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Why is the RPG question closed?

I've killed my colleagues' characters during RPG session, now they won't talk to me is closed with the following notice: "Questions require a goal that we can address. Rather than ...
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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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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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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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(Reopened) Reopen “How to make new employee accepting of light profanity at the workplace?”

The question How to make new employee accepting of light profanity at the workplace? has been put on hold for "seeking advice on company-specific regulations, agreements, or policies". I don't see ...
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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 should we do with the “psychologically fragile” question?

This question is currently titled "How to prevent a psychologically fragile person from harming a team?", and the OP rolled back an edit that changed it. The question begins: I'm ...
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Is this a rant disguised as a question?

Is it common to require a candidate to take an automatically-graded online coding test if they have lots of demonstrable material online? The OP asks questions (in the sense that there are sentences ...
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(REOPENED) Reopen “How to diplomatically reject someone's project due to their attitude”

The question How to diplomatically reject someone's project due to their attitude was just closed for "asking advice on what to do." Honestly, I have no idea how this applies at all. The OP is not ...
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Why am I featured as a New contributor?

I have joined this community 2 years and 7 months ago: My first Reputation Points were earned in 17th October 2018 (through some Edits): My First Answer in this community was last week, on 7th ...
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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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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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Is “How to get donations anonymously in a room” on topic?

I just saw the question "How to get donations anonymously in a room" pop up, and I really have no idea if it's on topic or not. On the one hand, I don't really understand what this question has to do ...
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Should 'white male' status be considered in this question?

I was about to rollback the most recent edit in Richard U's question which removes the prologue, but since this is a contentious political issue I don't want to participate in an edit war. I'd like ...
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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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(Done) This question from a new contributor about getting fired should be reopened

This question Impostor syndrome or will I get fired? should be reopened. It already has some good answers. And one of the folks voting to close it already provided an answer - not very nice.
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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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(REOPENED) Why is “illegal questions in Switzerland” closed as off-topic?

Are there any illegal job interview questions in Switzerland? asks whether questions about race, religion, etc are illegal in Switzerland like they are in the US. The question is closed with the "...
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Reopen “Employer doesn't want to pay me…” (REOPENED)

The question Employer doesn't want to pay me because I took longer than estimated to finish the work was closed for being a legal question. However, I believe this falls under the types of legal ...
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Seemingly valid question closing due to unpopular view expressed by the OP. How far can an edit go?

How to deal with co-workers expressing opinions that I find offensive? This is question likely about to close. I get that people find the OPs stance unpleasant however the root of the question seems ...
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How can I make my “Director's opinionated views” question clearer?

This is about How can I overcome objections based on opinion and not merit? I was surprised to wake up this morning to a closed as unclear question more because I have no idea why people think its ...
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Why is this question on hold?

How do I decide how much to charge my boss for a painting? has been put on hold as off-topic. Some of the comments object that it's about pricing art, which isn't a workplace issue. I disagreed in ...
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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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(Done) Why is any question about security clearance closed as “Legal Advice”?

I came across this question today, and I am flabbergasted at the reason for closing the question. Security clearances are permitted by and obtained from the US Government. Companies have little ...
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How is the “stack ranking” question opinion-based?

How do I ensure fair performance ratings in the stack ranking system? is on hold as primarily opinion-based. If it were a question about the ranking system itself I might agree, but this question ...
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User posted answer after it was closed?

I just happened to see the question Is it okay to whistle while at the office? and noticed that this answer was posted 32 minutes ago. However, the question was put on hold 53 minutes ago. How is this ...
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(REOPENED) Reopen “boss keeps changing his mind”?

See question: My boss keeps changing the requirements. How can I get him to make up his mind? I have edited the question to make it sound like less of a rant, and focus more on the issue. Please ...
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How do we save the question about an offensive remark by a teacher?

The question: How do I defend my self against the allegation that I made an inappropriate, culturally offensive statement in class? I think this is a question that we should be able to tackle. Is ...
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How could this question be saved?

The question How can I reduce the size of a long resume without hiding all my skills and experience? is basically a forum thread. A general question has been posited and everyone's piling on their ...
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(REOPENED) Reopen “Unproductive subordinate using health conditions…”

I would like to request that "Unproductive subordinate using health conditions and problems outside of work as excuse and HR are no help" be reopened. It was marked as a duplicate of "I'm swamped ...
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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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How should we handle questions made worse by the asker rather than the content of the Q&A?

I voted to close this question. I think the core of the question is good: "How do I discuss money before investing my time in pursuing a potential job?" The issue is that the asker is ...
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How can we make this question “a real question”?

This question has been closed as "not a real question," but I think the heart of it is a good question. It's also something that's so much of a problem in the United States that there are tons of ...
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What should we do with the Sabotage my Colleague question?

Recently, this question was asked: https://workplace.stackexchange.com/q/115230/73791 Which basically asks: I am looking for ideas, how to sabotage this coworker. What are the best ways to sabotage a ...
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Should edits to Programming Test question be rolled back?

I initially voted to close the question "How do I determine if a programming task doable during interview?" for being not about the workplace, but after a comment from Andrew Berry I retracted my vote ...
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What's going on with this credit rating question

In This question here, the OP is asking about how to mitigate the impact having a low credit score has on getting a job. An odd question, but one that could potentially be applicable to many people (...
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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 went wrong in the question?

What went wrong in this question : How can I tell if my shyness is an issue at a workplace?? I fail to understand why a question regarding the point where you draw the line between arrogance and ...
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Reopen question on internal transfer interview

The question Is it a good idea to take part in a transfer interview if I have no intention of accepting the job? was recently closed for being a duplicate of Should I go to an interview I don't ...
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This question is primarily opinion-based, but it's a reasonable one. Should we leave it open?

How common is it that salaries are made public? This question is primarily opinion-based, but someone can develop a very reasonable answer. Should we leave it open?
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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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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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Why is this off topic and is there a way to improve and reopen?

I am trying to understand why this question was closed as offtopic: How can I research a competitor? This has been something that I have discussed with others in the workplace from time to time as ...
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REOPENED: How is my question off-topic?

My question, What can I expect working with a recruiter who sends template messages without even including names?, was put on hold as "off-topic". I believe that it was off-topic the way I originally ...
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(Done) Is this viable for reopening?

Is this ok to reopen given the edits I made? How do I represent a lengthy career marred by a recent short stint at a role I was let go from in my CV?
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How to get more specific with a PIP question, without leading the question?

I've asked this question on the PIP (performance improvement process). Before I added more details, the question received a few flags. One way to interpret most of the answers is that "anxiety is ...
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Are these cross-posted questions distinct enough?

The question Reporting cheating within a workplace environment was recently posted, and cross-posted in Academia as well. There has been considerable debate in the comments about whether this is an ...
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Reopen “How to deal with a coworker who hates your religion”

I would like the SE community to vote on reopening this question: How to deal with a coworker who makes hateful comments about my religion? I felt this original reason for being put on hold was the ...
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(Done) Reopen question on coworkers not using ticketing system

The question Annoying phone calls from coworkers who don't use our ticketing system was recently closed, with votes both because it is company-specific and that it requires an addressable goal. I ...