One of the core goals of Stack Exchange is and has always been to make the internet a better place. That doesn't just mean providing quality questions and answers, or having a framework that (mostly!) promotes straightforward Q+A and keeps things on-topic. A Stack Exchange site should add something that no other sites - whether they be Quora, Yahoo! Answers, or random forums - do.
Something that's bugged me about Interpersonal Skills since the start of private beta was that we don't seem to be doing that. It's an advice site - and sure, that sort of thing can work. However, it seems to be just another advice site, in terms of content quality and scope (for instance). We've already tried to talk about this a bit in terms of making answers less purely opinionated (1, 2), and discussions are ongoing, but that's only one way we can improve.
As we approach public beta - and I hope we do get there - I'd like us to consider and try to answer the following related questions:
- What can we do to make Interpersonal Skills not merely another advice site?
- What are we already doing well, and how can we stand out even more?
- What role do we fill on the internet that is currently unfilled?
A related question from a couple weeks ago, by the way, is A private beta. What can we do to make this site a success?.