I felt like questions involving careers outside of academia have been received inconsistently in recent times.
To look more systematically, I went through the industry tag specifically over the past 9 months or so; most of these questions involve careers in industry. I've sorted those into three broad categories:
Well-received (open, net positive score, at least one positively scoring answer):
Career opportunities switching from academia to industry (needs focus; community vote)
Jobs similar to research that don't require a PhD (out-of-scope; unilateral mod action by me)
Career path/growth outside of academia (out-of-scope; my mod vote plus 3 community close votes)
Transitioning from academia to industry (I left a comment noting this seemed off-topic to me, as did another mod, but neither of us closed it unilaterally)
There may be some patterns here. "Career" in the title is associated with closures, though the close reasons varied and were not necessarily specifically for asking for advice about industry. Career questions involving mathematics seem popular. Our help page is fairly explicit that non-academic career advice is off-topic here:
Please do not ask … about preparations for a non-academic career (“What graduate degree will help me get a job as X?”)
but that does not seem to accurately describe the way the community is treating these questions. Maybe people are unaware of this policy, maybe people disagree with it, maybe people agree with it but view the prohibition as having a narrower scope than my own interpretation. Especially because a couple of the closures involved my own hand, I thought it was worth polling the community on this and soliciting opinions and suggestions for how we should modify either the policy (for clarity or substance) or curation.
There are some previous related Meta discussions but they are relatively old so a new topic seemed in order:
The general consensus from these old conversations seem to support being more open to these questions than our written policy in the help pages suggests.