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Is this question OK ? Why, why not?

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 ...
Joe Strazzere's user avatar
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Is this question OK ? Why, why not?

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 ...
enderland's user avatar
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Should questions be written for everyone to understand?

No, this should not be required. This is an international site, and people from all over the world should be able to get answers to their Workplace questions, without the additional burden of ...
Masked Man's user avatar
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Is this question OK ? Why, why not?

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 ...
Pavel Janicek's user avatar
10 votes

Is this question OK ? Why, why not?

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....
Old_Lamplighter's user avatar
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How does a question get "bumped to the homepage"?

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 ...
Monica Cellio's user avatar
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Discussion questions

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 ...
Lilienthal's user avatar
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How should questions with obviously ridiculous premises (such as how to engage in fraud) be handled?

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. ...
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Is a question being hypothetical a problem?

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 ...
Lilienthal's user avatar
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Bounties on Questions with Close Votes

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. ...
Lilienthal's user avatar
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Should questions be written for everyone to understand?

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 ...
Monica Cellio's user avatar
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'Bandwagon' Voting

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 ...
Old_Lamplighter's user avatar
6 votes

Why is the reputation of the last user to interact with a question shown on the Home page?

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 ...
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Do/should people downvote out of sheer irritation about how the OP handled the situation?

Voting is completely open to the individual. They can downvote just because they stubbed their toe that morning. Or upvote because it's their birthday if they want. The votes are of limited use anyway ...
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What is the assumed work market context for IT related questions when it is not fully specified?

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. ...
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What is the assumed work market context for IT related questions when it is not fully specified?

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 ...
David K's user avatar
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Do/should people downvote out of sheer irritation about how the OP handled the situation?

is it ever appropriate to downvote for that reason [the way that the OP handled a situation irritated/frustrated me]? Never. You don't vote just because OP handled the situation badly. In fact, many ...
DarkCygnus's user avatar
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Why banners appear on some questions?

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 ...
Jane S's user avatar
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Should my thread be moved?

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 ...
enderland's user avatar
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'Bandwagon' Voting

This may be due to the HNQ effect. Once the question makes it to the Hot Network Questions list, it instantly becomes visible to a much broader audience, of which the majority is only able to vote up. ...
Dmitry Grigoryev's user avatar
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Why are there down votes on meta questions about a procedure or decision on stackexchange?

This looks like an example of the Obvious Answer Downvote Pattern (OADP). Questions that have a supposedly "obvious" answer tend to attract a lot of downvotes. While users are free to vote as they ...
Masked Man's user avatar
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How should questions with obviously ridiculous premises (such as how to engage in fraud) be handled?

The criteria should not be, how stupid is the OP, or how ridiculous assumptions he made, but can the question be objectively answered, and will the answer profit future visitors. The question can be ...
Cjxcz Odjcayrwl's user avatar
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Discouraging down and close votes because you don't like the question

I only agree with close votes part. Closing should be reserved to questions which can't possibly be answered well, like questions asking for opinions, rants phrased as questions or unclear questions ...
Dmitry Grigoryev's user avatar
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Is a question being hypothetical a problem?

The problem with hypothetical questions is that there’s no proof that anyone is looking for an answer to it. Q&A here is only useful to the extent that future readers who actually have that ...
EJoshuaS - Stand with Ukraine's user avatar
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Discouraging down and close votes because you don't like the question

The bottom line here is you CANNOT know the reason for a vote of any kind unless the user has the good sense to comment on the item being voted on. ( I don't always comment when I vote in the positive ...
Neo's user avatar
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How should questions with obviously ridiculous premises (such as how to engage in fraud) be handled?

As stupid and ridiculous as many questions may seem to some of us more seasoned, they may not seen as obvious to others. My standard approach to troll posts is to look at Poe's law, and realize that ...
Old_Lamplighter's user avatar
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Why are there down votes on meta questions about a procedure or decision on stackexchange?

In your specific case, and others I have seen, when someone uses meta to asks for an explanation for why something happened, such as a question being put on hold, people who agree with the action then ...
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