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What's a good process to understand why a hot question was deleted?

The question at https://workplace.stackexchange.com/questions/184198 showed as a "Hot Network Question" and I was following it when it was suddenly deleted. Is there a way to understand why ...
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(Reopened) Reopen Request: "For any CEO role, which core responsibilities are never delegated, independently from the company?"

My new question has been closed. The reason: " Questions seeking advice on company-specific regulations, agreements, or policies should be directed to your manager or HR department. Questions ...
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How should questions with obviously ridiculous premises (such as how to engage in fraud) be handled?

Follow-up to: Should we answer questions that are likely to be closed? I recently encountered a question that basically asks how to defraud companies. The OP was "asking" if they could apply ...
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How was this question rude or abusive?

This question was deleted because it was "rude or abusive": https://workplace.stackexchange.com/posts/164134/revisions How? This was a very educational case of a professional meeting a ...
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Why are so many offensive questions here allowed past screening?

Questions like this frequently appear. Why is it against the law to rape women? They often get downvoted, but why are they even allowed past screening? Posting anonymously as others have been ...
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We should have a flag or close reason of 'Trolling'

This seems a reasonable idea to me, perhaps even with a lower threshold than other flags. The suggestion of flagging as 'Spam' is factually incorrect.
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That troll again, what can be done?

So back again, and now using a name that belongs to an established user... This should be controlled as it now starts to harm users... A delay loop of users with a rep less than 10 would be a start.....
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Is there a way to inform the wider userbase about dealing with the troll?

Not all users drop into meta, and so many are likely not aware of the advice in the previous question about dealing with the troll. (do not engage and flag as spam) This is leading to users engaging ...
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How to flag a user with an offensive username?

Or resident troll seems to be moving to more offensive behaviour: Link now removed as the user seems to have been removed and the URL contained the offending language.
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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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Addressing the troll in the room?

So we have a problem, daily, with a trolling jackass posting abuse, nonsense, and more on the site. It's getting pretty old. Could we: Get guidance on the most effective way for the community to ...
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Provocative, trolling question

What is the appropriate flag to raise or action to take when I suspect question to be trolling, or submitted only to inspire flame war? I am talking about this question, which I voted to close as ...
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Trolls and ESL folks

This question about a specific instance of offensive language in the workplace seems to have been overrun by trolls and/or folks who sincerely don’t understand the nuances of the language used. Given ...
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What's up with Jase and his nametag?

Over the last 6 weeks or so, we've seen effectively the same question posted (at least) 5 times: Use preferred name at work? Can you use a preferred name tag at work Name tag at work - using a ...
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Is serial downvoting ever appropriate?

There is a particular user on here that I believe to be a troll (majority of their answers are patently bad advice with negative score). Every so often when I run into a new bad answer from them, I ...
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1 rep user, first post is controversial

Can a manager speak to her husband about my work life? I'm pretty sure this isn't a serious question.
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Deal with trolling

To me this person is a trolling. How to deal with transgender Go back to the original post from an unregistered user: How to deal with an LGBT person making obscene demands? In our firm ...
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On Dealing With An Obvious Troll [duplicate]

What is the best way for me (an average Workplace user) to help the community deal with an obvious troll? It seems like the Workplace attracts an inordinate number of troll posts for some reason. ...
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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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Fair to VTC for trolling

If you think a question is trolling is it fair to VTC (Vote To Close)? If so what reason should be checked? I don't want to link the question as I don't want to get into a discussion on if that ...
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Recent string of trolling questions

Recently we've had a large number of questions deleted because they were clearly trolling. Some examples (sorry, this is going to be all 10k+ links): New coworker demanding $10k, Autistic teenager, ...
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Reopen the Boss Tickle question?

Recently the question: https://workplace.stackexchange.com/questions/99756/my-boss-tickled-me-what-should-i-do#99756 was asked. However, it was quickly closed as off topic, as it was asking us to ...
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How should I flag a question that appears to be the work of a troll?

How easy is it to get away with "borrowing" in the workplace All of my recent flags have been rejected. So perhaps I need to change my approach. How should I flag the above question if I ...
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What is our policy on spinoff questions?

There have been a number of instances when someone posted a question which was "inspired" by another question, especially questions thrown into the Sidebar Garbage Dump Hot Network Questions. The ...
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Why was this question about handling the fallout of a crass joke deleted?

Why was this question (not mine, although I answered) deleted? It's currently at net +4 (with one favorite), and several constructive answers, but it was deleted by Shog9. Per the FAQ, Generally we ...
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What's the story with this user?

I refer you to one user's exceptionally exciting life: Jan 17: Gets fired by an intoxicated boss, but just went back to work anyway to find out he has a new manager Jan 26: Wasted a lot of ...
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Coincidence = Troll?

We got two questions today https://workplace.stackexchange.com/q/82396/3192 and https://workplace.stackexchange.com/q/82410/3192. It appears as though two people involved in the same issue posted two ...
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Is calling someone a "troll" against the Be Nice policy

Does being referred to as a troll or describing a person's behavior as trolling break the Be Nice policy? Specifically, does it constitute name-calling and assuming bad intentions?
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Please stop that troll

A bit much for a flag text, so... It starts with New employee has offensive Slack handle due to language barrier A manager asks what he should do about an employee not able to speak english ...
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Is this user trolling?

Is "head hunter's frequently asked questions list" good idea? I'm pretty well convinced that this new user is trolling. The question was ok to begin with but has devolved significantly ...
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Is this a serious question, or trolling?

Is there a diplomatic way to explain to a manager that they're pushing without any leverage? I struggled with deciding if this is a serious question, or was just trolling. I don't like to feed ...
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How should hostility like this be handled or escalated?

Recently, something happened here where multiple users basically trolled someone asking a question here. The question itself was not in a format which really fits here, but the users were trolling ...
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