I don't see any problems with Kate's use of hyperbole in this situation.
The point of that paragraph, as I interpret it, is to preempt the argument of
As long as the content is PG-13, any news source should be allowed. The newspaper is free. You don't have to read it if you don't want to. Free speech, etc.
The reason to mention the extreme examples is to ...
Why on earth was this excelent answer deleted?
Seems that it was flagged as offensive/spam and locked by Community.
IMHO, I agree that this is a valuable answer although it may feel like a splash of cold water.
I also think that changing that "controversial" word would solve the problem.
What worries me more is that users are giving more weight to a ...
The answer was deleted by Community from flags, which of course also locks the post. A moderator in no way locked or deleted the post, this was done by the system here due to flags.
I have removed the lock, but as a moderator, I won't cast the undelete vote unilaterally. The community chose to flag it as offensive and caused a delete, so the community ...
I rolled it back - The changes that were made changed the intent of what I was trying to say in many cases. For example I was talking about account logins and it was changed to refer to file access. I intentionally went with slightly less technical terms since this wasn't a purely technical, IT environment.
In short, these changes might have been a better ...
Guess I may as well weigh in...
The whole reason I posted this answer is because every other answer (yes, even yours, @Chad ) was incorrect, and actually dangerous to dalbaeb, and I didn't want him to have to rely onbad advice, because he didn't get any good advice. And yes, those answers are all bad advice because they all start from the assumption that ...
Should I just assume the poster is correct and approve the post because I don't have the Japanese language skills?
If you are not certain how to handle and edit or review, the best thing to do is to skip it, in order to avoid possible erroneous actions.
If you think it's worth it, or if the edit or post is critical, consider raising a mod flag so our mods ...
I say that I agree with what that mod said to you: If you consider that comment useful, include it in your answer if you wish so. If the comment is as useful as you say, then it must have valid suggestions or improvements that would make your answer/question better if you include it.
"Just" leaving it as a comment is not only dangerous, as it can ...
When it comes to editing answers you generally have to be much more conservative with your changes. Only copyediting is really allowed there. Even changes that incorporate comments, whether posted by the answerer or others, will change the nature of the answer. Unless it's a community wiki, the author of an answer has final say in its content.
Questions can ...
Is it acceptable here to answer a question with “Go ask someone else?”
No, because you should be voting to close instead. If all you can say is "we can't answer this question" then that's about as clear a sign as you can get that either:
the question doesn't belong on this site, or
the user posting the "answer" doesn't have the right knowledge or ...
The following applies to Revision 3 of the linked answer, the one that was current at the time of this post.
The answer uses the fuzzy term "right". Sometimes when people say something is "your right" they're speaking morally or about "human rights" -- the US declaration of independence, for example, asserts rights that were clearly not legal rights at the ...
Only someone who just hatched and had their first peek into the world would find anything offensive in that post.
Frankly they probably never visited a forum or discussion on the internet...or the schoolyard for that matter.
I'm not saying, I condone foul language or (actual) harassment / offensive speech.
I do say however that it can't be that basically ...
Chad asked me to share my views in chat as a mod.
To me, this is a great example of when the community is best-equipped to handle it.
Person posts answer that makes statements/assumptions some community members disagree with
Community discusses issue and refers the answerer to that discussion
Answerer updates answer to address concerns
Ideally, when an ...
Workplace SE is about answering questions about problems in the workplace. These problems, in order to be answered completely in Q&A format, must have plenty of detail in order to fully answer the question. Our help center guidelines on how to answer clarify that alternative solutions are acceptable, so long as assumptions and limitations are addressed:
"Ask your manager" may be rather succinct, but in some cases it is perfectly appropriate and correct.
As with all answers, if we don't like the answer we can downvote. If we like it we can upvote. Or you could even add more text to make the answer better.
There's no need to quibble over appropriateness.
The reason I found it not only not objectionable, but actually appropriate, was this paragraph in the Original Poster's question:
As is not wholly uncommon in such media, it has a sorry reputation for stirring up panics and hatred against minority groups. This has become severe enough that the pressure group "Stop Funding Hate" campaigns to have big-brand ...
"I used to joke that they would only deploy new software if they were
wearing their cowboy hats."
In what way was this sentence offensive to you?
I have only my only limited experience to draw from. As a Yankee from New England I've never had occasion to feel anything but positive about the symbolism associated with Cowboys and Cowboy hats.
The Boston ...
The post wasn't flagged (except once to request comment cleanup). I'm guessing that the moderator who handled the comments focused on the many comments (there are currently 47 deleted ones), in response to the flags.
Now that you have brought this answer to moderator attention, I've edited that answer to describe the outcome without ascribing motives. ...
If the specific course helped you and is something that is broadly available (i.e. something that readers might be able to follow up on), then it sounds like adding it would enhance your answer. When making a specific recommendation it's a good idea to say something about how it helped you (not just "here's a link") so people can tell you're not spamming. ...
When you have the lead of your answer "They are obviously bad at their job", that's what people are going to think you mean. I can see no other way to interpret it, and you were pretty clear about it.
A better way of phrasing it as "It could be seen as them being bad at their job".
It took me six times to get your actual meaning.
This probably won't make me friends over here, but I believe that at this point, question should be closed and deleted, so that whatever is there in the answer(s) won't matter at all.
As far as I can tell, it falls squarely into "Questions that focus on ranting about problems rather than trying to solve them" off-topic category listed in Help Center. It was ...
Actually, sharing wisdom is what this site is about. However, the wisdom we share needs to address a general question as well as the specific. The reasons for being off-topic are wrapped around the lack of a general answer or if it becomes a legal or company-specific issue, or there are too many possible answers (too broad, opinion-based).
As at the time ...
The chatroom was automatically deleted for inactivity, which happens when a chatroom has less then 15 messages total or messages only by one user after 7 days of the last message.
To view deleted chatrooms you need 10.000 reputation combined network wide (outside of SO and meta.SE).
I made a screenshot for you so you can read the comments still:
Comments are ephemeral by nature. The mod was correct. If you think a comment is worth adding to your answer, you add it to your answer.
You can post "As per the comment left by Don Thermidor, the Lobster Mobster", and then quote the comment, that way it is preserved.
The answer was edited some hours ago by one of our Mods, and the problematic content removed.
It now does not contain the cowboy part, which was a bit unnecessary IMHO.
I'd say that the problem is gone now with this answer.
I believe, personally, that while this does not answer the individual specific questions that the OP asked it gives the best overall advice for the situation that the OP is in.
I would like to see more depth to the answer and bullet points about making the remaining time at the company as fruitful as possible to attempt to leave the company on a good note ...
Is there something we could do about this question and answer?
Absolutely! Any user on our site with at least 50 reputation who understands and supports our mission to make the Internet a better place can add comments with the resources they need to improve their post. If you haven't installed the Pro-forma comments for SE and loaded it up with the ...
Adding to the other general advice here. People down-vote for numerous reasons.
They don't like the content your answer
They don't like you
They don't think you structured your answer effectively.
For the lulz
Don't take it personally, I've had controvertial posts where I've ben up-voted AND down-voted by scores of votes.
As I said in my other post, ...