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Help me sift through the deluge of potential topics!

What do you feel is the biggest case, or group of cases, concerning online censorship and a breach of first ammendment rights to happen in the past five years? [more inside]
posted by fvox13 on Feb 26, 2007 - 11 answers

Examples needed of ethical situations at work

Looking for *your* real-life example of an ethical situation, problem, or dilemma at work. [more inside]
posted by langedon on Feb 20, 2007 - 36 answers

What is required for "ethics consulting"?

I hear that sometimes businesses and other institutions hire "ethics consultants". Does anyone know anything about getting into ethics consulting or the actual day-to-day activities in ethics consulting? If not, has anyone seen an ethics consultant in action at a company? [more inside]
posted by ontic on Feb 12, 2007 - 4 answers

Touchy Writing Problem

Writers and journalists please respond: I'm concerned about the anonymity of a subject in my writing. The obvious idea is to change names, however... [more inside]
posted by snsranch on Jan 30, 2007 - 16 answers

PG Alternatives for R-rated Business Ethics movies

I have several films assigned for a Business Ethics class that I teach including Thank You for Smoking, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, and Wall Street. They make for good discussion and a change of pace from lots of tough reading. This semester for the first time I have a student who does not watch rated-R movies. I want to accomodate the student. So I'm looking for movies with themes equivalent or similar to these three movies that are rated below R, and preferably PG or G. Any ideas?
posted by ontic on Jan 22, 2007 - 48 answers

Attempt to control artist through LLC???

can someone form an LLC specifically and solely based on another individual's work/product -- without telling/consulting them? A *LOT*-- [more inside]
posted by msshe on Jan 18, 2007 - 27 answers

What duty do I have to my grandfather (or, more generally, to my extended family)?

FamilyEthicsFilter: What duty do I have to my grandfather (or, more generally, to my extended family)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 21, 2006 - 17 answers

How to handle an unethical former employer?

How should I handle an unethical former employer who is contacting my employment references for his own purposes? [more inside]
posted by kimdog on Nov 20, 2006 - 3 answers

Snitch advice?

I know of a local business that is operating illegally in my town, and has screwed over 3 friends of mine in the last 6-8 months on taxes, pay, and wages. I would like to know the most effective way of reporting them to authorities. (long explanation) [more inside]
posted by dozo on Nov 15, 2006 - 20 answers

Gun ownership/manufacture in a philosophical sense?

Gun ownership/manufacture in a philosophical sense? [more inside]
posted by owl on Nov 2, 2006 - 27 answers

My friend says on his resume that he has MY JOB!

Ethics and friendship: I lost touch with a fairly close friend about six or seven years ago; he'd gotten married, had a kid, moved, etc. We recently reconnected and have been hanging out. My girlfriend likes his wife, I like his kids, so all this is good. BUT...also about ten years ago, he and I happened to be competing for a pretty prestigious job at a major corporation - one people have heard of. I got the job, he didn't. There didn't seem to be any hard feelings; I gave him some (lucrative) freelance work, maybe a little out of guilt, but mostly because he was really good. He did great work, and continued to do so on freelance projects until I left the job a couple of years later... [more inside]
posted by soulbarn on Oct 25, 2006 - 34 answers

Is this extraordinarily insane or just ordinarily so?

What kind of hours are typical requirements for a political campaign job? What kind of hours are actually legal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 29, 2006 - 12 answers

Psychology of Auctions?

I have a question about the psychology and ethics of auctions. I have only participated in a handful of online auctions, but the other day I got caught up in an eBay auction that has got me thinking about the nature of auctions ... and curious about whether my actions were ethical. [more inside]
posted by jayder on Sep 27, 2006 - 32 answers

All's fair in love and...statistics?

I just discovered that my math professor is recycling homework assignments verbatim from prior years. I have a friend that took the course a couple years ago, and has all the answer keys. Is it ethical for me to use them? [more inside]
posted by jtfowl0 on Sep 25, 2006 - 90 answers

Ethics: Should you hold someone unknowingly acting in the commission of a fraud responsible for your losses?

Is it ethical to sue the victim of a phishing scam who agrees to take employment as someone who receives packages and ships them abroad if you have been victimized by the scam itself? [more inside]
posted by JakeWalker on Sep 19, 2006 - 13 answers

My doctor’s office is becoming a medial boutique!

Our doctor is dropping all insurance and Medicare participation but isn’t telling his patients until they show up at his office, or if they just happen to read his web site. Should we do anything about it? [more inside]
posted by Robert Angelo on Sep 16, 2006 - 16 answers

Does Dealing in Souls Require Exact Change?

Bible Quotation Filter: There's something in the Bible about saving the world not being worth the cost of one soul, isn't there? How's it go? [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath on Aug 24, 2006 - 7 answers

What's wrong with The Register?

What’s wrong with The Register? [more inside]
posted by ijoshua on Aug 17, 2006 - 11 answers

Olympic doping scandal

Help me find interesting articles, books, interviews about American steroid scandals in the Olympic Games. [more inside]
posted by np312 on Jul 7, 2006 - 2 answers

Friend = cab driver?

Ethical or no: My friend gives me a ride to the airport before a business trip. I get reimbursed for a reasonable "cab fare" (less than or equal to what calling a cab would have cost) and use the reimbursement to pay my friend for giving me a ride. [more inside]
posted by em on Jun 24, 2006 - 53 answers

Is it unethical not to ask relationship status before sex?

EthicsFilter: is it wrong to sleep with someone you haven't made sure is single? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 15, 2006 - 49 answers

Should I report an employee possibly stealing from the till?

I noticed something strange on my fast food receipt. I wasn't scammed, but it looks like the cashier may be doing it to her employer. Should I call the manager and report it, or is this perhaps a mistake? [more inside]
posted by crypticgeek on Jun 2, 2006 - 23 answers

Help Sophie Make a Choice

You're a single mother, with no living relatives except your twin daughters, who are both dying of kidney failure. You have one kidney to donate. Is there a moral/ethical philosophy that deals with such rock/hard place dilemmas? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Jun 2, 2006 - 24 answers

...At what cost?

Are my boss's demands unethical? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 20, 2006 - 17 answers

Swamp gas?

Research: Where should I look for stories or journalism about the type of thing that happened in the Superdome during Katrina, specifically where people believed (and reported to the press) that they had seen horrific acts that later were determined never to have taken place? I'm not even sure what the correct term would be (mass hysteria?) but I'm interested in the unreliability of primary sources in journalism, especially as it relates to Katrina.
posted by klangklangston on Apr 17, 2006 - 11 answers

What are the ethics of leaving something off of your resume?

Would it be considered fraud or providing false information if I were to leave my doctorate off of my resume? [more inside]
posted by lisaj32 on Mar 16, 2006 - 27 answers

How to invest against bad times?

I have recently had a windfall and have come into some money. I'd like to invest this in an ethical and profitable fashion without assuming a huge amount of risk. Unfortunately, I am of the opinion that there's going to be some sort of economic collapse fairly soon. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 9, 2006 - 28 answers

The ethics of affiliate linking

I want to put affiliate links on my weblog. Do I identify them as such? I feel sneaky if I don't, but I don't see anyone else doing it, so maybe I'm overreacting? [more inside]
posted by davar on Mar 7, 2006 - 10 answers

If I write a book about what I do for a living, will I get in any trouble?

I'm thinking of writing a business book. My dilemma is that the topic would be about what I do in my current day job. [more inside]
posted by pman78 on Feb 28, 2006 - 9 answers

Should I tell him I think he took advantage?

I recently got back to uni after my dad died, and spent a night drinking and crying on a mate of mine, who, the previous term, had spent a while hitting on me and being knocked back. About 4am, after the best part of a bottle of wine (on my part, he was sober) he kissed me and we ended up in bed together. He asked if I wanted to have sex, and I said no, but then he kept trying to take it further than kissing, and eventually I caved in and let him put his hands wherever he wanted. I wasn't against it so much as indifferent. We had sex, fell asleep, and I left before he woke up. I've felt increasingly uncomfortable about it over the last few days and I have to work with this guy over the next few weeks - should I tell him that I feel he took advantage of me, in order to get it off my chest and move on?
posted by girlwonder on Feb 20, 2006 - 80 answers

How do I deal with the guy who wants a kickback?

I have a potential customer that has made it clear that he wants a kickback. How should i deal with this situation? [more inside]
posted by freq on Feb 9, 2006 - 17 answers

Obligation to return a mistakenly duplicated item?

EthicistFilter: What do I do with a duplicated shipment when the money involved is insignificant, but it's their error? [more inside]
posted by cacophony on Feb 6, 2006 - 28 answers

Who was Reagan's theologian of apocalypse?

A tough one: I remember reading that during the Reagan years, as part of the campaign to convince the Russians that the US really would launch a second strike if faced with a preemptive Russian attack, Reagan turned to a religious figure or theologian who explained that a retaliatory attack, even if it resulted in the extinction of the human species, would be morally approvable and even required by God, and that it would serve the glory of God, despite the unfortunate consequences it might have for human beings. I don't think I just imagined all this, so I wonder: who was the religious person that articulated this position? What source can tell me about this stuff? Many thanks for any clues.
posted by washburn on Jan 15, 2006 - 7 answers

Is it ethical/legal to ask your employer to lay you off?

Is it ethical/legal to ask your employer to lay you off? [more inside]
posted by Anders Levant on Jan 10, 2006 - 5 answers

Reading old letters of recommendation

I recently sent out several job applications that required letters of recommendation from a professor. The professor's secretary sent me a box of letters that were sealed, mail-merged, and addressed to each recipient, with the intention that I drop the letter inside the application package. (This is standard operating procedure, as far as I know.) I ended up not sending a few applications for which I received letters because the recipients later indicated that no positions were available. The application period is now over and I was not offered a position. I will not reuse these letters in the future. May I ethically open the remaining sealed envelopes and read the letter?
posted by anonymous on Jan 10, 2006 - 41 answers

It's the gym cops, man! They're after me!

Help me convince my cow orker that the YMCA isn't going to send us off to the pokey and sue us into oblivion. [more inside]
posted by phearlez on Dec 29, 2005 - 21 answers

Causing deaths by rapture?

ReligionEthicsFilter: in all the Apocalypse/Rapture stuff, planes will crash and cars and trains, etc, because the drivers will have been swept up. Doesn't that mean that Christians shouldn't do those things, esp if other people will be harmed as a result? [more inside]
posted by amberglow on Dec 23, 2005 - 26 answers

to tell or not to tell

Should I tell my doctor something about my medical history that might keep her from prescribing me the birth control I want? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 20, 2005 - 36 answers

Moral Nitpicking

What's worse, manners wise? (Elevator behavior / Train behavior) [more inside]
posted by prettyboyfloyd on Dec 17, 2005 - 54 answers

How far can I go to return a laptop to its owner?

Last week I was walking home from work and found a laptop in the street. How far can I go, ethically, to get this system back to its owner? [more inside]
posted by Lazlo on Dec 15, 2005 - 30 answers

Conflict of Interest

Need help drafting Conflict of Interest guidelines for a community radio station. Media folks, law folks, journalistas, can you help? [more inside]
posted by Miko on Dec 8, 2005 - 3 answers

To confront or not to confront?

Is it foolish to confront a teacher about his behavior in class if our final is in one week? [more inside]
posted by Who_Am_I on Nov 29, 2005 - 35 answers

Should I narc on my upstairs neighbor for their contraband dog?

Should I narc on my upstairs neighbor for their contraband dog? [more inside]
posted by moift on Nov 27, 2005 - 28 answers

Ethics of online research

I am a research assistant for a project that involves studying participants in a website for a particular deviant sexuality. I think my research methodology is unethical, but my supervisor disagrees. What can I do? Is the internet a public or private place? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 27, 2005 - 47 answers

Allowing an at-fault party to pay out-of-pocket.

I got rear-ended by a drunk driver. They're offering to pay the damage outright versus going through the insurance company. Do I take the offer? [more inside]
posted by eschatfische on Nov 10, 2005 - 40 answers

Am I looking a gift Treo in the mouth?

Has this poor little Treo truly been abandoned? And if so, how do I adopt it? [more inside]
posted by mimi on Nov 9, 2005 - 14 answers

Notes on the Underground

I am interested in the different opinions musicians have towards "selling out". [more inside]
posted by cloeburner on Nov 8, 2005 - 47 answers

From whence do you derive your moral code?

Atheists and agnostics: From whence do you derive your moral code? [more inside]
posted by agropyron on Nov 8, 2005 - 90 answers

Do right by the dog

Old Dog Filter: I have a great old mutt. He's about 12. We don't know for sure as he was adopted full-grown. We've had him for 7 years and my wife and I have "decided" to forego any surgery should he get sick again. But I have mixed feelings. [more inside]
posted by captainscared on Nov 2, 2005 - 14 answers

Do they own the files, or just the images?

Graphics for hire ethics question: For some years I've been creating fairly complex instructional graphics for a small company as a freelance editor/designer, using Illustrator. Until recently, all I sent them was a print-out of the finished results that they then had reproduced. Recently they've slowed down on sending me work, started asking me questions about Illustrator, and requesting that I send them copies of some of the .ai files I've created over the years. [more inside]
posted by dpcoffin on Oct 12, 2005 - 25 answers

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