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What criteria do we need for questions regarding the law/regulations to be allowed?

We have had multiple discussions on what constitutes legal advice here: Are employment law questions off-topic? Defining the on-topic / off-topic line on questions that could be answered by a lawyer ...
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Editing the Help Center

It looks like our FAQ link now redirects to a help center. I don't think it has the same information as it used to (it would seem, not 100% positive). This is apparently universally rolled-out across ...
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How can we ensure answers are culturally relevant?

This question and its answers are a really good example of a problem I've been aware of on this site for a while. There are large culture differences between different work environments. Answers ...
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What is with the (Done) in titles here?

We have a status-completed tag. Why are titles being cluttered up with their status? Are moderators not responding to flags asking to have things marked status-completed? I find this is really ...
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2015 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection [duplicate]

In connection with the moderator elections, as we had done last year, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to pose questions to ...
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If we avoid legal advice, why do we have a law tag?

I saw this question and the comment that caught me off guard was this bit: Alright I'll move it away, I figured since there was a "law" tag that it was applicable Why do we have a law tag? I saw ...
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Is there a title for that?

A few questions like https://workplace.stackexchange.com/questions/3739/im-not-a-software-engineer-any-more-but-what-am-i are basically asking either the difference between job titles, what a certain ...
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Should I always accept an answer on The Workplace?

I asked a question a couple of days ago, and thankfully I got great positive feedback for the situation I'm currently in. The issue or more like the dilemma is that I really can't accept just one ...
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Duplicate answers - What action should we take?

A lot of our questions (Especially HNQ questions) seem to get a lot of answers that repeat what others have said before, albeit with a different context. A good example is this question. There are a ...
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What's the [legal] tag for?

We have a legal tag for some reason. After some debate on Meta, questions that require lawyers are off topic in the FAQ. I admit there are some questions with a slight common law focus that could be ...
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Common-Sense questions

Spurred by the avalanche of comments and chat discussion on Is it acceptable to use pirated software on the job?, Are questions that boil down to simply stating common sense "bad" by default? More ...
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Are request for resource list questions going to be acceptable?

What are some good resources for improving communication skills? It is an on topic request I think but in general I dislike the list requests. They are ripe for piling on and there is no one right ...
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All comments for a Q&A disappearing with no explanation [duplicate]

I was reading It seems as though my employer wants me to come into work when I'm ill. Am I missing something?, and when I clicked on the "more comments" link the comments all disappeared, leaving 0 ...
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How to introduce a useful topic that is not already here?

I have asked several questions lately, backtracking each time towards something that I feel is more and more well-known trying to find some common ground on which to build. The topics I am asking ...
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Resigning as moderator

Monica was removed as a moderator over the weekend by the SE staff. It wasn’t her decision. As a result of that decision and way it was undertaken, I have taken the easy decision of immediately ...
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Resigning as moderator from Workplace.SE

After having been a moderator for this community for over four years, I have tendered my resignation from Workplace.SE. I am proud to have served the community alongside Monica, who acted as a mentor ...
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Beta Sites Data is Now Accessible Through the Data Explorer

NEWS FLASH: After 6-8 weeks of waiting, you can now write queries for beta sites using the data explorer The data explorer uses TSQL which seems to be similar to regular SQL with a few variations. ...
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The Time has come to say Goodbye

I am retiring in just a few weeks and will be leaving this community at the end of this week to concentrate on what I need to get done before retiring. I have no plans to continue to contribute after ...
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No more active ♦ moderators. How should we keep the site in order?

In the past few days, y'all have witnessed the terrible action Stack Exchange's done: They dismissed Monica, one of the most beloved and respected moderator and community members. Following that, all ...
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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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What should our logo and site design look like?

Pretty straightforward question: What should Workplace.SE make their logo and site design? Any ideas?
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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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Do code backticks really have a use on this site?

I am in the habit of using backticks in comments for quoting or highlighting parts of them(mainly quoting parts of others' comments). Personally, I feel that a change of font serves better for ...
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Current moderators: please tell us about the job

As experienced job-seekers (and regular readers at The Workplace) know, an interview is a two-way street. Just as it's important for the community to ask questions of candidates, it's also important ...
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How do we define our audience? (Diagram)

I created a Venn-style diagram over at Programmers that is now included in the FAQ. I'd like to make one for this site, too, but I need the community's help on the actual definition. Based on a ...
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What is wrong with comments?

Anytime a question or answer seems to have more than 5 comments, they get axed by the "comment" police. I notice one moderator seems to do this a lot more than they others. My question is this: ...
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Community 90 Day Edit/Reopen Challenge

The Workplace's question close rate has been oft discussed on meta here. If you've been around here more than a few minutes, you probably are aware of all the words written on the subject, opinions, ...
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Is Workplace going to follow the same life cycle as other SE sites for subjective questions?

By this I mean: Subjective and discussion questions are, perhaps not encouraged, but tolerated, and indeed draw the most views, answers and votes. Users recognizes that these type of questions are ...
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2015 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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Can we update our site description (tag line) in the FAQ and About pages?

Our current tag line is members of the workforce navigating the professional setting This is used everywhere to describe the site. It shows up in the Google description of the site, in the very ...
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2019: 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, ...
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How can we be more receptive to non-IT workplace questions?

This is not a new problem, as evidenced in this post back in 2012 The question Does an assistant cook on a cruise generally require 20/20 vision? was initially closed for being "company specific". ...
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What to do when someone writes that they are “suicidal”?

We seem to generate a lot of questions mentioning that they OP is "depressed" and some that indicate they are "suicidal". This worries me. Other than telling them to seek professional help, should ...
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Hey, we've reached 90 days in beta! Party? [closed]

90 days in beta is the first serious milestone for a new Stack Exchange site, as mentioned in the Area51 proposal page. Currently our stats are: Questions per day: 3.5 Needs Work – 15 questions per ...
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Addressing the troll in the room?

So we have a problem, daily, with a trolling jackass posting abuse, nonsense, and more on the site. It's getting pretty old. Could we: Get guidance on the most effective way for the community to ...
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What's wrong with the “empirical research” question?

This question asks what empirical research exists on the subject of increasing salary by changing jobs versus seeking promotions in the same company. That sounds on-topic to me, but it's been closed ...
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How can we diversify our community?

Aarthi (one of the SE Employees on the community team) noted: Much like The Workplace, we'd really like to see more content that isn't software development related. That's not something that will ...
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What if a question asks for a definition that is easily found via a Search or in Wikipedia?

A poster asks for the definition of a common term that is easily found via a Google search or in Wikipedia. Is it Ok for my answer to reference the Wikipedia article? Or is providing a link to ...
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I'm just going to put this out there

As far as site vision and obligations go, each and every answerer, questioner, and reader has their own agenda. The site is not set in stone. It can do a 180 just because of one twitter post about ...
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Broken Windows Review #5

Welcome to a restart of the Broken Windows Review project. These posts are intended to simplify the cleanup of closed questions. By listing a number of such questions in a single meta thread, users ...
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Does 'back it up' apply 'round here? [duplicate]

I've appeared here because, having bitched a bit about the some of the hot questions from this site, I thought I'd make an effort to pitch into the ordinary process and see what it's like. It seems ...
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Why do we close questions which have accepted answers?

I noticed recently while reviewing that several questions with close votes also had accepted answers. What is the point of voting to close a question with an accepted answer?
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Is there anything we can do to highlight the country/culture specific tags?

I see quite a few questions that are culture specific that tend to attract US Centric answers. As a result the answers are completely wrong because the way things work in US are completely different ...
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Has answer quality improved since the early days of this site?

This site's Spring launch was marred with a lot of poor, short, not very helpful answers. Forum level, discussion type answers where an upvote more often meant "I agree" as opposed to "This is useful."...
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The Workplace updated site theme is ready for testing!

As part of implementing the new unified themes across the network, we're gradually rolling out updated site themes for each site. As of today, we have enabled your updated site theme for testing. If ...
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When will The Workplace Graduate?

I have not been with The Workplace for very long but I have observed that when a site is ready it will be launched out of Beta and then be a full Stack Exchange Site. I have learned what it would take ...
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Are workspace-ergonomics questions on-topic?

Are questions about configuration of a workspace for ergonomic factors on-topic here? If so, are they limited to physical factors (e.g. the question about focus in open seating), or does it include ...
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What should our FAQ contain?

As with any beta site, what should we include in the FAQ? What should it look like? What type of questions should the FAQ contain? Take the Super User FAQ as an example: Super User is for ...
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Is it ok to reopen a closed question so that it can be marked as duplicate?

Steven Vascellaro posted the following comment in chat: I'd like to have my question How early should I arrive for a meeting? marked as a duplicate of What's the best time to arrive for an ...
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Broken Windows for Review Week #1

As part of our efforts to help fix closed questions on our site, below are ten Workplace SE questions posted for community review. We'll leave this post open until Sunday, and then we'll handle ...

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