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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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“Job marketplace” vs. “workplace”

How can a westerner land an IT job in a third world country? appears well on its way to closure. Some reasons for closing this specific question appear in this meta question. However, I wish to ...
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Being More Aggressive about “Just Quit” Comments/Answers

We have had a discussion in the past about whether or not 'Quit Your Job' is an acceptable answer. I have been noticing this in comments quite a bit. This is the one that caught my attention spurring ...
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How can we make the Workplace more welcoming to people in marginalized groups?

In the blog post Stack Overflow Isn’t Very Welcoming. It’s Time for That to Change., SE started to grapple with how unfriendly it was to newer coders, women, people of color, and others in ...
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How to report multiple obsolete comments?

This initial version of this question (Team members ignore their work and are not being held responsible. How can I restore order?) received a lot of comments stating that it read like a rant, and ...
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Is this a constructive question by strict definition?

I am referring to this question: Networking for breadth, not depth The way faq mentions - avoid asking subjective questions where … ... * your answer is provided along with the question ......
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Do CVs need their own tag?

Currently we have resume (very common) and cv (less common). The tag wiki for resume refers to CVs directly, but the CV tag is used specifically for CVs. Do these need to be separate tags or should ...
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Un-community wiki this question?

How can I prepare for getting hit by a bus? At some point, this question became community wiki but I don't see a compelling reason for it to remain so. Just a note, there are quite a few deleted ...
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Can we track the positive effects of a popular question?

In response to this question, is there a way in which we can work out the positive effects on traffic and questions following this? I've noticed a few good questions from users with referral bonuses ...
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Did the edits on the question about how to bridge the gap between management and employees make the question reopenable?

I came across this justifiably closed question: https://workplace.stackexchange.com/questions/4285/how-can-we-bridge-the-gap-between-executive-management-and-the-employee It was a rant, one that ...
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Will the real serial downvoter please stand up?

I guess someone is peeved at me, but doesn't have the courage to reveal themselves. -2 17:36 downvote My boss gave me everyone's pay by mistake and mine is lower, how can I increase it? -2 ...
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How many of us arrived here via HNQ

I realised today that I actually first came to TWP through HNQ (Hot Network Questions list, on the right hand side of the StackExchange pages) while waiting for an answer to a question on Stack ...
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What's with all the questions involving tears?

Are we somehow attracting a certain type of worker that breaks down into tears in the workplace? (due to criticism or code reviews - not something bad happening in their life) I think I've never seen ...
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Comment flagging - please try to use an appropriate flag type

Until recently, comment flag type did not matter very much and as moderators we basically processed them regardless of type. As a reminder when flagging there are the following options: From here: ...
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test failed: a question from unregistered, 0-score account [duplicate]

Today, I tested posting a question from unregistered, 0-rep account: the link that I hope soon will be deleted and remain visible only to moderators and 10K users. Here is how it went: I filled the ...
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Defining the on-topic / off-topic line on questions that could be answered by a lawyer

The question Does an Employer moonlighting clause relate to personal side projects, and do I need permission? has been closed by five community members as off-topic. The question could somewhat 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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Why was my comment on this answer deleted?

What I did I left a comment on this answer explaining that I downvoted because of the recommendation for cussing out your superior. It also contained a speculation about what a preceding comment was ...
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Workplace.SE 2014 New Year's Resolutions

2013 was a great year for workplace.se: We helped several users improve their real-life situation We were featured on the SE podcast We have seen a huge increase in visits and active users getting us ...
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Judge a question by what is being asked, not how its being asked

I've seen a lot of discussion lately based on how a question is asked, not what is asked, and I feel questions are getting unfairly closed because of how they were asked, not because of the actual ...
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Is it a better idea to post at the Workplace with a different account?

As we keep here sometime's sensitive conversation's which might change our Supervisor's opinion if they read should User's here post with different username rather than Stack Overflow or the Stack ...
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2020 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it here. The Workplace is scheduled for an election next week, February 17, ...
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Advertising your own product

I saw this answer in review and wasn't sure if I should act upon it. I couldn't find any guidelines about advertising your own product on the page for the workplace. Do we mind this kind of thing? ...
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Merge Tags: professionalism and unprofessional-behavior

Proposal: merge unprofessional-behavior into professionalism The former currently has 81 questions while the latter is up to 1360. This was originally brought up by Monica in her answer here: I ...
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Are questions about fulfilling specific job functions on topic?

This question, How do I push a product I've been told to push to customers without being pushy about it? is basically asking about how to perform certain sales related tasks without being pushy. It's ...
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software-industry tag discussion

The other day jmac and I were chatting and he raised the opinion that the software-industry was a terrible tag and he makes some good points. If someone works for twitter in HR are they in the ...
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The Workplace self-evaluation: let's get critical! [closed]

We love our site, but there is a whole world of people out there who might not even know it exists. When they do find it, their first impression will either scare them away or keep them around. Given ...
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Why was my comment deleted?

On this question, Does HR asking for salary slips and earliest joining date mean I have got the job?, I had a rather late realization that the OP is likely to be from India. I hadn't noticed his name ...
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What is the use of 'software' tag?

There's already a software-industry tag, which has a tag wiki entry. The software tag has no tag wiki entry, but seems to be used synonymously with software-industry, or used incorrectly. Is this tag ...
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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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What determines if a question about interview questions is on-topic?

In February, we had a brief discussion on whether specific interview questions were on topic. Rarity was the only answer, upvoted significantly, saying: I would say no to specific, task related ...
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Assumed Cultural Context and The Workplace

This has already been semi-covered here and here to an extent (but not to my satisfaction). Background Like it or not, the presumed cultural context of this site is likely that of a generic American ...
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Are “Don't do…” Answers Appropriate?

In Rhys's post on deleting low-value answers, there were many people who stated that downvoted answers have value themselves (for instance this answer by Jim): Not all downvoted answers should be ...
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Shame on us! We must treat new users better!

https://workplace.stackexchange.com/users/40274/jack-d-ripper This user was not attempting to ask bad questions or question on how to exploit or get around the system. He was asking questions about ...
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Discouraging down and close votes because you don't like the question

We've received a few questions recently that are asking how to do something that they really shouldn't be doing. How to convince manager to let employees change departments? How to disclose negative ...
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How aggressively should we flag comments?

I've found myself flagging a lot of comments with reasoning fairly well given per this post. A lot of times these are comments which are either in response to a comment I made (and subsequently ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2015

The dawn of a new year, 2015, now approaches, or has already approached, either way it means that it is now time for the site's first new cycle of Community Promotion Ads! What are Community ...
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Broken Windows for Review Week #3

Broken Windows for Review Week #3 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 ...
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What is this site's editing policy?

I've become confused by two meta posts: Edit invalidating top voted answer (REOPENED) Reopen request: Clean Air & Office In the first, a diamond user made substantial editorial changes in an ...
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How should we deal with questions where there is a potentially illegal aspect?

We had a question that has been closed and reopened where the question basically said: I did something illegal, am I likely to be caught when a potential employer does a background check: Does a ...
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How does a question get “bumped to the homepage”?

A couple times recently (on this question and this question in particular) I've seen a Meta post that was 'modified' by the Community. When I open the question, I don't see any changes, just a notice ...
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Comments are not for extended discussion - long-term solution discussion

Is seems like the mods here might be getting a bit frustrated with all the extended discussion going on in the comments. Is this accurate? This post is mostly going by the assumption that this is a ...
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Do we have a procedure for recommending good sources, or a place where we can store the links to these references?

The reason I am asking is that this article by Lazzlo Bock, the HR for Google, on how (not) to write a resume just appeared on LinkedIn: The Biggest Mistakes I See on Resumes and How to Correct Them ...
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Brainstorming Community Promotion Ad Ideas

Hopefully everyone has read the Community Promotion Ads already. In order to give us a chance to discuss potential ideas, I figured I would toss this here to allow people to discuss their ideas so ...
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Penalizing blunt answers

https://workplace.stackexchange.com/a/74625/46894 This user frequently posts blunt, somewhat strongly worded answers and is getting voted down repeatedly for them. I've posted the most recent above, ...
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What is the proper way to share the outcome of applying a solution? [duplicate]

Related to this question How can we motivate the asker to provide end results of applying the accepted answer? but seeing from the other side. I would like to share with the community the outcome of ...
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Bad answers being marked as low quality, when they aren't

Some recent answers appeared in the Low Quality review queue, mainly these ones: https://workplace.stackexchange.com/review/low-quality-posts/56859 https://workplace.stackexchange.com/review/low-...
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Is the Etiquette tag a synonym of Professionalism?

etiquette seems to perfectly match a subset of the tag wiki excerpt description of professionalism. Professionalism affects how others perceive you, whether they be your coworkers, managers or ...
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Is discussing the meaning of terms as it applies to the workplace off-topic?

This recent post I made was found to be off-topic. In my mind, the meaning of many terms is intimately connected to the context in which they are expressed. I asked for help validating my intuition ...
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Why was this comment – which suggested an improvement to my answer – deleted?

This comment was deleted/moved to chat, yet it seems to me that this particular comments meets the requirement for posting comments: it constructively suggested an improvement to the answer, ...

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