I thought a recent Wall Street Journal article on the workplace had an incredibly simple rule which prevents misunderstandings, whether genuine or deliberate. The rule is used at workplaces of Facebook and Alphabet (Google's parent). https://www.wsj.com/articles/can-you-still-date-a-co-worker-well-its-complicated-1517913001 This removes so much of the ambiguity claimed by those who say all interaction is barred in their eyes. A dating request can be met with either a yes (including an affirmative request for a raincheck), or a no. Does anyone really have an issue with a dating request needing to be a two-way street? If so, why do *you* think pestering someone, even if they don't request a raincheck?