Pickup - in the sense I am using the word here - refers to the pursuit and application of interpersonal skills with the goal of increasing the length, number, or perceived quality of one's romantic engagements.
The term has come to describe an entire subculture, consisting of somewhat technically apt or inclined men who have not naturally developed the interpersonal skills which commonly facilitate romantic contacts, and are trying to use a more declarative approach to learning these skills.
Sadly, the main means of communication in this subculture are forums - a format which is much less appropriate for problem solving than the stack exchange format. I think a stack exchange website accommodating of pickup questions would help a lot of people find good quality answers.
A couple of example pickup questions might be:
- What are good openers when approaching mixed-gender groups in a club?
- How can I avoid running out of things to say?
- How early in a 1-on-1 interaction should I make my romantic intentions clear?
- How can I bring up my romantic intent while approaching a group of 2 girls?
I have browsed the site a bit, and I notice there are to date only very few questions which as much as go in this direction. I am posting this meta-question here to know whether it would be appropriate for me to post and answer such questions here, and direct acquaintances of mine to do likewise.