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Can we decrease the vertical height for each question in a list?

When I log into Workplace Stack Exchange, I see the following (before scrolling down): As you can see, there are 2.5 questions visible thanks to a healthy amount of visual padding, making the total ...
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Etiquette and Professionalism

In tag-clarification-ethics-vs-etiquette-vs-professionalism we discussed the similarities between Etiquette and Professionalism. Jim made the point that etiquette and professionalism could be ...
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Health report - how can we increase the number of questions?

Looking at the area51 health report, we have finally gotten past the 1,500 visits per day, leaving the number of questions per day the only red item: How do we increase this to an Excellent level, ...
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Is adding a “(REOPENED)” prefix once a reopen request is completed a good practice?

I have noticed that when a reopen-request is carried out and the Question is finally reopened, some users edit their posts to include a "(REOPENED)" on the title of the Meta Question. I think I like ...
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How best to help people who are stuck reasoning about workplace issues?

I see quite a few questions like this one: https://workplace.stackexchange.com/questions/27341/how-to-deal-with-requests-to-work-off-the-clock (Please note: I'm not appealing this particular close ...
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2017 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 make the Workplace exchange less hostile to new users?

I am a new user of Stack Exchange. I have gotten a pretty good response to the first question I have answered, and nothing but unhelpful responses to every question after that. In some cases I have ...
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How can we motivate the asker to provide end results of applying the accepted answer?

I read a question and the answers, and get curious to know what the end result was after applying the accepted answer. I can't think of any practical way to motivate the asker to provide the end ...
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Should our “Back it up” guideline be adhered to more strictly?

I've noticed lately that there have been a number of answers from mid to high level rep users that have, while answering the question with common sense, been just more or less one liners. I don't ...
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Time for a new moderator election?

If I read the tea leaves correctly, it appears as though one of my favorite moderators will be leaving us soon. Another of our moderators already appears to be pretty much inactive. Will we be ...
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Comment re the “real questions have answers” close reason

Having been a member of this site for a while, I understand and appreciate the difficulty involved in determining whether a question is on-topic. That being said, this question appears to have been ...
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Can we help users determine what is and isn't rude?

Can we help users determine what is a rude response? Often times I find myself flagging a user, thinking "I am glad I helped get this rude person off the site". I am given no feedback, so what am I to ...
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Response to questions regarding major health/life issues?

Do/should we have a standard way of responding to major life issues surrounding health, specifically stress and depression? I'm thinking specifically of https://workplace.stackexchange.com/questions/...
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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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Is Ergonomics On-Topic?

Early in the private beta we had this discussion "Are workspace-ergonomics questions on-topic?" There was no real resolution at that time besides ask the question and we will see how they fly. Is ...
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This question seemed fair. What was wrong?

What was wrong with this question? https://workplace.stackexchange.com/q/154592/437 The text of the question was: I prefer competition to collaboration. Is this compatible with a career in ...
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Is serial downvoting ever appropriate?

There is a particular user on here that I believe to be a troll (majority of their answers are patently bad advice with negative score). Every so often when I run into a new bad answer from them, I ...
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Should questions related to, but not about, the workplace be on topic?

Is my future mentor "harassing" me? This question is in my opinion fairly off topic currently - the asker is a student and is seeking a mentor about workplace questions. It would be one ...
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Summer 2014 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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Are '+1 for [something about the post]' comments discouraged?

I sometimes leave '+1 for XYZ' comments on answers, to emphasise what it is about the answer that I like. These aren't general '+1 Good answer :)' comments, they have an amount of specificity. Are ...
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What events can we schedule for Chat?

The Chat room has the amazing ability to be able to have scheduled events that overlay on the main site to encourage people to partake. The problem is we don't really seem to have anything to ...
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Can we make the policy “Be Nice and Helpful”

From the dawn of this site we have struggled with problems conflict arising from different viewpoints and comment discussions that often digress into little more than ad hominem attacks. Most of ...
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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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Should we refrain from answering duplicates?

I notice more and more people answering question that should be marked as duplicates. In some cases, the question later marked as a duplicate (and still retain the answers given which is fine). ...
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Our highest voted answer “has not received enough attention”?

I recently noted that a bounty was offered on the question Is it unethical for me to not tell my employer I’ve automated my job? indicating that it has not received enough attention: I also noticed ...
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Improving the Help Center (take two)

So prior to becoming a mod, I really wanted to update the help center. Unfortunately, we only have access to the on-topic section for free editing by default. We had a brief chit-chat amongst the mods,...
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What is opinion based?

I don't understand the use of this site if I cannot ask How do you handle co-workers that want to converse with you in the bathroom? I can offer you at least 100 questions over the past two months ...
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Are “How can I convince Person 'X' to do 'Y'?” questions a good fit for TWP?

Consider this comment by @jmac, "...I have a long-standing bias for jargon-filled software industry questions that really ask a simple general question like, "My boss can't stick to his own project ...
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Is it OK to name and shame?

I was going through the edit queue and I found this question from a user who is concerned that he/she is being scammed. Is this foreign job offer via an online agency without any interview legit? ...
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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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Is Cross-Posting Allowed?

In a business where staff churn is costly, should I let employees lead and request their salary increase? Is a cross-posted question. It's interesting, perhaps on-topic, but it is specifically cross-...
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Should “what should I do” with an answer of “consult a lawyer” be closed as a legal question?

I saw Employer wants me to write down "I accept the termination" on my termination paper was closed as being a legal question. Now the question itself doesn't ask "is this legal", which ...
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Is “is X rude?” on-topic?

We've had some questions asking if something is rude. In the first question linked, the behavior in question is someone else's; knowing whether it's rude doesn't help the asker at all. The second ...
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Dress code - is it on topic?

This question is about dress code. It seems that dress code is tightly related to Workspace topic as it directly affects one's professional setting. However, many members downvote the question due ...
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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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How should answers that advocate violence be handled

how to handle a Misbehaviour from senior colleague? Recently the user @Kilisi posted an answer in the link above stating that the OP should have slapped the aggressor back. I feel this is ...
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Is workplace productivity on topic on The Workplace SE?

Thanks to some efforts from members of the community, we've since created a more targeted definition of what our site is about. The nature of our topic has made this challenging, but here is what we'...
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Is there a place for “unethical” yet correct questions on The Workplace?

Ah, dammit, it feels bad to ask such a "similar" question, but while I got some interesting answers, I feel like we could take this to a higher scale, the example I used was most likely flawed as ...
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2014 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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Removing the word “career” from the Off topic close reason

Recently the What should I do Close reason wording was changed to: Questions asking for advice on a specific career choice, such as what job to take or what skills to learn, are difficult to answer ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2016

It's 2016 now, and we've made some changes to the sidebar size. As such, we can now restart the Community Promotion Ads for 2016! Keep in mind, we have updated some of the guidelines compared to ...
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Medical question - on or off topic?

This one was interesting: What types of medical conditions prevent employment on a cruise ship? I couldn't see any reason to close it, but it also had the problem of being almost a question that is ...
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Calm down, nothing to see here

Seriously, everyone, calm down. With or without moderators, we are all adults here, the place isn't going to collapse under it's own weight, get overrun by trolls, and get carried off into the swamp. ...
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What is a proper question for workplace?

So I am extremely confused as to what is a proper question on workplace. As far as I can tell, every question I've seen, closed or open, is either opinion based, seeking advice, or (somehow) ...
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Updating the Help Center

Now that we've graduated and have had many more meta discussions here to refine our scope, I thought it was a good time to take a look at our custom section of the help center. We can edit this ...
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Are questions concerning the dynamics of clubs and projects on-topic for The Workplace?

I'd like to ask a question about interpersonal relations in a school robotics team. As far as I can tell, this: Represents a group dynamic Simulates (or creates somewhat of an analog for) a ...
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What are the best ways to keep controversial topics from getting heated

Inspired by this question: Advice for posting answers that invoke concerns of women in the workplace without always having to go back to the very basics? Since troublesome topics extend beyond ...
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Acronyms: best-practice?

I have found several times in a question that the user assumes as known some acronyms (LLC, HIPAA, ...). Should these acronyms be edited with a link or a clarification about what do they mean? Some ...
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Clarifying that this site's scope is a topic and not a community in the FAQ?

I recently saw this question about adding another bullet point to the "don't ask" list, and was thinking that perhaps instead of maintaining a huge "don't-ask" list, it would be better to clarify the ...
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Why is a question about dealing with ignored service requests off-topic?

How To Handle An Ignored Request This question the user is asking how to deal with that his technical service request is apparently being ignored. To me this is plainly to do with negotiating the ...

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