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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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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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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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Etiquette question about "common gesture" and quality of answers

I'm talking about this question: Pointing the index fingers to one another as a way to excuse oneself: is this a common gesture? At first look, I thought this was a mostly valid question, however, ...
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Why are questions that involve langauge being shut down?

I recently had a question regarding language shut down as it was off topic. How is it that language isn't part of inter-personal skills? Or is it more likely that the admin feared the response of an ...
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Provocative Words, Specificity, and IPS.SE

It's a very minor case which prompted my writing this question, but it's one that is likely to come up in the future. I'm sure it's come up in the past as well, but I didn't see any existing threads ...
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Where should I ask "What do I do?" questions?

I recently asked two questions in the format of "What do I do?", and they were both either closed or on hold, so it seems as if IPS is less for open-ended questions and more for specific answers to ...
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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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Can we ask questions that are based in a standardized environment?

Preface: I work at a hospital and am considering asking a question related to the environment. I understand the standards within very well, but I’d like to see the consensus on acceptable scope. ...
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Should we invite hurting users to come discuss it in chat?

Trigger warning: depression, suicide, anxiety What brings me to ask this question today is because I recently created a Stack Exchange proposal which scope may partially overlap the IPS scope. One of ...
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Is asking a question lacking specific details acceptable on this site?

Background This was inspired from a question I had asked awhile ago. I will be using it as reference. Review Within the question it asks how one would be able to compliment their friend’s makeup ...
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Building a library of canonical questions?

Following this discussion, I think we should "build a library" of canonical questions (on meta) that are off-topic for the IPS format but still interesting. The question is: What format do we want ...
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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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IPS-Related Questions Without Clear IPS Goals, Valid Only in the Case of a Definitive Answer

I have in mind two questions, largely the same in content and approach, but for which I offered opposing opinions on voting to close: Is this a known Interpersonal “Anti-Skill”, if avoided could de-...
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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 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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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 to tactfully remove the word "tactfully," tactfully?

In the last 9 days, I've seen a lot of questions (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) using "tactfully" in the title. I don't feel like the buzzword adds anything to the question--by definition, shouldn't any question ...
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Is it rude to ask if it's rude to ask? - or: What to do with questions asking "Is it rude...?"

First of all, I myself have asked such a question already and I was responsible for this title (it was a "Should I...?" question before). The purpose of this post is to start another discussion about ...
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Community wiki questions on IPS

Could it be possible to create some community wiki questions on common interpersonal problems with several possible solutions? For example Question : How to meet new people ? Possible answers : ...
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What do we do with questions asking 'is X cultural appropriation'?

This morning, we had a new question: Should I wear a sari as a westerner to a wedding in India? The title has since been edited, but the original title read "Is it cultural appropriation to wear a ...
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Differentiating on and off topic - How?

Yesterday, Shog9 laid down some ground rules in chat for what definitely isn't on topic on this site (source), namely: It is, most emphatically, NOT a site chartered to discuss any of the ...
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Could we show a little more interpersonal skill in our moderation?

I'm going to be slightly revolutionary and be slightly counter to typical SE culture here, but please bear with me... When we moderate things, as a community, could we make an effort to be gentle ...
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How should we edit questions that are an XY problem?

^ That... is a joke. I'm making a point and trying to give an example of this type of question. My real question is: What should we do (if anything) about questions that suffer from the XY problem? ...
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React vs Respond

I think questions are better if they're asking about how to respond to situations than how to react. Since it's better to quote peer-reviewed articles than myself speak about this, let's see one from ...
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How do you vs How should I

I think questions phrased as how do you do X is primarily opinion-based, while how should I do X is more answerable, because how I or you or anyone does things is not the point of asking here, but to ...
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How important is the phrasing/wording of the title question?

I've encountered many questions (some really good ones and thought-provoking and highly rated), where an attempt to answer them directly, without reading further, would just be a matter of someone's ...
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Should I update my question or add an answer? [duplicate]

I recently asked this question. I am now at a point where I would like to provide some feedback on the answers that were given. Should I update my question with a UPDATE section? Or write my own ...
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Should we encourage people to just ask questions on main rather than asking about topicality on Meta?

It's drummed into anyone on Stack Exchange if you've been here long enough. Something along the lines of: If you've never used a site before, check the site's scope on the help page and ask on meta ...
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Should we edit titles that are not sufficiently descriptive?

I recently made an edit to another meta question titled "How do I convince someone else to change their behavior". My edit was because the title seemed to not match the question, which seems to ...
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Questions posing as Interpersonal Skills problems that really are not

There have been a few questions like: How to convey a message that will convince an unknown person to not urinate next to my garage door? That appear to be asking for an interpersonal skills answer ...
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How should we respond to questions where the OP needs professional help?

Some of the questions that have been asked here show that the OP would benefit from professional help. In some cases the questions are unspecific while in others, it's clear from reading the question ...
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Is it ok to ask questions about issues on Stack Exchange? If so, where do we draw the line?

This question has been asked: How can i deal with someone obsessed with me on a website? There is a comment: Are you talking about Stack Exchange or some other site? If you're talking about SE ...
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For questions, should we assume politeness is required?

I noticed that a fair amount of questions ask for a "polite" solution to a problem. For instance: How do I politely end a cold call I've received? How to politely say, "I know, right?" ...
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Should we allow questions on dealing with depressed/suicidal friends/colleagues?

As commented on in this meta post, if someone is seriously considering self harm or suicide, then we have to close the question and direct them to the relevant sources. However, what about people whom ...
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