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What is the assumed work market context for IT related questions when it is not fully specified?

Note: this is narrowed down to IT industry to make it answerable. I have asked this question which initially gathered several downvotes and a couple of close votes. That was clearly my fault because ...
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'Bandwagon' Voting

I've recently noticed a question came into the featured section with -8 votes (or around here) now with the bounty with absolutely nothing changed from the original question except some grammar here ...
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Why are there down votes on meta questions about a procedure or decision on stackexchange?

A short comment discussion just prompted me to ask this. How come there are down votes on a question in meta seeking clarification about this website? As far as I can see it a question is not a ...
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Should questions be written for everyone to understand?

I was prompted to ask this by suggestions on this question: developer on TN visa The question is about a kind of US work visas specific to Canadian and Mexican people. The question makes sense to ...
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Bounties on Questions with Close Votes

I have been tempted and now have seen occasions where I thought answers on said questions with closed votes were worth a bounty. I just learned that a question cannot be closed while the bounty is ...
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Why banners appear on some questions?

While browsing some questions I found this one where a banner appeared just above the comments section, that indicates: We're looking for long answers that provide some explanation and context. Don'...
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Discussion questions

As some questions do not have an objective answer and one may want to know other people's thoughts on the subject, it may make sense to have questions which purpose is not to get a definitive answer ...
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Standard way to add follow up to a question I asked [duplicate]

I recently asked a question and received some great answers that guided me to handle the situation. Today (some days later), after addressing the problem with the person involved, I have some new ...
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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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How does a question get “bumped to the homepage”?

A couple times recently (on this question and this question in particular) I've seen a Meta post that was 'modified' by the Community. When I open the question, I don't see any changes, just a notice ...
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Discouraging down and close votes because you don't like the question

We've received a few questions recently that are asking how to do something that they really shouldn't be doing. How to convince manager to let employees change departments? How to disclose negative ...
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“Have I got this job” is a common question. Do/should we have a canonical question for this?

Variants of "have I got this job?" come up about twice a day, to which the answer is almost invariably, "if you don't have anything in writing, you don't have an offer, keep looking for other jobs". ...
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Should my thread be moved?

I opened this question today, and someone mentioned it would better fit at Freelancing SE. I posted my post in workplace because I'd never been on freelancing and I didn't know it existed. Should my ...
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Is this question OK ? Why, why not?

I understand Meta is the place to ask about specific questions, so here we go. It is about the question "How can I engineer my own firing". This question seems to be well-written, on-topic, and the ...
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Are questions and comments involving management theory appropriate?

Many questions on this exchange address situations in the workplace. Workplace experience successfully handling tough situations at work qualifies a person as expert. This form of expertise seems ...
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Do we want a canonical “How and when do I follow up” question?

Earlier today we were having a conversation in the Watercooler around creating a "How and when do I follow up?" question to address the points that often come up in these scenarios (link to ...
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What goes through your mind when answering these questions?

So I mostly participate on the StackExchange site Superuser.com. Answers there, for the most part, have one solution. Sometimes, there are more than one answer, but all have a logical path to a ...
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Is “We can't answer this” a valid answer?

In looking at the recent question Transport & Accommodation for new location, the question is clearly off-topic. There's no way we can answer the question, because it is about company-specific ...
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All-time top questions

At Workplace, and any SE site for that matter, you can choose to sort questions in a number of ways. There's active, featured, hot, top questions this week, and top questions this month. Why isn't ...
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No such thing as a stupid question

Recently I have seen more questions that, while on-topic for the workplace, just don't seem particularly useful. Questions like Would it be rude to add this email disclaimer? and What can I say in ...
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Why close questions about Work Sampling, Slacking and Idle Times

I don't understand why questions about idling at work gets closed as subjective, but other questions that also ask about how much time are spared. However, from the management point of view, if the ...
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Should the linked questions section list closed questions?

To the right of the question there is a section of linked questions. Should that really include closed questions as well? I find it awkward to see an interesting question and go to it, only to find ...
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Copying questions that had a misfortune of being widely exposed in the hot list

This question had a misfortune to be widely exposed in the hot list: Some of the employees don't check if everything has been flushed properly and that the bowl is clean Newer question is a ...
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Is this question too broad?

I'm asking because I don't know if it would fit on https://workplace.stackexchange.com/ . I'm quitting my job on short notice as a developer concepter. As I've been in charge of several projects, ...
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How should we deal with questions where the OP is looking for someone to tell them something that they want to hear?

First of all, congratulations to @maple_shaft! He just spawned a new process! Now to his question: Giving two-weeks notice when on maternity/paternity leave? When giving two weeks and one is on ...
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Community Outreach: Be more liberal with Voting!

I currently think of questions and answers as having three 'states'. Good This question is on topic, well thought out, properly articulated and is not a poll or trying to incite discussion 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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Policy for asking hypothetical questions to generate more good content

Should we introduce hypothetical tag to indicate that the question asked is not a question related to personal (or a friend's) issues at work, but rather a theoretical issue? People answering the ...
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How should we deal with questions where there is a potentially illegal aspect?

We had a question that has been closed and reopened where the question basically said: I did something illegal, am I likely to be caught when a potential employer does a background check: Does a ...
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Can we implement an unoffical policy of “Discuss in meta first” for closed question edits?

We have differences of opinion on what a good question is here. But generally we can find a common ground and constructive version for most questions worth saving. But editing them on the site is ...
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Do we want a canonical “how to write resume” question?

We get lots of questions which are basically "help me with making decisions regarding my resume please." Do we want a question similar to this one or this one except applied to resume questions?
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What industries does Workplace cover?

What is going to happen if someone asks a practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face based on an industry which is not necessarily the most... appropriate? Say for ...
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When should you delete your question?

According to Delete votes and you!: Closed posts are all "candidates for deletion" but generally only irrecoverably off topic/poor questions without useful information in answers should be deleted. ...
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What does “Not Constructive” Mean? [closed]

closed as not constructive by Rarity♦ 1 hour ago As it currently stands, this question is not a good fit for our Q&A format. We expect answers to be supported by facts, references, or ...
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Are some questions too anecdote-y?

When showing a fellow Stack Exchange regular our site, I got the complaint that most questions were in the form of an anecdote, eventually followed by the real question. They said this had a bad ...
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Where's the bathroom?

That is probably a canonical example of a "too localized" question. A truly helpful answer (down the hall, then the first door on your left) would be far too specific to be helpful to anyone else. ...
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Are we running out of questions?

All of our stats are heading in the right direction, except questions per day, which seems to be dropping. Is this a normal lull after new sites launch as traffic builds, or is there something else? ...
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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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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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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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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 ...