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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 ...
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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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Is a request for job-specific interview questions on-topic?

https://workplace.stackexchange.com/questions/27709/mobile-developer-intern-interview-questions Are requests for interview questions for specific jobs on-topic? Is it limited only to software-...
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Are questions about setting up a business/writing a business plan on-topic?

That question came up when I was reading this user question. Reading the help did not help me. On the one hand, I tend to consider a business (location) as a workplace, even for a one-person company, ...
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Good Subjective/Bad Subjective and Agony Aunt Questions

"questions that are not answerable — discussions, debates, opinions — should be closed as subjective" That's what Good Subjective, Bad Subjective says. And then it goes on to give us 6 guidelines ...
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Could questions asking for job advice for a group of people be considered on topic?

One of the reasons questions asking for advice about which jobs should they go for are marked as off topic are they aren't relevant to many people, if anyone except the original poster. However I ...
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What questions are off-topic here?

This is the first post stemming from Improving the Help Center (take two). It is listed as faq-proposed so that the community can add to and comment on the contents. We can clean up additional answers ...
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Are these questions unique to specific jobs / career paths and thus off topic?

Are the below questions unique to specific jobs / career paths (i.e. not generalizable)? Are they off topic for this reason? I see similar questions, but I'm still left a bit unsure. The questions: ...
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What criteria do we need for questions regarding the law/regulations to be allowed?

We have had multiple discussions on what constitutes legal advice here: Are employment law questions off-topic? Defining the on-topic / off-topic line on questions that could be answered by a lawyer ...
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How do I know if a question is on-topic for The Workplace?

Based on confusion by some of our regulars about what is on-topic, as well as confusion from regular users and mods who post here, and due to a request by gnat I think we need to create a quick 'What ...
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Is a question opinion-based if all answers are of the same opinion?

I noticed this question has been put on hold. I normally wouldn't look twice and trust the 'hive mind' SE operates on but this time it struck me as a bit odd. To quote the relevant parts: My ...