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Are the currrent restrictions on questions unhelpful?

As this question points out, a big proportion of questions on this site get closed, more so than on other StackExchange sites. I would argue that the current restrictions on questions are arbitrary ...
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What happen to the visit rate for Interpersonal.SE site?

For as long as I can remember Interpersonal.SE use to get a few thousands of visiters a day according to the stats page found on Area51, Stack Exchange and the side bar of the site itself. However it ...
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Deleting reason of a question/answer

I recently discovered a question being deleted some very short time after it was posted (and answered, as I took time to do it ^^). What bothers me is the lack of information about it (no comment or ...
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Is my historical question a bad hypothetical?

I'm trying to fix my question to make it on-topic for the site. Here is the link to my original question: How to ask an acquaintance on a date without committing to a relationship? And while I was ...
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With only three questions so far meeting the required standard this year, is this stack in crisis?

While of course I understand that January may be expected to be a bit thin, three valid questions in a month seems extraordinarily light. Is Interpersonal Skills effectively moribund? If not, why not? ...
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2021: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Should answers contain actionable advice?

I have noticed a lot of answers basically amount to "you can't do anything". Does this site consider such answers acceptable? For example the most up voted answer on How to ask friend not to ...
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Merry X-mas and happy New Year

As it's been almost 2 years of incredible bad times for everybody and the whole planet, I wish this community and everyone a much better time during this holiday season! Please take care of yourself, ...
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Why do you think this site should, or shouldn't, have its beta label removed?

Like some other sites, CMs have told us they wanted to remove the beta label from this site on December 16th. According to them, that's because our site meets the following criteria: have at least 1K ...
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Stepping down as mod

I wanted to let y'all know that I requested to step down as a mod recently, and it looks like my diamond has now been poof-d after the requisite 6-8 weeks (actually much shorter than that, thank you ...
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This is only goodbye

This is with a heavy heart that I've writing this post. I am handing in my resignation as a moderator for IPS.SE today, which means my diamond will be removed soon. A lot has been happening IRL and I ...
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Unpinning accepted answers, or not?

There's been a change on Stack Overflow: Accepted answers are no longer pinned to the top of the list of answers. They ran a test on Stack Overflow, and the results of that are mentioned in this post. ...
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A suggested edit will deface the post but how to explain it? Another edit or another comment?

The question is this one: how do I thank someone who went through a traumatic experience removing condescending parts that, in their essence, silently assume that men - including the question's ...
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What should we do when directly confronting a person isn't a reliable interpersonal solution?

I posted this answer. which was deleted for not having interpersonal stuff. It did have interpersonal stuff, but part of the thrust was that when people intend to blackmail people, the professional ...
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Improving the help/how-to-answer page

I recently wrote my first Answer only to then hear someone suggest it needed personal experience included. Before writing it, though, I had gone through the help center and it didn't have anything ...
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Why are so many new questions closed and are there plans to change this?

I have never posted a question on this site but I've seen it in the sidebar from time to time and from looking at some recent questions this site has, if one considers the last two dozen or so ...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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Reworking the help/on-topic page

A while back, we discussed How to encourage questions to actually focus on the 'interacting' part of Interpersonal Skills. My answer there proposed editing the help/on-topic page to be clearer, and ...
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Should we protect questions instead of pushing them out of HNQ?

In the last few days, we had two different questions hit HNQ then receiving a bunch of answers (a lot of them not so great) before being kicked out of HNQ by mods. My question is: Was kicking those ...
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Celebrating the answers of 2020

A new year is approaching and even though 2020 wasn't the year anyone expected, we can still celebrate some part of it. That's why, under this question, I am inviting all of you to post about one IPS ...
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How do I discreetly give feedback about, or question, the behaviour of a moderator?

Let us suppose that I question the behaviour or ruling of a moderator. This may be something serious or a minor quibble that I think is worth addressing. I need to give examples in order to justify my ...
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Call for contributions about finding examples of great questions and answers

It has been discussed following recent challenges about the site quality that we produce a curated list of "good" questions and answers to redirect newcomers to, so they understand at a ...
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How to encourage questions to actually focus on the 'interacting' part of Interpersonal Skills?

Arthur summarized most of the problem very well in chat: We give people plaintext area to speak about their problems, so they just fill with what matters to them and not what's a good question. I ...
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How has IPS been affected by the current pandemic?

Did the current pandemic had an impact on traffic and posting on IPS? If so, how?
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Acceptability of "How can I convince" questions

This has been previously admitted questions of the kind "How can I convince someone to X" are, for some, on topic for this site (1, 2) and we can find example on this stack such as this one ...
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Reason for question closure

I want to know what is the exact reasoning (in detail) for the closure of this question. I also want to know what can be done (in regards to editing) to reopen the question. Edit: This question was ...
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Checking in on dating / romantic relationship topic acceptability

With online dating becoming more popular in pandemic times, I've been doing a little myself. I have a question about communication in a specific potential relationship that has come up for me. It's ...
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Were My Posts Flagged/Reported?

I'm new to this stack exchange, and so far I've only asked 2 questions (neither being offensive). One got closed for being "off topic," and then I created a new post modifying it. (I've since learned ...
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LGBT+ tag question

By happenstance I just noticed the wording of the lgbt+ tag: The LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and sexual/gender minorities) tag may be used where issues of sexuality, gender, or lack ...
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Is there something transphobic about my comment?

This concerns: How to bring the subject of my date's transidentity, when I'm not supposed to know about it? I commented on an answer, asking if there was an implication that you don't need to ...
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Interpersonal skills site & opening rules for subjectivity questions

I recently stumbled across our interpersonal skills site and asked a question that involves some opinions. One of our helpful members of that site helped modify my question so that it fits our ...
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How many people are helping to moderate this site?

For a SE site to be successful, we need people to help moderate it. The more help, the better. So, I'm wondering, could we have some information about how many different people help moderate this ...
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Is Enforcement of Backup Requirement in Answers Consistently Enforced?

First of all, I want to say that this question is not driven by bitterness on my part, but I know it might come across that way. I had an answer deleted about 5 months ago because it wasn't supported ...
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Why is a specific question down voted?

The question in question here is the following: My colleague keeps microwaving fish at work, how can I stop this It would really be nice to understand why the question gets down voted. I thought the ...
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What role (if any) do references to films or television shows play in answers on IPS?

I recently came across this answer which recommends that the OP watch a popular movie that focuses on a situation similar to the one that the question is asking about. We had a conversation in chat ...
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Understanding or clarifying the IPS scope toward a more welcoming message?

This question (as the title could summarize it) arose when I saw the 2 following questions. I interacted with either the OP or the person who answered. how to deal with an infuriating ex - below are ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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What do we do with questions involving the use of substances?

I'm asking about this question, where using drugs is the main goal of the OP. My opinion has already been done long time ago: drugs are bad. But this is a personal opinion, and not the point. What I ...
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Thanks to all of our community members!

It's the end of the year and I believe it's a good time to remember what was done during the year and thank the people who help make IPS such a great place. So please, use the answers below to thank ...
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Is this anwer wrong in the terms of back up policty?

So, I was under the understanding that our answers should be based on our experience; but, since no two people have the same experiences, our suggestions should be based on similar things we did or ...
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What should be the minimum time frame a bad answer gets to live?

I recently answered a question for the first time on this SE. It received one comment about sharing the source of my opinion and the typical copy and paste "welcome" comment. Less than a day later, ...
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Should I answer a question that already has an answer but apparently with little backing?

So, there is a question that has 1 answer, which the user has already accepted. For me the answer is not bad. It is similar to what I would answer but has no Backing. Funny enough, it has several ...
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Why was this question deleted?

There was a question that just got deleted (~7:20 PM GMT, 2:20 PM EST) regarding a marathon runner and their using a friend's image/name for the charity that they're running for. The question involved ...
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Please, let's stop with "from my experience" answers

Recently I've been seeing more and more answers starting with "from my experience" or which contain "I've been in a similar situation before/I've been in your shoes" and then don't say more about said ...
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Should question with "too many" answers be remove from HNQ?

I'm talking about questions like this one who is attracting a lot of answers (23 so far with 8 of them being deleted). We already added a "controversial post" notice after this meta question was ...
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Does the post about “offering a prayer to an atheist” need a "controversial topic notice"?

I'm talking about this question and it's a very controversial topic. Would it be a good idea for a mod or CM to add the "controversial post" notice on top of the thread? My points are the two/three ...
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Is there an IPS Blog, could we get one?

I don't think there is an IPS Blog. If there is please would you link it? I think that our site could get more traffic if we had a blog. We would have to define exactly its contents, but we could use ...
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Etiquette question about "common gesture" and quality of answers

I'm talking about this question: Pointing the index fingers to one another as a way to excuse oneself: is this a common gesture? At first look, I thought this was a mostly valid question, however, ...
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Is it time to increase our number of HNQ question?

As you may know, when returning to HNQ, IPS has decided to limit itself to one HNQ question at a time (source: Let's go back to HNQ!). It has been quite some time now (6 months) and I believe that ...
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How has the reputation changed for top users on IPS?

There was a huge change to reputation that took place yesterday. How has this affected the top users on IPS? How has this affected the reputation league?
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