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What should be in our FAQ?

I'm thinking IPS needs a FAQ, because people keep coming to meta with the same questions. I feel IPS is different enough from most of the SE sites these people are used to, that we could use a FAQ to ...
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It is time to expand

I feel that it is now time to expand the site's scope to cater to the audience's needs. Too often now, users come here asking (a) for relationship advice, (b) how to phrase their ideas, (c) how ...
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Additional Pro Tempore Moderator Needed! - Accepting Nominations [duplicate]

As some of you may have noted, I'm no longer moderating this site because I got an awesome new job as a Community Manager, which requires me to step down from my moderation position here. This site's ...
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Access to Sandbox for new users

I recently suggested to a new user to post his question (16980) on the sandbox as it had some issues and I thought he could benefit and narrow down the question to something that wouldn't be closed as ...
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Why was the question about adding “let me know if anything is unclear” to an email reopened?

Yesterday, the question Is adding “let me know if anything is unclear” to an e-mail really necessary or is it redundant? was closed, with a link to the meta answer of Tinkeringbell, where she ...
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When to flag a comment for review?

I just ran into a comment that seemed rather personal and angry and was thinking of flagging it but wasn't sure exactly what qualifies as a candidate for flagging. Took a look at the help page but ...
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Which stack does this question belong to, if any?

Todays question Is adding “let me know if anything is unclear” to an e-mail really necessary or is it redundant? was apparently manually migrated (delete, then create new question on other stack) from ...
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Is the reason for the rejection of this proposed edit accurate, and in accordance with the community guidelines?

I asked a clarification question on this question in the comments. The OP asks how to encourage bystanders to do the right thing in the situation. My point of contention was making the question less ...
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Should question 16793 have been closed?

Question 16793 is an etiquette question asking about the common courtesy of how/when to stop conversation with someone in online dating. This question was closed as "primarily opinion based" and from ...
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Can another person edit a question to add personal detail about the original poster?

Someone edited this question to include what I consider a confidential personal detail about the original poster: How to convince my wife that my best friend and I are just friends? I then edited ...
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List of Rules for Site

Am I missing something or is there no easily accessible list of rules for the site. It's frustrating as someone who is trying to help other people to have a well received answer be deleted and the ...
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How can users ask private questions anonymously on this site?

Often the topics of questions may be very private, how would a user ask a question anonymously considering their profile is linked to their other profiles on the Stack Exchange network?
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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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Sandbox for Proposed Questions

What is the Sandbox? This "Sandbox" is a place where InterpersonalSkills.SE users can get feedback on prospective questions they wish to post. This is useful because writing a clear and ...
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Is asking for advice on contacting an old friend suitable for IPS?

I'm thinking about asking a question about an issue that I've had for a while now but I'm not sure if our users' would agree if it is an IPS problem or not. Can you let me know what you think and ...
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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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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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How is the back-it-up policy going to evolve after the new Code of Conduct?

Soon, the new Code of Conduct will replace the Be Nice policy. From what I read in the document, there are several points in the new text that are contrasting with the recently introduced "back-...
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Let's revisit our policy on hypothetical questions

It's been over a year since we've had a discussion about hypothetical questions. Back then, the site was in its infancy and we were still feeling things out. The top rated response to the original ...
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How should we handle third parties editing hypothetical questions?

This site has a policy discouraging hypothetical questions. Normally this means that a question about a hypothetical scenario gets flagged and closed. Recently there has been a question about a ...
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How can we make a Sandbox happen?

For those that don't know, a Sandbox is a meta question that is constantly maintained as a place for users to get feedback on their questions before they post to main. Users can post their questions ...
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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'll ...
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Kindly un-delete the valid and nice answer posted to the question

This answer (10k link) to Asking guys to quit shouting in a bar was deleted for claim Hi! This doesn't really focus on what has been asked. You should also keep Be Nice policy in mind while ...
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IPS' specific comment requirements & why comments can be useful

Some constructive feedback and observations from my visit here. TL;DR; Information being in comments that would make good answers can be detrimental to the site Information in comments are not ...
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Arguably useful comment was deleted

I made a comment on this question: My mom is being "nice". But it's unwanted. How do I get her to stop? I had some advice and started writing an answer, but after starting to write it ...
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How is this answer not a violation of the “back it up” policy?

In this answer, the user doesn't back it up with any personal experience or any other information. I was under the impression that this required a flag from this meta answer. I did flag as Not An ...
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How to handle double space after period and edits?

I recently rejected an edit where the only improvement was elimination of double spaces after periods. To be clear, on the internet, double spaces are unnecessary. If you look at the preview panel ...
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Would requiring downvoters to give a reason help create better answers?

I gave what I thought was a pretty good answer, and it was downvoted-x2. So at least 2 people felt it was a terrible answer. I have no idea why. Is there some way to get specific feedback on an ...
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Question 15411 had a high rated answer disappear - how do I determine why this happened?

Yesterday Question 15411 had a fairly highly rated answer that I thought was the best answer. There was a "please back this up" comment on that answer. Today that answer is completely gone. Is ...
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How to interpret voting status when a CM is involved?

In the meta question Can we let adequate explanation be an alternative to “Backing it up”?, Shogs answer explaining why we can't allow explanations as backups is now being outvoted by artofcodes ...
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Backup from personal experience vs Sensitive personal information

As per current enforcement of the back-it-up policy, we require answers to either list references or explain how personal experience is relevant in the answer. This should improve overall quality of ...
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Should we wait before we flag answers as not backed up?

Me again. I've been in the VLQ queue (also again), and I've seen a rash of answers which are posted without anything to back them up. That's to be expected. The backing up policy is relatively new; it'...
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Review Queue - Scope for a brief 'Stop the Clock' feature after Mod comment

Often when I look at the review queues I see that there are posts which have had constructive comments left for the OP, which if acted on would avoid the need for the post to be deleted. The problem ...
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Comment deletion on an off-topic question that may be about genuine crisis

I understand that TaraNicotiana’s recent question about how to get out of a dysfunctional living situation was off-topic, I have no quibble with it being on hold. However, if Tara’s account is true ...
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Are phrasing requests on-topic? [duplicate]

I'm bewildered, as the question was upvoted 10 times, but this answer disagreeing was upvoted 9 times. So which prevails?
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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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I'm confused about the “back it up” policy

Recently, we've started enforcing a "back it up" policy. I agree with this. But I'm having trouble in the VLQ queue identifying what's a non-backed-up answer and what isn't. For example, I came ...
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Should we edit in links to uncommon names (in this case, a disorder)

Question How to tell my girlfriend, my friends and relatives that I might have alexithymia, without making it sound like an excuse? contains the not very common disorder name of Alexithymia. In ...
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What is Enough to Back It Up?

A significant recent initiative here on IPS is to enforce the "back it up" condition on answers, with the aim to limit answers to only those based on personal experience or citable expert advice. If ...
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Do these questions ask about how to phrase? [closed]

This comment refers to this moderator post on phrasing requests. This states: ask us to rewrite text or otherwise tell you what to say. We are not an editing service. Questions should focus on how ...
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Can Etiquette Questions Be Answered Consistently with Stack Standards?

[Originally posted here, but moved as being too tangential to the specific question] [This is similar to this question, but I'm not describing topicality of questions so much as the ability of ...
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How to handle offensive edit suggestion

I received a notification this morning of a suggested edit on one of my posts. The edit just removed all the text in my post, replacing it with a link to a user's profile, and a remarkably offensive ...
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Why was the etiquette question about queueing for the second time closed?

The question Etiquette for a person who has already queued once seems to be a good question about etiquette, and was received and understood well by the community. It is asking about the etiquette ...
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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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“How to Help” vs. “What Should I Do” questions

We have a tag how-to-help which currently has 36 open questions (9 closed). We also just added an official close reason for questions asking "What should I do?" This seems to have a lot of potential ...
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Does this site suffer from low representation from older people? And if so, what to do?

After an initial burst of enthusiasm, I became only a sporadic visitor to this site. Part of the reason is that most of the questions seem (from my totally unscientific survey) to be from very young ...
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“What to do” rebranded to “How to do” [duplicate]

Since we've determined that "What should I do?" questions are off-topic, it seems like instead of trying to focus on a specific interpersonal skill, people just reword their question so that it is ...
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Could mods stop deleting the comments?

Removing comments does not seem to stop people from using comments the same way next time, it only ruins what has been posted in the comments. I see the removal only as a detriment. Comments under ...
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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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Is it OK to make the same comment on every answer?

Recently, I saw someone make the same comment on every answer to a question. In isolation, the comments were in my opinion reasonable, but collectively, they suggested a broader issue. Specifically, ...

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