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Please, let's stop with "from my experience" answers

Recently I've been seeing more and more answers starting with "from my experience" or which contain "I've been in a similar situation before/I've been in your shoes" and then don't say more about said ...
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HNQ 1 month anniversary - How are we doing?

As of yesterday (June 20th), it's now been one month since we were brought back into the HNQ fold and we've had a couple questions make it on the list since then. The numbers make it clear that these ...
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2019 Community Moderator Election

The 2019 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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Sandbox is now live!

You can find the Sandbox here. See our past discussions on the Sandbox here and here. Have a question that you want to fix up or not sure if it'll be a good fit here? Or looking to help nurture the ...
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2018: 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, in ...
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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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We're 23,000. Thanks everyone!

Here's to us having reached the milestone of 23,000 users on Interpersonal Skills Stack Exchange. If you're interested in the site's stats, you can find more on Area51. Thank you everyone for ...
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Why was this question asking "Was this inappropriate" reopened?

This is the question: Was it inappropriate for me to wear a qipao as a formal dress? It was closed originally as off-topic, but got reopened after an edit which replaced "is this cultural ...
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What makes question 11643, about talking to flight attendants when the plane has a problem, off-topic?

Question 11643: "How can I properly ask a flight attendant what's going on if I know my plane has a problem?" has been voted as "off-topic" by 7 total people now, while has been voted "on topic" by 5. ...
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Why was this question about building a rapport with clients closed?

This question asking how to build a rapport with clients with whom the OP shares few (if any) common interests was closed as Too Broad. The help center states that on topic questions should be ...
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2021: 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 preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Why was question 4129 undeleted? ("How to explain tactfully that someone has misrepresented you?")

How to explain tactfully that someone has misrepresented you Was closed for over a month, was never improved. It was manually deleted because it has answers, so the automatic clean-up job won't pick ...
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Why was my comment flag declined? (I flagged an answer in a comment)

A moderator encouraged us to bring such issues to meta, so I'm writing this question. Background A What Should I do? question was asked and I voted to close it. Then the following happened: A user ...
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( DONE ) Reopening a question

This question: Asking an update from a friend who agreed to help me but who didn't respond me last time was closed and then edited. The user who asks the question is new and really active (they ...
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Let's remove the socializing tag

The socializing tag seems to be used for any question involving interpersonal skills, and doesn't seem to have any sort of specific meaning. Questions with the tag range from questions about the link ...
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Should we rename the "requests" tag into "making-requests"?

I recently discovered that we have a requests for when the OP need to request something from someone else. When I talked about it in chat, someone got confused and thought that the tag was for "I ...
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Let's clean up rudeness, politeness, etiquette, and courtesy

One of the things that's confusing about tags is that tags are tools to help people find questions they can answer. This means that there can be situations where the two tags accomplish the same ...
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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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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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2022: 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 preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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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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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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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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Retagging old meta questions with [back-up]

The "backup," "back-up," or "back it up" policy has become a staple of our site. In addition, we've seen a lot of questions concerning it on our meta. That being said, there's no easy way to see ...
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(DONE) Can question #21407 be improved and reopened?

Thanks to many edits (and last great one from @avazula), this question about "courtesy" has been (temporarly) saved and could probably be reopened. "Is it common to leave something in someone's house ...
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Can we reopen question 9506 (How to pitch a message for a Fraternity Election)?

Currently, this question: How do I pitch a message for a Fraternity Election? is only one reopen vote away from being reopened. The OP answered all the questions for clarification and edited their ...
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Why was this question about public transportation etiquette closed as "opinion-based"?

I'm referring to this question: Not sure if have to give up priority seat as not sure if lady is pregnant or just plus sized The basic question there is: When I can't tell if a lady is pregnant or ...
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What should our [approach] be?

The tag approach currently has currently five questions. Based on those five, the meaning of the tag is "what should my approach be to ...?" In other words, "how do I ...?", which is basically every ...
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Does a question that address universal/global phenomenon need a regional tag?

I'm revisiting my questions to add regional tag, and stumbled on this question: Why the closer the relationship is, the worse conflict we experience? I don't know if I should add a regional tag ...
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Questions about how to establish or fix a relationship are too broad

How to be accepted back into a group For this site to work I really think that we have to limit ourselves to well focused questions. Questions need to focus on specific situations and the skills to ...
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What's the different between the "friend" and "friendship" tag?

Are there any differences between those two tags? Why do we have both? The friends tag have a description; For questions about interactions with friends, people with whom you share personal ...
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I have substantially edited, expanded and improved my deleted answer. Kindly undelete or explain how to further improve my answer

Request completed: soon after I posted the expanded and improved answer, members were kind enough to undelete. Your guidance and prompt response is much appreciated. Edited: I have substantially ...
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Shall we make [manners] synonym to [etiquette] or [courtesy]?

As of now, there is only one question for manners Who should identify themself first on the phone: the caller or the person called? I think this tag can be a synonym to etiquette or courtesy. Or is ...
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Why does this question involve interpersonal skills?

Both of my girlfriends want a conventional monogamous marriage It took me some time to figure out what Interpersonal Skills are, and I'm still not very sure I really know it now. IPS seems to be ...
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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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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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Should we start deleting old, closed question?

The other day, I asked this question about re-tagging closed questions and, judging by the answers, my conclusion isn't that we should re-tag them, but that we should delete most of them. Here are ...
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Can I ask a question about writing an 'about me' page of my blog as it will be read by my readers?

I am working on my blog. In the about me page i want to write my story. I suffered from depression and the blog is eventual output of that. I want to ask if that is a good way to communicate with ...
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Question on why some answers to an onhold question deleted, others not?

Question My wife and I just had a big blow-up was put on hold because it was considered unclear. I have been through a similar situation and had posted an answer. There's a comment from sphennings ...
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Adressing the IPS in the questions as opposed to the non-IPS problems contained

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, ...
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Can this question be salvaged by editing it?

Communication while setting up an informational interview via email At a glance, this question seems to be asking about "how to phrase my email", which is off-topic here. However, I believe we can ...
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Req for reopen: question after edit

How do you politely deal with someone who avoids putting things in writing? I have edited this question away from asking for a rewrite, to asking for how to insist on writing, and what to do if ...
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Not sure if this question is on topic

I wanted to ask a question, not specifically about a problem I'm having, but about the generational change in dating patterns. Specifically, at what point does a dating couple assume that they are ...
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What are the important information that a question tags should contain?

It's often a bit difficult to know what tag to use in a question, especially on a site like IPS. So, what are the important information, in questions related to interpersonal interaction, that should ...
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May I remind members that we had agreed to include references/citations in our answers whenever possible?

Note: this is not a duplicate of any of these meta questions but a reminder that on the basis of those discussions we had agreed to include references/citations whenever possible: Do we want ...
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The tag [racial-issues] should be renamed to [ethnicity] or just [race]

The tag racial-issues inherently implies that there is an issue regarding race. There are two reasons why it is in our best interest to have the word "issue" removed: Issue implies that there is a ...
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Could we put together some examples of times when location/cultural information has been either useful or has caused harm?

As many of you know, on this site we try to encourage questions to include information about the location and/or cultural context that the situations questions are about take place in. However, there ...
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Should comments on this site be permanent and searchable?

A quick note: I'm aware of SE's position on this, which is that this isn't an issue since "nothing can truly be erased from the Internet". I'm holding off on posting a self-answer because I want to ...
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