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ADD, Depression, and You!

How does someone know if a stimulant medication (adderall) is helping them the way it was intended to for ADD, or if they are searching for a reason to continue a substance that makes them feel good (aka addictive behaviors)? Where is the line between a "need for functioning" and "it makes me feel better therefore I function better"? Don't most people function better on a stimulant? (also some ethical questions inside about working in the mental health industry...) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 3, 2010 - 30 answers

My colleague swallowed his teeth during a snowball fight. Now what?

Snowball fight ethical dilemma - who is responsible to fix something that breaks [more inside]
posted by MighstAllCruckingFighty on Dec 2, 2010 - 26 answers

Should I let them get their 25,000?

Is it unethical to bypass the technical recruiter and go straight to the recruiting company? [more inside]
posted by TheOtherSide on Nov 30, 2010 - 24 answers

I'm a bed bug dog and I love what I do?

My friend (really) is considering using a bed bug dog to help her figure out what is biting her (she is aware of all of the other ways to monitor the situation, as well). However, she is a gentle soul, and is worried about whether such dogs like what they do. [more inside]
posted by analog on Nov 23, 2010 - 15 answers

Is it okay to date a student once the semester is over?

Is it okay to date a student once the semester is over? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 17, 2010 - 64 answers

Medical Ethics of Self-Referrals

Medical Ethics question regarding physician at hospital referring patient to physician's own private practice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 15, 2010 - 9 answers

I want to give my prof a gift, is it okay?

Etiquette filter: I'd like to give my Creative Writing professor a gift to celebrate her new baby (due in Dec). Her and her husband are also the advisors for the Creative Writing side of the English Department, of which I'm a grad student. Am I crossing any ethical boundaries? [more inside]
posted by patheral on Nov 10, 2010 - 13 answers

Plagiarism on Facebook

My wife's twenty-something cousin is plagiarizing poems via her Facebook page. We noticed. What next? [more inside]
posted by glenngulia on Nov 5, 2010 - 54 answers

Is it legal for a candidate to have access to ballots after the election?

I just found out my local representative (who runs unopposed every year) looks at the write-in names under his on the ballots and then hires a private detective to investigate all of the people named in the write in line of the ballot. This sounds illegal to me as I'm pretty sure candidates shouldn't be looking at actual ballots. Aren't they supposed to be counted by the computers or poll workers?
posted by jihaan on Nov 4, 2010 - 15 answers

Can I ethically/legally refuse to work with a client who acts in violation of my personal ethics?

Ethical dilemma at work: I work for a Fortune500 technology company, and one of my responsibilities is to assist with designing solutions for customers with complex requirements. The company is currently finalizing a very large deal with an organization that is well known for funding campaigns aimed at discrimination against a certain group of people, and I am being asked to design a solution for them. As a member of the group being discriminated against, I am understandably very reluctant to get involved in this deal in any way. I happen to know that my immediate supervisor's political views is such that he likely wholeheartedly agrees with the customer's stance in this matter. Do I have any ethical and/or legal grounds for refusing to deal with this customer, and, if so, how do I go about it without jeopardizing my career?
posted by anonymous on Nov 1, 2010 - 22 answers

I've virtually tracked down my missing/stolen iPod Touch, and have discovered all sorts of personal information about the person who is now using it. How can I reclaim it?

I've virtually tracked down my missing/stolen iPod Touch, and have discovered all sorts of personal information about the person who is now using it. How can I reclaim it? [Details inside-- this one's a detective story] [more inside]
posted by stilly on Oct 28, 2010 - 78 answers

To quote or not to quote (an email)

I'm considering writing a critical review of a popular online service - what are the ethics regarding the quoting or summarizing of email messages? [more inside]
posted by syzygy on Oct 26, 2010 - 13 answers

But I was a Boy Scout

Do I Vote? [more inside]
posted by PinkMoose on Oct 25, 2010 - 28 answers

Blogging from the wrong side of the Dunning-Kruger Effect

I want to talk about ethics in marketing from an in-the-field standpoint; I think it's an important conversation that nobody's having. But I'm overthinking myself right out of ever doing it. [more inside]
posted by TheFlak on Oct 21, 2010 - 10 answers

What should our accountant be doing for us?

Unexpected tax assessment came in the mail. What should our accountant be doing for us? [more inside]
posted by felix betachat on Oct 19, 2010 - 5 answers

The Zookeeper's Hippopotamus Oath?

What other professions and trades besides the medical profession's Hippocratic Oath have charters, mission or oaths that guide their ethical behaviour? [more inside]
posted by pipstar on Oct 17, 2010 - 36 answers

My architect is incompetent and I want my money back.

Would it be unethical and/or illegal to tell the architect I will file a formal complaint with the state licensing board unless he gives me a refund? [more inside]
posted by otto42 on Oct 13, 2010 - 12 answers

Religious food storage v hoarding laws?

How do religious folk who practice food storage as part of preparedness beliefs and customs deal with actual instances of widespread food shortages? [more inside]
posted by Ahab on Oct 12, 2010 - 12 answers

They eat horses, don't they?

Is there something that makes eating a "pet" inherently unethical. [more inside]
posted by Cosine on Oct 5, 2010 - 42 answers

Overcoming Bribery in Business

My customers get great bribes! How can I overcome this ethically? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 5, 2010 - 8 answers

what could go wrong?

WebsiteIdeaFilter: snarky site poking fun at (real) poorly written resumes, good idea? bad idea? legal idea? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 3, 2010 - 34 answers

Should you agree to disagree in the workplace?

When is it okay for your personal beliefs to directly contradict your line of work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 29, 2010 - 40 answers

Smile! You're In My Candid Camera Now.

How can I "do the right thing" as a photographer? [more inside]
posted by mentalmouse on Sep 12, 2010 - 31 answers

Help finding old JF*E tracks!

I am looking for digital copies of old songs by a band called Jonathan Fire*Eater...but there are problems. [more inside]
posted by kaseijin on Sep 10, 2010 - 7 answers

The legality of playing phone messages in public

Distribution/broadcast of recorded phone messages (in Canada) where the calling-in party is unaware they are being recorded: legal? [more inside]
posted by TheFlak on Sep 10, 2010 - 2 answers

Using quotes ethically

Newbie freelance writer with an ethical question about quotations. [more inside]
posted by megancita on Sep 9, 2010 - 16 answers

Help me put my best foot forward at work

What is your personal code of conduct at work? What are the things you learned over the years about the do's and don'ts at work, irrespective of the industry you are in? [more inside]
posted by xm on Sep 5, 2010 - 92 answers

Who's the crappier manager, me or my boss?

Should I follow my own standards or my manager's when it comes to setting expectations for a contract employee I manage? What if there are ethical or legal concerns? (ARE there ethical or legal concerns?) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 5, 2010 - 11 answers

"Oh no, " she breathed, "I couldn't and neither could you."

Plot issue - ethically taking up with the spouse's best friend. [more inside]
posted by b33j on Aug 1, 2010 - 38 answers

Is my best friend/biggest client putting me in a dangerous financial situation?

My best friend is the largest client of my business. He would like me to purchase a car for his use through my company. Is this a terrible situation for me and how should I handle it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 31, 2010 - 40 answers

Do companies "forget" discounts on purpose?

Do phone companies, and other companies, "forget" on purpose to give you a promised discount? And is this legal? [more inside]
posted by escabeche on Jul 27, 2010 - 17 answers

Is it ethical to encourage someone to cheat?

Is it ethically sound to encourage a friend to cheat on her abusive partner as an excuse to leave the relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 17, 2010 - 44 answers

He accidentally fed a vegetarian meat -- now what?

If you accidentally fed a vegetarian a small amount of meat, what would you do? [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee on Jul 13, 2010 - 71 answers

We Couldn't Bank On It

Our bank says it is selling our mortgage. We only have a year and a half left to pay. Is there anything we can do? [more inside]
posted by Xurando on Jun 26, 2010 - 34 answers

Are librarians allowed to date patrons?

Are librarians allowed to date patrons? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese on Jun 10, 2010 - 30 answers

What would you do in this situation with ex therapist?

What would you do, if anything, in this complicated situation with ex therapist? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 25, 2010 - 11 answers

Nicomachean Ethics

Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics: is there an online version with the Bekker numbers? Or at least some way to match up Bekker numbers with book/chapter numbers? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 18, 2010 - 2 answers

Do I need to disclose near-term plans?

What are the ethical implications (if any) of taking a job with no intentions of staying with the company long-term? [more inside]
posted by ista on May 15, 2010 - 21 answers

What is my wife actually responsible for in this mess?

EthicalBarteringFilter: what should my wife do after a simple but significant labor-for-labor swap took left turn after left turn and wound up getting freaky? [more inside]
posted by mindsound on Apr 23, 2010 - 28 answers

Hey, that's not what you told me last time!

(you are not my lawyer filter) My lawyer has 35+ yrs of experience in family law and is also a guardian ad litem. I am involved in a family case regarding legal custody in a state whose preference is for joint legal custody (not joint physical). He told me in the past that I had a good case for sole legal custody. Now that I am a defendant in a motion for joint legal, and the circumstances of the case have not changed, he is telling me something different, or avoiding most of my questions. How do I approach this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 18, 2010 - 10 answers

Switching Sides

Had the ad agency with whom I do freelance work won the account, I'd probably have work. But the Other Ad Agency got the account. Can I approach The Other Ad Agency to work on the account? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 23, 2010 - 8 answers

Buddha for Dead White Males

What are some good resources on Buddhism for someone who wants to remain attached to Western scientific rationalism? [more inside]
posted by Lifeson on Mar 10, 2010 - 35 answers

Should I Ride The Free Internet Gravy Train?

Moved into a new place. Should I accept this free Internet service while it lasts? [more inside]
posted by sportbucket on Feb 25, 2010 - 14 answers

Endodontist nabbed by feds

I was referred to an endodontist, and while I was filling out forms in the antechamber there this morning prior to my appointment, preparing to go in for a root canal, the office was raided by a dozen or so federal police with a search warrant. I don't plan to return. Is it incumbent upon me to reveal this information on yelp, etc?
posted by goofyfoot on Feb 23, 2010 - 18 answers

Is it ethical to copy the design of software?

Is it ethical or legal to copy the design of software, but not the code? [more inside]
posted by idb on Jan 26, 2010 - 22 answers

What referral fee is appropriate for another business

How large a referral fee is appropriate to offer another business for sending me clients? [more inside]
posted by vegsister on Jan 15, 2010 - 11 answers

Are they killing sables to make my brushes?

If the paint brush manufacturers are only taking a certain bit of hair from an animal, what happens to the rest of the animal? [more inside]
posted by blackunicorn on Jan 13, 2010 - 9 answers

Is extreme but consensual sadism immoral?

What is a good argument for the immorality of terribly sadistic but ultimately consensual sex, from a secular perspective? [more inside]
posted by limon on Jan 2, 2010 - 61 answers

Random position ethics?

Please help me remember the name (and proponents and critics) of a specific ethical principle. [more inside]
posted by Anything on Dec 27, 2009 - 5 answers

The Budget Ethical Gourmet

Help me put together a shopping list that is 1) ethical 2) healthy and 3) under $50/week. [more inside]
posted by whodatninja on Dec 23, 2009 - 31 answers

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