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Below you'll find ten questions randomly selected from this site. What do you think about each of them and their answers? Are they the best they can be or can they be improved? Would they look interesting and inviting to an outsider or are they a little embarrassing?

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No no no, clearly a duplicate of meta.workplace.stackexchange.com/questions/321/… :P –  Rarity Sep 28 '12 at 21:50
    
@Rarity Oh you. :P –  Anna Lear Sep 28 '12 at 21:51
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@AnnaLear Sheesh. All this self-evaluation! It's like SE has standards or something. –  jcmeloni Sep 28 '12 at 22:05
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Heh, it appears I just serially downvoted you (I downvoted a lot of the answers here), hopefully the script is smart enough to not reverse my votes. Will check back in 24h, and if it does, I'll rant about it on MSO ;) –  Yannis Oct 9 '12 at 4:56
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closed as too localized by Anna Lear Oct 30 '12 at 20:21

This question is unlikely to help any future visitors; it is only relevant to a small geographic area, a specific moment in time, or an extraordinarily narrow situation that is not generally applicable to the worldwide audience of the internet. For help making this question more broadly applicable, visit the help center.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

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How to handle false allegations of my behavior and continue performing my job

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Good question, good top answers (but quite a few bad answers and a few "could be comments" answers...) –  enderland Sep 28 '12 at 22:01
    
Good question, some of the comments are redundant and some borderline offensive to some Texas astounds me as a state Did I say that?! ;-) –  maple_shaft Oct 1 '12 at 11:34
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Comments could do with a cleanup, but good Q&A –  Rory Alsop Oct 1 '12 at 12:05
    
This question represents a "real problem"; also, it is an interesting one that we should be proud to show on our top questions page. –  jmort253 Oct 2 '12 at 4:27
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What kinds of questions should I ask a recruiter?

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Excellent question and answers. Prime example of what Workplace is about. –  maple_shaft Oct 1 '12 at 11:42
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LinkedIn invitations from people I don't know

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A good question, but some really good answers. –  Rory Alsop Oct 1 '12 at 12:07
    
Also refreshing as it's about networking, but nice and specific and a question I think a lot of people have. –  bethlakshmi Oct 1 '12 at 13:50
    
In this case, I believe what led to the great answers is the community dedication to the "back it up" rule. If that rule wasn't put in place, we just might have seen a lot of comments as answers and one-liners like the two downvoted posts at the bottom. IMHO, sometimes the answers make the question look great. +1 –  jmort253 Oct 2 '12 at 4:32
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Software Development vs Technical Consulting

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I honestly feel this is too localized and an example of what we don't want people to see. I don't know which career to choose? Choose my life for me! The answers are surprisingly good, but the question has a very black and white view of the world. –  maple_shaft Oct 1 '12 at 11:39
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The intro makes it localised, but it's not really. And it's not so much "Choose my life for me" as "I am making a decision based on these assumptions. Are they correct?" I don't have a major problem with this one. Could maybe use some editing. –  pdr Oct 1 '12 at 12:42
    
Considering this person didn't give a lot of specifics or details that would change over time, I'd say it's not too localized, and the answers seem to support this. +1 –  jmort253 Oct 2 '12 at 4:40
    
Given the comments here, it does indicate that some editing should probably happen, but that the heart of it is good. –  jcmeloni Oct 3 '12 at 13:49
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Is it normal to list contractors on a corporate website?

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This is an extraordinary question and one that resonates with a very similar situation I was in recently. I learned a lot from reading the answers. –  maple_shaft Oct 1 '12 at 11:51
    
Strange question, to me. Saved by an excellent top answer. –  pdr Oct 1 '12 at 12:34
    
Not a question I'd ever have had, as the contractors I work with are in a very different situation than this case, so it was nice to see something productive and outside my "norm". –  bethlakshmi Oct 1 '12 at 13:51
    
I do not care for the title but think it was a good question. –  Chad Oct 4 '12 at 15:29
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Getting fired for cause?

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I'm wary about these sorts of questions because of the possible severe legal implications of someone coming here, trusting the site as definitive, and then totally screw themselves over because they are in a different country. There was talk of potentially having a country tag for these sorts of questions (also questions relating to protocol/etiquette as varies by country) –  enderland Sep 28 '12 at 22:07
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@enderland Anybody that takes explicit legal advice from the internet deserves severe legal implications IMHO. Most of us do a good job of calling out bad advice or specifically local advice. –  maple_shaft Oct 1 '12 at 11:47
    
I actually liked this in that instead of whining about injustice, the question was focused on actual actions and expectations for a situation that probably isn't unique to this individual. –  bethlakshmi Oct 1 '12 at 14:06
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I'm on the fence on this one. Legal questions are always sort of iffy in my opinion. When you ask a question like this, you're getting opinions from random people on the Internet. Being an expert in navigating the workplace setting is much different than being an expert in New York employment laws... –  jmort253 Oct 2 '12 at 4:45
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@jmort253 - There is some common(maybe uncommon) knowledge that goes around operating in the world. One of these is a basic understanding of laws and rights. Many of us learn them the hard way. So long as the question is not asking for someone to take legal action you can ask about what a person can expect when they are fired. Generally businesses will try to operate on the right side of the law. Many times people expect protections that are not really there. When there is something fishy we can advise to talk with a lawyer. –  Chad Oct 8 '12 at 21:10
    
@Chad - After taking a second look at the answers, I'm convinced this question is a good example. +1. What saves it is that all answers mention "get a lawyer" as well as some good steps to help protect oneself. –  jmort253 Oct 9 '12 at 3:46
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What will be the management reaction if someone refuses a promotion?

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Very localized and hypothetical, but, with some work, could easily become a good question (probably too late now?) –  enderland Sep 28 '12 at 21:57
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It's never too late @enderland, just try to make sure the answers still make sense against the edits. :) –  jmort253 Sep 28 '12 at 22:44
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This is one of those questions that discuss a potential bait and switch scam that some employers play, although it isn't totally apparent by reading the question. The answers bring a lot of insight into the reality of the situation with the person asking the question. –  maple_shaft Oct 1 '12 at 11:54
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I felt like this was in the collection of questions that walks the borderline - there's a lot in here that just may be so specialized that it only helps the asker. But I'm not 100% sure. –  bethlakshmi Oct 1 '12 at 14:04
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Team building activities for a fast growing team

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Weird, I actually down voted on something I started. :) I really don't know what happened with the answers here - I though (even at the outset) that I was pretty specific in what I asked for, but the answere were all over the map and in the end, very few actually filled my need. –  bethlakshmi Oct 1 '12 at 13:54
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This is sort of a polling question in disguise, IMHO, asking for a list of event types to fit a specific need. Even though Beth says she didn't get the answers she wanted, community dedication to providing details, as well as Beth asking the community to "describe in detail" sort of saved this and suppressed the polling aspect quite well! IMHO, the top answer solves the problem: "Talk to the team ... challenge them to come up with something". This not only solves the problem for Beth, but for any future visitor who wants to hold any kind of event for any kind of department... +1 –  jmort253 Oct 2 '12 at 4:50
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@bethlakshmi - That is the problem with list questions. I think it was left open more out of respect for the immense good you bring to the site than because it was a good question. –  Chad Oct 4 '12 at 15:06
    
Fair enough. Thanks for the kudos, but I'll close the question. –  bethlakshmi Oct 4 '12 at 17:20
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What can I do to hire people in the tech field who are knowledgeable and personable?

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Relatively ok question, difficult to answer definitively (and there are books upon books written on this subject) but easy to give good answers to. imo the accepted answer was not the best answer –  enderland Sep 28 '12 at 21:55
    
Poor question turned ok by some savvy edits. But only ok. Answers didn't improve it. –  pdr Oct 1 '12 at 12:29
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Not, IMO, one of our better ones. Not (by any stretch) our worst, either, so after waffling, I didn't vote either way, figuring what I dislike (the generic quality of the question) was outweighed by the insightfulness of some of the answers. –  bethlakshmi Oct 1 '12 at 13:56
    
The generic aspect to the question was probably due to my edit. On some sites I contribute to, if you leave in "what resources are there for X", people will sometimes leave comments as answers with nothing but a link. A question is always going to be better if the op can edit it instead of some random third party, since the op knows what she or he is wanting to solve. Still, editing can go a long way, and I think this got some great answers. –  jmort253 Oct 2 '12 at 4:56
    
Another list question :( This really needed to be edited to be brought on point before answers came in. –  Chad Oct 4 '12 at 15:08
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Negotiation for Fulltime Conversion After Internship

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Too many questions in one. Answers ended up unreadably long. –  pdr Oct 1 '12 at 12:53
    
@pdr agreed, more than two sub-questions is often a red flag, I think this is a good example of why. –  Rarity Oct 1 '12 at 21:19
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Plus, when you have multiple topics in one post, some people don't cover all the questions, making it harder to vote on the answers. There's only two though, likely because it's a bit overwhelming. I voted to close as "Too localized". Great points in the comments about this making 5 really awesome separate questions though! –  jmort253 Oct 2 '12 at 5:00
    
Amazingly while this answer is at -7, the question it's about is at +3, with only one downvote (mine). Nice, we apparently hate the question, but I guess it wouldn't be "nice" to downvote it, it's "nicer" to let it appear as a useful question... <sigh> –  Yannis Oct 9 '12 at 10:37
    
To be fair, I tried to get it closed when I realized it was a bad question but it wasn't closed until VERY recently ;-) –  enderland Oct 9 '12 at 13:49
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