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Should we adopt the Academia SE rule banning allegations about named individuals or organisations?

Should we adopt the same rule on this SE site, since many (if not all) of the same reasons for it apply here as well? Definitely. There's nothing to be gained by naming names. Glassdoor is for ...
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Is starting a comment of with -1 no longer considered a violation of be nice?

So do you also consider "I downvoted because [reasons]" to be rude? What about "I disagree that [x] because [y]"? As far as I know starting a comment with "-1" has never been a violation of the Be ...
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Is calling someone a "troll" against the Be Nice policy

If you find yourself asking a question like: "is calling somebody an X bad?", you can pretty much get the answer from "calling somebody a", regardless of what X is. Name-calling ...
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Why was the question on eating coworkers' lunch deleted?

Thank you for your work to improve the question. I'm sorry for the collateral damage. That post was part of a multi-site trolling incident. For the reasons explained by Shog in this answer to ...
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2020 Moderator Nomination withdrawn by SE CM Team

Your nomination was not remove because of references to Monica. It was removed because you are essentially vowing to waste a diamond doing nothing, and we cannot take such a nomination seriously. If ...
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How best to help people who are stuck reasoning about workplace issues?

Should we on Workplace close questions where questioners have a workplace problem but aren't quite sure how to reason about it -- how to navigate the icebergs? If we don't close those questions how ...
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2020 Moderator Nomination withdrawn by SE CM Team

Let me read your nomination post one more time: I nominate myself as a libertarian candidate. I believe a lot of moderators take the job too seriously, and prematurely close and remove questions that ...
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Should we adopt the Academia SE rule banning allegations about named individuals or organisations?

Should we adopt the same rule on this SE site, since many (if not all) of the same reasons for it apply here as well? My opinion is no. (Short answer version). Longer answer version: Reasons why I ...
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Is our policy adequate to our quality standards?

I witnessed a common phenomenomn where an objectively poor quality answer gets widely upvoted because people believe it's funny or because they approve people being salty toward OP. Except it's not ...
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2020 Moderator Nomination withdrawn by SE CM Team

Whilst I do disagree with this withdrawal, there doesn't appear to be any way to dispute it. You are a moderator on Law. You should be perfectly aware of the ways in which you can dispute this: ...
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How should we handle references to usernames of deleted accounts?

If the user cares he can always propose (anonymous) edits, or find some other way to get in touch. Even if references in posts are edited out, there might still be comments that name the user. ...
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Can we make the policy "Be Nice and Helpful"

As long as we agree that "you are asking the wrong question" and the like are Helpful when phrased politely, I don't have any objection to ruling out off topic responses. If the change would block "...
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How best to help people who are stuck reasoning about workplace issues?

The problem here is 2 fold. A) we dont know what the OP wants to do.(work it or not) B) We have no idea what the actual employment status of the OP is (Contractor, hourly employee, salaried employee) ...
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Shame on us! We must treat new users better!

I see no reason for the excessive down voting of the duplicates. I've never understood the motivation for downvoting in many cases. But I don't see this series of questions as any more excessive than ...
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Can we make the policy "Be Nice and Helpful"

Being unhelpful is not nice. Pointing out clearly (even if bluntly) that "You are asking the wrong question; what you actually need to know is _____" is helpful, but not very nice. Withholding the ...
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How best to help people who are stuck reasoning about workplace issues?

I think people who ask questions have a lot of unorganized analysis already done in their head! its because they cannot arrive to a solution themselves they reach out to forums like these. And for the ...
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Can we make the policy "Be Nice and Helpful"

The problem arises in the definition of helpful. Some people need to be gives a swift kick in the bakside to move, others need hand holding while still others need a plan laid out for them and they'...
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Is calling someone a "troll" against the Be Nice policy

does it constitute name-calling and assuming bad intentions? At that point it is no longer assuming bad intentions, it is acting on it. The assumtion leads to questions asked to the "misbehaving" ...
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Is calling someone a "troll" against the Be Nice policy

The word "troll" has innocuous and descriptive definitions which can mean anything from someone posting for reaction all the way up to and including being synonymous to "griefer". Posting a ...
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Is our policy adequate to our quality standards?

How can we further improve the quality, especially getting rid of salty and opinion-based answers? We have several tools available for that: Edit the post if you see it can be improved and easily ...
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Is our policy adequate to our quality standards?

As I would imagine, there should be general guidelines and example as to what is a good or bad answer, but the help and the FAQ are very relaxed on posting advices as answers. I think that cuts to ...
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Is starting a comment of with -1 no longer considered a violation of be nice?

It seems like you already raised the point about "Last I knew this was considered rude and a violation of the be nice policy." in What is rude on The Workplace? Doesn't the voting of that answer and ...
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Is calling someone a "troll" against the Be Nice policy

In case I'm the one being cited: my usual use if the term is to explain why I'm dropping out of a conversation that appears to be deliberately structured to create debate rather than to lead to an ...
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Can we make the policy "Be Nice and Helpful"

I think this is a good idea. Personally I don't think it should be used to replace the "Be Nice" policy, but a new resource, outlining community expectations around what constitutes a "helpful" ...
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