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I don't know, I think we kind of need it because we do, from time to time, get questions were that is a valid close reason. I suppose if you were to remove the close reason, what would you replace it with? Question is too narrow feels like a bad reason. Because a lot of questions and answered here are very very specific to particular problems, with no ...


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The very first comment the OP got was to ascertain if it was a company specific policy problem and therefore unsolvable. More comments to elicit more info and then someone posted an answer based on that by which time it already had 4 close votes. It has since been closed and reopened thanks to you, and has gone from -3 to a positive score.


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This subject makes for a very revealing page. The way some people responded in answers and comments, or just the number of votes some answers got puzzled me, but this explains everything. If this was the first page newcomers would see, this place might look entirely different. People, you are all totally lovable good people and there is something you should ...


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Upvotes are for good and useful posts. Downvotes are for posts that aren't useful or answers that aren't correct. The exact threshold for either is up to the individual to decide. You could choose to upvote often and downvote rarely, vice versa, do both often or do both rarely. But don't upvote useless or incorrect posts simply to be more welcoming, because ...


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I get where you're coming from. Casting close votes require 3000 reputation, down-voting requires 125. It's very possible that some users of the site are fundamentally using the easiest available tool to do what they can to help "moderate" content. I would also like to point out that in terms of reputation, up-votes are worth 5 times more than down-...


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Most times I see the word naive there is an implied restriction on the context. Person A: "I think interviews are a waste of time" Person B: "You're naive" Person B is not saying that Person A is naive in every circumstance. The implied statement is "You're naive to think that". Which simply means they lack some bit of ...


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My own "rules" that apply only to me. If it's a new user, I'll offer helpful comments and edits when possible, and offer advice when I can. If given the choice between a down-vote and an edit, I'll take the time to edit. I do not down-vote based on what I think of the subject matter of the question, esp controversial questions. If it's an answer, ...


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The text you quote is fairly clear to me: "Focus on the content, not the person". Any statement that amounts to "You are X" when X is a negative quality is rarely going to be a good thing to say here. But if you say something like "Doing this would make you X" or "It would be X to proceed without..." instead focuses on ...


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I'll try to upvote more often, I already downvote very sparringly. And yes, I agree with the fact to be more lenient comparing a 101 rep vs 10k rep, and I think that's totally normal and even professional. Why that ? Because upvoting with only the content is basically treating a junior staff as if he's a senior staff, which would not pass at work, so there ...


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By far the most prominent weakness of TWP is the way moderators respond to the vote systems. You and I may be intelligent people, but the average of us is not as intelligent as either one of us and that effect gets stronger with a growing population. Deleting answers based on votes is therefore per definition downright stupid. No more, no less, no judgement, ...


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Calling someone 'naive' would likely be misconstrued as insulting. This answer to May I use “naive” to mean “inexperienced”? on the English Language Learners stack explains: Naive (adjective) or naivety (noun) carry more a sense of attitude than of experience. If you are naive, you tend to: believe everything you are told believe that people are good be ...


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I absolutely do have a bias when it comes to new users. With the rep I have a downvote to me means almost nothing. But to a new user a downvote can come across as very aggressive and discouraging. Especially if they don't quite understand what they are. I remember feeling frustrated a long time ago when I first asked a question on SO.


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The "Reopen" option is not present for me on that question, presumably because it was migrated from another site, and according to the blue banner at the top it was returned there. I agree that it was an answerable question about how to navigate a workplace, so that's a shame.


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If I see a good, well thought-out answer that seems helpful to the questioner, I'll upvote it. If I see a poor, ill-thought-out answer that seems like it would be unhelpful to the questioner, I'll downvote it. What I don't tend to do is dwell on who posted it and give them a pass on being downvoted for posting bad answers just because they're new. Some new ...


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I'll only ever downvote an answer if I feel that it's intentionally unhelpful in nature and doesn't help the OP at all in answering their question. I'd only ever downvote a question if I feel that it's been asked for the purposes of humour or to be intentionally controversial. Downvoting these isn't a personal reaction as such - it's more about helping ...


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Frank opinion: I'd rate TWP as okay-but-noticable-room-for-improvement. IMO overall better than the software/SO, worse than EE. In particular, TWP is significanly more polite in terms of user-culture (software/EE commenters can be condescending in their argumentation). At the same time, the fraction of quesions that TWP is willing to engage is quite a bit ...


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One of our biggest weaknesses is that we are overwhelmingly western office workers, many of us are stereotypical developers even. That is to be expected, since developers see TWP during their daily work on Hot Network questions or through ads while others do not. A fisherman having a problem with the owner of their trawler will probably never get the idea ...


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The only thing I found scary about this Stack Exchange website was a very specific case I stumbled upon. Someone had made an answer in the comment section, suggesting to do something that was potentially illegal (though I am not a lawyer, I did some research to make sure). And it was a beginning to get highly upvoted, which means people were actually ...


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I will add something that I felt was more true on other sites but also here. It is the expectation from some veterans being there for years that new users should write question with the quality near of those veterans because the sites has been getting better quality and excluding low quality more and more after they years. I think this is one of the main ...


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No, software speaks only English. Stack Overflow is about software and The Workplace is a spin off of it. READ, WRITE are english FORTRAN keywords which do not change if the software is written in France - LIRE or ÉCRIVEZ. The Workplace has specific context issues when questions are about employment law in different countries.


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Maybe this is a bit of a stretch for what the question is asking but... I think we probably need to get better at handling duplicates. Quite often somebody will ask a question that's similar to another question. The second question will get linked and closed. Fair enough. But questions are often saturated with context, and we kind of push a large burden on, ...


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We do fine. Moderation works well these days. The mods with overriding outside agendas mostly saw themselves out the door a while back and it's been much smoother sailing since then. The welcoming thing is over my head, in my 5+ years here I haven't seen any particularly unwelcoming attitudes. And realistically as an OP all I care about is answers to my ...


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Business titles can mean whatever the company wants them to mean. You can call the tea lady a volunteer if you want, or an associate vice president if you prefer.


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I have made no secret of my distaste for the direction in which SE overall has gone. In response, I have deleted every account I had, with the exception of TWP. I left one stack early on when a moderator actually said in its chat that autistic people were not welcome. That was enough for me. I left SO not too long after that. It's also no secret that SO ...


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With all due respect, your question in it's current form is meaningless. It does not specify a region (in certain regions the terms "teammate" and "volunteer" may have important distinctions, but they don't everywhere) It does not specify an industry. That may also be important. Some industries care a lot about titles. Most importantly ...


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EJoshuaS We get a good amount of hot questions on provocative topics. Sometimes the questions seem so incredible that people question whether they are genuine. Sometimes the questions seem genuine but evoke strong negative reactions. Either way, these questions attract a lot of attention, comments, flags, and discussion in chat. How should questions like ...


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As I read through your post and the comments below it I find myself struggling to assume good faith, but I'm still gonna try to below, and I'll assume you're not deliberately trying to be provocative — especially because if this is just a misunderstanding, we can easily clear it up, learn something from it, and move on ^_^ If you hadn't preambled your actual ...


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Skooba We get a good amount of hot questions on provocative topics. Sometimes the questions seem so incredible that people question whether they are genuine. Sometimes the questions seem genuine but evoke strong negative reactions. Either way, these questions attract a lot of attention, comments, flags, and discussion in chat. How should questions like ...


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motosubatsu We get a good amount of hot questions on provocative topics. Sometimes the questions seem so incredible that people question whether they are genuine. Sometimes the questions seem genuine but evoke strong negative reactions. Either way, these questions attract a lot of attention, comments, flags, and discussion in chat. How should questions like ...


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Location specific. In general that statement sounds reasonable and I could in no way see it as worthy of disciplinary action. But by the standards of my local schools, no one would understand the statement probably including the English teacher.


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KILISI We get a good amount of hot questions on provocative topics. Sometimes the questions seem so incredible that people question whether they are genuine. Sometimes the questions seem genuine but evoke strong negative reactions. Either way, these questions attract a lot of attention, comments, flags, and discussion in chat. How should questions like ...


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Michael's answers: We get a good amount of hot questions on provocative topics. Sometimes the questions seem so incredible that people question whether they are genuine. Sometimes the questions seem genuine but evoke strong negative reactions. Either way, these questions attract a lot of attention, comments, flags, and discussion in chat. How should ...


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Snow We get a good amount of hot questions on provocative topics. Sometimes the questions seem so incredible that people question whether they are genuine. Sometimes the questions seem genuine but evoke strong negative reactions. Either way, these questions attract a lot of attention, comments, flags, and discussion in chat. How should questions like these ...


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Late answer, so will keep it brief: IMO the "opinion based" rule is one that is usually straightforward on the more "hard-tech" SE sites, but the same rule creates a sizable gray area in Workplace. Here, from what I gather, the majority of the good advice to be found is derived from personal experience. I think you could argue that, for ...


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