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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 accusations (well-founded or baseless). Here, folks should be asking questions without naming individuals. They can easily get an answer without risking defamation. ...


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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 Nice policy nor is it common to consider a comment rude just because it includes a reference to a downvote. I do often see people becoming annoyed over downvotes ...


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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 is not constructive and runs afoul of Be Nice. (I realize that's not the exact language of the question, but I see it in answers and chat so I'm addressing it.) ...


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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 another question about deletions, I felt it best to remove the question. Unlike there I didn't also delete the account; I'm still reviewing some stuff there. (The ...


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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 you want to fight for changes in site policy to get moderators to do less, that is a discussion to have on Meta. Even if you consider your nomination to be a "...


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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 can we best help those users? Useful answers about how to navigate the icebergs will help all our visitors, so they're worth keeping. We definitely want to put ...


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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 simply haven't had enough exposure to produce interesting and on-topic answers. I am running on the platform against using the moderator powers to subvert the ...


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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 don't think it applies here exactly as it is in Academia (disclaimer: I'm not active on Academia, but I do know TWP and based on that I list the following points)...


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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 objectively poor - you're saying you find it poor, so to you it's subjectively poor. Kilisi's writing style may be a tad brusque at times but "salty", really? I ...


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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: create a meta post (you have) respond to the mod message (you have) renominate yourself (you are free to do so) The fact that you are a moderator was a strong ...


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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. Except in extraordinary circumstances I don't think we should try to scrub traces of a deleted user's name from the site. And you're right to be concerned about ...


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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 "that's an unreasonable request because... Consider this instead" then I think it ties our hands and leaves us with only the option of voting to close questions ...


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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) The assumption here is the the OP is paid an hourly wage (or bills at an hourly rate) but it could just be that the OP is salaried but reports their hours ...


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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 others. Perhaps the OP's attitude came across as negative to some folks. Or perhaps the OP's use of the term "rude assholes" in his profile angered some. No ...


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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 information that the person really needs (in your opinion) because they didn't ask for it explicitly enough is not nice, nor is it helpful. There are those ...


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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 very same reason the questions may sometimes sound vague. But putting them to hold or closing them does nothing to help them and puzzles them even more so.


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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'll take it and run. I think this is far too subjective to even be considered.


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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" user, based on that they someone calls out an "internet troll". Wether or not that is the right thing to do.... I wont go there. I think it would break the "be ...


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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 controversial topic is by definition trolling, because it will get reactions, and rather spirited ones. This is not in and of itself a bad thing, but the person is ...


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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 fixed. Comment under the post to ask for clarification or to request improvement from OP. Flag or Vote to Close, if you see a post that deserves it. You can ...


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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 the heart of the matter, and I think there's a good reason why the help and FAQ are structured that way. Ultimately, you posted a two part question: So there ...


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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 the comments that followed indicate that it isn't considered rude to use "-1" at the start of a comment? Maybe I'm not interpreting that correctly...


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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 answer. Debate is explicitly not what SE is structured for. I agree it's probably not the most polite phrasing, and that the ideal would be for me to drop out ...


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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" answer or comment would be very helpful in itself. https://workplace.stackexchange.com/help/be-nice Public service announcement: Keeping the Workplace Professional ...


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