again... One of the moderators on The Workplace recently became an SE employee. Now, the community needs to elect a new moderator on TWP to fill their shoes. The 2014 Community ...
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2014 Community Moderator Election

The 2014 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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Why this is off-topic?

How to handle business information about a contractor, I have from personal experience? Is put on hold as having no goal. I don't get how this can be taken as such. I explain a situation, I explain ...
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Should we focus more on making reference-worthy answers (for duplicate questions)?

I somewhat regularly find myself looking for a duplicate of a question, but only finding a whole bunch of similar questions, but none of which seem like a good duplicate candidate, as the answers tend ...
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Is this question really off-topic?

I just saw this question and wanted to add an answer. While I was composing my answer the question was closed as off-topic. I'm a bit puzzled: although the question could have a slightly broad answer ...
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Can we add a Flag reason for answers of: Provides Opinion Only

Currently I think many of the Not an Answer or Very Low quality flags we see should have been some other flag, but we do not have that flag. This flag would give us that other option. This would ...
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Would a comprehensive 'When should I negotiate and why' question benefit the workplace?

We get a number of questions like this which basically boil down to the asker not knowing what to negotiate or when to negotiate it. If we had a comprehensive question and answer that detailed when it'...
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Why was this thread closed as asking for legal advice?

This thread was closed as asking for legal advice: How can I minimize the risks of moonlighting in violation of my contract? This does not seem to fall under the guidelines discussed in the linked ...
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Swap Duplicate Redirect

Is it unethical to say my current employer has financial problems when looking for another job? Was closed as a duplicate of this, admittedly older, question: Can I disclose my company's ...
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Why is the quality filter for questions and answers so poor?

Supposedly there are spam filters on this site. How do answers like this one get through? Accept current job offer or wait for future offer? If nothing else, it should be flagged for having no ...
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Broad questions create duplicates for more targeted questions (same topic)

Some time ago, I have asked this question which was considered by the community a duplicate of this question. My feeling is that the referenced question is too broad as it provides very little ...
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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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2018 Community Moderator Election

The 2018 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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Rep gained not showing on achievements dropdown, but does in rep tab

I was wondering if anyone else is experiencing this. I gained reputation from some upvotes, but that change is not showing in the achievements dropdown: I checked, and that reputation does appear on ...
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Reopen PhD career question?

How does the process for applying for jobs look for a PhD? I made a fairly meaningful edit to this question, as I feel it is on-topic here as well as good question. I think it's a question which is ...
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This question doesn't meet our standards and is an excellent candidate for deletion

https://workplace.stackexchange.com/questions/14588/which-path-would-be-better-in-the-long-run This question doesn't meet our standards and is an excellent candidate for deletion. "Questions ...
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Are the tags used for types of termination fit for purporse

I noticed that some questions are using a tag layoff for circumstances where they are referring to some one being fired or being made redundant and not a layoff in the technical sense. Formally a ...