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2023: a year in moderation

It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here might be ...
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Thank you Catija!

Earlier this week, Catija's employment with Stack Exchange ceased, as part of a mass layoff. Prior to that, she was one of the site's original moderators, having been appointed in the initial round on ...
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Should the behavior that posts get removed from the low quality queue if edited externally and marked "high-quality" by the system be disabled here?

When someone makes a new post on any network site, the system will take it through a "quality test" to determine its quality of writing (e.g., whether it's likely to be an attempt to answer ...
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Should first answers from users with 125+ reputation be made reviewable in the first answers review queue?

Per the list of reasons for completing or invalidating reviews on the global meta, users' answers are not eligible to be reviewed in the First answers review queue if the author's reputation is 125 or ...
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How do we deal with chatGPT generated answers?

As already discussed on meta, we'll probably be dealing soon with some content generated by AI such as chatGPT. What should we do with these posts?
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2022: a year in moderation

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How to deal with OPs which are clearly the problem?

In most questions, OPs have some issue with other people, and the problem is "somewhere" between them. However, occasionally, OPs are the real problem, and additionally they refuse to accept ...
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Top voted answer didn't include citations or research, but my answer was deleted for not including them. Why was my answer deleted?

I gave this response to a question. How do I get my mother to use the bathroom? My response was deleted with this message from a moderator. Answers should suggest concrete actions based on research ...
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Reopening recent question

Question How do I deal with an client with autism to stop talking to me? was closed with the comment that the question needs to have a specific goal. It seems like the goal is pretty well elucidated. ...
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Is there a specific sequence to follow when you want to flag+VTC a question?

On October 10, it seemed to me that I was "first in line" to VTC a question. There was nothing related to IPS, just to promote some standard junk. After I VTC, and left a comment, I also ...
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How to improve on off-topic question?

My account has been locked due to bad questions, partly they were off-topic. Is there really a chance to improve from there? For example, this question has been off-topic. I.e. my interpersonal skills ...
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Finally finishing the rework on help/on-topic

UPDATE: I edited the help center page accordingly on 2022-08-22. This is now live. Over a year ago, IPS worked on this post to re-work the help/on-topic page. It might be good to read through the ...
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Is there a stock comment I can use to clearly link to our question expectations when another user points someone to ask their off-topic question here?

Oftentimes, I see interpersonal-related questions asked across the network, where users unfamiliar with our site comment that they should ask their question here on our site. However, almost all the ...
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Are the current restrictions on questions unhelpful?

As this question points out, a big proportion of questions on this site get closed, more so than on other Stack Exchange sites. I would argue that the current restrictions on questions are arbitrary ...
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What happen to the visit rate for Interpersonal.SE site?

For as long as I can remember Interpersonal.SE use to get a few thousands of visiters a day according to the stats page found on Area51, Stack Exchange and the side bar of the site itself. However it ...
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Deleting reason of a question/answer

I recently discovered a question being deleted some very short time after it was posted (and answered, as I took time to do it ^^). What bothers me is the lack of information about it (no comment or ...
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Is my historical question a bad hypothetical?

I'm trying to fix my question to make it on-topic for the site. Here is the link to my original question: How to ask an acquaintance on a date without committing to a relationship? And while I was ...
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With only three questions so far meeting the required standard this year, is this stack in crisis?

While of course I understand that January may be expected to be a bit thin, three valid questions in a month seems extraordinarily light. Is Interpersonal Skills effectively moribund? If not, why not? ...
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2021: a year in moderation

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Should answers contain actionable advice?

I have noticed a lot of answers basically amount to "you can't do anything". Does this site consider such answers acceptable? For example the most up voted answer on How to ask friend not to ...
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Merry X-mas and happy New Year

As it's been almost 2 years of incredible bad times for everybody and the whole planet, I wish this community and everyone a much better time during this holiday season! Please take care of yourself, ...
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Why do you think this site should, or shouldn't, have its beta label removed?

Like some other sites, CMs have told us they wanted to remove the beta label from this site on December 16th. According to them, that's because our site meets the following criteria: have at least 1K ...
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Stepping down as mod

I wanted to let y'all know that I requested to step down as a mod recently, and it looks like my diamond has now been poof-d after the requisite 6-8 weeks (actually much shorter than that, thank you ...
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This is only goodbye

This is with a heavy heart that I've writing this post. I am handing in my resignation as a moderator for IPS.SE today, which means my diamond will be removed soon. A lot has been happening IRL and I ...
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Unpinning accepted answers, or not?

There's been a change on Stack Overflow: Accepted answers are no longer pinned to the top of the list of answers. They ran a test on Stack Overflow, and the results of that are mentioned in this post. ...
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A suggested edit will deface the post but how to explain it? Another edit or another comment?

The question is this one: how do I thank someone who went through a traumatic experience removing condescending parts that, in their essence, silently assume that men - including the question's ...
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What should we do when directly confronting a person isn't a reliable interpersonal solution?

I posted this answer. which was deleted for not having interpersonal stuff. It did have interpersonal stuff, but part of the thrust was that when people intend to blackmail people, the professional ...
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Why are so many new questions closed and are there plans to change this?

I have never posted a question on this site but I've seen it in the sidebar from time to time and from looking at some recent questions this site has, if one considers the last two dozen or so ...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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Reworking the help/on-topic page

A while back, we discussed How to encourage questions to actually focus on the 'interacting' part of Interpersonal Skills. My answer there proposed editing the help/on-topic page to be clearer, and ...
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Should we protect questions instead of pushing them out of HNQ?

In the last few days, we had two different questions hit HNQ then receiving a bunch of answers (a lot of them not so great) before being kicked out of HNQ by mods. My question is: Was kicking those ...
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Celebrating the answers of 2020

A new year is approaching and even though 2020 wasn't the year anyone expected, we can still celebrate some part of it. That's why, under this question, I am inviting all of you to post about one IPS ...
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How do I discreetly give feedback about, or question, the behaviour of a moderator?

Let us suppose that I question the behaviour or ruling of a moderator. This may be something serious or a minor quibble that I think is worth addressing. I need to give examples in order to justify my ...
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Call for contributions about finding examples of great questions and answers

It has been discussed following recent challenges about the site quality that we produce a curated list of "good" questions and answers to redirect newcomers to, so they understand at a ...
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How to encourage questions to actually focus on the 'interacting' part of Interpersonal Skills?

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 ...
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How has IPS been affected by the current pandemic?

Did the current pandemic had an impact on traffic and posting on IPS? If so, how?
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Acceptability of "How can I convince" questions

This has been previously admitted questions of the kind "How can I convince someone to X" are, for some, on topic for this site (1, 2) and we can find example on this stack such as this one ...
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Reason for question closure

I want to know what is the exact reasoning (in detail) for the closure of this question. I also want to know what can be done (in regards to editing) to reopen the question. Edit: This question was ...
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Checking in on dating / romantic relationship topic acceptability

With online dating becoming more popular in pandemic times, I've been doing a little myself. I have a question about communication in a specific potential relationship that has come up for me. It's ...
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Were My Posts Flagged/Reported?

I'm new to this stack exchange, and so far I've only asked 2 questions (neither being offensive). One got closed for being "off topic," and then I created a new post modifying it. (I've since learned ...
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LGBT+ tag question

By happenstance I just noticed the wording of the lgbt+ tag: The LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and sexual/gender minorities) tag may be used where issues of sexuality, gender, or lack ...
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Is there something transphobic about my comment?

This concerns: How to bring the subject of my date's transidentity, when I'm not supposed to know about it? I commented on an answer, asking if there was an implication that you don't need to ...
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Interpersonal skills site & opening rules for subjectivity questions

I recently stumbled across our interpersonal skills site and asked a question that involves some opinions. One of our helpful members of that site helped modify my question so that it fits our ...
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How many people are helping to moderate this site?

For a SE site to be successful, we need people to help moderate it. The more help, the better. So, I'm wondering, could we have some information about how many different people help moderate this ...
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Is Enforcement of Backup Requirement in Answers Consistently Enforced?

First of all, I want to say that this question is not driven by bitterness on my part, but I know it might come across that way. I had an answer deleted about 5 months ago because it wasn't supported ...
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Why is a specific question down voted?

The question in question here is the following: My colleague keeps microwaving fish at work, how can I stop this It would really be nice to understand why the question gets down voted. I thought the ...
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What role (if any) do references to films or television shows play in answers on IPS?

I recently came across this answer which recommends that the OP watch a popular movie that focuses on a situation similar to the one that the question is asking about. We had a conversation in chat ...
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Understanding or clarifying the IPS scope toward a more welcoming message?

This question (as the title could summarize it) arose when I saw the 2 following questions. I interacted with either the OP or the person who answered. how to deal with an infuriating ex - below are ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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What do we do with questions involving the use of substances?

I'm asking about this question, where using drugs is the main goal of the OP. My opinion has already been done long time ago: drugs are bad. But this is a personal opinion, and not the point. What I ...
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