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Is it possible to ask a "water cooler" question?

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Is it possible to ask a "water cooler" question?

Tigger_Two
So I thought I would try to figure out if a question in QA could be designated as "off topic" where off topic means not a tech question. To try to answer this, I have only selected "Off Topic" from the tags list. I have also begun this in the QA section and am framing properly as a question.

Since there ARE legitimate questions that are, in fact questions, but not always pertinent to technology, it seems like it would be a given that the same Water Cooler space would exist in QA as exists in Discussions.

Feel free to ignore this question if you prefer.
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Tigger_Two

Even if the question is tagged as Off Topic, it appears in the QA listing.

On the plus side, I can finally see my avatar (6.5 hours after posting to Gravatar). Or can I only see it now because I started a thread as opposed to only responding in established threads?

Hmmm...

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seanferd

I don't think it works that way, but it would make sense to have questions tagged as OT separated off to the Watering Hole.

Gravatar - it was probably just being lazy. Or maybe the TR back end was in flux.

My Gravatar worked instantly. In fact, it was used automatically from a pre-existing account. I did not much care for that.

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boxfiddler Moderator

I wouldn't much care for that, either.

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boxfiddler Moderator

Not to mention I miss Ambassador Kosh. At least I think it was Ambassador Kosh...

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seanferd

We are all Kosh.

Yeah, he'll be back, just as soon as I can pull a couple logins off another machine. Kind of stuck for now.

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brandons

Thank you for reporting this oversight. Yes, you should be able to ask a question and have it go into the Water Cooler.

We have fixed this bug and you can now ask away in the Water Cooler. Thank you for your patience and feedback. You're helping to make the site better for everyone!

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seanferd

Oh - cool! So it was a bug, not a feature. :)

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Tigger_Two

Brandon, I really appreciate you following this up. Now I have a follow up question...

Will you make it possible for me to see Water Cooler questions (discussions too, for that matter) without having to go through multiple mouse clicks? I think we would all LOVE a tab called Water Cooler in both discussions and QA that allows the easy viewing of off topic threads- as well as easy navigation!

This is partially addressed in the Suggestions tab of the Google Docs community spreadsheet I started here: https://spreadsheets1.google.com/ccc?hl=en&hl=en&key=tyt9_mAgySTdvb1ot3cL2Wg&authkey=CJmbw7sB#gid=2

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brandons

Thanks for the continued feedback. We'll review the gDoc and work on keeping folks up-to-date on what changes we're working on and planning.

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oldbaritone

and I'm sure Oh_Smeg or Santeewelding will have something fun for the water cooler...

;-)

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AnsuGisalas

Well Maxwell had everybody spooked already...