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When asked 'How can I foo the bar?' is 'Don't foo the bar' an appropriate answer?

On Cleaning Up Bad Answers on Popular Questions a comment by Yamikurone says: There seems to be a flood of "Not an answer" flags on answers on this post. Many of the answers so flagged were,...
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What is "legal advice"?

We say that questions asking for legal advice are off-topic (rightly so). I always thought this meant "what should I do in this situation?" (which may also be too localized), or "what exactly does ...
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"My manager hopelessly sucks, what do I do?" - "Just quit."

Here's the question (10k only - deleted) (partial quote): How do I handle a manager who lacks leadership skills? I am a software engineer with considerable qualifications. My manager is a high ...
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What's wrong with the "empirical research" question?

This question asks what empirical research exists on the subject of increasing salary by changing jobs versus seeking promotions in the same company. That sounds on-topic to me, but it's been closed ...
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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 track the positive effects of a popular question?

In response to this question, is there a way in which we can work out the positive effects on traffic and questions following this? I've noticed a few good questions from users with referral bonuses ...
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Are some types of workplaces off-topic?

What can I do if I have a massive personal problem with a future student? is currently on hold as off-topic. The OP is a teaching assistant who has a problem with a student. Because it involves a ...
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Washing away apparent gender bias conveyed in an original poster’s question?

I'm a little disturbed by the edit history of and comments on the question originally titled Male seinor [sic] architect bullying junior female developer. What to do? Edit #4 has the comment "Took ...
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Casual sexism in The Workplace

This is not the first time I've seen a question like Casual sexism at work? receive a pile-on of comments and answers explaining to the OP that they're not really experiencing sexism (or, for bonus ...
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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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"I don't know" isn't an answer

There's a severe problem I've noted with the answers to How can a company implement a "20% time" program like Google's? Most of the answers, especially the highly upvoted ones, ...
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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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Ethical Questions Should be Allowed

This suggested edit by Mihai Nicolae was more appropriate as a meta post, so I am adding the content of the edit here for discussion by the community. This was regarding the question "Is a complex ...
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Why was the question on eating coworkers' lunch deleted?

The question Should I tell coworkers I have been eating their lunch due to a misunderstanding? has been recently deleted. I did call that question a "troll" in the past, but I changed my attitude ...
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Why was a HNQ deleted?

The question coworker made unsolicited comments about appearance has been deleted. The 404 page directs me, and others, to the deleted question help center page. But that page doesn't seem very ...
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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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Do we want a "meme" handbook?

The question Practical Concept Handbook for navigating The Workplace was posted in Meta last week. Right now it's sitting at +5/-5, and of the 14 answers given, 5 are deleted, 6 have a negative score, ...
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Can I get this reopened "Bias in the workplace against white males"

How can I avoid discrimination against me as a member of a non-protected class This was obviously closed for the subject matter and not for any lack of addressable goal, as evidenced by the comments. ...
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(REOPENED) Incorrect duplicate "How to quit right after an apprenticeship"

Hi this Q about how to quit after an apprenticeship is not a duplicate as the relationship between the employer (master) is quite different to a normal employer employee one. Additionally it is very ...
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Are the changes here appropriate?

https://workplace.stackexchange.com/posts/8849/revisions I am considering implementing a policy that all employees must speak the language of the country where the company is located in when ...
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What happened to the manager poaching question?

I posted a question (https://workplace.stackexchange.com/q/140813/107097) that got deleted. Why was it removed?
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Was it overly rigid to put this question on hold?

This question: Being made redundant, but asked to do contract work after finishing -- how should I negotiate my contracting rate? was recently put on hold, as primarily opinion-based. However, this ...
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The "using this site" question shouldn't have been migrated

How to ask questions regarding my current job when coworkers use this site too? was asked on main and migrated to meta, in my opinion incorrectly. If somebody had asked a question about using Reddit ...
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Reopen request for Workplace reluctant to automate and improve practices Question

I edited this question into a better shape and I want to ask the Community what they think about reopening it: Workplace reluctant to automate and improve development practices; what are my options? ...
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Is this question ontopic, and if not, where might it be ontopic?

NDAs, non-competes, etc -- Do they expire, and if so, are there any limits to the use of knowledge? If the agreements date/term wise are legally expired, and there's no additional IP agreements ...
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Why did this post get so many upvotes? [closed]

Is it appropriate to ask about a company's dress code during an interview? I am 100% sure that this isn't a real problem that the OP faces. If this question commands +60, and the accepted answer ...
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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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Is this question about handling the aftermath of marital infidelity on-topic?

I'm not 100% sure this is on-topic. The essential core of the question is about a personal relationship and a personal issue. While there may be workplace aspects to this situation, none of them have ...
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