Do you have a question about your career or your workplace that isn't really about software development or being a programmer? Have you tried asking it on Programmers only to have it get closed because it's not on-topic here?

Good news! A proposal has been created on Area 51—Stack Exchange's site incubator—to serve as a home for general career and workplace questions for all professions:

The Workplace

Proposed Q&A site for members of the workforce navigating the professional setting.

This includes questions like:

  • How should I approach my boss about a raise/promotion?
  • How to deal with noisy or irritating co-workers?
  • How do you define business casual?
  • My coworker comes to work while high on drugs sometimes. What should I do?
  • What to do when you are asked “what is your desired salary” before you even get to the interview?

So if you're interested in asking and answering questions like these and seeing that there's a home for all those general career advice questions we get here on Programmers, consider committing to this proposal. The more people commit, the faster it'll launch.

Once launched, you'll have an opportunity to participate in its private beta, where you'll work with other committers to "seed" the site and fill in the site's scope.

So what are you waiting for? Go check it out!

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    I'm just going to say that it's about damn time. This is a needed Stack Exchange, and I think it's going to explode with popularity. I haven't been this excited about a new Stack Exchange since Programmers. Are there any plans to seed early in the private beta with some of the really good general career questions from here, though? I know that there are a few, but I'd have to search for them.
    – Thomas Owens Mod
    Commented Oct 18, 2011 at 12:08
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    @ThomasOwens Cross-site seeding is generally (if not totally) verboten for new beta sites after poor results from previous attempts. Every site is expected to decide for themselves what questions should be asked and what should be allowed. Programmers should serve as a warning of what happens when a site is created to be a dumping ground for another site's accumulated off-topic questions.
    – user8
    Commented Oct 18, 2011 at 14:00
  • @ThomasOwens - there's nothing stopping you seeking out good questions that just happen to be off topic and closed to re-ask them.
    – ChrisF Mod
    Commented Oct 18, 2011 at 15:36
  • @ChrisF That just seems really sketchy, though. Especially if they start getting upvoted and I get rep for it - they aren't my questions.
    – Thomas Owens Mod
    Commented Oct 18, 2011 at 15:41
  • @ThomasOwens - I can't argue against that.
    – ChrisF Mod
    Commented Oct 18, 2011 at 16:18
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    @ThomasOwens That happened with Programmers early on. People reasked really popular questions here that already existed on SO and eventually SO versions got migrated here as well... it's a bit messy. If you wanted to reask a question without getting rep for it though, you could flag the question and ask for your name to be removed from it, so you gain no rep.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Commented Oct 19, 2011 at 14:23
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    Would not Community Wiki be ideal in this case?
    – user28988
    Commented Oct 22, 2011 at 12:23
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    @WorldEngineer no, because then the answerers get no rep either.
    – Matt Ellen
    Commented Nov 1, 2011 at 16:13
  • It changed name again?
    – Thomas Owens Mod
    Commented Jan 31, 2012 at 20:29
  • @ThomasOwens Yes: likely for the final time. SE likes to do a reevaluation of proposals in commitment around the 45% mark to make any tweaks they think are necessary to get it over the edge.
    – user8
    Commented Jan 31, 2012 at 20:33
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    @ThomasOwens The Workplace = Professional Matters + IT Careers & Training + Professional Careers & Advice + Career development
    – yannis
    Commented Jan 31, 2012 at 20:34
  • @YannisRizos Are they going to merge? I haven't seen anyone from SE actually say yes to it. They really should. I honestly haven't been this excited about a new SE site since Programmers.
    – Thomas Owens Mod
    Commented Jan 31, 2012 at 21:05

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The Workplace has now entered public beta. Yay! Check out their meta discussion site for more information about how they're handling these types of questions.

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