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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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What questions are off-topic here?

This is the first post stemming from Improving the Help Center (take two). It is listed as faq-proposed so that the community can add to and comment on the contents. We can clean up additional answers ...
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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 ...
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How do we define Constructive on this site?

Asking Constructive questions (and defining what that means for us) is a big issue I think we really need solved. We need it solved to help us define the site and help people ask questions, assured ...
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FAQ Proposal: Off topic areas

Per the feedback in FAQ - What questions can I ask here I'd like to add the following Off Topic areas to the first part of our FAQ ASAP: What questions are off topic here? "Which job should ...
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Are the Downvoting police too active?

I'm new to Workplace.SE, though I'm active on other SE sites. One thing I've noticed is that there is a downvoting police, that goes around giving -1 to anything they don't like. Go to the main page, ...
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'On-Topic' and 'Off-Topic' sections of the help center

Now that we have graduated, I think we should re-visit this discussion. As an official site, we should strive to clearly state what is on- and off-topic here to help guide new users to become ...
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Industry specific tags and localisation

At the time of writing, the only industy specific tag I have seen is "software industry", and its a popular one - number two on the list. While the industy can be useful background, I sometimes feel ...
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Too Localized?? Are you kidding me? [closed]

https://workplace.stackexchange.com/questions/2518/did-organizational-anti-patterns-foster-the-penn-state-cover-up Have you ever heard of Harvard Business School Case Studies?? They routinely study ...
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Are non-IT workplace questions on-topic?

Most (if not all) of the answers so far have been in direct relationship to the IT field - however, the title of this site is "The Workplace", not "The IT Workplace". Are non-IT related questions on-...
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What can we do about one line answers?

We have a lot of very brief, one/two line answers. I think this is a problem, and this has recently come up on Programmers' Meta. We have a lot of answers per question and sometimes single-line ...
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2017 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

The Workplace Stack Exchange is scheduled for an election starting next week, January 30th. In connection with that election, we will be hosting a Q&A here for candidates. This will be an ...
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Are employment law questions off-topic?

I would highly advocate that yes, such questions are off-topic, because we cannot reliably answer them and because the answers may depend on a number of other factors, such as jurisdiction and ...
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RhysW's Tag Reviews - Suggested Course of action

So I have recently been having a batter at the tags to see if we can remove any we don't need. Define any that are undefined and re-tag those we think are redundant. As suggested by Monica Cellio I ...
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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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What is the norm of Closing the question?

I saw a question today: Getting fired on the second day, how do I cope with it? I think before any answer could be posted - i could see 2 close flags! WHY? It didn't look like one of the trolls; ...
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Congratulations to Joe Strazzere for 100k rep!

Joe is one of our most consistent and prolific contributors here in the community. He is always polite, thoughtful and helpful. In my brief time here in this wonderful community, I can always be ...
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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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How can we encourage people to find the middle ground?

There's a problem I've noticed with most questions we close (and some we haven't yet): most of them are either too localized to be useful to more than one person, or they're too broad to be usefully ...
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What should we do with questions about personal dilemmas with no right answer?

I can't help feeling that some of the questions on the site are opportunities to offload to a listening pair of ears (or thousands of pairs of ears as the case may be). I'm thinking in particular of ...
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A Note on Tag Wiki Excerpts

I've had to reject and roll back a lot of tag wiki entries, and I'd like to explain what we are looking for. See Improved Tagging. Tag wikis are about why you would use a tag. Tag wikis are not to ...
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FAQ - What questions can I ask here

Currently the FAQ states this: The Workplace - Stack Exchange is for members of the workforce navigating the professional setting. I find this sourly lacking. What does this include? What does ...
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That troll again, what can be done?

So back again, and now using a name that belongs to an established user... This should be controlled as it now starts to harm users... A delay loop of users with a rep less than 10 would be a start.....
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Can we add “Questions asking for advice” to the list of off-topic questions?

We keep getting "I want advice on XXXX" types of questions which are all vague and more appropriate for a discussion board - not a Q/A site. Can we please update the first item under the list of off ...
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Are questions about office furniture off topic?

Sample question asked on the Programmers SE site: I prepare an office in my home and I am looking currently for a good quality chair. I do not need to write here how important a good chair is ...
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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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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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34% Close Rate for Last 50 Questions, ~60% of those mention the reason

I just went through the latest 50 questions on the site. Of those 50 questions, 17 of them (34%) have been closed. Of those 17 questions, 10 or 11 clearly explain the reason the question was closed. ...
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Moderators Pro Tempore, just like mamma used to make 'em

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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Should The Workplace opt out of Hot Network Questions (trial run)?

The Hot Network Questions (HNQ) list is a list of questions drawn from across the network. It appears in the right column on the front page of the site and on all question pages. An algorithm ...
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Vote Early, Vote Often

This is a reproduction of a moderator's (Richard) post on meta.hermeneutics.SE; I believe it is very much applicable to this community as well. Richard wrote a post encouraging voting. I think this is ...
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No such thing as a stupid question

Recently I have seen more questions that, while on-topic for the workplace, just don't seem particularly useful. Questions like Would it be rude to add this email disclaimer? and What can I say in ...
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Summer 2014 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

Once again, in connection with the summer moderator elections, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. To repeat the rules from last time around, this will be an opportunity for members of ...
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The Workplace Tag List Project

After a comment in chat about the The 7 Essential Meta Questions of Every Beta, I looked to see if we had done work on deciding how we want our tagging to be handled. While I found small discussions ...
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I think we now have that quality issue that Robert warned us about

In Do We have a quality control issue Robert warned us *you don't stand a chance at making the Internet a better place by asking generalized, generic questions that have been asked 100's of times on ...
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New Users Guide

This is a work in progress. Now that the FAQ has be changed as per this post, I think we need a guide on "how to ask a question / write an answer" section here. Also, I'm not sure how to ...
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Why was the discrimination question closed, and what needs be done to re-open it?

The question in question is: How can I deal with discrimination against groups of colleagues? To me, it clearly describes a behaviour from management that reeks of discrimination, or at least ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2014 [duplicate]

You guys have gotten your own design! And with that, you now have the opportunity to setup Community Promotion Ads! We're still pretty fresh into 2014 so not much lost ground here. What are Community ...
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“My manager hopelessly sucks, what do I do?” - “Just quit.”

Here's the question (10k only - deleted) (partial quote): How do I handle a manager who lacks leadership skills? I am a software engineer with considerable qualifications. My manager is a high ...
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How can we enforce quality standards without adding to the FAQ?

It's apparently agreed that we need a "back it up" style expectation of quality but support for actually placing it in the FAQ was very meh. The general suggestion so far has been to gauge expertise ...
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Comments without upvotes are now hidden if a question has more than two answers

A couple of weeks ago, I asked if we should adjust a setting to more aggressively hide comments. The feedback we got was was useful and seemed to be in agreement that it was worth a try. So this ...
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If we were to do the HNQ experiment, how should we evaluate the results?

Another question asks about opting out of the Hot Network Questions list for a few months to see if that's better or worse for us (or ends up not mattering). See the other (unresolved!) question for ...
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Another tag discussion!

I have done some research into tag cleanup and am looking for community feedback. Just like when RhysW did the same thing, I will post one answer for each recommendation, feel free to add your own. ...
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Copying questions that had a misfortune of being widely exposed in the hot list

This question had a misfortune to be widely exposed in the hot list: Some of the employees don't check if everything has been flushed properly and that the bowl is clean Newer question is a ...
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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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Is “not constructive” really applicable at workplace.SE?

Let me start with noting that I like this site and I think it fills a gap in the SE family. not constructive This question is not a good fit to our Q&A format. We expect answers to generally ...
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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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Could we be less aggressive about moving comments to chat?

Popular questions tend to attract a ton of comments. Example Questions on this site tend to attract more comments than on other sites because: the topics are circumstance-specific and require lots ...
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How should I flag a question that appears to be the work of a troll?

How easy is it to get away with "borrowing" in the workplace All of my recent flags have been rejected. So perhaps I need to change my approach. How should I flag the above question if I ...

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