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Keep in mind what is common sense to you might not be to other people. There are plenty of situations on here that a lot of people look at and think, "duh, do X" but if it was that obvious to everyone, the person asking wouldn't have had to ask it.


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If I'm voting / flagging a question to close, I don't answer it - in my opinion, doing so can give the impression that the the question is legitimate, which then encourages other people to ask similar off-topic questions. This can be more of a problem on smaller sites (sports.stackexchange.com is where I personally see this, but that's just because it's the ...


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In my personal opinion, that is not a valid answer. But unless we have clear community consensus on this, don't expect mods to actively delete them. But here are some tools you can use: Close votes. If the question should be closed, then close it, the sooner the better. That at least stops more answers that may make it harder to reopen the question. ...


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Sometimes the answer makes the question. I don't like the seemingly dogmatic approach I see sometimes taken by the community (sorry, no example) on the subject. I often come across reasonably well-received questions, with thoughtful answers, and 3-4 close votes, citing that real questions have answers or words to that effect. Well guess what: the question ...


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someone questioned whether it being about a home office made this specific question off-topic Do we no longer take questions from professional green keepers because the don't do their job indoors at a desk? What about pilots, they sure don't see an office in a while. And I guess Fisherman are out, too? No. It's a workplace when work is performed there. If ...


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In general, many questions we get asking for resources tend to degrade into what we call "polls". The problem generally manifests in the form of an overly broad question, or one where there's a hidden problem that the asker doesn't disclose. While the answers may help the asker, there's a feeling that something is missing, and what's missing is the ...


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Ah the good old Hot Network Questions Welcome to the populist swamp that The Workplace becomes when it ends up on the Hot Network Questions. You'll find that in many cases, answers on HNQs tend to get upvotes when they support "what feels right", even if that doesn't match reality, which is altogether less fair. Answers that point out those issues ...


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First, let me start by saying that questions about transgender-related problems in the workplace would definitely be something I'd love to see our community help with. Solving problems in the workplace, especially the long-tail hard problems, is something we're good at doing, and it's why we're here. No problem to solve However, in this case, there's really ...


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Sorry 'bout the confusion nvoigt. This is one of the quirks with our close vote system. People voted to close with a custom reason The custom reason gets listed as a comment (not in the close reason) The close reason defaults to 'off-topic' Though it may not have been obvious, gnat's comment was actually a custom close reason he entered: This question ...


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If the ergonomics question would apply to the work office, it would equally apply to the home office. We have some folks who like to close as many questions as possible. If this question gets closed, I'll vote to re-open.


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For what it's worth I didn't VTC that question (and it's still just about clinging to being open at time of writing). I think ergonomics questions pertaining to home-offices can be on-topic here, I'm really on the fence with this particular question though; it's certainly a little out-of-the-norm but that doesn't make something off-topic. Given the unusual ...


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I don't think the question is off topic, but it is easy to misunderstand this. Someone from a country where this sort of thing is regulated by company policies and not by labor law will vote to close because they think it's about company policies. This part and the absence of work for long distance commuters will be justified and be considered as ...


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I see off-topic as meaning "off-topic in its current format". To me this means that something that's off-topic could be edited to bring it within bounds. What might be missing from the close reason in question is some information on what the asker can do to edit it into shape. Going with the Stack Overflow example, posts are closed as off-topic if they're ...


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Would the wording here fix that? I think that suggested wording is great and would address what you are asking for: It is not practical for us to answer a question that depends so heavily on your own abilities, preferences or circumstances. Consider instead asking a factual question that will help you make your own choices, and that can be answered ...


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So why haven't the users who answered reopened the question? Many times people who answer a question don't track what happens with that question later So perhaps they never noticed that the question was closed. Or perhaps they just don't care enough to vote to reopen. Many people never cast open or close votes. Asking for a question to be reopened is one ...


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Having read the original posting, I can understand why it was voted off-topic. "How can my female supervisor think she's done nothing wrong" reads sort of like a rant/complaint and by taking the question literally, one might assume the op is looking for a psychological analysis. More than likely, the question he wanted answered is the newly edited ...


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It's a pity this question is closed, because even if the the wrong question is posed, there are a few great answers that the community may find interesting. I am not satisfied with the mentality of "you got your answer, what more do you want?". Content serves more users than just the person who posed the OP. It's great that users want to improve ...


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Should this question on getting fired on the last day be marked off topic? Actually it was marked "primarily opinion-based" because it asked in part for speculation on the state of mind of the employer, which is unknowable. Also the number of potential answers, as to why someone might be fired on their last day, is infinite. One hundred users could ...


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Discussion of managerial theory strikes me as a bit tangential for Workplace unless it is being applied to specifics, as @dragoon1228 said. It bears the same relationship to our topic as math does to physics or physics to electronics... and note that those are separate discussions on SE. If you can use theory to help elucidate why an answer is especially ...


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I don't think "off-topic" means "wholly off-topic and unredeemable", any more than the other close reasons mean "unredeemable". A question is put on hold when, as written, it does not satisfy site rules. If it can't be fixed, it'll eventually move from "on hold" to "closed" and, potentially, be deleted. If it can be edited and reopened, then the close ...


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I reopened this, it had two reopen votes and both Monica and I agreed it should be reopened.


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I'm not sure when all of the close votes came in, but if you look at the revision history of the question, it's clear that the original version of the question was off topic. Monica made some good edits though, and I don't believe it is still off topic for the reason given. However, I think I would still vote this question closed for being a duplicate. We ...


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Cast first vote to reopen. You've convinced me.


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I'm not so sure such questions are off-topic. Some are ("please proofread my resignation letter") and some aren't ("what salutation do I use in a cover letter when the sex of the recipient is ambiguous"). Regardless, as you noted, we get three custom close reasons, so if we use one for this we need to bump another. (What you linked to was a proposed ...


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I voted to reopen, dealing with a particular disability is not too broad a subject to answer.


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Yes lets remove the word Career from the close reason and go with the wording that was originally well received. 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 rarely useful for anyone else. Instead of asking which decision to make, try asking how to ...


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I think this might be a case of an XY Problem. The XY problem is asking about your attempted solution rather than your actual problem. That is, you are trying to solve problem X, and you think solution Y would work, but instead of asking about X when you run into trouble, you ask about Y. Why are you searching for these types of jobs? Is it because you don'...


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I think any answer is going to become obsolete very quickly and without notice, which generally means it isn't in Stack Exchange's scope.


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After reading through several of the other posts I may have come across the answer. Theory, while very useful confronting "agony aunt" questions and possibly individuals who have built their reputation on this type of question, it has one issue. On the don't ask page (which I came across after considerable digging) https://workplace.stackexchange.com/help/...


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