In the Star Trek The Next Generation, Season 2, Episode 10: The Dauphin, Wesley wants to talk with Data and Data comes to Wesley’s quarters. Why? How? Isn’t Data superior of Wesley? Should’ Wesley visit Data instead and kindly ask?

[Wesley's quarters] (Wesley is preening in front of a full length mirror)

WESLEY: Come in.

DATA: You wanted to see me?

WESLEY: Yes. Data, the girl who came on board.

DATA: Salia of Daled Four.

WESLEY: Who is she?

DATA: Little is known. She was born on Daled Four. Her parents were from opposite sides in a civil war which has lasted for centuries. They both died shortly after her birth. A Federation ship brought her and her governess to Klavdia Three so that she could be raised in a neutral environment.

WESLEY: And now she's returning?

DATA: It is hoped she will unite the factions and bring peace.

LAFORGE [OC]: Ensign Crusher, report. Are you all right?

WESLEY: Geordi? Yeah, I'm fine. I just

LAFORGE [OC]: Wes, we're waiting for that magnet.

WESLEY: I'm on my way.

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    Was he compelled by order to come, or did Wesley politely ask him and Data came out of courtesy? I can ask my boss to come to my desk, and he'll come even though I work for him. – phantom42 Jan 25 '18 at 14:35
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    Just because they are in a military structure, doesn't mean that the junior always goes to the senior. In social or informal situations, it is entirely possible that Wesley just said "Hey, can I talk to you later?" and Data showed up. – JohnP Jan 25 '18 at 14:42
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    People on the Enterprise in TNG are usually reasonably polite. If an inferior politely asks a superior to come see him, the superior might say no, but is not likely to literally rip the inferior's head off - unlike Klingon society. So Wesley had no reason to be afraid to ask Data to come over when Data would be free to do so and there was a reasonably high probability that Data would be helpful and friendly enough to agree to do so. – M. A. Golding Jan 25 '18 at 22:59
  • @M.A.Golding also, Data at this point does not yet have an emotion chip. It is unlikely he would have been offended or held a grudge. If anything, he would have quoted Wesley the chapter and verse of the protocol that was being violated and Wesley would have just said ok and rephrased the request. – Robert Columbia Jan 26 '18 at 16:29

DATA: You wanted to see me?

This isn't an order. It was probably a message left for him (i.e. "Can you come see me when you have a minute?"). Data and Wesley were friends at this point so Data would come see his friend if asked. If Data were actually ordered to see Wesley, he would say

Reporting as ordered, sir

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