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Are you with me? No. Stack Exchange is not a forum. This is a Q&A site built around the concept of asking and answering questions and judging both. A discussion cannot be judged and is simply not supported by the site framework. In the words of Jeff Atwood (co-founder of the site for those not in the know): If this is really what you want, you need to ...


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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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Shog's answer raises some good points, but it misses the mark in some fundamental ways. We've had, and closed, many "agony aunt" questions. This is not one of them. Especially with the community edits, the question focuses on what the OP can do when placed in this uncomfortable position. It meets the bar I just laid out in another meta post for not being ...


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Executive Summary 13.3% of the questions asked on this site since the 'primarily opinion-based' close reason was introduced on June 26th, 2013 have been put on hold for that reason. Despite that (rather large) number, I do not advocate eliminating the close reason as it does have a place. I do advocate aggressively editing questions to try to keep them ...


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Answering the general question about "primarily opinion-based", and not addressing the specific examples: To me, if a question reasonably invites supported answers (based on studies, trend analysis, pure reason, etc), then it's not primarily opinion-based even if it asks for opinions. On the other hand, if a question is likely to draw only "well I think ...


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According to https://workplace.stackexchange.com/help/closed-questions: "primarily opinion-based - discussions focused on diverse opinions are great, but they just don't fit our format well. Many good questions generate some degree of opinion based on expert experience, but answers to this question will tend to be almost entirely based on opinions, rather ...


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Is a question opinion-based if all answers are of the same opinion? ... If an otherwise well-formed question gets closed as opinion-based, but attracts answers of the same opinion (which suggests consensus therefore not individual opinion), should the question be re-opened? Not to get too Zen here, but for me, a question is judged on it's own ...


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Meta is the right place to ask about specific questions, closures, reopenings, etc. I read the current version of your question and it looks fine to me. As you note, it's similar to many other "how do I communicate this unusual thing?" questions that we have. It had three reopen votes already, so I've reopened.


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So how can this be opinion-based? Why is it bad? I don't think it is "bad". I think no post can ever be "bad" (the poster may have bad intentions though, as in the case of SPAM), so I wouldn't take it that way. A post can be unclear or not useful, but not "bad". However as you phrased it here it is clearly self-evident: It is asking for a yes/no answer, ...


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This question literally is asking (emphasis mine): Do you think it would be wise to change my title to something like 'Software Engineer' to remove the confusion or is this a bad idea as it undermines my previous level of responsibility?. It is the definition of the type of question we should avoid that asks for opinion. That said I suspect that ...


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I agree completely with this suggestion, because: All questions here are primarily opinion based This close reason seems to get used incorrectly from my anecdotal experience "Primarily opinion based" means something different for SE than it does in standard English - this is super confusing to most people I suspect


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You're not the only one who struggled to see "how the lion's share of questions here could not be primarily opinion-based." I, along with many others here and elsewhere on Stack Exchange, struggled with this for a long time... Robert Cartaino put together some pretty good guidelines for constructing questions that discourage answers consisting of ...


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over the last couple of days that I've been giving this exchange a go and seeing if I enjoy answering questions here It sounds like you're new around here, so welcome!. The Workplace is a little different than most of the Stack Exchange network in that almost all of our questions inherently are slightly opinion-based. There isn't always one right way to ...


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The basic issue with the original question is that too much depends on your financial situation. If you start collecting salary without being on a project, the clock starts running. Once you reach some limit you will be let go, becasue you generated no income. If you wait and don't collect salary, a different clock starts running. After too long they will ...


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Speaking as an outsider but one who has friends who have crossed the gender divide both ways, I'm not sure there is a general answer other than trying to understand the probable reactions of individuals in your company and deal with them on a case by case basis. Knowing what protections you have under the law is also advisable, but alas is also a local ...


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It is answerable in the general case where a strategy is given rather than specific examples of topics. The advice given in the highest upvoted, accepted answer doesn't try to tell the OP what to say, merely that they should just simply talk about what interests them. Answers that try to give the OP a list of topics are unhelpful and, as you say, entirely ...


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I wasn't going to go out on a limb, but since the statement was made referring... a school of thought that says the solution to this is to just clamp down harder on new users ...I would like to address that. To start with, if you click the link clamped as "school of thought", you'll find plain support request to provide statistics to learn whether ...


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