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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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The OP wrote: Also, for anyone whose really interested, replace all my uses of the phrase "future employer" or "future prospective employer" with "wife", and suddenly, this whole question should make complete sense :-) well, to anyone whose married that is My interpretation - the OP doesn't want to work there (or perhaps doesn't want to work at all)...


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I think this type of question is fine. Generally speaking. Asking a question like this is fine, but the way in which it is asked is really important. In fact, I think had this been asked in a less cryptic way it would have been a good question. But the way it was asked failed a lot of "sanity" checks for me (and others): OP won't answer most clarification ...


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I'm for quickly/proactively dup-closing such candidates. Which implies the need for active voters with the same opinion or mods who just go ahead and do it.


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If it's a good question, then it shouldn't matter if the poster choose whatever answer is most favorable to his situation. I suspect that's what happens in the majority of acceptances anyway. A good question is a good question - no matter which answer is accepted, if any are. I'll bet if you analyze all the questions asked, the majority are looking for ...


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Reasons why this question is not ok: This question is too specific. It will help just one person. I feel like no one else will learn how to get fired from this question User posting on the question is sticking on general rules when he feels to, but then makes up the rules when he feels to Example: Thanks @MarioTrucco but you are wrong. All StackExchange ...


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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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I think we have a very skilled troll on our hands, at least I HOPE this person is trolling as the alternative is far too disturbing to contemplate. He asked another bizarre one https://workplace.stackexchange.com/questions/66385/being-progressive-in-the-work-zone-without-alienating-yourself


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The Community user randomly bumps certain old questions -- questions that were good enough (positive score) to attract at least one answer, but no answer is upvoted. On a busy site this can mean that the answer wasn't noticed. Or maybe there's something wrong with it. Or maybe the question needs to be improved. So, it's a question that should get another ...


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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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While I understand that hypothetical questions frequently suffer from lacking details necessary to make it answerable, if enough details are present, is a hypothetical question still bad just because it is hypothetical? The problem there is that you start entering fake question territory where you're making up stuff just for the sake of entertainment. When ...


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So many of the questions revolve around common sense It is my experience that common sense is not so common :) Sometimes you just have to spell out what may be obvious to everyone else. We all have blind spots, and it's difficult to be objective when you're in the middle of something. Often I feel our answers are simply validation of what the OP knows ...


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Flag for mod attention, downvote, and vote to close and/or delete. Answering bad questions - troll questions for sure, and anything where the poster does not really have that problem - is not helpful. If someone really has a related real question later they should post it, and clarify it, and provide useful vote/accept activity - all of which tends to a ...


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Why is this frowned upon by the Mods ( or in general )? We frown upon any action that abuses SE systems, especially if it's done to accomplish a particular action that's not normally possible. Strategically placing a bounty to prevent a question from being closed is an example of that. Bounties preventing close votes is, to my knowledge, largely a side-...


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We have a similar situation over on Mi Yodeya, where discussions of Jewish law can involve a lot of jargon, some of which is hard to translate into English or would require a lot of explanation. The policy we arrived at derives from one key point: Will any English speaker who is interested in this content be able to understand what it means without ...


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There is the Greatest Hits list. I don't know where it's linked (if anywhere!), but somebody tipped me off about it a while back and I just construct the URL myself (sitname/questions/greatest-hits). There's more information about it in an old post on The Overflow blog which states: For better or worse, these questions are what the world will see and ...


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To expound a bit on what Snow said... We try to save questions if we can. This particular question came up in the watercooler, and was discussed. Several users (myself included) made edits to make the question presentable. A number of us (myself included) then reversed our down-votes. Remember, reversing a down-vote has a net +2 effect, so if just 8 ...


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This has been the current situation for as long as I can remember. (But I'm here for only five years.) the site exists; see this screenshot taken on Stack Overflow over 10 years ago: (source) Is this feature useful? Well, if you see a question modified by a high-reputation user like Joe, you can be sure there's nothing unusual about it. If you see a ...


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As gnat said, this may be more appropriate to Programmers.se than it is here. As explained in our help center, questions asking how to perform the duties of your job are generally off-topic here. If you want to ask generically, how can I prepare for not being around? which is a rather company-agnostic question, it is likely okay. If you want to ask about ...


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I believe that the majority of TW questions are going to be asked about situations in which the OP desires confirmation of their position. There are just a couple types of potential perspectives questions will be asked from. The first is an employer seeking how to handle a situation; the second is an employee doing the same. If it's an employer then they ...


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Usually if the information would significantly change answers, we try not make assumptions at all. Instead we add comments asking for clarification, and sometimes will close a question as unclear if the missing details are critical enough. We most often ask for a location, because labor laws can have a significant impact on how to interpret a situation. ...


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You asked, What is the assumed work market context for IT related questions when it is not fully specified? Ideally, there is not an assumed anything if it may change the answer to the question. If a question depends on a factor that is not clear, there are several options for potential answerers. These are the steps I take, generally in this order of ...


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Yes, they're supposed to be linked. They're closed, not deleted. Personally, I find these very useful when following up on duplicates - the sidebar cross-links the original, those closed as duplicates, and any other questions closed or linked among them.


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I moved it because the primary focus of your question is asking about the specifics of the freelancing arrangement. To migrate, generally you need a moderator to do that if the site is not prepopulated in the migration target list (which freelancing is not).


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That is a post notice, added by one of the mods. If a question has been flagged, or in our own browsing of the community we may see an answer that needs improving in some way. There are a couple of standard post notices that we can apply to give the answerer a focal point for how they may improve their answer. However, it may still be marked for deletion ...


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