I want to ask a question related to HR and SE, however unfortunately my account has been locked from asking questions on Programmers. I feel an HR (hiring) type of question is inappropriate for SO.

Do I have better chances of creating a new account?

The question is:

If I am a first year University student who made small profitable projects in the past. Can I ask a small firm to say "I made it for them" so on my resume when I apply for an internship that company can see despite my young age I have job experience that they can use. Will HR find a loophole in this?

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    Completely off-topic on SO, and most likely off-topic on programmers too. If you give more details about your question there might be another site on the network that takes it. (But creating an account to circumvent a ban is bad, don't do it. You'll be found out.)
    – Mat
    Mar 8, 2014 at 4:53
  • @Mat here is the question Mar 8, 2014 at 4:59
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    You could probably try Workplace SE. With regards to your HR question, it's a terrible idea. You should never lie on your resume, and there are companies that actually dig pretty deep in the employment process.
    – gitsitgo
    Mar 8, 2014 at 5:15
  • Isn't the business world full with terrible ideas ;) Mar 8, 2014 at 5:20
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    That's why we need less of it ;)
    – gitsitgo
    Mar 8, 2014 at 5:20
  • fair enough.... Mar 8, 2014 at 5:21
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    Being banned from one site is not a valid reason to be asking questions you would have asked on that site, on another. That kinda defeats the point of being banned. Mar 8, 2014 at 5:23
  • I might be digressing a little but I need to address a complaint to SO. I asked 1 question on Programmers (only one) and got -5 downvotes for it. -5 downvotes and 1 question ~ costed me a ban. Mar 8, 2014 at 5:26
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    @BDillan Are you sure you didn't delete any questions?
    – asheeshr
    Mar 8, 2014 at 5:47
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    "I asked 1 question on Programmers (only one)" -- I don't care what you do on your resume, but right here please stay with the truth.
    – balpha StaffMod
    Mar 8, 2014 at 7:04
  • I need to ask the question "Can we be less leniant towards SE newbies" on this site. Mar 8, 2014 at 17:27

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The one has no bearing on the other. You can ask questions at Stack Overflow that are on-topic for Stack Overflow.

It's beyond me why anyone would think that being banned from one site creates "special circumstances" that justify posting questions that are topical for that site at some other site where they're off-topic, using the argument "But I don't have anywhere else to ask..." Well, gee, have you considered asking your HR questions at MedHelp or The Sewing Mamas Forum? If you can explain why you haven't, you've essentially answered your own question.

The help pages are very clear regarding what kinds of questions you can ask. I'm not seeing the bullet point in that list that says

  • a question on any topic that you don't have anywhere else to ask

I think what you're looking for is something like Yahoo Answers or /b/. If you start posting off-topic questions at Stack Overflow, you'll set yourself on a path to earning a question ban there as well.

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