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 can confirm this. Recently, it seems, IPS has seen more bad and mediocre questions than good ones. I think most of them have the same problem in common, as I left comments on quite a few of them: These questions include little or lots of contextual information, but none or nothing about 'the interpersonal interaction'. They're really filled with what matters to the OP and not with a good question.
Coming from the definition that Interpersonal Skills are the behaviors people use to interact well with others, we've made our scope such that we require questions to include what you've tried when interacting. To quote our help/on-topic:
Interactions between people happen in relation to just about any subject. On IPS, our focus is the interpersonal interaction, not the subject of the interaction. While the context is important to the situation, it is secondary to the interpersonal interaction. As such, questions (and answers and comments) should focus on the interpersonal concerns rather than the contextual ones..
A good recent example of a question that lacks any information on what was tried or happening at all is this recent question, where the OP gives us a load of information on their relatives behavior, but there is no interaction between OP and the subject of the question at all!
Even if a question does include examples of "things that were tried", they often miss the mark: Instead of writing about interactions that took place, the 'things tried' include things like 'turned off my phone', 'locked the door'... and nothing else. Those aren't really interactions people take in an attempt to solve a problem, they are attempts to avoid any interaction at all. In such cases, our good question guidelines ask people to include an explanation of why they haven't tried interacting yet.
What do you think is needed for questions on IPS to focus better on the 'interacting' part of 'behaviors used to interact with people'?