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Can't stand spending my springtime here...

Do I have to tell my future employer that I quit my current job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 21, 2011 - 12 answers

Using non-commercial CC content, ads come in later. Is this good?

Hypothetical: Using Creative Commons licensed material that's not labeled for commercial use on a not-for-profit blog. At some point, ads are run in order to generate profit. Is this good? What if the ads are gone later?
posted by nrobertson on Mar 20, 2011 - 1 answer

Hardly rough, but a diamond?

My husband found what appears to be a diamond, fallen out of a jewelry setting, in our box at the opera. If no one claims it, what to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 13, 2011 - 20 answers

Office Politics...

What would you do if your landlord was also your friend and client, and had violated all three relationships, all at one time? [more inside]
posted by She Talks To Angels on Mar 13, 2011 - 31 answers

I art direct/design a magazine. I want out. What are the legal/ethical concerns with putting that work in my online portfolio? (BONUS: am i being treated unfairly?)

I art direct/design a magazine. I want out. What are the legal/ethical concerns with putting that work in my online portfolio? (BONUS: am i being treated unfairly?) [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage on Mar 8, 2011 - 12 answers

Entry Level Credit Cards for Someone Who Hates Credit Cards

Help me find a credit card for emergencies, even though I'm too young for a real credit history and a little squigged out by the ethics of credit card companies. [more inside]
posted by l33tpolicywonk on Mar 5, 2011 - 12 answers

Where can I get recommendations for the 'greenest' house cleaners and personal care products?

Where can I get recommendations for the 'greenest' house cleaners and personal care products? [more inside]
posted by lemonade on Feb 14, 2011 - 7 answers

Repackaged images

Help me find where (or if) people have talked about the practice, seen on tumblr and in wider visual blog culture, of completely forgoing citation when posting other people's visual work. [more inside]
posted by theefixedstars on Feb 4, 2011 - 6 answers

Professional boundaries for an adult education environment

I am seeking information (website/blog/journal article/etc) that will help me talk about the need for professional boundaries & role definition for staff working in an adult learning environment. Bonus points for info that talks about both the teacher-student relationship, and relationships within the staff team/whole organisation.
posted by MT on Feb 1, 2011 - 1 answer

Rat out a plagerist?

A grad school friend of mine submitted a short story for a major literary magazine competition and won. It also seems she plagiarized the work. I'm not sure how to handle this or her subsequent behavior. [more inside]
posted by mizrachi on Jan 28, 2011 - 51 answers

Faux Yorkie

A pet store sold me a Yorkshire Terrier but it's actually a Silky Terrier, can they do this? [more inside]
posted by xbeautychicx on Jan 26, 2011 - 20 answers

Interview ethics

I'll be graduating from college this spring and am looking at jobs. I'm also in the running for a scholarship to go abroad, which I have about a 50 percent chance of getting. Should I mention this to potential employers, and if so, when and how? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 23, 2011 - 12 answers

Company B is flying me out to interview, how do I handle this with Company A?

Potential employment triangle: Company B is flying me out to interview, how do I handle this with Company A, who is also actively recruiting me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 20, 2011 - 9 answers

Confronting Recruiting Agency About Shady Practices

I applied to an ad for a contract position with an organization in my city that I've wanting to learn more about. So far I've had one positive phone interview with the project manager, but the more I deal with the recruiter, the more I'm concerned about the firm using deceptive methods. Is it worth it to call up the headquarters of this firm to voice my concerns? [more inside]
posted by gov_moonbeam on Jan 7, 2011 - 7 answers

Is it wrong to swim with the dolphins?

Please help me decide whether it's ok to pay for "swim with the dolphins" type experiences. Is this animal cruelty I shouldn't support with my hard-earned dollars? [more inside]
posted by BillBishop on Jan 3, 2011 - 20 answers

The love of money is the root of all evil.

My father-in-law may have pocketed part of a gift intended for my husband and his brother. But then again, maybe not! How can I navigate this situation with maximum tact and minimal drama? And more concretely, how does one write a thank-you note that gracefully specifies the exact amount of the gift? [more inside]
posted by yersinia on Dec 28, 2010 - 42 answers

Can I exchange my cats?

I don't love my cats. Can I humanely surrender them and find a better match? [more inside]
posted by Jay Levitt on Dec 28, 2010 - 44 answers

Knowledge that will hurt my friends. Or my XCo. (ethical Q)

Several years ago I left OldCo for NewCo, but maintained a lot of friendships with people from OldCo. NewCo was taken over by XCo, who made a lot of changes. XCo interested OldCo in some products. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 16, 2010 - 15 answers

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

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