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Old post, no valid answer, what to do with it?

You may be aware that IPS policy regarding answers - and more specifically, what does make them valid - has changed last year. We now expect answers to provide either literature citations - i.e. proof ...
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Answer with unnecessary picture. How do we want to treat them?

I am talking about this specific answer. I'm not talking about its quality here (I didn't even read it in full, just the beginning). What I find "questionable" is the use of those two pictures (even ...
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What's the best way to deal with VLQ “answers” when you can't flag them appropriately?

This is about THIS question. If interpersonal skills are a way to deal with the issue (not even sure about that, though...), the problem lies with the "answers". How do you know an IPS question has ...
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What can we ask answerers to change about their answers, and what should we do if they refuse?

This question occurred to me when looking at one of the answers on this question: Showing a homeless person that you care about their well-being. The asker had a complaint about some specific ...
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Why was this video considered inappropriate for an answer? [closed]

https://interpersonal.stackexchange.com/posts/23095/revisions This answer was deleted, and a mod left the following comment: Hi there. Your post got flagged and automatically deleted because of ...
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Is it alright to delete a answer and post a different one?

I just realized I answered a question wrong, because I totally misread what the OP said and also I interpreted wrong one of the other answers. So my current answer it is actually totally wrong. So I ...
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2nd party supplying backup in an answer?

I recently edited another person's answer https://interpersonal.stackexchange.com/a/22996/21067 to supply backup. There had been a comment that the answer required backup, and that answer brought to ...
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Can we use useful info from a user's previous questions to answer their newest one?

Recently I've found myself willing to answer a question from users who previously posted a significant number of questions before, using info from their previous questions that I think are relevant to ...
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How can I add backup for an “obvious” answer?

Here is a question about etiquette, and it has this answer How about simply asking them? If you're unsure if your behaviour will bother someone, a small question such as: Do you mind if ...
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Clarification on Subjective Answer Backup Requirements

We've now been formally enforcing "backup" for almost a year and a half (and discussing it for at least 2yrs). We've had some well written and well thought out answers on what's expected. However, one ...
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Almost 2 year old question gets resurrected by comments

The most polite way to stress I do not wish to eat something? I just saw a pile of comments added to old answers requesting for an update. I just find this to be a bit odd. Is this going to be done ...
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How to avoid answers being deleted without a comment?

Note that I'm not talking about spam or rude answers here. Recently, this answer was deleted without anyone leaving a comment explaining why. I'm partially at fault here since I voted to delete ...
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What do we need in a back up by personal experience?

We now require answers to be backed up by personal experience or external sources. I believe that a "TL;DR" of what we expect from a back up by experience would be interesting to have somewhere in the ...
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How to moderate answers that were given to an OP having been off-topic in its initial form?

Being a bit worried about How to reply to someone who gets defensive when you ask them to do something? getting too much attention before OP is gonna clarify his question, I was wondering: Assuming ...
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When a question mostly brings frame-challenging answers, should we try to edit it?

This question was inspired from a conversation in IPS' main chat. Regarding the following question: How to ask ex-girlfriend to seek professional help It was pointed out that most answers challenge ...
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How do we know if an answer is correct?

This is kind of a meta question and I'm sort of "thinking aloud" so bear with me, give me constructive criticism and I'll edit the question to reflect that. How do we know that high-ranking or ...
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What are the citation expectations of answers on IPS Stack Exchange?

As a Stack Exchange site, answers on Interpersonal Skills SE are expected to be cited and backed up, but what the expectations are exactly can be hard to find. So we've adapted an excellent post on ...
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Broad Questions, Definitive Answers, and the Limits of Personal Experience as Evidence

I'm posting this in response to a recent question which sparked some discussion in chat and comments, but the issue I want to talk about is broader. I'm also not intending to pick on this question or ...
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Are We Striking a Good Balance Between Accomodating Askers and Accomodating Answerers?

We've had a few meta posts asking about how we treat questions and the users who ask them here, and those are good and valuable. But I feel that we might have an imbalance with our concern for those ...
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We have a problem with the way we talk to OP

I wrote this almost two weeks ago. I wanted to be sure I wouldn't say something I will later regret and I also wanted to let my feeling calm down. TL;DR Just read the part about "So, where am I ...
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Should this answer have been deleted?

The answer: https://interpersonal.stackexchange.com/a/20726/21067 Note: This answer had been flagged, go to review and was judged "ok". I'm posting this here because I disagree with the judgment. ...
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Should we remove lifehack solution from answer that also give interpersonal solution?

I'm thinking about this answer who do have a (small) interpersonal solution and a big lifehack part with very distractive pictures. After reading this answer for the first time, what I remembered ...
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What to do when a new version of a closed question indirectly invalidate existing answers?

This question is downvoted and closed for being unclear, and has one answer. I now have a better version of this, which removes all unnecessary information and states what I think clearer. What should ...
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How can we politely communicate to users that ignoring IPS' policy about answering is hurting the site?

I've seen this behavior around for several months now, but observing it again this morning while reviewing the low-quality posts queue made me think it may be worth a meta post. I've observed that ...
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Answer deleted after a year and many positive votes

Been awhile since I have been here, hope all is well. I am curious past the very brief explanation given by the moderator and the generic stuff in the help section as to why an answer that clearly ...
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Can we start writing “There is no established etiquette” answers instead of closing as primarily opinion based?

I have noticed a trend where users will vote to close a question asking "What is the etiquette for a particular situation?" as primarily opinion based or off topic because they feel there is no ...
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Should we delete answers to closed questions?

We often get the case of someone asking an off-topic question, getting one or more answers, and then the question is finally closed. In some cases the OP even accepts one of the answers. This leads ...
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Tell me *Exactly* what is wrong with the Answer

Deleting my Answer was completely unjustified. My Answer is still not restored and no justification for it's deletion has been provided. Please update me on this situation before I escalate. I want ...
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Coming to terms with “Frame Challenges” vs. “Respecting the Question”

I'm a little confused. Recently, it seems there's been a push to "respect the premise of the question" in answers. It's causing answers like this to be heavily downvoted and flagged with comments ...
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There's no point to down votes if comments to them are discouraged

It has recently been revealed to me that the community policy discourages comments that explain down votes, at least on answers. This defeats the actual purpose of the down vote, and decreases the ...
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Answer deleted as duplicate - not a duplicate

There is a recent question about an argument concerning veganism. I wrote a short answer Well, you started: "In fact, not all wines are vegan" Just don't make controversial (that people ...
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How do we handle answers in which there was already an identical existing answer?

It seems to me like I can pop into any random question, and unless it's a borderline case, there's always one answer that is duplicated 3-4 times throughout. Some pertinent cases: How to convince my ...
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Should IPS allow answers that suggest threatening or harassing someone?

We already have a question discussing how to address answers that are advocating a violent approach. One of the top answers there however, suggests: Maybe when we have a larger body of examples we'...
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Can we let adequate explanation be an alternative to “Backing it up”?

There is plenty of current discussion on the back it up policy as we have started deleting answers that don't provide either personal experience or supporting research to back up their claims. While ...
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What counts as an “Interpersonal Solution?”

I can't seem to find a solid definition of an "Interpersonal Solution" anywhere on the site (if I'm wrong, please drop a comment!). I've seen complaints that we delete everything except answers ...
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Can we start enforcing the “back it up” policy?

We've had the "back it up" policy for almost a year now. It was one of the earlier things we seemed to think important for the quality of answers on the site. We've had more than a few discussions ...
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Do we have a problem with people answering questions that they don't know the answer to?

It seems like we have users who tend to answer out of what they believe to be "common sense" and in some of our more general, everyday sort of questions some of these even sound like reasonable ...
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Would it be appropriate to ask for answers from people with specific backgrounds?

Would it be appropriate for a querent to ask for answers from other users with similar backgrounds? Or to ask for answers from a specific set of users? Like: I would prefer answers from a woman/...
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Why do we lose reputation when down-voting inappropriate answers?

I'm sorry if this has already been asked but I can't find similar questions, so I'm shooting in the dark here: I recently joined The Awkward Silence and was surprised about some recommended behaviors ...
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How can we encourage/enforce the backing up of answers?

There's already been a discussion about back-it-up rules and relevancy of answers a few times on this site. What should we do with answers that are not backed-up? Related Answers: Why your Pakistani ...
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Feature request for moderating answers

I recently asked a question here on meta about what happens after using the "recommend deletion" option for an NAA / VLQ answer that I review - and I was kinda surprised that it takes six reviewers (...
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What happens after using the “recommend deletion” option, when doing reviews?

When I'm reviewing answers that show up as low quality, and I've read the low-quality answer and agree that it's delete-worthy - e.g. there's no IPS solution in it or the answer is 2 or 3 sentences ...
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What is the difference between not answering a question and posting a frame challenge?

What is a frame challenge? We require answers to adress the question. However, some questions may warrant answers questioning whether what the OP wants, really is the best choice. These answers are ...
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How much due diligence should be used before saying “You can't”? [duplicate]

Quite often I see an answerer open with "You don't" or "You can't" or some other abject contradiction of the asker's question. Sometimes that is an alliterative style which quickly turns into a real ...
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How do you tell an answerer that you think their answer needs work?

Today I saw a weak, but well voted, answer. There were a number of viable, potential answers to the question. So this was not a "how do I drive drunk safely" impossible answer that must be ...
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What do we do with answers that are primarily opinion based?

Although answers on a site like IPS will be opinion-based to some extent, I recently came across certain questions that are not themselves primarily opinion-based, but seem to have attracted a few ...
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With no reputation, can I somehow answer a blocked question because it attracted low-quality or spam answers?

I wanted to answer a question but it become blocked by community because it has attracted low-quality or spam answers. I do not have 10 reputation to answer it, since I am not that active on this site ...
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What do we expect from an answer on Interpersonal Skills?

We are trying our very best to remove low quality answers from our site. But there are no clear guidelines on what we, as a community, consider to be a good answer. So let's try and make a few ...
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We get a lot of answers here… should we implement some system changes that will encourage users to review existing answers before adding their own?

Recently it came to my attention that there are per-site configuration settings that allow us to create some extremely minor barriers to answering questions when more than n answers already exist. ...
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Should we be deleting old answers that don't meet our new standards?

A couple months ago, we had a discussion about Should we be more strict about one-line answers?. The verdict was that yes, we should be enforcing stricter standards on the answers on this site. Great! ...