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Happy Thanksgiving! [closed]

Happy Thanksgiving to all US folks. My question: How do you spend your Thanksgiving day? My wife and I host Thanksgiving for our extended family each year. Everyone comes over to eat, drink, talk, ...
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How specific does a “tools” recommendation question have to be to become constructive?

I'm a bit concerned about the question What are some good tools one can use for creating and maintaining an online CV? and the creation of the tools tag. It's very easy for these to become list ...
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Are “How do I change my career from X to Y” questions off topic/not-constructive?

I hate to ban the category out right but if not maybe we should have some guidelines for what is acceptable for this type of question. https://workplace.stackexchange.com/questions/728/what-is-the-...
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How should we handle work sensitive questions?

Take as an example my question: How can I encourage our team to have shorter meetings? It has got information in it which might be seen as unflattering to my customer. There are other examples of ...
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What's the process for moving comments into chat?

I've seen on some occasions, either here or on other stack exchange sites, if I attempt to add a comment to a question / answer that's received many comments, an option that appears recommending to ...
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Should we add a “gender” tag?

On Transgender in the UK, should I use my female name on my CV even when it refers to male accomplishments?, we had several comments about users trying to find similar questions about the specific ...
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Updates to the site

My name is Stéphane and I'm the designer at Stack Exchange who made the design of this site. You may have noticed some updates to the design lately. The updates are part of a SE network-wide update ...
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Ethical Questions Should be Allowed

This suggested edit by Mihai Nicolae was more appropriate as a meta post, so I am adding the content of the edit here for discussion by the community. This was regarding the question "Is a complex ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2018 [duplicate]

It's almost February in 2018, which isn't supposed to be the proper time to cycle these, but for this year it'll be once again, so we'll be refreshing the Community Promotion Ads for this year now! ...
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Is “advice on what to do” the same as “primarily opinion-based”?

Recently I've found myself looking at questions that have a few close votes for "off-topic: advice on what to do", and I find myself wondering if that close reason is really helping. The text is: ...
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Is it worth creating a meta.SO proposal for custom flags?

We use flags here in a way which is good given the nature of our site. However, these are different than what other less "subjective" sites use. I would love to see a flag for the following: Does ...
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Is a question being hypothetical a problem?

I recently asked a question based upon the surprising popularity a comment in another question received. My question received a lot of criticism. I tried to improve the question based on that ...
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2021 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, March 15, ...
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How can I respond to negativity on this network?

I'm asking on this meta because it's the only site I have reputation for. Although I am happy to delete the question if it is off-topic. I recently tried to ask a question which led to this happening: ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2019 [duplicate]

2019 is here! And with the new year, as usual, comes a new iteration of Community Promotion Ads! Let’s refresh these for the coming year :) What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Is project management on topic?

The question https://workplace.stackexchange.com/questions/638/is-the-lazy-project-manager-approach-really-as-beneficial-as-the-author-descri is gathering close votes as Off Topic, probably because we ...
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Questions about finding general work?

https://workplace.stackexchange.com/questions/323/how-can-a-westerner-land-an-it-job-in-a-third-world-country I am thinking questions like this should be not constructive. It is really broad and ...
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2021 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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Why was this comment on the handshake question deleted?

In the question How does one politely decline a handshake due to religious reasons? , I wrote the comment This question should be migrated to Islam.SE It has been deleted. Why was this deleted?
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Are requests to help “fix up” a resume/CV permitted?

How can we draft better profile for CV? Is this sort of question permissible?
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Should this question be closed and if so, what is the appropriate reason?

I was looking at this question today and a couple of people have commented that they are voting to close the question for a couple of different reasons, one of which was: because it is asking for a ...
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What should be our approach on new feature allowing removal of a question from HNQ?

This is a recently introduced feature: There are times when the hotness formula selects a question that a site would rather not have featured. Up until now, the only recourse that was available was ...
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Editing answers vrs. editing questions: When should we avoid the former?

I recently wondered about the nature of editing answers and when should one avoid doing so. I believe that editing questions is something really positive that can help OP receive better attention to ...
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Why do “we” want to “fix” comments?

I'm curious about this - it comes from this discussion here about a new comment-killer feature. I'm curious about why we would place effort in removing comments? In other parts of the stack exchange ...
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Can we remove the legal advice from the off topic close reason?

Too often the Off-topic close reason asking for legal advice is misapplied to any question that has a question about the law. Instead I think we should reword the close reason to say: This ...
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Is this comment adhereing to the be nice policy?

I recently answered a question, to which this comment was made: This is a horrible answer. Company cars are simply a part of your benefits and in OP's situation is it perfectly normal and ...
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Do we need expertise other than opinion?

As Rarity mentioned, many questions are not real questions or are not constructive (because every answer is equally valid and they are just asking for suggestions). If an "asking for suggestion" kind ...
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Was it overly rigid to put this question on hold?

This question: Being made redundant, but asked to do contract work after finishing -- how should I negotiate my contracting rate? was recently put on hold, as primarily opinion-based. However, this ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2020

2020 has come! But… oops, where did the time go? It’s already March! Belated as it is, it’s time for a refresh of Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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What is the standard for mods stepping in and deleting posts?

Inspired by the discussion on THIS QUESTION The answer deleted had a +17 and -28 for a total of -11 The following answers, by the same user, were rated as low, if not lower What should I do about ...
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Is this question ontopic, and if not, where might it be ontopic?

NDAs, non-competes, etc -- Do they expire, and if so, are there any limits to the use of knowledge? If the agreements date/term wise are legally expired, and there's no additional IP agreements ...
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On hold for Opinion-based, but highly voted. Shouldn't that count for something?

This question was recently placed on hold as primarily opinion based (tl;dr the one about put devs and testers in competition with a bonus at stake). While I agree that it is an opinion question, and ...
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Feature to allow high rep users to answer closed questions

We already have milestones based on rep. I'm wondering if we could be a bit more helpful to OP's by allowing high rep users to answer closed questions which have no answers. This would allow OP's to ...
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Edit invalidating top voted answer

This question has been edited by a diamond moderator in a way that invalidates the top-voted answer. Given the question as it now stands, my reaction tends towards "give your colleague a heads up". ...
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A note of appreciation to the moderators for making challenging, controversial questions work

Moderating can be a thankless task, so I thought I'd drop a quick note of thanks for doing a good job of it here. I've seen a lot of questions on Workplace.SE that touch on sensitive and ...
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Casual sexism in The Workplace

This is not the first time I've seen a question like Casual sexism at work? receive a pile-on of comments and answers explaining to the OP that they're not really experiencing sexism (or, for bonus ...
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Deciding to take a break

I've decided to take a break from Stack Exchange. The reasons are probably pretty obvious, but the details can be found on this Meta about another Meta post I made which was deleted by staff. Knowing ...
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Is The Workplace unwelcoming?

I've used different sites in the network and have found their communities to feel quite different. Stack Overflow can feel overwhelmed with the number of questions (especially bad ones) being asked ...
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To hat, or not to hat, that is the question [closed]

To hat, or not to hat, that is the question: Whether 'tis Nobler in the mind to carry The Badges and Perks of outrageous Actions, Or to take Arms against a Sea of hat-tings, And by opposing end them: ...
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We avoid legal opinions. Should we avoid medical/psychological opinions as well?

Here at The Workplace, we have prohibitions against offering legal opinions. But we have cases where respondents feel free to offer a psychological diagnosis, seemingly based on nothing more than a ...
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Are questions from volunteering on topic?

As the question says, are questions on topic if they come from volunteer activities, rather than from a paid workplace? To be clear, I am asking about situations that might also arise in a workplace (...
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How to handle answers that are high risk to the OP?

I responded to this question: How to take vacation days within first year without looking like a slacker and after reflecting on my own response, and others that were much more popular, I think the ...
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Summer 2014 Community Moderator Election Results

The Workplace's 2nd moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the new moderator is: He'll be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank him for volunteering, ...
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Let's talk academic questions

We have had multiple meta discussions recently (this by Monica, a reopen request) which are effectively asking: Should questions exclusively about the academic workplace be on topic here? This has ...
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Can anything be done about a bad-faith anonymous edit?

I recently posted a well-received answer to a question about diversity in hiring. Unsurprisingly, this question has become mildly controversial among people who have different views on the value of ...
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When flagging to delete your question, please tell us the reason

We frequently receive flags where users ask us to delete their own question. However, if the question has received upvoted answers, we will usually not delete the question. Doing so would be unfair to ...
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Is everything a localised issue here?

It is becoming rapidly clear to me, partly through dating an American, partly through spending time on this site, that employee rights are very different in the US from Europe, or at least from the UK....
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Disrespect toward users when using “lemmings” to describe upvoting users

So I have been seeing a lot of people referring to the masses as 'lemmings' because they upvote answers that are not perfect. This is EXTREMELY disrespectful and should not be tolerated in posts, ...
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2019 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

The Workplace Stack Exchange is scheduled for an election starting next week, February 11th. In connection with that election as we have done in previous years, we will be hosting a Q&A here for ...
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Many Q's downvoted and closed?

I recently visited WorkPlace for the first time. On the front page, it looks like most questions have multiple downvotes, and many questions are closed. I'm all for downvoting and closing bad ...

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