Inspired by the responses to this question
I've seen a pattern of responses to the questions being more focused on the situation rather than the IPS required to solve the problem. In other stacks, the questions can be more about the what to do, but here, as in SO, we need to be more focused on the HOW
In the question above, the OP mentioned difficulties with a coworker's underconfidence and some of the responses focused on telling the OP all about under confidence and that he needs to talk to his coworker. That would be the equivalent of someone coming to SO, going into detail about a technical issue and being told he has to recode it.
I think we can solidify this stack a bit more if we emphasize the "Back it up" rule as "demonstrate how this helps with interpersonal skills" and/or outline which IPS are being demonstrated by the advice.
I think that an approach like this will tighten the focus on IPS and help us avoid falling into the trap of questions seeking:
- Personal advice instead of IPS advice
- "Validation" questions, where a querent is looking for answers that say "you're right!"
- Relationship advice focusing on the relationship instead of IPS within
- a forum to vent family drama
OR, answers dealing in:
- Discussing the motives/character of the querent
I think we should do this, and perhaps add something to the "how to answer questions" to illustrate this.
Agree? disagree? Advice on how we should, or if we should try to implement and enforce this?