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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 I ask this theory question?

I am being banned from asking question in 7 days, but I'm not sure if the ban can be lifted so I can ask the below question? Is there any research about silence in communication, especially in ...
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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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Was this answer an improper frame challenge?

I'm pretty new here, so I am trying to get a better feel for the scope, etiquette, and topicality of this site. I recently answered a question here, which was moderately well received. However, ...
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How should we define what makes a question asking for academic research on topic?

Background Recently, this question and that one have been asked in the tag academic-research. Both questions were closed within a few hours of being posted and as of this question one has been ...
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Why was my academic-studies question closed and what can I do to have it reopen?

Today, I posted this question: "How are you today?" vs "Are you better today?". Someone left a comment saying that they thought the question wasn't specific enough so I edited it ...
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If a question type is off topic then should it be used on the tour page?

The question: Are “what should I do” questions on topic here? On IPS. Over at Workplace.se, they have an off-topic close reason for "what to do" questions, because it attracts opinion-based ...
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Are questions asking 'How to know/recognize if I'm in situation X' suitable for Interpersonal Skills?

Sparked by How to know if you’re in an abusive situation? This question was asked yesterday, and I'm wondering if it really should be welcome on a site about Interpersonal Skills. The first ...
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What kinds of interpersonal skills questions aren't opinion based?

Like the title says. Trying to get a handle on what this site likes, but having a tough time making sense of it; e.g. the current top 6 don't seem not opinion-based, but I'm not sure what you all ...
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The objective aspect of subjective questions

I am asking about questions in the line of "would doing X be perceived as intrusive?", "would doing Y invoke the eager to continue?". In general, they ask for the possible outcomes of the target ...
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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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Can we start writing “There is no established etiquette” answers instead of closing as primarily opinion based?

I have noticed a trend where users will vote to close a question asking "What is the etiquette for a particular situation?" as primarily opinion based or off topic because they feel there is no ...
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Coming to terms with “Frame Challenges” vs. “Respecting the Question”

I'm a little confused. Recently, it seems there's been a push to "respect the premise of the question" in answers. It's causing answers like this to be heavily downvoted and flagged with comments ...
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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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Are questions on understanding someone's behaviour on-topic?

I have a friend who regularly misses on schedules, even when it is about helping them out. A question on how I can get them to correct their course is perfectly acceptable on IPS.SE. However, there ...
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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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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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“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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Is outlining an Intra-personal problem, and asking for Interpersonal solutions off-topic?

Based off this meta Intra-personal questions are off topic. So, when looking at this question I voted to close as off-topic because it seemed to be dealing with an intra-personal issue. The question ...
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Can we ask for someones POV if we're also asking about an interpersonal skill?

I recently asked this question Politely rejecting unwanted attention at a nightclub, which I do believe was IPS related, and I've received some great answers. However, I also wanted to ask guys what ...
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Can question #13889 be reopened?

How to politely tell a friend that I want to hang out with her, but not invite others? This question has been closed as unclear what you're asking. The reason seems rather weird to me, because OP ...
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Should “Is this polite?” questions be on topic?

Occasionally people ask questions like: Is it polite if I do/say X? Sometimes these questions are closed (the reasons for closure are often varied) and sometimes they are left open. In my mind, ...
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Are all etiquette questions on topic?

Our help center's What topics can I ask about? page specifically lists etiquette questions: the written and unwritten - but well-established and expected - rules or conventions of behavior in a ...
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Why was my etiquette question closed?

Edit: I've now added more specific information to my question, according to Catija's comment - can we get it reopened? My question here Etiquette question regarding conveying enthusiasm in email ...
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What is the difference between a “convince” question and a good question?

In my experience with the stackexchange network, the format best supports questions that give a situation, actual behavior and desired behavior with the question being how to obtain desired behavior. ...
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What's our stance on two questions in the same question?

While not as recurring as I first imagined, every now and again there will be a question that is actually asking two different questions at the same time. I've picked some of the first examples I ...
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Let's talk with X about Y so we can achieve Z

I rummaged through our questions from last week and noticed they most all fit into certain categories: How to talk to X about Y, so I achieve Z? How to ask a friend to do professional work? How 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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Would the scope of “Interpersonal Skills” include Pickup?

Pickup - in the sense I am using the word here - refers to the pursuit and application of interpersonal skills with the goal of increasing the length, number, or perceived quality of one's romantic ...
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Most dictionaries don't include “communication” in their definitions of “interpersonal”. Does this have any problem?

First, I don't have any opinion on the scope of the site focusing on communication - no agreement, no objection. However, I see that many arguments on various topics about the scope (e.g. https://...
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Are INTRApersonal questions allowable on this site or is this strictly interpersonal?

As the title suggests, I was looking to ask an intrapersonal question and was wondering if this would be the appropriate site? I understand this SE is more about sociology than psychology but there is ...
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Is “how to write” off-topic on IPS?

First, you may want to re-read this meta about phrasing request. We have agreed that phrasing request is off-topic. However, I believe that questions that asking "how to write" can be made on-topic ...
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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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Why was this question closed after the OP edited the missing details?

Link to the question. I disagree with the closure of the question, but rather than arguing that point, I'm interested if there's something I'm missing that warrants this question to remain closed. ...
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How does this site fit the SE model? [duplicate]

Let me preface this by noting that this is a question asked out of genuine curiosity and confusion and is not meant as an attack on this site. Given the nature of the question, it can easily be taken ...
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To what extent should subcultures be on-topic?

Existing Meta posts (e.g. "queer culture" in this answer) discuss the possibility of asking questions about subcultures, but I don't see any specific guidance on whether all subcultures are on-topic ...
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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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How is this closed question “unclear”?

I am asking about this question: How to avoid wishing my coworker on her birthday? In what way is this question "unclear"? It got multiple good, concrete answers. It has a crystal clear problem ...
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Should we start retro-actively closing questions?

I've voted to close How to convey a message that will convince an unknown person to not urinate next to my garage door? only minutes ago. It was being mentioned on meta in: How should we edit ...
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Let's discuss this question with regard to our scope

I've voted to close How do I let someone I'm romantically interested in know I think we wouldn't work out because I am not straight? this morning, since in my opinion, it isn't fit for IPS SE ...
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Let's close questions asking how to word/phrase something

I've posted two different answers here now with this recommendation and both of them have a lot of upvotes. To repeat: I'd like to introduce a rule that I think we should consider. We are not here ...
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How should we handle “why someone does X” questions?

Note: This question was supposed to cover all "why someone does X" questions, not only the example mentioned here. Example: Can I tell my girlfriend that I'm too lazy to meet up? After fixing ...
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Popular replies that advocate (commonsensical) moral judgements rather than answer the question [duplicate]

I see this frequently here: OP asks how to deal with a difficult social interaction, often one involving a degree of conflict, i.e. a situation in which one side wants something else than what OP ...
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Has there been a change in policy regarding suicide prevention questions?

I flagged How to help someone who threatens self-harm over the internet? as a suicide prevention question, shortly after it was first posted. Initially it looked like things were being handled the way ...
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Interpersonal children?

Took a look at this question: Should I have my child apologize to someone after he called them fat? and I did a double take. This definitely belongs on parenting... my brain tells me. No brain,...
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Should this question about convincing others about a specific political viewpoint be closed? Why?

Recently, someone asked the question How can I convince people that the use of a different word for the death of a woman is wrong because we are all equal?. This question sparked several comment ...
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Can we re-open the question about stack exchange?

I feel that the question How to handle people who don't get along on Stack Exchange? hasn't been given enough thought as to its closure. Robert C., our community builder for stack exchange closed ...