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Can I ask a question realted to my former boss behavior?

I read the topic section, but still I'm not sure if the question would be on topic. Basically, I would like to ask for advice about a behavior of my former boss. He is currently doing something that I'...
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Would this question from the Freelancing stack be appropriate?

I posted the question below at the Freelancing stack https://freelancing.stackexchange.com/questions/10215/dealing-with-a-startup-how-common-is-commercial-credit-vs-equity But it is a pretty low ...
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Would questions regarding medical residency be in scope?

In the USA, residency training is a period of time where recently graduated doctors work and train under senior doctors to gain specialized skills in their medical specialty such as anesthetics, ...
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Can I ask about standard ways to visually organize tasks/developer assignments?

As one of my tasks of organizing a team of professionals, I have to assign tasks to them and have a general idea of which major tasks are approximately going to be tackled next by who and in what ...
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Is this question about a man being harassed at work off topic?

This question was closed as off topic but it seems on topic to me. It asks for a specific goal in the subject. What do you think? "As a male, how can protect myself from my female supervisor when ...
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Should topic about volunteering be mentioned explicitly in the help center?

While questions about volunteering aren't off-topic, volunteering isn't mentioned explicitly in What topics can I ask about here? Should this be changed? I think volunteering is a very special form of ...
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Would this be on topic here?

I would like to ask: Are the Stack Exchange Community Managers exempt from overtime? I am guessing that no one who is not a CM would know the answer for certain. But I am hoping that experts in the ...
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What is a helpful interpretation of “company specific” in the off-topic rationales?

I see a lot of questions closed for being off-topic because they are about “company-specific regulations, agreements, or policies.” What should be “in” and “out” given this description of off-topic ...
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Are reality check questions on topic here?

I'm asking because of the specific question below, but I'm hoping to get an answer for the general case: Good or bad company? The relevant part: I can't tell if this is normal stuff to have to ...
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Before I enter the review queues, please evaluate this Q&A combo

I'm five points short of entering the review queues. I'm practiced in other SE communities, but I'd like a bit of insight before I begin to review. Please consider both this question and my answer ...
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Resume Related Questions

Until recently I was under the impression that we did not deal with resume related questions. The fact that we apparently do in some cases is perfectly fine by me. Resumes however do introduce a ...
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Why is this question about eating coworkers' lunch closed as off-topic?

This question is closed as off-topic with a note: "Questions asking for advice on a specific choice, such as what job to take or what skills to learn, are difficult to answer objectively and are ...
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Questions about work visas

Lately I've seen a couple questions asking about the laws around work visas and about how to apply or qualify. This question is one of them. Are questions about applying for a work visa on-topic? ...
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Update Help Center to match new off-topic wordings

We recently changed the "advice on what to do" close reason to "advice on a specific choice". However, I noticed that the off-topic definitions in the Help Center were not updated to match the new ...
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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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Should we lift the prohibition on questions asking which skills to learn or job to take?

It seems there is a vocal component of our base users that think that well written questions that ask for our experienced based opinions on "what job(s) they should take/look for" or "what skills ...
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Can I use meta to ask which answer I should accept?

I have a question where I'm not sure which answer to accept. (How do I list an internship on my resume?) Initially when the question was asked, there were only two answers to chose from, which meant ...
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Is this resume question on topic?

My question is specifically about this question: Resume I have had two very different projects over my years at the company. I'd like to break it into two different blocks on my resume, but ...
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Another Academia question

The question Allegations and Discriminations agains a PhD student just came in and is currently on hold. The OP says the question was asked at both Academia and Law and was recommended to ask over ...
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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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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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I'm kinda disturbed by all the petty conflict questions

I'm not regular user on this Q&A, but I decided it can't hurt if I just leave this thought of mine here. What is this about is that I've seen several repetitive questions, most of which I've seen ...
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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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How can I make this question on job searching (find jobs that hire based on skills tests) on-topic?

I want to ask a question on the main site that is more or less "How can I find jobs where hiring decisions are primarily made on the basis of cognitive, intelligence, and/or skill test scores rather ...
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Are facility management questions on topic?

As I see it, facility management in the context of a workplace concerns itself with creating, operating and maintaining commercial environments and infrastructure. In an office context I believe the ...
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Is this question really off-topic?

I just saw this question and wanted to add an answer. While I was composing my answer the question was closed as off-topic. I'm a bit puzzled: although the question could have a slightly broad answer ...
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Why is the question about group interview company-specific?

This question is closed with the reason of being company-specific: In group interview, do candidates who are asked more questions than others have higher chance to be admitted? Why? If there is a ...
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Are questions about other workplaces than the office/telecommute on topic?

To be immediately concrete with a possible question: I've been wondering what the best thing to do is when you're operating heavy machinery, in say a warehouse, a factory or a construction site, and ...
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Why was this question from guy who stole food off-topic?

I came across this question from a while back. I was surprised to see that it was closed. Sure, OP made (and has acknowledged that it was) a very stupid mistake. But does that have anything to do ...
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Why was "How to approach a boss..." closed?

The question How to approach a boss who doesn't take full responsibility for his mistake? was recently closed because "advice on what to do are not practical answerable questions". How does this fit ...
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Is "How to force someone to quit" really off topic?

The question "How to force someone to quit" recently showed up with possibly the largest number of down-votes for a question I've seen. Now it has been voted closed as off-topic because "Real ...
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Are questions about purely remote employment on-topic?

The on-topic page does not explicitly include or exclude discussion of online 'workplaces'. Some people find, hire, interact, and fire all online. Are questions about interactions with people whom you ...
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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 much leeway is there for opinion based questions when the questions is likely to come up repeatedly?

I think that we can agree that the question I'm returning to the workforce after a long-standing medical concern. Do I share this with a potential employer? is primarily opinion based, but this is a ...
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May I ask what the going rate is for a particular position?

I tried https://www.glassdoor.com/index.htm but it wasn't helpful for this particular position. I checked https://workplace.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic and FAQ - What questions can I ask here but ...
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Why is this post off topic when there is an entire book on the subject?

Below is the question: How Can I Talk Myself Into A Career Change? I've run into crossroads in my career life. After working hard, pulling myself up by my bootstraps and finding something that ...
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Is this (part of an) answer really seen as legal advice?

Perhaps I shouldn't have included the caveat about legal advice in my answer to the question 'Provider is “cheating”, but I don't want to disclose how I found out'. Here's the paragaph in question: ...
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We tend to close questions about problems that are not interpersonal in nature

We think of the archetypal workplace.SE questions as involving working with a manager, a recruiter, asking for a raise, trying not to be fired, etc. Two were closed to date that are point-on on topic:...
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Why isn't the "star of David" question on-topic?

This question about wearing a religious necklace in the workplace is getting close votes as off-topic -- legal/company policy. I don't get it. We have bunches of dress-code questions (and a tag for ...
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Is it really a bad idea to work at a company that misses the mark for perfection once or twice - on-topic?

The question Is it really a bad idea to work at a company that misses the mark for perfection once or twice? was recently posted, and is asking about whether it's good to completely dismiss a company ...
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Should we edit an off-topic question so much that it is no longer relevant to the asker?

This question (Is my future mentor "harassing" me?) led to a lot of discussion in comments, chat and meta about whether it is on-topic. Its status also changed between on-topic, off-topic ...
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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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Are questions about academic club on to topic?

The question I'm about to ask is how to gently tell a person in a discuss group that they overtalks and try to take the leader position but fails to make a good, agreed by others argument. What ...
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Are 'how does one become an X' questions on topic?

I have often wondered how one joins a profession with a non-traditional career path. Some examples are: How does one become a ship captain for an international freight line? What is a typical career ...
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Is it on topic to ask how to act with clients?

I've read through the meta and the (tiny) faq page for on-topic questions. But nothing specifically states "You can('t) ask about what to do/how to act with a client". I'm thinking about asking a ...
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Can we remove the ethics tag?

I am uncertain of the place of "ethics" in the workplace, both the site and, you know, the actual workplace. I hasten to add, this is because ethics are incredibly subjective, and a cursory glance of ...
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Are "Word Origin" questions on-topic?

Are questions which ask solely about the origin of a phrase such as this https://workplace.stackexchange.com/questions/32963/what-is-the-origin-of-phrase-breaking-down-silos considered on-topic?
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Proposed change to the on-topic section of the Help Center

This change is now live As discussed in this meta post, with the changes to the close reasons we should really look in to updating the help center to match how we close questions. Below is the ...
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Asking about a specific type of office supply

Wanted to check about this question in meta before I go posting it anywhere: I am looking for a very particular type of clipboard, specifically an 8 1/2 x 11 version of this (the one depicted can ...
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If asking for a resource is off-topic, that should be stated in the help center

In response to an earlier version of How can I impress upon a manager the value of a respectful management style? I've been told that questions asking for a resource are off-topic. When I check the ...
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