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Are “it depends” answers a sign of a bad question?

(My title is a bit facetious, since the answer is probably "it depends".) I'm seeing a lot of questions like this: How can I reduce the size of a long resume without hiding all my skills and ...
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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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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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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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Who should our beta moderators be? [closed]

The Workplace has reached public beta, and soon it will be time for us to get our first crop of moderators, as explained in the "Moderator Pro Tempore" blog post: That’s why I am in the process of ...
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Are general Soft Skill questions off topic

How can I talk to my boss one-on-one with confidence? The OP is clearly having a problem at work because of her confidence. She is asking for help because of this. I am thinking that makes this on ...
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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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Should we add a “Back It Up” rule to the FAQ now?

When we discussed the Back It Up rule before ChrisF suggested adding the rule to the FAQ when we go public to make sure people are aware of it (when they bother to look). His post was highly voted and ...
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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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What should the name of our chat room be? [closed]

I just used my super awesome mod powers to rename our main chatroom from the predictable and dry "The Workplace" to "The Water Cooler", on a whim. It's a cool name, suggested by Rarity, and it's a ...
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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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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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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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On Topic - Off Topic

I do understand that we are trying to build up the site but there was a question: When should I start looking for my first employment? Which doesn't quite sit well with seeming intention of the site....
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Are questions of law (“is X legal?”) questions off topic?

Prompted by Are digitally signed documents legally binding? - to which the only answer I can give is "It depends on your jurisdiction!", and related to Are employment law questions off-topic?: do we ...
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When does a new SE site get a blog?

Part of why I wanted to be part of this beta in the first place is because I've been interested in these issues for years, and because I write the occasional blog post about workplace issues, company ...
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Is this a bad question?

In light of this meta discussion, I'd like to know if this is a bad question. I've provided a specific and detailed scenario with which I need assistance. Based on the comments and the answers, it ...
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What “comments” are not . . .

If you've noticed comment-discussions being unceremoniously deleted, there's been a lot of misuse of comments in this system. Let's see if we can nip this in the bud. Comments are like Post-It notes ...
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Should this be multiple questions?

What data supports the benefits of telecommuting/working from home? I think it is very on topic. But it is very broad and there is no one right answer which makes it a bad question for here. Is ...
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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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Should we avoid abbreviations for country tags?

In reference to: Should we have country specific tags? I just saw the uk tag was created. Personally, I hate using abbreviations for things. I really think the site should use full country names and ...
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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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“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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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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Can I ask “Professional Careers and Advice” questions here?

I created Professional Careers and Advice at Area 51. Then this proposal came along which I think is a superset of mine. I'd like to recommend people come here instead (I've already added an ...
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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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Do we have a Quality control issue?

We have a few questions that while not off topic I do not think are high quality questions as asked but have been upvoted: Workplace gossip makes me uncomfortable - how do I deal with it? How can I ...
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Should the FAQ specifically mention being industry neutral, when possible? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What should our FAQ contain? Realizing that many of the early members are related to software or IT, I've seen questions like this one come up that ask for specific advice ...
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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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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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Should we have country specific tags?

Some questions are inherently quite localised. For instance How important is a grade point average on a resume? makes little sense to those of us outside of the united-states. I don't think questions ...
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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 should our elevator pitch be?

Once decided, it can be sliced and diced to form: the tagline the motto the blurb under the logo a convenience redirect “nickname” for the site perhaps eventually the domain name in some form
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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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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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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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Does this site need a “back it up” rule?

There's all kinds of career advice out there on the Internet, much of it conflicting or wrong. The conflicting or wrong advice is especially prevalent (but not limited to) that found on open-access Q&...
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Are questions from the perspective of management on topic?

If I am an owner or manager of a workplace, are my question on topic here? Questions would be like: Are bonuses good or bad? What should I ask on a workplace benefits survey? I think that the ...

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