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What to do with answers that aren't related to interpersonal skills?

There are fourteen answers on this question: How to write a note that will convince an unknown person to not urinate next to my garage door? The "Question" part of the question states: If we were ...
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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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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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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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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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What sort of expert questions do we want?

What does a good expert question look like on this site? Possibly related to Are hypothetical questions welcome? and How can we include the terminology of interpersonal skills into our site? . Our ...
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Is this site, essentially, a centre for primarily opinion-based questions?

Please, do not take me wrong. I am truly curious about this, and by no mean I am implying that this site should not exist or that it is less valid or useful or etc. I am a user in many other sites, ...
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Are “what should I do” questions on topic here?

Over at Workplace.se, they have an off-topic close reason for "what to do" questions, because it attracts opinion-based answers. Are these kind of questions on topic here?
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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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How can Interpersonal Skills stand out and make the internet a better place?

One of the core goals of Stack Exchange is and has always been to make the internet a better place. That doesn't just mean providing quality questions and answers, or having a framework that (mostly!) ...
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Let's start working on our help center “what to ask” text!

Within the next couple of weeks we are likely to have moderators who can edit the various parts of the site, including our "On Topic" page and our three custom "off topic" close ...
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Is social engineering on-topic here?

I guess such a topic, while related to both psychology and hacking, is essentially belonging a site like this. On the other hand, it would not be the best idea to give people advice for morally ...
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Is asking about appropriate dress for a situation on-topic here?

There's already a question about whether wearing white at a wedding is only taboo in the US, that is not closed, but is this true generally?
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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 to ...
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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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“Is behavior X acceptable in culture Y?” : On topic or off topic?

There are many behaviors that may be acceptable in a culture and may not be in another: Smoking in an elevator hall Shouting a general salutation to all customers when entering a bar Talking on the ...
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Why was my question closed? How can I improve it?

The question How can I calm myself down when giving a presentation? was closed recently as not about interpersonal skills within the scope defined in the help center. What...? This answer says (in ...
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Related Answers: Why your Pakistani answer won't always work for India

n.b. I'm creating this post as a guide and canonical reference for why an answer to a question that lists a different culture may not always be appropriate and acceptable. As you may already have ...
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What do we do with questions involving the use of substances?

I'm asking about this question, where using drugs is the main goal of the OP. My opinion has already been done long time ago: drugs are bad. But this is a personal opinion, and not the point. What I ...
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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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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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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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Are general things which affect interpersonal skills on-topic?

As brought up by this question As the topic affects interpersonal skills (i.e .being too annoying for others to properly hear you) it could be considered ontopic, however, it also isn't a specific ...
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Is asking about public speaking on topic?

Is public speaking on topic here? More specifically: writing effective speeches speaking techniques (wide range included here - audience engagement, confidence in front of audience, etc) help with ...
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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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Let's close questions that don't have a goal that we can address

Recently, I've noticed that this site has a lot of questions where the OP gives a long description of a situation that they're in, but when all's said and done they don't tell us exactly what they're ...
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Should we have a greater latitude on duplicates?

This: How to follow up with someone who lost a loved one? came up in the review queue as a possible duplicate of this: How to enquire about someone after they learned bad news? They could be ...
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Inherently Impossible Questions

It isn't the only question we've seen that has this particular dynamic, but this recent question has some features that I think are problematic for IPS and the standards that have been developed for ...
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Do we want theory questions here? What kind?

This question was closed for being too broad: How to be accountable for your actions but not responsible for others' needs? I tried to constrain it to be about a very specific dilemma concerning ...
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Is it a good idea to have classes of relationship types for questions to create context?

Is it a good idea to have classes of relationship types for questions? By this I mean, family, close-friends, etc A question like this Asking someone to check out something I created could be ...
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Is this answer valid?

Upon review of this answer on "How to tell a friend I don't want his help with miniature painting", this answer got flagged for lacking citations of personal experience on similar matters: https://...
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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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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 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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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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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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I'm heavily considering to ask a “why I feel better in X community than in Y” style question. Isn't it too broad?

I assume questions like this often come up in the potential audience of this site, as I myself often try deconstructing the good and bad aspects of certain communities I'm involved in. However, it's ...
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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 can we include the terminology of interpersonal skills into our site?

The following question got me thinking about scope What's the difference between being introvert and being shy? Personally I'm keen not to narrow our scope to situational questions. As this meta ...
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Understanding or clarifying the IPS scope toward a more welcoming message?

This question (as the title could summarize it) arose when I saw the 2 following questions. I interacted with either the OP or the person who answered. how to deal with an infuriating ex - below are ...
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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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Are resource recommendations on topic?

Suppose a person wanted to ask for resources to examine a subject further - for example, books on public speaking, websites with conversation starters, or videos about how to dress at a conference. ...
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Are questions on topic about when and why the use of certain (potentially) racist expressions might be ok?

I'm dividing a previous post into separate questions, as was suggested in the comments there. A recent question, which has been closed as off-topic and then deleted, made me wonder: Is there a ...
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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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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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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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Why was this question about referring to someone by a racist word off topic?

This question was closed as off-topic (now deleted). A general reason ("not about interpersonal skills as defined in the help center") was given, but none of the indicators for off-topicness in the ...
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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, ...