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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...